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Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure – Didcot, Balmoral Road

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close Balmoral Road to facilitate Micro-asphalt surfacing works.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 25 July 2018.

The anticipated completion date is 29 July 2018.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic is below. 

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

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Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure – Didcot, Slade Road

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close Slade Road to facilitate Micro-asphalt surfacing works.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 26 July 2018. 

The anticipated completion date is 30 July 2018.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic is below. 

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

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Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure – Didcot, Churchill Road

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close Churchill Road to facilitate Micro-asphalt surfacing works.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 27 July 2018.

The anticipated completion date is 31 July 2018.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic is below. 

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

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Local Elections 

Unlike other parts of the county, South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse District Councils are not having an election on 3 May 2018 so they won’t be sending out any voting cards or postal votes to residents in the  district.

South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse District Councils next scheduled elections are in May 2019.

Please make sure you are registered to vote for those elections, and if not please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you’d like further information on elections or to find out who your local councillor is, please visit our website: 

http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/local-democracy
http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/services-and-advice/local-democracy

Message from Network Rail

We had received a briefing note from Network Rail outlining railway electrifications works that will be carried out between Didcot and Swindon over certain weekends between March and May 2018. Work will also be taking place between Swindon and Gloucester as they carry out the renewal of the track in this area.

During the weekend upgrade work, train services will not be able to run between Didcot and Swindon or on the Golden Valley line to Gloucester. GWR trains will be providing an amended timetable involving rail replacement services as detailed in the briefing note.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure – at Didcot, Unnamed Road near Fulscot Bridge

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a short section of the unnamed road near Fulscot bridge to facilitate carriageway maintenance works.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 23 April to 25 May 2018.

(The maximum duration of a TTRO on a road is 18 months and on a footpath is 6 months, or until completion of the works, whichever is the earlier.)

Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

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Help name Didcot’s new Orchard Centre square

Residents could become a part of Didcot history by suggesting the name of the new public square in the extension of the Orchard Centre.

South Oxfordshire District Council and developers, Hammerson are working with Didcot Town Council to give residents the opportunity to send in their suggestions ready to decide the name the new town square.

They’re inviting residents to suggest names that have a historical connection to Didcot or potentially a futuristic name in recognition of the ground-breaking science and technology happening in the local Science Vale. Names could also relate to notable people, buildings associated with the town.

The new town square, which connects the extension to the existing centre and Broadway, will offer an enhanced leisure and dining area, with Nando’s and Costa Coffee already signed-up, and more names due to be announced shortly.

The brand-new restaurants and cafés offer alfresco dining options and a space for outdoor community events and markets alongside the new stores including Marks and Spencer Food Hall, H&M, Boots, River Island, TK Maxx and Starbucks.

Click here for more information.

Message from BBC Oxford

Shout Out Oxfordshire’ is a new feature coming to BBC Radio Oxford, which will give community groups, clubs, charities, etc. the chance to make a 45 second appeal to our listeners, free of charge, which will be repeated every day for at least a week, and go on the BBC Radio Oxford iPlayer for a month.

It could be used to ask for more members or volunteers, donations of items, skills or time, more people to use a community service, or something else, but not money.

All you need to do is email ShoutOutOxfordshire@bbc.co.uk or call 03459 311444 and we’ll send you details of how to record an appeal.

Countdown to new community lottery with £25,000 jackpot up for grabs

Tickets for South Oxfordshire District Council’s exciting new community lottery will go on sale on Tuesday 27 March.

The online SO Charitable Lottery will raise funds for local voluntary and charitable groups and a new website www.socharitable.co.uk is now live for people to find out more.

Tickets cost £1 and need to be bought via the website. The first draw will take place on 28 April and will then run weekly. 

There is a one in 50 chance of winning a prize, with a jackpot of £25,000.

From each ticket bought, 60p will go to good causes and the local community.

Local good causes have been invited to register as beneficiaries and players can choose which cause they support when they purchase tickets.

The rest of the money will go to the prize fund and running costs – the council will not receive any of the proceeds.

Cllr Lynn Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the lottery, said: “The council gives around £1.5 million a year in grants to support voluntary and community organisations and we know there’s a great demand for financial support.

“The lottery is a fantastic, fun way for people to get involved. They can see exactly where their money is going – and what’s more, they might win a prize too! I’d like to encourage local communities to get behind this lottery and help make it a success.”

