ARGUMENTS against the proposal for a new Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme are being put forward by a local councillor.

On Wednesday, during Oxford City Council’s Cabinet meeting, Councillor Linda Smith, who represents the Lye Valley Ward, will address the impact the Cowley Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme [LTNs] is having on residents in her area.

LTNs were introduced to Church Cowley, Temple Cowley and Florence Park in March, however, earlier this week it was announced that the trial period would be reset, and so the barriers would remain in place until at least November of this year, rather than September.

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Ms Smith said the recently-implemented scheme, particularly the traffic filters on Crescent Road and Salegate Lane, has ‘increased vehicle traffic on Hollow Way and Oxford Road’ which she says has ‘led to more frequent congestion and poorer air quality’.

The councillor is also expected to mention that she believes no monitoring to establish ‘base line data’ for traffic or pollution, took place prior to the scheme and she also does not believe that the air quality on Hollow Way is being monitored.

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Ms Smith will also draw on several testimonies from residents in Lye Valley who have been negatively impacted by the Cowley LTNs, ranging from individuals who have missed medical appointments due to ‘heavy traffic’ and increased journey times on school runs.

The council introduced the LTNs across the city in hope to reduce congestion, reduce air traffic pollution and make the streets quieter.

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