This scheme for a liveable neighbourhood in the St Mary’s area (including Howard Street and Magdalen Road) was commissioned by city councillors Craig Simmons and Dick Wolff and has the support of city and county councillors for the affected areas.

St Marys Low Traffic Neighbourhood Presentation 26th March 2020
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  1. Joanna Freer
    Joanna Freer says:

    By the way, I’d like to state that I’m not against LTNs, but I am against not enough thought being put into plans to resolve problems in one area, meaning said issues are effectively shifted to another area. Fundamentally, this is my primary concern.

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  2. Liz Hodgson
    Liz Hodgson says:

    Hello! Please can you email me information about this plan and the 11th March meeting? I know there are maps and details somewhere but can’t find them! I’m part of Low Carbon East Oxford and it would be great id you could please keep us in the loop. We aren’t many or hugely active but even so. Very many thanks.

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    • Joanna Freer
      Joanna Freer says:

      I second this. Residents of this area seem to be getting very little information unless we proactively seek it out. Some of the comments / suggestions in this thread concern me … and it worries me that conversations are being had, and potentially decisions being made that bot enough in the neighbourhood have had visibility of.

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      • Joanna Freer
        Joanna Freer says:

        By the way, I’d like to state that I’m not against LTNs, but I am against not enough thought being put into plans to resolve problems in one area, meaning said issues are effectively shifted to another area. Fundamentally, this is my primary concern.

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        • Cllr Craig Simmons
          Cllr Craig Simmons says:

          I am sorry that we haven’t managed to speak to you yet about the St Mary’s LTN. We have leafletted every house two or more times inviting residents to meetings and advertised on social media as well. We have contacted every residents group in the area as well and offered street-based meetings. There is also a Facebook page which contains details if the scheme. Pls email me your details and we can send you information.

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          • Joanna Freer
            Joanna Freer says:

            Thanks for your reply, Craig. I live on Howard Street and I’m afraid I don’t recall having received any leaflets through. Nor does my partner. I will check with my immediate neighbours to see if they have, but I honestly think that many on Howard Street are in the dark about these plans, or – at least – have a vague sense something is being discussed, but aren’t aware consultation is under way. I imagine they will have a vested interest in this, particularly as the sense at the moment is that we are feeling the effects of the Flo Park LTN (negatively, I might add!). I am now on your mailing list, so hopefully I will be able to join an upcoming meeting. Jo

  3. Cecily Kirtland
    Cecily Kirtland says:

    I have lived in Swinburne Road for over 50 years and use a mobility scooter as I am disabled. My comments refer to the proposed building in Meadow Lane and the pollution from traffic already causing considerable concern to residents on the Donnington Estate and the Iffley end of Meadow Lane. I am involved with the local DTRA and wish to point out the need for considerabvly more thought about providing exercise and social space in our areas between Rose Hill, Iffley and Donnington as a leisure, community space and valuable educational area.
    May I recommend there is discussion about reducing pollution in the Donnington Bridge Road area with a community initiative shared with all interested parties by joining together with environmental and Carbon neutral groups to establish a `green barrier and safe resting place` for walkers, cyclists, disabled and residents around the Bridge Stores site. I have been involved with the 50+ group in Donnington for over 11 years and during the Pandemic we used the area around the shop as a life line for us mentally and physically, especially as we have no indoor venue and our exercises and other activities stopped. The proprietors are wonderful ladies who enjoy seeing the community and the shop is less crowded and more personal than the Co Op. They supply hot and cold drinks and tasty food to order and could provide an opportunity as a link with Iffley and Rose Hill so we are not such a neglected area. DTRA and 50+ group have applied for a Community Inclusion grant and hope to use the last 11 years experience of joining and sharing activities to improve our connections with the wider local community in safe and carbon neutral group,nature groups, education and social groups together. We would like to establish a closer link with the Falcon Club and all those interested in sharing ideas for a holistic approach to the problems we all face coming through a terrible year of suffering. There needs to be an open discussion with all parties who value our green spaces and wish to retain the fields and lanes for walking, cycling and all footfall traffic so we do not have housing in inappropriate places and conserve our valuable and diverse green spaces. Cecily Kirtland

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    • Cllr Craig Simmons
      Cllr Craig Simmons says:

      Cecily, thank you for writing. I share your concern about the ‘urbanisation’ of Meadow Lane which will only get worse with inappropriate development in Iffley. This area is not part of the LTN plans but I would be happy to discuss with you how this area could be protected and improved.

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  4. Fridolin Wild
    Fridolin Wild says:

    … and convert Cowley Road into a pedestrian area, so there is enough space for social distancing. This would upgrade the area, stream more people to the shops with enough space to walk, increase air quality…

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  5. Craig
    Craig says:

    Lovely ideas. I still think it needs more thought e.g. Why isn’t Howard street two way (otherwise traffic will be funnelled down Charles street and Percy street effectively duplicating journey length) & How are industrial vehicles going to do delivery (e.g. Co-op delivery truck). However this has great potential. What will be the process be to start getting local ideas to build on the proposal and ensure all thinking is robust?

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    • Zelie Lowles- Wardrop
      Zelie Lowles- Wardrop says:

      The Co-op delivery trucks currently reverse into Howard St from Iffley road and this clearly works well; therefore, it does not need Howard st to be made two way in order for “commercial vehicles to do deliveries” as they already do. It is also clearly signposted that any vehicles above 7.5 tonnes can not travel along Howard st, therefore, I’m not sure what point you are making?

      There is already a major issue with cars idling outside the properties on Howard St for long periods of time during rush hours, causing dangerous levels of air polllutants. This is a major concern for us as residents, and to suggest more traffic being allowed into the street; particularly heavy goods vehicles is the opposite of what we need to happen here in Howard St.
      Also, I’m concerned that this has been a “conversation” since July 2020 yet no one that I know, locally or from Howard St specifically, has been informed formally about this discussion taking place. Why not?

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  6. Gillian Coates
    Gillian Coates says:

    I participated in the meeting last night(17th) and have some comments to make. I live on James Street. The modal filter sounds good but better still would be a public space with seats and trees between the two envisaged between St Mary’s and Hurst Street junctions (adjacent to 30/31 and 59/60 James Street). If this goes ahead, and I hope it does, then it will be essential to retain double yellow lines on all sides of the road to prevent cars from parking in front of a modal filter.

    I did not note the link to the survey or know how to source it. Please provide. Thank you.

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