Vacancy for Clerk to South Marston Parish Council

Vacancy for Clerk to South Marston Parish Council

17-25 hours per week, dependent upon availability and skill set.

South Marston is currently a small, but rapidly expanding village, located close to Swindon.  An exciting opportunity exists for the position of Clerk to South Marston Parish Council. This demanding and varied role is at the heart of the growing village, and the successful applicant will play an integral part in implementing and managing this complex transition process.

Initially working from home, but with a view to running a South Marston-based parish office, the Clerk will take full responsibility for the day-to-day administration and financial management of the Council’s activities.

In addition to the normal statutory duties, the Clerk will be expected to provide support and guidance to Councillors in implementing new initiatives and procedures, and to undertake project work as and when required.  He/she must be willing to work on their own initiative, acquire new skills and take a proactive interest in the wellbeing of the community.

This is an exciting role for a highly motivated individual with excellent management and organisational skills.  Applicants must be computer literate, and preferably qualified or experienced in local council administration.

Salary is negotiable depending on skills and qualifications. The hourly rate is circa £14.50 to £19.00 – the full time equivalent of between £28,000 – £36,000 p.a.

For a full job description and person specification click here

Closing date: 19th July 2015

Temporary Traffic Restriction – Stirling Road – 27.06.15






 This traffic restriction will prohibit vehicles from proceeding out of Stirling Road onto Vickers Roundabout, Highworth Road, Swindon.This restriction is being introduced to allow contractors to do surface repairs.

The restriction will come into force on the 27 June 2015 for 1 day only from 07:30am to 17:30pm.

Gwillam Lloyd, Highways and Transport Services

25 June 2015

For further information regarding this notice please contact the Street Works on: (01793) 466380 (direct line) quoting reference TTRO 2507.


South Marston Annual Parish Meeting

South Marston Parish Council    Annual Parish Meeting

23 June 2015          7.30 in the Village Hall

 All welcome

Come and hear what the Parish Council has achieved during 2014/15

 The Council will be delivering the annual report on activities during the year.  There will be also an opportunity to find out about the draft South Marston Neighbourhood Plan.


1 Apologies
2 Approval of Minutes of the 2014 Annual Parish Meeting
3 Chair’s Report
4 Financial Report
5 Any questions
6 Presentation on the South Marston Neighbourhood Plan
7 Comments and Questions on the Plan

Clerk to the Council: Joan Britton 01793 686150



The first version of the draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been agreed by the Parish Council and will be available at   as from 20 June.

The aim of the Plan is to ensure the housing development planned for the village under the Swindon Local Plan to 2026 makes South Marston a great place to live for both existing and new residents. The plan has been written following the extensive consultations over the past 6 years. Now we want your comments before the deadline of 7 August.

Following this consultation period, the plan will be formally submitted for approval by Swindon Borough Council.




Can bus route rethink solve South Marston travel dilemma?

  • Beren Cross published 16th June 2015

AN existing Swindon bus route may provide the solution to South Marston’s public transport dilemma after its only service was axed.

Parish council chairman Colin McEwen has called on Stagecoach to divert its number seven bus through South Marston after the bus operator withdrew its number 65 when Oxfordshire County Council, then Swindon Borough Council stopped subsidising it.

Councillors will discuss a proposal to provide a £1,500 a year three-times-a-week shopping service for the village at a Swindon Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday night.
But Colin said: “I personally have got no interest in a subsidised service which is no use to anyone. I don’t believe a three-times-a-week shopping service as being a viable long-term facility because it doesn’t serve a lot of needs. For that it has to be daily and regular. This doesn’t provide a service to Highworth or GPs’ surgeries.

The number seven currently runs to South Marston Industrial Estate, but would require a diversion to serve the village and Colin wants one of the service’s five-an-hour options to provide a vital link to both Swindon and Highworth.

If that happened once or twice an hour, that would provide an excellent service for the village,” he said. “You wouldn’t have to jiggle the timetable and it would provide extra traffic from South Marston to Sainsbury’s rather than being a total waste of time. I can’t believe all the buses on a five-an-hour service going through South Marston Industrial Park are going to be full. It seems that this alternative would be a real bus service available at no extra cost.”

Coun Dale Heenan (Con, Covingham & Dorcan), Swindon Council cabinet member for transport, said: “Any changes to Stagecoach number seven is a commercial decision for the company and I am happy to support South Marston Parish Council in their aim to secure a diversion. Stagecoach report between two and six people use the service 65 each day so a diversion for the service seven is unlikely. But there is no magic money tree, and residents need to remember that they are still paying the full fare on a council-subsidised route. I do feel for the residents, but officers tell me there is no affordable alternative to Dial A Ride’s proposal. Once Oxfordshire Council removed its subsidy for the service 65, there is no possible way Swindon Borough Council could justify spending tens of thousands on such low passenger numbers. South Marston Parish Council has written to say the Dial a Ride proposal is unacceptable and urges cabinet not to agree it, which we may well agree too.”

Stagecoach’ s managing director Rupert Cox said: We have seen suggestions regarding adjusting service seven to divert certain journeys via South Marston village. This is not practical. Service seven is a popular route with most journeys stopping at every stop along the route. If some journeys were diverted via Sainsbury’s and South Marston village we would miss stops in Grange Drive and Stratton. We run up to every 10 minutes through these areas as the buses are very busy. The actual scenario is that service seven is being used by more and more people, hence the frequency increase between South Marston Industrial Estate and Highworth, which we have recently introduced. Aside from some evening journeys, we run service seven without subsidy. Service 66 operates entirely on a commercial basis. This means that we need to manage the service to ensure that revenue received from customers exceeds the actual cost of operation. We have invested in both routes to make improvements and continue to see more and more people using the routes. Sadly, there are simply too few people who wish to use buses from South Marston village on a commercial basis, or indeed a conventional subsidised service.

All the goings on of South Marston, Wiltshire


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