The County Council’s cycling champion has described the new shared space proposals for Broad Street, Oxford, as “brave and symbolic” while arguing they do not go far enough.
Following the success of Broad Meadow last year, Oxford City Council is set to temporarily pedestrianise a larger area of Broad Street in a new 18-month trial.
Opened in 1984 as a shopping centre in central Oxford, the Clarendon Centre is undergoing a change of use to develop an academic and living hub.
Oxford’s iconic Boswells store building is on course to become a new 4-star luxury hotel, following the demolition of the inside of the historic building.
In Oxford, the private and public sectors, including the local council, agents, landlords and colleges, have collaborated to help the town centre redevelop and inhabit vacant units.
The new building – on the site of the old Northgate House in the city centre – is due to be completed by the end of the year, and the four upper storeys are on view from Cornmarket.
The temporary pedestrian-friendly outdoor space on Broad Street – containing wildflowers, trees and small lawns – opened for residents and visitors in July 2021.
The announcement of the extension is timed to coincide with World Car Free Day, when people leave the car at home to enjoy cycling, walking, and using public transport instead.
Wooden seating and planters made from local recyclable material will be installed, creating a safe and pleasant outdoor place for residents and visitors to relax and enjoy.
Oxford City Council is providing funding to help restaurants, cafes and pubs across the city to open outdoor seating areas from 12 April.
Oxford’s iconic Boswells store building is on course to become a new 4-star luxury hotel as developers receive planning permission.
The chain’s 124 shops will cease trading over the coming months unless administrators are able to do a deal for all or parts of the business as the process unfolds.