Great Western Park wants its own parish council

A petition has been delivered to South Oxfordshire District Council

A petition has been delivered to South Oxfordshire District Council

First published in News

RESIDENTS living on Didcot’s Great Western Park estate want to create their own parish council.

Residents’ association chairman John Boden, who is leading the plan, says he wants the estate to be “the jewel in Didcot’s crown”.

The association has now delivered a petition, signed by more than 360 residents, to South Oxfordshire District Council.

More than 3,300 homes are planned for the estate between the A4130 and Wantage Road and 600 homes are already occupied.

Retired RAF technician Mr Boden, 68, who lives in Kingfisher Drive with wife Margaret, said: “We want to make a place with a real community and a safe environment to bring up children.

“As a residents’ association we have absolutely no power. As a parish council we would have legal authority.”

Town councillor Neville Harris said: “If successful the petition would make the first level of local governance more accessible to residents.

“It would dramatically increase their input into creating and maintaining a cohesive and well ordered community.”

Our top stories:

Cyclists warned: Don't be dimwits

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

BIKE safety campaigners have warned that cyclists are risking their lives, after an Oxford Mail survey found more than half of them were riding without lights.

FOOTBALL: Rose wants to keep Oxford United climbing

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

Danny Rose is targeting a move into mid-table today as Oxford United visit Carlisle United in search of a third win in eight days.

Shhh... silent film is a reel hit with movie buffs

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

FILM buffs were given a taste of how movies used to be watched as they turned out for a silent screening in Witney.

Fears grow for missing Oxford University student Isobel Priest

Oxford Mail:

8:49am Saturday 25th October 2014

Police say they are concerned about a 21-year-old Oxford University student who has been missing since Thursday.

Runaway emu killed after crash with car

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Saturday 25th October 2014

AN EMU escaped from a garden in Boar’s Hill and died after being hit by a car, Thames Valley Police said yesterday.

Off and running for entry to our OX5 extravaganza

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

THE starting gun has been fired for next year’s Oxford Mail OX5 Run as places open for runners in the fundraising extravaganza.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:48pm Fri 11 Jul 14

cowley bob says...

Maybe FGW or TESCO could sponsor this folly?
Maybe FGW or TESCO could sponsor this folly? cowley bob
  • Score: 3

8:49pm Fri 11 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

"Jewel in the crown" little chance of that - rumours are its a bit rough up there
"Jewel in the crown" little chance of that - rumours are its a bit rough up there yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 3

3:22pm Sun 13 Jul 14

DidcotYellow86 says...

"The Jewel in Didcot's Crown".........do the residents of GWP think they're a cut above everyone else in Didcot then?

What a bunch of snobs!
"The Jewel in Didcot's Crown".........do the residents of GWP think they're a cut above everyone else in Didcot then? What a bunch of snobs! DidcotYellow86
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree