Walcot and Park North

Sussex Place Regeneration now complete

Emma Bushell at Sussex Place

Your local Councillors are pleased to announce that the Sussex Square Regeneration scheme is now fully completed.

The project started in February 2015 and was completed in March 2017. The project has been delivered within  budget.

The regeneration programme involve the demolition of the existing buildings at Sussex Square, including the old Bulldog pub.

As well as a new shopping area, 48 new homes have been built with a mixture of 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes.

Steve, Abdul and I would like to thank local residents for their patience while the work has been carried out and welcome new residents to the area.

New College Estate March Litterpick

Abdul Amin, Steve Allsopp and Emma Bushell with rubbish bags

Abdul, Steve and I recently carried out a litter pick in the estate adjacent to New College. It was a positive morning spent improving the local area and we thank those residents who joined us. The litter pick was supported by Swindon Borough Council as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Councillors organised the litter pick after  residents raised concerns about the amount of litter on the estate. We have been in contact the local Housing Association and the Council to raise this concern and will continue to monitor the level of service in the area.

Residents elsewhere in the Walcot and Park North area who know of other places in need of a tidy up or would like to organise their own clean-up are encouraged to get in touch with us. We can organise equipment and collection of the rubbish collected.

Walcot & Park North Councillors Update

Councillors Abdul Amin, Steve Allsopp and Emma Bushell

20 MPH Zone For West Walcot
We welcome the news that a 20 MPH Zone is to be established in Walcot West. This is the result of positive support from residents to the formal consultation on the proposal.

We can assure residents that no traffic calming is to be installed as a consequence of establishing the zone. We would like to thank all those residents who contributed to the formal consultation exercise. The 20 MPH zone proposal was the only scheme which had overwhelming support from respondents. Evidence from other parts of the country show that these zones can make a real difference in the quality of life in the local community.

Councillors have been informed of delays of the scheme due to staff illness in the council team carrying out the work.

We hope to see work begin by the end of April.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update residents if we are told of further delays.

Challenging Anti-Social Behaviour Issues

Councillors Abdul Amin, Steve Allsopp and Emma Bushell at Swindon Central Police Station

Ward Councillors have seen an increasing amount of anti social behaviour in the Walcot and Park North area. This seems to be caused by a small number of teenagers in the ward.
Councillors have held meetings with local police teams and the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour team after hearing reports of increased anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Abdul Amin said: ''We have held a number of meetings with the police to try to identify the perpetrators and increase police activity. Police have been surprised
by the incidence of anti social activity as reported levels remain relatively low.''

If you suffer or witness anti social activity please do not hesitate to ring the police on 101 or on 999 if a crime is in progress. You not need to give your name.

Police rely on such reports to make decision about where police resource is deployed

The Parks Community Forum organised a meeting with Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angus McPherson in February to highlight concerns.

New 20 MPH Zone for Walcot West

Councillors Emma Bushell, Steve Allsopp and Abdul Amin with 20 MPH sign

We welcome the news that a 20 MPH Zone is to be established in Walcot West.

This is the result of positive support from residents to the formal consultation on the proposal. The zone is due to be established by the end of March 2017.

We can assure residents that no traffic calming is to be installed as consequence of the establishing the zone.

We would like to thank all those residents who contributed to the formal consultation exercise. The 20 MPH zone proposal was the only scheme which had overwhelming support from respondents. Evidence from other parts of the country show that these zones can make a real difference in the quality of life in the local community.

Plans to introduce parking restrictions in parts of Walcot West did not receive enough support from residents to be taken forward.

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

Major Changes to local Bus Routes for 2017

Bus in Swindon

Thamesdown Transport has announced major changes to bus timetables which will affect routes to Walcot and Park North .
The changes take affect from January 8 2017
 
Service 17 Park North to Penhill will be increased to every 7/8 minutes
 
Service 18 Park South to Fleming Way will be withdrawn and replaced by 19/19A.
Service 2 to Walcot East continues unchanged.
 
There are also changes to buses to GWH Hospital.
Service 1/1A and 16 will be combined to provide ten minute service to GWH
 
Please check Thamesdown Transport’s website for full information and look out for new timetables.

Click here for the Thamesdown Transport announcement.

 

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'

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.

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