Council hopes to buy land for sports facilities

Oxford Mail: Margaret Davies at the Hadden Hill site Margaret Davies at the Hadden Hill site

A DECADE-LONG hunt for land to build sports recreation facilities for Didcot could soon end.

A 25-acre site east of the town has been found by Didcot Town Council.

The site, which is currently farmland, lies next to the A4130 at Hadden Hill by the Hadden Hill Golf Course.

The town council aims to buy the £1m land using New Homes Bonus funding, which is given to councils.

Town council leader Margaret Davies said: “It is great we have got this far. It looks very encouraging.

“It would allow a wider range of sports to be played and would mean some sports which at the moment take place in parks to up their game and move up in the leagues.”

The sports pitches are expected to cater for cricket, rugby, hockey and football.

It has not yet been decided what facilities will be built.

A pavilion or clubhouse with toilets and changing rooms would likely be included and Mrs Davies hopes allotments could be created as well.

Public consultations about the plans are due to start in February at Didcot Civic Hall.

Outline planning permission for the pitches would then be requested to South Oxfordshire District Council.

Mrs Davies said the town council will only buy the site after permission is granted. Building would take more than a year.

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She added that the price could not be made known at this stage but the Government’s valuation office, which has to agree the price offered for land by all town or parish councils, has approved it.

After public consultation the council plans to ask the Government’s Public Works Loan Board for the money.

Didcot Rugby Club’s Andy Rolfe and Didcot Cricket Club’s Paul Costello have told the Oxford Mail new pitches were desperately needed.

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6:27pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Farmland being transferred over for use by townies!

Building pavilions on farmland - perhaps with solar panels on the roof!

The notorious Oxfordshire wing of the CPRE are bound to have something to say about that.
Farmland being transferred over for use by townies! Building pavilions on farmland - perhaps with solar panels on the roof! The notorious Oxfordshire wing of the CPRE are bound to have something to say about that. Andrew:Oxford

7:39pm Sat 28 Dec 13

EMBOX2 says...

This land is currently owned by Tesco (was purchased alongside the land on which the store is built), for the sole purpose of stopping Sainsbury's buying the land and building a rival store.

Anyway - I don't think I've ever seen crops in this field, so maybe this is a good place - it is better than the site north of the ring road anyway. Although, surely a sports center is better closer to the middle of town?!
This land is currently owned by Tesco (was purchased alongside the land on which the store is built), for the sole purpose of stopping Sainsbury's buying the land and building a rival store. Anyway - I don't think I've ever seen crops in this field, so maybe this is a good place - it is better than the site north of the ring road anyway. Although, surely a sports center is better closer to the middle of town?! EMBOX2

12:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

King Joke says...

The only place for a sports 'center' (sic) would be America. Didcot would be better suited to a sports centre.
The only place for a sports 'center' (sic) would be America. Didcot would be better suited to a sports centre. King Joke

2:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Diddyman says...

I thought land on the Great Western Park development had been put aside for a shared sports club and pitches for Didcot Rugby Club and Didcot Cricket Club??

Is this a case of our great local council not talking to each other??? Or is this just another example of Didcot Council building on every field they can that surrounds the town??
I thought land on the Great Western Park development had been put aside for a shared sports club and pitches for Didcot Rugby Club and Didcot Cricket Club?? Is this a case of our great local council not talking to each other??? Or is this just another example of Didcot Council building on every field they can that surrounds the town?? Diddyman

2:18pm Mon 6 Jan 14

King Joke says...

There are some new swimming facilities appearing near Didcot this week, particularly at Clifton Hampden.
There are some new swimming facilities appearing near Didcot this week, particularly at Clifton Hampden. King Joke

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