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 Committee Room in Didcot Civic Hall.  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.


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.


To vote in these elections you need to register by 5pm on Monday 20 April. Visit 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.


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.


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:

The quickest and easiest way is to vote by post. To apply, go to
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.

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).

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 or by calling 01235 540310.

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


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

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

Our website 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.

New Community Centre

The new community centre on Great Western Park is due to open this spring, so we’ll let you know when the grand opening date has been decided.

You’ll be able to use it for all kinds of activities like Zumba, yoga, art and photography workshops, toddler groups, and all sorts of summer holiday events to keep the kids occupied.

If you’ve got any questions or want to find out more about the centre and what facilities are on offer, drop the centre manager a line at

Likewise, email them if you’ve got an event planned or can think of something fun or constructive to do that could get you and your neighbours together.

Great Western Park Community Survey February 2015

Great Western Park community survey pdf 20feb2015-1Sovereign Housing Association and Soha Housing are conducting a community survey with a copy of the attached PDF file hopefully being delivered to homes on GWP tomorrow (Friday the 27th).

An online version of this survey is also available via this link

There is a chance of winning £30 in vouchers if you respond by Wednesday the 25th of March

Great Western Park Community Survey February 2015

Great Opportunity for GWP Teenagers

This workshop is open to all Teens, especially those who think they are not creative!!!

Have you ever wanted to make a magazine all about your opinions, ideas and full of your imagination?? Join artists from Oxfordshire Youth and Printmaker Liam Biswell for a day packed with creativity and opportunities to explore what matters to you and young people in Didcot. This is an opportunity to get your voice heard in a magazine that will be professionally printed and spread around Didcot!

A zine (/ˈziːn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier’. Historically, zines have been tied to punk and feminist cultural movements and were part of an effort to hand publishing power back to the people.

Place: Cornerstone Arts Centre, Station Road, Didcot
Date: Thursday 19th of February 2015
Times 10am-4pm

For more info, please contact or find her on Facebook Emmy Ox-Youth