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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.”

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18126911.planning-approved-refused-applied-swindon-week/?fbclid=IwAR0kEIRUyEgV23HsTw4Of2VfcXxQJeTKQV6uQTnEeGrz1Rd1CUlUkNPaok8


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.

https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20015/bins_rubbish_and_recycling/519/check_the_queues_on_the_tip_webcam?fbclid=IwAR3EArcwp8wgjS4pzTMgN7mK5GBLAxU9oM1G3A0k6iL4SoaKnPE5KzRzOmE


Extra Recycling collections Swindon

From Monday, 16 December to Friday, 31 January the Council’s recycling crews will be collecting additional recycling, providing it is sorted correctly and presented in sturdy containers. The containers do not have to be Swindon Borough Council branded.

Additional recycling must be sorted by grouping paper and card recycling together and grouping glass and metal recycling together.

Your additional recyclable materials may be collected by a second vehicle at a different time. Please note we will not be collecting additional non-recyclable waste.

https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20015/bins_rubbish_and_recycling/138/recycling_guide/6?fbclid=IwAR0ZDrmQdI_lQUSNxB2556oIFRZ3E0hxUr2L3XOKjGS_h2TrvJKlLCmz0o0



Creating a sanctuary for Great Crested Newts at Mouldon Hill, Priory Vale.

Last night I attended the Council’s Cabinet meeting to be involved in discussions.

🏗️ Shrinking the Town Centre shopping area.
🚗 Reducing traffic on Oxford Road.
🌳 Increasing tree coverage across Swindon.
💶 Investing in phase 2 of The Carriageworks.
🌍 Creating a sanctuary for Great Crested Newts at Mouldon Hill, which is in my ward Priory Vale.

We are working hard to improve things for all across Swindon, but I am particularly delighted to see the sanctuary for Great Crested Newts, the protection of green space within Priory Vale, and that we can achieve this with grant funding.

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