• Broad Street pedestrianisation survey

    Tell us and the Councils what you think!

    27 July 2021

    Broad Street must surely be one of the most beautiful spaces in the city with its handsome and dignified architecture, its wonderful vistas and the central role it plays in the ceremonial life of the University. But it is not being used to its full potential.  Without traffic and parking the street could provide a…

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  • July 2021 ‘Visions’ published

    All about planning.

    20 July 2021

    Planning should be boring! But proposed changes to the planning system at local level and the lack of joined-up planning at county and regional level raise issues that affect us all, and local voices need to be heard. Click the image to download. Topics in this issue: When the shouting stops: Hugh Ellis; Oxfordshire Plan…

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  • RSPB Otmoor – an incredible wetland oasis

    The video of this webinar is on YouTube

    20 July 2021

    Thursday 1 July 8pm Otmoor is one of Oxfordshire’s greatest conservation success stories. Discover from David Wilding, the Otmoor Reserve Site Manager, how the RSPB has “transformed boring arable fields into an incredible wetland oasis in the heart of England”. Former wheat fields are now home to an impressive range of wetland species including bittern,…

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
    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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • 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….

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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