Category: General Updates

Crumbling bridges

The 15th century Abingdon Bridge has a loose stone. It is unsafe. Repairs are underway and traffic has been reduced to one-way.  The bridge has been taking too much traffic – and yet 3000 houses a mile down the road (and a further 1700 in Berinsfield at the other end of the road) are planned […]

Hundreds of campaigns across Britain to save countryside

Ros Coward in the Guardian looks at the national scale of environmental protest and cites the National Grassroots Campaign Map.  Local groups across the country are battling  “against huge unsustainable housing developments engulfing small towns; against the loss of greenbelt or protected wildlife areas; and against hypocritical councils who declare a climate emergency in one […]

Oxford City Council shows support for our national park plan

In the meeting on Monday 22 March  Green Councillor Dick Wolff introduced a motion for the city council to issue a statement of support for national park to the northeast of Oxford. Instead, Council unanimously adopted an amendment to ‘consider a statement of support’ on the grounds that it is a relatively new idea.  The […]

Global law firm focuses on our case

The multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has written about our legal action against SODC in its daily briefing service (3 March) and highlighted particularly the legal significance of the climate change grounds. Planning law expert Nick McDonald notes that “the case is of interest to developers and local planning authorities alike, as it is the […]

Bioabundance backs CEE Bill

Bioabundance has joined the CEE Bill Alliance Oxfordshire, part of the growing grassroots support for  the Climate and Ecology Bill introduced by Green MP Caroline Lucas ( Brighton, Pavilion) on 2 September 2020. The Alliance is asking stakeholders and businesses to sign a letter addressed to all Oxfordshire MPs urging them to join the 98 […]

Environmental case could stall ‘largest ever’ road programme

Last spring Transport Action Network (TAN) started  legal proceedings against the government on the grounds that it should have properly assessed environmental impacts before launching the £27 billion Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) in March 2020. The Court agreed to hear the TAN claim last July.  According to the Guardian, those grounds  have been amended with […]

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