Decision details

Decision details

Public Safety on Oxford's Waterways

Decision Maker: City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To update the Board on the outcome of phase one of the consultation process and proposals for the way forward.


The Executive Director for Sustainable City submitted a report which outlined the outcome of the consultation regarding the proposal to make a Public Spaces Protection Order in respect of the waterways of Oxford and make recommendations as to the way forward.


Cllr Sinclair, Board member for Community Safety presented the report. She said that after consulting with the public the Council had decided not to pursue a full waterways PSPO but would look at alternative solutions to deal with the problems faced on the waterways. She said to Cllr Landell-Mills that his waste disposal idea would be considered.


The Community Safety Service Manager said that the Folly Bridge to the ring road section of the Thames would take significant partnership work to improve the anti-social behaviour issues faced on that stretch of river.

He outlined the progress made in the other areas listed in the report.

·         Aristotle Lane - the river trust are involved and the anti-social behaviour issues are being reviewed on a case by case basis.

·         Castle Mill – the land ownership issue is being looked into; and

·         Aston’s Eyot - work is progressing


Cllr Gant, Chair of the Scrutiny Committee presented the report and the recommendations were accepted.


Cllr Price asked about the timescale to take this project forward. The Executive Director for Sustainable City said that a project manager would progress the project. It is probably 18 months’ worth of work.


The City Executive Board resolved to:


1.    Not progress the proposal for a Public Spaces Protection Order for the generality of the waterways of Oxford;


2.    Commission officers to develop localised solutions to public safety concerns for four identified priority areas;


3.    Commission officers to further develop policy proposals that will address public safety and anti-social behaviour problems and improve public enjoyment of the city’s waterways resources.

Report author: Richard Adams

Publication date: 07/04/2017

Date of decision: 06/04/2017

Decided at meeting: 06/04/2017 - City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)

Effective from: 12/04/2017

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