• March 2022 ‘Visions’ published

    We need simpler planning!

    3 March 2022

    Topics in this issue: Why we need simpler county-wide planning; Addressing inequality; Blue Plaques in 2021; Volunteers; ROQ: the humanities building; Reducing traffic in our city; Transport Group’s report; On being High Sheriff; Programme April–July 2022; AGM; OxClean Spring Clean; Legacy

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  • Annual Review 2021 & AGM

    Our AGM will be held in person on 22 March

    3 March 2022

    Our 53rd AGM will be held at Rewley House on 22 March at 7.30pm. There will be a short business meeting followed by a chance to ask questions or raise issues about Oxford or the Society. Tuesday 22 March at 7.30pm Agenda President’s opening remarks  Apologies for absence Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on…

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  • The Oxford Economic Strategy – OCS response

    25 January 2022

    The Society has submitted a response to the consultation on the Oxford Economic Strategy being drawn up by the City Council. The document is technical and a long read, but principally finds that the draft Strategy needs to be much more strongly linked and integrated with the surrounding City Region and its various Councils and…

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  • Pedestrianising Broad Street

    The results of our survey

    26 October 2021

    The overall response in favour of pedestrianisation was 83%, and 65% had no reservations about the proposals. 71% of the respondents do not use the parking facilities in the Broad, and 87% either walk or cycle. 60% of respondents visit or pass through the Broad at least once a week.

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  • 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…

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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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