Nadine Watts retains seat as Borough Councillor for East Wichel

Having been widely acclaimed within East Wichel as an exceptionally hard working councillor, the Labour Party’s Nadine Watts has retained her seat as councillor for Old Town ward of Swindon Borough Council for a second time. Nadine received just over 50% of the votes cast — up from almost 46% the last time she was

Borough election candidates announced

The candidates for election as borough councillor serving East Wichel and Old Town have been announced by Swindon Borough Council. They are: Nadine Watts (Labour) Peter Oliver (Lib Dem) Bill Hughes (Green) William Costello (UKIP) Nick Burns-Howell (Conservative) Nadine Watts — familiar to many East Wichel residents as a highly proactive borough and South Swindon

Dentist surgery set to open in East Wichel

Subject to planning permission, a dentist surgery could be opening in East Wichel. A planning application has been submitted on behalf of dentist Keith George to turn what was Taylor Wimpey’s last East Wichel sales office into a dental surgery. The surgery, named ‘Wichelstowe Dental Care’ in the application, would have three dentists and a

Christmas and New Year municipal and transport services

Swindon Borough Council and local bus companies have the following changes to their services in East Wichel over Christmas and the New Year. The waste and recycling collection that would otherwise be on Christmas Day (mainly for those living to the north of East Wichel Way) will be done at some time between Wednesday 27

The shop that never was

A building where there were once hopes for a shop it now set to become flats. A planning application for a shop at 34 Trevello Road was first submitted in 2011. The same person submitted a revised application in 2015. Now Taylor Wimpey have submitted an application (S/PRIORC/17/1943) to convert the ground floor of 34

The longest ever parking restriction consultation?

It’s now over three years since Swindon Borough Council started formal consultation on parking restrictions in East Wichel, and even longer since the process was informally started. Yet the consultations and arguments over parking rumble on. For the first round of formal consultation, it took sixteen months for a decision on restrictions to be made,

Ambrose Field planning application to be decided at planning committee

The planning application from Taylor Wimpey to build 160 homes on land between East Wichel and Croft Road will be decided at tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) meeting of Swindon Borough Council planning committee. The council received 71 comments supporting the application and and 139 comments objecting to the application. Despite opposition from all the ward councillors, the

First planning application for Middle Wichel homes submitted

Architects have submitted a planning application for the first houses to be built at ‘Canalside’ in Middle Wichel. The development of 85 homes — which has been labelled ‘Herons Water’ or less imaginatively ‘Wichelstowe Parcels 2 & 3’ — was submitted by Metropolitan Workshop architects just over a week ago on behalf of Forward Swindon,

New bus stop kerbs for old

Whilst Swindon Borough Council have been proclaiming the submission of a planning application for new houses in Middle Wichel — we’ll come back to that when full details of the application are available and there’s more to comment on than pretty artist’s impressions — it’s a rather minor recent planning application that has caught our

New Swindon Half Marathon photo special

In what was probably better weather for runners than it was for spectators, 2076 runners completed the New Swindon Half Marathon yesterday. These are some of the scenes as runners made there way along Blackhorse Way at East Wichel, which was just after 10 miles into the race. Complete results are available on the New

New Swindon Half Marathon to pass through Wichelstowe

The new Swindon Half Marathon will be passing through Wichelstowe on Sunday 3rd September. The route through Wichelstowe will take runners along Redposts Drive, Peglars Way, Foxham Way and Blackhorse Way. East Wichel Community Association will be running an ‘atmosphere station’ on Blackhorse Way near the Bayberry pub between 11.45 am and 2.30 pm and six local

Wroughton Parish Council abandon Wichelstowe to the long grass

Wroughton Parish Council have denied being responsible for cutting the grass around East Wichel’s lakes after mounting pressure from East Wichel residents and one of East Wichel’s borough councillors, Nadine Watts. Two weeks ago we were told by the clerk to Wroughton Parish Council that “The area around the lakes and canals is currently under

Swindon council to build canal-side terraces

In a move unusual for a council, Swindon Borough Council has announced that it intends to build houses beside the canal in Middle Wichel, rather than using a commercial developer. The houses will be in terraces which they say take inspiration from Swindon’s heritage, such as the GWR Railway Village in Swindon town centre. The

Drove Vets set to build 16 offices

In a plan submitted to Swindon Borough Council, Drove Veterinary Hospital are proposing to build sixteen offices in the field opposite their practice. The proposal — branded “Croft Road Business Village” by the developers — will also include a short length of canal, though there is no suggestion in the proposals that the developers intend

Council consults on changes to parking restrictions

The long-running saga of parking restrictions in East Wichel took another turn yesterday when Swindon Borough Council published its latest proposals for a Restricted Parking Zone in East Wichel. The arguments over parking in East Wichel have now been running for three years. The latest changes proposed are: 43 extra parking spaces on East Wichel

Taylor Wimpey re-apply to build at Croft Road

Taylor Wimpey have submitted a planning application to build 62 houses to the west of Croft Road. If approved, the development would fill much of the space between East Wichel and the houses on Croft Road and Ambrose Road. The proposal claims that the first houses will be completed in 2018 or 2019, and the

Parish council election results

Three labour and one conservative councillor have been elected to represent Old Town and East Wichel on the new Central Swindon South Parish Council. Not surprisingly Nadine Watts — who as a borough councillor has been extremely hard working for local residents — topped the poll. Nadine Watts (Labour) — 1557 votes Jane Milner-Barry (Labour)

Wichelstowe bus corridor proposals scaled back

In their latest highways newsletter, Swindon Borough Council has admitted that its proposals for a bus corridor through Old Town were not popular. Limited support was generated for the proposals involving the core Old Town area, which included exploring the use of Wood Street for bus services and changes to the junction arrangements for Wood

Candidates for parish council election on 4th May

There are eleven candidates standing for election in the Old Town ward — which includes East Wichel — of the new Central Swindon South Parish Council. The election is on Thursday 4th May with four councillors to be elected in the ward. The candidates are: Saleh Ahmed — Labour Nicholas Burns-Howell — Conservative Terry Davis