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Chance to help improve central Abingdon

People will soon have the chance to help shape how central Abingdon could be revitalised.

Vale of White Horse District Council is working with Carter Jonas – an organisation with expertise in regeneration – to help identify parts of the market town that have seen better days and consider how they could have brighter futures.

Working together, they are launching a consultation so that residents, businesses and visitors alike can give their views on how to help make central Abingdon a thriving place in the future.

In-person consultation events will take place in Abingdon on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June 2022. At the event people will be able see the council’s current work to inform a vision and objectives for central Abingdon and view the options for key sites in the town, including the Upper Reaches, Charter Car Park and Abbey House.

The events will take place at Unit 24, Bury Street precinct (the former H Samuel shop) on

  • Friday 17 June from 11am-8pm
  • Saturday 18 June from 9.30am-1pm

For those unable to attend, the council is also aiming to launch a four-week online consultation starting on Friday 17 June.

The responses will be used in creating the Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework (CARF), which will identify realistic options for improving buildings, land and transport routes.

Cllr Andy Crawford, Cabinet Member for Corporate Assets at the Vale, said: “We’re excited about looking at ways we can potentially breathe new life into central Abingdon and know our communities will have plenty of ideas of how we can achieve this.

“I hope as many as possible take part in the survey so the CARF can really reflect the people who know it best.

“The final framework also fits into our Corporate Plan by building strong communities and making the best use of our properties.”

The CARF will include three properties the council owns in the town – the Charter area and car park, Abbey House, and the Upper Reaches Hotel – to see how they might need to change in the future to complement the wider work to enhance the town’s vitality and environment.

To find out more, visit our CARF webpage.

Anyone who would like to opt-in for updates on our CARF project can complete this opt-in survey. To view further information on how the council will use and store personal information, please see its privacy notice.