Author: Highworth Town Council

Outline Planning Application for up to 250 Dwellings, Land at Shrivenham Road

S/OUT/20/0422/SASM Outline Planning Application for up to 250 Dwellings, Land at Shrivenham Road.
This application has been referred to Planning Committee as requested by the Town Council. The application will be heard by Swindon Borough Council Planning Committee on 8 December 2020.
A representative from the Town Council will be attending the meeting to ensure the views of Highworth Town Council are heard.
For further information please see the link here:


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It is hoped that Friends of Pentylands Country Park in conjunction with Great Western Community Forest can plant 10,000 trees in Pentylands Country Park. For more information please complete the survey. The survey will close on 12pm Sunday 13 December 2020
This years 2020/2021 plantings will take place in Grove Furlong South and in Little Forty.
To view a PDF click here

Residents asked to contribute to Council plans to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint

Local people are being asked to give feedback on Swindon Borough Councils ambitious Carbon Reduction Strategy, which looks to make Swindon Borough Council operations carbon neutral by 2030, along with wider plans to lead the entire borough towards net zero by 2050, delivering on Government targets.

The consultation, which can be accessed by visiting Swindon Borough Councils website will be open from Wednesday 18 November 2020 until Friday 8 January 2021.

Residents can give their feedback on the plans and submit their own ideas which will feed into an implementation plan for 2021 and will set out what the Council plans to do to reach the objectives in the strategy over the coming years.

The final strategy is due to go before Full Council for a decision in early 2021.

The Carbon Reduction Strategy forms part of Swindon Borough Councils wider leadership role to improve the environment. So far more than £15m has already been invested in low carbon interventions over recent years including the construction of solar energy farms, the installation of electric vehicle charging points, the use of LED street lights and investment in electric vehicles amongst others.

Residents will be able to comment on how Swindon Borough Councils plans to reduce its own carbon footprint across the Borough building on work which has included installing LED lighting at STEAM and significantly reducing the amount of paper used for printing. New initiatives will take into account vehicle emissions, the amount of electricity used to power offices and other buildings, street lighting, business travel and heating.

The strategy includes a recent analysis of the Borough’s overall sources of carbon emissions. This shows road travel, residential buildings and institutional buildings and facilities produce over two thirds of the current 1.5m tonnes of CO2 emission currently produced by the Borough on a yearly basis.

Swindon Borough Council will be looking to use all of its available powers to influence, educate and support residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. However, residents and businesses will need to play a key role in reducing their own carbon emissions if the Borough is to come close to net zero before 2050.

The consultation will be asking residents to provide their input and ideas on how Swindon Borough Council can support the wider community in reaching net zero in the coming years.

The consultation can be accessed at

Councillor Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “Protecting our environment is a key commitment for this Council and this ambitious strategy sets out how we plan to meet our pledge to become carbon neutral as an organisation and also support the wider borough to reduce its carbon emissions.

“The Council will not be able to reduce Swindon’s total carbon emissions by itself so it is very important residents and businesses are engaged and we need people to come on this journey with us.

“I would encourage everyone to read the strategy and provide their feedback to help us develop these important plans that will lead our long-term approach to reach net zero.

“I would also urge everyone to start to think about the way you travel, work and live and how you can reduce your carbon footprint. We will all need to make a change if we want to protect our environment.”

Wildflower Site Survey – CLOSED

Highworth Town Council is looking to extend the Wildflower Pilot Project as a Community, Town Council, Partnership initiative, to enhance and add splashes of colour as you move around the Town, whilst creating a natural habitat for wildlife such as bees and insects.

Please take a moment to look at the proposed sites before completing the short survey. Click here to see a PDF of the site locations.

If you have any further comments these can be submitted by emailing:

The Survey will be live from Friday 6 November 2020 and will close Saturday 21 November 2020 at 12:00pm.


To complete the survey please click the link:


Swindon Borough Council Media Release – Lockdown 2

New lockdown rules will be introduced in England from just after midnight tonight (Wed). Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will close for four weeks.

These new measures are intended to reduce the growth rate of COVID-19, protect the NHS and ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work.

It’s up to all of us to play our part to avoid overwhelming the NHS. That means living by the restrictions in place and continuing to follow the rules.

From Thursday, 5 November 2020 until Wednesday, 2 December 2020, you must:

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes
  3. Close certain businesses and venues

The Government’s overarching health messages remain the same: ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

Read more about the new restrictions in more detail.

As we approach the lockdown, here are some of the key things to remember:

  • In general, you must not meet people socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoor setting with people you live with, your support bubble or with one other person. You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble
  • If you need medical attention for other ailments, you are encouraged to go to hospital if you need to or contact your GP
  • If you can work effectively from home, you must. Where you cannot, you should continue to travel to your workplace while following the COVID-secure guidelines
  • You can still move home, though people outside your household or support bubble should not help unless absolutely necessary