Liden, Eldene and Park South

On 4th May, Make The Parish Work For You in Liden & Eldene

Adam Hunt, Amir Ayub and Bazil Solomon

Adam Hunt will be standing as a parish councillor for Liden. Amir Ayub and Bazil Solomon will be our candidates for Eldene in the elections on 4th May.

You have three votes if you live in Liden and three if you live in Eldene. The overall parish will have nine councillors including three from Nythe.

Figures from the Department for Communities & Local Government show Swindon to have the largest percentage increase in council tax in England. Including Parish Precept charges, Swindon residents will get an average increase of 10.35%. That’s double that of all other local authorities except Waveney (7.5%) and Boston (6.4%).

As services such as street cleaning, grass cutting, the maintenance of our play areas, parks, green spaces and woodlands and community centres have been devolved to the parish council, it is vitally important that these services are maintained and improved.

Will we ever see Liden Improvements?

Councillors Derique Montaut, Chris Watts, and Fay Howard at Liden Community Centre

We like you, have been asking whether we will ever see the promised improvements to Liden Village Centre.

In February 2012 the Conservative Council announced Swindon Council plans to spend £900,000 over 2 years on six centres (Swindon Advertiser, February 2012). The following year, the Conservative administration reduced the budget to £450,000 (Swindon Advertiser, October 2013). In 2014 we were given assurances that the improvements would be coming soon and yet nothing happened.

Now following a question at a Council Meeting in November from the Cabinet Member has said that the improvements to Liden Centre would be dependent on the Council’s emerging Libraries Strategy.

There's been more than four years of broken promises, and now another delaying tactic. The other village centres have all seen improvements yet Liden remains waiting. It is not good enough.

We’d now like the Conservative Cabinet to do what they promised as far back as 2012, and fund improvements to the Liden Centre.

Update from your Liden, Eldene and Park South Councillors

Councillors Derique Montaut, Chris Watts, and Fay Howard

New Parish Councils
New Parish councils are now being formed with Liden and Eldene joining Nythe Parish. Councillor Derique Montaut aims to join Nythe parish as he is concerned that Liden and Eldene residents will be under-represented on the parish during this year’s precept setting process. Thank you to those who have come forward interested in becoming parish councillors too. More parish councillors will still be needed. It is important for Eldene and Liden to have adequate representation as decisions will be made that affect us all.
Could you become a parish councillor? Do get in touch if you feel you can be part of this going forward or to be kept up to date.
 
Parking and GWH
Councillors Derique Montaut and Chris Watts met with a representative of GWH regarding the parking of GWH staff in Liden. They expressed residents’ concerns about the parking problems around Liden as a result of staff and patients having to pay for parking at the hospital.

Queens Drive To Benefit From Multi-Million Pound Regeneration Project

Walcot & Park North Councillors Abdul Amin, Steve Allsopp and Emma Bushell

A major gateway into Swindon will benefit from a £23m regeneration project and building could start in 12 months’ time.

Under the plans, 122 non-traditionally built council homes will be demolished and replaced with 160 new modern properties along Queens Drive. The proposed regeneration sites include sheltered housing accommodation George Gay Gardens, the area south of Wolsely Road and St Ives Court on Tyneham Road and would be included in three phases.

It forms part of Swindon Borough’s Pledge 7, to build more affordable homes including 200 council homes and 66 units through the Affordable Housing Development programme.

All three Council-owned sites require significant investment with George Gay Gardens deemed no longer fit for purpose. The proposed demolition of the 50 flats at the sheltered housing scheme would provide the Council with the opportunity to build an extra-care facility which would support people with dementia to live as independently as possible. Alternatively, the site could be used as a mixed tenure residential housing scheme.

Postcode Checker Now Online To Help Residents Identify Their Parish Area

Swindon Council Civic Offices

Households in Swindon can now check what parish council area they will live in, thanks to a new postcode checker on the Council’s website.

Last month, the Council decided to create four new parish councils in Swindon, which will mean that 64,000 additional properties will be incorporated within a parished area for the first time.

