Swindon Advertiser today reported that:
AFTER thousands of phone calls, hundreds of letters and 14 floods, Linda Brown and her neighbours can now be all but assured their homes will never be deluged with waste water again.
Their quiet confidence comes after Thames Water’s announcement that the £10m flood alleviation works which began in earnest in April 2009 is now officially complete. Continue reading Thames water completes £10M Flood Alleviation scheme
The letter below was received by Michael Wills MP from Richard Bell, Swindon Borough Council Head of Planning. It responds to questions regarding the timetable that the council is working to with regards to the EDA consultation and development process as a whole.
This is Wiltshire, has published the following article regarding the latest public meeting regarding the EDA.
People opposed to plans to build 12,000 homes to the east of Swindon believe their views are being ignored.
They claimed at a meeting to discuss the Eastern Development Area that local objections will have no weight and that those in power have not taken into account the implications on the infrastructure of Swindon.
Residents joined councillors in calling for greater self-determination and power over planning decisions at local level.
Continue reading Resident’s Fury over 12,000 homes plan
Members of a close-knit community have expressed fears about the repercussions of building 12,000 homes just east of the A419.
The comments came at a meeting at Covingham Park Primary School where more than 50 people gathered to discuss the Government’s Eastern Development Area (EDA).
Covingham residents said their greatest concerns included an increase in flooding, traffic, crime and the loss of an area of outstanding beauty.
EDA homes are to be built north and south of the A420 in Covingham, Wanborough and South Marston on 300 hectares of land.
The area has been identified by the Government’s Regional Spatial Strategy to help Swindon meet targets for new homes over the next 20 years.
Outgoing North Swindon MP Michael Wills, who organised the meeting, in order to bring members of the community together, and to stir discussion, said he was neither opposed nor for the development.
Mr Wills said he hoped to organise another meeting, along with Covingham Parish Council, in January with professional and independent planners to help guide residents through the EDA’s plans.
The above was extracted from Swindon Advertiser. Click for the original article.