Imaginative transport plan needed

4:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – There is a clear need to provide transport links from the north-west Bicester eco-town to the town centre.

City would like to do more cycling

4:42pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I would like to thank your many readers who have written to me about cycling improvements in Oxford, following your story in July.

Days are numbered

4:40pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – A question was raised by reader Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch, (Letters, August 14) as to how many vehicle drivers have been killed by cyclists.

Piece of propaganda

4:37pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I was interested to see the report of a survey showing widespread support for fracking. Or so I understood from the first paragraph.

Slow down buses

4:36pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – All the buses are using Kennington as a rat run, all the double deckers are going down St Swithins Road taking the trees with them, the Wantage bus, the bus to the John Radcliffe Hospital, the X3 are all coming through the village. As they are not stopping, they are racing through this village about every five minutes.

Generous grants

4:36pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Thank you very much for publishing details of the opening of the new Aston Rowant Discovery Trail under the title Walk in the footsteps of the first Elizabeth (Report, July 31).

Can system cope?

4:35pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – There is an issue of whether our antiquated sewage system will be able to cope with the massive housing growth in the area.

Strict code of conduct

4:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I refer to Janey Messina’s wonderfully facetious piece (Quad Talk, August 7).

No seat guaranteed

4:33pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – When buying a coach ticket everyone is guaranteed to have a seat.

Increasing dangers

4:32pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I was appalled to read that 70 from a total of 532 vehicles travelling through Brize Norton in Station Road and Carterton Road, were caught speeding.

Happy ending

4:31pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I have been a volunteer at Cogges Manor Farm, in Witney, for the past three years. One of my duties is to feed the three farm cats.

Understanding bees

4:31pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – The grand opening of the Witney Bees teaching apiary took place at Southdown Farm.

Proud of NHS

4:30pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – People in this country are rightly proud of the NHS, and many are angry at the creeping privatisation now being introduced.

Uglier truths

4:29pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Richard Scrase (First Person, August 14) writes for Understanding Animal Research, a national organisation which, under one name or another, has been promoting animal research for over 100 years. You would not expect him to advertise its uglier truths.

Knit wit

4:28pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Was it a witty editor who placed the article about knitting a stool above the piece on visible excrement in a local food hall? (Report, August 14).

Busy station not shabby

4:28pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir - I really must take issue with Dominic Utton’s column (Off the Rails, August 7) and his description of the “slow, crumbling shabbiness” of Oxford station.

Exhausted subject

4:27pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — I am sorry if Richard Wilson (Letters, August 7) feels tormented by the less civilised of my motorcycling brothers and sisters.

Hypocritical torque

4:26pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — Richard Wilson. He’s a motorist (Letters, August 7). You know the sort.

If you C a mistake...

4:23pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — In your coverage of Oxford’s forthcoming Lieder festival (Limited Edition, August) a “C” appears to have dropped out of the headline: SHUBERT FIRST FOR SHOLTO (or is this a subtle example of “syncope” as defined in the Wordplay answers at the bottom of the page: “abbreviation, omission of sounds or letters from a word”?).

Get in lanes please

4:23pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — I had a look at the Frideswide Square/station masterplan. I noted that the plan does not show bicycle racks near the station nor do there seem to be clearly defined bicycle lanes in Frideswide Square.

What about breakfast?

4:22pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — In reply to councillor Howson’s letter (Letters, August 7) concerning free school meals for all. I agree that every child needs, and deserves, a hot nourishing meal every day. The majority of the members of the recent Education Scrutiny Committee agreed that the new coalition government’s proposals had been introduced with indecent haste.

Wonder of wool

4:21pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — On Saturday, August 9, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, many Oxfordshire people helped in rolling out a continuous line of pink home-knitted scarves that extended the whole seven miles between the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire.

Supporting Gaza

4:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — Having attended the family day at St Gregory’s School to raise money for the Gaza crisis, I was heartened to see the extent of support for the people devastated in that area.

Stop the land grab

4:19pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — It’s all too easy for Oxford City Council to continually press for the destruction of Green Belt land on the edge of the city (‘Council bid for ‘garden suburb’ on edge of city’, Oxford Times, August 7).

Shock of the new

4:17pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — What is it about Oxford people and their overwhelming negativity towards anything modern or different or new?

Freedom declaration

4:16pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – As is usual at this time of year, our city centre was almost overflowing last weekend, with tourists young and old, and from several different continents/countries. But you wouldn’t have to have been particularly perceptive to have realised that there was also something unusual going on in the Sheldonian, the Examination Halls and at Blackwell’s.

Californian law rules

4:16pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — Whenever I have been in Los Angeles driving around through both residential and commercial areas, I have always been tremendously impressed by the requirements imposed on vehicles when in the near locality of schools.