To find out more about buying tickets, or if you are a good cause working in South Oxfordshire that would like to apply as a beneficiary of the lottery, visit www.socharitable.co.uk or contact SO Charitable Lottery by calling 01235 364333 or emailing support@socharitable.co.uk.

Councils sponsor new awards for voluntary and community groups

Voluntary and community groups across the districts are being invited to tell everyone the difference they have made to their communities – and the best will win new awards thanks to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils.

The councils are both sponsoring an award for the first time this year - for the Best Group in South Oxfordshire and for the Best Group in the Vale of White Horse.

The awards are part of the prestigious annual Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards – co-ordinated by Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action. The winners will be announced in Oxford on 5 June 2018.

The challenge has been set down for voluntary or community groups, large or small, new or old, to show how they have made a significant impact to their local communities.

Councillor Charlotte Dickson, Vale of White Horse District Council Cabinet member for community services said: “We are asking all the wonderful community and voluntary groups across our districts to tell everyone about all they have achieved.  Whether it is providing community hubs for rural areas or restoring a part of local history they need to send in their nominations.”

Councillor Lynn Lloyd, South Oxfordshire District Council Cabinet member for community services said: “By sponsoring this award it reaffirms our commitment to the voluntary sector which gives so much to our local communities. So don’t be shy, tell us all about your group, what it has done for local people and why it, and its volunteers, should be recognised.”

Please visit the OCVA website for more information and how to nominate.

Consultation

Didcot Town Council is considering the long-term future of the dilapidated sports changing facilities at Edmonds Park Recreation Site and Loyd Recreation Ground.  One option currently being considered is to replace these buildings with new accommodation which could incorporate facilities for the wider community.  However, any new facilities must be sustainable, meet the needs of the local community and offer value for money.

The Town Council is interested in hearing from local individuals, groups or clubs who might be interested in bringing something new to the sites.

Please complete our questionnaire and provide your views about the current facilities to let us know what would like to see at these two sites. All questionnaires will be entered into a draw to be in with a chance of winning a 3-month membership at Willowbrook Leisure Centre, courtesy of Soll Leisure. You can complete the questionnaire online before 20th April 2018 at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Didcot

To look at the drawings click here.

Fulscot Road Repairs

Oxfordshire County Council plan to carry out repairs to the eastern side of the un-named road to Fulscot between the A4130 Haddon Hill junction and Fulscot Railway Bridge in the coming months.

The work is programmed to start in April/May 2018 and is expected to last for up to eight weeks, subject to any bad weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances during construction.  OCC will advise once a firm start date is agreed. 

The work will include structural repairs to the damaged road edge, re-profiling the existing ditch, resurfacing of the damaged carriageway, drainage improvements and the replacement of existing road markings. 

This work is being funded by Network Rail. 

News from South and Vale District Council:

Government green-lights first use of autonomous vehicles on UK roads

• UK’s first trial of autonomous vehicles on public roads will take place in Didcot
• Trial funded by Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK
• Project seeks to reduce car usage within a large business park by half

The first use of fully connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) on public roads is set to take place in Oxfordshire, following the announcement of government funding into a trial project.

Innovate UK has today (25 February) announced the award of £2.5 million to trial self-driving vehicles in and around Milton Park, the large, high-tech business and science hub near Didcot. The vehicles will travel between private roads at Milton Park and the public roads that link the site with nearby transport services.

The 30-month MultiCAV project will be undertaken by a consortium of organisations with different sector backgrounds who are investing in the development of autonomous vehicles, and led by UK transport operator FirstGroup.

Despite being relatively close to Didcot Parkway station, most travel to and from Milton Park is currently made in private vehicles. With the site set to expand in the coming years, the MultiCAV consortium is building on the work already underway to provide the park with long-term, safe sustainable transport.

For more information click here.

 

Welcome to Didcot Town Council

Didcot is the largest town in South Oxfordshire with a population of just over 25,000 at the last Census in 2011.  As the town is designated as a growth town, the population continues to increase.

Didcot Town Council is a “local council”, a type of local authority so legislation governs what we do and how we operate.

The Town Council provides a range of services to the people of Didcot.  We have 21 councillors who make most decisions about what we do at formal committee meetings.

On these pages you can find out more about our parks, lakes and play areas.  You can also find out about meetings of the full Council, committees, councillors and what we spend money on.

The Town Council office is located inside Didcot Civic Hall which is on the corner of Broadway and Britwell Road.

There is a car park at the Civic Hall comprising of 98 standing spaces and 7 disabled bays.  

 

 

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