Southern Connector Road: Enabling works ahead the the nesting season at the start of the construction project are detailed below and will be updated regularly. Residents will see works at both Pack Hill and Wanborough Road - all done under the watch of specialist ecologists.
Buckingham construction works this week:
22/02/21 – Traffic Management to be installed between common head roundabout and pack hill. Traffic light system with one lane access
22/02/21 to 28/02/21 – De-veg of East and West verges on pack hill between the common head roundabout and where pack hill meets the marsh. De–veg to be taken down to ground level and chipped on site.
26/02/21 or 28/02/21 – Traffic Management to be removed. Traffic Management removal dependent on progress on site. BGCL aiming for a removal date of the 26/02/21.
Ecology works this week:
Monday 22/2 – Installation of two-way lights Traffic Management to North of Pack Hill (in place between 8am and 4.30pm). Vegetation clearance with excavator and grapple, north side of Pack Hill. Operative on site undertaking minor vegetation clearance in plot 1/12 (Gary Caswell), under watching brief from our ecologist.
Tuesday 23/2 – Installation of Traffic Management to North of Pack Hill (in place between 8am and 4.30pm, potential transfer across to the south side of Pack hill) Vegetation clearance with excavator and grapple, north side of Pack Hill, potential transfer of machine to South side of Pack Hill
Wednesday 24/2 – Installation of Traffic Management to South of Pack Hill (in place between 8am and 4.30pm). Vegetation clearance with excavator, grapple and grapple saw, south side of Pack Hill
Thursday 25/2 – Installation of Traffic Management to South of Pack Hill (in place between 8am and 4.30pm). Vegetation clearance with excavator, grapple and grapple saw, south side of Pack Hill. Mulcher on site, processing arisings from all hedgerow removal works (south of Liden Brook). Potential clearance of vegetation from plot 1/12 (Gary Caswell)
Friday 26/2 - Completion of any works to North and South of Pack Hill (under Traffic management). Vegetation clearance plot 1/12 (Gary Caswell) with excavator, shear and grapple. Mulcher on site, processing arisings from all hedgerow removal works (south of Liden Brook).
We planted 4000 trees at 'Manners Wood', Pack Hill, Wanborough in the AONB in November 2018, February & November 2019
Together with the Woodland Trust, staff from Nationwide Building Society and the Landscape team at Swindon Borough Council we planted 4000 trees in land aquired by SBC alongside an existing woodland scheme in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Pack Hill, Wanborough.
Staff and pupils from Years 3&4 at Wanborough Primary were able to join us and Nationwide were good enough to lay on the coach to get them there and back safely! They were incredibly enthusiastic planters and trees were planted so quickly that more had to be brought to site! They will watch this special new woodland grow and know they helped create it in 2019.
I have arranged that there will be an opportunity for the pupils and other residents who wish to be involved to do a further planting here in November and I will update you about specific dates nearer the time.
Ridgeway Ward residents let me know if you have any questions:
Gary Sumner – your Ridgeway Ward Councillor