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Decision to pedestrianise busy Oxford street referred

Artist impression of the Westgate Centre Credit: Oxford City Council

A decision over plans to pedestrianise one of Oxford's busiest streets has been referred to the Department for Transport.

Oxford City Council say they want to ban buses from using Queen Street when the Westgate development opens in October.

Both the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach upheld their objections to the plans at a meeting this afternoon.

They say it will have a 'long-term negative effect' on the city.


Decision due on Westgate bus ban plans

An artist impression of what the centre will look like inside Credit: Westgate centre

A decision over plans to pedestrianise one of Oxford's busiest streets is due to be announced today.

Oxfordshire City council have banned buses from using Queen street when the multi - million pound Westgate development opens in October. However the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach have objected the plans saying it will cause chaos through-out the city.

If no agreement is made then the decision will be referred to Chris Grayling MP - The Secretary of State for Transport.


KT Tunstall headlines Wickham Festival

Sun sets on last year's Wickham fetsival Credit: Wickham festival

KT Tunstall, Seth Lakeman and The Levellers alongside Eliza Carthy, 10CC, Show of Hands and The Selecter are playing this year's festival.

Perennial festival favourites Oysterband, Andy Fairweather Low, Peatbog Faeries and the Spooky Men’s Chorale are also putting in special appearances at the event which runs from August 3-6

K T Tunstall Credit: Wickham festival

In many ways we are returning to our roots with a very strong folk line-up which will appeal to the many regulars who come year after year as well as our new generation of fans.

Regulars know what they are getting and they like it. There is a real family-friendly feel to this event. Parents can let their children roam safely while they enjoy the music

– Peter Chegwyn

Father lives in hope of finding daughter who vanished 16 years ago

The father of a young woman from Kent who disappeared abroad, is seeking the help of the father of Lucie Blackman who was murdered in Japan, to end the sixteen-year-old mystery.

Louise Kerton left Germany, bound for her home in Broadstairs, and then vanished. Her father, Phil, has never given up hope. Now he hopes that with the help of Tim Blackman, he may yet find new clues that could solve the mystery that has come to dominate his life.

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