Mannington and Western

Time For A Fairer Deal For Toothill & Westlea Through Your New Parish

Ian Howard, Junab Ali, Graham Philpot and Steph Exell

For many years Toothill has been forgotten about by Tory-run Swindon Council. There has been chronic under- investment in the area and decisions have been made for Toothill that aren't the best for the local community. While other West Swindon wards have benefitted from new amenities and play areas, Toothill has not.

Labour knows Toothill and Steph Exell has a proven track record of sticking up for local residents and representing their views. If Labour's West Swindon Parish Candidates are elected in May, your vote will help us to influence the Parish Council to invest and make decisions for the community that Toothill residents actually want.

We fear that, if the newly formed Parish Council becomes Conservative controlled then they will ignore the Toothill residents and that their "if it costs money, get rid of it" agenda would continue.

If Labour's candidates in the Parish Elections are elected we will commit to:

Disappointment Over Hazelwood Academy Crossing Petition

Councillors Steph Exell, Kevin Small and Jim Robbins

The Mannington & Western Councillors, representing the Toothill community, have expressed their disappointment that the Cabinet on Swindon Council have decided to ignore the wishes of the Toothill community and refuse to look in to reinstating a loliopop person (school crossing patrol officer) for Hazelwood Academy or insert a pedestrian crossing for the school.

Hazelwood Academy contacted Mannington & Western’s Councillors about the council withdrawing the school’s lollipop person (school crossing patrol officer), the school and parents have called for this person to be reinstated as it became dangerous for young pupils to cross the road. Following this communication Mannington Western Councillor, Steph Exell, started a petition attracting 429 signatures for the lollipop person to be reinstated. The petition read:

“We, the undersigned, call on Swindon Borough Council to reinstate the crossing patrol officer for Hazelwood Academy, to keep pupils safe in their journey to school.”

Petition Presented to reinstate Lollipop person at Hazelwood Academy

Mayor Eric Shaw being presented the petition at Swindon Civic Offices

Mannington & Western Councillor, Steph Exell, was joined by representatives of Hazelwood Academy to present a petition to the Swindon Mayor, Eric Shaw, to reinstate a school crossing patrol officer at the school.

Hazelwood Academy contacted Mannington & Western’s Councillors about the council withdrawing the school’s lollipop person (school crossing patrol officer), the school and parents have called for this person to be reinstated as it became dangerous for young pupils to cross the road. Following this communication Mannington Western Councillor, Steph Exell, started a petition attracting 429 signatures for the lollipop person to be reinstated. The petition reads:

“We, the undersigned, call on Swindon Borough Council to reinstate the crossing patrol officer for Hazelwood Academy, to keep pupils safe in their journey to school.”

Now this petition has been submitted to Swindon Council, it will be debated at the next Full Council Meeting on 6th April.

Mannington & Western Councillor, Steph Exell, said:

Thamesdown Drive to Barnfield Relief Road Receives Funding Blow

Councillors Steph Exell, Kevin Small and Jim Robbins

The council submitted a bid for £1.27 million for government funding to pay for a detailed design, environmental surveys and the preparation of a planning and business case.  However, this bid has been unsuccessful.  

The council will now have to identify alternative options to look at improving the transport network in West Swindon to address current and future problems.  The Thamesdown Drive to Barnfield relief road was put forward as a solution to alleviate significant congestion during morning and evening peak periods along Mead Way/Akers Way and discourage drivers from rat-running through residential areas.  Future development at Tadpole Farm and Ridgeway Farm is likely to increase traffic levels in the areas over the coming years.

This extension road was first proposed in the 1980’s as part of the development of the Northern Expansion Area.  However, as traffic has increased year-on-year, it has yet to be delivered.

Parking Issues in Welton Road

Delta Business Park

Local residents attended meetings of the Westlea Residents’ Association (WRA) and the West Swindon Locality in November to express concerns about the parking issues in Welton Road, which have been exacerbated by the arrival of Oxford Brookes University (OBU) at Delta 900 in September 2016.  At the peak of the problems, WRA reported that there were 174 cars and 3 commercial vehicles (including a large car transporter) parked on Welton Road.  There were also concerns expressed about the new drive-through restaurant at Delta 100 and new residential accommodation being created in local office space through the government’s prior approval scheme.

These factors are all contributing to anxiety about an increase in traffic and parking deficiencies in Welton Road and the wider area.  This is having a detrimental impact on the amenity of Westlea residents.

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

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.

GLL Push Out West Swindon Nursery from Link to expand Gym

The Link Centre

Staff and parents at the Link and Learn Pre-School at the Link Centre have been told by GLL, the company who now run the Link Centre, that their longstanding tenancy will end in July so that the existing gym can be extended.

The Link Centre was originally designed in the 1980’s with a dedicated space for under 5s in mind. Link and Learn provides up to 24 places for children aged 3 and 4 years.

West Swindon Parish?

MAtthew Courtliff in front of Wat Tyler House

Swindon Council is seeking to implement new Parish Councils across Swindon. West Swindon is affected by these plans which will:

  • Result in a Parish Precept adding £75 to your bill
  • Transfer services from Swindon Borough Council to Parish Councils
  • Lose economies of scale through the Borough Council’s buying power
  • Cost you more money for less services

This is in addition to an expected council- tax rise from the Borough Council and overall you will be subject to a rise in your council-tax bills of around £120.

Conservatives Councillors are seeking to do this to avoid a referendum to raise people’s Council Tax by over 2%. This is a backdoor stealth tax and double taxation for services you already pay for. This is profoundly undemocratic. I am committed to ensuring residents have their say in a referendum.

Another Road Closure to affect Rodbourne Residents

Councillors Steph Exell, Kevin Small and Jim Robbins

Your local Labour Ward Councillors were very concerned to learn of plans to shut Rodbourne Road for a month from the 18th April 2016.  Our main concerns are that:

  1. The closure comes so soon after the huge inconvenience that Rodbourne residents have had to endure by the mismanagement of the Bruce Street Bridges roundabout scheme by the Conservative administration.
  2. We heard about the road closure from Network Rail two weeks ago rather than from the council who have been involved in discussions with them for several months.  We believe that local residents should be kept fully informed at all times. 

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