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.
Concerns have been raised about the number of off-lead dogs on the recreation ground in the village.
The Council has discussed this and would like to remind members of the public that dogs should not be exercised off-lead there (as indicated by signs) and should also be deemed to be under control at all times.
For more information this link leads to an interesting article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50432073
The Community Litter Pick event has been rescheduled for Sunday 13th October.
Please meet at the Village Hall at 11am for safety brief, allocating equipment and organising teams and areas to work.
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.