The latest news concerning the possible relocation of the Oxford United operation to land off Oxford Road (Stratfield Brake, near Kidlington) is extremely concerning for a number of reasons.

But more so, given it is to be considered by Oxfordshire County Council on January18.

To my mind it is entirely unreasonable for OUFC to bump the county council into making a rapid decision on permission to seek relocation.

What is the urgency?

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The ‘leaked’ letter dated January 7, 2022 sent to Oxford supporters will have come as a surprise to many and provides little time for clear thoughts, and consideration of the potential implications.

Has sufficient thought been given to: (i) the impact on the existing site occupied by OUFC, namely the future of the supporters’ group and especially the longstanding relationship with the Oxford Academy which serves some of the most disadvantaged areas in Oxfordshire?

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(ii) How the loyal fans in south and east Oxford will reach the proposed new ground by public transport - assuming that more attend from that part of Oxford than north Oxford and the Kidlington area.

I cannot envisage hoards of football fans taking the train to Oxford Parkway.

I believe some may take public transport while others will choose to drive to the stadium.

Adding football traffic to the already busy Oxford Road and Northern Bypass will cause enormous congestion.

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Let us not forget the future increase in traffic from the three developments close by.

These are Oxford North, Croudace Homes at Frideswide Farm, and the Camargue development on Land East of Oxford Road (PR6a site).

Also let us not forget the three developments in Old Marston.

(iii) What would replace the stadium if it is demolished.

The land it occupies is designated for leisure and recreation so cannot be used for housing.

Finally, (iv) what plans if any are in place to protect the 12th century Minchery?

It is one of relatively few medieval buildings outside the city centre and is now boarded up and disused.

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It is clearly a monument at risk that has been sorely neglected and should be saved.

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I hope that all these factors are seriously considered by members of the Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet on January 18.

Even if permission is granted this in itself does not commit Cherwell District Council to approve any application that may be submitted.

Perhaps it is time to pause, stand back and consider what is best for all concerned.

Gillian Coates

East Oxford

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