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. This data is collected by the City Council not
Oxfordshire County Council."

I therefore request from Oxford City Council to provide clear evidence of:
- set out the exact reasons and thinking behind the road closure and the E/TRO of Walton Street
(Jericho area)
- provide clear evidence and data of any and every kind to explain and support the council's
decision to close and E/TRO Walton Street
- including evidence to the above statement by Mr Shickle that "the air quality improved by 30% whilst the initial closure was in place"
- evidence of reducing traffic congestion in the local area by removing the signalised junction of Walton Street/ Worcester Street
- evidence of how the traffic has been reduced on residential streets with the closure of Walton Street
- evidence of how exactly the Walton Street closure has provided multiple environmental and social benefits
- evidence of how, during the closure, the authority saw/measured an improvement of the traffic flow within the Worcester Street/Beaumont Street area
Yours faithfully,

Dolce Far-Niente

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Dolce Far-Niente,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 8997

Thank you for your email below. Your request was received on 3rd February 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: 8997
 
Thank you for your email dated 3rd February 2020.
 
This request is not for us -this is for the County Council. We monitor air
quality data which is available here:
[1]https://oxfordshire.air-quality.info/
 
The street closing is all County Council responsibility and they will have
to provide any evidence - unfortunately we do not hold this.
 
I recommend you re-direct your enquiry to Oxfordshire County Council who
are responsible for  Highways in the city, via the following link, as I
believe they will be better placed to answer your request.
 
[2]https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/conte...
 
 
by email: [3][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:
[4][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
 
 

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