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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


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


Point to point Wifi at local farm

Today we planned and installed a point to point link.
It is only a short one, but from the planning stage, we wanted stability over speed, so only went with 40Mhz channel width, which would reduce throughput from 600Mbps+ down to 300Mbps. This speed would be ample for the required application.

Upon installation, we hit the expected speeds with only minor tweaks. A consistent 300Mbps capacity up/down over the link.

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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.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18137547.litter-fears-raised-bin-removed-bus-stop-haydon-wick/


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


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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