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💦🚘🧽Orbital Shopping Park – Waterless Hand Car Wash💦🚘🧽

A planning application has been submitted for change of use of twelve car parking spaces to a waterless hand car wash and valeting operation with associated canopy and portacabin. The application site relates to twelve existing car parking spaces located within the Orbital Shopping Park, located on the south side of Thamesdown Drive. The parking spaces subject of the application are located centrally within the existing car park to the western part of the retail park. The parking spaces are adjacent to the pedestrian access which runs through the car park.


We have no control over what this unit is, that is a business decision of the company willing to spend money developing it. If planning is approved it will be a waterless hand car wash of a specific brand. That part is not for debate.

As residents of the area, I welcome your thoughts and opinion on this. As with all planning applications any comments have to be objective and address a material planning consideration. I do not expect you to find the relevant part of the policy to convey that, but please do comment more than “I don’t want it” or “not another car wash”, or “could it be something different” etc.

I welcome both negative and positive comments so I can understand the general feelings of the community and then I can provide my feedback based on combined views.

The full planning application can be read here: https://pa1.swindon.gov.uk/publicaccess/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=QILZ4NPTM3M00&activeTab=summary


Oasis Leisure centre closure

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.

Oasis Leisure Centre closing permanently | Swindon Advertiser


Is 20 plenty?

On Thurs 19 Nov we will be debating a draft motion on 20mph speed limits.

It is also Road Safety week so a topical subject.

Please do share your views.

Is 20 plenty?

Would you like to see your residential road have a 20mph limit?

If anyone would like to contact me directly on this subject or any other please do email me vmanro2@swindon.gov.uk


Lavinia Walk Taw Hill footpath remedial works to finally begin

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.–


What are your views on Fireworks?

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.

The full agenda can be found here:Agenda for Council on Thursday, 19th November, 2020, 7.00 p.m. (swindon.gov.uk)

If you have any other questions please do let me know.


Orbital Shopping Park – Drive-through Coffee Shop – planning consultation

A revised planning application has now been submitted for a single drive-through coffee shop within the Asda car park.Previously this application was for 2 units, but it has now been revised down to one. This is partly due to concerns over the level of traffic, parking and access for deliveries in what would be a relatively small space for 2 units.

The new application addresses those concerns and provides (in my opinion) a high quality, sustainable plan, which will bring new jobs to the area.As residents of the area, I welcome your thoughts and opinion on this.

As with all planning applications any comments have to be objective and address a material planning consideration. I do not expect you to find the relevant part of the policy to convey that, but please do comment more than “I don’t want it” or “not another coffee shop”.

I welcome both negative and positive comments so I can understand the general feelings of the community and then I can provide my feedback based on combined views. vmanro2@swindon.gov.uk


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.


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.

(https://www.facebook.com/…/a.3854146120777…/501381130481129/)

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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#reportitsortit


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


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