20mph Zone

20-mph-cThis proposal was given overwhelming support by the villagers when plans were presented at the last two village development exhibitions at the Mercure Hotel. We have had the plans drawn up and have the finances in place to pay for the project.

We are now waiting for Swindon Borough Council to give the final approval and permissions that will allow us to move forward with
our plans.

Colin McEwen


Eneco Community Benefits Fund

The Parish Council are in receipt of monies from Eneco as part of their long term relationship with the village. £20,000 has been earmarked for the 20mph zone in the village. Additional sums will be spent on improvements to drainage ditches alongside both solar farms. We will be funding the creation of a new permissive footpath from the bridge on Nightingale Lane to run alongside the western edge of the Sevor Solar Farm to join up with Footpath 2, which runs by the War Memorial north east towards Sevenhampton.

Other projects will be developed over the coming months.


Community Speedwatch

speedwatchThe village group has been monitoring traffic speed for the last 17 months. Some 5500 vehicles have been monitored with just under 250 exceeding the permitted speed limit of 30mph by 7mph or more.

The objective of Community Speedwatch is to make the roads in the village a safer place to walk and drive. Since the group started it has seen a welcome drop in the percentage of speeding vehicles. Although no prosecutions have arisen from Speedwatch observations, the Wiltshire police have written to all drivers of the speeding vehicles and in cases of excessive or repeated speeding the drivers have received a visit from the local police force.

If you would like to find out more about joining Community Speedwatch please contact Tony Leathart on 827744.

St Julian’s Woodland

A small and discrete woodland currently owned and managed by the
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The Parish Council has been invited by WWT to discuss the long term ownership and management of the
woodland with a view to passing these on to a local community
group or the Parish Council.

No other details are available at this time, however if you have an interest in St Julian’s and would like to become involved in its future, please contact Bary Thunder.

Nightingale Woods

We have been approached by the Forestry Commission with a view to working with them to develop Nightingale Wood for the benefit of
local residents. They are looking to us for ideas of how we might
improve the woodland walking experience. Some of the ideas to date include creating a wildflower meadow, opening up a wetland area and adding one or two open glades inside the woodland. Supervised tasks could include thinning of low branches and opening up the under canopy to more light. Light maintenance tasks may also be included, together with roles for younger family members from litter removal and wildlife spotting. There are already several village residents expresing interest in this.
If you wish to find out more, please contact Barry Thunder at:

Overgrown Hedges

Following the recent warm and wet weather, a large number of hedges in the village are now very overgrown. This not only causes problems for pedestrians (who end up having to leave the pavement to avoid them) but also for vehicles trying to pull out onto village roads. Their view of pedestrians and oncoming traffic is obscured, potentially leading to accidents.

South Marston Parish Council would be very grateful if residents would check their hedges and cut them back if they are causing a nuisance or covering road signs.

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