Tag: Wichelstowe

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

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,

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

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

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

Wichelstowe homes damaged by lightning

Shortly before 2 am today, a block of flats on East Wichel Way was struck by lightning. A chimney was damaged and a hole blown in the roof. A fire also started. The family from the top flat were checked by ambulance crews at the scene. Families have been evacuated from the flats to a

Taylor Wimpey now marketing flats above shop parade

East Wichel residents have long awaited a local shop. Talk of opening a convenience store at 34 Trevello Road has so far come to nothing. So it is a promising sign that Taylor Wimpey are now marketing the flats that will be built above the main retail parade on East Wichel Way. If they’re selling

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

Convenience store planning and licence applications

Planning and alcohol licence applications have been submitted to Swindon Borough Council for the empty shop at 34 Trevello Road. The planning application (S/15/0338) is from the same person that submitted an application over three years ago for the same building. That application was withdrawn following concerns raised by the council about noise and the

East Wichel shop foundations started

Pile driving by Taylor Wimpey has been disturbing neighbours a little more than usual recently. Many East Wichel residents are accustomed to the rhythmic thump of the pile driver as almost all the buildings in the village have pile-driven foundations. But the recent work by Taylor Wimpey has been shaking the ground a little more

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

Christmas and New Year bus services

Over the Christmas and New Year period Thamesdown Transport will be running the following bus services on route 15 to East Wichel: Wednesday 24th December – normal weekday service but with the last bus from Fleming Way to Wichelstowe at 8.05 pm and the last bus from Waitrose to Fleming Way at 7.56 pm; Thursday 25th December

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