Aldi gets go-ahead for Didcot supermarket

Aldi gets go-ahead for Didcot supermarket

Aldi gets go-ahead for Didcot supermarket

First published in News

A new Aldi supermarket in Didcot has been given the go-ahead.

The German chain was given permission by South Oxfordshire District Council planning officers on Thursday, seven months after applying.

The shop will be built in Lower Broadway on the site of a foam company warehouse.

The plan sparked objections from residents and businesses who said it would create traffic jams around the Jubilee Way roundabout.

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11:09am Sat 7 Jun 14

HPG says...

Traffic struggling to come in and out of that junction be far less than the traffic trying to come in and out of all the entances of the station improvements, massive hold ups over who gives priorities there, only place in Didcot that should have a roundabout
Traffic struggling to come in and out of that junction be far less than the traffic trying to come in and out of all the entances of the station improvements, massive hold ups over who gives priorities there, only place in Didcot that should have a roundabout HPG
  • Score: 3

1:06pm Sat 7 Jun 14

piper2011 says...

why couldnt they take over the old 'do it all' building next to halfords ? or would tesco object ? the site would be perfect
why couldnt they take over the old 'do it all' building next to halfords ? or would tesco object ? the site would be perfect piper2011
  • Score: 17

1:13pm Sat 7 Jun 14

livid99 says...

There are already traffic jams at the Jubilee Way roundabout !!
There are also traffic jams by the new "improved" station entrance, and traffic jams caused by the lights at the Great Western Park entrance. Both of these would clearly be improved with roundabouts, but then they would put pedestrian crossings right on the roundabouts again like at Jubilee Way, and cause even more chaos.
There are already traffic jams at the Jubilee Way roundabout !! There are also traffic jams by the new "improved" station entrance, and traffic jams caused by the lights at the Great Western Park entrance. Both of these would clearly be improved with roundabouts, but then they would put pedestrian crossings right on the roundabouts again like at Jubilee Way, and cause even more chaos. livid99
  • Score: 9

2:29pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

People objecting simply because it is going to be very popular within the Didcot community?
People objecting simply because it is going to be very popular within the Didcot community? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -3

5:14pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

piper2011 wrote:
why couldnt they take over the old 'do it all' building next to halfords ? or would tesco object ? the site would be perfect
I'm pretty sure that Tesco own all that land where Halfords, Carpet Right, etc are situated. Hence why they wouldn't allow an Aldi there.
[quote][p][bold]piper2011[/bold] wrote: why couldnt they take over the old 'do it all' building next to halfords ? or would tesco object ? the site would be perfect[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure that Tesco own all that land where Halfords, Carpet Right, etc are situated. Hence why they wouldn't allow an Aldi there. Neonlights
  • Score: 9

7:21am Sun 8 Jun 14

SIMONDIDCOT says...

The old Focus store would not fit with Aldi's design for it's new stores, really looking forward tu them arriving in Didcot, their food quality is far superior to Tesco's. As for access, can those leaving note be made to rurn left to return via the railway bridge roundabout
The old Focus store would not fit with Aldi's design for it's new stores, really looking forward tu them arriving in Didcot, their food quality is far superior to Tesco's. As for access, can those leaving note be made to rurn left to return via the railway bridge roundabout SIMONDIDCOT
  • Score: 11

9:21am Mon 9 Jun 14

jkg says...

livid99 wrote:
There are already traffic jams at the Jubilee Way roundabout !!
There are also traffic jams by the new "improved" station entrance, and traffic jams caused by the lights at the Great Western Park entrance. Both of these would clearly be improved with roundabouts, but then they would put pedestrian crossings right on the roundabouts again like at Jubilee Way, and cause even more chaos.
I agree with this comment; roundabouts are intended to enhance traffic flow, albeit some drivers stop whether or not a vehicle is to be given priority. One way the destroy the objective is to place pedestrian controlled crossings at the roundabout exits!

The only problem exiting from the present site in lower Lower Broadway would be traffic turning right so close to the roundabout; this could be mitigated by left turns only requiring a 300 m detour around the Marsh Bridge roundabout.
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: There are already traffic jams at the Jubilee Way roundabout !! There are also traffic jams by the new "improved" station entrance, and traffic jams caused by the lights at the Great Western Park entrance. Both of these would clearly be improved with roundabouts, but then they would put pedestrian crossings right on the roundabouts again like at Jubilee Way, and cause even more chaos.[/p][/quote]I agree with this comment; roundabouts are intended to enhance traffic flow, albeit some drivers stop whether or not a vehicle is to be given priority. One way the destroy the objective is to place pedestrian controlled crossings at the roundabout exits! The only problem exiting from the present site in lower Lower Broadway would be traffic turning right so close to the roundabout; this could be mitigated by left turns only requiring a 300 m detour around the Marsh Bridge roundabout. jkg
  • Score: 5

10:28pm Tue 10 Jun 14

livid99 says...

livid99 wrote:
There are already traffic jams at the Jubilee Way roundabout !!
There are also traffic jams by the new "improved" station entrance, and traffic jams caused by the lights at the Great Western Park entrance. Both of these would clearly be improved with roundabouts, but then they would put pedestrian crossings right on the roundabouts again like at Jubilee Way, and cause even more chaos.
A good example was this evening's journey home. The traffic queue was almost stationary from the traffic lights at Great Western Park right back to the army barracks ....and GWP is not even finished yet !! Gridlock is almost certain unless some serious re-thinking is done.
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: There are already traffic jams at the Jubilee Way roundabout !! There are also traffic jams by the new "improved" station entrance, and traffic jams caused by the lights at the Great Western Park entrance. Both of these would clearly be improved with roundabouts, but then they would put pedestrian crossings right on the roundabouts again like at Jubilee Way, and cause even more chaos.[/p][/quote]A good example was this evening's journey home. The traffic queue was almost stationary from the traffic lights at Great Western Park right back to the army barracks ....and GWP is not even finished yet !! Gridlock is almost certain unless some serious re-thinking is done. livid99
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Adrian1 says...

Lot of factors involved but the tipping one for me has been traffic for getting back on the bicycle, it now takes no longer to travel 6 miles than by car, and I'm slower than I used to be. Soon it'll be faster by bike, I guess as I sit in my office, soaked through with sweat all day, tears streaming down my face, coughing and hacking from ingesting all that pollen and pollutants awaiting the hayfever tablets to kick in and send me into a commotose daze for the afternoon I should thank the town planners for making me fitter and more productive. That's not the opinion of my shared office collegues however. The cycle paths by the way, better than they were, but why are they a doggy toilet and why the 3" high sharp flint entry and exit ramps here and there? It sort of removes their appeal and inclines one back towards the road to further congest traffic.
Lot of factors involved but the tipping one for me has been traffic for getting back on the bicycle, it now takes no longer to travel 6 miles than by car, and I'm slower than I used to be. Soon it'll be faster by bike, I guess as I sit in my office, soaked through with sweat all day, tears streaming down my face, coughing and hacking from ingesting all that pollen and pollutants awaiting the hayfever tablets to kick in and send me into a commotose daze for the afternoon I should thank the town planners for making me fitter and more productive. That's not the opinion of my shared office collegues however. The cycle paths by the way, better than they were, but why are they a doggy toilet and why the 3" high sharp flint entry and exit ramps here and there? It sort of removes their appeal and inclines one back towards the road to further congest traffic. Adrian1
  • Score: -1

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