Roads will get worse if there are any more cuts

Roads will get worse if there are any more cuts

Roads will get worse if there are any more cuts

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CYCLING around the potholes along the Cowley Road recently, admiring that prevalent new art form that should be called ‘Impressionist road marking’, it occurred to me that the powers that be are no longer treating our road system as sustainable.

If the current Coalition Government’s cuts are followed by cuts under the next Government, then the fragmented state of our roads and eroded state of our road markings will become far worse. A single bad winter could do fundamental damage to the kind of patchwork repairs done to roads at present, and make many potholes far worse.

We have a group of political parties committed to spending cuts which mean elementary things that we should be able to take for granted are simply not being done.

The deep commitment of some political parties to maintain low taxes, especially for the richest households, is wrecking our road system for all users.

Couple this with undermining essential spending on the NHS, the environment and education, and we are witnessing a kind of ‘manufacturing of poverty’ in a comparatively rich country which has a variety of low taxes, access to tax havens and easy tax regimes for corporations that are very much against the common good. And I don’t care for the effects I feel through my saddle either.

Steve Dawe

County Press Officer

Oxfordshire Green Party

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11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

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Today’s letters

Elderly need to get out and meet other souls

Oxford Mail:

2:40pm Thursday 28th May 2015

SO, THE truth is out. Oxfordshire County Council could afford to offer the Dial-a-Ride for the elderly.

Housing benefits for landlords and employers

Oxford Mail:

2:40pm Thursday 28th May 2015

BRIAN Duffy (May 21) has a point. Housing benefit enriches landlords, allowing them to increase rents above what rents would have been without the intervention of housing benefit.

Children will have to cross dangerous road

Oxford Mail:

2:38pm Thursday 28th May 2015

I SEE that you published an article in respect of the Barton Park development but failed to publish a report on when the hedgerow was cut down and removed at Foxwell Drive.

Residents, congestion and economy lose out

Oxford Mail:

2:35pm Thursday 28th May 2015

REFERENCING your article (May 22) surprise, surprise, charges up and ‘Number of cars using Water Eaton park-and-ride drop by more than a third.’ Congestion on Oxford’s ring roads up.

Pub site could become much-needed DIY store

Oxford Mail:

2:34pm Thursday 28th May 2015

WITH regards to the plans being turned down for a Hungry Horse outlet in Templars Square, there is already a family pub opposite the proposed site.

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2:14pm Thu 4 Sep 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

so is the green party going to build us more roads then to help with the congestion?


no didnt think so.
so is the green party going to build us more roads then to help with the congestion? no didnt think so. yabbadabbadoo256
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10:18pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

This is really worrying...

The Green Party don't appear to know the difference between assets & savings "richest households" and income.

It's not unusual for the most vulnerable people in society to be asset rich and income poor.

But then, it's only 4 weeks since the same press officer was campaigning to stop 1600 social housing homes being built for some of the most vulnerable people in Oxford.

The Green Party appear to be swinging far further to the right than the Tories ever have.
This is really worrying... The Green Party don't appear to know the difference between assets & savings "richest households" and income. It's not unusual for the most vulnerable people in society to be asset rich and income poor. But then, it's only 4 weeks since the same press officer was campaigning to stop 1600 social housing homes being built for some of the most vulnerable people in Oxford. The Green Party appear to be swinging far further to the right than the Tories ever have. Andrew:Oxford
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