Firstly, thank you to everyone we met on Saturday – whether you signed the petition, joined OxVox or spoke so passionately about the new stadium. It was a massive day for many reasons, capped off with a fantastic result!
I’d personally like to thank my fellow members of the committee for their time, effort and energy. They are the ones who make all our plans come together and they are at the centre of everything we do. Members and supporters also joined us on Saturday, volunteering to spend hours in the cold making sure we collected as many signatures as possible. It was a real team effort. Thank you all!
We gathered more than 750 further signatures to add to the 4,000+ who’d already signed online. We sent the petition link to all the relevant councillors just after it went live but OxVox will formally present the petition to the County Council at the appropriate time.
Just as importantly, we spent time on Saturday talking to supporters about the stadium project and about what we can all do to help. We already have some exciting plans for the Portsmouth match and will update you closer to the game!
So what can we as supporters do right now? Your letters to councillors are fabulous, so please keep sending them. We are already getting some great feedback from them. But as the campaign develops the emphasis begins to change. From today our attention must turn to adding our views to the County Council online public consultation survey.
This is now available online, until 21 February at:
This survey is hugely important. Our views on the stadium will be collected there and considered by the Council alongside the views of people opposing the development. Every signature and letter sent so far has been important but whatever you have already done, we urge you to get involved with this. It is vital we make sure our voices are heard and opinions logged.
You will need to register to take the survey. On the consultation page, scroll down and click on TAKE SURVEY. You will be invited to sign in (if you have previously used the Let’s Talk Oxfordshire site), or register if not. It only takes a minute to register. You will then be asked a number of questions:
Q1) This question offers you the chance to support the council leasing us the land at Stratfield Brake by voting YES.
Q2) Offers you the chance to explain more about why you think this should be supported. Our guide at http://oxvox.org.uk/
Q3) Asks if any objectives should be added. We think YES. We suggest that protecting a 130 year old professional Oxfordshire sports team, which forms part of the rich identity of the county, should be taken in to consideration but if you have other ideas as well, put them here – and remember, your own words are best!
Q4) We would say NO to this question.
Q5, Q6) Directly relate to your answer for Q4.
Q7) Gives you the chance to comment further on the Council’s objectives should they agree to lease OUFC the land. We suggest focusing on the positive benefits to the local community, such as improved public transport, jobs and leisure facilities, as well as what the football club itself can offer.
The next questions are self explanatory and should take you to the end of the survey. Don’t forget to include your postcode, minus the last two letters.
We have filled in the survey as we write these notes and while it takes a few minutes, it is simple and easy to do. We ask you all to complete the survey and encourage everyone you know who supports the plans to do the same.
OxVox will keep working with the football club, councillors, stakeholders and most importantly, members and supporters to get us the home and financial stability we deserve. A home we are working hard to ensure remains secure in the club’s hands for generations to come.
Thank you to our OxVox members for understanding the decision to make our communications on Stratfield Brake open to all supporters. It is important that every fan of the club has access to the latest information.
But if you are reading this and you are not yet a member of OxVox, why not join us today? Visit http://oxvox.org.uk/
The cost is just £10 for three years (with concessions available for juniors and seniors).
The more members we have, the more weight our voice carries with both the Club and the Council. Add your voice to our membership and together we can help Oxford United prosper for decades to come.
Finally, we can’t stress enough the four key things you can do right now to help with the campaign:
1) Sign the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/
2) Keep your letters to councillors coming. http://oxvox.org.uk/
3) Make sure you support the plans via the Council’s consultation survey :
This is a vital part of the next stage so do complete it before the survey closes on 21 February.
4) Encourage as many family, friends, colleagues to do the same – especially if they live in Kidlington!
Thank you all once again, and of course…… COYY.