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Parish Council Meeting – urgent extra item

An urgent extra item will be discussed during the Parish Council meeting tomorrow (16th) relating to the school expansion and the requirement for a temporary car park off Old Vicarage Lane.

This is the result of discussions with the borough council which were confidential until this point. This would normally be included on the agenda but the matter has only just been finalised and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.

A draft working version of the document to be discusssed can be found here.

If anyone would like to raise any queries about this in advance of the meeting please email the clerk on

Recreation Ground works

On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December contractors working alongside Swindon Borough Council will be digging a trench on the edge of the recreation ground near the car park in the village.

This is an essential investigation related to the school expansion planning and the Parish Council has little option other than to allow the work.

The Parish Council has stressed that the site should be safe and secured while being worked on and that all measures will be taken to ensure the area is reinstated adequately. This includes ensuring  the ground is level, turf condition is satisfactory and that disruption to football users and the public is minimised.

Councillors will check the work following reinstatement and it has been agreed that additional remedial works will be carried out in the new year if required.

Old Vicarage Lane

Flyers have been received in the village stating that Old Vicarage Lane is due to be closed to traffic from today for up to 7 weeks. This is to allow construction of the new entrance into the Bellway site and associated works.

This may have some impact on HGV traffic but it is hoped that the number of site vehicles coming through the village will be minimised.

Please note that some lorries (for example those carrying roof trusses) have existing permission to come through the village via Pound Corner as they cannot pass under the rail bridge off the A420 junction.

Planning Application – Nightingale Lane

An updated planning application (S/19/1245) was received last week for a proposed development off Nightingale Lane.

While this arrived too late to be included on the agenda for this week’s Parish Council meeting,  it was considered important enough to be discussed.

The Council has already responded and repeated its strong objection. Any residents who have also previously responded to the application are encouraged to do so again. The deadline for responses is 28th November.

Old Vicarage Lane Closure

Thames Water engineers have dug a trench across the road between the former Hotel site entrance and the A420. They are due to finish by Friday 9th.

This means that construction traffic is coming through Pound Corner, in breach of Bellway’s movement conditions.

We  have protested to Bellway and informed the Swindon Borough Council case officer, but I am not sure that  he can enforce the movement conditions on Bellway when they cannot comply.

Information Event – August

The Parish Council has arranged an extra information event that will be held in the village towards the end of August.

This will be attended by Borough officers dealing with highways changes linked to the NEV developments,  including the White Hart and Gable Cross junctions, and will also cover any changes to the local plan.

This event is similar to those being held in other parishes currently and offers an alternative for residents in the village.

Once confirmed the date and location of the event will be published here.



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.

Public viewing of Council accounts

Each year, South Marston Parish Council undergo both an internal and external audit to ensure that we are effectively managing our finances and that our internal processes are working.

As part of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No.234), Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Transparency Code, members of the local electorate are welcome to request to view the accounts of the Council.

Details of this as well as copies of the Annual Return (which is completed as part of our external audit) can be seen below.

Notice of Commencement of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights 2018-page-001

Notice of Commencement of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights 2018

Annual Return – public copy