Oxon Plan 2050 – OCS comments
Our views on this important consultation
14 October 2021
The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 attempts to set out how the County will respond positively to the development pressures it faces now and over the next 30 years. We welcome the good intentions of the proposed Oxfordshire 2050 Plan. But we are not convinced that the Plan is sound in a number of respects. Our comments…Read more
New Oxfordshire County Council
Appointments of particular interest to OCS
9 July 2021
Following the May 2021 elections, the Liberal Democratic Party, Labour Party and Green Party have formed a coalition - the Oxfordshire Fair Deal Alliance – to lead the County Council.Read more
Covered Market Survey Results
Results from the survey we ran in March/April
18 May 2021
The Survey was an OCS initiative to inform and facilitate discussion about revitalising the historic Covered Market. Working with the City’s Regeneration Manager and other stakeholders a fully worked-up scheme will be submitted to the Council towards the end of 2021 for approval and the necessary funding.Read more
The Survey opened on 16th March with a closing date of 8 April 2021. It contained 12 questions, four of which allowed free text answers. It gained a total of 426 responses.
OCS objects to Wheatsheaf planning application
Reasons why the City should refuse the application.
16 March 2021
Here is the text of our letter submitted today objecting to the planning application which would see the loss of the Wheatsheaf music venue. Ref: 21/00345/FUL. Conversion of first and second floors to create 9no. student rooms, shared kitchen and common area. Wheatsheaf Yard, The Wheatsheaf High Street Oxford OX1 4DF Oxford Civic Society objects…Read more
Oxford Covered Market survey
- and children's quiz!
16 March 2021
We are working with the City’s Regeneration Manager and other parties to put together a proposal to revitalise Oxford's historic Covered Market. A fully worked-up scheme will be submitted to the Council towards the end of 2021 for approval and the necessary funding.Read more
The Wheatsheaf music venue to close?
City centre’s last live music venue threatened with closure
2 March 2021
Oxford Civic Society is alarmed to hear that the city could soon lose a well-regarded music venue. Not long ago, there were eight venues in Oxford city centre hosting gigs by up-and-coming local, national and international bands. Since 2019, when The Cellar was closed, The Wheatsheaf has been the sole survivor in the city centre….Read more
Member survey 2020
A brief summary of the results
8 October 2020
Every few years we invite our members to take part in a survey to find out how well we’re meeting people’s expectations of the Society. In July/August 2020 we carried out such a survey (mainly online) and had an excellent response – thank you to all of you who took part. The survey shows a…Read more
More from Oxford University about students’ return.
An update from the University's Public Affairs Directorate
3 October 2020
In an earlier article we shared the University of Oxford’s initial arrangements for the Covid-19 safeguarding of students, staff and the public when students return for the Autumn (Michaelmas) Term. We have now received this update from the Public Affairs Directorate; it is being communicated to all students through a health communications campaign run by…Read more
Oxford University plans for Autumn term
Covid-19 safety arrangements for staff, students and the public
13 August 2020
We have received a letter from the University of Oxford's Public Affairs Directorate which describes the arrangements the University is putting in place from the start of term in October.Read more
July 2020 ‘Visions’ published
Oxford under lockdown and after
10 July 2020
How has Oxford been under lockdown, and what should it be like in future? Click the image to download. Topics in this issue: Shaping the City’s recovery OCS people The jigsaw that lacks a picture on the box (response to LTCP5) A shake up of the planning system Transport in a post-COVID era Balancing Heritage…Read more