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Traffic fears over new Westgate shopping centre

People are being urged to use public transport to visit the new Westgate shopping centre Credit: ITV Meridian

Visitors to the new Westgate Centre in Oxford which opens today are being urged to use public transport to help reduce traffic in the city centre.

There are fears the roads could be brought to a standstill as shoppers flock to the area.

Improvements to bus services have been made to help minimise disruption.

ITV Meridian spoke to Phil Southall from Oxford Bus Company.


Unexplained death at Westgate shopping centre

The shopping centre is currently under construction Credit: ITV Meridian

Police in Oxford's city centre are investigating an unexplained death.

A body was found this morning at the Westgate shopping centre, which is currently under construction.

Officers have attended the location and are investigating the circumstances of the death.

Formal identification is yet to take place and at this stage the death is being treated as unexplained.

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.

Residents vie for three thousand new shopping centre jobs

It's cost more than £440m and in less than four months' time, Oxford's Westgate shopping centre is set to open.

With more than 100 stores, 25 restaurants and a cinema - the demand for employees has never been higher.

Yesterday, residents met with prospective employers in a bid to snap up some of the 3000 jobs on offer.

Juliette Fletcher reports.

Oxford's biggest city centre car park closes

Shoppers and visitors to Oxford face major problems if they plan to drive to the city as the biggest car park in the centre has closed this week.

More than a thousand cars would normally be able to use the Westgate multi-storey.

Now motorists will have to find somewhere else to park in a city already struggling to provide car parking space. Penny Silvester reports.


Oxford's Westgate development approved

Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies

Approval has been given to a four hundred million pounds redevelopment of the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford. It will see cafes, restaurants, a cinema and a department store built.

Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies
Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies
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Law School helps battle for village green

A battle between a school which owns a field near Margate, and local residents who want it open to the public, looks as though it could be won by the community.

A legal bid to declare the land a "village green" - backed by free advice from the University of Kent's Law School - has just been given approval from the County Council's Inspector after a five day enquiry.

David Johns reports, speaking to solicitor Elaine Sherratt from the University of Kent, law student Hannah Lennox, and local resident Graham Rickett.