Notices

Expert advice available for budding family historians at Central Library

A team of experienced researchers will be on hand at Central Library to help people interested in tracing their family roots.

The free drop-in session, which is being run by volunteers from the Swindon branch of the Wiltshire Family History Society and Swindon Libraries, will take place next Monday (25 Feb) between 2pm and 4pm and is the latest in a series of family history workshops being held at the Regent Circus library.

Anyone is welcome to attend, from complete beginners inspired by the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? to more experienced genealogists who may appreciate a fresh perspective.

The volunteer researchers will help people trace the story of their ancestors with the help of the library’s Local Studies team.

There is no need to book and anyone interested in attending can pop along any time between 2pm and 4pm to the Local Studies section on Floor 2 of Central Library.

For more information contact Central Library on (01793) 463238 or email: localstudies@swindon.gov.uk.

 

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE – ST MICHAELS AVENUE, HIGHWORTH

PUBLIC NOTICE

SECTION 14 – THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE –  ST MICHAELS AVENUE, HIGHWORTH

This Order is being introduced to allow resurfacing works and will prohibit vehicles from proceeding on St Michaels Avenue between the junction with the A361 Swindon Street (opposite St Michaels Church) and Barra Close.

Traffic will be diverted to use the other access to St Michaels Avenue from the A361 Swindon Street.

ACCESS TO PROPERTIES TO BE MAINTAINED.

The Order will come into force on the 14 March 2019 for 12 months but it is anticipated the closure will only be in force for up to 4 days from the 14 March 2019 between the times of 8am to 6pm weekdays/Saturdays and 9am to 5pm on Sundays. Advance warning of the closure will be signposted at location.

Highways and Transport Services

15 February 2019

For further information please contact 01793 466401 quoting reference TTRO 3008

Council publishes updated strategic land assessment

An updated list of sites which have the potential for development within Swindon has just been published.

The Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment 2019 (SHELAA) is now available on Swindon Borough Council’s website and will be used to help inform the preparation of the Council’s Local Plan Review. It can also be used by parishes to help produce their own Neighbourhood Plans.

The SHELAA only identifies sites with potential for future development and does not allocate sites to be developed.

Several sites were taken out of the original SHELAA list following feedback from local residents because they would constitute major development in an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) or would significantly impact on the urban green corridors and the quality of open space.

Local people were asked for their views on the SHELAA during a six-week consultation period at the end of last year. A total of more than 1,000 comments were made, while two petitions were also submitted to the Council.

The allocation of sites for future development will take place in the Local Plan review or in any locally produced Neighbourhood Plans.

Sites included in the SHELAA will not necessarily be granted planning permission and all applications will continue to be considered against national policies, the Council’s Development Plan and any other relevant material considerations.

Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this SHELAA process as it will play an important role in shaping our draft Local Plan in the summer.

“We listened to what local residents had to say and removed those sites where we felt potential development would have an adverse impact on green open spaces, green corridors and the AONB.

“Even though sites have been identified as part of the SHELAA, it does not mean the Council will grant planning permission for development on those sites as other planning and environmental policy considerations will also be taken into account.”

Members of the public can view the updated SHELAA list at: www.swindon.gov.uk/shelaa.

Any comments on the SHELAA will be considered in the draft Local Plan which is anticipated will go out to consultation in the summer.

Views sought for Swindon Borough Council’s plans to end rough sleeping

Members of the public are being encouraged to give their views on Swindon Borough Council’s ambitious plans to tackle rough sleeping.

 

The new draft Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy sets out the Council’s vision and plans for reducing rough sleeping over the next three years.

 

The strategy focuses on three key areas: prevention, intervention and recovery, and seeks to ensure that nobody arrives on the street and that nobody returns to the street.

 

The priorities contained in the strategy include providing a rapid joined-up response to help people who are already sleeping rough, offering outreach services to people with complex health needs and developing a range of accommodation options tailored to meet individual needs.

 

Councillor Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Safety, said: “We are committed to reducing the numbers of rough sleepers in Swindon and this strategy is an important tool for achieving that.

 

“From providing emergency accommodation to everyone who needs it to opening a new day care centre to provide services to homeless people, this Council already offers a lot of support to rough sleepers and this critical document acts as a public declaration that outlines our mission.

 

“I would urge people to submit comments before the deadline at the end of January and they will be taken into account before the strategy is finalised.”

 

To further help the Council achieve its aim of reducing the numbers of rough sleepers in Swindon, the authority will work closely with institutions such as prisons, young offender institutions, hospitals and the armed forces to ensure people have sustainable plans in place before they leave, and thus do not end up homeless.

 

Every year, the Council spends £1.4m providing support and accommodation to people experiencing housing difficulties.

 

In late 2018, the Council launched the Temporary Winter Housing Provision scheme which proved so successful last year. The programme sees an identified group of rough sleepers given accommodation and close personal support with the aim of getting them into permanent accommodation.

 

This year, the scheme comes with the opening of a new day centre, run by Swindon Night Shelter, which provides vital support services to rough sleepers in Swindon.

 

The consultation runs until Thursday, 31 January 2019 and the results and comments will be collated.

 

To view the strategy and submit a comment, log on to https://bit.ly/2Fcwcx8.

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.”

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.