Transport strategy needed

10:44am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – The award of £35m to address congestion on the A40 between Witney and Oxford is very welcome.

Concern over West Way

10:43am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – Last week’s editorial — All Change? — seriously misrepresents the reasons why the local community in Botley are so strongly against Doric’s proposal for the West Way, even in its slightly modified form.

Bad for Botley

10:42am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – I was disappointed by your misinformed editorial regarding local objection to the West Way redevelopment proposal.

Thriving community

10:41am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – I am dismayed by your comments on the proposals for Botley in the leader column last week. Indeed the arguments put forward are so weak that I wonder if the article was intended to provoke.

Huge extra burden

10:37am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – The Pye/Blenheim plan to build 1,500 new homes in Woodstock, and double the size of this historic town, is a disaster. It cannot possibly be ‘sustainable’.

Do your bit on homes

10:36am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – I don’t know enough about the specific issue to comment on the proposed Woodstock extension, but I was appalled by the attitude of Peter Jay (First Person, September 11).

A40’s quick cheap fix

10:35am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – There is a link between the proposals to carpet West Oxfordshire with housing with that for a guided bus system linking Witney and Oxford.

Bus conundrum

10:34am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – M F Fawcett’s suggestion of a Water Eaton to Headington bus service (Letters, September 11) would not work because he misses several points. First it would use Queen Street, which is being closed on John Lewis’ say-so as part of the deal to redevelop the Westgate Centre.

Restore bus links

10:34am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – Public transport links across central Oxford, severed by 15 years’ bad planning, can be restored. But such links need capacity for many hundreds of passengers an hour and a route short enough to run without subsidy. And they must serve all passengers, not just those with less mobility.

Damning indictment

10:33am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – I would like to draw your attention to a statement made by the inspector in the introduction and overall conclusions of his report on the examination into the Oxford core strategy, which included the Northern Gateway development plan (December, 2010): “Oxford, particularly its central area, is undoubtedly an area of exceptional historic quality and international importance and it is somewhat surprising that the SA [Sustainability Appraisal] does not give the historic environment a greater profile.

Frustrating jams

10:32am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – I read with interest your front page story (September 4), claiming that guided bus lanes could be the answer to congestion on the A40. Such a scheme may help some commuters to Oxford, but has enough research been done for us to know how much A40 traffic is travelling into or out of Oxford? This is a major east/west route.

Delivery danger

10:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – Whilst there is much understandable discussion in your newspaper lately about the future of our beautiful city, and the desire for preservation by local people and visitors (which streets public transport should be routed for best effect for the beauty of our architectural vistas, etc).

Pink plea for help

10:29am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – Witney in the Pink is being held on Saturday, October 4, with a cake and bric-a-brac stall, entertainment and street collection.

Naval links

10:28am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – The news from the Canadian government that one of Sir John Franklin’s ships has been discovered from his doomed quest for a North West Passage has particular significance for myself as my great grandfather, John Brett Anderson, was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy and an officer in the original search effort to find Sir John and the ship’s company and establish the fate of the venture.

Emotional response

10:27am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – You reported (September 4) the observations of retiring judge Mary Jane Mowat on the problem of securing convictions in rape cases where the complainant had been too drunk to remember what had happened.

Neglected inventor

10:27am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – In the Photography Oxford Festival’s official newspaper, enclosed with The Oxford Times last week, Richard Ovenden refers to William Henry Fox Talbot variously as the ‘founder of photography’ and ‘father of photography’. Fox Talbot was neither.

Traditional fare

10:26am Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir – Further to the letter from Richard Bowen, (September 11) who is groaning about the traditional fair in Oxford.

Bollard affair is farcical

1:09pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – Most residents of Kidlington are aware that the High Street was pedestrianised in April 2012, and it was anticipated that enforcement would be difficult due to the police funding being cut. Kidlington Parish Council put pressure on Cherwell District Council to provide some physical barrier.

Tram link for A40

1:08pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – The proposed Guided Bus System (Report, September 4) would be a disaster for Oxford, the city is choked with buses already and they want to add more.

Electric is the future

1:07pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – To reintroduce buses to the Cornmarket will return a primary retail street to the unpleasant and dangerous quagmire it was before.

Moving pavements

1:06pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – To return traffic to Cornmarket would be a major retrograde step, in my view. Since pedestrianisation it is a pleasure to see residents and visitors thronging the street and enjoying the buskers.

Cross-city service

1:05pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – After all these years I do not want to see buses trolling up Cornmarket again.

Creative alternative

1:05pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – The demand from bus companies and others to restore some through bus routes along Cornmarket (Letters, August 28) is understandable, but it poses a painful dilemma for transport planners who can claim substantial environmental and aesthetic benefits from removing all motor traffic from this street.

Preserve Green Belt

1:04pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – One expects assaults on the Green Belt from ‘developers’ and empire-building politicians, but it’s astonishing to see Oxford Civic Society’s chairman joining in (Councils told to agree plan for expansion of city region, August 14).

