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The Oxford Mini Holland campaign aims to achieve a step-change in liveability in East Oxford. The focal point is the Florence Park estate, but the design benefits people across East Oxford who use the Florence Park area as a transit or destination every day. Spacehive funds will pay for a costed proposal for a low-traffic area and placemaking in the Florence Park estate, serving as a nexus of walking and cycling routes connecting residents and amenities across a much wider catchment of East Oxford. Funds will also help pay for Oxford Mini Holland Weekend. This kicks off with workshops co-sponsored by Co-CAFE.org at Brookes (Sept 7), a family-friendly drop-in afternoon at flosoxford.org.uk (Sept 8) and a Mini Holland Night at the Florence Park Community Centre (Sept 9). The events will premiere the liveable-neighbourhood costsings and the Oxford Mini Holland video. Oxford Mini Holland is a stepping-stone to a more liveable, people-first Oxford.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We have gathered interest and support from a wide area for this project. Many have stepped forward with pro-bono offerings of expertise and talents. The zeitgeist is with us. We must heed the many imperatives of building liveability into our surroundings: climate change, air poisoning, inactivity, social isolation and more. The inspiration for this project is the group of low-traffic neighbourhoods designed into the streetscape of Waltham Forest, London. These started life as a "Mini Holland", a reference to the liveability designed into most Dutch towns and cities. This project is a stepping stone on the path to a more liveable Oxford. Realisation will require public enthusiasm and public demand. And these begin with awareness.
Steps to get it done:
For details on low-traffic neighbourhoods and the Waltham Forest experience, please see: "Mini-Holland puts people first, says Clyde Loakes" https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/61522/mini-holland-puts-people-first-says-clyde-loakes "Mini Holland schemes have proved their worth in outer-London boroughs" (Guardian). https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2018/jun/26/mini-holland-schemes-have-proved-their-worth-in-outer-london-boroughs London Borough of Waltham Forest official site for the mini-Holland programme ("Enjoy Waltham Forest") https://www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/
About the space
Florence Park estate
Oxfordshire County Council