Author: Highworth Town Council

Podium update

Councillors awarded the contract for the Podium Refurbishment work to C J Cook and Partners at a Council meeting on Thursday 2 August 2018. The company has been asked to commence work after Monday 10 September 2018 to allow the annual Fair to visit in the first week in September. The work is expected to be finished by the end of October and well before Remembrance Sunday to allow for the Remembrance Sunday Service to take place on the Podium. During the work, the back row of car parking spaces will be closed as half the Market Square will be fenced off by the Contractors carrying out the work.

Warm & Safe Wiltshire

Warming up Swindon!

Do you struggle to keep your home warm or worry how you will afford your energy bills this winter?

Contact Warm & Safe Wiltshire for free, impartial advice about keeping your home warm, using your heating system, understanding your energy bills and making energy saving improvements as well as registering for the Priority Services Register.  Advice can be given through home visits as well as over the phone.  Fire safety alarm and appliance checks can also be organised in partnership with Fire and Rescue for eligible residents.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from speaking to a trained energy advisor, then get in touch.

Call 0800 038 5722
email warmandsafe@cse.org.uk
Web www.warmandsafewiltshire.org.uk

Warm and Safe Wiltshire is a service provided by Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service.

Swindon Borough Council launches pothole campaign following harsh winter

Pothole Campaign

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are being encouraged to join hundreds of people in reporting potholes so they can be fixed by Swindon Borough Council.

The month-long potholes campaign has been launched today (18 June) as the Council continues to repair the borough’s roads following the significant damage caused by the cold weather over the winter.

It has never been easier to report a pothole with residents able to let the Council know via an online pothole reporting tool at www.swindon.gov.uk/potholes.

The multiple cold snaps and snow from November to March caused large amounts of damage to road surfaces across the country with the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey estimating over £9bn in repairs are required nationally.

The Council maintains more than 510 miles of roads across the borough and a team of six highway inspectors identify potholes and other problems with roads, pavements and cycle paths.

The Council has been working hard to repair Swindon’s roads with 8,004 potholes and patch repairs of footpaths, cycle paths and roads completed in the borough between 1 June 2017 and 31 May 2018. This was in response to only 774 reports of potholes from residents during the same time period.

Although main routes in the town are inspected regularly, the Council only has resources to check residential and rural roads and cycle paths once every six months. This means that many potholes in rural areas can go unseen unless they are reported.

Once a reported pothole is inspected, the Council prioritises the most urgent repairs to prevent damage to vehicles. If a hole in the road is deeper than 40mm, the Council aims to fix it within 24 hours of inspection.

As part of the campaign we have published new information on our website to help residents understand how Council manages potholes using the finite funds available: https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20040/road_safety_maintenance_and_repairs/339/report_a_pothole/2

Cllr Fionuala Foley, Cabinet Member for Highways and the Environment, said: “Our teams work tirelessly every day to repair Swindon’s extensive road network, but we need residents’ help in letting us know about potholes we may not be aware of.

“I can understand people’s frustration at the damage they see on our roads but I can assure we are trying our best to repair the winter damage which is why we are asking for help.

“Over the last year we have fixed ten times as many potholes as people have reported, with over 8,000 repairs made which shows the scale of the problem we are dealing with.

“We are also spending more than £1.6m in larger repairs across the borough this year and £405,000 of additional funding from the Government will be invested in large patch repairs to help keep Swindon moving.”

New exhibition to launch at STEAM

A brand new exhibition launches on Friday (30 March) at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon.

 

Entitled The GWR Publicity Machine, the special exhibition explores the history of the GWR’s publicity department and the wonderful advertising materials that it produced. The GWR led the way in advertising and promoting its brand during the first half of the 20th Century.

 

The Cornish Riviera campaign was a particularly successful advertising campaign, launched in 1904 to promote the company’s Paddington to Penzance service. Posters and publications were used to advertise the service and the destination, and it proved so successful that the Cornish Riviera slogan is still used today.

 

Visitors to STEAM will discover the enduring style of the GWR brand. On display in the exhibition is a wealth of GWR publicity material.  This ranges from guide books and advertising leaflets, to souvenir bookmarks and the famous GWR jigsaw puzzles.

 

Also included is a glass inkwell embossed with the well-known GWR slogan Go Great Western.

 

This exhibition is supported by Great Western Railway.

 

Once visitors have experienced the exhibition, they can enjoy many more historical photographs, illustrations and vintage railway posters throughout the year. Follow the museum on Facebook: @SteamMuseum, and Twitter: @Steam_Museum.

 

The GWR Publicity Machine is included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission, and also to STEAM Season Ticket holders. The new exhibition will be open from Friday, 30 March.

 

STEAM is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm, and on Sundays between 11am and 4pm.