Tag: Swindon Borough Council

Almost £23 M approved for Wichelstowe M4-link tunnel

The government has announced that funding for the link road between Wichelstowe and Junction 16 of the M4 motorway has now been given final approval. Provisional approval had been given in May 2018, with the funding originally announced in July 2014. The link includes a short tunnel under the M4, with the road joining Hay

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

East Wichel fields set to become urban meadows

Two fields near East Wichel are one of twelve locations that will benefit from a project being run by Swindon Borough Council with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The scheme, called the Forest Meadows Project, is funded with £80,000 over three years from developer contributions and other grants. The project is intended to give local community groups,

Local council elections 2019

Polls are open tomorrow in East Wichel, Thursday 2nd May, for elections to two councils — Swindon Borough Council and Central Swindon South Parish Council, also known as South Swindon Parish Council. For Swindon Borough Council, there are five candidates standing for one councillor vacancy. Nick Burns-Howell (Conservative Party) Jason Costello (UK Independence Party) Neil

Council decides on parking restrictions – for a second time

Almost five years after details of parking restrictions in East Wichel were first made public, over three years since the first decision to implement restrictions was confirmed, and over one year since the last round of consultation started, local councillors on Monday announced that Swindon Borough Council has again decided to enforce parking restrictions. The

Christmas and New Year services

The following services will operate in East Wichel over the Christmas and New Year period. The Stowe Church Carols at the Bayberry Wednesday 19th December from 7pm, followed by Christmas pub quiz, and a raffle raising funds for R2K. This event is understood to be fully booked. Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December,

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

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 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,

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

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

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

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

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