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Parish Council Meeting April 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 16th April at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can also ask questions or raise any matters during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

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Notice of Casual Vacancies

PARISH OF SOUTH MARSTON

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that two casual vacancies have occurred in the office of Councillor for the Parish Council following the resignation of Councillors James Burfitt and John Haines on 18th March 2019 and 19th March 2019, respectively.

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows for ten local government electors for the South Marston Parish to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancies. That request must be made within fourteen days excluding dies non. The fourteen-day notice period ends on 15th April 2019.

If a request for an election to fill the said vacancies is made in writing to the Returning Officer, by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancies.

Requests must be made in writing to The Returning Officer, Swindon Borough Council, Room 1.2, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH.

If a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time period Rule 5(5) of the above rules will apply. The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt two persons to fill the vacancies

This notice is dated Tuesday 26th day of March 2019

Gary Vickery

Clerk to the Council

South Marston Parish Council

Parish Council Meeting March 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 19th  March  at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can also ask questions or raise any matters during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

February 2019 meeting minutes

In February 2019 the Council held their regular monthly meeting and a Special meeting and the minutes of these can be seen here.

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

The Parish Council Clerk

The Parish Council Clerk, Gary Vickery, has found that clerking is not for him and that the time requirements of the job do not fit well with his other interests.  He has formally resigned but will carry on until Easter.

The PC are analysing the role of clerk and will be separating out the financial aspects of the job, which over recent years have become increasingly technical. Gary, who has a background in management consulting, is continuing to assist us in this.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in taking on the role, please contact Gary on 01793 686150 or e-mail clerksmpc@southmarston.org.uk.

Parish Council Meeting February 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 19th  March  at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. The agenda will be published nearer the date.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can also ask questions or raise any matters during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

February 2019 meeting minutes

In February 2019 the Council held their 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.

Keypoint Energy Centre Appeal

The appeal opened on Tuesday 22nd January with well over 100 people attending.   The first speakers included South Marston Parish Councillor Tony Leathart who raised:

  • The visual impact of the 170ft high chimney on the rural aspect of our village
  • The risk that pollution from the process would not be possible to control effectively
  • The likelihood of HGVs queuing on the approach to the site, with the risk of congestion on roads inside and outside the Keypoint site
  • The lack of sufficient waste from the local area, requiring transit from too wide an area into the site.

On the last point, Rolton Kilbride had submitted further documents claiming that additional waste could be brought in by train from a wider area with no resulting impact on local traffic.  Their proposal was to bring trains into the rail link site, offload using HGVs which would then travel on the roads internal to the Keypoint site to be unloaded at the plant.

Our representative stated that this was simply not practical – only a few trains had ever been brought into the rail-link and there was no confirmation that Network Rail would give permission for use of the main line track access.  Furthermore, the HGVs working adjacent to the rail-link siding within the Keypoint would impact severely on access by existing occupiers, particularly Honda’s deliveries and those warehouses involved in supplying Honda’s ‘just-in-time’ production operation.

The full appeal response from South Marston Parish Council can be viewed  here.

The appeal continues on Tuesday 29th January at the Steam museum, beginning each day from 9.30 a.m.