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Fixing Fuel Poverty in Oxford

Last year there were 44 excess winter deaths in Oxford resulting from Fuel Poverty. With a legal responsibility placed on Government to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016, it is getting worse.

Brenda Boardman trustee of LCON and author of Fixing Fuel Poverty will address the AGM of Low Carbon Oxford North on May 22nd at 7.30pm at Beechcroft Road Baptist Church hall. All are welcome.

Doors open at 7; AGM starts 7.30; speaker at 8ish; refreshments 9.

Fuel Poverty



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Victoria Road News and Views Shaped Discussion of Hyper-Local Media

While not mentioned by name, the Victoria Road News and Views was valuable in introducing a post on Advice to Ofcom about hyper-local media. Did you know that we are hyper-local?

See ‘Jump-starting the next generation of hyper-local media’:

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This is Litter: Support OxClean

Victoria Road residents were out again in support of OxClean, an effort to pick up litter in selected areas of Oxford, England. This year it was 3 March, but we hope everyone pitches in to pick up litter everyday. If you think there is not a problem, there are some snaps below: maybe you can’t see the litter. But the good news is that the area we have cleaned over the last three years has gotten progressively better, making each year somewhat easier. So make a real difference and do one thing that is blindingly obvious in support of a better environment.

What's wrong with this picture?

And this is litter.

This is Litter.

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Insights on a Green Oxford: The Recycling Journey

The City of Oxford in collaboration with students at Oxford Brookes University has produced a video, entitled ‘The Recyling Journey‘, that explains the recycling process in the area.

The video can be accessed at:


Other videos are being produced by Oxfordshire Waste Partnership and we will forward information about these when they are available.

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All the Little Shops UK: Value to Summertown?

There has been interest in how to save more of the small shops in Summertown. In that spirit, I’ve run across an initiative called ‘All the Little Shops UK’, which is in the process of building an online platform. They have a Web site already at

It is possible that online initiatives such as this can build a critical mass of users that will enable small retailors, for example, to have more visibility than if they are going alone online. Since being offline is likely to undermine a store’s visibility and viability, maybe we should help alert local shops to this potential. I think they can sign up free.

All Little Shops UK

Comments? Thoughts? We have been wondering about activities we might undertake to support local enterprises, and perhaps this is something to support.

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A Fashon Show and More for Charity: 19 January 2012: Oxford Town Hall

You are invited to get involved in the biggest fashion event of next year.

Fashion Show for Charity

Oxford City Council are organising an event at the Town hall in conjunction with Oxfordshire Waste partnership called Refashion.


ReFashion is on 19th January 2012 is an exciting fashion event to promote innovative textile recycling.   Visitors will be invited to bring along any unwanted clothes where they can then swap, refashion, upcycle, sell or donate them – anything that avoids sending textiles to landfill.  As well as wealth of exciting clothes, accessories and crafts stalls and a ‘swishing’ area, there will be catwalk shows throughout the day to showcase recycled fashions created by local schools and colleges.  The event will run from 1pm-7pm at the Main Hall in Oxford Town Hall – entrance will be free for this not-for-profit event


Please see the attached posters we have to advertise the event, I can send out hand copies if you let me know how many you need.


Do you have any skills to offer on the day? Do you know any groups who would like to be involved in the fashion show? Could you spare a few hours to help, or could you just spread the word!?


We would like as many champions to be involved as possible, so please contact me if you require any more info.



Maria Warner

Customer Liasion Officer, Recycling Team, Direct Services, 01865 252953



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OxClean on Friday 2 & Saturday 3 March: Save the Dates

OxClean is an Oxford Civic Society initiative in partnership with Oxford City Council and The Oxford Times and is dedicated to keeping Oxford clean and tidy all year round – ensuring that our beautiful city  is a welcoming and pleasant place for people to live, work and visit. Each year, Victoria Road has been able to field a strong group of litter pickers to help clean up. Plan to help this year.

OxClean Victoria Road Group 2011

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Oxford’s North Area Forum at Cherwell on 15 December 2012

The next North Area Forum, which is meeting at Cherwell School (North Site – Music 2) on 15 December.

6 – 6.30pm Informal networking  – Conversations with councillors/officers

6.30 – 8.30 Forum – Welcome, introductions, and updates from Councillors

6.45 Open-agenda discussion

7.15 Neighbourhood Plans and the Sites and Housing Policy DPD – Michael Crofton Briggs, Head of City Development

For more information, on the Area Forums for Oxford, see:

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2011 Activity on Victoria Road News and Views

Our blog was viewed over 2,200 times in 2011. These are the posts that got the most views in 2011:

Our post on library closures received the most comments. Thanks for your contributions.

New Year's Display in London 2011

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2012 from the Perspective of Reuters

We recommend that you view the video: ‘Year in 60 Seconds‘, and have a wonderful 2012.

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