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Oxford in 2050?

Oxford City Council is leading a wide-ranging consultation to find out how Oxford residents and businesses want to see their city in 2050.

To take part please visit www.oxford2050.com

Oxford has changed considerably in the last 33 years. In 1984 buses could drive in both directions down Cornmarket Street, the Ice Rink was completed, and the Clarendon Centre was being constructed.

Clarendon Centre

Oxford could look very different in the future. The Government forecasts suggest Oxford’s population will be 180,000 by 2040 and so there could be 190,000 living in the city by the middle of the century. That’s 18 per cent above the city’s current population of 161,000 people – and the City Council wants to start thinking now about how the city will operate.

The consultation asks people for their thoughts on where they would like to see Oxford in 33 years – across five key themes that cover all aspects of life in the city.

Each week will focus on a new theme with 'Work and Learning' being the first survey you can take part in – all of the surveys close on 31 December 2017.

  • Week 1 (from 6 November to 31 December): Oxford’s Work and Learning – your work, your business, the economy, education and the universities
  • Week 2 (from 13 November to 31 December): Oxford’s People and Community – you, your family and your community
  • Week 3 (from 20 November to 31 December): Oxford’s Built and Natural Environment – your home, your street, green spaces, buildings in the city and the climate
  • Week 4 (from 27 November to 31 December): Oxford’s Transport and Connectivity – your travel in and around the city
  • Week 5 (4 December to 31 December 2017): Oxford’s Culture and Leisure – your enjoyment of the arts and leisure activities

The final Oxford2050 vision will be published in March 2018 as a living document on its own website. However the conversation will not stop as Oxford2050 will eventually become Oxford2060. 

To take part please visit www.oxford2050.com

Image - Clarendon Centre in construction – Oxford University Images