Options for improvements in Abingdon unveiled
Ideas for improving areas in Abingdon town centre have been published as part of a document commissioned by Vale of White Horse District Council.
The Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework sets out options for how areas of the town centre could be redeveloped, including three key sites owned by the Vale: The Charter, Abbey House and The Upper Reaches.
Thousands of comments from hundreds of local residents, businesses, community groups and visitors helped to refine a vision for Abingdon set out in the document, as well as identifying opportunities to improve the town centre.
The vision sets out aspirations for positive change in the market town, encouraging people to get around by walking, cycling or using public transport to reduce traffic, improve air quality and help combat climate change.
It also promotes improved retail and recreation with direct access to the River Thames as well as improved facilities in the town.
The work was undertaken by the district council alongside its consultant team including Carter Jonas and Glanville.
Councillor Neil Fawcett, Cabinet Member for Strategic Partnerships and Place and ward member for Abingdon Caldecott, said: “While this is not a formal plan, it offers a guide for the entire public sector on how to develop Abingdon town centre for the better.”
Among the potential opportunities the framework establishes for the town centre are a public health and social care hub, a new public library, new independent shops and restaurants, an improved leisure offer and new youth facilities.
Cllr Fawcett added: “We cannot deliver these facilities alone and we will need the support from partner organisations across Oxfordshire and the region to buy into the vision local residents have helped us create, and to work with us to unlock Abingdon’s potential.”
The framework will also complement the Abingdon Neighbourhood Plan, which is being developed by the Abingdon Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group, which includes members of Abingdon Town Council.
It will also help inform the Local Plan, which Vale of White Horse District Council is creating alongside South Oxfordshire District Council.
You can read the full Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework on the Vale of White Horse District Council website
You can also read the consultation report that details the feedback received from public and stakeholders on the Vale of White Horse District Council website