(and perhaps, because) West Hagbourne is only about
two miles south of the expanding town of Didcot, we
a strong sense of community. The village is a pleasant and friendly
place to live; local farmers take an keen interest in conserving
the countryside; we have an active parish council; several village
organisations and a useful parish newsletter produced
by the parish council. Now the village is hoping to secure a piece
of land to build a village meeting hall.
need for a parish plan was
identified by the village in around 2003 and in 2006, after about
three years of discussions with villagers to identify what they
value about their village and what changes they would like to
see, a comprehensive five-year parish plan was produced which
it is hoped will inspire everyone in the village to become involved
and ensure that the community continues to thrive.
future of West Hagbourne is inexorably tied to the future of Didcot.
The town is developing fast - the new Orchard shopping centre,
Cineworld cinema and
Cornerstone Arts Centre are
all open for business, and more shops are expected. And of course
more houses! There are current proposals for several thousand
new homes to be built in an expanded Didcot.
thought by some people to be a problem too. Certainly through
traffic to and from Didcot has been increasing and when the proposed
new housing in Didcot goes ahead the increase is likely to be
greater. The parish council has been pushing for a bypass for
the village for some time
and there are still hopes that a relief road will eventually be
information about the expansion of Didcot and its effect on local
roads and traffic is given here
the future of the village in the context of an expanding Didcot
may not be certain but residents are proud and protective of their
beautiful, historic village. Even if Didcot's houses come closer,
West Hagbourne as a village will continue and will still be the
pleasant and friendly place it has always been! The biggest challenge
for the village though will be to maintain its rural environment
in the face of an ever expanding town which is already less than
two miles away.