Roadworks continue

The agents delivering the cable installation work have confirmed the following:

Road closure: Old Vicarage Lane railway bridge

Access to the village via the bridge/A420/Old Vicarage Lane will be closed from around 8am on Monday 21st May to Tuesday 5th June 2018. Please note that this is worse case scenario and it may open earlier but this cannot be guaranteed.

Temporary traffic lights: Various locations

In addition to this, the workers will be excavating at points along the new cable route to pull and joint new cables. This work will involve two-way temporary traffic lights for a small section around the joint hole.

This will take place at:

  • Old Vicarage Lane – Start: 08.05.18 Finish: 15.05.18
  • Supermarine Road to Highworth Road – Start: 09.05.18 Finish: 16.05.18
  • Highworth Road to end of Road Closure – Start: 10.05.18 Finish: 17.05.18
  • Old Vicarage Lane – Start: 14.05.18 Finish: 21.05.18
  • Highworth Road to end of Road Closure – Start: 16.05.18 Finish: 23.05.18
  • Supermarine Road to Highworth Road – Start: 18.05.18 Finish: 25.05.18

We have asked the agent managing the work to restrict work outside school to half-term to avoid worsening traffic issues at school times. The agent will also be working to reduce the risk of HGV’s navigating Pound Corner to access Old Vicarage Lane.

We are aware of residents frustration with the ongoing roadworks as well as concerns about the damage and litter and the Parish Council are continuing to communicate with the agents.

Claire Penny, Parish Clerk


Don’t forget your poll card next week!

Swindon Borough Council are trialling a new voter ID system at the elections next week. Please remember to take either your polling card or a form of accepted identification along with you to the polling station.

Full details of what ID is accepted as well as information how it will work can be seen here 


New date: Big Spring Clean in South Marston

South Marston

Following the snow last week, we were forced to reschedule our village Spring Clean to a new date of Sunday 29th April 2018. 

Can you help? Any time you can give will be much appreciated. We really need your help and everyone is welcome! Those with children can help by collecting litter in safer areas around the village. All equipment (including litter grabbers) will be provided by SMRA and the Parish Council.

We will be meeting at 11am in the Village Hall.

If you are unable to join us on the day, you can help by spending a few minutes tidying outside your property. It all helps.

Let’s all work together making South Marston a clean & safe place to live. Let’s stamp out littering & fly tipping. For further information please contact Mandie Olive on 07794076015 or

Thank you to our contractor, AllBuild Building & Landscape, who are…

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Join us to discuss the Village Garden

South Marston Open Spaces Working Group invites you to a meeting in the village hall on Friday 27th April to discuss improvements to the Village Garden and War Memorial which is located in the centre of the village, opposite the school.

The meeting will be hosted by Chris Brooks and Anne Featherstone who are both members of the Open Spaces Working Group. It will run from 7pm – 9pm with some light refreshment provided.

This year is the centenary of the end of WWI (11th November 1918), and the formation of the RAF (1st April 1918). Chris and Anne are looking to bring together people who are interested in preparing the garden for these special dates and planning for the garden’s future.

Funding has been secured from the F&E Harris Memorial Trust and
South Marston Parish Council and remedial works have already been carried out.

The meeting is an opportunity for everyone to share ideas and/or offer practical help for 2018 and beyond.

We hope you are able to come along. Please call Chris (01793 829868) or Anne (07966593026) if you have any questions/ideas.

Parish Council meeting: March & April

March 2018 meeting minutes

The minutes from the March Parish Council meeting are available to read. In this meeting, the Parish Council discussed a wide range of topics, including:

  • Issues relating to the Symmetry Park development
  • Reviewed a survey of Parish Council managed trees within the village

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

April 2018 meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. An agenda can be seen PC Agenda – April 2018.

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