Notices

Swindon refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas holiday period

Households in Swindon are being reminded of some important changes to waste and recycling collections over the festive period.

Swindon Borough Council’s waste and recycling crews will be out collecting as normal, providing the weather conditions ensure it is safe to do so. Only two days will be affected by the changes and tags have been put on the relevant bins to notify residents of the alternative collection arrangements.

There will be no collections on Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December) and residents are advised to put their waste and recycling out by 6.30am on Thursday, 27 December and leave it out until it is collected. The crews are expected to have cleared all the waste by Saturday, 29 December.

Those whose usual collection day falls on Boxing Day (Wednesday, 26 December) are advised to put their waste and recycling out by 6.30am on Saturday, 29 December. Crews will be working as normal on New Year’s Day so there are no changes to this collection day.

Residents are encouraged to keep their general rubbish to a minimum and recycle as much as possible. Excess recycling can be put out providing it is sorted into suitable, sturdy containers.

Excess cardboard should be folded and bundled neatly next to recycling boxes and, if necessary, any excess cardboard will be collected by a second vehicle at a different time.

Real (not artificial) Christmas trees will be collected between Monday, 7 January and Friday, 1 February. Christmas trees must be visible from the road with all decorations and lighting removed. Larger Christmas trees must be cut down into manageable pieces.

For further information on Christmas waste collection please visit the council website https://www.swindon.gov.uk/christmaswaste.

All Swindon Libraries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. For full details of individual Library opening hours over the festive period visit their individual pages on the Council’s website.

The opening hours for the Council’s Customer Services will be affected between Friday, 21 December and Wednesday, 2 January.

On Friday, 21 December, Thursday, 27 December, Friday, 28 December and Wednesday, 2 January the services will be available from 9am until 5pm. On Christmas Eve (Monday, 24 December) and New Year’s Eve (Monday, 31 December) Customer Services will be open from 9am until 3pm. Customer Services will be shut on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 1 January).

Residents are reminded that online services will be available 24/7 over the Christmas and New Year period.

Shopmobility will be operating on reduced opening hours over the Christmas period. On Christmas Eve the service will be available from 9am until 2pm. Shopmobility will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Thursday, 27 December, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Wednesday, 2 January. However, the service will be available from 9am until 3pm on Friday, 28 December and Saturday, 29 December.

Lydiard Park is open daily throughout the festive period, excluding Christmas Day. For more information on the park’s opening hours over Christmas visit https://www.lydiardpark.org.uk.

Coate Water will remain open over Christmas with limited facilities. Barbury Castle and Stanton Park will both be open daily from 8am until 4pm including Christmas Day.

In the event of severe weather, the Council will be posting updates to service changes on social media.

Residents are advised to sign up to the Your Swindon newsletter for regular updates and alerts on service changes throughout the festive period via: www.swindon.gov.uk/newsletter.

 

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

 

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).

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.

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.