Wroughton and Wichelstowe

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

Wroughton Park and Ride improvements

Bus in Swindon

Work is planned to improve access to the site and also to improve road safety at the current exit onto Pipers Way where drivers regularly contravene the 'no right turn' movement.

It is expected to take two months and the completion date should be March 2017.

Please see the attached documents for more information about the plans.

Cllrs Nadine Watts and Jane Milner-Barry would like to know your views.  Please get in contact with us.

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/

One Million People Set to Lose Their Vote

Many residents have found themselves not on the electoral register and are struggling to register to vote. It is a right for all citizens who came to Britain from the EU to vote in Local and European elections. 

Lydiard Subsidy Under Scrutiny, But Conservative Cabinet Member Says He Wishes To Transfer Lydiard Anyway

Questions have been raised over the amount Swindon Borough Council subsidises Lydiard Park and House, which has been used by the Conservative Cabinet to justify transferring Lydiard. Concerns have been raised that staff linked to Lydiard Park and House's budget are actually being used at the STEAM Museum, thus enhancing the size of the suggests subsidy for Lydiard.

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.

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