Review of parking restrictions continues

An update on Swindon Borough Council’s review of parking restrictions in East Wichel suggests they may allow parking on East Wichel Way but add restrictions in mews areas and ban parking of larger vehicles. An email to residents from Councillor Nadine Watts says the Council’s Highways department intend to run a drop-in session on revised

Pipers Way bus lane in £3M bus corridor proposals

The latest round of Swindon Borough Council’s consultation on a £3 million bus priority scheme for services between Wichelstowe and Swindon Town Centre seems to ignore recent developments in bus services to Wichelstowe. The proposals ignore the Stagecoach bus service from Wichelstowe that runs along Croft Road. Instead they concentrate on changes to the route used

Stagecoach announce extra Sunday bus services

In a move clearly intended to increase competition with newly privatised Thamesdown Transport, Stagecoach West has announced extra bus services in Swindon from 1st April. Stagecoach’s new services include an hourly service on service 9 on Sundays from Swindon town centre to Wroughton via Wichelstowe. Thamesdown Transport already run buses every half hour on Sundays on their

Dates set for shadow parish council meetings

Borough councillors appointed to the shadow parish council for the unwanted Central Swindon South parish have set dates for meetings up to May. These are meetings that will decide what parish council tax will be charged next year, on top of the Borough Council Tax. For many of the services that the Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council responds to parking petition

In response to a petition asking for “an early review” of the parking restrictions in East Wichel, including “an impact assessment for allowing unrestricted parking on East Wichel Way” the council has committed to do no more than it is already doing to review the parking situation in East Wichel. The full text of the

Council seeks approval for Wichelstowe District Centre design code

The Design Code for the Wichelstowe District Centre is now open for formal consultation. It has been submitted by the Wichelstowe team at Swindon Borough Council for approval by the council’s planning committee. Despite the intention to be less prescriptive about building appearance than in East Wichel, the District Centre design code runs to 132 pages

Thamesdown set to reduce Wichelstowe bus service

In wide ranging service changes from 8th January, Thamesdown Transport have announced a reduction of their daytime service between Wichelstowe and Swindon Town Centre. In what may seem like a step back to 2013, Thamesdown Service 15 — which runs every 20 minutes on weekdays during the daytime — will be replaced by Service 11 running once every

New road scheme options for Wichelstowe buses

Following their first consultation on bus priority scheme in Old Town for bus services to Wichelstowe, Swindon Borough Council is now consulting on new options for a bus priority scheme through Old Town. They’re also seeking opinions for changes at Mannington Roundabout to ease congestion there once bus services are running from Wichelstowe along Redposts

Wichelstowe district centre design code

Last Wednesday Swindon Borough Council’s Wichelstowe team displayed their proposed design code for Wichelstowe’s district centre. The code covers much of Middle Wichel and specifies how roads, buildings and public areas should look, as well as what the buildings may be used for. The code includes schools on Peglars Way, a pub/bar/restaurant with hotel across

Changed days for waste and recycling collections

From the end of October Swindon Borough Council is changing the days of waste and recycling collections. Starting from 31st October waste and recycling collections (wheelie bins and orange or black boxes) will be be split across two days. Properties to the north of East Wichel Way (the side closest to the school) will have collections

Stagecoach to divert Wroughton bus service through Wichelstowe

Bus company Stagecoach have announced that, from 6th November, they will be diverting their bus service 9 through Wichelstowe. The bus service presently runs direct between Old Town and Wroughton along Croft Road via North Wroughton. From early November it will instead run through East Wichel to Waitrose, then along Mill Lane and Wharf Road

East Wichel Restricted Parking Zone latest map

We have obtained, through a Freedom of Information request to Swindon Borough Council, an up-to-date map of the East Wichel restricted parking zone [pdf] now being implemented. Previously, only draft versions of the map were available. The map shows the mews areas excluded from the restricted parking zone. But parking bays in the mews that are

Parking restriction introduction detailed in letter to residents

Swindon Borough Council has hand delivered a letter to residents in Wichelstowe, detailing the introduction of the Restricted Parking Zone in East Wichel. Until Sunday 16 October they will be publicising the scheme. After that they will initially issue warning notices to those not complying with the regulations, but will start issuing penalties on ‘main

East Wichel parking restrictions to be phased in from start of October

Parking restrictions in East Wichel will be phased in from the beginning of October, according to councillor Nadine Watts. The restrictions will see on-street parking limited to marked parking bays. Swindon Borough Council will be mailing residents, detailing the restrictions, and erecting the remaining warning signs. This will be followed by enforcement on main roads

Old Town set for Wichelstowe bus priority scheme

Swindon Borough Council is seeking opinions on how it might ease bus journeys from Wichelstowe as they pass through Old Town. Options being considered include traffic lights at major Old Town junctions, a ‘shared space’ in the High Street, or making some roads one way or bus-only routes. The masterplan for the Wichelstowe development envisaged

End in sight for Barratt’s road surfacing

It’s over six months since Barratt Homes announced that road surfacing would take up to two months and be complete by mid-March. Now, after several delays including a change of contractor and a dispute with Swindon Borough Council, the end is finally in sight for their work. A letter to residents of Holne Road, Rylane,

More roads to be made up

Bloor Homes are surfacing Stonehenge Road between the junctions with Trevello Road / Aviemore Road and Staldon Road / Ravensdale. Their works will take four weeks and are already into their second week. Persimmon are surfacing Trecastle Road and Dunsley Vale, and expect their works to take just three days this week. Let’s hope they’ve

Road surfacing curbed by kerb height argument

Barratt Homes have written to residents in East Wichel, explaining the latest delay to surfacing work on Holne Road and Brentfore Street. The final surfacing and completion of our current works on site has been delayed due to a detailing issue raised by Swindon Borough Council which is applicable to all developers on the Wichelstowe

Improvements to Junction 16 approved

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has approved improvement works to Junction 16 of the M4 motorway. The improvements, which had been previously announced, are being funded in part by the joint venture between Barratt Developments and Swindon Borough Council that will develop the rest of Wichelstowe. The works are a condition for the planning

Swindon Borough and Police Commissioner elections 2016

Elections to Swindon Borough Council are on Thursday 5 May. Candidates for Old Town Ward, which includes East Wichel, are: Terry Davis (UKIP); Bill Hughes (Green Party); Brian Mattock (Conservative); Jane Milner-Barry (Labour); Garry Porter (Liberal Democrat). So far only the Conservatives and Labour seem to have made any attempt at canvassing in East Wichel