Footsore and weary

4:15pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir — I can visit one pub and drink myself into a coma. I can purchase 200 cigarettes and smoke the lot in one day (if I so choose).

We like Randolph food and decor

4:14pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Having read Katherine MacAlister’s restaurant review in The Oxford Times last week, I would like to say that the Randolph Restaurant is our favourite place to dine in Oxford.

Masterplan not good enough

4:13pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I wonder how many rail station users were able to attend the public consultation on the station masterplan on August 1 and 2 in the Westgate.

City deserves better

4:13pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – The release of the conceptual masterplan for Oxford’s new railway and coach station has raised the prospect of an efficient and gleaming metal and glass structure which will be subject of an international design competition.

Harpies from hell

4:12pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I am sure your correspondent Philip Cresswell rides a genuinely eco-friendly, quiet-running, electric machine, and that he is a considerate motorcyclist (Letters, July 31). But the motorcyclists I encounter on our roads don’t and aren’t.

West Way ‘Scream’

4:11pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Doric, the developers behind the controversial plans for West Way in Botley, are so sure that their project is a “done deal” with the Vale of White Horse that they are launching an artwork competition.

Squeezed middle

4:10pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Does councillor Sanders approve of the Lib Dem policy to provide free lunches for infant pupils (Letters, July 31) or not? She raises two points in response to my letter; firstly, some parents that could afford to pay might benefit.

Please name that bus

4:10pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – The one thing that dissatisfies me most of all in my daily life is one that seems to bother nobody else at present: a shocking ignorance and lack of both recognition and general acknowledgement of Oxfordshire’s buses.

Annoying noise

4:09pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I entirely agree with Dr Ian East (Letters, July 24). Why are there literally no restrictions on the noise from light aircraft once they are in the air?

Flood risk will worsen

4:08pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Your correspondent Nick Hills (resident Earl Street, flooded 2000, 2003, 2007, Letters, July 31) is surely right about the need for the quantum improvement in flood protection that the Western Conveyance would provide.

Come on city council

4:07pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – This week President Evo Morales took a brave step (which other world leaders have shied away from) and openly criticised the state of Israel for its recent actions in Gaza.

When will they learn?

4:07pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – Today (as I write in Oxford on Monday, August 4, 2014) marks the evacuation of diplomats from Libya — after our involvement in the turmoil and the deaths of thousands — and also the decision which led to the deaths of millions in 1914. Today also we see the aftermath of brutal slaughter, or intended slaughter, in Gaza and Israel.

Poor protest report

4:06pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I was sorry that the only aspect of the National Front march and the anti-fascist protest last Saturday which you reported last week was the arrests.

Hello from Benidorm

4:05pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir – I'm trying to contact some old friends of ours from Oxford who take regular holidays in Benidorm.

A40 relief road might never happen

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11:23am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – Current plans to reduce traffic congestion in preparation for Northern Gateway seem focused on installing traffic lights on the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts.

Flood action needed

11:20am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – On behalf of the South Oxford Flood Action Group (SOFAG) I enjoyed your lead letter from Prof Edmund Penning-Rowsell on the proposed Oxford and Abingdon flood relief scheme (July 17).

Huge cross-subsidies

11:20am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – I understand the concerns of Anne and Peter Furtado (Letters, July 24), but those who live in areas where there is risk of flooding — whether by choice or otherwise — are unfortunately liable to get flooded (the Environment Agency’s maps, whilst not perfect, are a guide to this possibility).

Anxiety of flooding

11:18am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – While we are immensely grateful to the teams that look after us during flood events, claims that the damage can be reduced by relying on local defences, such as those here in streets off the Botley Road, rather than investing in the Western Conveyance ignore the widespread anxiety felt as flood levels rise around us.

Relief road needed

11:17am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – Should we thank those who caused the recent ‘fatberg’ beneath Frideswide Square, and Thames Water for their recent excavations that closed George Street?

Much larger scheme

11:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – The latest consultation on the Northern Gateway Area Action Plan (AAP) in North Oxford has started badly, with local politicians making statements which show they are unaware that the size for the proposed development is now significantly larger than the Local Plan allocation.

Build new town

11:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – It is refreshing to see some fresh thinking on strategic planning issues for the county reported on your pages (“Green Belt dismissed as a distraction”).

Better cycle schemes

11:15am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – Following Graham Smith’s letter (July 17) about the Plain scheme being a waste of money, I can think of a number of improvements for cyclists which wouldn’t cost that much.

Visitors fill pavements

11:15am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir – Today, while waiting for my bus, I was passed by five separate parties of visitors, each neatly labelled and with the necessary supervisors.



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