We want faster broadband for the villages!


And this is our best chance of achieving it!





Robert Buckland MP & Cllr Gary Sumner have been working to help meet the need for fast and reliable broadband in all communities and this has become particularly important during the Covid lock-down with people working from home and children being educated at home – as well as the other uses for broadband for leisure.

Robert and Gary initially met Openreach in late April and they met again on the 18th May with the Rural Engagement Manager at Openreach.

Gary Sumner has long championed faster broadband for Wanborough, Liddington, Bishopstone & Hinton Parva and Badbury.


Local Councillors including Cathy Martyn & Brian Ford in Wroughton, Jenny Jeffries and Brian Mattock in Chiseldon have identified the problems their residents and businesses are experiencing and have requested the scheme for their wards.


Openreach have agreed to cost out the Fibre provision for all the above areas and this study is now underway.


The DCMS Gigabit Broadband Scheme is aimed at supporting the cost of provision of Gigabit capable broadband to homes and businesses in rural areas when part of a group scheme.


Once we have the initial package costed for each area we can reach out to businesses and residents who may be interested. Gigabit capable broadband also supports symmetrical connections meaning that upload and download speeds can be the same.


There is no need for residents to register for the scheme at this stage as the study areas have already been requested by us.



The Southern Connector Road - is effectively a bypass for Wanborough to allow an estimated 1/3rd of the traffic from the 8,000 home 'New Eastern Villages' develoment to get to Commonhead roundabout and the M4 without connecting via Wanborough.


Looking back at my election leaflet in 2016,

I promised to help deliver this 'bypass' - three years later in 2019 it looks like I will have achieved that promise with construction due to start Winter 2020 and complete Summer of 2022.. 


As the Ridgeway Ward Councillor I know this is a fantastic help in minimising 'rat running'. I am now also the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and I also recognised that this is a great advantage in bringing forward development. 


This is a £30m road to be delivered at no cost to Swindon residents.



I've worked with Community Speedwatch and the Parish Council in Liddington to deal with speeding motorists and last summer I arranged a meeting with an SBC Highways manager & Parish Councillors (ironically on a July morning when the M4 was closed due to an accident)! 


We discussed crossing safety, speeds and signage and the potential location for Parish Council funded flashing speed signs.


The Parish Council agreed to fund a movable speed camera / sign and the Borough Council Highways officers agreed suitable locations.


I'm delighted in 2020 this is now in place!


Traffic around Wanborough Primary School - July 2019: 

I arranged for officers from the Highways team to meet representatives from the school to discuss how parking and road safety might be improved. The meeting came up with a number of options which will be developed further.



Village Clean-Ups:


I work with residents on Village Clean-ups - the Ridgeway team also work independently: 


We cleaned graffiti from road signs and swept the path on the B4192 as well as clearing grass & leaves.


Looked great afterwards!


In 2016:

- a special 'Ridgeway Transport to school area' was created following my campaign

- this service continues: 


I re-affirmed in July 2019 that the availability of school buses (at cost) will continue for pupils in the 'Ridgeway Transport to school area'.





Cllr Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



Tel: 01793 790814


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