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Swindon Borough Council Reg 16 Consultation on the Highworth Neighbourhood Plan.

Please click here for the Link to the Consultation documents. Letter from Swindon Borough Council , Basic Conditions Statement The Neighbourhood Plan , Statement of Community Involvement , Sites Assessment ,  FinalStrategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations AssessmentScreening Opinion  

Representations should be sent in writing to Forward Planning, Swindon Borough Council, 5th Floor Wat Tyler West, Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH. You may also email your representations to forwardplanning@swindon.gov.uk. All representations received should arrive no later than 5pm on Thursday the 1st December2016.


 HighworthTown Council has received advice that the Podium in the Market Square is in need of urgent maintenance and rebuilding. This is primarily due to the damage being inflicted by the London Plane tree on both the surface and the outer walls due to its immense growth. As a result, the Council has set up a group of Councillors, The Podium Development Group, to address the problem. The Group is charged with consulting residents for their ideas as to how this re-development should be carried out and what ideas they would like to see incorporated in that re-development. At the Council’s disposal is monies written into the Section 106 agreement between Taylor Wimpey and Swindon Borough Council from their development at Fitzgerold Avenue in Highworth. This agreement stipulated that the monies raised by this agreement were to be principally used for projects in Highworth. Initial thoughts are that the tree most likely will have to come out as it has a growth rate that is unmanageable in such a small area and we are advised that it was an inappropriate choice of tree for that site.It is essential that residents be given every chance to express their views on this matter and also on what should go on the Podium. Do they have views on the tree removal, if necessary, and do they have views either on its replacement or what other items should replace it? The Group requires comments and views to be submitted by 1 December 2016. These should either be E Mailed to mary.fenwick@highworthtowncouncil.gov.ukor sent or handed into the Council Offices.  

POET laureate John Betjeman described Highworth as “extraordinary because it has more beautiful buildings than ugly ones”.

He also wrote: “I have never seen Highworth given due praise in guidebooks for what it is, one of the most charming and unassuming country towns in the west of England.”

The picturesque town lies six miles north of Swindon and was once the most important town in north Wiltshire.  It has a wealth of history (including stories of tunnels and ghosts) and the Historical Society are busy investigating and recording for the Town.

Perhaps one of the greatest assets of the town is our people - you are sure to receive a warm welcome.

Saturday Market

Every Saturday from 8.00 am.  Buy fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, a marvellous range of Cheeses, ham, eggs.  Also available are Greetings Cards, and a wide range of other things that you just cannot live without!!  Then why not have a coffee and an amble around the other lovely shops in the Town?

There is usually something happening on the Podium (pictured above, a link to the list of events is shown on our information page) - and the Town Cryer is sure to keep you informed.

The Tourist Information Office is within the Lighthouse Bookshop in the High Steet very close to the Market Square.

Highworth is part of the North East Locality of SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL - for Locality Grants, Streetsmart, Highway Projects and Policing - a shortcut to the SBC grants information is provided in the Link page of our website under the Information drop down menu at the top of this page. 

Swindon Borough Council is currently undertaking a Community Governance Review - please click here for more details and information on how it is progressing. http://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20021/councillors_democracy_and_elections/687/community_governance_review_201516/4

Blunsdon And Highworth Ward Councillors are Councillors Alan Bishop, (Mrs) Maureen Penny and Steve Weisinger.  Please click on the Councillors name for more information.

A Borough Councillor Surgery is held in the Town Council Offices on the first Saturday in the Month from 10.00am until 11.00am.

             Grant Information - please look on the Information tab for details of grants that may be applied for.
          Historical Highworth, kindly written for us by Jo Clark.

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