Hands off Oxford City


We want to make you aware of a massive threat facing Oxford City.

Oxfordshire County Council has put forward proposals to abolish Oxford City Council, along with all the other councils in Oxfordshire, to create a remote unitary county council covering all of Oxfordshire.

Our concern is that these proposals will mean the voice of the City will be lost; Oxford will no longer have control of decisions over vital services in the City.

Oxfordshire County Council’s track record is that they have closed homeless shelters by cutting grants, they have left communities isolated by cutting bus subsidies, they have devastated families by cutting children’s centres, and they have left our roads riddled with potholes and gridlock.

Oxford City Council is unique in Oxfordshire. We are the only council in Oxfordshire to have kept our 7,800 council homes, we own 19 community centres and five leisure facilities, we have an in-house youth team, we have a team dedicated to tackling climate change and another to improving recycling rates, and we give over £2m of grants to community groups and homelessness charities every year. In 2014 we received the ‘Best Achieving Council’ award.

You may not agree with everything we do, but we are proud of our record. Recent investment has included the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre, the £4m Rose Hill Community Centre, the recently-agreed £5m sports park at Horspath, the £20m refurbishment of Oxford’s tower blocks, £13.5m to improve Oxford’s estates, the £2m Northway and Marston Flood Alleviation Scheme, and £61m in new affordable housing.

The proposals for a unitary county council could put these services and priorities at risk.

Please sign this petition to register your opposition to the unitary county council proposals. Together, we can tell Oxfordshire County Council: Hands off Oxford City.

This is not about what political party you vote for, it is about whether Oxford remains in control of local services for local people.

If you would like to help further, please consider writing to your MP:

For more information about the impact of the unitary county council proposals, including a more detailed breakdown of Oxford City Council’s investment in the city, please visit our website.

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