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Casterbridge Road Traffic Regulation Order – Double Yellow Lines

Back in July 2019 Cllrs Faramarzi, Davies and I wrote to residents following ongoing complaints about parking on a section of Casterbridge Road.

Following this consultation, and the majority in support, the scheme has now progressed to final consultation on the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

Copies of this are being sent to residents in the area.

This is the final opportunity to share your views.

If approved the scheme as outlined in the image will go ahead.

If you would like to submit feedback you can do so to vmanro2@swindon.gov.uk

Calls for even more action to tackle speeding on Thamesdown Drive

“Speeding along Thamesdown Drive and other roads is something which concerns many residents in Priory Vale and surrounding areas, myself included. 

In the summer of 2019 Swindon Borough Council Highways undertook some traffic monitoring following Councillors requests and in response to residents concerns.

I recall discussing some of the police enforcement action from 2019, and was surprised at the high percentage of those stopped for speeding being local residents from Priory Vale, St Andrews, Haydon Wick, Blunsdon. 

The results highlighted a low percentage of issues, given the high traffic volume which uses the road daily. However, it did bring about some changes to traffic light timings to assist with improved traffic flow.

I continue to work with PCC Angus MacPherson and Wiltshire Police to push for proportionate responses to speeding and red light jumping on Thamesdown Drive.

Our local officers in North Swindon and the Traffic Team are doing a fantastic job to address concerns. I fully support the increased enforcement on Thamesdown Drive.”


Post Office cash delivery offer is not a hoax, confirms Swindon councillor

An offer to deliver cash to vulnerable people who have to totally shield themselves is genuine, a Swindon councillor has confirmed.

The Department of Work and Pensions has contacted a number of people, mainly elderly or vulnerable, telling them the Post Office can make deliveries of cash to its card account customers who are in quarantine – about 27,000 people in England.

Account holders are being contacted by the DWP and can arrange for their pensions or benefits to be delivered by post the next day.

With fraudsters reportedly trying to take advantage of the lockdown crisis, a number of Priory Vale residents contacted their councillor Vinay Manro.

Coun Manro said he had checked and it is a genuine offer.

He said: “Vulnerable Post Office customers who need to shield during Covid-19 pandemic can have their pensions and benefits payments delivered in cash to their homes.

“Thank you for the Post Office, our local postmasters, and their teams for their continued hard work to support our communities”


New electric vehicle charging points to be install at Orbital Shopping Park.

British Land are planning to install some additional electric vehicle charging points over at Orbital Shopping Park.

2 units (4 vehicles) in the top corner of the soon to be Lidl side of the car park, near to McDonalds.

2 units (4 vehicles) in the top corner of the car park opposite Next, by the disabled bays.

3 units (6 vehicles) in the rear car park (customer services hub and gym), by the existing disabled and motorcycle bays.

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Haydon Farm proposed development refused by planning department S/19/0625

Earlier this year an application for planning was submitted to build homes and offices on part of Haydon End Farm, which is sited between Haydon End Lane, and Casterbridge Road/Lucetta Rise.

The proposed development was for 12 new homes and 2 office units (converting the old barn).

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Having looked at the plans and spoken with local residents, questions and objections were raised.

My comments can be seen in the attached images, along with some of the plans.

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The full plans can be seen  https://pa1.swindon.gov.uk/publicaccess/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PQF5UHPTG2G00

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Now I am glad to see this planning application has been rejected. However, I do not wish to see this land left empty forever, as the farm is no longer operational, it is a good location for houses, whilst keeping a good proportion of green space, the designs must be high quality and sustainable. They should fit with the existing surrounding homes.

I am certain we will see a future planning application for this land, at which point I will once again engage to ensure it meetings planning regulations and fits with the area.

Litter fears raised after bin is removed from bus stop in Haydon Wick

A resident contacted the Swindon Advertiser about a recently removed bin yesterday. The journalist got in touch to ask for my side of the story.

Haydon wick parish council is currently undertaking a bin review across the parish. Some bins are in a state of disrepair, some are too close together and some too far apart.

Part of the review is rationalising the 200+ dog waste bins across the parish, as dog waste is no longer classified as hazardous, so can be placed in a normal bin. We have many locations where a dog waste bin is right next to a normal waste bin, or in very close proximity.

I think this message has not been widely advertised so the parish have been making use of social media to inform our residents that dog waste can be placed in a normal bin, provided it is bagged.

Any bin that is removed is done so on the basis there is another within a few mins walking distance.

Haydon wick parish inspect all 200+ bins daily and they are emptied as required.The daily inspections have played a big part in rationalising the bins in the parish.

The plan is to reduce the number plastic bin bags, and also a lot of stopping and starting of the vans as they are inspected or emptied. This is just a part of the parish reducing its carbon footprint.

Another part of the inspections has shown we need to look at bins with no cover, and look at replacing those with newer ones with lids.


Swindon Advertiser quoting me in regards to a residents planning application, but not quoting directly

I was quoted in the Swindon Advertiser today. It would have been nice if they actually quoted, even partially, what I wrote, or even called to speak with me.

My full comments can be seen published on the public planning portal: https://pa1.swindon.gov.uk/publicacc…/applicationDetails.do…

“I write in reference to planning app S/LDP/19/1756 35 Voyager Drive.

I would like to register the following comments.

Voyager Drive and Apollo Close have limited parking.

Voyager Drive itself is a main through road to other parts of Oakhurst. Parking on this road is not easy and causes issues for passing traffic.

Apollo Close is a narrow and short cul-de-sac. It provides access to a few Voyager Drive residents parking and garages, along with Apollo Close residents.

Having spoken with the residents their plan is to create 2/3 parking spaces in the indicated area on their property, in order to reduce the need for the family to have to park on Voyager Drive or Apollo Close. This will compliment the 2 existing parking spaces the resident has, and make more space available road side to other neighboring residents.

The resident will try to keep some of the more mature green foliage along 2 sides of the area. This is important as we are losing too much green space to development.

I have spoken with some residents in the area and the general view is it will help the parking situation.

I do have the following questions:

Is a dropped curb required to correctly designate this as an off road parking? This could be important in future if there were enforcement action required due to access being blocked.

I would like to see some of the green space retained. I appreciate this is not public land, but when built it was designated as green space on their plot. Can a condition be placed that a percentage of the land remains green space?

I would like to see access to the parking spaces be located so it has minimal impact on others who may need to park road side.

I have attached an image with my thoughts on how best to implement, with minimal impact on other residents, whilst maintaining some green space.

Overall I am in support of the application and see no reason why we should not grant a certificate, provided it meets planning requirements.”


High Commission India have agreed to arrange a Consular camp in Swindon on 2nd Feb 2020.

High Commission India have agreed to arrange a Consular camp in Swindon on 2nd Feb 2020.

If you wish to arrange a visa or OCI then please do make your applications and email me to book a slot for the 2nd Feb. You do not need to book a slot in London during the application process. You will be able to visit HCI staff at Swindon Borough Council Civic Offices to submit your application.

Appointments must be booked and confirmed in advance vmanro2@swindon.gov.uk

Please share this with friends and family in Swindon and surrounding areas. Thanks

Apollo Close, Oakhurst damaged curb stone to be replaced

A resident has contacted me regarding this curb stone on the footpath after seeing another post of mine.


The resident struggles to cross on his mobility scooter with the curb stone as it is. It has been reported, and will be scheduled in for repair/replacement.

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Xmas 2019 Household Recycling Centre

Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

The Centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day this year. The HWRC is open from 8am until 4pm every day except Wednesday (closed all day).

If you do plan to visit, then check the webcam to see what the queues are like before leaving.