Parish Council Meeting: April & March 2017

The minutes from the March Parish Council meeting are now available to read. In this meeting, the Parish Council discussed a wide range of topics, including:
  • HHT outline planning application revision (relating to a small reduction in housing area on the western boundary adjoining South Marston village, and an additional housing area being added at the eastern  end of Rowborough)
  • Discussion about Swindon Green Infrastructure planning
  • Update on the transfer of services to the Parish

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting. They can be seen here Minutes of monthly Council meetings

The next meeting is due to take place on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. An agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

South Marston Gardening Club

Change to May’s Programme – Monday 15 May 2017 @ 7:30pm

There is a change to the Gardening Clubs May’s meeting date.  We will now meet on the 15th May (not 8th).  There is also a change to the speaker.  We now have Richard Cripps who will give a presentation on “Gardening for Wildlife“.

Richard trained with Bath Parks department, Cannington College Parks and was Superintendent with Trowbridge Council. He was Senior Lecturer at Lackham College Horticultural and Countryside Management. A Self-employed Garden and Estate Management.

For more information, please contact Angela Newton on 832034 or 07789068340.

Examiner gives thumbs up to South Marston Neighbourhood Plan

Your Parish Council is pleased to announce that The South Marston Neighbourhood Plan has passed one more hurdle with the independent examiner judging it as ‘sound’ in planning terms. Following a very lengthy examination stage, the final report has now been published (South Marston NP Final Report 7.4.17).

The examiner complimented the plan, commenting ‘I can see that the Parish Council and its volunteers have put in a great deal of hard work into the submission of the plan and the supporting documents. The plan is well presented and clear; and seeks to represent the local community’s aspirations, which it does well’.

The examiner recommended that 7 of the original 14 policies in the plan should be adopted without change. A further 4 policies should be adopted in the amended versions agreed by the Borough and the Parish Council in September 2016. The remaining policies have been proposed for amendment in line with wording proposed by the major developers in South Marston. None of these proposed amendments should seriously impact on the integrity of the policies which reflect what villagers said were their priorities during the many consultations that led up to the plan submission in January 2016.

The next stage is for Swindon Borough to agree to the amendments as recommended by the examiner and then the plan will be ready to submit to a referendum of parish residents. If the referendum vote produces a simple majority vote in favour of the plan, it will become a key document in decisions on the raft of planning applications anticipated in the parish over the next few years.

Parish Councillors will be holding another information event in May on the same date as the Annual Parish Meeting. This will provide updates on the current position relating to development in our parish and the contribution of various organisations to village life.

The March 2017 report from the independent examiner is here.

South Marston Craft Company

Come join Craft Company at their meetings, held on the third Wednesday in the month at Mary Cooper’s home in the village.

The group meet regularly to share their interest in all things craf related and enjoy a friendly chat in a relaxed environment. Their next meeting is Wednesday April 19th.

For more details, please contact Mary Cooper on 01793 823530