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Cogges Link Road inquiry: day 6

October 6th, 2011

This took place on Friday 30th September.

Town councillor Duncan Enright, non-statutory objector, spoke against the road but we missed it because of confusion over the starting time. The cross-examination of Alastair Elder, flood expert for the county, then resumed. There was much discussion about weirs, though no formal plans for a weir have yet been drawn up.

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Cogges Link Road inquiry: day 5

October 6th, 2011

This took place on Thursday 29th September.

Stephen Roscoe, planning inspector, opened by clarifying what additional evidence he had received from non-statutory objectors.

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Cogges Link Road inquiry: day 4

October 5th, 2011

This took place on Wednesday 28th September.

Mike Jennings submitted evidence on the ecological impact of the proposed Cogges Link Road. The site of the proposed road was described as grassland with little biodiversity interest. He could see no reason why the relevant DEFRA licences would not be granted on movement of protected species such as dormice and water-vole, since appropriate compensation and mitigation measures had been planned.   There was some debate on the increased risk of mortality to mammals.

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Cogges Link Road inquiry: day 3

October 5th, 2011

This took place on Tuesday 27th September and began with the questioning of Paul Taylor, an air quality scientist contracted by the county council.

Mr Taylor’s evidence was very hard for the non-specialist to follow, particularly because he didn’t speak very clearly and had to be asked more than once by the planning inspector to speak up. To add to the confusion, he kept referring to both the Cogges Link Road and the Shores Green alternative as “the scheme”.

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Cogges Link Road inquiry: day 2

October 5th, 2011

Day 2 of the inquiry was Friday 23rd September. The cross-examination continued of Tracey Dow from the county council’s transport policy department by Mark Lowe QC, lawyer for the anti-road side.

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Cogges Link Road inquiry: day 1

October 4th, 2011

The inquiry into the compulsory purchase of land needed to build the Cogges Link Road is ongoing. The outcome of the inquiry will affect all Witney residents, so we’re trying to report as much of it as possible. Here’s our account of the first day proper at the Methodist Church in Witney on Thursday 22nd September.

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Home is where the inquiry is – eventually

September 22nd, 2011

The Cogges Link Road public inquiry opened on Tuesday… and was adjourned just five minutes later. The chosen venue, the Lindsay Room at Eynsham Hall, proved to be much too small to accommodate all the members of the public who turned up.

The Sustainable Witney blog outlined other problems with the venue weeks ago: we pointed out that it is much harder to get to by public transport than by car, which could easily discourage non-drivers (especially those with disabilities) from attending.

Despite this barrier to attendance, over 150 people turned up on the first day; great news for democracy but not such good news for the smooth running of the inquiry in a room whose seated capacity is just 55. But this wasn’t the only problem.

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How the county made its choice

September 6th, 2011

Yesterday we posted about the Oxfordshire County Council’s decision to hold a public inquiry in a venue that’s hard to get to without a car. But why did the council choose Eynsham Hall and not a venue that’s actually in Witney?

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No car? No say!

September 5th, 2011

There will soon be a public inquiry on an issue affecting everybody who lives in Witney: 20th September is the start date for a two-week inquiry into the controversial Cogges Link Road.

Man with mouth covered in tapeYou would assume that an inquiry about the compulsory purchase of Witney land should take place in Witney, in a public place where people can easily walk in and have their say. But Oxfordshire County Council doesn’t see it that way. They’ve picked Eynsham Hall in North Leigh as the location for the inquiry. It’s a beautiful venue, nestled in stunning countryside… but it happens to be several miles away from Witney.  A nice choice for a wedding, but a disastrous choice for a public inquiry about a serious Witney issue.

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