South Oxfordshire District Council has abandoned its plan to link Didcot with Wittenham Clumps by a country theme park (see Didcot Country Theme Park to cost £2.5m). The council pen-pushers were taken aback by the force of the attacks on their scheme which, to their eyes, had everything going for it – lots of public money to splash about, nasty wild fields and hedges tamed in council-approved manner, and paths, sign-posts and public lavatories (“torlets” in the lingo of the council employee) all over the place.
They are now going for a “series of linked green spaces all around Didcot”. As I have said before, one wonders why the planning officers did not provide for such spaces as Didcot expanded, instead of having to retro-fit them into the acres of tightly-packed little boxes which Didcot has now become. Weak planners against strong developers, presumably.