Notices

Council launches name a recycling lorry competition

Boaty McBoatface and Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machinery are just some of the names that have grabbed national headlines in recent boat and grit lorry-naming competitions, but now Swindon residents are being given their chance to shine.

 

As part of its ongoing recycling campaign, and to create an interest in recycling in general, Swindon Borough Council is asking local people to come up with eye-catching names for four of its 13 recycling lorries.

 

Once the completion is finished, the names will be made into stickers which will be attached to the front of the lorries so that the name can be clearly seen by passers-by.

 

The competition will run from this week until October 12. The contest will be held on the Council’s official Facebook and Twitter pages and Youtube channel.

 

To enter, all residents need to do is submit their name choice onto the comment thread set up on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages, or in the comments section on the ‘Name a Recycling Lorry’ video on the Council’s Youtube channel.

 

Once the submission window has closed, the suggested names will be whittled down to 12 finalists, with the suggested lorry names then listed on social media and residents will be able to vote for their favourite. The four names with the highest number of votes will be emblazoned on the recycling vehicles.

 

Residents are encouraged to be as creative as possible when suggesting names, but no offensive or inappropriate names will be accepted. The thread will be monitored and any derogatory names will be removed.

 

The Council has recently begun a campaign to promote Swindon’s existing recycling service and stimulate an uptake of recycling in Swindon.

 

The competition as a whole aims to encourage Swindon residents to take a greater interest in recycling and try and make sure that they recycle as much as they can.

 

More information on what can be recycled and the best way to sort recycling can be found on the Council’s website: www.swindon.gov.uk/recycling.

 

Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and the Environment, said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of this wonderful competition and encourage people in Swindon to get creative and come up with the most amazing names they can think of.

 

“We hope this competition inspires people to take an even greater interest in recycling and encourages them to learn more. Our website is a good resource that contains lots of information about what can be recycled and is definitely worth a look.”

 

To find out more about the Council’s draft Waste Strategy and to take part in the online survey visit: www.sustainableswindon.co.uk

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.

Podium update

 

Podium Plans

 

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.

 

Public Notice – Podium Tree

PODIUM TREE

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.

 

David Lane

Town Clerk