The following question was raised at a full Council Meeting Wednesday 18th April 2018
Can the Council assure us that the current status of the Oxford Street project is not a pre-election pause but a full review of the project?
Councillor Daniel Astaire - Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Realm replied “When I took over responsibility for the Oxford Street agenda, the results of the consultation had just been received. Despite the errors, which led to its reopening, it was clear that the overwhelming majority of Westminster’s residents and businesses were opposed to the concept. TfL and the Mayor are the main proponents of the changes to the street, but it belongs to the Council and the decision rests with us. I have informed them (much to some surprise) that detailed work on a scheme is to be stopped. They had even wanted to appoint an artist to design street concept art, but I have stopped this too.
At present, there is no scheme nor a proposal which is acceptable to the Council. There are, as I see it three hurdles for there to be any scheme for full consultation:-