Great Western Park Residents’ Association

Welcome to the website of the Great Western Park Residents’ Association (GWPRA).  We are a growing community living just west of Didcot.

The Residents’ Association (RA) was officially formed following a residents’ meeting held on the 24th May 2012.  RA meetings are to be held monthly on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30pm until 9:30 pm in the Northern Neighbourhood Committee Centre, Sir Frank Williams Avenue, Great Western Park.  There are no meetings planned for August in order to allow for annual summer holidays.

You are cordially invited to the meetings.  Please come along and lend your support in order to help make the night a truly successful one, as well as taking the opportunity to meet your new neighbours.  It is only by people’s attendance that will ensure the association is a true representation of the views of the residents of Great Western Park.

Great Western Park is a 3300 home development currently being built on the edge of Didcot which straddles the Vale border.

Plans include schools – both primary and secondary, shops, community centres, a health centre, open spaces and play areas.

The development is expected to take a decade to complete.

GWPRA-Wordle 2014 BACAs Winner

Business & Community Awards Launch 2015

Didcot First’s 7th Annual Business & Community Awards (BACAs) are now open for nominations.

The BACAs recognise and reward excellence within Didcot, the surrounding villages and business parks such as Milton Park, Culham Science Park, Harwell Oxford and Southmead Industrial Estate.

Entries can be made at the launch from anyone who would like to recommend a charity, community group or organisation that deserves to have their good work acknowledged at an exciting award ceremony later this year.  Nomination forms can also be found at Soha offices, Newbury Building Society, and Cornerstone in addition to Didcot First’s website – www.didcotfirst.org.uk from the launch date to closing date 25th September 2015.

Everyone who completes and submits a nomination form can also enter a free prize draw to win 2 tickets to the awards gala event on 13th November.

The awards and gala evening are organised by Didcot First and supported by Didcot Chamber of Commerce, Didcot Rotary Club, Jennings, Soha Housing, Taylor Wimpey and Wallingford & Didcot District Rotary.

Tickets can also be purchased to attend the BACAs ceremony and are available from Cornerstone’s Box Office.

May’s Residents’ Meeting 2015

Dear residents,

The next Great Western Park Residents Association meeting is going to be held on Thursday 14th May at 7.30pm at the Northern Neighbourhood Community Centre.

Please note the meeting is not being held on the first Thursday of the month due to the Community Centre being used as a Polling Station.

Sir Frank Williams Avenue, Didcot, OX11 7TF

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Northern Neighbourhood Community Centre

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We would like to encourage all residents to come and join us for the meeting, which will also be the AGM.

Agenda for this meeting is available to view here

We hope to see you there.

Annual Election of Committee Members 2015

GWP RA AGMAs you know, the Great Western Park Residents Association was founded in May 2012 and therefore the annual election of committee members will take place at our meeting on Thursday 14th May 2015 at 7.30pm, Northern Neighbourhood Community Centre.

The roles are:

Chair
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Treasurer
IT Administrator
Fundraiser

If you would like further details on any of the roles, please get in touch. Please send nominations to secretary@gwpra.org.uk by 7th May.

Many thanks

GWPRA Secretary

April’s Residents’ Meeting 2015

Dear residents,

This is a reminder that the next Great Western Park Residents Association meeting is on Thursday 2nd April 2015 at 7.30pm, Didcot Civic Centre. We had been hoping to hold the meeting at GWP Community Centre but unfortunately it is still not ready.

The agenda is available GWPRA Agenda 02.04.15

We look forward to seeing you there.

Elections 2015 – your step-by-step guide

With the 2015 elections just around the corner, it’s time to make sure you are ready to cast your votes.

This May, if you are aged 18 or over, you will be able to have your say in parliamentary and district council elections and, depending on where in South Oxfordshire you live, you could also be able to vote in town or parish council elections.

Apart from standing for election yourself, this is the best way to have your say on how the country is run, as well as on how we provide your local services like recycling collections and housing.

HOW DO I GET TO VOTE?

To vote in these elections you need to register by 5pm on Monday 20 April. Visit gov.uk/register-to-vote today and complete the online form. If you don’t have access to the internet then please give us a call as soon as possible on 01235 540310 to request a registration form.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES

Remember, everyone now has to register to vote individually. So please tell your friends, family, housemates and colleagues to register if they haven’t already done so.

I’VE REGISTERED TO VOTE…WHAT NEXT?

Once you’ve registered there’s just one more thing you need to do before you can have your say, and that’s to choose how you’re going to cast your vote. There are
three options to pick from:

1. GO POSTAL!
The quickest and easiest way is to vote by post. To apply, go to southoxon.gov.uk/gopostal
After you’re registered we’ll send you a pack with all the paperwork and instructions in – then all you’ll need to do is mark your choices and put the papers in the special freepost return envelope and drop it in your nearest post box. It really is that simple. You need to make sure your completed pack reaches us by 10pm on Thursday 7 May otherwise your vote won’t count.

2. VISIT YOUR LOCAL POLLING STATION.
Up to three weeks before election day, we’ll send you an official poll card, which has details of where you need to go to vote.
We recently carried out a review of polling stations around South Oxfordshire so check your card – your polling station might be different from the one you normally use to vote. We are expecting polling stations to be very busy this year, so to avoid the queues why not consider voting by post (see above).

3. GET SOMEBODY TO VOTE ON YOUR BEHALF.
If you can’t make it to your polling station, or you can’t complete and return a postal vote, you can ask a friend or family member to do it for you. This is called voting by proxy. If you’re registered to vote, you can apply for a proxy vote by visiting southoxon.gov.uk/goproxy or by calling 01235 540310.

REMEMBER, IT’S A HOLIDAY WEEK!
As these elections come just days after the bank holiday, anyone planning to be away that week may want to consider a postal or proxy vote

WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES?

5PM ON MONDAY 20 APRIL – deadline to register to vote
5PM ON TUESDAY 21 APRIL – deadline to apply for postal votes (including applying for somebody to fil in a postal vote on your behalf)
5PM ON TUESDAY 28 APRIL – deadline to apply for somebody to vote on your behalf at a polling station on election day
10PM ON THURSDAY 7 MAY – deadline for your postal vote pack to reach our offices
10PM ON THURSDAY 7 MAY – deadline to vote at your polling station. Polling stations will be open from 7am and you must have arrived at the polling station by 10pm to be allowed to vote
HOW DO I FOUND OUT THE RESULTS?

Once the polls have closed at 10pm on election day, all the votes will be taken to White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon where they’ll be verified and then counted.

We’re counting the parliamentary elections fist, and expect to announce the results in the early hours of Friday 8 May.
That afternoon we will then count and announce the results of our district council elections.
We’re counting and announcing the town and parish council elections on Saturday 9 May. These counts will take place in Abingdon, Henley and Thame.
The best way to find out the district council results as they happen is by following our elections coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/southoxvotes.

Our website southoxon.gov.uk/elections will also have the full ongoing breakdown of the results as they come in throughout the day. Your local town or parish council should publish its results on its website.