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Annual Town Meeting 21st March 2018

The Annual Town Meeting will be taking place on 21st March at Didcot Civic Hall. Tea and coffee will be available from 7:00 and the meeting will commence at 7:30. Click here for the agenda and annual report.

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 – B4493 Wantage Road (Didcot) - Proposed Cycle Lane Provision

Following a previous consultation carried out in May/June 2016 (details available here).

Oxford County Council are now seeking your views on the modified proposals to introduce cycle lanes on both sides of the B4493 Wantage Road, which will be separated from the main carriageway by an over-runnable kerb. To accommodate the proposed cycle lanes, the verge on the north side of the road will be removed or narrowed, and there will also be in places some narrowing of the verge on the south side of the road. In the vicinity of Abingdon Crescent part of the existing verge on both sides of the road will become cycle track. Unlike the previous proposals, the existing footways will continue to be for pedestrian use only, rather than becoming shared-use.

In light of this, please find plans of the proposals attached - which are also available to view on the Councils consultation pages here from 9am.

Any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 06th April 2018.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Community Risk Management Action Plan 2018-2019

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service are looking for people’s views on the Community Risk Management Plan Action Plan for 2018-19. The action plan outlines 4 projects that the service intends to carry out over the course of the year. These projects are.

• Project 1: Establishing Community Safety Advocates or Wardens. (ACO
• Grahame Mitchell)
• Project 2: To increase the diversity of the Operational Workforce in order to
• reflect the community that we serve. (David Heycock)
• Project 3: To review resourcing of our fire protection service delivery and the
• effective enforcement of fire safety legislation in the County. (Richard Webb)
• Project 4: Implement the outcomes of the 2017/18 review of the wholetime
• shift duty system. (David Heycock)

This link will take you to the full document as well as an online questionaire that they would like you to complete in order that they can understand your views and opinions of the projects.

Phone Scam

Please be aware that likely fraudsters are currently calling 01235 numbers, claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). According to 1471, they are calling from 01525 8395** but that is likely to be a relay number from an overseas source.

The caller asks how many marketing calls you receive despite being registered with the TPS. He/She then say that the TPS is being enhanced. They then ask if you pay your phone bills by Direct Debit. Then they ask you if you have a debit card which expires in 2018 (as they've already referred to debit you may be off guard). If you ask why they want to know that, they hang up.

Note that the calls are automated so there may be several more calls from the same number that day.


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.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Footpath Closure – at GWP Didcot, Footpaths 197/1, 401/16 and 189/19.

A request has been received from Taylor Wimpey for a temporary footpath closure to apply to footpaths 197/1, 401/16 and 189/19 whilst essential Great Western Park new development works are carried out.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 13 December 2017 for 6 months with a view to extend. (An emergency footpath closure has been put in place from 23 November which will last for 21 days, due to works starting immediately).  The estimated duration of the works programme is 2 years approximately.

Map of closure
Traffic Order 



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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