WANTAGE & GROVE ACTIVE TRAVEL

About us and our mission

WAGAT was formed in 2022, after a period of growing engagement by its original members with local councils and developers, advocating for meaningful active travel outcomes.  We recognised the need to work more collaboratively on healthy streets and active travel campaigning in the area. All were agreed on the value of a recognisable and credible advocacy group engaging with local stakeholders in all of the local Councils, major property developers and other interested parties.

As well as the core team, we are fortunate to have a large and growing group of wonderful volunteers and supporters who provide invaluable expertise, wisdom and advice. 

Below are our CORE team members and a little about them individually.

John

John

Chair

I have lived in Grove with my family for more than 30 years. I spent most of my working life with Vodafone based in Newbury but for the last 8 years, I was the Bursar of St Cross College in Oxford. I retired recently. I am a Trustee of the Vale Academy Trust, Chair of the local leisure cycling club, Cycling UK Wantage, and I volunteer as part of Sustainable Wantage’s Community Fridge initiative. I am enjoying working on active travel initiatives in our local area.

Guy

Guy

Infrastructure Projects

A leading member of HarBUG, the local cycling advocacy group, for over a decade. Has worked with local councils on active travel matters for nearly as long. Lives in Wantage. Works at Harwell Campus as a Project Engineer.

Gareth

Gareth

Secretary

I have lived in Grove most of my working life and have been involved with local athletics and cycling groups. Following retirement I became interested in trying to improve some of the pavements and cycle paths having found the existing provision inadequate in many places.

Jo

Jo

Sustainable Wantage Rep

local resident and Sustainability Coordinator at Sustainable Wantage.

 

Sue

Sue

Mobility Rep

I have lived in Wantage for most of my life, I am retired and have lived with a mobility impairment for nearly 40 years. 20 years ago I purchased my first mobility scooter which was liberating – it gives me access to local villages along footpaths, I am out in the fresh air and meet lots of people to chat to. 5 years ago we launched a mobility group which we are trying to get off the ground again and I spend time raising awareness of accessibility issues in Wantage and the surrounding area.