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A big turn-out at Wanborough Village Hall last night for a meeting of the South Swindon Protection Group representing residents opposed to the proposal for development on farmland at Inlands Farm.


The proposal is for an industrial style development comprising a distribution warehouse with some manufacturing facilities - (plus later phases without significant detail) all within the ‘Area of Non-Coalescence’ - which was designated in the SBC Local Plan to prevent Wanborough from ‘coalescing’ with the urban area and also within the ‘protected setting’ of the North Wessex Downs Area of Ooutstanding Natural Beauty.


At the meeting we were joined by both Robert Buckland and Sarah Church (our Parliamentary candidates) who both reassured residents that they are both passionately opposed to this location for industrial developments.


Whilst we are all very supportive of the applicant ‘Wasdell’ in finding a suitable location, we are all convinced that the very special location here is very wrong for this type of development.


The application has an ‘extension of time’ to end of February 2020 to supply additional information.


As your Ward Councillor I will update residents when new information is made available.


Gary Sumner – your Ridgeway Ward Councillor





The final £19m required to deliver the Southern Connector Road was secured on Friday 1st November thanks to Robert Buckland MP who has championed this essential project as necessary to deliver homes but also to prevent rat running & traffic in Wanborough, Bishopstone, Liddington and Covingham, as well as a host of other areas.


This single carriageway Highway will include cycle and pedestrian routes from The New Eastern Villages (NEV) at the Wanborough Road to Commonhead Roundabout. This new highway will eventually take about 1/3rd of the residential traffic from the NEV but delivered ahead of development will be transformational for the surrounding areas.


This is a fantastic benefit for our residents!


Ridgeway Ward residents let me know if you have any questions:


Gary Sumner – your Ridgeway Ward Councillor





An election has been called and Robert Buckland QC MP has been re-selected as the Conservative candidate for South Swindon.


Robert is an incredibly hard-working MP for us in South Swindon and having two Conservative MP’s in Swindon is incredible.


Robert is the Minister for Justice & Lord Chancellor and in his role he has been able to champion the case for investment in Swindon.


Increased money for schools, substantial sums for the NHS Great Western Hospital and over £100m for new roads and infrastructure required to mitigate the growth of Swindon.


Without Robert in the role we would achieve far less. When we had a Labour MP and a Labour Government we ended up with borrowed money for a smaller hospital and all the MP was interested in was building more council houses in the countryside.


We’re building new homes including 30% affordable - but thanks to the Conservative Administration at SBC and Robert Buckland - we are building infrastructure before homes.


I am the Councillor for the Ridgeway Ward but also a Conservative - I am convinced that Robert as our MP is something we cannot afford to change and he cares so much about this area and the people who live here.


Please continue to support Robert Buckland.


Ridgeway Ward residents let me know if you have any questions:


Gary Sumner – your Ridgeway Ward Councillor




Tree Planting at Manners Wood, Pack Hill, Wanborough – 5th November:

We will be planting the final 1,000 trees next week at Pack Hill with the Woodland Trust, Nationwide Building Society employees and

Wanborough Primary School.


I’m inviting residents who might want to help?


In order to coordinate numbers, I need to know in advance if you would like to come so that I can arrange meeting times and sufficient Woodland Trust staff.


We may also do some wild-flower planting and jobs in the existing ‘maturing’ woodland next door.


Please call or email me THIS WEEK.


Gary Sumner

– your Ridgeway Ward Councillor




The controversial Inlands Farm (Swindon Science Park) planning application has been granted an extension of time to Feb 2020


An extension of time for the Inlands Farm planning application for a Science Park (including light industrial uses) has been granted to the end of February 2020 to allow the applicants to submit additional information on which there will be public consultation.


When the additional information is submitted residents and interested parties will be updated.


Gary Sumner

– your Ridgeway Ward Councillor





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