The idea of 15-minute cities is designed to ensure everything anyone might need on a day-to-day basis is located near home and to have ample road and public transport networks for anyone who needs to go further.

Policy documents for Oxford, Canterbury, and Scotland’s plans do not contain any details about restricting people to their local areas.

A Scottish Government spokesperson previously told Reuters that these claims “are completely inaccurate and untrue”.

In response to “inaccurate information” being circulated about Oxford, the city council published a statement to say the current traffic filter plans will not be used “to confine people to their local area”.

“The 15-minute neighbourhoods proposal aims to ensure that every resident has all the essentials (shops, healthcare, parks) within a 15-minute walk of their home. They aim to support and add services, not restrict them,” the statement said.

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