At today’s Neighbourhood Plan referendum, over 95% of those that voted said yes to the Neighbourhood Plan being adopted.
The turnout at 47% exceeded the recent votes for neighbourhood plans in Highworth and Wroughton.
Chair of South Marston Parish Council, Colin McEwen, said “this is a good result for village; it gives us a lever in negotiations with both the developers and the planning officers.
We would like to thank everybody who voted and in particular, those who contributed to the development of the neighbourhood plan.”
Today is your chance to vote in the South Marston Neighbourhood Plan referendum.
The vote is being held in the Village Hall until 10pm this evening.
You can see the latest copy of Community News (here) or www.southmarstonplan.com for more details.
Further details on the Neighbourhood Plan can be found at http://www.southmarstonplan.com.
Please feel free to submit any questions in advance of the Information Event to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many homes in the village have been affected by smoke from the fires on the old hotel site. The Parish Council, our Borough Councillors and our MP have been informed and have all pressed for action.
On their initial visit Borough officers saw nothing untoward, but they will attend again.
The Parish Council has investigated how this came about and what can be done and a copy of the report is available from the Clerk. The nub of it is that the extent of the nuisance that enables the Borough’s officers to take effective action is a good deal worse than we might wish.
The Borough Public Protection officers have advised the Parish Council that:
• if residents call on 01793 445500 to report significant effects from visible smoke at any time arising from the activities on site then they will always contact them as soon as they are able, and to visit the site if appropriate. However they stress that they are unable to act on the odour arising from the burning which is happening, and can only consider acting where thick smoke is moving into residents homes as a result of the fire(s).
• officers will also proactively visit the site if and when they can to keep an eye on what is happening there
• if local residents consider that there is a real risk of fires becoming out of control, they should dial 999 and ask for the fire service.
• if residents consider that large quantities of unsuitable materials are being burned, such as tyres or plastics, and that toxic smoke is thus being produced; they should contact the Environment Agency on their incident hotline: 0800 807060.
The Parish Council are continuing to monitor the situation and remain in regular communication with Swindon Borough Council and other relevant organisations.
The Old Vicarage section of the Hotel site has been severely damaged by a fire that started on Friday evening, a week after demolition contractors started work on the site. No other buildings appear to have been affected.
It is a condition of the outline planning permission for the site that the building be kept and converted, subject to the usual financial viability test. The Victorian building was listed as a Heritage Asset in our draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Owner Paul Cripps, who is currently here on a visit from his home in Bermuda, attended the scene whilst the fire services were fighting the blaze. He suggested that the fire was probably started by vandals.
Colin McEwen, on behalf of South Marston Parish Council. 29.7.17
The Parish Council are hosting an information event for residents to drop-in and learn more about various activities within the Village.
Come and learn about:
• Progress with development
• Parish council work
• Village activities
The event takes place on Wednesday 14th June 2017, 3:15pm – 6:30pm in South Marston Village Hall.