This overengineered and expensive scheme will ruin 133 acres of Greenbelt.
The scheme could destroy up to 4000 trees, a fact hidden by the reference in the proposal to ‘groups of trees’ being removed.
The proposed 60 metre bridge over the ‘channel’ in Willow Walk will destroy over one third of the Walk. Monks' Causeway to the Fishes will be no more. Is this bridge the precursor for a road?
The Botley Road warehouses were allowed because of the tree cover to the view from North Hinksey Lane. These trees will now be removed.
The Seacourt Stream will be damaged where the new ‘channel’ takes the flow away. It will have the potential to become a weed choked and rat infested ditch running behind gardens and the garden of the Fishes pub.
500,000 tons of gravel and sand are planned for extraction and removal along the single track entry point for cyclists, pedestrians and cars for the rugby, archery and tennis clubs through North Hinksey Village. At 25 tons a truck that is 40,000 journeys there and back.
Planning Blight has already removed the highly successful “Old Manor House Riding School” whose stables have been pulled down and become a housing estate.The scheme’s lack of maintenance beyond five years means that the whole area which has been successfully grazed by horses and other large animals for centuries maintaining the biodiversity will become a waste land. The solid soil base will be removed and fences will not be allowed so no animals can be grazed.
Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council have obtained a £6 million Housing Infrastructure grant for the Osney Industrial Estate redevelopment. The flood alleviation scheme being paid for by tax payers is enabling Third Party Land development at Osney Industrial Estate which is not what the Water Industry Act was set up to do. Has this scheme been designed to enable Oxford University to develop land they own into student housing and a new Engineering Department?
We risk being called Nimby’s. However we local residents have lived in the area for years and know and feel responsible for the environment we have cared for, better than people working on maps and computers elsewhere. We stand for ‘local control of the local environment’.