Author: Highworth Town Council

Learning Disability Week 15th-21st June 2020

Learning Disability Week 2020

It is Learning Disability Week next week (15th-21st June) and the theme is “The Importance of Friendships in Lockdown”. Mencap are encouraging people to post stories on social media about friendships, maybe with a picture or even a video.

Please can you use your social media outlets to raise awareness of LD Week and encourage your staff, members, service users and other networks to get involved? They can tell their stories about how important friendships have been during lockdown to reduce the sense of isolation and loneliness.

As an example, Swindon Advocacy Movement will be posting about;

  • Their Info/Activity Packs and how to make a referral for them – next week’s pack activities will focus on friendships
  • How they have worked to keep their members connected including the Phone Buddies scheme
  •  Posting quotes from their members about how SAM have facilitated them to stay connected to their friends and how important that has been to them
  • Messages from members to their friends
  • A video from one of their members about friendship and staying in touch during lockdown

Please tag SAM’s Facebook page in case anyone would like to make a referral for their activity pack  and share your stories of how you’ve helped people keep in touch with friends during lockdown as much as you can. You could also do some activities about friendships and how important they are with your service users.

If you don’t have any social media outlets SAM are very happy to receive any photos/videos/stories via email to Sally Whitehead – and she will post them on SAM’s Facebook

Swindon Borough Council – Plans being put in place to re-open town centre safely

Plans being put in place to re-open town centre safely

Teams across the Council are working hard to make sure safety measures are in place to allow more shops to re-open from next Monday (15 June).

In line with government guidance, preparations are being made to enable the re-opening of more retailers which have been closed during the pandemic.

Following the Government’s announcement that non-essential retail could re-open from 15 June,  a grant has been made available to support local authorities to re-open high streets safely.

Clear signage and floor markings will be in place to remind people to socially distance themselves from people not in their household while shared spaces, such as benches, will be cleaned regularly.

College Street, near Tesco Metro, will be closed to traffic from 15 June until further notice to pedestrianise this area of the town and allow for queuing systems to be safely implemented.

Bristol Street and Brunel North car parks will be re-opened as of 15 June to welcome more visitors to the town centre, while Spring Gardens will remain closed. Public toilets will also remain closed, in line with government advice.

The Council is also working with bus operators to ensure safety measures are implemented both on the buses and at the bus station to promote social distancing. Guidance for those using buses for essential travel can be found at bus shelters and government guidance states that face coverings should be worn on public transport from Monday (15 June), with some exceptions.

Councillor David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “As we ease our way out of lockdown, we need to do everything we can to support businesses who have had to close their premises over the last few months. However, the priority still needs to be the safety of those working in and visiting these retail areas by ensuring that government guidance is being followed.

“We have been working closely with businesses and transport providers over the last few weeks to prepare for the re-opening of the town centre as well as other shopping districts in the town and will continue to support them over the weeks and months ahead.”

Mark Rogers, Interim BID Manager from inSwindon BID, said: “Lockdown has been a challenging time for us all, more so for our businesses in the town centre who have faced difficulties in changing habits and more people choosing to shop online even before lockdown. Although safety is our key priority, and we’re working with the Council to ensure our Street Team Ambassadors and Caretaker support the key messaging and that social distancing is adhered to, we would encourage visitors back into our town centre to support the local economy.

“We have been in regular communication with our businesses, ensuring they have the Government guidelines to allow them to reopen in a safe manner. As anticipated, footfall has seen a dramatic decrease over the last couple of months, as have other towns and cities, but we now look forward to welcoming visitors back, supporting the economy, whilst staying safe.”

Further information about the support and guidance being offered from the Council during the pandemic can be found at:

Highworth Saturday Market

Highworth Saturday Market is to re-open on Saturday 30 May 2020 8:00am-1:00pm

The usual Market Traders are expected with the exception of the Fruit and Vegetable Stall.

The following Rules and Regulations must be observed:

A one-way system is to be followed with separate entrance and exit points. There is to be no deviation from this one-way system.

The Market Manager is to monitor the number of customers on the Market at any one time.

There is to be a limit of one or two customers at a stall at any time, depending on the size of the stall.

