County council spokesman Owen Morton said: “Temporary arrangements of this nature are inevitably going to cause a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience for residents, as well as bus users and pedestrians. We understand the concerns of students and other residents living close to the temporary stops. However, given the need for an accessible, city centre location, Beaumont Street was identified as the best available option for the temporary stops and to position them elsewhere – including within the street itself – would be likely to cause similar inconvenience for other residents.”
This shows a staggering lack of understanding and knowledge of Beaumont Street and frankly I expect much better from the County Council. Here are some facts:
1. There is nobody other than 35 students living near the temporary bus stops. There are no “other residents” living near the bus stops.
2. There are in fact only six other residents on Beaumont Street in total: 3 at number 15 and 3 at number 33. That’s six elsewhere vs 35 in close proximity to each other with the bus stops right on top of them and just about to sit finals. People on the top decks of double-deckers are now looking into the student rooms on the 1st floor while they are trying to study.
On that basis I suggest that these bus stops could not have been put in a worse place. Any City or County Councillor for the area could have told the County Highways department this, as could have a quick look at the electoral register.
I really feel sorry for the 35 students living at 5-7 Beaumont Street, about to sit finals and with buses stopping and loading/unloading right outside their windows 18 hours per day. It must be awful to be on the first floor and have those on the top deck of double-deckers peering in while you’re trying to study.
I have emailed more people in the County Council today in an attempt to get this mess sorted out and the problem at least mitigated.
Update 20 May PM: I have had a helpful phone call from Stagecoach Oxford saying they will get a company member of staff to attend regularly at the bus stops to encourage people to wait quietly and to monitor the situation. She also said she would get some laminated signs put up asking people to wait quietly. This is helpful and I hope will make at least some difference.
Update 21 May PM: And the signs are up! I hope they help keep the noise and disturbance down.