Stop the Road Jack! (HIF1 Planning Inquiry, Oxfordshire)

A community alliance and campaign group working with advisors and Rule 6 parties to build the strongest possible case against the HIF1 road.
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Focus of work

Oxfordshire Roads Action Alliance (ORAA) is a community alliance and campaign group working to promote sustainable transport and prevent unsuitable road development in Oxfordshire. It does this by building alliances with like-minded groups and by holding seminars with expert speakers on various transport initiatives to disseminate information to the public on sustainable transport and climate friendly alternatives. It writes articles and press releases and maintains a web blog on matters of public interest relating to road building schemes and transport. Representatives have appeared on the BBC, ITV Meridian and on radio to promote its objectives and alert the public to the folly of existing proposals.

ORAA speaks at County Council and District Council meetings and submits papers and objections on planning applications. ORAA has actively opposed the HIF1 scheme, a costly 9-mile road scheme dubbed “the road to nowhere” near Didcot. This scheme was rejected by Oxfordshire County Council’s planning committee, but it has been kept alive by vested interests who asked the Secretary of State (Michael Gove) to call a Public Inquiry on the scheme before a formal decision notice could be issued. The Public Inquiry is due to start on 20th February.

ORAA are also challenging plans for the Watlington Relief Road which will have negative consequences in the immediate area and beyond.

Impact

Stop the Road Jack! has worked with advisors and Rule 6 parties to build a strong case against the HIF1 road scheme.

They have:

  • Engaged legal and planning experts to submit a professional rebuttal of OCC’s plans
  • Supported an expert witness and local witnesses to challenge HIF1 and exploit its many weaknesses at the inquiry
  • Featured in the Oxford Mail
  • Gathered support from Oxford Civic Society, Oxfordshire CPRE, and other local groups
  • Held a seminar with Create Streets and Transport for New Homes, with 30 participants joining to discuss the alternatives to road building.
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