Tag: Wichelstowe

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

Date set for Mill Lane closure

A sign has appeared at the Old Town end of Mill Lane stating that the lane will close permanently from 26th April. The road will initially close to all traffic where it passes under the old railway line path, whilst a turning area for vehicles is constructed. It will then reopen for pedestrians and cyclists only,

Plans for 182 homes between Waitrose and East Wichel Way

The joint venture between Swindon Borough Council and Barrett Developments have submitted plans for the first part of their ‘Wichel Fields’ development. This is the area between Mill Lane and Foxham Way, filling in the field opposite the end of East Wichel Way. The development will have 182 houses and apartments, including eight houses for

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

February road closures

Getting out of Wichelstowe towards the west could be difficult in the second half of February. Mill Lane will be closed from 15th to 23rd February between Waitrose car park and the bridge over the motorway to allow works on nearby houses being built. The traffic calming on Mill Lane will also be replaced at the same

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

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

Last cuts – Jessica’s closes in East Wichel

After almost five years in East Wichel, Jessica’s Hair & Beauty has closed today, citing concerns about parking, in particular that the long-delayed parking restrictions for East Wichel would leave their customers with nowhere to park. Throughout the summer, the parking area for East Wichel’s shops — although completed — has been kept fenced off

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

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

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

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

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

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