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Following our succesful and productive reset meeting, here's a quick snapshot for the beginning of August
** Help secure money to support active travel in Oxford **
Planning our contribution to the climate action exhibition
Where might we add trees to the local environment
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August 2020 news

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It was great that we had so many new members join our reset meeting in mid-July. Apologies again to those of you for whom the timing of the meeting was inconvenient. We really appreciate the kind facilitiation from Eleanor Watts. We also joined the CAG AGM, connecting with other members and helping CAG as they find new feet!

The main focus of this newsletter is the urgent opportunity for the County Council to apply for financial support for active travel and traffic management. Demonstration of deep and wide public support would help encourage the county to submit a bold and ambitious Tranche 2 Proposal for the Emergency Active Travel Fund. The deadline for the proposal this Friday, 7 August - so please consider contacting your county councillor about this TODAY.

There are also two related consultations open, concerning bus gates and active travel. Please try to find time respond to these too.

We are working with CAG to develop our contribution on stories of climate over the years, for an exhibition at Arts at The Old Fire Station. Our input includes video pieces on thermal imaging and images from our stalls at community events. Please get in touch if you'd like to be involved.

We don't have an update on the Green Homes Grant vouchers at the moment, though we hope they don't all disappear quite as quickly as the first tranche of bike repair vouchers. We eagerly await details of how this scheme will embrace rented properties and the extent of support for those less able to contribute to the cost.

Finally, if you have chance to walk around our local neighbourhood, please keep an eye open for any pockets where a tree or two might make an attractive addition. We will be coming back to this later in the autumn.

Robin
Oxfordshire County Council's bid for Tranche 1 of funding for active travel were not judged sufficienlty ambitious. As a result, they will receive only half the amount requested. The County Council have another chance, for £2.4m in Tranche 2, which needs to be submitted by 7 August.

The Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel proposals include:
Your help is requested in persuading the County to submit the proposal we want to see for Oxford.

You can write to your councillor - for Iffley Fields and St Mary's this is Damian Haywood and in St Clement's and Cowley Marsh, Jamila Azad. For maximum effect and to reduce delay, you could also copy the cabinet member Yvonne Constance.

Rememer, time is of the essence; our County's bid needs to be submitted by the end of this week and it's vital to stress to your councillor the important that you place on this issue
There are also two travel consultations open at the moment.

The first concerns the proposal to introduce two new bus gates, to help reduce cross-town traffic. This closes on Sunday 9 August. One of these gates has the potential to reduce private vehicle at the Plain.

The second consultation concerns active travel across Oxfordshire and closes 28 Aug. 
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