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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.

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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

 

A birds eye view of the New Eastern Villages

As part of a project to capture aerial footage of the land within the New Eastern Villages development area, we have given Swindon Borough Council permission to land a drone on the Recreation Ground.

The drone will be shooting footage and landing on the Recreation Ground as needed. The drone controllers will be ensuring that it does not land near residents or interfere with any activities taking place.

Keep an eye open and give it a wave if you see it!