Air Quality and Traffic evidence/data for road closure of Walton Street

The request was refused by Oxford City Council.

Dolce Far-Niente

Dear Oxford City Council,
In a separate FOI request to Oxfordshire County Council titled "Requesting the exact reasons to the Walton Street closure/ETRO", a reply to this FOI enclosed a letter from Mr Tim Shickle [Group Manager (Asset Renewals) Highway Asset Management – Street Lighting, Roads, Bridges & Traffic Signals] saying the following:

"The air quality improved by 30% whilst the initial closure was in place. This is supported by
the air quality email data attached."
The attached document was simply a general data sheet of air quality measurements.
We have seen the general data for the traffic measurement across Oxford.

We specifically request from Oxford City Council to provide clear evidence of:
- provide clear ANALYSIS of the air quality data that discusses/explains/supports the council's
decision to close and ETRO Walton Street
- provide clear ANALYSIS of the traffic data that discusses/explains/supports the council's decision to close and ETRO Walton Street
- ANALYSIS of the above statement by Mr Shickle that "the air quality improved by 30% whilst the initial closure was in place" on Walton Street
- ANALYSIS of the reduction of traffic on Walton Street
- EVIDENCE and ANALYSIS of how the traffic has been reduced on residential streets since the closure of Walton Street

The council also did not answer two other questions in the original FOI:
- evidence of how exactly the Walton Street closure has provided multiple environmental and social benefits? ...in other words, how did the council measure these "benefits" or is it entirely anecdotal and 'imagined'?
- evidence of how, during the closure, the authority saw/measured an improvement of the traffic flow within the Worcester Street/Beaumont Street area? ...in other words, how did the council analyse this ...what is the actual analysis?

Yours faithfully,

Dolce Far-Niente

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Dolce Far-Niente,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 9113

Thank you for your email below. Your request was received on 6th March 2020 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

Yours sincerely

Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 

Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Dolce Far-Niente,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 9113

Thank you for your email dated 9th March 2020.

None of these questions are for Oxford City Council to answer, this is all for Oxfordshire County Council.

I recommend you re-direct your enquiry to Oxfordshire County Council, via the following link, as I believe they will be better placed to answer your request.

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/conte...

by email: [email address]

or by post:
Freedom of Information Team
County Hall
Oxford
OX1 1ND

Yours sincerely

Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 

Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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