7 Didcot Garden Town - new delivery plan PDF 329 KB
To consider the head of policy and programmes’ report.
Cabinet considered the head of policy and programmes’ report. This set out a revised delivery plan for Didcot Garden Town. The report sought approval of a revised delivery plan and associated budget, to enable a more focused plan to bring forward community improvements, assist recovery of the garden town area following the pandemic, and to address the climate emergency.
To do this South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse district councils were working together, drawing funds from their Council-approved reserves. The initial estimate was £825,000, with £660,000 being from South Oxfordshire, and £165,000 from the Vale. Cabinet was asked to authorise the movement of the council’s funds into the budget year 2022/23. Any unspent funds at the financial year end would be carried forward into following years, with agreement of the section 151 officer in consultation with the appropriate head of service.
Cabinet welcomed the new delivery plan, which was simpler and more deliverable than its predecessor, and would provide Didcot with facilities it deserved. Once the initial funding had been approved and a team established, the next step would be to timetable the delivery of the plan, working with Oxfordshire County Council on major infrastructure projects. This should help address road congestion, particularly in the town centre. There would be a walking and cycling strategy also to reduce reliance on private car journeys.
(a) approve the revised delivery plan for Didcot Garden Town, as shown in Appendix 2 to the head of policy and programmes’ report to Cabinet on 23 June 2022; and
(b) agree a supplementary estimate to the 2022/23 revenue budget of £660,000, fully funded from the grant monies held in the council's reserves, thereafter, to be managed by the relevant budget holder to deliver the approved delivery plan.