A well-known community activist from Oxford has visited Downing Street a second time to deliver a letter to the prime minister.

Community champion Amir Steve Ali delivered a letter to Rishi Sunak this afternoon which called for him to acknowledge the negative impacts of low traffic neighbourhoods.

The LTNs were first introduced in Church Cowley, Temple Cowley and Florence Parks in February 2021, and were later installed in Divinity Road, St Clement’s and St Mary’s in East Oxford.

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Oxford Mail: Amir Steve Ali standing outside No10Amir Steve Ali standing outside No10 (Image: Contributed)

The council introduced LTNs with the aim of reducing pollution and through traffic, but they have been met with controversy by traders in East Oxford.

Mr Ali’s previous petition called for a vote of no confidence in Oxfordshire County Council due to its role in pushing ahead with low traffic neighbourhoods, the zero emissions zone and traffic filters.

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Speaking to the Oxford Mail about his second visit to No10, Mr Ali said: “I want to make the prime minister aware of the issues members of the public are facing in Oxford.

“I don’t get paid to stand up for taxpayers in Oxford, but I do it for all the businesses which are suffering, and my heart goes out to them.”

Oxford Mail: Picture of Amir Steve Ali's letterPicture of Amir Steve Ali's letter (Image: Contributed)

Mr Ali works at the Chinese restaurant Rice Box on Cowley Road and previously ran as an independent candidate in Oxford City Council’s elections in May 2022 but was unsuccessful.

The activist has also been extremely critical of Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds in the past and called on her to resign for “being absent from local life”.

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Ms Dodds has previously responded to Mr Ali’s criticisms by promising to “continue to work to reflect residents’ views’ on LTNs but she has insisted that she “cannot dictate to councils”.

Mr Ali’s previous work for the community in Oxford has included hanging up Father’s Day banners across the city and paying to install a flag in East Oxford which celebrates racial unity.

Oxford Mail: Amir Steve Ali before he presents No10 with his petitionAmir Steve Ali before he presents No10 with his petition (Image: Contributed)

His previous petition on Change.org had been signed by more than 3,600 people on June 19 and it claims the council’s traffic measures have caused more pollution and have led to emergency vehicles becoming stuck behind gridlocked traffic.

In June, the county council opened a consultation on LTNs and invited the public to give their views on proposed changes, which included installing automatic number plate recognition cameras instead of bollards on Divinity Road, James Street and Magdalen Road.

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In addition to this, the council’s proposed changes include adding a traffic restriction at the St Clement’s end of Jeune Street and making the street two way south of the restriction.

An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman previously said: “We are aware of the petition on Change.org.

"This is something for central government review subject to it meeting parliamentary petitions criteria.”