Walcot & Park North Councillors Abdul Amin, Steve Allsopp and Emma Bushell
Last updated 12/01/2017 by Abdul Amin

Queens Drive To Benefit From Multi-Million Pound Regeneration Project

A major gateway into Swindon will benefit from a £23m regeneration project and building could start in 12 months’ time.

Under the plans, 122 non-traditionally built council homes will be demolished and replaced with 160 new modern properties along Queens Drive. The proposed regeneration sites include sheltered housing accommodation George Gay Gardens, the area south of Wolsely Road and St Ives Court on Tyneham Road and would be included in three phases.

Swindon Council Civic Offices
Last updated 10/01/2017 by Abdul Amin

Postcode Checker Now Online To Help Residents Identify Their Parish Area

Households in Swindon can now check what parish council area they will live in, thanks to a new postcode checker on the Council’s website.

Last month, the Council decided to create four new parish councils in Swindon, which will mean that 64,000 additional properties will be incorporated within a parished area for the first time.

Residents can find out which parished area they live in by using the postcode checker at: www.swindon.gov.uk/parishes

Last updated 10/01/2017 by Nadine Watts

Geoconservation Work in Old Town - volunteers wanted

Work will be carried out to clear weeds from selected small areas so the rocks are visible again on Old Town Railway cutting (SSSI) on Sunday 5 February at 10:00 and Saturday 25 February at 10:00.

Meet at bottom of steps from Bowling Green Lane.

Please see the attached poster for more information or contact Dick Millard on dick.millard@btinternet.com

Swindon Council Civic Offices
Last updated 08/01/2017 by South Swindon Labour

Swindon Council Faces Budget Blackhole following Government New Homes Bonus Announcement

Swindon Council could face losing up to £7m of government funding in a matter of a few years, following the government’s announcement in their local government finance settlement that future New Homes Bonus money will be dependent on local authorities delivering enough new homes or that too many housing development applications aren’t dependent on being granted through planning appeal.

Bus in Swindon
Last updated 08/01/2017 by Emma Bushell

Major Changes to local Bus Routes for 2017

Thamesdown Transport has announced major changes to bus timetables which will affect routes to Walcot and Park North .
The changes take affect from January 8 2017
Service 17 Park North to Penhill will be increased to every 7/8 minutes
Service 18 Park South to Fleming Way will be withdrawn and replaced by 19/19A.
Service 2 to Walcot East continues unchanged.
There are also changes to buses to GWH Hospital.
Service 1/1A and 16 will be combined to provide ten minute service to GWH

Oasis Leisure Centre
Last updated 08/01/2017 by South Swindon Labour

Council End North Star Development Agreement with Moirai

Swindon Borough Council has served notice of its intention to end a development agreement with Moirai Capital Investments Limited. The Council took the decision after proposals by Moirai to transform the area with more than £100m of investment has stalled until way past the time they were expected to meet their development targets.  

Swindon Council Civic Offices
Last updated 08/01/2017 by South Swindon Labour

Tory Cabinet Plan on Spending up to £50m of Borrowed Money without Public Scrutiny

Swindon Council’s Tory Cabinet for Finance has proposed at the Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday 7th December to be able to invest up to £50m of borrowed money on Council priority schemes without any accountability from the public, councillors or even members of his own Cabinet. This proposal is described as the Council’s “Commercial Investment Strategy”.

Swindon Council Civic Offices
Last updated 08/01/2017 by South Swindon Labour

Swindon Council Waste Taxpayers Money in School Truancy Court Case

Swindon Council has failed in its attempt to take three Swindon families to court for taking their child out of school during school term time. The children in these cases had a high attendance rate and in one case a family had taken a child out of school for only four and a half days

The families were prosecuted and were ordered to pay a fine by Swindon Borough Council but were cleared at the Salisbury Magistrates’ Court.

Swindon Council will now have to pay for the cost of the court case which will be in the thousands of pounds.

Councillors Derique Montaut, Chris Watts, and Fay Howard
Last updated 24/12/2016 by South Swindon Labour

Liden & Eldene Councillors Call For Removal from Nythe Parish

 Liden & Eldene Councillors, Chris Watts, Fay Howard and Derique Montaut, has called on Swindon Borough Council to reverse its decision to place Eldene and Liden in to the current Nythe Parish. Their calls have come following information being discovered about problems Nythe Parish Council has faced.

South Swindon Labour campaigners at Park Library
Last updated 24/12/2016 by South Swindon Labour

Park Library Saved

You Did it!

Thank you to all of you across Parks and beyond who joined the forum and Save Swindon Libraies campaign. The Council has confirmed that Parks library will remain funded by the council.  A huge victory to us all who care passionately for our library service and the communities in which we live.

The hours will be reduced to just 15 but at a time when many, including Liden are being closed, this is good news for Parks.

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