Draft Core Strategy January 2011

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From rubymalvolio
Date Started: 25 Jan 2011 22:27. Last modified: 25 Jan 2011 22:27
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Do you have any comments on the vision and strategy for the future?

It seems to amount to building lots of new houses and the only upgrades to the road network are: Cogges link road, two a40 junction improvements and a unfunded County Council plan to improve access to Oxford. The residents of Witney don't want the link road and don't think it is actually going to work as intended. The minor a40 junction improvements are not going to improve the commute for West Oxon residents. Why are their no proposals to provide dual carriageway all the way into Oxford? The Oxford daily gridlock is going to be twice as bad under current plans. Although the cotswold line is being upgraded, the train isn't a alternative for most people because of the high cost.

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Do you have any comments on the strategy for Witney?

No

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Do you have any comments on the strategy for Carterton?

Carterton already feels over developed. The MOD housing stock isn't fit to house animals never mind soldiers and their families.

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The Council is proposing further growth at Carterton, either to the east or west of the town. Which of these areas do you prefer and why?

No

5

Do you have any comments on the strategy for Chipping Norton?

Chipping Norton really needs a proper a44 by pass, the narrow road going though the town past harpers is a accident black spot. Also the minimal and expensive public transport for surrounding villages to Chippy means everyone has to get into their cars to get there. The return from Ascot to Chipping norton costs £4.50, even with the current very high cost of fuel this cost means the bus only gets used by those who qualify for free bus travel.

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Do you have any comments on the meeting specific housing needs strategy?

No objection to new housing, the plan has almost nothing in it to improve the already poor road network.

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Do you have any comments on the use of existing buildings strategy?

No

8

Do you have any comments on the economy and town centres strategy?

No

9

Do you have any comments on the environment and sustainable development strategy?

No

10

Do you have any comments on the transport and movement strategy?

Public transport is far too expensive, the car is the only option for residents. The transport infrastructure currently doesn't support the existing population and the idea of more housing without massive investment in either public transport (affordable train and buses) or in the road network (a44, a40, pear tree interchange, a34, ring road). The residents of West Oxfordshire are either going to move elsewhere or go and find jobs in Gloucestershire where the road transport is vastly superior.

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Do you have any comments on the infrastructure strategy?

No

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Other comments

Lots of documents produced, plenty of work for consultants, solicitors and admin staff. Lots of meeting to keep the councillors in travel expenses and allowances. The end product is lots of documents but very little actual improvements to West Oxfordshire's infrastructure. Do you want me to get my shovel and start digging out a second lane to the A40?

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