Archive : Didcot Offer Refused By BMC

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
OXFORD, DEC. 21

During an inquiry at Oxford today into a British Motor Corporation plan for a spare parts depot near Oxford, B.M.C. were invited by Mr J. K. Boynton. deputy clerk to Berkshire County Council, to take their new depot to Didcot. He said a War Office depot was to close there in 1964 and would release sufficient land for the town to expand from its present population of 10,000 to a total of between 40,000 and 50,000. Didcot would then accept surplus population from London and Oxford.

Sir Sydney Littlewood. for B.M.C., said Didcot was totally unsuited to the firm’s needs. They wished to build up the most efficient spare parts service ever known in the British car industry. One reason for this was the need to compete in the Common Market against the efficiency of German manufacturers. The inquiry was closed and an inspection of the site will be made tomorrow.

Keith Adams

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