Each year, South Marston Parish Council undergoes both an internal and external audit to ensure that it is effectively managing its finances and that its internal processes are working. Members of the local electorate are welcome to request to view the accounts of the Council.

The full Notice of Public Rights can be seen here.

The Governance Statement and Accounting Statement from the Annual Return can be seen here.

Main Notice


100 Club Winners for June


Congratulations to the following winners.

£30 No. 86 Mike New

£10 No. 55 Ros Liddard

£10 No. 34 Julie Hatherall

£10 No. 83 Mary Case

£10 No. 67 Steve Hatherall

Cable Broadband


Openreach engineers are currently installing cable to the Bellway site. The Parish Council will be continuing its efforts to make this available to the rest of the village.

Any further information that the Council obtains will be reported here.

Keypoint Energy Centre

We are all disappointed by the Government Inspector’s decision to grant permission for the Energy from Waste plant at Keypoint. Summarised below are the rather stringent conditions imposed by the Inspector and what he said about the risk of air pollution. The full report can be found at:

The Report sets out previous research at established sites and government confirmation that this type of plant does not pose a measurable risk to health. Additionally one beneficial outcome from the Appeal is that, in addition to the original proposals, the applicant is to add a filter to the chimney that, it is said, should “reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions in excess of 90% of what they could otherwise have been and would mean that the levels of pollutant emissions would be at least 50% less than the maximum likely to be allowed under a permit.”

With the departure of Honda, who were expected to buy the energy created, and the stringent conditions imposed, it has been questioned whether the plant will in fact get built. We will have to see.


Extracts from Conditions to Grant of Permission (Condition number is given in brackets. SBC means Swindon Borough Council.)

  1. Development must begin within 3 years (1)
  2. Facing materials & colour to be agreed by SBC (4,5)
  3. Permission needed for strategy on ‘piling’ during construction (6)
  4. Chimney height <52 m above finished floor level (7)
  5. Noise restrictions (from the plant/B8 warehouse). Must be monitored by the operators and, if found to be above predicted, must inform SBC and provide plan for reduction (8)
  6. Construction noise monitoring in condition 9. Hours 7am to 6pm mon-Fri 7am to 1pm Sat, no working on Sunday or bank holidays.
  7. Categorisation – because the application could not specify the technology, developer must submit verification that the facility has achieved Stage R1 Status with the Environment Agency to SBC for approval (12)
  8. Only non-hazardous residual waste can be used as feedstock fuel – no raw waste. (13). Maximum volume of fuel input per year is 150,000 tonnes.(19)
  9. Landscaping scheme to be approved by SBC – maintained for 10 years, not the usual 5 (14)
  10. Litter control scheme and dust control scheme, both reviewed bi-annually, must be approved by SBC (20, 21). All vehicles transporting waste must be fully enclosed or sheeted (21.ii)
  11. Smell control scheme to be agreed by SBC, reviewed bi-annually (22)
  12. Lighting scheme to be approved by SBC (23)
  13. On-site Selective Catalytic Reduction to control nitrous oxide gas– scheme must be approved by SBC (26 – see extracted paras below that explain that this is part of the solution for Bodleian Library. The other part is work at Library itself which cannot be made part of the conditions, but Is the subject of a separate deed whereby the developer pays Bodleian to install it at the book facility)
  14. Community Liaison Scheme, approved by SBC before the plant is in use, for complaints etc (27 details must be given about elections, membership etc – no mention in the condition of profit share scheme as originally proposed)
  15. Carbon emissions report on the chosen gasification technology must prove to SBC that the facility will lead to a reduction of carbon emissions (28)



The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 18th June at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. The agenda can be seen here

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can also ask questions or raise any matters during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

In May 2019 the Council held its annual meeting and the regular monthly meeting and minutes of these can be seen here.

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting.

Keypoint Appeal Allowed

Yesterday Ward Councillor Russell Holland posted the following statement concerning the Keypoint development:

I regret to write that the Planning Inspectorate have allowed the developer’s appeal at Keypoint. This is extremely disappointing news because all Councillors voted against allowing this development and I know residents were opposed to this. We have only just received the decision but I am making sure that the Council obtains legal advice so that we can consider our options in respect of this. I will update more when I can.

The Parish Council would also like to express its disappointment at this decision – throughout the process it has supported the Borough in opposing the project and will be considering whether it is realistic to take any further action.