Social distancing of 2 metres is to be adhered to at all times.

Traders, wherever possible, are to accept payment by card and contactless payments. Customers are to be asked to use contactless payment as a preference to cash.

If people attending the Market are seen to be disobeying these Rules and Social Distancing Regulations they, will be reminded of the Rules and if they persist will be asked to leave the Market.


Outline Planning application for 250 dwellings on Land at Shrivenham Road, Highworth


To download a PDF of the notice please click here

Highworth Residents

Ref. S/OUT/20/0422

Outline Planning application for 250 dwellings on Land at Shrivenham Road, Highworth

Due to COVID-19 our normal form of communication is unavailable therefore this is an informative notice advising you to go to the Swindon Borough Council (SBC) Planning Portal where all the documentation for this application can be viewed if you wish to know more.


If you would like to comment it is vital that you E- Mail or write to Swindon Borough Council (SBC) Planning Department quoting the reference number above. SBC is a Planning Authority whilst Highworth Town Council (HTC) is not. Only comments forwarded to SBC Planning Department will be included in their determination process. Please be aware that there is a deadline for comments of 2 June 2020.


Contact details below.

E Mail to:

Postal Address:     

Planning and Transport

Swindon Borough Council

Wat Tyler House

Beckhampton  Street



This Planning application is to be considered by  HTC in due course and notices to this effect will be displayed informing Residents with the details.

Swindon Borough Council rolls out further support measures to improve personal wellbeing

Swindon Borough Council is urging members of the public to look after their mental and physical health during the coronavirus outbreak after the Government extended the current lockdown period until May.

As a result, the Council has published important advice on its website that residents can follow to ensure they keep fit and healthy during this time.

Vital measures to support residents and businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have already been put in place by the Council, but the local authority is now encouraging residents to think of themselves now they are being asked to stay in their homes for longer.

Advice on how to keep active, including special tips on exercising at home offered by fitness experts at Sport England, are on the Council’s website, along with tips on how to get a good night’s sleep if people are feeling worried or anxious, as well as advice on how to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

Mental health is a big focus of the support and there is a section on the website dedicated to staying connected with others through social media and digital technology. There are also links to charities such as MIND and The Mental Health Foundation.

Help is available for victims of domestic abuse and advice for people worried about falling victim to scammers and fraudsters, reports of which have recently been received by the Council’s Trading Standards team.

People can also find tips on how to manage their waste and recycling and there are how-to videos for council housing tenants who may wish to carry out small repairs to their properties.

Councillor David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “Now the lockdown has been extended, it is incredibly important that people continue to take good care of themselves and look after their mental and physical wellbeing.

“Isolation presents challenges to all of us and I would encourage people to take a look at our website to see if there any pieces of advice that would be helpful to them during this uncertain time. We must look after ourselves and each other.”

Temporary Road Closure – Station Road





This restriction is being introduced to allow works for a full road crossing and will prohibit vehicles from proceeding on Station Road between A361 Swindon Road and Quarry Crescent.

Traffic to be diverted via A361 Swindon Road and St Michaels Road

The Order will come into force on the 1 June 2020 for 12 months but it is anticipated the works will take place between the 1 to 6 June 2020.

Highways and Transport Services
20 March 2020

For further information please contact 01793 463040 quoting reference STR000049


Explore the STEAM Museum from home

While STEAM is temporarily closed, Swindon Borough Council are developing new ways for you to explore and engage with our galleries and collection online.

Join STEAM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay connected.


Virtual Tour
STEAM’s displays and exhibitions can now be enjoyed from home. Take a free 360-degree virtual tour of the museum. Look out for exclusive content as you make your way around our galleries.



COVID -19 Useful information

For the most up to date information please visit the Public Health England website  STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES


‘Compassionate Swindon’ has been set up to support Voluntary organisations helping those who are either self-isolating or safe distancing,   There are links for individuals and volunteer groups to either offer or ask for help and a lot of useful information.

To access up to date information on services in and around Swindon please click on the link:


  Useful Web Pages

  Supermarket opening times

  Guidance – Eligibility for support from Government for village and similar rural community buildings

  Guidance – Walking someone else’s dog