Power station axe to leave cricket club without home

Chairman Paul Costello confirmed Didcot Cricket Club is in talks with the town council about finding a new home with the imminent closure of Didcot A power station. Picture: OX52496 Damian Halliwell

Chairman Paul Costello confirmed Didcot Cricket Club is in talks with the town council about finding a new home with the imminent closure of Didcot A power station. Picture: OX52496 Damian Halliwell

First published in Didcot Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Didcot and Wallingford. Call me on 01865 425425

DIDCOT Cricket Club managers are looking for a new home after it was revealed the town’s power station could close as early as next year.

Coal-fired Didcot A was expected to keep generating electricity until 2015 but now looks likely to shut in 2013.

And when it closes, its sports and social club that is home to the cricket club will also close.

Club chairman Paul Costello said the club, which has 175 members including 100 juniors, was now in talks with the town council in a bid to find a new ground.

He said: “The power station has been our home for the past 25 years so any move would be a wrench. But our third and fourth teams play at Crowmarsh, so a new site would allow all our teams to play together and this would be very beneficial.

“We have a lease on our ground for the next five years but we need to consider other options in case our ground at the power station ceases to be a viable option.

“We need to keep all our options open to avoid being a club without a home. We don’t know when the power station might want the land back.”

Mr Costello added: “We held talks with the town council in March and April to try to find a suitable alternative location for the club.

Related links

“One possibility is playing at the new Boundary Park facilities that will be created as new homes are built at Great Western Park, but we don’t know when those facilities will be finished and we have some concerns about the security of our equipment at a public park.

“Covers for wickets can cost about £4,500, with sight screens costing £3,000 a pair.

“Cricket in Didcot is very healthy at the moment but we need to plan for the future to make sure our facilities match the ambition of the club.”

Town council leader Margaret Davies confirmed the talks with the club and added: “A new bespoke site for the club could be the most likely option, and our land agents have been talking to various landowners.”

In 2008, RWE npower agreed that the power station would close in 2015, or when it reached 20,000 hours of generation from that point. The hours limit is expected to be reached next year.

RWE npower spokesman Kelly Brown said the sports and social club at Didcot A provided for the 250 staff would close when the power station closed.

She said: “The sports and social club is in an area needed for office space which would be set up while decommissioning takes place.”

Gas-fired Didcot B power station will not be affected by the closure of Didcot A and will continue production.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:53pm Thu 14 Jun 12

Sgt Oxford says...

great news
great news Sgt Oxford
  • Score: -1

1:52pm Thu 14 Jun 12

Didcot's finest says...

Not great news for the Club unless the Council extract their digit and get something sorted before the Power Station close the facility!
It is a disgrace that a town of the size of Didcot has not assisted the Cricket and Rugby Clubs before now by providing a decent facility for the youth of the Town to play active sport.
Let's hope that this move by NPower forces the Council to act and do something that should have been done years ago.
Not great news for the Club unless the Council extract their digit and get something sorted before the Power Station close the facility! It is a disgrace that a town of the size of Didcot has not assisted the Cricket and Rugby Clubs before now by providing a decent facility for the youth of the Town to play active sport. Let's hope that this move by NPower forces the Council to act and do something that should have been done years ago. Didcot's finest
  • Score: 1

5:36pm Thu 14 Jun 12

Sid Hunt says...

Do they play for the ashes?
Do they play for the ashes? Sid Hunt
  • Score: 1

6:56pm Thu 14 Jun 12

King Joke says...

Sid Hunt wrote:
Do they play for the ashes?
ROFL
[quote][p][bold]Sid Hunt[/bold] wrote: Do they play for the ashes?[/p][/quote]ROFL King Joke
  • Score: -1

4:36am Sat 16 Jun 12

Dr bob is my hero says...

Didcot's finest wrote:
Not great news for the Club unless the Council extract their digit and get something sorted before the Power Station close the facility!
It is a disgrace that a town of the size of Didcot has not assisted the Cricket and Rugby Clubs before now by providing a decent facility for the youth of the Town to play active sport.
Let's hope that this move by NPower forces the Council to act and do something that should have been done years ago.
Bit ironic as we are watching the NPower test series at the moment, maybe a text or a tweet to the presenters during day one of the next test will bring it to light.
[quote][p][bold]Didcot's finest[/bold] wrote: Not great news for the Club unless the Council extract their digit and get something sorted before the Power Station close the facility! It is a disgrace that a town of the size of Didcot has not assisted the Cricket and Rugby Clubs before now by providing a decent facility for the youth of the Town to play active sport. Let's hope that this move by NPower forces the Council to act and do something that should have been done years ago.[/p][/quote]Bit ironic as we are watching the NPower test series at the moment, maybe a text or a tweet to the presenters during day one of the next test will bring it to light. Dr bob is my hero
  • Score: 1

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