Welcome to the Oxford Civic Society
Oxford Civic Society is dedicated to striving for the continuous improvement of Oxford as a wonderful city in which to live, work and relax. Appreciating our past, enjoying the present and pursuing a vision for the future are the fundamentals of our effort, which we have been working on for over 45 years.
We promote sustainable, well-balanced communities, and a physical infrastructure which serves their needs, now and into the future:
- we champion issues to decision-makers and opinion-formers in local and national government, business and the media
- we organise, support and encourage individuals and communities to take action to improve the quality of their environment
- we provide opportunities for our members to participate in our activities, whilst contributing to the objectives of the Society
We have nearly 1,000 members. We are a registered charity and are actively contributing ideas and finance to Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement.
For more information, see the latest issue of our regular newsletter "Visions", also visit About Us and Annual Review. If you are interested in protecting Oxford’s heritage, knowing more about the city and helping us make a difference you could volunteer to join one of our working groups or better still join us and help shape the city’s future.
Community Involvement Consultation
Oxford City Council Statement of Community Involvement
The City Council has been consulting on ‘Community Involvement’ in planning matters. That means, among other things, getting ordinary citizens involved in helping avoid any re-run of the Castle Mill debacle.
Oxford’s draft Statement of Community Involvement is not action-oriented. It fails to take the opportunity to contribute right now to the debates and formulation of solutions to current major planning issues. It fails to address the relationship between Oxford and neighbouring district councils, or the issues of acute housing shortage, new housing locations, urban extensions into the green belt, major city centre development and very poorly linked transport and spatial planning across the city region. And it fails to deal with the existing obstacles to ordinary people getting involved.
Oxford Futures - Achieving Smarter Growth
On 31 March 2014 we launched a major report “Oxford Futures – Achieving Smarter Growth in Central Oxfordshire”. It argues that Central Oxfordshire is going to grow. It can grow smartly and we can all benefit. Or it can muddle its way through and lose out to better organised places. It says the only way to solve the problems arising from these growth pressures and bring about a prosperous future for the region is for all the different agencies to work together. This needs visionary leadership from the leaders of our communities, businesses and universities. The report calls on them to work together to achieve smarter growth.
To see more and to download the report (or buy a printed version) see the Oxford Futures website and blog. An edited video (just under 8 minutes) of the meeting which launched the Oxford Futures report is available to view on YouTube. See http://youtu.be/MNme6qu3WOM
We seek to foster a greater sense of belonging, responsibility, well-being and civic pride amongst local communities – and to empower people by the dissemination of information and ‘know-how’
We aim to ensure that Oxford is ‘a good place to be’ – a clean, green and well-maintained environment for people to enjoy. We actively encourage appreciation of the distinctive beauty and heritage of our city.
We promote best practice in terms of the sustainable development and management of new and evolving buildings and spaces whilst preserving the best of what we have inherited from the past
We focus on maintaining and developing a sustainable physical infrastructure that functions well for all modes of movement – walking, cycling, motoring, using public transport and sojourning.
What we do, who we are, how we work, how you can help – read more
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Tel: 07505 756 692
67 Cunliffe Close, OX2 7BJ