Fundraising evening for South Marston Primary School

The Friends of South Marston Primary School are hosting a fun filled evening at the Coleview Community Centre on Friday 18th May 2018 to raise funds for the school.

Tickets are just £5 and everyone is welcome. Entertainment will be provided by the Groove Radicals, a nine-piece band who play classic disco, soul and funk.

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New date: Big Spring Clean in South Marston

Following the snow last week, we were forced to reschedule our village Spring Clean to a new date of Sunday 29th April 2018. 

Can you help? Any time you can give will be much appreciated. We really need your help and everyone is welcome! Those with children can help by collecting litter in safer areas around the village. All equipment (including litter grabbers) will be provided by SMRA and the Parish Council.

We will be meeting at 11am in the Village Hall.

If you are unable to join us on the day, you can help by spending a few minutes tidying outside your property. It all helps.

Let’s all work together making South Marston a clean & safe place to live. Let’s stamp out littering & fly tipping. For further information please contact Mandie Olive on 07794076015 or

Thank you to our contractor, AllBuild Building & Landscape, who are kindly supporting this event by disposing of all waste collected on the day for free.

Energy Centre Appeal

An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of the Borough to grant permission for the Energy Centre at Keypoint.

Two reasons were given for the refusal:

1. The proposed Renewable Energy Centre would introduce a visually dominant, intrusive and unsightly feature in a highly prominent location, which would substantially harm the visual setting of Swindon and its surrounding local area and which could prejudice delivery of Swindon’s development strategy…..

2. The applicant has failed to demonstrate a need for the strategic scale waste management facility. In the absence of a local need, and in the absence of a robust assessment of potentially suitable sites closer to the source of the waste, waste would need to be transported to the facility from beyond the local area, contrary to the proximity principle and contrary to the principles of sustainable development….

The appeal will be determined by a Government appointed inspector based on those 2 grounds.

Air pollution was not one of the reasons given for refusal because the planning officers advised that this was an issue for “other regulatory bodies”. In the event that the appeal is successful, this is something that the PC will have to pursue.

Residents with a particular concern about this may like to skim through the Planning Officer’s detailed Report to the committee at


Parish Council Meeting: February & March

February 2018 meeting minutes

The minutes from the February Parish Council meeting are available to read. In this meeting, the Parish Council discussed a wide range of topics, including:

  • Concerns about the A420
  • Revisions to the Great Stall East application
  • Updates on the cable installation on village roads

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting. They can be seen here.

March 2018 meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. An agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.