Notice of Carriageway Patching: High Street Highworth

Essential carriageway patching work is programmed in the High Street Highworth on Wednesday 19th February 2020.

In order to carry out the works, it will be necessary to prevent vehicles from parking in this street from 08:00hrs to approximately 15:00hrs; parking in the Market Square will not be affected. It is our intention to allow vehicles to pass through the High Street, but progress may be delayed by the ongoing work.

Advanced signage will be placed on the road as soon as possible and on the day before the work, ‘No Parking’ signs and cones will be placed on the road.

Views sought on future coffee shop provision at Swindon Central Library


The future of the coffee shop space inside Central Library is the subject of a consultation which opened 6 Jan.

The former coffee shop in the Regent Circus library closed just before Christmas following a reorganisation of the Council’s in-house catering arrangements.

But now library users and the wider public are being asked by Swindon Libraries and Information Service what they would like to see replace it.

The consultation will be open until Friday, 31 January.

After the feedback from users has been collated, the library service will invite expressions of interest from the market to run the coffee shop facility. It is hoped a new coffee shop provision could open in the spring.

Councillor Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, said: “Although the former library coffee shop was much loved by some of our library users, it wasn’t used by enough people to make it cost-effective. We therefore need to make sure we have the right provision in place that will appeal to more people so it remains financially sustainable.

“This is why we are really keen to find out what local people want as we can ensure that any new services meet people’s needs. We want to hear from as many people as possible so we have a wide cross section of views, so if you can spare a few minutes please fill in the survey and tell us what you think.”

The consultation is available online at: and paper copies will be available inside Central Library.

Important changes to your waste and recycling Christmas and New Year collections

Important changes to your waste and recycling Christmas and New Year collections

Households in Swindon are being reminded about some important changes to waste and recycling collections over the festive period.
There will be no waste and recycling collections on Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December 2019) or Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December 2019) and residents are advised to put their waste and recycling out by 6.30am on Monday, 23 December 2019 and leave it out until it is collected. The crews are expected to have cleared all the waste by Saturday, 28 December 2019.
Waste and recycling crews will be working as normal on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, 1 January 2020) so there are no changes to this collection day.
If a resident is on the food waste trial and their food waste is due to be collected on Christmas Day their revised collection date will be Tuesday, 24 December 2019. Food waste collections due on Boxing Day will be collected on Friday, 27 December 2019. Food waste collections due on New Year’s Day will be collected on Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Residents on the food waste trial are reminded not to dispose of any bones from meat, poultry or fish in their caddies. Bones aren’t recyclable and must be put in the black wheelie bin/blue bag.
There will be no blue bag collections on Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December 2019) and residents are advised to put their waste out by 6.30am on New Year’s Day. Those whose usual blue bag collection day falls on Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December 2019) are advised to put their blue bags out by 6.30am on Thursday, 2 January 2020. Both days will receive a double collection of up to four bags.
Clinical waste collections due to be collected on Christmas Day will be collected on Friday, 27 December 2019. Residents with regular scheduled collections will be given advance notice of changes.
All residents who are affected by the changes in collections will be notified in advance.
Garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks between Monday, 23 December 2019 and Friday, 3 January 2020 as per the service terms and conditions. Collections will resume on Monday, 6 January 2020.
Real (not artificial) Christmas trees will be collected between Monday, 6 January 2020 and Saturday, 1 February 2020. Christmas trees must be visible from the road with all decorations and lighting removed. Larger Christmas trees must be cut down into manageable pieces.
From Monday, 16 December 2019 to Friday, 31 January 2020 the recycling crews will be collecting additional recycling, providing it is presented in sturdy containers. Excess cardboard must be broken down into manageable pieces and bundled neatly next to recycling boxes ready for collection.
Additional recycling may be collected by a second vehicle at a different time. The crews will not be collecting additional non-recyclable waste.
Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, said: “Christmas is a busy time for our crews, they work tirelessly over the festive period to collect Swindon’s waste and recycling and provide additional Christmas services to help residents recycle as much as possible.
“In order to ensure our crews receive a well-deserved break, some of our collection days will change over the festive period, however revised collection days have been put in place.

“If you see the crews out and about this holidays make sure to give them a wave and spread the Christmas cheer.”
For more information on Christmas and New Year waste and recycling services please visit


CONSULTATION on Local Plan and how it affects Highworth


A copy of the draft Local Plan can be found at: and people can submit their comments via: or by e-mail to


Public to be asked for their views on updated Local Plan.

An important consultation which will shape and guide future housebuilding in Swindon over the next 20 years will open tomorrow (17 Dec).

Local people will be asked for their views on the Draft Local Plan Review, which sets out where 20,450 homes could be built in the Borough up to 2036.

The six-week consultation, which was approved by the Council’s Cabinet earlier this month, follows a similar exercise last summer where people were asked for their views on the preferred and ‘emerging’ options for the Local Plan. At that time more than a thousand comments were received from around 400 individuals and organisations.

A large proportion of the 20,450 homes required over the next 20 years are already in the pipeline within large-scale new communities allocated for development in the current Local Plan, including the New Eastern Villages, Wichelstowe and Kingsdown. More than £100m has also been secured from the Government to invest in major road improvements before the houses have been built.

In order to reach the required housing target and, following the consultation earlier this year, a number of urban housing sites have been added to the draft Local Plan including land at the former Stratton Education Centre, Moredon Recreation Ground, the former Windmill Hill School and at North Star House.

In addition, a number of sites have been identified for future housing growth outside of the Swindon Urban Area in Highworth, Wroughton and other Swindon villages.

By identifying a range of sites in a large number of locations, the draft strategy supports a wider range of builders and diversifies the development of sites in the Borough. It is likely to encourage an increase in housebuilding in the short-term supporting the Council’s ability to maintain a five-year housing supply.

The large number of sites in the strategy reduces the risk of making existing congestion and air quality worse, while also reduces the need for significant new infrastructure.

The proposed employment land identified in the draft Local Plan includes 1.52 hectares at the historic former GWR Carriage Works in the Town Centre, land north of Barnfield Close and 1.7 hectares at the former Groundwell Park and Ride.

In light of comments from last summer’s consultation, an existing policy with clear links to how the Plan is meeting the climate change challenge will be reinstated. The safeguarded route for the canal through the Town Centre has been retained and an enhanced heritage policy to reflect the newly-created Heritage Action Zone in the Railway Village has been added.

Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “The importance of having an up-to-date Local Plan cannot be underestimated as it helps us to plan Swindon’s growth in a targeted way.

“A large proportion of the homes we have to build as part of the targets set by government have already been identified in major developments such as the New Eastern Villages and Wichelstowe.

“This new draft Local Plan would see houses built across the Borough on smaller sites within existing communities, reducing the need for major new infrastructure and encouraging developers to start building in the short term. This will help us to maintain our five-year land supply and help us ward off unwanted development.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in our consultation earlier on this year because their feedback was really important in helping us shape this draft Local Plan. But the process is still not finished and it is equally important that we hear the views of local people on this latest stage of the process before we submit the final Local Plan for examination next year.”

Members of the public have until 31 January 2020 to give their views on the draft Local Plan.



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


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

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.