Author: Highworth Town Council

Swindon Borough Council unveils plans to be carbon neutral by 2030

Swindon Borough Council unveils plans to be carbon neutral by 2030

Ambitious plans to make Swindon Borough Council carbon neutral within 10 years will be presented to councillors next week (21 Oct).

The Council’s Cabinet will also hear about wider plans to work with partners towards carbon neutrality for the whole borough to ensure it delivers on government targets.

In line with the Council’s Vision for Swindon, the Carbon Reduction Strategy sets out the next steps to reduce the local authority’s carbon emissions after councillors unanimously backed a motion in January to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030.

It builds on the Council’s work to lead on low carbon interventions and improve the local environment. The Council has already spent over £15m in 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.

The Council has already been working internally to reduce its carbon footprint over recent years with successful projects including LED lighting at STEAM and has significantly reduced the amount of paper used for printing.

The strategy sets out how the Council will reduce its current carbon footprint across the borough taking into account vehicle emissions, energy used to power and heat offices and other buildings, street lighting, business travel and heating. This amounts to a reduction of carbon emissions of 11,800 tonnes per year.

This will include measures such as the installation of energy-friendly LED lighting, investment in low-emission vehicles, continuing to make council buildings more energy efficient and encouraging sustainable travel for staff.

Alongside the ambition to reduce its own carbon footprint, the Council will also be playing a role leading the wider town to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Current analysis 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 each year.

The Council will be looking to influence, educate and support residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint through powers and activity such as using the planning process to influence how new houses are built.

A consultation on the strategy with local residents and businesses will be undertaken in the coming months giving them the opportunity to have their say on the Council’s approach. A more detailed implementation plan setting out the journey to achieve all the targets will then follow. More details on the consultation will be released at the appropriate time.

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.

“We have already invested a significant amount in renewable energy, sustainable travel and energy savings schemes and this strategy sets out our next steps.

“As a leading voice in the town we plan to set the example by bringing our own organisation down to net zero and we hope many others will follow suit.

“While we will do everything we can, it will be down to all of us as residents and businesses to change the way we travel, work and live if we are to cut our carbon emissions as a borough.”

SBC MEDIA RELEASE – White Hart slip road

White Hart slip road to be temporarily closed for next stage of £30m improvements

The next stage of improvement work at White Hart junction will see the A419 southbound exit slip road closed for seven weeks.

From Monday 12 October, motorists travelling southbound on the A419 will need to continue to the Commonhead roundabout before returning to White Hart roundabout as part of the diversion route which will be in place. The roundabout itself will remain open during this time.

This piece of work will see a retaining wall constructed to enable the slip road widening to four lanes while new drainage, kerbs, signage and lighting will also be added.

White Hart roundabout is one of several key junctions being upgraded to help mitigate the impact of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) development being built to the east of the A419.

Once completed, improvements to the junction will include an increase in the number of lanes on the roundabout, the addition of traffic signals, widening of the A419 southbound slip road and construction of a new northbound slip road onto the A419.

External funding has been awarded from the Department of Transport and Local Growth Fund for this scheme, while £1m will be obtained from developers’ contributions.

Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure, Transport and Planning, said: “Improving the capacity of White Hart junction is a key element of the New Eastern Villages development as we want to make sure the nearby roads and junctions are ready to facilitate an increase in traffic.

“The temporary closure of the slip road will allow our contractor to get to work on widening and improving the off-slip, moving this improvement project one step closer to completion.”White Hart slip road to be temporarily closed for next stage of £30m improvements
The next stage of improvement work at White Hart junction will see the A419 southbound exit slip road closed for seven weeks.
From Monday 12 October, motorists travelling southbound on the A419 will need to continue to the Commonhead roundabout before returning to White Hart roundabout as part of the diversion route which will be in place. The roundabout itself will remain open during this time.
This piece of work will see a retaining wall constructed to enable the slip road widening to four lanes while new drainage, kerbs, signage and lighting will also be added.
White Hart roundabout is one of several key junctions being upgraded to help mitigate the impact of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) development being built to the east of the A419.
Once completed, improvements to the junction will include an increase in the number of lanes on the roundabout, the addition of traffic signals, widening of the A419 southbound slip road and construction of a new northbound slip road onto the A419.
External funding has been awarded from the Department of Transport and Local Growth Fund for this scheme, while £1m will be obtained from developers’ contributions.
Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure, Transport and Planning, said: “Improving the capacity of White Hart junction is a key element of the New Eastern Villages development as we want to make sure the nearby roads and junctions are ready to facilitate an increase in traffic.
“The temporary closure of the slip road will allow our contractor to get to work on widening and improving the off-slip, moving this improvement project one step closer to completion.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHWORTH ADVENT WINDOW TRAIL

Local residents, Elaine Graham and Lesley Muir, are organising an Advent Window Trail for the first time in Highworth.

 For the trail, 24 houses or businesses throughout the town, with windows overlooking the road,  volunteer to decorate and illuminate their front window in a seasonal way. The windows would light up consecutively each evening from 1st to 24th of December. Once lit on their specific date the windows then remain lit between the hours of 5-9pm each evening up to and including 24th December so, by Christmas Eve, there are 24 different windows to see and enjoy as you walk the trail – a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

 If you would like to register your interest to decorate and illuminate an Advent Window please email Elaine Graham by 7th November 2020 on elaine_graham@hotmail.co.uk to receive further details and a Registration Form.

Swindon Carers Centre

Are you looking after a friend or family member?

If so the Swindon Carers Centre is here to support you.

Swindon Carers centre (SCC) is an independent charity established to support and provide help to carers in Swindon.

Are you a carer?

If you are looking after an ill, frail, or disabled family member, partner, or friend, then you are a carer. The person you look after may be elderly, have a physical or mental health condition, a learning disability or a drug or alcohol dependency (diagnosed or undiagnosed).

People often do not view themselves as carers, and as a result can miss out on the various rights, benefits and support which may help them in their role.

SCC can support carers in a number of ways.

  • Provide information
  • Signpost to other relevant organisations
  • Give one-to-one support, including assistance in accessing services
  • Welfare and benefits advice
  • Access to breaks and complementary therapies
  • Training sessions and self-help groups
  • Emergency card scheme

 

For more information or to discuss your caring role and initiate the registration process, here is how you can reach them.

Telephone: 01793 531133

Email: carers@swindoncarers.org.uk.

If you prefer you can submit a referral form online by visiting the website www.swindoncarers.org.uk

 

Our Vision:

Creating a community where carers are recognised, valued, and supported.

 

Our Mission:

To improve the wellbeing of people with caring responsibilities in and around Swindon.