Residents have raised a number of concerns recently regarding the amount of vehicles and visitors using Nightingale Lane and accessing Nightingale Woods. These concerns include speeding, safety of pedestrians and horses and damage to the road and property.
Forestry England has confirmed that the car park there will not be locked due to government guidance that such locations are to remain open – they will put some additional signage up. Our police contacts have also confirmed that there is little they can enforce regarding ‘local’ use.
This matter was discussed in the public session of the Parish Council meeting held on 19th January. Unfortunately, despite understanding the concerns, the Parish Council has no powers to intervene in the situation. The Clerk has notified our ward councillors who have been asked to investigate any measures that might be taken.
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.
A New Eastern Villages update has been issued by Swindon Borough Council that contains news about local major roadworks. Please click on this link to read the item:
The end is in sight for the closure of Old Vicarage Lane. Bellway Homes has told us the current closure point will move to the village side of Nightingale Lane in the week beginning 10th August. Following this, the finish date for the work is the week beginning 11th September, when the road will finally be re-opened.
A number of residents have raised concerns about the ongoing closure of Old Vicarage Lane – which has been extended by the lockdown situation. The following points summarise an update the Parish Council received after raising these concerns with the developers:
- The road remains closed because work on a gas main running underneath needs to be completed – the developers are waiting for an update from the utility provider on this and cannot make further progress until this is done
- After this the closure will move to the other side of Nightingale Lane – the developers acknowledge this will cause more concerns but this will be the final stage of the closures
We will be updated when the developers know more but currently there is no more information available.
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.
The Clerk will be on leave over the Christmas period from Monday 23rd December and will resume his normal hours on Friday 3rd January.
During this period email will be checked intermittently for any urgent matters. Any normal business will be dealt with on the Clerk’s return.