Shores Green shambles

Sir – Last week I presented the county council with a petition from people in Witney asking for a four-way A40 junction at Shores Green to be made a top priority to cut traffic problems.

The ruling Conservatives seemed to be late converts to the idea. This did not stop their leaders objecting to me presenting the petition, nor from barracking me about sitting in the wrong place. This playground behaviour does them no credit.

The Conservatives amended a motion from Labour councillors Sanders and Price to prioritise Shores Green. Instead they put it last in the queue, behind the Downs Road junction, which is not even at blueprint stage. Where are the plans for Shores Green?

The council hasn’t even used outline plans drawn up by developers before the Cogges Link Road inquiry in 2012.

After a flurry of excitement when David Cameron seemed to suggest central funds would be made available, Conservatives say more houses are needed to fund and build it.

Where’s the money set aside in County coffers for local roads when over 2,000 homes were built at Madley Park and Cogges? If there was £20m for the useless Cogges Link, where’s the £5m for Shores Green? Future development must be approved or refused on its own merits, not nodded through to pay for strategic schemes.

We’ve waited for decades. We’ve paid for Conservative delay, bungling and incompetence. It seems all they can do is moan about Witney petitions, and whinge about seats in the council chamber.

Duncan enright District councillor (Labour) Witney East

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7:53pm Wed 9 Jul 14

OutToPasture says...

Can someone please force some transparency or at least some sensibility in to all of this.

The Conservative led, pet project of Cogges Link Road failed, because they were too late securing the funding.

Shores Green was always "the" alternative even during the discussions of the CLR so why the blame game for not taking it forward? Why do we have a town run by people who evade questioning and act like spoilt children when they lose something?

It's so infuriating. You just want to bang their heads together?

We're being told that this area will require thousands of new homes by 2031.
Then we're told that they want no more that 5k built in that period.
But now they want houses to fund the Shores Green project?
Shores Green is needed just to address the current population and traffic, not after the building of more houses.

Finally, where's all of the money from the CLR gone? I know the Gov funding was pulled because this council missed their deadline, but there was more than the £18m central gov were going to fund towards it?
Can someone please force some transparency or at least some sensibility in to all of this. The Conservative led, pet project of Cogges Link Road failed, because they were too late securing the funding. Shores Green was always "the" alternative even during the discussions of the CLR so why the blame game for not taking it forward? Why do we have a town run by people who evade questioning and act like spoilt children when they lose something? It's so infuriating. You just want to bang their heads together? We're being told that this area will require thousands of new homes by 2031. Then we're told that they want no more that 5k built in that period. But now they want houses to fund the Shores Green project? Shores Green is needed just to address the current population and traffic, not after the building of more houses. Finally, where's all of the money from the CLR gone? I know the Gov funding was pulled because this council missed their deadline, but there was more than the £18m central gov were going to fund towards it? OutToPasture
  • Score: 5

10:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

C ARINGAROSA says...

I agree with Councillor Enright. This saga has been going on for ages, for heavens sake get on with it and stop wasting time. How dare a council object to people expressing their views in a petition, they should be booted out at the next council election.
C.Aringarosa, Corn Street, Witney.
I agree with Councillor Enright. This saga has been going on for ages, for heavens sake get on with it and stop wasting time. How dare a council object to people expressing their views in a petition, they should be booted out at the next council election. C.Aringarosa, Corn Street, Witney. C ARINGAROSA
  • Score: 5

11:21pm Wed 9 Jul 14

the wizard says...

I've said it before and will no doubt say it again, Hudspeth is not fit for purpose. He was told by the public inquiry to get on with Shores Green and ever since its been excuse after excuse. He blames everyone else other than himself, yet he is the man who overall is charged with the responsibility, yet he takes on himself to spout total nonsense about the whole affair. If he was privately employed spouting what he has over this last week he would have been slung out on his backside. Time his position was a voted for by the public as opposed to the old boys club. How can somebody that is so totally inept rise to such a serious position, I strongly suspect he has been previously promoted to get him out of the way. If he had any morals he would leave now before he commits further damage.
I've said it before and will no doubt say it again, Hudspeth is not fit for purpose. He was told by the public inquiry to get on with Shores Green and ever since its been excuse after excuse. He blames everyone else other than himself, yet he is the man who overall is charged with the responsibility, yet he takes on himself to spout total nonsense about the whole affair. If he was privately employed spouting what he has over this last week he would have been slung out on his backside. Time his position was a voted for by the public as opposed to the old boys club. How can somebody that is so totally inept rise to such a serious position, I strongly suspect he has been previously promoted to get him out of the way. If he had any morals he would leave now before he commits further damage. the wizard
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Fri 11 Jul 14

goridebus says...

