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.
ORAA is working with advisors and Rule 6 parties to build the strongest possible case against the HIF1 road. It will directly engage or support the three parties opposed to the scheme through an agreed umbrella group and will:
- Engage legal and planning experts to submit a professional rebuttal of OCC’s plans
- Employ experts and support witnesses to submit Proofs of Evidence etc to challenge HIF1 and exploit its many weaknesses at the Inquiry
- Fund an Advocate to question Officials and those promoting the scheme at Inquiry hearings. These include Oxfordshire Co. Co., the Vale of White Horse DC, South Oxfordshire District Council and UKAEA
- Commission an alternative vision for transport infrastructure based on proven sustainable and workable schemes elsewhere
- Show how local development plans can be achieved without unnecessary road building
- Hold seminars and other initiatives to educate the public that there is a better way!
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