NEW - Ward Councillor
Wanborough Village Hall monthly
I now hold monthly WARD COUNCILLOR meetings at the Village Hall in Wanborough 9-10.30 on a Saturday morning monthly (apart from August).
Residents welcome from all parts of The Ridgeway Ward.
Diary dates if you want to call in for a chat or to discuss a concern are:
8th September, 13th October, 10th November and 8th December.
These are held on a Saturday, as I hope that will be more convenient for you and if bigger topics arrive the venue is suitable for a more ‘public meeting’ style event.
MY ROLE: The Council Leader re-shuffled the Cabinet in May and I was delighted to be asked to become the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, with responsibility for among other things the New Eastern Villages, Wichesltowe, Tadpole Garden Village and all planning and related matters in the Borough. This also includes new strategic road schemes (Junction 15 improvements, Commonhead, Southern Connector Road, White Hart etc) plus the Landscape team at Swindon (Canals, Woodlands, green spaces, new sports facilities etc) – interesting challenges!
As your Ward Councillor I remain fully able to object, or indeed to support planning applications in the Ridgeway Ward. Having lived here for many years now I have a good sense of what might be acceptable or not, but looking to the future, planning applications will come forward in all villages and around Swindon and I would just say that the first answer should not always be no! We need to ask would it benefit our village in any way – this is a bigger conversation going forward, as few homes have been built here in recent years the numbers attending our school from outside are now nearly half of all pupils and if we want village events to continue to have support we need more families moving in!
MEETINGS RESIDENTS: I do not find Parish Council meetings in Wanborough a great way to interact with residents.
With this in mind I will be holding monthly WARD COUNCILLOR meetings at the Village Hall in Wanborough 9-10.30 on a Saturday morning monthly (apart from August).
Diary dates if you want to call in for a chat or to discuss a concern will be:
14th July, 8th September, 13th October, 10th November and 8th December.
I am doing this on a Saturday, as I hope that will be more convenient for you and if bigger topics arrive the venue is suitable for a more ‘public meeting’ style event.
PLANNING – NEW EASTERN VILLAGES:
LOTMEAD APPEAL REFUSED: The Secretary of State today (13/6) dismissed both of Ainscough Strategic Land’s appeals against their proposals for two applications at Lotmead – one for 200 homes (now) and one for 2600+ to follow. Both were poor applications and the Planning team at Swindon Borough Council took the brave step to refuse the applications. Full costs were awarded to Swindon Borough Council! The site remains part of the New Eastern Villages allocation in the Local Plan and if a new application comes forward that is much better it should be approved – subject to the infrastructure and other requirements being met.
If residents have any questions or need to reach me, please call me on 790814 or email: email@example.com for the quickest response.
Ridgeway Ward issues are updated on my website www.ridgewayvillages.co.uk
Outline Planning Consent was granted tonight at Planning Committee for a development of 370 homes and a 2 form of entry Primary School and Convenience Store at Redlands in Wanborough.
The area was allocated for housing within the Local Plan and despite much opposition from both residents and the Parish Council (and myself) I found myself making the proposal to Grant permission at tonight's meeting.
I have secured some important concessions as the development will have automatic traffic counters to detect traffic coming from the development via Wanborough and in the event that the extremely low suggestion of vehicle movements is exceeded, then traffic measures including a permanent 'no left turn' to Wanborough from Redlands may be implemented.
It was also agreed that I (as Ward Councillor) will work with the Head of Planning & the Cabinet Member for Housing (as well as my fellow Covingham Councillors) on the drainage strategy to deal with the watercourses between development blocks in an effort to stop flooding.
Finally and again with the Head of Planning & Cabinet Member the Heads of Terms for the Section 106 contributions will include implementation of traffic calming measures within our village to further deter rat running.
The Wanborough Road will be traffic calmed and narrowed and a footway/cycle path to Covingham will be created (the Wanborough section before first occupation on site. All of the finer details will be decided in the Reserved Matters application later and the development will NOT proceed until Thames Water can deliver both a water supply and take away sewage - both of which are at least 2-3 years away.
What cannot be stopped should be welcomed! If the place-making and design are good enough (and there is a lot of work to do to make this better) and if the impact on Wanborough village is diminished then in a few years time this will become a new community in itself.