Tag: East Wichel

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

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

Council extends closure of path to Wroughton

The temporary closure of the bridleway between East Wichel and Wroughton was announced by councillors and the local MP in mid July. It was stated the the closure would last for just five weeks from 26th July, and between 8 am and 5 pm only. Last week Swindon Borough Council posted a public notice (reference STR000232) that

The Bayberry set for £¼ million autumn makeover

Staff at The Bayberry in East Wichel told pub-goers yesterday evening that the pub is set for a revamp this autumn. Marston’s will be spending almost £250,000 on the refurbishment. The pub will lose its ‘Two for One’ branding and gain a pool table and darts board. The complete makeover will also include an extension

Small care home proposed for Trecastle Road

A company from Falkirk in Scotland plans to convert a house in Trecastle Road into a small care home. Safe As Houses Property Investment PLC has submitted a planning application to convert 8 Trecastle Road into a care home for five residents. The plan would see the two largest bedrooms of the six bedroom house each

Parish council plans for a thicket of trees

South Swindon Parish Council have been approached by Earthwatch UK with a proposal to create a thicket — which Earthwatch brand a ‘Tiny Forest’ — in an area near to the East Wichel play park. The proposal would involve planting 600 trees in an area the size of a tennis court. The idea is based

Staldon Road set to close at school run times

The road outside East Wichel Primary School will close at school-run times from February or March, if plans by Swindon Borough Council get approved. The council has opened an ‘informal consultation’ on its plan for a ‘School safe environment zone’. The proposal would see Staldon Road close for 75 minutes every morning and afternoon, Mondays to

Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 services

The following services will operate in East Wichel over the Christmas and New Year period. Waste and recycling collections There’s very little change to waste and recycling collections in East Wichel this Christmas, with most collections happening on their usual scheduled days. The only changes are Garden waste There will be no garden waste collection

La Beauté completes the parade

From today, just over two years since Jessica’s Hair & Beauty closed in East Wichel, residents will again be able to get a hair cut without leaving East Wichel. Hair salon La Beauté is opening on Tuesday 29th September in Unit B of Staldon Court, between Copacabana Brazilian Kitchen and Wichelstowe Dental Care. Twenty months

East Wichel play park set for a makeover

East Wichel’s six-years old play area is to be improved by South Swindon Parish Council. Since the parish council took over the play areas in its area from Swindon Borough Council, it has had a rolling programme to upgrade them. Although at the time it was described as being high quality by the borough council’s

Christmas and New Year services

The following services will be available in East Wichel over the Christmas and New Year period. The Stowe Church Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December, 4.30pm to 5.30pm at The StoweAway. A traditional and peaceful start to Christmas. Waste and recycling collections Monday 23rd December and Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December The waste

Police seek witnesses after Bentley abandoned in East Wichel

A police helicopter circled over East Wichel for a long time early on Sunday afternoon, after a high speed chase along the M4 motorway. A Bentley was reported driving at high speed between the two Swindon junctions of the motorway at 1.30 pm. The police gave chase and the car left the motorway at the West

Taylor Wimpey to prepare roads for adoption, again

In a letter sent to local councillors but not yet to East Wichel residents, Brian Peers, the Adoptions Manager at Taylor Wimpey, says that they will be starting work, again, preparing the roads in East Wichel for adoption. Taylor Wimpey have started work on East Wichel’s roads many times before and never seem to get

Private medical clinic proposed for East Wichel

A private cosmetic treatment company has submitted plans to convert an empty shop unit in East Wichel into a private medical clinic. The company, Anna Medical Aesthetics Ltd, wants to convert the ground floor of a building on Trevello Road into a clinic with 3 or 4 treatment rooms. The proposal says that the treatment

Parking restrictions to be enforced – again

After a gap of almost three years, the East Wichel Restricted Parking Zone will once again be enforced by Swindon Borough Council. As confirmed by the council in March this year, the parking restrictions are extended to the mews areas. From Monday 30th September 2019, any vehicles not parked in a designated parking space, either

Half Marathon road closures

Swindon Half Marathon is running this weekend on Sunday 22nd September. As in recent years, the race will go along Blackhorse Way, which will be closed eastbound from 8 am to 2 pm. Blackhorse Way will remain open westbound, towards Waitrose and Wootton Bassett Road, but the crossings out of East Wichel will be closed, except for