In readiness for the Army March Past in Didcot Town Centre on Friday Morning [4th October] the Civic Centre Car Park is closed to all non essential people from 1.00pm on Thursday [3rd October]. Off street parking will be the only way to park during this period.
The first community centre at Great Western Park is opening next spring. South Oxfordshire District Council is keen to learn residents’ views about how the building should be owned and managed.
The council feels that the best way for the building to meet the needs of Great Western Park residents is for the residents to own and manage the building. However this involves a lot of responsibilities that residents may not have had previous experience of.
Council officers have therefore suggested that they could help to set up a company limited by guarantee to own and manage the building on behalf of residents. Initially the company board would consist of ten people. Eight of these people would comprise council representatives, representatives from voluntary and faith groups [who may be using the centre] and the developers, with the remaining two people being GWP voluntary residents. The non resident board members could provide advice on owning and managing the building.
Over time the non resident board members would give up their seats so that eventually the company and building could be run by residents. The board members would serve on a voluntary unpaid basis. The company would employ a secretary/booking clerk and caretaker/cleaner. These posts would be paid posts.
More details can be found here Great Western Park community buildings business plan. If feedback to the residents’ association suggest that communal ownership and management of the centre is a good idea council officers will ask the council to give permission to do the work needed to set up the company. If feedback suggests that it is not a good idea the council will ask one of the contractors that manage its leisure centres, to run the building. They will do a good job but the centre will be one of many buildings that they manage.
Please contact the RA Secretary if you wish to provide feedback firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornstone in Didcot will be celebrating their 5th birthday this month by hosting a free mini festival on Saturday the 14th of September starting at 10am
All the activities are absolutely FREE
Further details for this event are available on their website www.cornerstone-arts.org/CornerstoneArtsCentreDidcot/BirthdayPartyFreeMiniFestival/44137.id
There will also be a 1920’s style Gala Evening on Friday the 13th of September, tickets for this event are £15 including fizz, canapés & cake.
Further details are available here www.cornerstone-arts.org/CornerstoneArtsCentreDidcot/FifthBirthdayGalaShowAliceFrancis/44132.id
A leaflet for both events is available to download from here (PDF 1.32 MB) Please note that this PDF file was used for printing purposes so half of the first page is upside down.
This is a reminder that the next Great Western Park Residents’ Association meeting will take place this Thursday 5th September at 7.30pm, Didcot Civic Hall.
Agenda is available by clicking here