Author: Highworth Town Council

A361 TTRO Notice – Temporary Speed Restriction

PUBLIC NOTICE

SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL

SECTION 14 – THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

TEMPORARY SPEED RESTRICTION

A361 LECHLADE ROAD, HIGHWORTH, SWINDON

This Order is being introduced to allow development and will impose a 30 mph speed limit on the A361 Lechlade Road from the Blackworth Roundabout for a distance of approx 225 metres .  The speed restriction is to be indicated by signs.

The Order will come into force on the 14 January 2019 for 18 months or until works have been completed, whichever is sooner.

Highways and Transport Services

14 December 2018

 

For further information regarding this Order please contact the Street Works on: (01793) 466401 (direct line) quoting reference TTRO 2991

 

Council continues to bark up the right tree for its stray dog service

Swindon Borough Council’s Licensing team has one again received top marks from the RSPCA for its stray dog service.

 

The prestigious gold standard was announced at the animal charity’s recent Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) awards.

 

The award scheme was developed 10 years ago by the RSPCA to recognise outstanding work carried out by local authorities, housing providers and other public service organisations, and to highlight those who go above and beyond statutory requirements to improve animal welfare and their communities.

Dealing with stray dogs goes beyond just animal welfare, as it has a much wider impact on the community on matters such as street cleanliness, public protection and anti-social behaviour.

The Council’s licensing team once again had to comply with a wide range of criteria in order to be awarded the gold standard, including assistance with compulsory micro-chipping, and regular proactive work to encourage responsible dog ownership.

This includes providing educational sessions in schools to help children understand how to safely interact with dogs.

The team also scooped a Silver Animal Activity Licensing Footprint, while the Council’s Environmental Protection Officer for Animals, Alison Waine, was nominated for a new special award, which recognises individual members of public sector staff who are making the biggest impact to animal welfare in England and Wales. Alison was nominated by local RSPCA Chief Inspector, Steph Daly.

Commenting on her recognition, Alison said: “We have an excellent relationship with our local RSPCA group and it is lovely to have this recognition from them.

“We have seen a 44 per cent increase in the number of stray dogs reported to us over the last two years but, despite that, we managed to reduce the number of dogs that were not claimed and so required a rescue space from 20 per cent to just 13 per cent.

“None of our unclaimed dogs were put to sleep including some that were ill, elderly or had behaviour issues as we were able to find excellent rescues to take them on and work with them.”

Cllr Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Safety, said: “We only have a small Animal Licensing team, so to gain this recognition from the RSPCA is a magnificent achievement.

 

“Alison and her colleague do a tremendous job and have changed the way they work so they provide a consistently efficient and effective service on limited resources. I would like to thank them for all their hard work – these awards are thoroughly deserved.”

 

To report a lost or found dog to the Animal Warden, call 01793 445500.

Drivers to be fined for inconsiderate parking as council takes action

Residents will soon be able to report inconsiderate drivers as the Council implements new powers from October.

After asking residents to comment on the proposal earlier this year, the Council will be issuing Penalty Charge Notices of up to £113 from 1 October under the Traffic Management Act, if drivers block dropped kerbs and driveways or double park.

The enforcement action is being introduced following concerns raised by residents over the effect this type of parking has on pedestrians with pushchairs, mobility scooters, those with visual impairments and households with driveways.

Residents can let the Council’s Parking Team know of any instances of this type of parking by reporting the offence online and officers will then attend areas where complaints are raised.

The powers do not apply to vehicles parking on the pavement unless they are obstructing a dropped kerb or driveway.

Vehicles being used for loading and unloading, emergency services, waste collection, and roadworks are among those exempt from the restrictions. Residents blocking their own driveways are also exempt as complaints need to be raised by the resident who is blocked in.

Cllr Oliver Donachie, Cabinet Member for Economic Prosperity, said: “We want to help the local community by minimising instances of inconsiderate parking which we know cause great inconvenience and distress for many of our residents.

“In order to make this an efficient and effective implementation of the powers, residents need to report instances online and details of how to do this can be found on the Council’s website by searching ‘parking enforcement’.

“We cannot guarantee an immediate visit by our Parking Team but priority will be given to persistent offences or those which cause significant access issues either for pedestrians or other vehicles.”

Recycling in Swindon

Recycling in Swindon

The government has set a target for the UK to reach a 50% recycling rate by 2020. Right now, our recycling rate is 38% which has fallen from 48% in 2011/12.

Recycling can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be. To start, why not check out our website: www.swindon.gov.uk/recycling where you can find a handy guide to what can and can’t be recycled. We carry out recycling collections every two weeks and you can find when your collection day is on our website.

The simplest way to recycle is to split your recyclables (excluding plastics) into two boxes. Put your cardboard and paper in one box and your glass bottles and jars, tins, cans, foil and empty aerosols in another. Don’t worry if you only have one box, it’s completely fine to put everything in together but try to group them into different sections in the box. You can recycle fabrics and shoes too, just pop them in a tied up plastic bag on top of your recycling box. Apart from that, all you need to do is make sure your recycling is clean and dry. Large pieces of cardboard should be broken into smaller pieces, about the size of a suitcase, but it’s best not to put broken glass in your box as it is dangerous for our collectors.

Then just leave your box on your property boundary (usually the part where your home ends and the road/pavement begins or designated collection point if you live in flats) by 6.30am on collection day with the lid firmly on the box.

Completion of the Podium

 

Completed Podium

 

 

Work has begun on the Podium:

 

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 from Monday 24 September 2018 this will 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.

Whilst work is undertaken, the Market will temporarily relocate to the old library car park (near the Public Loos).

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.”

Swindon’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

The HWRC is closed all day on Wednesdays throughout the year.

Over the last 12 months a number of improvements have been made to the HWRC to allow residents and traders to drop off their waste and recycling far quicker than in the past.

This includes having a dedicated lane for traders, removing them from residents dropping off household waste and recycling.

In order to improve queuing times at the site, residents are reminded that those using the recycling centre will need to show they are a resident of the borough before dropping off their waste.

For further information about the Household Waste Recycling Centre can be found at: www.swindon.gov.uk/hwrc

Residents can also plan their visits to the centre by using the link to the webcam which shows current queues at the site. The webcam, however, will be switched off on Wednesdays when the recycling centre is closed.

 

Thank you from a visitor to the Town

‘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!’