No one can accuse Didcot people of being NIMBYs. We have welcomed the additional housing, much needed by young people growing up here and by the workers attracted by science and industrial parks; we have welcomed the expansion of those parks and the jobs they bring; we have welcomed the new town ...
No one can accuse Didcot people of being NIMBYs. We have welcomed the additional housing, much needed by young people growing up here and by the workers attracted by science and industrial parks; we have welcomed the expansion of those parks and the jobs they bring; we have welcomed the new town centre. We have looked forward to the development of the Gateway site which has been an embarrassment to us for too long.
Before the election, Didcot Liberal Democrats called for SODC and the Vale to work together with the County Council to come up with a common plan for Didcot and we are pleased that they have embraced the Garden Town model, introduced by Nick Clegg when he was Deputy Prime Minister.
However, being in favour of development does not mean that we have to support every proposal which is put forward and we have every right to criticise the details of what is being proposed.
Residents before developers
We want to see development on a human scale that meets the needs of the residents of Didcot, old and new, rather than the needs of developers.
This means that new housing developments must have a significant proportion of ‘affordable’ housing, not just ‘executive’ homes.
It means that there has to be transport infrastructure and leisure facilities, with developers contributing their fair share to the costs.
It means that we need green spaces: places to exercise, walk, and play: A GARDEN TOWN!
Need not Greed
Since the election, the Conservatives have tried to sell off the town’s allotments and they have approved a Gateway development consisting of intensive apartment buildings and an eight storey hotel with no ‘affordable’ housing and no green spaces.
There is now a fundamental disagreement between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in Didcot about the purpose of development.
We see the Garden Town status as a way of providing what the people of Didcot need: affordable housing, pleasant green spaces, and amenities like allotments and leisure facilities, and not just an opportunity to make money.
If you agree with us then join us.
Published by Wantage Liberal Democrats - serving the towns of Didcot, Faringdon,Wallingford, Wantage and the villages surrounding them.