See photographs from the Oxfordshire Voice Forum “The Office of the Future – how is business becoming more agile?”. Hosted at Freeths Solicitors, on Wednesday, 26th June 2019.
Christopher Rhodes, of national property consultancy Carter Jonas in Oxford, has been promoted to Group Partner; one of four from across the firm’s network of 33 offices. Additionally, Cameron Hughes, also based out of the Oxford office in Summerton is celebrating exam success having passed his Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
Both Rhodes and Hughes are members of the Carter Jonas’ Rural team. Rhodes joined the business in 2014 and focuses predominately on formal ‘Red Book’ valuations of agricultural properties and estates for a range of purposes including secured lending, taxation and matrimonial matters.
Hughes joined Carter Jonas in 2018. Following the completion of his postgraduate degree in Rural Estate Management in 2016, Hughes worked at the National Trust as an assistant rural surveyor. At Carter Jonas, he is involved with all aspects of rural estate management across a diverse range of rural land and property.
Mark Charter, Partner and Head of Carter Jonas Oxford, said: “Christopher shows exceptional leadership skills and is an exemplary member of the team. He has helped to grow our valuations business as well as develop new compliance and internal systems.
“Perhaps most importantly, he also acts as a coach and mentor to our graduate and junior surveyors. Because of this, it is extremely heartening to announce his promotion alongside Cameron passing his APC.
“As a business, we place a great deal of importance in our people and on ensuring their success at every stage of their careers. I extend my warmest congratulations to them both and thank them for all of their hard work.”
Pembroke College, Oxford – May 2019
The partners, panellists (Phil Southall of Oxford Bus Company and Bob Price, Honorary Alderman of Oxford City Council) and delegates at the Oxfordshire Voice Transport Forum discussed the need for a visionary, sustainable and deliverable transport plan to overcome the challenges Oxfordshire faces as a county – both in the short term in 2019 and into the longer term future. Ensuring the Oxfordshire transport strategy enables and empowers development for the economy and our community as a whole is a key underlying determinant for future success.
Feedback from the business community and Oxfordshire Voice partners
In 2019 only 5% of the businesses in Oxfordshire have a clear understanding of what is planned and which bodies are responsible for delivering infrastructural change in Oxfordshire. The strategic imperative to build a coherent vision for the short term as well as longer term challenges was a core outcome from the forum. Encouraging engagement and collaboration in a more comprehensive manner is essential to map out the future but also to address key short-term issues hampering development and causing issues now. The survey was enlightening in many respects and demonstrated that greater engagement between the planning bodies, their initiatives and the business community could create powerful collaborative projects for the evolution of transport and accessibility in Oxfordshire.
The shorter term challenges
Congestion in Oxford, surrounding towns and on key road networks is a major issue limiting productivity, accessibility and causing pollution at local levels. Interesting feedback included support for quite radical policy changes to limit congestion and reduce congestion.
– 67% of businesses supported the idea of non-peak delivery times to central locations.
– 60% supported expansion of Park and Rides.
– 58% supported staggering school start and finish times.
– 69% businesses did not support the idea of congestion charging.
– Only 12% of business regarded technological innovation as a short-term solution to transport issues.
A collaborative and engaged approach
It is not just Oxford which is struggling! Oxfordshire has vibrant towns blighted by transport issues and a dispersed population struggling to access work, services and facilities.
An integrated route map for the future of transport could help identify more urgent areas and help the community to feel more involved in the outcomes. The road map must be a collaborative project engaging and empowering community involvement through stimulating positive contributions and a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the options and solutions.
Mass Transit – a compelling vision of sustainable transport
Public Transport and Cycling need to be prioritised. To make these options more attractive we must ensure certainty of journey time for public transport and increase safety and prioritise road space for cyclists. Public transport operators and cycling/walking groups can work more closely with the County Council as the transport authority in prioritising funding (linked to OXiS priorities).
Local Transport Plan 4 and the JSSP (Oxfordshire Plan 2050)
Oxfordshire County Council’s Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4) can be read online here with a refresh commencing later this year.
As part of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal agreement with the Government, the six Oxfordshire authorities – Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council – have committed to producing a joint statutory spatial plan (JSSP), known as the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.
The Oxfordshire Plan will provide an integrated strategic planning framework and evidence base to support sustainable growth across the county to 2050, including the planned delivery of new homes and economic development, and the anticipated supporting infrastructure needed.
As part of the formation of the plan, the authorities are committed to ensuring there will be early, proportionate and meaningful engagement between plan makers and communities, local organisations, businesses, infrastructure providers and statutory bodies.
The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination by 31 March 2020 and adopted by 31 March 2021, subject to the examination process.
You can see details of current Oxfordshire Plan 2050 consultations here
Engaging, communicating and encouraging direct feedback from the business and wider communities so that projects are both understood in the broader framework of infrastructural and housing development in the longer term.
Options for a free Park and Ride system and possible integration with an electric bike scheme. Engaging and attracting support for this from the commuter community could be a priority.
Climate emergency and millennial public opinion
Investigating how additional charging points for vehicles might be created and how a Zero Emission Zone might be funded.
School traffic is a huge contributor to congestion. Can the County Council look at a ‘total transport’ project to see how provision for school transport might be consolidated and funded effectively?
Freight consolidation. The logistics of managing freight to key manufacturers needs to be studied in detail for any changes not to have a detrimental impact.
To play a role in the future success of the development of Oxfordshire become and Oxfordshire Voice partner today. Visit www.oxvoice.co.uk.
See photographs from the Oxfordshire Voice Forum “Transport: How are we aiming to improve access within and to Oxfordshire”. Hosted at Pembroke College, on Thursday, 23rd May 2019.
• The Intellectual Property Office has partnered with Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to create new business support job role – application window now open
• The IPO Regional Policy Officer will provide expertise to help businesses achieve maximum value from their intellectual property
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is to invest in an IPO Regional Policy Officer for Oxfordshire.
Applications are now being invited for the new role, which will see the successful candidate work with businesses in the Oxfordshire region to help them achieve the best value from their intellectual property (IP). The role has been developed in partnership with Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) where the role will be based.
Tim Moss of The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) said: “This is a very exciting step in the IPO’s plan to develop intellectual property knowledge at a local level, building on the great work that Oxford LEP is already doing.
“The IPO has piloted Regional Policy Officer roles elsewhere in the UK with really positive results. With effective support, businesses are able to maximise on the value of their IP assets, benefiting both them and the UK’s economic growth.”
Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire LEP, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the new IPO Regional Policy Officer. When appointed, they will be working closely with OxLEP to ensure that IP is integrated into business and innovation support programmes across the region.”
Full details of the role and how to apply are available on the Civil Service Jobs website.
The closing date for applications is 24 June 2019. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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