Boundary Commission keeps Wichelstowe divide

New proposals for council ward boundaries in Swindon have been announced by The Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The proposals have changed several of the wards in South Swindon. The existing ‘Old Town’ ward that includes East Wichel is replaced in part by a ‘Croft and Lawn’ ward. The proposals make no change to

General election in July – the candidates for Wichelstowe

A General Election is happening on Thursday 4th July. A change to constituency boundaries means that East Wichel and the rest of Wichelstowe are now in different constituencies, as the former South Swindon constituency has been split. Like in the local council elections in May, voters will need photo id to be able to vote

Borough and Police Commissioner elections in May

Elections for councillors to Swindon Borough Council and for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire are happening on Thursday 2nd May. This year, like last year, voters will need photo id to be able to vote at a polling station. Photo id is not needed for those with a postal vote. Full details of

Christmas 2023 and New Year 2024 services

The following services will operate in Wichelstowe and East Wichel over the Christmas and New Year period. The Stowe Church Christmas Treat Station Friday 22nd December from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on the ‘piazza’ on Trevello Road. With hot chocolate, carols and festive fun in East Wichel. It’s like the Halloween Treat Station, but at Christmas

Changed recycling collections from 27 November

East Wichel and Wichelstowe will be amongst the first in the borough to experience Swindon Borough Council’s new recycling collections. These add food waste to what the council will collect for recycling, but drop textiles. Starting on Monday 27th November, with the exception of flats that have a communal collection, the whole of Wichelstowe and

Brentfore Street resurfacing

Contractors for Barratt Homes are intending to close parts of Brentfore Street for up to three days during the week starting Monday 4th September. The closures will affect the junctions of Brentfore Street with Holne Road and with Timoney Place. The closures are to allow the junctions to be resurfaced. Access to the section of

Bus timetable changes as town centre road closes

There will be changes to bus services that serve Wichelstowe from Monday 14th August. These changes are because Corporation Street in Swindon town centre will be closed until the end of the year, meaning that all buses from Wichelstowe will have to be diverted from the Whalebridge crossing via Fleming Way, the Magic Roundabout, County

Parish and Borough Council elections in May

Details of elections, on Thursday 4th May, for councillors to Swindon Borough Council and South Swindon Parish Council have been announced. This year voters will need photo id to be able to vote at a polling station. Anyone without one of the accepted types of id can, until 5 pm on Tuesday 25th April, apply

Towpath closures ahead as work on canal continues

The Wichelstowe Joint Venture has revealed the next stages in its work to find and fix the leaks in the canal at East Wichel. Despite several years of investigations so far, and attempts to stop the leaks, both aqueducts on the canal continue to lose water. Starting next week, from 20th March, and continuing for

Christmas 2022 and New Year 2023 services

The following services will operate in East Wichel over the Christmas and New Year period. The Stowe Church Christmas Encounter Sunday 18th December from 11 am to 12.30 pm at The StoweAway. With a community ‘nativity’ brunch and chance to meet Jesus in the stable. Carols and Christmas Quiz Wednesday 21st December from 7.45 pm at The Wichel

Business and service changes on Monday 19 September

Several businesses and services provided in Wichelstowe will be changing their operating hours on Monday 19th September 2022. This is to allow their staff to pay their respects during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. These are the changes we are aware of – we’ll add any other changes to the page as we become

Stagecoach reduce Wichelstowe bus service

Both Swindon’s Bus Company and Stagecoach West are making changes to their buses services through Wichelstowe from Sunday 4 September. The changes by Swindon’s Bus Company on service 11 are mainly because Fleming Way in Swindon town centre is closing major roadworks, with temporary bus stops added elsewhere in the town centre. In addition to

Houses proposed for field by Drove Vets

A planning application has been submitted to build 34 houses in the field opposite Drove Vets. The vets previously applied to build 16 offices in the field. That planning permission, from 2017, has now lapsed. Drove Vets sold the field in 2019 and the new owners now want to build houses there instead. The homes

Taylor Wimpey seek to sell Westlecott Farm Cottages

Taylor Wimpey have submitted a planning application to release themselves from an obligation to give Westlecott Farm Cottages to Swindon Borough Council. They instead want to sell them. The original planning permission for Wichelstowe included an obligation for Taylor Wimpey to give the farm cottages, vacant, to Swindon Borough Council. These are the cottages part

Christmas 2021 and New Year 2022 services

The following services will operate in East Wichel over the Christmas and New Year period. The Stowe Church Wichelstowe Community Carol Singing Sunday 19th December from 4.30 pm in the East Wichel square, then from 6 pm on the footbridge in Canalside. Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December, 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm at The StoweAway. A

Mill Lane’s temporary chicane

Mill Lane reopened today, Monday 29th November, three weeks later than originally planned. The works were extended after drains and unmapped services were found, which needed attention from utility companies. The original plan for the works saw the road reopening with temporary traffic lights, and that has now happened. But there’s a chicane to negotiate

The Wichel Inn opens

After a three week refurbishment, the pub that was ‘The Bayberry’ has reopened as ‘The Wichel Inn’. The pub was opened shortly after 11am by Swindon mayor, Councillor Garry Perkins. Whilst it remains a Marston’s pub, it is no longer part of their ‘Two for One’ chain. Apart from the change of name, inside the

An evening without water in East Wichel

East Wichel and other areas of south Swindon and Wroughton spent the evening of Monday 1st November without water. The pressure began dropping in the afternoon, and by early evening many had no water at all. The loss of water comes when Thames Water are still working to repair a burst main from the previous

Council starts work plugging the East Wichel canal leak

Over three years since the council and canal trust started investigating the leak in the canal in East Wichel, work has finally started on plugging the hole. Swindon Borough Council started working with the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust to find the leak in August 2018. An initial tender by the canal trust for contractors