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Hundreds sign petition in row over soldiers museum
6:00pm Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
MORE than 300 residents have signed a petition asking councillors to look again at a new soldiers’ museum in Woodstock.
Residents say the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, in the grounds of Oxfordshire Museum, is too dominant and damages the area.
They have asked Oxfordshire County Council, which granted the museum planning permission despite objections, to look again at the plan.
Work started on the £3m museum last year, and residents who live near the development in Park Street are protesting against the building by blocking workmen from putting up scaffolding to work on the first floor.
Woodstock mayor Brian Yoxall, who delivered the petition to County Hall on Tuesday, said: “So far we have got nowhere with representations made to the council with perfectly rational objections to this building, which is completely incongruous to this environment.
“We realise it is at a late stage but we want to do whatever it takes to redesign this structure so it is not so dominating in appearance.”
He invited members of the council’s planning committee to rethink the first floor design.
County council leader Ian Hudspeth, who represents Woodstock, said: “The council has received the petition and will consider what to do in response.”
He said the planning committee should visit the building to analyse its impact.
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