Notices

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: www.swindon.gov.uk/localplanreview.  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 forwardplanning@swindon.gov.uk 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.

SECTION 14 – THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE – EASTROP, HIGHWORTH

PUBLIC NOTICE

SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL

SECTION 14 – THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE – EASTROP, HIGHWORTH

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

 

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 swindon.gov.uk/recycling.

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 sustainableswindon.co.uk.

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.

 

 

D. C. LANE
TOWN CLERK

 

 

 

 

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%

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Expert advice available for budding family historians at Central Library

A team of experienced researchers will be on hand at Central Library to help people interested in tracing their family roots.

The free drop-in session, which is being run by volunteers from the Swindon branch of the Wiltshire Family History Society and Swindon Libraries, will take place next Monday (25 Feb) between 2pm and 4pm and is the latest in a series of family history workshops being held at the Regent Circus library.

Anyone is welcome to attend, from complete beginners inspired by the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? to more experienced genealogists who may appreciate a fresh perspective.

The volunteer researchers will help people trace the story of their ancestors with the help of the library’s Local Studies team.

There is no need to book and anyone interested in attending can pop along any time between 2pm and 4pm to the Local Studies section on Floor 2 of Central Library.

For more information contact Central Library on (01793) 463238 or email: localstudies@swindon.gov.uk.

 

Council publishes updated strategic land assessment

An updated list of sites which have the potential for development within Swindon has just been published.

The Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment 2019 (SHELAA) is now available on Swindon Borough Council’s website and will be used to help inform the preparation of the Council’s Local Plan Review. It can also be used by parishes to help produce their own Neighbourhood Plans.

The SHELAA only identifies sites with potential for future development and does not allocate sites to be developed.

Several sites were taken out of the original SHELAA list following feedback from local residents because they would constitute major development in an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) or would significantly impact on the urban green corridors and the quality of open space.

Local people were asked for their views on the SHELAA during a six-week consultation period at the end of last year. A total of more than 1,000 comments were made, while two petitions were also submitted to the Council.

The allocation of sites for future development will take place in the Local Plan review or in any locally produced Neighbourhood Plans.

Sites included in the SHELAA will not necessarily be granted planning permission and all applications will continue to be considered against national policies, the Council’s Development Plan and any other relevant material considerations.

Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this SHELAA process as it will play an important role in shaping our draft Local Plan in the summer.

“We listened to what local residents had to say and removed those sites where we felt potential development would have an adverse impact on green open spaces, green corridors and the AONB.

“Even though sites have been identified as part of the SHELAA, it does not mean the Council will grant planning permission for development on those sites as other planning and environmental policy considerations will also be taken into account.”

Members of the public can view the updated SHELAA list at: www.swindon.gov.uk/shelaa.

Any comments on the SHELAA will be considered in the draft Local Plan which is anticipated will go out to consultation in the summer.

Views sought for Swindon Borough Council’s plans to end rough sleeping

Members of the public are being encouraged to give their views on Swindon Borough Council’s ambitious plans to tackle rough sleeping.

 

The new draft Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy sets out the Council’s vision and plans for reducing rough sleeping over the next three years.

 

The strategy focuses on three key areas: prevention, intervention and recovery, and seeks to ensure that nobody arrives on the street and that nobody returns to the street.

 

The priorities contained in the strategy include providing a rapid joined-up response to help people who are already sleeping rough, offering outreach services to people with complex health needs and developing a range of accommodation options tailored to meet individual needs.

 

Councillor Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Safety, said: “We are committed to reducing the numbers of rough sleepers in Swindon and this strategy is an important tool for achieving that.

 

“From providing emergency accommodation to everyone who needs it to opening a new day care centre to provide services to homeless people, this Council already offers a lot of support to rough sleepers and this critical document acts as a public declaration that outlines our mission.

 

“I would urge people to submit comments before the deadline at the end of January and they will be taken into account before the strategy is finalised.”

 

To further help the Council achieve its aim of reducing the numbers of rough sleepers in Swindon, the authority will work closely with institutions such as prisons, young offender institutions, hospitals and the armed forces to ensure people have sustainable plans in place before they leave, and thus do not end up homeless.

 

Every year, the Council spends £1.4m providing support and accommodation to people experiencing housing difficulties.

 

In late 2018, the Council launched the Temporary Winter Housing Provision scheme which proved so successful last year. The programme sees an identified group of rough sleepers given accommodation and close personal support with the aim of getting them into permanent accommodation.

 

This year, the scheme comes with the opening of a new day centre, run by Swindon Night Shelter, which provides vital support services to rough sleepers in Swindon.

 

The consultation runs until Thursday, 31 January 2019 and the results and comments will be collated.

 

To view the strategy and submit a comment, log on to https://bit.ly/2Fcwcx8.

A361 TTRO Notice – Temporary Speed Restriction

PUBLIC NOTICE

SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL

SECTION 14 – THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

TEMPORARY SPEED RESTRICTION

A361 LECHLADE ROAD, HIGHWORTH, SWINDON

This Order is being introduced to allow development and will impose a 30 mph speed limit on the A361 Lechlade Road from the Blackworth Roundabout for a distance of approx 225 metres .  The speed restriction is to be indicated by signs.

The Order will come into force on the 14 January 2019 for 18 months or until works have been completed, whichever is sooner.

Highways and Transport Services

14 December 2018

 

For further information regarding this Order please contact the Street Works on: (01793) 466401 (direct line) quoting reference TTRO 2991

 

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.