Whilst it might appear all quiet on the planning front as far as Stonesfield is concerned, in the wider context of Oxfordshire there are really important campaigns taking place. Here are reports on two of them. The first shows the results of the alternative survey that the Stop the Arc campaign put out. The clear message to Government from the survey is that this is the wrong project in the wrong place and at the wrong time. Here’s what Stop the Arc said, and the link to the full survey results is at the end.

Dear All,

Thank you for your responses to our Stop the Arc alternative survey to the Government’s Ox-Cam Arc Spatial Framework Consultation – the first public consultation ever on Ox-Cam Arc plans.

Well the results of our alternative survey are in! And they reveal that out of every 100 people, 93 would vote against the Arc, only 4 would vote for it and 3 are still ‘Don’t know’s.

This is an incredible result and shows quite clearly that this top-down Whitehall project is deeply unpopular across the Arc and beyond.

It is the wrong project in the wrong place and at the wrong time. It should be scrapped immediately.

Thank you to all of you who responded, and for getting friends, relatives, colleagues and maybe even total strangers to respond as well.

We took a snapshot of our alternative survey results at the exact closing time of the official Government survey, 11.45 pm on 12th October. At closing time, our alternative survey had 3,843 responses, 31% MORE than the official survey which had only 2,933 responses.

You can find details of our survey results on our website here:

The second campaign relates to the pollution in our local rivers, the Windrush and the Evenlode. The campaign group, Windrush Against Sewage Pollution (WASP), have produced a very detailed report detailing the discharge of untreated sewage into the Windrush and the Evenlode.

Depressingly, our Witney constituency was the 6th worst in England by total hours of spilling to watercourses at 13,295 hours in 2019. Chipping Norton sewage works, which is in the AONB and discharges to the Evenlode, was identified in the report as spilling on 69 days between Jan 2020 and April 2021, with 26 of these spills illegal.

Here’s the link to the full report:

and another link to the Oxford Mail who reported it. There were also articles in the Times and the Financial Times.

Richard Morris
Chair, Sustainable Stonesfield