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Local Plan Review Public Consultation – Emerging Strategies. Your chance to comment on the SBC plans for development in the coming years. Consultation closes soon

Swindon Borough Council will shortly be consulting on a range of alternative options for meeting the Borough’s housing and employment needs during the plan period to 2036.  Included within the reviewed Plan are also draft revised development management policies to guide decision making on planning applications submitted to the Council.

From Monday 29th July the documents can be viewed on our consultation portal which can accessed at:  Paper copies of the documents will also be available at SBC Reception, Wat Tyler House, Beckhampton Street and these libraries: Central Swindon, North Swindon, West Swindon, Highworth, Wroughton and Parks.

The consultation begins on Monday 29th July and continues for 8 weeks until 5pm Monday 23rd September.  We are seeking the views of residents and businesses in order to develop the Council’s preferred approach which will be set out in the final draft plan to be consulted on during winter 2019/20.

Comments should be submitted using the on-line consultation portal available from the website above. Comments can also be sent by e-mail to or by post to Planning Policy, Swindon Borough Council, Wat Tyler House, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH but should respond to the questions posed by the Local Plan Emerging Strategies Summary Report.






This Order is being introduced to allow sewer repair works and will prohibit vehicles from proceeding on Eastrop outside No’s 37 to 41.

Traffic will be diverted via the B4019, B4000 Shrivenham Road, B4508, A420 Faringdon Road, Coxwell Road and B4019 Highworth Road

The Order will come into force on the 9 September 2019 for 6 months but it is anticipated the closure will only be in force from the 9 to 30 September 2019 during 8am to 5pm.

Highways and Transport Services

16 July 2019


For further information please contact 01793 466401 quoting reference STR000005


Council’s starts campaign to explain how potholes are fixed

Swindon Borough Council is running a two week campaign explaining how potholes are fixed and motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are being encouraged to join the hundreds of people already reporting them.

Over recent years potholes have become a major issue for residents, especially following last year’s ‘Beast from the East’ which caused extensive damage to roads across the country, including Swindon.

The Council inspects all the major routes across Swindon regularly, but limited resources mean that residential and rural streets can only be checked twice a year.

Last year the Council repaired over 7,500 potholes with just over 900 of those reported by the public.

National guidelines recommend that for a defect in the road to be technically classed as a pothole, it must be 40mm or deeper. A pothole in the pavement must be 30mm or deeper. Anything not meeting these standards will be monitored for further damage.

Once a pothole is found the Council uses three methods to fix them. The aim is always to make sure that the roads are safe and then to start planning and carrying out permanent repairs:

Temporary repair – This makes the road safe straight away but only lasts a few weeks and residents will see this as a rough patch. If a resident notices a patch like this has failed, they should report it and we will refill it within 24 hours. This method on average costs around £40 per repair and doesn’t disrupt traffic. It can be used multiple times until a permanent fix can be arranged.

Patch repair- This kind of repair fixes potholes properly and lasts for years but can cost thousands of pounds to complete meaning work has to be arranged and prioritised. It will often require road closures and licenses which can take months to arrange.

Full reconstruction- This kind of repair, like that which was carried out on Upham Road, will last for decades but can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and often requires months’ worth of closures and disruption to traffic.

Residents are also being encouraged to report potholes as part of the campaign. Once a pothole has been reported, one of the Council’s six highways inspectors aim to inspect all reports within four working days and if the pothole is 40mm or deeper, it should be fixed within 24 hours.

Following feedback from last year’s campaign, the Council has been working hard to streamline the reporting process and update the information on the website which helps residents to understand how potholes are repaired.

Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, said: “As part of our efforts to improve Swindon’s road network last year our highways team fixed 7,592 potholes and damaged patches in roads and footpaths across Swindon’s road network which is over 500 miles long.

“Sometimes it may look like our repairs are poor quality but these repairs will be quick fixes to make roads safe while we organise a proper repair. Long term repairs require planning to minimise disruption to road users which we are always conscious of, and our limited budgets mean we have to prioritise our work and can not fix everything quickly.

“I would urge anyone who knows the location of a pothole on any road, cycle path or footpath within the borough to report it to us through our improved online reporting system so we can get out and repair it.”

Is your household on the food waste trial?

Swindon is about to become the first town in Wiltshire to collect food waste for recycling and the areas taking part in trialling the service have now been named.

