Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.
The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.
New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company.
The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.
We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them.
We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.
Anyone with a private pumping station can make Thames Water aware at thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt
As the finer weather (hopefully) approaches, we know that some residents will choose to have bonfires to get rid of rubbish and cuttings.
Whilst there are no laws restricting the time and length of bonfires in private gardens, we ask that those planning bonfires follow the sensible guide below to ensure all residents can continue to enjoy their gardens:
- Please inform neighbours that may be affected that you intend to have a bonfire to allow them to take in washing etc
- Wet or green materials on bonfires will cause excess smoke.
- For safety purposes, and to reduce annoyance, it is best to burn a small bonfire and then adding to it as opposed to making one great big bonfire.
- Keep a hosepipe handy or have buckets of water prepared in case the fire gets out of control
- Never leave a bonfire unattended.
- Never burn anything which is likely to cause excessive and pungent black smoke.
- Rubber tyres and plastic containers should never be put on a bonfire.
- Avoid lighting bonfires on windy days as the wind will blow the smoke further causing annoyance to even more of our neighbours.
Swindon Borough Council are holding a public meeting at South Marston Primary School on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 in the main hall from 3pm to 6pm. This meeting is related to the proposal to expand the school. Plans will be on show during this time as well as officers being available to answer any queries.
The consultation begins on Monday 22nd February and comments can be sent to Educationplaces@Swindon.gov.uk by 5pm on Friday 15th April 2016.
Information about the consultation can be seen here Swindon Borough Council consultation flyer.
Consultation documents can be viewed at www.swindon.gov.uk/southmarstonschoolexpansion
South West Ambulance Trust are appealing for volunteers to train to become First Responders within South Marston.
The Community First Responder scheme is made up of groups of volunteers (the CFRs) who within the community in which they live or work have been trained to attend emergency 999 calls on behalf of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT). They provide basic care and if necessary life support until the arrival of an emergency ambulance, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Every ambulance service in the UK works with volunteers in this way.
The role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable life and lifesaving skills through the on-going training and support provided by the Trust.
This is a link to an excellent video which gives a real flavour of what we do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ZkfbAbX3I&feature=player_detailpage
Within SWASFT’s borders, CFRs are predominantly active in the less urban areas of the region. At the moment, we aren’t recruiting for CFRs in central Swindon, but we are seeking new volunteers in a number of the Borough’s satellite towns and villages, including Highworth, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wroughton, Chiseldon, Purton and Cricklade. We already have small numbers of volunteers in some of these communities, but not nearly enough.
If you can help or would just like to learn more, please contact Dave Wilmot on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07831100606.
Please note that from Friday 5th February 2016, the official contact address for South Marston Parish Council will be:
1 Brind Close, Swindon, SN3 5EJ.
All other contact details remain the same.
The Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool Needs your help.
We need the Voices of the people of Swindon to tell everyone who we are and where we are.
There are so many more people in Swindon and beyond who we could help.
The pool is a warm water therapy pool for people with disabilities ranging from bad backs, arthritis to cerebral palsy. Any condition you can think of we cater for. Whether the problem is permanent or temporary. With the water temperature at 34c is a nice environment to soothe away any aches and pains.
The pool is a stand alone charity and has been since 1979 when the pool opened. We get no funding from the NHS or local Government.
To use us you will need to be referred by your G.P. or physio. The referral forms are available to down load from our website www.thamesdownhydrotherapypool.com or you can come to the pool and pick one up in person. The website has more information about the pool for you to look at.
We are situated in Jefferies Avenue, Upper Stratton. Next door to Crowdys Hill School.
I can guarantee that you will know more than one person who would benefit from hydrotherapy and I also bet most do not even know we have a hydrotherapy pool available to everyone with a need. So again please please put the word out about the fantastic facility called the Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool and get more people the therapy they need or even on the road to recovery.
Photo taken by Alastair Rosser 2013
HHL, the developers who recently submitted planning application S/OUT/13/1555, have offered to hold a briefing event to Swindon Councillors, which has been publicised through the weekly Members Bulletin. South Marston Parish Council took the opportunity of sending an email to all recipients confirming the PC’s position on the application, extracts of which are given below:
The South Marston community has long appreciated that major expansion is inevitable and has supported the Parish Council in taking a proactive and strategic approach. Our overarching aim is to ensure that the development is deliverable and creates sustainable communities within the Eastern Villages whilst not exacerbating existing issues, in particular with the road networks and with flood risk.
South Marston Parish Council wishes you to know that we are not objecting to this outline application in principle, and do not rely on the question of prematurity to ask that it be refused. We want South Marston Village to be the first phase of the overall Eastern Villages development so as to ensure prompt construction and avoid further unnecessary delays. However, this is by no means a satisfactory application as can be seen from our formal response submitted on the 31 December 2013.
We intend to continue working with the Borough Officers and the developers on revisions to this planning application to deliver consistency with the draft Local Plan and adequate infrastructure provision, neither of which are currently achieved by these proposals.