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.–