Highworth Town Council has been informed that from Sunday 11 March the Number 12 bus to the Orbital Park and on to Great Western Hospital will cease to operate due to insufficient passenger numbers.
It was decided by Councillors that as part of re-developing the Podium the current tree will be taken out and replaced by another, more suitable one. The tree was removed on Thursday 1st March 2018 and a new one will be planted as part of the re-modelling of the Podium later on in the year.
The reasons for taking the tree out at this time are that, firstly, the work would have been much more difficult if it had been left to come into leaf. Secondly, the roots damaged the Podium surface and the continuous requirement to monitor the damage and carry out running repairs proved costly, particularly when the whole surface is due to be replaced in the new build.
The Tree Preservation Order (TPO), which was placed on the tree, does allow for it to be taken down, but it is stipulated that it must be replaced with a tree species called Liquidamber which has to be semi-mature (20 to 25 cm in girth). A replacement tree is currently being sourced.
The remodelling of the Podium is still under negotiation with the Conservation department at Swindon Borough Council. The Conservation Officer is engaged in ensuring that the Town Council takes appropriate care of its Market Square, including the choice of materials and colour of surface. It is hoped this will soon be resolved.
Highworth Police Surgery – 8 September 2018 held on The Podium in the Market Square, High Street
‘I had business in Highworth today and managed to find a parking space in the area opposite Grosvenor Consultancy offices on the High Street. I returned to my car around 5pm. Due to a car parked in front of me I had to reverse back onto the High Street to leave. Unfortunately a combination of the ice I was parked on, my rear wheel drive car and the incline , I was unable to gain enough traction to reverse. I was trying to clear the ice around my wheels when a young chap approached and offered to push me off the ice onto the ice free main road. He tried really hard but in vain. A lady returned who was parked next to me .She has some cardboard in her car and offered me that to try to put behind my wheels to help with lack of traction. That didn’t work either. The chap who helped pushing then suggested I try the pub opposite for some hot water to melt the ice. The landlady was great and on my second trip back to my car with a jug of hot water another gentleman was standing next to my car. He had seen my plight from an upstairs window opposite and brought some dishwasher salt to help melt the ice. The combination of the water and salt freed me up from the ice and I could be on my way. In the space of less than 10 minutes four individuals who were not known to me tried to help. So a BIG thank you to the people of Highworth. This was only the second or third time I have visited Highworth, but it will not be the last!’
NORTHVIEW PLAY AREA UPDATE
The new equipment at Northview Park has now been installed and is proving to be very popular. The mobliss has been repaired, new bark put down and the timber outlining the park replaced. A new slide will be installed within the next few weeks along with two benches, one kindly donated by Highworth & District Lions.
Is held the first Saturday of every month 10:00am-11:00am in the Committee Room, Highworth Town Council Offices