A420 Shrivenham bypass to close for seven weeks from 21st July

BBC WiltshireFrom the BBC News website.

Residents living near a major bypass in Oxfordshire are concerned traffic will be diverted through their villages when it closes for resurfacing work.

The A420 Shrivenham bypass will shut between Watchfield and Lower Bourton for seven weeks from 21 July.

Sue Nodder, chair of Watchfield Parish Council, has called for reduced speed limits through affected villages and policing of heavy goods vehicles.

The county council said repairs to the worn-out surface were “essential”.

Some of the 20,000 motorists who use the route daily will see their journeys increase from 12 to 50 miles.

Oxfordshire County Council said measures would be put in place to prevent through-traffic using “unsuitable local roads”.

It said the full closure of the bypass was necessary to “minimise the duration of construction disruption”, and added properties and businesses would still be accessible.

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Volunteering opportunity with Wiltshire Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Bureau LogoAs part of a new service offered by Citizens Advice, the Wiltshire Bureaux are seeking volunteers to be part of a team to provide basic financial education to community groups and one to one money mentoring.

The project, funded by Big Lottery, aims to empower people to make better budgeting, borrowing, saving and banking decisions. We will be working with local charities and agencies in the community to reach out to those needing support and up to date knowledge of money matters.

If you are looking for the opportunity to learn new skills and develop existing ones, this project offers roles as a:

Money Matters Trainer or a Money Mentor

Volunteers will receive free training with all expenses paid, as well as the opportunity to be part of a friendly team and work closely with your local community.

All sorts of people volunteer for Wiltshire Cizens Advice, and find it challenging, rewarding, varied and you never stop learning. We are looking for a minimum commitment of a half day per fortnight.

Wherever you are in Wiltshire from Corsham to Ramsbury, Malmesbury to Tidworth, if you would like to be a part of this team then please contact:

Anne Blackwell, Financial Capability Volunteer Coordinator Wiltshire Citizens Advice
Kestrel House, Mill Street
Trowbridge, BA14 8BE

Tel. 01225 781946
Email: anneblackwell@cabwiltshire.org.uk

Gardening Club – April 2014

Recent Events

On Monday 3rd March we held our A.G.M. With the help of some new members we are hopeful to keep going as a club for at least another year. With our speakers booked, we look forward to another year of interesting talks. For example:

Bruce Porter

‘Growing Vegetables’

Ray Rummins

‘Wiltshire Villages’

Annual Flower and Produce Show

Peter and Di Boor


Iris Smith

‘Victorian Christmas’

Peter Noble

‘British Antarctic Adventure’

Monday 7th April
Monday 12th May
Saturday 16th August
Monday 1st September
Monday 6th October
Monday 1st December

Future Events

Our next meeting will be on Monday 7th April at 7:30pm, with a talk by Bruce Porter entitled ‘Growing Vegetables’

Parish Council Update – March 2014

Detailed below are some of the acvities in which the Parish Council participated during the month.

  • Prepared South Marston Parish Council’s submission for the Examination in Public of the SBC Local Plan 2026.
  • Formulated a response to the outline planning application for employment development, new landscaping and junction to A420 located at Eastern Villages South, land at and to the south of the A420, (adjacent to LockCottage), Swindon (Planning Application S/OUT/14/0253).
  • Formulated a response to the Vale of the White Horse District Council Public Consultation on their Local Plan 2031 Housing Delivery Update

Next meeting: 15th April 2014

All the goings on of South Marston, Wiltshire


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