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Campaigners fighting Oxford Street pedestrianisation set to stand in local elections

Single-issue party will field candidates in three key wards when Westminster goes to the polls on May 3

13 April, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Ron Whelan, Michael Dunn and Kevin Coyne aim to stop the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street

THREE seasoned Westminster campaigners have formed a single-issue party and are preparing to fight the council elections on an anti-Oxford Street pedestrianisation ticket.

Founder and chairman of the Mayfair Residents’ Group Ron Whelan has his sights on the West End ward.

Westminster volunteer of the year and Marylebone Association secretary Kevin Coyne is standing in Bryanston and Dorset Square.

And Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum vice-chairman Michael Dunn will contest Marylebone High Street.

The party’s pledge says that the proposal to pedestrianise Oxford Street by the end of this year “threatens our neighbourhood” with bringing traffic and anti-social behaviour into surrounding neighbourhood streets.

A statement from the party said: “The electorate has been effectively disenfranchised on this vital subject.

“It is for this reason that it was felt necessary to give them the opportunity to vote for at least one candidate in each of the adjacent wards to Oxford Street who could offer an option. One candidate who would not be tied to a party manifesto that justifies pedestrianis­ation, albeit with a series of near useless compro­mises, or pledges.

“Each of the candidates standing has already undertaken decades of local voluntary community service.

“They are only standing to attempt to stop pedestrianisation, something that Westminster Council gave written assurances, as the owners of Oxford Street, they would not allow to happen; until they changed their mind about 18 months ago.”

The new “party” suggests alternatives that would keep Oxford Street open to vehicles.

For more information visit www.campaignoxfordstreet.com/done

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