More than 5,000 people have signed a petition against Oxfordshire County Council’s unitary county council proposals.
Oxford City Council launched the petition to make Oxford residents aware of how damaging the County Council’s plans would be for the city.
The petition can be found at: www.oxford.gov.uk/handsoffoxfordcity.
Cherwell District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council have set up their own similar petitions against the unitary county council proposals.
Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has signed our Change.org petition so far. The level of support and the depth of concern expressed by residents who have contacted me direct is very welcome. There have been thousands of positive messages about the City Council and its services. It is heartening that so many residents agree that a unitary county council would be hugely damaging to the city – Oxford would no longer be governing itself and would no longer be able to control its future and set its own priorities.
“We call on Oxfordshire County Council again to end this divisive and expensive campaign for a unitary county council”