I do like to know what is going on in the village, particularly with the proposed expansion, so since my arrival in October 2012 I have made a point of attending the monthly South Marston Parish Council (SMPC) meetings.
I know more about drainage and culverts than I have ever known and I could probably hold my own in a conversation about the village allotments thanks to Barry Thunder. Two initiatives, Speed Watch and the 20 MPH zoning led by Tony Leathart and Colin McEwen respectively, should ensure traffic adheres to sensible speed limits making the village a safer place to be.
There are procedures for dealing with parishioners’ concerns so write in if you need help to resolve a problem. I have learned what can be done to tackle troublesome neighbours as well as hedges and leaves cretiang hazardous conditions for drivers and cyclists.
Ken Millard informs the group about proposed extensions and building works, whilst Sylvia Brown takes the lead on the village expansion.
There is a lot going on and meetings are eye opening.
The school is being expanded onto the Rec and if we want to know what progress is being made on this topic SMPC says we need to contact Swindon Borough Council. If like me you want to keep up with proposals for the use of what will remain of the Rec (a new hall for the village with car parking and access road possibly) come along and have a say either on the Council (there are two vacancies) or join me in the ‘public gallery’ to listen in. You will be made very welcome. Thank you Adye Goodenough for your company these past months.
Of course sitting through these meetings is not everyone’s cup of tea so check out the village website for SMPC reports, minutes and agendas. If you need help to get to meetings remember our new door-to-door transport scheme. Either way it’s good to know what’s going on that affects life in the village today and what’s going on at this point in me that is shaping the future for our children and grandchildren. Time well spent I think.
Anne Featherstone, Stonecroft
(Retired but never without a job to do)