A wide range of improvement projects and facilities in the Didcot Garden Town area will be prioritized to ensure climate change and pandemic recovery are addressed first.
The Didcot Garden Town Advisory Council discussed the actions set out in the 2017 Delivery Plan to identify the projects they felt were most important to bring about further community improvements and help the recovery of the town area- garden after the pandemic.
Council heard details of comments from local residents, businesses and parish councils giving details of projects they would like to see given more prominence, including helping local businesses, introducing more green spaces around the city and build on the success of Didcot’s Garden Party by hosting exciting new community events.
Since 2017, the Didcot Garden Town team has been working with partners to deliver projects, such as setting up the sounding boards of Residents, Business and Parish Councils and delivering infrastructure projects, e.g. , the new pedestrian and cycle route at the Backhill Tunnel on Milton Park. .
One of the most important agendas identified by members was the need for a broader public transport strategy – something that could encourage everyone to tackle climate change by making it easier for everyone to use transport. rather than having to rely on car journeys, especially for getting around. around the garden city and surrounding villages.
Cllr Liz Leffman, Chair of the Didcot Garden City Advisory Council, said: “Having all of our Board members present and working together to review the Garden City has been extremely helpful. This will help us find other ways to continue the work already underway and contribute to the recovery from the pandemic in a sustainable way. »
Cllr Emily Smith, Vale of White Horse District Council Leader, said: “Listening to the feedback from the sounding boards has been invaluable. It was great to hear that we all have similar goals to create more green spaces and facilities for our communities to enjoy in and around the Garden City.
Cllr David Rouane, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “It was an ideal opportunity to review everyone’s priorities and I look forward to starting environmental and transport projects which will help all the world to combat climate change.
The members of the Didcot Garden Town Advisory Council are:
- Councilor Liz Leffman, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Chair
- Councilor David Rouane, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council
- Councilor Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council
- Councilor Robin Bennet, South Oxfordshire District Council
- Councilor Judy Roberts, Vale of White Horse District Council
- Councilor Denise MacDonald, Leader of Didcot Town Council
- Councilor Rita Atkinson, Sutton Courtenay Parish Council
- Nigel Tipple, OxLEP (Local Business Partnership)
- Catherine Turner, England Houses
You can find more information about the Garden City of Didcot here.
You can read the full minutes of the Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board meeting here.