A new chair for Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board was announced during the board’s latest meeting at the end of October.

Councillor Liz Leffman, leader of Oxfordshire County Council is now the new Chair of this advisory board.

In the online meeting, a representative from Barton Wilmore gave an update regarding Didcot Gateway, a project which be located in the land opposite Didcot Parkway.

According to the plans, The Prince of Wales pub and Lydalls Road nursery currently located on the site, will remain.

Read more: New building concept for Didcot Gateway gets the go ahead

The project will include building new homes, a small hotel behind the pub, new open public spaces, and various office buildings.

Councellor Liz Leffman, Chair of Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board, said: “I was pleasantly surprised to learn how many projects are happening and being put forward for the garden town. 

“I look forward to continuing my new role and working with the advisory board members and partners to help ensure improvements are brought forward quickly and in a coordinated way.”

The meeting also included updates regarding the county council progress on the Housing Infrastructure Fund; safe cycle and pedestrian paths along all the new routes; and various new environmental projects that could help increase biodiversity in the town and wider area. 

The Business Sounding Board facilitator also provided an update on their initiative to explore how they could help to ‘close the apprenticeship gap’ and encourage more young people into local apprenticeship opportunities.

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