Extremely Important Alert.
In my opinion and of many others, the proposal for more 'bus gate' traffic restrictions within Oxford will have far reaching and extremely negative repercussions for the economic viability of our city centre. You must not be taken in by the words 'temporary' or 'experimental'. Once the bus gates are installed, we all know that the chances of them being removed, after a number of years, will be remote.
Here is the link to the council consultation page and survey which is extremely important. Please see for yourself and pass this on to as many other interested parties as possible. Getting as many people as possible to respond to this will be the most effective method of ensuring our voices are heard and taken into account. The circulation must include
fellow businesses, colleges, offices, suppliers and building/equipment maintenance etc etc.
Even better, please do also write directly to the county council via their email address dedicated to the issue and Ian Hudspeth, Chief Exec of Oxfordshire County Council, firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Highways Authority, they will make the ultimate decision on these bus gates, email@example.com
There's not a lot of time (as usual with these things). The closing date is end of August 9th 2020. Every letter counts.
With my wishes,
'The Oxford Collection?' (Old Bank & Old Parsonage Hotels, Quod & Gees)
Chairman: OHSA (Oxford High Street Association)
Chairman: ROX (Backing Oxford Business)
You may also like to contact city council representatives (full list here):
Councillor Susan Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org: Leader of the Council, Leader of the Labour Group, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Partnerships.
Councillor Mary Clarkson, email@example.com: as Cabinet Member for City Centre, Covered Market and Culture she is responsible for ensuring "a vibrant city centre, attractive to all residents and visitors". I'm sure she would welcome detail on how these bus gates may well threaten such vibrancy.
Councillor Louise Upton, firstname.lastname@example.org: a member of Cyclox, who are actively campaigning for the introduction of these bus
gates. A real shame that the great intention to increase cycling uptake and safety in Oxford is being conflated with the bus gate proposal whose implementation will do
Councillor Tom Hayes, email@example.com: Deputy Leader; Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford. He may well welcome feedback on how the bus gates would surely more likely increase carbon emissions by encouraging - especially in the current climate - driving visitors to take a far more circuitous route into town, rather than take public transport.