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Featured consultations

  • Corporate Strategy 2024-28

    Our Corporate Strategy sets out our highest priority areas of work for the next four years. It includes commitments that we will deliver ourselves or in partnership, and where we can use our influence, to help us achieve them. When this strategy is finalised and agreed by your elected Councillors, we will prioritise time, money and resources to achieve these outcomes. This consultation is your opportunity to tell us whether these are the right issues and actions for us to focus on. We...

    Closes 21 March 2024

    Corporate Strategy 2024-28

Closed Consultations

  • Budget Consultation 2024-25

    Budget Consultation 2024-25

    Every year, we spend around £100 million providing public services that you, your family and friends use every day. Oxford City Council wants to hear from you on its budget proposals for 2024-25. The financial environment for local authorities at the present remains challenging. Dividend returns from our wholly owned companies are reducing as higher interest rates and inflation harm their...

    Closed 31 January 2024

  • Smoke Control Area Expansion

    Smoke Control Area Expansion

    Smoke Control Areas (SCAs) are designated areas of the city of Oxford where it is currently an offence: to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a chimney serving the furnace of any fixed boiler or industrial plant; for anyone to sell by retail, unauthorised fuel within the area covered by the SCA. There are currently 23 SCAs in the city of Oxford,...

    Closed 31 January 2024

  • Appointment of a Hackney Carriage stand - JR Hospital

    Appointment of a Hackney Carriage stand - JR Hospital

    Appointment of a Hackney Carriage Stand Section 63 Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 Oxford City Council hereby gives notice that it intends to locate a new Hackney Carriage rank at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford under the provisions of the above statute. Location:- John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford – 3.6 metres from the outside of...

    Closed 11 January 2024

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Partial Charging Schedule Review

    Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Partial Charging Schedule Review

    Oxford City Council intends to submit a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule for examination, under Section 212 of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011). In accordance with the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended), Oxford City Council has published the following documents for consultation: The CIL...

    Closed 5 January 2024

  • Oxford Local Plan 2040 Submission Draft (Regulation 19) Consultation

    Oxford Local Plan 2040 Submission Draft (Regulation 19) Consultation

    The City Council is carrying out a Proposed Submission Draft (Regulation 19) Consultation on the Oxford Local Plan 2040. The Local Plan is important because it will shape how Oxford develops. It will set out how we want our city to look and feel; it will guide new developments and people’s quality of life; it will deliver the new homes, businesses, jobs, shops and infrastructure needed to...

    Closed 5 January 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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We asked

An online public consultation was conducted by Oxford City Council over an 8-week period, running from December 4th, 2023, to January 31st, 2024. The consultation aimed to gather feedback from residents regarding the council's proposal to revoke the existing 23 Smoke Control Areas in Oxford and replace them with a single Smoke Control Area covering the entire administrative area of the city.

The consultation comprised a series of questions aimed at gauging residents' opinions and experiences related to smoke control measures and their impact. Questions covered topics such as residency within the city, existing exposure to smoke control areas, personal experiences with smoke nuisance, types of heating appliances used at home, awareness of health impacts from wood burning, familiarity with council awareness campaigns, and agreement with the proposed expansion of Smoke Control Area legislation.

You said

Based on the responses received during the consultation, several key findings and concerns were identified:

  • Most respondents expressed support for expanding Smoke Control Area legislation, although some were unsure or had reservations.
  • Concerns were raised regarding the potential impact on vulnerable populations and the need for adequate compensation.
  • Comments highlighted broader concerns about air quality, enforcement measures, awareness raising, and inclusion of boating communities.
  • Residents emphasised the importance of ongoing communication and education on smoke control issues.
  • Some expressed concerns about potential unintended consequences, such as a shift to non-sustainable fuels or insufficient time for appliance changes.
  • Respondents noted that urban bonfires were a source of smoke and nuisance.

We did

These insights informed the council's decision-making process and future actions regarding the proposed expansion of Smoke Control Area legislation in Oxford.

 

Read more on our Smoke Control Areas

We asked

Oxford Health and Oxford City Council met in the Summer of 2023 to discuss an opportunity to create a city funded electric taxi rank bay at the JR hospital in the context of the Go Ultra Low Taxi (T-GULO) project. We are delighted to announce that we have agreed with the hospital to install two E-taxi rank bays.

Oxford City Council therefore gave notice that it intended to locate a new Hackney Carriage rank at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford under the provisions of Section 63 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

Location:- John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford – 3.6 metres from the outside of the entrance to the Children’s Hospital, West Wing, for a distance of 13 metres northwards, to accommodate 2 vehicles (E-taxis only).

The rank will be accessible daily, 24 hours a day

A public consultation was conducted for a period of 28 days. The question was asked if persons agreed or disagreed to the addition of the rank and what comments, if any, they had.

You said

There were responses in support to proposed rank, there were concerns that the space should be for disabled persons.

We did

It is important to note that all of our licensed Hackney Carriages are wheelchair accessible and can assist in the transportation of persons with disabilities.

The results of the consultation will be analysed and a decision will be made by the relevant officers and committee’s whether adoption is suitable. 

We asked

For people’s views on the current policy in regards to emissions criteria for licensed Hackney Carriage Vehicles.

You said

The responses in favour of keeping the policy as it currently is along with being in favour of changing the implementation date.

We did

The results of the consultation will now be put before the General Purposes Licensing Committee.