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“Wanborough & Bishopstone, Liddington and Covingham residents WILL be affected" 


An appeal hearing will take place at Swindon Borough Council for the application to build some 2,600 homes at Lotmead, together with 200 in a 'Phase 1' with direct access onto the Wanborough Road. The 'land promoters' Ainscough have included in their transport summary a statement that 869 homes could use the access onto the Wanborough Road. As you can imagine the traffic generated, wishing to get to the M4 (well before the bypass road) would be devastating for Wanborough and nearby villages (as well as Covingham). It would be great to get as many residents as are available on the 7th November to turn up for the hearing to show public support. If you do plan to turn up please email my and we can get organised for the hearing - please email and I will be asking the Parish Councils to support me on this! Don't misunderstand me though - I'm fully supportive of the eventual plans to build but only when the infrastructure is ready and this is both premature and trying to take advantage of the planning system once again.


“Superfast Broadband has gone live TODAY 18th October 2017 - now available here in Wanborough & Liddington. Register at - speeds of min 24mbps guaranteed where service is provided!


Packed Village Hall in Liddington tonight - a really positive meeting organised by the Parish Council - some lovely, constructive and well organised engagement where we discussed topics including Community Speedwatch, dog fouling, Neighbourhood Plans, hig




Deeply sorry that Lord Joel Joffe passed away recently - he was a great supporter of many causes locally and the afternoon spent for the unveiling of the Hoarib elephant in the Coombe in December last year was memorable. A great man sadly missed.




“Wanborough & Bishopstone have the lowest Council tax bills in the Borough" 


With the 'Transfer of Services' every Parish in the Borough has now taken on additional services as Swindon Borough Council took the decision to Parish the remainder of the Borough. I was asked to talk to residents groups around the Borough at public meetings to explain the benefits of Parishes and I am a firm believer in keeping services local!


Having negotiated settlements with SBC for my Parishes and having obtained increased funding towards taking on the large network of public footpaths I am please to say that both Wanborough and Bishopstone are the lowest in the Borough with Liddington not much higher. Residents should see good local services for grass cutting and open spaces as well as looking after dog waste, play areas etc.


“Proud to be appointed as Chairman of Children's Health, Social Care & Education' Overview & Scrutiny Committee 2017-18


I was delighted with the appointment which covers a subject close to my interests. For parents with issues involving any of these subjects I am here to help as your Ward Councillor. Gary Sumner 


“Pumphouse Lane - Badbury”


Residents contacted me as the drainage pipes had been broken, the narrow banks of teh lane were overgrown and the wrong types of vehicles were using it!


“Problem Solved - Pumphouse Lane in Badbury"


Following months of work we have had the lane widened thanks to the farmer who owns one side of the bank. Swindon Borough Council have installed new drainage pipes, new warning markers and new signage at the lane entrance. 



Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



Tel: 01793 790814


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