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Shocking video shows Gibbs Crescent threat

Readers of Volesoft.com are already aware of the goings on in Mill Street, Oxford – some salacious details were made famous by Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales – the Miller’s Tale.  No doubt you have also seen previous posts here about Gibbs Crescent – a planning application made by A2Dominion was granted, despite safety concerns and waved through by the OCC committee on dubious grounds. All records of comments by residents have been obliterated. As well as representations by public authorities.

 

Gibbs Crescent is close to Cherwell College, and applications by A2Dominion were shown plans that showed fire engines couldn’t get to the proposed development. The video says it. All. Cherwell College is as close to Gibbs Crescent as a ciggie paper.

A further application is now under consideration by the egregious OCC planning committee – to build an extra two stories on Cherwell College – even though such an application was trashed by an HM Gov inspector years back.

You can see the existing comments about Cherwell College here.  

We had the wildlife lady down Chaucer’s street last week, listening to concern from the residents about the obliteration of albino badgers and bats, but questioned closely by the Oxford Badger Group. Julia has filed an objection but submitted this too, which is worth reproducing. So I will, below. Louise is the wildlife officer at OCC.

Residents of Mill Streets have photos and videos of bats, badgers, frogs and foxes, so we sincerely hope that sense and sensibility prevail here. 

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Dear Louise,
Thank you so much for coming to meet residents at Mill Street on Friday. We really appreciate it.
 As you heard there are many concerns about this speculative application and it is hoped that the Planning Officer will judge that this is an over-development of the site which will impact negatively on the basic rights of the neighbours .
What is clear is that residents are very enthusiastic and supportive of the rich variety of wildlife including badgers that visit their gardens and which they have nurtured over the years. As I explained, I visited the site before it was first  developed  and although there were no active setts there was evidence that the badgers used the site and the wooded, scrub area was a welcome refuge for a range of wildlife  in an increasingly built up city setting. The building that went up was a clear and intrusive over-development of the site with no environmental benefits, biodiversity gain or understanding of its context. The fact that there is a wealth of wildlife in the the area, including protected species, has not been recognised in any part of this inappropriate development, The mitigation has fallen on the neighbours  who have welcomed the dispersed wildlife into their own gardens.
OBG hope that this further application which is clearly about greed and not need, will be rejected. Times have changed because of the worldwide pandemic and the need for more student accommodation and park and rides need to be reconsidered in the  light of fundamental changes in travel, work/ study environment and retail.
What is clear is that there needs to be a greater focus on  preserving the diminishing wildlife of Oxford and making sure that any development results in biodiversity gain and not loss, which has not been the case with the Cherwell development.
OBG would like to see the following measures implemented on the Mill Street application site,  if permission is granted:
Measures to compensate for the initial loss of habitat and foraging on the site
Fencing which is wildlife friendly
Reduced light  and noise pollution.Why are lights allowed 24/7 ?
Planting which is species friendly, including living roofs.
Method statement for construction which is environmentally friendly.
OBG would like to see the City Council adopt strategies which respect the mosaic of habitats of  and wildlife within the city, with a more coherent and joined up policy. Too many badger setts have been lost  because of development and wildlife is diminishing at an alarming rate.  A new approach is needed and Oxfordshire Badger Group would work with the Council and other authorities to bring about changes before it is too late.
Best Wishes,
Julia
Oxfordshire Badger Group.

 

Mill Street: it’s at the tāntrik crossroads

As a practising tāntrik ( see www.shivashakti.com) I find myself most fortunate to live in Mill Street, Oxford – the mill mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales a long time ago.

At the end  of my road is a crossroads, and the Osney cemetery is ideal for tāntrik practices and close to a river.  It’s also haunted by owls, bats, badgers  and bhūtas (the spirits) and pretas (phantoms).   I’ve heard that brahma rakshas occupy the dying oaks round here. Even more ideal, is that the crossroads has a bridge to civilisation across the railway, as you pass by Stephen Clarke’s Cherwell College. A magnificent edufice (sic).

Crossroads, cemeteries and being close to a river are the hallmarks of the highly respected Indian goddess (devī) Kālī.   You are always welcome here! Read more about the goddess Kālī here.

