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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It will be interesting to see how it all turns out

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

I am writing concerning Mr Woodward’s letter on October 31 on behalf of the silent majority about the West Way redevelopment. Yes there is a silent majority, but silence does not mean consent. Apathy is one reason for the silence and another is that many of us believe that Doric and the Vale council have already done a deal behind closed doors, and the destruction of Botley has already been decided. I do not have Mr Woodward’s clairvoyant skills in knowing that the silent majority are all in favour of Doric’s diabolical development.

The law is the law and we need to follow it

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

I am replying to the letter from Michael Hugh-Jones on November 7. I was surprised that a man of his intelligence failed to observe the “Cyclists Dismount” signs which have been in place for some months.

Late PC taught me how to ride motorbikes

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

I was interested to see the photo of the late Pc105 Ken Parkinson on the Triumph 200cc Tiger Club Motorcycle in the letters section recently.

An opportunity site that cannot be ignored

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

Daniel Scharf ‘Shameful heritage of airbase is being ignored, November 12,’ criticises the failure to develop the former RAF Upper Heyford as a Cold War heritage site of international importance.

Castle Mill report proves council was guilty of a grave error of judgement

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

City council leader Bob Price has done it again. Back in January he asserted he didn’t understand why people were “so exercised” about the damage to Port Meadow. You’d think that if the sight of the Castle Mill blocks themselves or the council’s planning review (that found its public consultation had been inadequate) weren’t enough for him, then the publication of the Environmental Impact Assessment surely would. It spells out starkly how the development has had an “adverse impact” on no less than 22 “heritage asset settings”.

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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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