Swindon Villages

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

Mobile Library to be Axed

Swindon Mobile Library

The revised Libraries Strategy accepted by Cabinet on 13 July makes no mention of the Mobile Library Service.  When I asked what was to become of it I got the following reply:

M4 Junction 16 works to start later this summer

Sign reading "Road ahead closed"

Work to transform Junction 16 of the M4 is due to start later this summer after the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) approved the scheme, subject to final due diligence, and agreed to pay £5.92 million towards the cost of the scheme at its board meeting on the 11th May.

The construction costs are expected to be approximately £10 million and will be funded by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Wichelstowe Joint Venture.

The work will see the roundabout altered and slip roads widened. The traffic signals will also be replaced and improvements will be made to the junction’s drainage.

The motorway junction redesign is a requirement of the outline planning permission for the major housing development at nearby Wichelstowe and needs to be completed before the 1,100th property on the Wichelstowe site is occupied.

The upgrade seeks to ensure the junction can cope with forecast future traffic levels and cater for future development in the surrounding areas.

Petition: Save Swindon's Libraries

Jane Milner-Barry, Labour candidate for Old Town and East Wichel, is urging people all over Swindon to sign the “Save Swindon’s Libraries” change.org petition.

Labour Group Slam Planning Judicial Review as “Waste of Money”

Swindon Borough Council has confirmed they will be taking the Berkeley Farm Planning Application to Judicial Review. Swindon Borough Council has said they will make the challenge in the High Court following legal advice from a planning QC.

The legal challenge to the planning inspector’s decision will be brought under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The Swindon Labour Group have said they are opposed to Swindon Council will taking to Judicial Review the Berkeley Farm Planning Appeal decision, saying this would be a colossal waste of money.

The Labour Group have pointed to a Judicial Review in 2013 by the Cotswold District Council, where a planning application for 250 homes in Tetbury was granted on appeal by the inspector for the “persistent under-delivery of homes”, cost the District Council £120K. This decision was eventually upheld at Judicial Review by the judge.

 

Labour Claim Wroughton Development Planning Inquiry Could Cost £120K

The Swindon Labour Group have said they are opposed to a recent announcement that Swindon Council will be taking to Judicial Review the Berkeley Farm Planning Appeal decision, saying this would be a colossal waste of money.

A Judicial Review in 2013 by the Cotswold District Council, where a planning application for 250 homes in Tetbury was granted on appeal by the inspector for the “persistent under-delivery of homes”, cost the District Council £120K. This decision was eventually upheld at Judicial Review by the judge. Given the Berkeley Farm appeal was also granted by the planning inspector due to a “persistent under-delivery of homes” in Swindon, Labour feels a Judicial Review triggered by Swindon Council would suffer the same fate at a huge cost to the taxpayer.

The Swindon Labour Group Leader, Councillor Jim Grant, said:

Labour Accuse Local Conservatives Of “False Hope” Over Wroughton Housing Application

Swindon Council Civic Offices

The Swindon Labour Group Leader has accused Conservative Councillors of giving residents in Wroughton false hope over the Berkeley Farm Planning Application.

When the Berkeley Farm application went to Planning Committee in October 2015, along with another similar planning application in Wroughton, Labour’s Shadow Lead for Planning, Councillor Jim Robbins, said the Planning Committee should approve this development as the Government’s planning law would consider Swindon’s persistent under-delivery of new housing as a key reason to approve these applications. This call was met with strong opposition from Wroughton residents who believed Tory councillors that this application could be turned down: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/13842448.Residents_anger_at_Labour_support_for_Wroughton_homes/

Leaflet: Wroughton Labour News (March 2015)

News from Wroughton Labour Campaigner Cherry Lewis

Introducing Cherry Lewis, Your Labour candidate in Wroughton and Wichelstowe

I have been a resident of Wroughton for 14 years.  My children have grown up here, attended the local schools and benefited from the many activities and facilities available both in Wroughton and in Swindon.  I am very appreciative of all that my family have gained growing up in this community, and I want to protect those benefits for all residents of Wroughton.

Coate Water - Fighting for It's Future

With the building work now begun on the near houses at Coate Water a number of issues are coming to a head. 

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