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Annual Meeting of the Parish Council

The Annual Meeting of South Marston Parish Council will be held remotely on Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 7:00pm. At this meeting, the Council will elect a Chair and Vice Chair, appoint roles and responsibilities and review and adopt its key policies.  A copy of the agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to observe the meeting – joining details can be obtained by emailing the Clerk at clerk@southmarston.org.uk.

Parish Council Meeting April 2021

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held remotely on Tuesday 27th April 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 March 2021 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.

School Expansion – Parish Council Interim response

The Parish Council remains confused by the Education and Planning consultations that are being run almost in tandem by the Diocese of Bristol Academy Trust and the Education Department of the Borough.

Villagers should not be put off from contributing to the discussion. The next event is the Zoom meeting held by the Academy, as set out in the Consultation Document that can be read on a previous post on this website.

The PC’s submission ahead of this meeting can be found here:

SMPC Interim Response

We are pleased that we are now in constructive dialogue with the Academy and school and are addressing some of these issues.

Fibre Broadband Update

The Chairman has received the following update from Openreach regarding the village fibre installation:

The  team is currently finalising the fibre infrastructure for the Thornhill Road and village centre installations. Commissioning should be completed in the next couple of weeks and then residents will be contacted by BT/other service providers to arrange to connect the fibre into their houses.

He confirmed that it will be “FTTP” – fibre to premises.

Parish Council Meeting – rescheduled

Please note that the next meeting of the Parish Council has been rescheduled to take place on Tuesday 27th April.

This is because of the period of national mourning following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, during which summons and notice of meetings should not be issued.

The summons and agenda for the rearranged meeting will be published towards the end of next week

Kevin Morgan

Clerk to the Council

School Expansion – Education Consultation and Zoom Information

The separate education consultation for the school expansion is ongoing and linked here:

Education Consultation – proposed expansion of South Marston CE Primary School

There is a Zoom public meeting scheduled for Thursday 22nd April at 5:30pm with the following joining details:

Please note that any queries or feedback concerning this consultation should be referred to rachel.parr@dbat.org.uk

Honda Announcement & Allotment site

Honda has issued a press release today with details about the future of its main Swindon site. The press release sent to the Parish Council can be found here.

As many of you will be aware, South Marston allotments sit on land that currently belongs to Honda that is rented for a minimal fee. The Parish Council has previously requested that Honda gifts the land to the parish as part of its legacy when it leaves. From previous correspondence, and talking to a Honda representative today, we remain hopeful that this will be the case and will be seeking further clarity on the future of the allotment site over the coming months .

 

School Expansion Consultations

As you may have seen the School Expansion consultation has started and will be running for the next 3 weeks.

The associated Planning consultation will run until the end of April, with a public Zoom session on the 22nd April.

There is a dedicated website via this link:

http://www.swindon.gov.uk/southmarstonprimaryconsultation 

The Parish Council has been working with the Planning team at the Borough to mitigate the traffic issues by providing a cycle/footpath system for the proposed housing to the south and west across the expanded Village Centre.

A new car park is planned, accessed from the west and Magdalene Close. A temporary car park is required until this is available. We have been working with the Ed. Dept. to incorporate this thinking  into the school design and are making progress with this.

We will be updating the village once we have been able to consider the documents.