Parish Council Update – March 2013

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The Parish Council’s response to the public consultation on the Swindon Local Plan was submitted to the Borough Council on 20th February. The next stage is to complete work on the draft Supplementary Planning Document which goes into more detail about development in South Marston village itself. We expect the draft to go before the Swindon Planning Committee sometime in April. If approved, it will then go out for formal public consultation, probably in May 2013. Swindon Borough Council controls this process, but we will be organising a presentation of the draft plans to the village so that residents can comment on the document and provide further input regarding issues such as the range of community facilities we would like and where they might best be located.

We also hope to be engaged soon in the development of the Supplementary Planning Document for the Eastern Villages which will include the proposed development at Rowborough, part of our wider Parish. Once again, there are many issues to consider, such as roads and other infrastructure requirements, and input from residents will be very welcome.

If you would like to become involved with the planning process then please contact the Parish Clerk on 01793 820529.

The Expansion Group has met with Paul Boileau, the developer’s flooding consultant who attended the ‘event’ at the Hotel on 12th June last year. He showed us that there is close agreement between the developer’s map of the areas prone to flooding from the brook and the map produced by the Environment Agency. He recognised that surface water flooding was a separate issue and had prepared a schedule of the flooding photos that we took during the April rains. The schedule suggests causes and possible solutions and we have commented on this. This work will form the basis of the design of suitable flood alleviation schemes.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

South Marston Parish Council currently has a vacancy on the Parish Council.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Parish Councillor and would be interested in joining the team, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01793 820529 or email:

And Finally:

Sadly, our Parish Clerk, Gemma Cheal, is leaving us to move to another position. We wish her every success in her new role and would like to thank her for all the hard work and support she has given to the Parish Council and village residents. We will be advertising this vacancy in more detail shortly.


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