Nightingale LAne and Woods

Residents have raised a number of concerns recently regarding the amount of vehicles and visitors using Nightingale Lane and accessing Nightingale Woods.  These concerns include speeding, safety of pedestrians and horses and damage to the road and property.

Forestry England has confirmed that the car park there will not be locked due to government guidance that such locations are to remain open – they will put some additional signage up. Our police contacts  have also confirmed that there is little they can enforce regarding ‘local’ use.

This matter was discussed in the public session of the Parish Council meeting held on 19th January. Unfortunately, despite understanding the concerns, the Parish Council has no powers to intervene in the situation.  The Clerk has notified our ward councillors who have been asked to investigate any measures that might be taken.

Kevin Morgan

Parish Clerk

Parish Council Meeting January 2021

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held remotely on Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 7:30pm. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend remotely – please contact the clerk for joining details at clerk@southmarston.org.uk. Any questions for the open 10 minutes should be submitted in advance to the same address.

In December 2020 the Council held its  regular monthly meeting and the minutes of this can be seen here.

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

South Marston in Lights Event – Competition Results

SMILE 2020 winner

The wonderful array of displays of Christmas lights across South Marston this year has made the judging of the competition very difficult. However, after much deliberation, by a team of three judges, the results are as follows:

1st Place – 1 Chapel Lane – for an enchanting, colourful and varied display, with delightful details, such as the little penguins.

2nd Place – The Limes, Thornhill Road – a striking display which conveys the feeling of a winter wonderland.

Runners-up, in no particular order:

Ferndale Cottage, Highworth Road – for providing a bright and colourful welcome to the village;

Manor Lodge, Thornhill Road – a lovely and varied display, making the most of a relatively small space, which also looks very attractive during the daytime;

Pigeon House Farm Bungalow, Chapel Lane – a panoramic display of lights, which provide different, but equally pleasing views, from each direction;

1 Pinehurst Cottages, Thornhill Road – a vibrant and colourful display, which was considered to be particularly appealing to children;

6 Bell Gardens – a very colourful, high impact display which makes good use of the trees and bushes.

A big thank you to everyone who has helped South Marston to sparkle this Christmas!

Recreation Ground works

On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December contractors working alongside Swindon Borough Council will be digging a trench on the edge of the recreation ground near the car park in the village.

This is an essential investigation related to the school expansion planning and the Parish Council has little option other than to allow the work.

The Parish Council has stressed that the site should be safe and secured while being worked on and that all measures will be taken to ensure the area is reinstated adequately. This includes ensuring  the ground is level, turf condition is satisfactory and that disruption to football users and the public is minimised.

Councillors will check the work following reinstatement and it has been agreed that additional remedial works will be carried out in the new year if required.

Parish Council Meeting December 2020

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held remotely on Tuesday  15th December  2020 at 7:30pm. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend remotely – please contact the clerk for joining details at clerk@southmarston.org.uk. Any questions for the open 10 minutes should be submitted in advance to the same address.

In November 2020 the Council held its  regular monthly meeting and the minutes of this can be seen here.

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

Parish Council Meeting November 2020

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held remotely on Tuesday  17th November 2020 at 7:30pm. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend remotely – please contact the clerk for joining details at clerk@southmarston.org.uk. Any questions for the open 10 minutes should be submitted in advance to the same address.

In October 2020 the Council held its  regular monthly meeting and the minutes of this can be seen here.

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