Good local governance is possible!


An article published this week in Rail Magazine clearly demonstrates how local politicians, councillors and MPs can act together, regardless of party colours, to work for the benefit of the local community.

Rail Magazine, Issue 784, 30th September 2015
Rail Magazine, Issue 784, 30th September 2015

Less than seven miles from Bicester as the crow flies or the train travels, Oxford City Council (Labour) and Nicola Blackwood MP (Conservative) have successfully worked together over a long period to ensure that the lives of the residents of North Oxford are not disadvantaged by up to 171 train movements per day.


Their combined efforts have resulted in points being moved into less noise sensitive areas and the implementation of 2.5m high noise barriers.  Are any of these measures being implemented in Bicester?  No.


We would like to publicly applaud Nicola and Oxford City Council for their sterling efforts.  It is such a pity that those seven miles seem a world away from the calibre of local politicians we experience, many of whom were unaware of the problem until Bicester Traffic Action Group brought it to their attention and still fail to act for the benefit of those who elect them.


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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Nigel Poole (Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:32)

    I don't ever seem to hear anything good about the politicians or council members who are supposed to represent Bicester.

    Things like Bicester Town Football Club, the land for sports on Pingle Drive, the BSA, the missing millions. Re-naming the station and the possible permanent closure of London Road are just a few things I've read about on Facebook.

    If only half of what has been written is true then there should be a full public inquiry.

    Imagine the embarrassment to the government if things aren't what they should be in their newest Garden City!

  • #2

    Dan Sames (Sunday, 04 October 2015 14:41)

    Not sure what you mean Mr Poole. The council have nothing to do with Bicester Town Football Club or the BSA. Not sure what missing millions you refer to. Most councillors objected to the renaming of the station as with many local residents but our views as with yours seem to have been ignored. The London Road crossing is not closing and all local politicians are working to prevent the likelyhood of it happening in the future. If I were you I would not believe what you read on Facebook!