OCS response to Oxfordshire County Council’s consultation
Submitted on 11 Oct 2013
What do you consider to be the transport issues and problems in the study area (includes Barton, Headington, Marston, Risinghurst and Wood Farm)?
On behalf of the Oxford Civic Society’s Transport Group I/we wish to make three high level comments in response to this Invitation to Comment. We have not commented on detailed aspects about transport in Headington as this is best done by local groups and residents.
OXFORD FUTURES 3 – THE WAY WE LIVE
On 10 September the third ‘Oxford Futures’ event was held under the title of ‘The Way we Live’. The event comprised an afternoon symposium and workshops, and an evening debate following three talks. Both sessions were well-attended and all the presenters gave authoritative reports on a wide variety of topics. The stimulating discussions that followed led to conclusions on issues of huge importance to the future of Oxford as a delightful and economically successful city in which to live and work.
OXFORD FUTURES – THE WAY WE LIVE
On 10th September the third event in the series ‘Oxford Futures’ was held, under the title of ‘The Way we Live’. On this occasion the event was organised by the Academy of Urbanism, The Royal Society for the Arts, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford City Council, and the consultancies URBED and Jon Rowland Urban Design, with Oxford Civic Society providing support and publicity. The event was heavily over-subscribed and registration enquiries were received from far outside Oxford.
WHY SHOULD OXFORD GROW?
Report of Oxford Futures event at the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, 20 June 2013
The second event under the title Oxford Futures brought together over 30 members of the Society and others with an interest in the city’s development to discuss different aspects of growth. The ambitious plans for Science Vale, the upgrading of Oxford’s rail connections and its housing situation raise issues about the value of further growth and how the benefits can be secured without losing what is valuable.
OUR CITY’S FUTURE
What kind of city do we want Oxford to be in the future? Do we want it to grow and change or to resist both? Can we sustain growth in our congested area without compromising the very qualities that make Oxford so special? Seventy people attended our Oxford Futures seminar, held in the Town Hall on 17 January, to open up a debate on these issues.