Consultation period on controversial plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street is extended
A few more weeks to respond after neighbourhood group backlash
15 December, 2017 — By Tom Foot
How the new Oxford Street could look
A CONSULTATION on proposals to pedestrianise Oxford Street has been extended a few weeks following a major community group backlash.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Westminster Council are backing the major project, which could be put in place by next Christmas, but neighbourhood groups are opposing it.
The Better Oxford Street group said the £60million scheme would lead to buses and cars spilling into quiet neighbourhoods, raising already illegal levels of pollution and jamming streets with traffic chaos.
The group represents the Marylebone Association, Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, Charlotte Street Association, Mayfair Residents’ Group, and Residents’ Society of Mayfair & St James’s; and all members of the West End Community Network.
A statement from the group said: “This gradual development has now turned into a headlong rush to pedestrianise the street, all day every day, with no solutions to the damage threatening residents and businesses or to the myriad accessibility issues.”
The consultation period has been extended until January 3.
Deputy council leader Robert Davis said: “The joint announcement about extending the consultation shows how we are working closely with our partners at Transport for London and the mayor as everyone wants to ensure we have a scheme that will truly transform Oxford Street and the wider district for the better.”