Last month the Council announced that selected areas of the Borough would be receiving the separate weekly collection of food waste following their Waste Strategy consultation last year. Feedback from residents showed an overwhelming demand for a food waste collection in Swindon, with over 70 per cent of respondents requesting the service.  

This is part of the Council’s wider ambitions to increase recycling and reduce waste across the borough to protect the environment, both here as well as nationally and internationally.

From September 2019, approximately 11,000 households will trial the new service on a 26-week trial basis to test collection methods. The Council’s Cabinet will then decide on whether to roll out the collections to the rest of the borough.

Food waste bins, known as ‘caddies’, will be delivered to households on the trial routes from mid July 2019. If a resident lives in a house on the trial round they can expect to receive two caddies: a 5 litre indoor caddy and a 23 litre outdoor caddy. Residents who live in a flat or a communal occupancy will receive a 5 litre indoor caddy and a food waste bin will be added to their communal bin store.

Residents are asked to keep their caddies safe until the start of their collection at the beginning of September and they will be given all the information they need to make full use of the service.

The trial will follow bin collection routes not geographical areas, which means that not all households within a selected area will be part of the trial. The trial areas include parts of Middlleaze, NineElms, Wroughton, Broome Manor, Marlborough Road, Park South, Broad Street, Coleview, Highworth, Cheney Manor, Gorsehill, Abbey Meads and Taw Hill. If a resident lives in one of these areas then they are encouraged to visit to check if their household is on a trial route. The trial routes have been selected to achieve the most accurate representation of the different demographics and housing types in Swindon.

During the trial period there is potential for Swindon to divert up to 200 tonnes of food waste to be recycled and composted rather than used as fuel or sent to landfill.

Food waste can produce large quantities of methane which is released into the environment as a harmful greenhouse gas if not recycled. When food waste is recycled the methane is converted into biogas to generate electricity, and the solid product is used as a fertiliser for agriculture and in land regeneration.

Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and the Environment, said: “Trialling food waste collections is one of the key actions from the Waste Strategy we agreed last year which aims to protect our environment and make sure we can collect Swindon’s waste in a sustainable way.

“Food waste collections are carried out by many other councils up and down the country and can have a huge impact on hitting recycling targets set by national Government.”

Important changes to your waste and recycling services are coming

Swindon will take a significant step towards expanding its recycling services by introducing a trial collection of separate food waste recycling.

The trial is being introduced as part of the Council’s 10-year waste strategy, which outlines its commitment to protecting the environment and managing the borough’s waste and recycling responsibly, and is one of a number of important changes to the Council’s waste and recycling services that will be introduced over the coming months.

Residents are encouraged to support the Council’s efforts to reduce the amount of waste households produce and increase the amount Swindon recycles for the benefit of the borough and the wider environment.

The trial of separate food waste recycling will start from this September and will be trialled during 2019/20 before a full introduction to the wider borough next year.

In recent engagement feedback, more than 70 per cent of residents asked for a food waste recycling service. Food waste makes up a large proportion of the waste currently processed into fuel at the Council’s Solid Recovered Fuel plant and the introduction of this new collection will allow the borough and its residents to recycle far more of the waste produced by the town.

Trial routes will be announced next month, along with the delivery of food caddies (bins) to the trial areas containing all the information residents will need to make use of the service.

In addition to food waste recycling, kerbside recycling will become compulsory for all Swindon households from 1 August 2019. Residents will be expected to present all of their recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, cans, glass bottles and jars in recycling boxes instead of the black wheelie bin/blue bag.

From August, the Council’s waste wardens will be working with residents who put recyclable materials in their black wheelie bin/blue bag, providing helpful advice and, where necessary, encouraging participation with formal enforcement.

Following the lead of many other Councils, a £7 charge for replacement recycling boxes will be introduced on the 1 August 2019. Last year the Council spent £90,000 supplying new or replacement boxes and the ongoing charge is designed to cover the annual cost.

New homes in the borough will continue to be provided with two free-of-charge boxes as standard. If Council collection crews damage any boxes they will be replaced free of charge and there will be concessions for those on low incomes.

Residents should clearly mark their boxes with their address to aid identification by the collection crews. Box lids should be securely closed before being left out for collection, so their contents and lids are not easily blown away.

Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and the Environment, said: “Our waste strategy will help Swindon to achieve the best possible environmental and economic outcomes over the next decade.
“There has been a real focus in the past couple of years on the impact our waste is having on the environment and we all have a responsibility to reduce the amount of waste we produce and recycle as much as possible
“This year we will be trialling a new food waste collection, which we hope residents will get involved with. If residents use the service it will have a real impact on Swindon’s recycling ambitions.
“We will also be introducing compulsory recycling which will provide the opportunity for our waste wardens to support those who are struggling to recycle and help people feel more confident in their recycling abilities.
“We have high aspirations for the future of waste reduction and recycling in Swindon and we are determined to introduce new initiatives that will enable us to become as sustainable as possible.”
To find further information on the strategy, and details about recycling, please visit

All households will receive an essential guide to waste and recycling in Swindon from 24 June which will contain information on additional services and what the Council will accept in its collections. For more information on the Council’s 10-year waste strategy residents can visit

Swindon Borough Council: Preparing for Adulthood – Transitions Roadshow

@SwindonBoroughCouncil is hosting its fourth Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow on Wednesday 19 June at the Civic Offices from 12 – 5pm. Around 40 stallholders will be there to offer advice to parents, carers and professionals who support young people with additional needs to help them plan for their future. If you’d like to find out more, please visit: .

Do you support a young person with additional needs? The Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow will be held @SwindonBoroughCouncil Civic Offices from 12 – 5pm on Wednesday 19 June which will see around 40 stallholders offering advice to help young people plan for their future. Find out more: .


Extra reminders to help people keep up to date with their council tax

30 May 2019

Extra reminders to help people keep up to date with their council tax


Voicemail and email reminders are the latest measures being introduced by Swindon Borough Council to help people keep on top of their council tax.

The Council will roll out the new system later this summer and the email and voicemail messages to phones will supplement the text reminders that have been in place for the last few years.

It is hoped the additional reminders will increase the Council’s council tax collection rate, reduce the printing of paper reminders and, ultimately, reduce the need to take recovery proceedings.

In Swindon, council tax collections rates are among the highest in the country remaining above 98 per cent over the last six years.

In order to reduce the use of enforcement agents, the Council calls residents prior to undertaking recovery proceedings for non-payment. Those contacted are requested to make payment of part or all of the arrears or, if unable to, are offered a revised payment arrangement.

Phone calls and an increased use of text reminders to mobile phones helped to cut the number of summonses issued by 25 per cent over the past six years.

The email reminders will also include information about how to get personal budgeting and debt advice.

Councillor Russell Holland, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Education and Skills, said: “We want to treat everyone fairly when it comes to the collection of council tax. If anyone is having any problems paying their council tax it is really important that they contact the Council urgently so that we can see what we can do to help. The best way to contact the Council is by calling 03453 022 316 or emailing

“We are also keen to help people who may be in debt or struggling financially and work closely with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Christians Against Poverty, the local credit unions and other organisations who can provide help.

“We have found that some people who were struggling financially were eligible for benefits and with some help getting those benefits they were able to get on top of their debts. It’s really important to get help from a legitimate organisation. I’m sad to say that there are loan sharks who target people in Swindon and anyone who thinks they may be a victim of a loan shark can also get help by contacting Stop Loan Sharks on 0300 555 2222.”



Media contact: Kevin Burchall, Communications Lead – Media Relations, Swindon Borough Council, 01793 463105.

Town Meeting

Thursday 9 May 2019


HIGHWORTH TOWN COUNCIL is obliged to offer residents the facility for holding a TOWN MEETING. If any resident wishes to arrange such a meeting they should contact the Clerk with a date and time for a meeting. Having been approached, the Clerk will offer a venue in the Council Offices. Ideally, the meeting will provide its own Chairman and Minute Taker. If one cannot be found, the Clerk will approach the Chair of the Council to Chair it. Further advice can be provided by the Clerk on application.

Please be aware that the evening of 14 May 2019 is not available as there will be Councillor Training on that evening.








Borough Council Election Results

Blunsdon & Highworth

Name of candidate Party Number of votes:

BISHOP, Alan John Conservative Party                 1,654
COPE, Jaime Louise Labour Party                         756
DAY, Andrew Donald Green Party                          453
SALMON, Malcolm Charles Liberal Democrat       312
Number of ballot papers rejected:                          86

Total votes cast: 3,266
Electorate: 8,657
Turnout: 37.73%