Unanswered queries

1:03pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – In a democracy, you expect to be able to engage in a dialogue with your local council. But a packed public meeting in Wolvercote was told that the council’s principal planner, Rachel Williams, had not even responded to an invitation to attend to answer local queries.

Record low turnout

1:02pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – For a democracy to function and for the result to be considered legitimate, the electorate must be able to take part. With Police and Crime Commissioners elected on turnouts of 15 per cent, people have rightly questioned what legitimacy they now have.

Spectacular dig

1:02pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – As a footnote to Chris Koenig’s informative article on Pevsner’s ‘lost’ church treasures it is worth recalling that between 1973 and 1974, before the conversion of All Saints Church to the library of Lincoln College, Brian Durham carried out what is arguably the most spectacular excavation of any medieval site in Oxford.

Line in the sand

1:01pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – It was good to see Chris Koenig reminding us that Iraq was based on the existing Ottoman provinces of Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra (History Man, August 28).

Honourable fight

1:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – I was glad to read (on my return from holiday) (Stone memorial will honour Spanish Civil War volunteers, August 14) that Oxford will commemorate those that fought tyranny by volunteering to join the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. Oxford has an honourable place in the fight against fascism.

Swift service

12:59pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – I applied by post recently for an Indian visa via an agent. The agent received my application midday on September 1. It was checked and sent to the Indian Embassy on the following day. It arrived back with me at 8.30am on September 4. What service.

Help to buy pub

12:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – The article on pages 114/115 of last week’s Oxfordshire Limited Edition magazine is inaccurate in stating that Raymond Blanc provided a loan to the community to facilitate the purchase of The Bull.

Overpriced stalls

12:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – Each year in early September I find myself scratching my head and wondering why the local authorities allow the centre of our beautiful city to be taken over by a so-called “traditional fair”.

Listen to scientists

12:57pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – Mr Tyce’s letter (Letters, August 28) attempts to relate everyday weather to climate, they are not the same thing.

Curb carbon emissions

12:56pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – It is human to err and politicians are not exempt from making mistakes. The 2008 Climate Change Act introduced by Ed Miliband made a few errors unfortunately.

New post service

12:54pm Monday 15th September 2014

New post service Sir – On Sunday, September 7, East Oxford Delivery Office began a pilot of Sunday opening. The initiative is designed to make it easier for online shoppers not at home during the day to get their parcels.

Attractive courses

12:53pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – Paul Huband writes (Letters, September 4) that A-Levels must have been devalued because a pupil with 2 A* and an A at A-Level is destined for Oxford Brookes.

Community under threat

3:14pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Our Witney community is under considerable threat. We would encourage you to tell WODC:

Views ignored

3:12pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – A few months ago there was a well-attended public consultation about the Northern Gateway, held in a local hotel.

Confused messages

3:11pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – CPRE Oxford is surprised to see the statement by the leader of the city council, Bob Price, in the Oxford Mail (August 30) that a £12m funding bid for road improvements at Pear Tree/Northern Gateway was turned down by the Government because it was “not listed as a priority”.

Teething troubles

3:10pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Your Northern Gateway article and editorial (August 28) betray your reliance on the opinions of a councillor who has always opposed the project. If those opinions prevailed, Oxford would be damaged.

Far from wonderful

3:10pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – As part of the Northern Gateway consultation Oxford City Council gave an option of using the city-wide standard of at least 10% of the site area that is developed for housing as public open space.

Extraordinary man

3:09pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Your article Modest lifestyle of man who gave away millions, (August 21) August was a welcome reminder of the extraordinary philanthropy of William Morris, Lord Nuffield.

Depressing verbiage

3:08pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – The city council is currently advertising for a new Senior Conservation Officer, or — to use the snappy new title — ‘Team Leader: Design, Heritage and Specialist Services’.

Tensions exposed

3:08pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Writing as an early-taking, resit-improved student of English language O’-Level, I sympathise with certain schools’ reluctance to publish anything other than final grades achieved by young people who may have had two or more bites at the maths and English cherries in their GCSE exams.

Real dedication

3:07pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Last week’s edition included the annual GCSE “successfest” (Hugs and smiles for county’s record breakers).

Value of A-Levels

3:06pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – It was reported (August 21) that Harry Gable received 2 A* and an A in his A-Levels and accepted a place at Oxford Brookes.

Much-loved tree

3:06pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – I am aware that several of my constituents have written to you to express their concern about the felling of a magnificent 50-year-old sycamore which was a delight to residents in Frenchay, Bainton, and the neighbouring part of the Woodstock Road.

Memories of Stones

3:05pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – It’s 50 years ago this year since the Rolling Stones played a show at Oxford Town Hall as part of their 1964 UK tour.

God’s own time

3:04pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Can someone please perform a miracle for St Phillip and St James in the Woodstock Road, who do not seem to be able to get God’s clock to strike on time – our time ? David Bradnack, Oxford  

What’s in a name?

3:04pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – How utterly wonderful to read (shop fire article, August 28) of a fire service incident commander rejoicing in the name of Gary D’Anger.  Just marvellous Yours in the greatest imaginable jealousy, Paddy and Sara Watson, Kennington  

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