Residents can find out which parished area they live in by using the postcode checker at: www.swindon.gov.uk/parishes

Liden & Eldene Councillors Call For Removal from Nythe Parish

Councillors Derique Montaut, Chris Watts, and Fay Howard

 Liden & Eldene Councillors, Chris Watts, Fay Howard and Derique Montaut, has called on Swindon Borough Council to reverse its decision to place Eldene and Liden in to the current Nythe Parish. Their calls have come following information being discovered about problems Nythe Parish Council has faced.

Since its inception in 2014 Nythe Parish Council have had 4 Parish Clerks and are struggling to be quorate for its meetings. Currently the Parish Council only has 2 Parish Councillors and have a quorum of 3. One Parish Councillor had been asked to be coopted on to the Parish however failed to attend the last meeting for personal reasons, leaving the parish council meeting unable to be quorate.

Currently Covingham & Dorcan Ward Councillors, Dale Heenan and Kevin Parry, sit on the Parish.

In 2013, Swindon’s Conservative administration controversially removed the community of Nythe from Stratton Parish Council, despite a petition calling for Nythe to remain in the Stratton Parish.

Park Library Saved

South Swindon Labour campaigners at Park Library

You Did it!

Thank you to all of you across Parks and beyond who joined the forum and Save Swindon Libraies campaign. The Council has confirmed that Parks library will remain funded by the council.  A huge victory to us all who care passionately for our library service and the communities in which we live.

The hours will be reduced to just 15 but at a time when many, including Liden are being closed, this is good news for Parks.

Councillor Chris Watts was part of the task group working with the lead member looking into library provision and costs was thanked, acknowledging their input in saving Parks library.  

Coun Jim Robbins, the Labour spokesman on libraries, said:
'At a time when our pupils’ literacy rates are below the national average, it is irresponsible and short-sighted to be shutting so many libraries. The Labour group is committed to keeping our libraries open and fighting for their survival'

Update from your Liden, Eldene and Park South Councillors

Great Western Hospital

New Parish Councils
At the time of writing this article it looks certain that Swindon Borough Council will be introducing new parishes across Swindon and joining up Eldene and Liden with the current Nythe Parish. The Conservative Cabinet on the Council have said new parish councils will be providing services like street cleaning, grounds maintenance and fly-tipping collection. The Council have said that together with general Council-Tax increases, this will mean residents in non-parished areas will have their council-tax increased by more than £120, close to a 9% increase.

Save Parks Library Petition heard thanks to Labour’s intervention

Save Swindon's Libraries Demonstration

Labour Cllrs Steve Allsopp and Fay Howard proposed a motion to allow the Save Parks Petition to be heard after the Council Leader David Renard had originally ruled that the petition could not be read at the Council meeting.

The petiton, organised by Parks Community Forum, had collected over 1100 signatures calling for the library to be saved. Martin Wicks from the Forum was allowed to speak after Labour called for normal procedure to be suspended. He told the council: “You cannot have a library without professional staff and they require council funding. The decisions you take have social consequence. Closing parks library will impoverish an already impoverished community”
 
Proposing the motion, Walcot and Park North Cllr Steve Allsopp said:

“Parks library is different. Significant parts of wards served fall in lowest decile of deprivation and skills and education indices. The majority of children in our ward enter primary school from homes with no books in them.

Will we ever see Improvements in Liden Centre?

Councillors Derique Montaut, Chris Watts, and Fay Howard at Liden Community Centre

Labour Councillors representing the Liden area are asking whether Liden Centre will ever see the promised improvements to Liden Village Centre.  

In February 2012 the then Conservative  Council  Leader, Rod Bluh, announced 'Swindon Council plans to spend £900,000 over two years on centres at Eldene, Liden, Covingham Square, Freshbrook, Toothill and Guildford Avenue' (Swindon Advertiser, February 2012).

The following year, the Conservative administration agreed to reduce the budget to £450,000 (Swindon Advertiser, October 2013) Toothill and Eldene were removed from the scheme.

In 2014 Labour’s Liden Councillors were given assurances that the improvements would be coming soon and yet nothing happened.

Now following a question at the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 8th November from Councillor Fay Howard, the Cabinet Member responsible for the Village Centre Improvement said that the improvements to Liden Centre would be dependent on the Council’s emerging Libraries Strategy.

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