CLIMATE protesters are set to gather outside Oxford Town Hall tomorrow evening, ahead of a city council vote on the environment.

The City Council will vote on a motion declaring 'Climate Emergency' tomorrow evening, which activists expect to pass, and on motion opposing the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

Climate groups are backing the council's move but are asking them to do more and become carbon neutral as quickly as possible.

Al Chisholm from Fossil Free Oxfordshire explained: "We are on the brink of climate breakdown so Oxford City must follow other councils in declaring a climate emergency.

"The motion opposing the expressway goes hand in hand with this - a massive new road building project would be completely at odds with tackling climate change."

Ben Kenward, from Extinction Rebellion, added: "Extinction Rebellion, Fossil Free Oxfordshire, and other people of Oxford will attend the Council session to applaud the City Council in declaring Climate Emergency and opposing the Expressway in its current form, as we expect them to do, but also to demand that they do more.

"Hard science says humanity faces imminent climate catastrophe unless we go carbon neutral within a decade or so. This is possible, but is incompatible with any form of the Expressway, and the City council must set a date for carbon neutrality rather than making vague promises."

The co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley was due to attend but is now unable to.