Tag: Swindon Borough Council

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

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

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

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

East Wichel Restricted Parking Zone confirmed

This evening Councillor Nadine Watts has confirmed that the decision to implement a controversial restricted parking zone in East Wichel has now been made. After a consultation that ran for sixteen months, the Swindon Borough Council cabinet member responsible for car parking, Councillor Garry Perkins, has signed the decision that will allow parking restrictions to

Municipal services for Christmas and New Year

Waste and Recycling The next waste and recycling collections in East Wichel will be on Thursday 31th December, as usual, though collections may be a little later than usual. Real (not artificial) Christmas trees will be collected if left out on the normal waste collection day after festivities are over (Thursday 14th January). All decorations

Decision on East Wichel parking still months away

In a marathon community meeting on Wednesday, once again one of the main topics of discussion was parking in East Wichel. A report from the community police officer also generated a lot of debate. In a meeting lasting over two hours, the councillor who will make the decision on whether to implement parking restrictions in

Council plans upgraded cycle route to town

A ‘Southern Flyer’ cycle route has been proposed by Swindon Borough Council, linking Wichelstowe to Swindon town centre. The approach is based on the council’s ‘Western Flyer’ route, finished in 2014, between West Swindon and the town centre. Like that, the Southern Flyer is mainly an upgrade of existing footpaths. Starting near Waitrose, rather than

East Wichel ‘bus gates’ order confirmed

The order restricting traffic at each end of East Wichel Way has now been confirmed by Swindon Borough Council. This allows police to enforce the order. Only buses and bicycles are now allowed to travel along the ends of East Wichel Way between Croft Road and Cornwood Road and between Foxham Way and Arnhill Road/Barbrook

Barratt Developments get 20 years to finish building Wichelstowe

Swindon Borough Council have announced a deal with Barratt Developments to build the rest of Wichelstowe. The deal, which has still to be approved by the council’s cabinet and for which the contracts have yet to be signed, will be a 50-50 joint venture between Barratt and the council. In some ways the deal is

Mill Lane closed for new bridge signs

Mill Lane will be closed today only, 24 March, to allow new signs to be installed on the bridge that carries the old railway line footpath. There will be new signs on the approaches to the bridge and also at the junction of Mill Lane with Foxham Way near Waitrose. Also starting today on Mill

Extra spaces found in council parking plan

At the community meeting on Wednesday evening, council officers said they had found 15 extra spaces to be made available once parking restrictions are introduced in East Wichel. Although the decision on whether restrictions will go ahead lies with the relevant Swindon Council cabinet member, the council officers expect that the proposals to restrict parking

East Wichel parking restrictions – now with fewer spaces

Swindon Borough Council has today published its formal consultation on parking restrictions proposed for East Wichel. Compared with the earlier draft shown to residents in July, the new proposals have fewer parking spaces. Overall, the plans are almost unchanged. Some parking bays appear to have been added on Nunwick Way, but more have been removed