Oxford East Conservatives have condemned Oxfordshire County Council for ignoring residents’ concerns about Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) after a Freedom of Information request showed that 62% of consultation respondents opposed the implementation of LTNs in east Oxford. Despite widespread and vocal opposition to the proposals, County Leader Cllr Liz Leffman confirmed the intention to install additional barriers at a County Cabinet meeting in December.
Association Deputy Chairman Daniel Stafford said “Oxford’s residents have every right to feel aggrieved by their elected Councillors. Voters trusted assurances made before the 2021 elections that their Councillors would listen to local concerns. Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors have failed to honour the trust placed in them.
Oxford East Conservatives are the only party in the city standing with residents in opposition to the LTNs. LTNs have a disproportionate impact on marginalised communities, do not enjoy local support, and have worsened traffic and air quality. It is the height of arrogance for Cllr Leffman and her coalition partners to dismiss the legitimate concerns of residents out of hand.
Residents in east Oxford are losing patience with the parties of the supposed ‘Fair Deal’ Alliance. If Labour and the Liberal Democrats continue to treat their voters’ concerns with contempt, the Conservative Party are the only alternative that is listening, and will stand up for Oxford’s residents.”