UPDATE: The Oxfordshire Green Party submitted a response. Then in November 2018, the Boundary Commission accepted our proposal for 7 wards. The final decision will be announced in February 2019.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is consulting on new ward boundaries for Oxford. In Oxford people in each ward elect two councillors to represent us on Oxford City Council. They serve the people within their ward.
Because the number of voters in each ward has changed, the Boundary Commission is doing a review to set out new ward boundaries with almost the same number of voters in each ward. They have produced a draft proposal for new ward boundaries, based on what they heard from the council and the Labour Party. We now have until 13 August 2018 to respond to the consultation, telling them what they have got wrong and how to improve on the draft.
Anyone working or living in Oxford can take part in the consultation. The Oxfordshire Green Party wants your help in designing our response. Please leave your suggestions below.
The Boundary Commission wants to know how well the proposed wards do 3 things:
- Does it reflect the community boundaries as understood by people in Oxford? The wards should not cut a community in two. Ideally they bring together communities who are linked. (For example, Donnington and Iffley Village are part of the same Church of England parish.)
- Is it convenient to administer? Do people come together at the same places (community centres, pubs, shops etc.)? Do the transport routes bring people together or separate one area from another?
- Are there the same number of registered electors in each ward?
We have the data on the number of voters in each area, so we need your help on 1 and 2. We need suggestions backed up by evidence that supports your changes.
In the map below, you can see the draft boundaries from the Boundary Commission (in red). Overlaid on that (in green) is a proposed alternative for 3 wards prepared by our Green councillors for a council committee. These proposals were judged by officials as fine. They improve on the draft. But they were voted down by Labour councillors, in a tradition dating back to 1812.
The Oxfordshire Green Party welcomes this publication, the extensive work behind it and the opportunity given for us to make our views known on the future of the market.
We agree with the conclusions that indicate that the market has been very much neglected and are of the opinion that a future plan is very necessary. Moreover we find a great deal of the medium term plan acceptable but do raise a number of questions we think are important about the long term future strategy. We also suggest a number of quick wins to improve the market.Read more
Oxfordshire Green Party have examined the latest outline application for redeveloping Westgate. Our views on the current application remain largely unchanged from the previous comments to the Westgate Alliance. We do not consider this a sustainable proposal, and its disadvantages outweigh by far its benefits.Read more
Oxfordshire Green Party has made a submission to the County consultation on transport policies for the Headington area.Read more
Oxford City Council Air Quality Action Plan 2013 Consultation
Although we are pleased there is an attempt at an Air Quality Management Plan, we consider that given EU safety limits, this plan is inadequate given the scale of the pollution problem. We also consider that the problems of increased traffic and increased carbon emissions are hardly dealt with at all in any manner that would deliver adequate and beneficial targets or reductions in traffic. As an Action plan it needs to spell out in detail all possible means for reducing pollution rapidly long before 2025.Read more
Planning Application: Land West of Barton 13/01383/OUT
The Oxfordshire Green Party made objections to the Barton AAP on the following main grounds
- Loss of Nature Park
- The level of affordable housing being set at 40%
- Inadequate Open Space Provision
- Concerns about density and garden space
- Building too close to the A40, resulting noise and air pollution and loss of existing hedges on central reservation and on Barton side.
- Emergency and bus access into Northway breaking into existing protective hedge and grass area at Foxwell Drive.
Oxfordshire Green Party have been opposed to a major shopping development at the Westgate from the earliest proposals put forward. This land is public land, and was historically housing. The basis for the decision to make this an area for commercial development rests on an idea that Oxford should be more regionally commercially competitive; but we believe that this is not the best use of this central, piece of precious public land.Read more