Community Centre Update

On 13th March members of the Residents Association attended a meeting being held regarding the proposed community centre for Great Western Park. During the meeting, representatives from SODC and Taylor Wimpey outlined their plans to build a permanent structure on the site of the proposed temporary building. As we had suspected, the proposed size is small to say the least and we feel that it would not accommodate many community groups or clubs – the dimensions are approximately 10m x 7m.

Those of us who attended the meeting did not agree to the proposal of the smaller building and have asked Taylor Wimpey to look again at extra funding for a larger building. Failing that, we have asked to be involved in the consultation for the building specification/location etc. As such, we thought it would be appropriate for Toby Warren of SODC and the Taylor Wimpey representative to attend our next Residents Association meeting on Thursday 4th April at 7.30pm, Didcot Civic Centre. Please make a note of this in your diaries and make every effort to attend in order for our views to be taken into account!

Community Centre – 08 11 12 (172 kB)

2134-SK-146 NN Cmty Centre (1.07 MB)

GWPRA – Election of Committee Members 2nd May 2013

Great Western Park Residents’ Association

Election of Committee Members 2nd May 2013

Elections will take place on 2nd May 2013 for committee members for the Great Western Park Residents Association (GWPRA). If you would be interested in fulfilling any of the following positions please see the GWPRA constitution for further information regarding the roles and responsibilities. Applicants must be a resident of Great Western Park in order to apply.

The positions available for election are:





IT Administrator

In addition, the new position of Events Organiser/Fundraiser is also available. At a recent GWPRA meeting, it was decided that this position is needed in order to further one of the aims of the Residents Association, which is “To help build a Community Spirit within Great Western Park.” Enthusiasm, dedication for this type of work and being able to manage a proposed event from start to finish are typical attributes necessary for this post. Although previous experience is not essential, it would be an advantage. Specific roles and responsibilities are to be confirmed at a later date.

Please send expressions of interest, stating which position you would be interested in fulfilling to: by the date of the next RA meeting (4th April 2013).

Elections will take place at the RA meeting on Thursday 2nd May 2013, where you will be expected to attend and will be required to have a GWP resident present to second your proposal for election. If you are unable to attend this meeting, apologies must be sent to the Secretary by 7.30pm on 2nd May 2013, stating whether or not you still wish to be considered for the Committee position, in order for voting to take place.

Community Centre Update

A meeting will take place on Weds 13th March @ 7.30pm to discuss the Community Hall

The meeting will be hosted by Toby Warren Didcot and Science Vale UK Manager South and Vale councils & Rob Phelps Taylor Wimpey in the Ladygrove Room at the Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN

Public Consultation: Vale Local Plan 2029 Part One

The council invites you to comment has on our new draft Local Plan 2029 Part One: Strategic Sites and Policies. The Local Plan is one of the key planning policy documents designed to help guide decisions we will make about developments in the district for the next 15 years. We have used the previous work we put into developing our core strategy to help produce our Local Plan Part One.

This consultation on the Local Plan Part One will run for an extended 10 week period. We are making the draft plan available for a four week period in advance of the statutory six week time period to allow the public to review and familiarise themselves with the document. On 28 March we will publish the evidence base reports and supporting documentation for the formal six weeks public consultation. We are asking for responses on all documents by 4.00 pm Thursday 9 May 2013.

You can view a copy of the plan and make comments directly in the document using our new consultation system, which is the easiest and most efficient way, by visiting our website Alternatively, hard copies of the document are available at the Vale of White Horse District Council Offices, Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE and libraries across the district. Please be aware that all comments received will be available to the public to view and may be included on our website. All comments must be received by 4.00 pm Thursday 9 May 2013.

We will be holding a number of public exhibitions, which will provide stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the proposals with officers face to face. Exhibitions will take place running from midday to 7.00 pm on the following dates and given locations:

12 March – Abingdon, Abbey Precinct
13 March – Wantage, Civic Hall
19 March – Grove, Methodist Hall
21 March – Kingston Bagpuize, Southmoor Village Hall
26 March – Didcot, Cornerstone
28 March – Faringdon, Corn Exchange
4 April – Harwell, Church hall

With Saturday exhibitions running from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm on

23 March – Wantage, Civic Hall
13 April – Faringdon, Corn Exchange

If you have any queries or problems accessing this information, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01235 540 499

GWPRA Event/Fundraiser

At the recent Resident Associations’ [RA] meeting, it was decided that a position of Event/Fundraiser was needed within the RA in order to further one of the aims of the Residents’ Association which is “To help build a Community Spirit within Great Western Park.”

Enthusiasm, dedication for this type of work and being able to manage a proposed event from start to finish are typical attributes necessary for this post. Although previous experience is not essential, it would be an advantage.

If you are interested in fulfilling this position, then please forward your details to: by the closing date of 1st March 2013, after which you will be advised of further details.

Kindest Regards

John Boden
Chairman of the GWP Residents Association.

Exhibition and Talk at Cornerstone – about Great Western Park

Cornerstone are hosting an exhibition during February in their gallery space called ‘Didcot Dog Mile’, curated by artist Miranda Creswell who has been working with an archaeological project at Oxford University around documenting the landscape in England. Miranda has spent much time sketching the Great Western Park site and during her time there has encountered some nearby residents who are also amateur artists (and dog walkers). The exhibition will be a celebration of the past, present and future of the landscape, and will include Miranda’s sketches of the landscape, maps and archaeological site drawings, and photographs and paintings by residents and dog walkers from Didcot.

On Thursday 14th February, 6pm, they are holding a talk associated with the exhibition, with contributions from Miranda Creswell about her work documenting the landscape; an archaeologist from Oxford University, and another one from Oxford Archaeology (which did the site excavation for the GWP development), and some of the Didcot residents/artists who have contributed to the exhibition. They would very much welcome any new residents from GWP to attend the talk, to help talk about and celebrate the old and the new on this land.

Attached is the poster about the exhibition. There will be a chance to view the exhibition itself after the talk (and their cafe/bar is putting on a nice evening of dinner and music for those who wish to stay and celebrate Valentine’s day!)

Didcot Dog Mile Flyer