Village News

Halloween Shocker for Grainger

The High Court has confirmed the decision it reached on Halloween. Grainger’s hopes of getting a Judicial Review and overturning the appeal verdict has taken a body blow.

In the High Court Mrs Justice Lang was unequivocal in her dismissal of the three legal points Grainger raised. She sided with the Secretary of State. No JR was granted – the appeal verdict stands.
Grainger did not seek leave to take the case to the Court of Appeal. We understand that today is the deadline for it to do so.

This is the second time that the High Court has thrown out the case. Perhaps now Grainger will realise that their argument has no merit. It’s corporate reputation is suffering. It is surely time for it to take down its fence, cut its losses, and go quietly into the night.

Graingers request for a Judicial Review

Grainger’s request for a Judicial Review of the refusal of their planning application on the Green Gap was rejected in the High Court on 31st October.

Mrs Justice Lang unequivocal dismissed the three legal points Grainger raised. She sided with the Secretary of State and a JR was not granted. The appeal verdict was upheld.

Grainger did not seek leave to take the case to the Court of Appeal. We understand that they have 7 days to do so.

Didcot Volunteer Centre – Drivers needed

HELLO Drivers!

The Didcot Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, providing a transport service to local hospitals, clinics and other nearby destinations, to inhabitants of Didcot and the surrounding villages.

The only cost involved to the user is a contribution to the driver`s fuel expenditure, plus any parking charges incurred. The contribution is based on the round-trip mileage from the driver`s home, at a rate conforming with HMRC limits, and is paid directly by the passenger to the driver.

This year, the DVC celebrated its 30th anniversary and has catered for over 1500 journeys each year. The demands upon the limited resources are increasing every year.

The service relies upon a group of around 26 male and female drivers, using their own cars, of whom perhaps 50% are available at any one time. Our drivers have their own personal commitments and are not expected to be available on a full-time basis.

Some of our present drivers have been taking part in the service for over ten years and enjoy the social contact with our passengers. Similarly, we have regular feed-back from passengers who appreciate our services. However, people retire, move or cease driving for the service, for a number of reasons, and there is always a shortage of volunteers. For this reason, the DVC needs to maintain its list of drivers at a level where the demands placed can be satisfied.

In short, this is an appeal for people to offer their time as drivers and join our list of volunteers. It must be pointed out, this is not an onerous commitment – if a driver is available, fine. If a driver cannot attend on occasion, well that`s fine too.

More information can be obtained from our office in Mereland Road, Didcot, by telephoning 01235 816709,
between 1000 and 1200hrs on Mondays to Fridays.

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For the DVC Committee

The DVC is supported by its Clients, Oxfordshire County Council and the Didcot Town Council

Didcot Garden Town Plan

Below is a download link to the Didcot Garden Town Plan which is very encouraging to East Hagbourne residents. Please engage with your support for it.


  • Green Gap – Grainger and Nurton shown as green buffer.
  • Catesby – shown as green buffer
  • Greenlight – shown as woodland

Download Didcot Garden Town Plan

Hagbourne Summer Fete – thank you

Thank you for everyone’s help in organising the fete and turning up to support it.  A special thank you to the fete committee: Denise, Trevor, Susanah, Michelle and David.

Land Adjacent to Village Hall

The context is that an application by the developers for a screening opinion on an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed.

Your comments are to be submitted by 9th June at:

A planning application will follow later and at that time we (the village & Council) will make more detailed comments.

Here is the Parish Council’s  formal reply to SODC in regards to this initial proposal :

Although the size of the proposed development is beneath the normal size required for an EIA, we feel that the sensitivity of the location coupled with the size of the development should require the developers to produce a formal Environmental Impact Assessment. The reason being that the proposed development is situated directly opposite this Village School but adjacent to the School sports field which would require  the children to have to cross the access road to the proposed development twice every time that they visited the sports field. This area of the village is already very congested and potentially hazardous particularly between 8.15 and 9.00 when pupils are arriving at the school, villagers are leaving the village to go to work, and the commuter traffic is adding to the congestion. A development of anything like this scale would clearly be unsustainable and have a very severe impact on the local environment as well as occupying land that may be needed for future community use. We therefore submit to the planning office that a full EIA must be required before any possible development on this site could be considered.

Another successful Litter Blitz

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Another successful Litter Blitz was on Saturday 30th April.

Particular thanks to Joshua, as every year he turns up and works really hard clearing litter at the annual EH Litter Blitz.

Free compost giveaway!

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The compost give-away event that South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council are holding over the weekend of 13-14 May is usually a very popular event.

  • Saturday 13 May 9.00am – 11.00am
    Old South Oxfordshire District Council Car Park, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford OX10 8ED
  • Sunday 14 May 9.00am – 11.00am
    Rye Farm Car Park, Culham Road, Abingdon OX14 3NN

Communities urged to get involved in South Oxfordshire Local Plan

Communities in South Oxfordshire have been invited to public exhibitions across the district in April to find out more about the district council’s plan to address the local need for housing.

•    Didcot, Cornerstone – Wednesday 5 April,1pm – 7pm
•    Wallingford, Regal Centre – Friday 7 April, 3pm – 7pm
•    Thame, Barns Centre – Saturday 8 April, 10am – 4pm
•    Henley, The Christchurch Centre – Saturday 22 April, 10am-4pm

The plans include a more detailed look at what new infrastructure will be needed and how it will be delivered.

The latest draft of the council’s new Local Plan will be available from 29 March for seven weeks to give residents and local organisations the opportunity to comment on the document, as they have done throughout the development of the plan so far.

This is the fourth round of public consultation – this version of the plan goes into greater detail than before, and it includes changes and additions based on feedback residents have already provided.

The plan includes more detail about the district’s need for infrastructure and how this will change as new houses are built – the council’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan sets out how this will be addressed and paid for.

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said:

“We are coming to an important stage as we develop the Local Plan and now is the time for residents to get involved. It covers how we plan to deal with the local need for new homes, but also how we’ll make sure the district gets the infrastructure and high quality jobs it needs to support them.”

Over 60s can swim for a whole month for just £5

People aged 60 and over living in rural areas across southern Oxfordshire can claim a month’s swimming sessions for just £5.

GO Active Gold is offering vouchers to use at district council leisure centres from 1 April to 31 May.  Residents can sign up for the offer by visiting or by calling 01235 422240.

To claim this offer you must register by Saturday 1 April.

The leisure centres where the offer can be used include Didcot Wave.

Apply Online for Primary and Secondary School places

Applications for children due to start primary or secondary school in September 2017 can now be made online.

Families with children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 are urged to visit the primary school admissions pages on OCC’s website to find out how to apply for places for next year.

Applications for primary or junior schools also need to be made for children currently attending an infant school who were born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010.

Families with children due to move up to secondary school next September should visit the secondary school admissions pages. (There is also information for anyone interested in applying for a Year 10 transfer to a University Technical College (UTC) or Studio School.)

When applying parents are strongly advised to state three preferences and include their catchment school as one of these – even if it is their third preference school. This does not in any way affect families’ chances of securing a place at their first-preference school.

OCC still accepts postal applications but recommends families apply online where possible, as this helps speed up the applications process. It also means families receive an automatic response confirming their application has been received and can be quickly notified if further information is needed.