Due diligence period for Lydiard Park Heritage Trust extended

23 November 2017

The talks between SBC and the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust over the future running of Lydiard Park have been ongoing since March of this year. Although discussions have gone well, further work needs to be undertaken on the condition survey of the building and the future of the conference facilities. The due diligence period has therefore been extended to February 2018 to allow an agreement to be reached that suits both parties.

The full story and press release is available on the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust website by clicking here

Mead Way improvements announced by Swindon Borough Council

31 October 2017

Below is the text posted by SBC:

We have received confirmation that Swindon Borough Council has been successful in our bid to the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund for the Mead Way Junction Improvements scheme.
The total in grant from the Department for Transport is £2.53 million and this will be matched by £1.5 million in S106 contribution that is already held by the Council for improvements on Mead Way.
Funding is already allocated so that we can proceed with the detailed design of the scheme straight away.  The aim will be to hold a public consultation on the scheme design options in Summer 2018, and to commence construction in late 2018.  The bulk of construction work will be undertaken during 2019, with a completion date target of August 2019.
The scheme comprises junction improvements at the south-eastern end of Mead Way, and will involve the widening of Mead Way between Meads Roundabout and Withymead Roundabout to provide additional capacity, and the re-modelling of Westmead Roundabout to reduce queuing back from this junction onto Great Western Way.
The bid was supported by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and by both of Swindon’s Members of Parliament.

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Neighbouring Parish Councils

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Shaw Village centre litter pick / garden tidy

Dates for 2018: 10 March, 21 April, 19 May, 23 June, 8 September, 13 October

click here for more info 

Swindon Cycle Map

Click here to download the September 2017 edition

Shaw health walks every Monday 2pm

Meet at Lower Shaw Farm for a 2:15 start. The walk is for about 40 minutes.

Application to build 81 house on land opposite Moulden View

4 October 2017

SRA objection sent – click here to read it

Yet more houses on land between West and North Swindon. The developers are back with a proposal to Wiltshire Council for 81 dwellings opposite the recently built Moulden View development – to the north of Purton Road in the dip past the railway line.

And again, because the site is in Wiltshire, the developers play on its location within Purton Parish area and downplay the fact that this in effect an extension of Swindon with all the consequent pressures it will bring, not least the impact on traffic flows within West and North Swindon.

The SRA believes this application must be resisted for the following reasons:

  1. It is not part of Swindon or Wiltshire Local plans, and it is not part of Purton’s neighbourhood plan
  2. We believe the junction onto Purton road will add dangers to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists
  3. The additional traffic entering and leaving the site would create even more rush-hour chaos
  4. If built, it would destroy forever the possibility of a railway station from West Swindon into the town centre
  5. The field floods
  6. The current public footpath that runs along the north of Purton road will be disrupted

For more information, click here.

Application to build four executive houses within the essential setting of Lydiard Park

3 October 2017

Permission refused, click here to read the SBC report

Click here for the full delegated report

Brook Cottage Objections – click on the relevant line to read the paper

4 September 2017

SRA issues request to all SBC Councillors ref Brook Cottage application

To apply the ‘unequivocal objection’ they all signed up to with respect to the Taylor Wimpey application to this Brook Cottage application – click here to read the document

Small development proposals in West Swindon

22 March 2017

Sparcells: The site of the old community hut and car park is being looked at by SBC for about five houses.

Shaw: The green off Pilgrim Close behind Tesco (between George Tweed Gardens and the Ridge Green Medical Practice) is being assessed by SBC for 12-14 assisted living bungalows.

Why the Essential Setting of Lydiard Park must be protected from all developments

13 March 2017

Kevin Fisher, chair of the SRA writes “we have a responsibility to maintain the Heritage of Lydiard Park, which includes its rural character, for many generations to come. To do that, the rules for development within the Essential Setting need to be clear: all must be refused”.

To read the full story and background to this opinion either:

  1. click here to be taken to the Link Magazine website where the report has been published in full
  2. click here to download the report as a pdf file

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