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New 30mph speed limit – Marlborough Road

30 mph Speed Limit Sign

Following requests from residents of Marlborough Road, the speed limit has been reduced from 40mph to 30mph between Broome Manor Lane and Coate Roundabout.

The requests are as a consequence of concerns regarding the speed of traffic and safety of vulnerable road users, particularly pedestrians, using Marlborough Road.

Residents raised concerns over the apparent disparity between the posted speed limit of this stretch and the road characteristics – residential properties on both sides, use of the route by pedestrians and cyclists – especially when compared to other similar routes in Swindon.

Concerns were also raised by parents of pupils at Lawn Primary School over their safety as they walk to/from school.

Informal consultation with the residents of Marlborough Road indicated wider community support for the proposed change.

Wiltshire Police, Traffic Management & Road Safety Team & the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team have expressed their support for the reduction in speed limit.

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:

Tory Council Continues with Introducing New Parish Councils

Swindon Council Civic Offices

Tory-run Swindon Council has confirmed its plans to introduce new parish councils across Swindon, which will lead to residents being charged at least an extra £100 to their Council-tax bill.

The Conservative Cabinet on Swindon Council have proposed 3 new parishes and one dramatically enlarged parish, which will encompass the current non-parished areas of Swindon. These proposals are their final recommendations to the Full Council Meeting on 10th November, where all councillors will decide whether new parishes will be introduced.

Swindon’s Labour Councillors have opposed these new parish councils on the grounds that it will be a large backdoor council-tax increase for residents and has not received the consent of residents through a local referendum.

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:

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” petition.

Swindon Council Tells Residents to Clean Gullies Themselves

Swindon Council announced at the West Swindon Locality Meeting on Monday 14th September that the Council now expects local residents to clean the gullies on their streets and that the Council will no longer be undertaking this activity themselves.

Swindon isn't safe from the housing crisis

The fact that a private landlord is now seeking to rent a 3 bedroom house in Penhill for nearly £900 per month is evidence of the growing housing crisis in Swindon. That such exorbitant rents are now being sought confirms what many have been saying – that the housing market is out of control and doesn’t meet the needs of all of society but only those who seek to make excess profits from such a market.

Anne Snelgrove calls on Cllr David Renard to not let party politics prevent him from helping to save our Children's Centres

Anne Snelgrove, Labour’s candidate for South Swindon, has today renewed her call to Robert Buckland and David Renard to put aside their party politics and help her save Swindon’s children’s centres, which are currently slated to be closed on 30th March.

Time is running out: Sign our petition to delay the closure of Swindon's Children's Centres

Please sign our petition to ask the Conservatives to postpone the closures until after the result of the General Election is known rather than hampering a future Labour government's plans to expand services offered by our valuable Children's Centres.

Five days after writing to David Renard, Anne Snelgrove receives no response on childcare bid

Five days after writing to David Renard, Conservative Leader of Swindon Borough Council, with a bid to keep Swindon’s children’s centres open for an extra five weeks, Anne Snelgrove, Labour’s candidate for South Swindon, has received only silence from the council leader on this important issue.


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