Chris Ames 21 February 2023

Oxford hit by wave of protests over '15-minute city' backlash

Oxford hit by wave of protests over 15-minute city backlash image
Image: Thames Valley Police.

Approximately 2,000 people took part in demonstrations against Oxford's '15 minute neighbourhoods' plan, with protests and counter protests from different groups running throughout Saturday (18 September).

Thames Valley Police said a small number of arrests were made for public order offences, including two for failing to remove facemasks under Section 60AA of the Public Order Act.

Videos and commentary circulating online suggest there was a fringe far right element to the 15-minute protest, which appeared to spark a counter protest of its own.

The police force later issued an update stating that it was aware of videos on social media showing protests and a group of counter-protesters and that footage that these will be reviewed and taken retrospectively where offences have been identified.

Both Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and trial traffic filters have now been implemented in Oxford and the city council, as planning authority, is developing a linked policy of 15-minute neighbourhoods as part of its Local Plan 2040.

Saturday's protest was organised by opponents of both LTNs and traffic filters and was attended by a number of people campaigning against the wider 15-minute neighbourhoods, sometimes called 15-minute cities, potential policy.

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