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.
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.
There will be a ‘drop in’ information event at South Marston Village Hall on Thursday 3rd October from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.
SBC officers will be in attendance to answer questions and give any updated information related to the New Eastern Villages development.
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.
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.
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.