Welcome to the West Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats
This is a difficult time because of Covid. We're keen to keep you up to date on local issues that affect our communities and what we can do about them. This is also an important time, as on May 6th every single Oxfordshire County Council seat is up for election. Additionally, one third of West Oxfordshire District Council seats are up for election. As a result, the outcome of these elections will affect our communities for many years to come.
Since 2019, the Lib Dems are now the official opposition on West Oxfordshire District Council, with nine seats. You can see all nine of our fantastic and hardworking councillors here.
Infrastructure Before Housing
Both the Tory County Council and Tory West Oxfordshire District Council have decided that the Eynsham, Standlake, Hanborough, Hailey/North Witney and Woodstock areas should take a high proportion of the new housing they insist on building.
In order to get just a small amount of affordable housing, property developers have been let loose on our fields. Remarkably, the Conservatives have proposed that the developers of new sites, like the Garden Village, will not contribute to the Community Infrastructure Levy designed to provide the necessary infrastructure when developments are built.
Developer greed is putting extra strain on our roads, on our water systems, and on our schools. The Liberal Democrats insist on building infrastructure first. Here’s some short clips showing what our councillors have to say about the housing developments in Eynsham and Woodstock, where the plan is to increase the number of houses by one third.
Here are some of the initiatives we're pushing for:
To make it easier to get around West Oxfordshire:
Restoring the Oxford-Eynsham-Witney-Carterton Railway Line - this will make a huge difference to so many of us in the district who suffer from terrible traffic.
Dualling the Cotswold Line - we oppose plans that leave a ten mile gap of single track line around Charlbury and Finstock, resulting in only one train per hour.
Funding the Eynsham to Botley Community Path - providing Eynsham with a safe Active Travel route into Oxford. Here's councillor and candidate Dan Levy explaining the current situation for anyone interested in getting around West Oxfordshire by bike, and what needs to be improved.
In Woodstock the LibDems are demanding improvements to infrastructure before further major housing developments add another 600 houses over the next ten years. Here's what our councillors are proposing.
Eynsham is set to see an additional 3000 houses built. Here's our response.
Whether its flooding or sewage, we need to deal with West Oxfordshire's water problem
Tackling Covid Together
During these difficult times it has been amazing to see how communities have come together to help each other out across the District. Supporting and empowering communities is a key part of Liberal Democrat philosophy, and your local Liberal Democrat councillors have played our part.
We have contacted vulnerable residents to give advice, support and to listen to their concerns. And we have helped support local resident groups. In the background we have also been actively working with the District Council to support the homeless and those most at risk and ensure the continuation of vital services.
We have also been involved with the Councilʼs local strategy for economic recovery, encouraging investment in the green economy to bring more job opportunities. For example, here's how we're helping the self-employed and small businesses at this difficult time.
As always, our LibDem councillors are working hard for local residents and our towns and villages.
Cllr Nathalie Chapple, Cllr Liz Leffman, Cllr Andy Graham, Charlotte Hoagland and Cllr Dan Levy.
LibDem Policy Groups
Would you like to help shape the future of West Oxfordshire with the Liberal Democrats? We are welcoming all members to get involved in putting together our manifesto for next year and to join our policy groups. There are separate groups on the following:
- Environment & Climate Change
- Education & Young People
- Housing & Planning
- Health & Social Care
- Unitary Councils
- Employment, Leisure & Tourism
If you're interested in joining, please email [email protected]