Devastating news for staff and #swindon about Better (GLL) giving notice to close Oasis Leisure Centre Swindon after significant losses due to covid. The landlord must find an alternative operator at the earliest opportunity, despite these difficult pandemic times.
All other Better (GLL) leisure centres are run directly for Swindon Borough Council and that should not be confused or combined with #oasis, which is separate. Last month, Swindon Conservative Councillors cabinet approved more than £400k of capital improvements to Dorcan, Haydonwick and Croft centres.
More Roadworks (well Footpath works this time), but very good news for Lavinia Walk (Taw Hill) residents.
For some years now Lavinia walk footpath has been showing signs of poor maintenance and disrepair. Since I was elected I have been applying some pressure on Taylor Wimpey (the original developer) to resolve these issues. Following some lengthy discussions and meetings, Taylor Wimpey has agreed on a scheme of works with Swindon Borough Council and will be starting on the 16th November on one side of Lavinia Walk (see highlighted area in blue on map), and should be completed by the 2nd week of December.
The other side of Lavinia Walk still has some approvals needed on the proposed scheme of works and all being well a schedule will follow the first round of works.
Once the works are completed to the required standard Swindon Borough Council can look to progress the formal highways adoption process with Taylor Wimpey.
I know some of these works will be an inconvenience as many of you are working from home, but I am also very conscious that you have been living and using these paths daily for some years in a bad state.
If you have any concerns please do let me know.
–Taylor Wimpey notice: It is proposed that a narrow footpath will be retained in front of the properties so that both you, the post man, and any other deliveries can still reach your property. This will be fenced off from the remaining area. (If you live in the surrounding area, I ask that you avoid this area for a few weeks, and take one of the other links between Melstock Road and Dydale Road if you need to pass from one to the other.) The works to the outer part of the path will be completed along with some drainage works within the cordoned off area. Once this area is made safe then the fence will be removed to give access to the remaining strip in front of the houses. Every effort will be made to maximise access but there may be the odd time when we may need to ask that you use your rear access if we are working in the area of your front door. At this stage the footway / cycleway will have a stone surface which will then need a new macadam surface to be laid. I will contact you again when we are closer to doing that as we will need access for the whole width if we are to lay the macadam surface in one continuous layer. We will make every effort to minimise any disruption and apologise for any inconvenience that might be caused. The desire to maximise access to your front doors will delay progress slightly but we still hope to complete all the works by the first or second week in December. The contractor is a local company with an excellent reputation called Bancumm Surfacing Ltd.The works will be supervised by Vine Technical Services, who are Taylor Wimpey’s consultants for this scheme. Finally, I want to thank you for the patience you have shown whilst waiting for these works to be done. I am also aware that some of you may be working from home during the pandemic, and I hope that we won’t cause too much disturbance. At least at this time of year most people have their windows closed.–
This year, like previous, there has been some lively debate about fireworks, with some strong views. Diwali is this weekend so we are likely to see a few more fireworks yet.
With this in mind, I wanted to draw your attention to an upcoming Swindon Brough Council Full Council meeting, where 2 of my fellow Councillors Steve Heyes (St Andrews Ward) and Bazil Solomon (Liden, Eldene and Park South) will be bringing forward the following motion: “This Council fully supports the current RSPCA campaign that recognises that whilst fireworks are exciting and fun for many of us, they can also pose significant problems for other people and animals. “Fireworks can be a source of fear and distress for many animals (including pet animals, farm livestock and wildlife). Animals affected not only suffer psychological distress but can also cause themselves injuries – sometimes very serious ones – as they attempt to run away or hide from the noise”.This Council resolves:Continue to require all public firework displays within the local authority boundaries to be advertised in advance of the event, allowing residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people.To actively promote a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people – including the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks.To encourage local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public display.This Council Further Requests that:That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Safety will write to the Minister with Responsibility for Fireworks at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, urging them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private display.”
I am personally supportive of this in line with the steps we can take as a local Council. My views aside I am interested in your views on this.