Expressway agreement with Highways England
We can confirm the council has a non-disclosure agreement with Highways England related to the proposed Oxford-Cambridge Expressway.
The purpose of agreements like this is so organisations can discuss, develop and test potentially viable route options, as well as identifying the options that aren’t viable, before proposals are put out for public consultation.
This agreement does not prevent the council or councillors commenting on proposals put forward by Highways England.
Cllr Emily Smith said “This NDA was signed before the May elections. On learning of its existence, I asked Highways England to allow the council to confirm an NDA was signed, in the interests of openness and transparency. I will be exploring the decision to enter into an NDA and reviewing the council's procedures to see if any changes need to be made”