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Council to Make Town Centre Car Parks Free on Sundays

Shoppers and businesses are set to benefit from a new Council policy which will see the introduction of free parking on Sundays.

From April, the Council’s town centre car parks will be free on Sundays. The aim is to help residents and businesses by ensuring that people get to enjoy one day a week where they do not have to pay to park.

In 2018, the Council invested £160,000 in its town centre car parks, ensuring they were safe and clean for everyone who uses them.

This programme of upgrades has now been extended to make the car parks free to use on Sundays to encourage more people to use the town centre at weekends.

The introduction of free parking on Sundays will be cost neutral. A small 10p per hour price increase, the smallest amount possible, from Monday through to Saturday will help cover the £390,000 cost of the free parking.

The policy will be rolled out in April and councillors have urged shoppers to take full advantage of the money saving scheme.

Councillor Oliver Donachie, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This is great news for residents and businesses. To be able to park for free for a full day, especially at the weekend, will create new opportunities for everyone.

“We know that the rise of online shopping has posed a number of challenges for local businesses and we want to do as much as we possibly can to help them thrive. The free parking provision on Sundays will help to create an extra 52 days of trading for businesses, and I would encourage residents to take full advantage of it.”

The first free Sunday for the Council’s town centre car parks will be 7 April 2019.

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, said: “Free parking on Sundays is the big new town centre parking policy.

“I hope local residents and businesses use this opportunity to support our town centre, as we all wrestle with the challenge of online shopping and the changing high street.”

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Notice : Public Open Space

SOUTH MARSTON PARISH COUNCIL

SECTION 123 of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 (AS AMENDED)

PUBLIC OPEN SPACE

NOTICE is hereby given that South Marston Parish Council intends to dispose of 4,714m2 of land deemed to be Public Open Space at Old Vicarage Lane, South Marston. The land will be disposed of by means of a long lease and used for an extension to the primary school. A plan showing the land can be inspected, by appointment, at 10 Manor Park South Marston SN3 4RR or by following the link below:

Any objections to such disposal should be made in writing to the Parish Clerk, at the above address, by 4 March 2019.

Gary Vickery

Clerk to South Marston Parish Council

Date: 18 February 2019 Ref: WK

Local MP Celebrates South Marston’s Outdoor Gym

The outdoor gym installed on the Recreation Ground last autumn has received a visit from our local MP, Justin Tomlinson and ward Councillor Russell Holland.  

This was arranged by the Big Lottery, now renamed the National Lottery Community Fund, as part of national publicity for their grant recipients and the write-up will appear on their website.    

The weather was hardly helpful to the occasion, being wet and windy, but representatives of SMRA and the Parish Council enjoyed seeing our visitors try out the equipment.

South Marston Parish Council at the Keypoint Enquiry

Parish Council representatives Tony Leathart and Sylvia Brown shared the daily attendance at the two week Keypoint Enquiry at the Steam Museum that ended last week. They were able to appear and speak most days on matters ranging from pollution risk and visual impact, to the likelihood of HGV traffic congestion within and outside of the Keypoint estate.

One of the most hotly-debated aspects were the benefits, claimed by the developers, from the planned use of the rail terminal for transporting feedstock to the plant. This proposal was brought forward just before the appeal started and was not in the original application. The Parish Council was able to show that the likelihood of this ever happening was extremely small and no significant weight should be given to the claim.

The inspector’s report will probably not be produced until late spring.

All told, our two stalwart representatives spent more than 40 hours at the enquiry, which involved accompanying the inspector at the day-long site visit in the pouring rain and the challenge of getting to the enquiry on the Friday morning when the snow was at its worst.

The snow also meant no deliveries had reached the Steam museum or any of the food outlets in the vicinity. Attendees had to make do with day-old sandwiches rescued from the bin by the Steam caretaker! At the end of the day, participants helped dig each other out of the car park as the snow had continued to fall.

Spring into Action

Lighter evenings.. snowdrops.. and daffodils in bloom as you enter South Marston, surely Spring is just around the corner.

Thinking ahead to the March edition of the South Marston Community News, would you like to take a photo (ideally taken in the village) on the theme of Spring, and have it included in the March edition?

If so, please send your photo(s) to editor@southmarston.org.uk before 14th February 2019. Most likely, just one photo can be published in the magazine, however, we will attempt to publish all entries here on the South Marston village web site.

Photo by Ollie Brown https://flic.kr/p/3KXSFr