Er, the wizard, he was elected. He is the leader of Oxfordshire County Council.
Er, the wizard, he was elected. He is the leader of Oxfordshire County Council. goridebus
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Fri 11 Jul 14

skcollob says...

goridebus wrote:
Er, the wizard, he was elected. He is the leader of Oxfordshire County Council.
Then who exactly voted for him to be leader of OCC? i don`t recall ever being asked to vote for anyone to be leader of OCC. Wizard is right he was only voted for by the public as a councilor, the usual old boys club voted him as leader.
[quote][p][bold]goridebus[/bold] wrote: Er, the wizard, he was elected. He is the leader of Oxfordshire County Council.[/p][/quote]Then who exactly voted for him to be leader of OCC? i don`t recall ever being asked to vote for anyone to be leader of OCC. Wizard is right he was only voted for by the public as a councilor, the usual old boys club voted him as leader. skcollob
  • Score: 0

9:45pm Sat 12 Jul 14

mike4753 says...

Just ask mr Mawle where the money he got back from the section 106 for Madley Park has gone .i believe he originally agreed that he would put this (approx £4.5 million) towards the Shores Green junction when he was fighting the Cogges Link Road. But oh dear now it seems it depends on him getting planning to develope more land. How easy the people of Witney are sucked in and believe a man who doesn't even live locally.
Just ask mr Mawle where the money he got back from the section 106 for Madley Park has gone .i believe he originally agreed that he would put this (approx £4.5 million) towards the Shores Green junction when he was fighting the Cogges Link Road. But oh dear now it seems it depends on him getting planning to develope more land. How easy the people of Witney are sucked in and believe a man who doesn't even live locally. mike4753
  • Score: 6

5:46am Mon 14 Jul 14

the wizard says...

goridebus wrote:
Er, the wizard, he was elected. He is the leader of Oxfordshire County Council.
Yes, by his buddies, not by the choice of the public, which makes it a farce.
[quote][p][bold]goridebus[/bold] wrote: Er, the wizard, he was elected. He is the leader of Oxfordshire County Council.[/p][/quote]Yes, by his buddies, not by the choice of the public, which makes it a farce. the wizard
  • Score: 1

5:53am Mon 14 Jul 14

the wizard says...

After the findings of the CLR inquiry and the recommendations declared Hudspeth should have got all the interested parties around a table and thrashed out to a conclusion for the SG project and an efficient time table. Instead of that all we get is the blame game, and smug office bound people coming out with total trash as opposed to getting on with the job at hand and relieving congestion instead of all the shear rubbish they generate in an effort to deflect the focus from the fact they have done naff all.
After the findings of the CLR inquiry and the recommendations declared Hudspeth should have got all the interested parties around a table and thrashed out to a conclusion for the SG project and an efficient time table. Instead of that all we get is the blame game, and smug office bound people coming out with total trash as opposed to getting on with the job at hand and relieving congestion instead of all the shear rubbish they generate in an effort to deflect the focus from the fact they have done naff all. the wizard
  • Score: 2

5:41pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Garry Henwood says...

mike4753 wrote:
Just ask mr Mawle where the money he got back from the section 106 for Madley Park has gone .i believe he originally agreed that he would put this (approx £4.5 million) towards the Shores Green junction when he was fighting the Cogges Link Road. But oh dear now it seems it depends on him getting planning to develope more land. How easy the people of Witney are sucked in and believe a man who doesn't even live locally.
Well said, the only reason he argued against CLR was self interest.
[quote][p][bold]mike4753[/bold] wrote: Just ask mr Mawle where the money he got back from the section 106 for Madley Park has gone .i believe he originally agreed that he would put this (approx £4.5 million) towards the Shores Green junction when he was fighting the Cogges Link Road. But oh dear now it seems it depends on him getting planning to develope more land. How easy the people of Witney are sucked in and believe a man who doesn't even live locally.[/p][/quote]Well said, the only reason he argued against CLR was self interest. Garry Henwood
  • Score: 2

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