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I recently joined Liddington Parish Council’s Community Speed-watch Group and completed my training at police HQ in Devizes. I look forward to helping ensure that both residents and drivers passing through are mindful of the speed limits. More volunteers are always really helpful in sharing the load and the same applies to Wanborough.


I met with Thames Water to discuss water and sewage infrastructure for the New Eastern Villages (NEV) development and it was again disappointing to note that they still have modelling to do (for which they are awaiting contributions from the land-owners/developers) and once this is done they will commence plans. Again we are at least two years away from any new supplies and a massive amount of work would have to be undertaken to supply the Southern parts of the NEV November such as Redlands.


I am working with the delivery team at Swindon Borough Council on the £10m project to improve Junction 15 (M4) and whilst I am keen to see it happen I also want to make sure that Badbury and Liddington residents don’t see increased ‘rat running’ when cars queue on the Marlborough Road and decide to cut through Badbury. I have a plan to see this stopped whilst the work is carried out (later in 2018/2019).


SHELAA Housing & Employment sites: Swindon Borough Council requested that land owners / developers come forward with potential sites for housing and employment land – this was due to come to Parishes in November however the site assessments were not done and I asked SBC that the consultation be delayed until they are fully assessed – there I no point worrying residents with what ‘might’ happen near to their home or village when it may not even be a remote possibility.


Southern Connector Road: An indicative ‘preferred route’ is now published and SBC are looking for comments. This should be a positive benefit for residents as it will form a ‘bypass’ for traffic from the new 8-10,000 home development – HOWEVER – the road is currently planned as a single carriageway which I think is a mistake and it should be built as a dual carriageway. If the road does not have the capacity required then traffic will still ‘rat run’ through our villages. Please support me on this and send comments by email to – in West Swindon they regret daily that Thamesdown Drive just stops! 


RESIDENTS ISSUES: If residents have any village or Ward related issues please come to me directly – there is not a great opportunity to interact at Parish meetings and I’m always happy to take a call or your email and I will do my very best to help.


“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!


“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.


Packed Village Hall in Liddington 4th October - 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, highways 


“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 but fondly remembered.


“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



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