The scaffolds go up on Mill Street

Ahead of the Austrians coming to Mill Street – next week – the scaffolding is going up. If there is a god at the bottom of the gardens between numbers 19 to 41 it has to be Jason Thacker.

Mill Street

To look on the bright side, once the Wall has been built, we won’t be able to take a snap of the extremely ugly Said ziggurat.

Oh, by the way, the blackbird is still nesting happily in the tuti puti shed halfway down Nathistan.

Oxford City Council appears “inept or corrupt”

HERE ON Mill Street, I take a long and hard look at the local Mick's Cafe, the Botley Roadcommunity and now that even Jocks like me have suffrage in England, I will be voting on the 2nd of May next.

So when a leaflet popped through my door from the Green candidate, Sushila Dhall of Green Oxford arrived with some allegations about the infamous Roger Dudman Way development, I read it with some interest.

I wrote to Ms Dhall – see correspondence below.  In other news, had a lovely breakfast at Mick’s New Cafe this morning. BBC Radio Oxford was outside the Westgate Hotel conducting a vox pop about St George’s Day. Unfortunately, I am no good – because I am a sweaty sock.

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Dear Mike,
I am referring to the fiasco surrounding the Roger Dudman way development, where a vital report from the City Council Heritage Officer was suppressed by the city council planning department after 1.5m of the apex of the roof was removed, as if this answered the concerns, which it did not at all, soil contamination surveys were not carried out, an Environmental Impact Assessment was deemed uneccessary (by the planning dept), which included a lighting survey and the impact on the view, trees were said to be able to be planted where they cannot, the plans were misleading in that they showed the view cone (meant to be protected) would not be affected, which it is, severely, the wording of the report said that the buildings would be visible as ‘glimpses from parts of the Meadow’, consultation which was said to have taken place did not. The whole things was pushed through on the basis of a number of misleading statements and pictures. Now the planning department is standing by it despite the errors and misleading statements made by them. With the proposed Blavatnik building on Walton St the proposal is for a building far taller than should be approved according to City Council documents and yet planning officers have not required it to be lowered, again drawings are misleading, local people not consulted (except in as far as local people have taken it upon themselves to spread the word and organise a meeting), and there appears already to be a bias in favour of approval, although given the level of publickly expressed discomfort this may change.
Re the Roger Dudman way buildings; a legal challenge against teh City Council is currently ongoing.
I hope this is helpful.
With best wishes,
Sushila

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM, MIKE MAGEE <mike.magee@btinternet.com> wrote:
Hi Sushila, and thanks for bunging your leaflet into Mill Street, which is where I live at number 27  as a registered voter.

When you say that the Labour dominated City Council “appears inept or corrupt”, can you give me some more evidence, please?

If the officers are corrupt, I would like to have them prosecuted for what they are doing for Oxford.

I look forward to your reply.

Mike Magee

The ballad of Roger Dudman Way

Where there’s a will, there is a lay.
So starts this wee tale of Roger Dudman Way.

Mick's Cafe, the Botley Road
Head west from Domino’s, through the tunnel of love,
Be shaken, if not stirred by rattling freight trains above,
And, flanked by Mick’s Café and the YHA
See the new glory that’s called the Roger Dudman’s Way.
Mick’s Café has shut, I am sorry to say.
‘Twas the jewel in the crown of Roger Dudman’s Way.

As you beat your way towards pastures new,
You’ll see Oxford Station and, this is certainly true,
You’ll see five storeys hove into view.

This is the Great Wall of Roger Dudman’s Way,
Blocking Port Meadow, or that is what they say.
The structure’s for students, and not really for geese;
They will have to soar high to stay in one piece.

Roger Dudman, the man who inspired the route
Was Lord Mayor of Oxford, and a leftie, to boot.
Of Dudman’s life we know little, it’s true,
But he held a grand post so was one of the few
To wear the great chain, and preceded by mace
Trouped through the town with consummate grace.

The latest Lord Mayor fell flat on his face,
For saying the word “sexy” that’s quite a disgrace.

And so we conclude this Dudman paeon,
To celebrate the daze of the Dudman aeon,
With hymns and raptures day by every day
To celebrate Mr Dudman  and his now famous Way!

Adrian James (50) designs new Travelodge

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/10155192.Architects_vie_to_put_train_station_on_map/