Note: This article has been significantly updated since the original posting
Since a meeting on 15 October in the village hall, I have become aware of the strength of feeling in the village about the plans to build 12,000 houses in the Eastern Development Area to the South of the village.. Many residents here, and in other parishes affected by the proposals, want to oppose the development. They are surprised that the South Marston parish council is continuing to work with the planners to modify the proposals to bring them more in line with the village strategy, which so many of you helped to create in 2007. Continue reading Latest on the planned housing development – Updated→
We had a very busy start to the new year at school and held a number of events for charities, both local and we had a great Harvest festival in October at the Church.
Thank you to all of the children who brought in food for the Swindon Food Bank.
We have also had a Jeans for Genes day this term and collected £106 for research into genetic disorders.
The School Council have also decided to support an appeal for Christmas shoeboxes full of presents for families in Romania. We are collecting items until 20th Oct and they will be distributed in Dec to the Romanian families by a charitable organisation.
We have recently had planning permission granted for an extension to the front of the school to include a kitchen and dining area. Work will hopefully be starting in November and it will be a 6 month project.
An ORANGE inflatable boat was among items taken from a diving club.
Burglars struck at the Swindon British Sub Aqua Club, based within the grounds of Supermarine Sports and Social Club in South Marston, between 7.30pm on Monday and 8.15am on Tuesday.
The high value items stolen included diving equipment and the orange humber rigid inflatable boat, which is six metres in length and has a Yamaha two-stroke outboard engine attached to it.
Anyone with information or who saw the boat being towed away should call DC 1596 Bishop at Gablecross Police Station on 0845 408 7000 or leave information, anonymously, with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
With the clocks going back this weekend (25th Oct 2009), Swindon Borough Council is urging people to take extra care when travelling in the darker evenings.
Cyclists can easily be caught out without lights, and should take the time to check that their bicycle lights are clean and working, and if possible invest in reflective clothing. Dynamo pedals are also available that flash as you cycle, giving added visibility as the cyclist crosses side junctions.
Car drivers should also prepare for the winter months by checking there is a spare blanket in the boot, and taking extra caution to look out for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s also safer to have passengers in the car should you break down or have to walk to isolated car parks, so try to car share with friends and work colleagues as much as possible. To find out who’s going your way, log on to www.carshareswindon.com.
Wear bright clothing if walking in poorly lit areas too. Whether it’s walking the dog or striding your child to school, make sure you can be seen. Reflective tabards and ankle / armbands are available for both adults and children.
For more information, contact Margaret Tester, Swindon Borough Council’s Road Safety Manager, Phone: 01793 466399
The local police are keen to extend the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Swindon and the surrounding area. A scheme has been up and running successfully in Ash Gardens and Fuller Gardens for nearly two years and has provided many benefits. There are a number of benefits in becoming part of such a Scheme, these include:-
We should feel slightly more secure knowing that our neighbours are keeping an eye on our property and also that we are not alone when problems arise.
The opportunity to get to know our neighbours and create a sense of community.
The ability to contact the NHW Liaison Officer at Gablecross Police Station, who will listen and, if it is deemed appropriate, pass on any relevant information to the Local Beat Officer.
It can help to deter prospective troublemakers from targetting your street.
It can lead to lower priced house insurance.
Volunteers will only need to spend a minimal amount of time fulfilling the Co-ordinators role and it should make our village a safer place to live.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and/or becoming a Co-ordinator for your street in South Marston, please contact Jill Quadri at email@example.com or telephone Jill on 829796.