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Parish Council News – June 2012

The Parish Council held an AGM meeting on 15th May 2012. Mr Stuart Young was elected as Chairman. Sylvia Brown was elected as Vice Chair.

Parish Council Working Parties:

Strategic Planning, Property & Finance

  • Chairman – Stuart Young, Sylvia Brown,
  • Malcolm Phillips & Barry Thunder

Operational Planning

  • Ken Millard, Stuart Young & Barry Thunder


  • Barry Thunder

Emergency Planning

  • Ken Millard with SBC

Allotment Liaison

  • Barry Thunder

Village Expansion Working Party

  • Chairman – Malcolm Phillips.
  • At least three Parish Councillors and local residents.

Representatives on Outside Bodies

Highworth United Charities

  • To be arranged

Friendly Club

  • To be arranged

Swindon Area Committee

  • Sylvia Brown, Ken Millard and Colin McEwen

Tower & Tap/Website

  • Clerk – Gemma Cheal

Transport & Police

  • To be arranged

South Marston Recreation Association

  • Stuart Young and Jill Little

Swindon Community Planning Forum

  • Stuart Young and Colin McEwen

For a full update, please check the village website for Draft AGM minutes.

The Parish Council sadly said goodbye to Mr Neil Burchell and Mr Brian McGlone. The Parish Council wish to express their thanks to Mr Burchell and Mr McGlone for all their hard work and dedication to the Parish Council.

Village Expansion Community Dialogue Event

You are invited to attend a Village Expansion Community Dialogue event which is scheduled to be held at the Mercure Swindon South Marston Hotel on Tuesday 12th June. You are welcome to drop in any time between the hours of 4pm and 9pm for an update on progress to date. The Parish Council would very much like to receive your views, opinions and ideas.

If you have any specific questions that you would like the Parish Council to answer, please email the clerk on clerksmpc@aol.com.

Alternatively, please telephone the Clerk on 01793 820529.

Parish Council Meetings

Members of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings which are held on the third Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There is an “Open 10 Minutes” section at the start of the meeting where you are invited to ask questions or discuss an agenda item. It would be helpful if you could inform the Chairman at the start of the meeting of any items that you wish to raise or discuss.

All agendas are published on the village website and on the village notice boards, prior to the meetings.

To keep informed of the latest Parish Council news, including minutes of Parish Council meetings, please visit http://www.southmarston.org.uk and visit the ‘Parish Council’ section.

Advertiser – New windfarm rules upset Swindon residents

Wind turbines (Vendsyssel, Denmark)
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Swindon Advertiser, yesterday met with members of Ill Wind to discuss some changes to Swindon Borough Councils Core Strategy. Below is the resulting article:

CAMPAIGNERS are fearful that liberal new rules threaten to open the door for building more wind turbines around Swindon.

The objectors claim obscure changes buried deep in Swindon Council’s Core Strategy would mean that tight planning rules about where turbines can go will be replaced with a soft-touch set of guidelines. Continue reading Advertiser – New windfarm rules upset Swindon residents

Swindon Advertiser: Flying high to halt turbines

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Swindon Advertiser today ran an article about the Ill Winds blimp flight yesterday.

A CAMPAIGN group have gone to new heights in their battle against a plan to build three wind turbines at the Honda plant.

South Marston-based campaign group, Ill Wind, received authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly a blimp at 393ft (120m), to represent a turbine blade at its highest point.

This is twice as tall as Nelson’s Column in London which stands at 169 ft (52m) high but not as tall at the London Eye which is 442ft high (135m).

It follows the news that Swindon Council have received hundreds of letters from local residents in response to the proposals. A spokesman for the council said the volume was unusual but not all letters were complaints.

The balloon, which was donated by a local resident, was launched at 11am yesterday and flew for three hours before high winds caused a steering line to snap and it had to be taken down.

Neil Burchell, chairman of the group, said: “I think we achieved what we wanted to do, which was to show how tall these turbines will be.”

We had a lot of people come out and they were horrified by it. We even had a call from someone in Greenbridge who said they could see it.”

I think it’s great that people have felt strongly enough to write in those numbers.”

We hope that by demonstrating the scale of the turbines, this will prompt people to investigate for themselves fully the issues of noise, flicker and associated health problems.”

The group had hoped to fly it from the exact place on the Honda site but were told they could only fly it at the height of the hub and so chose to relocate to Thornhill Road.

A viewing platform was also set-up on the South Marston recreation ground, 600m away from the blimp, to represent the distance of the turbines from the nearest houses in Greenfields.

Sam Tipper, a spokesman for the car manufacturer, said: “Honda and Ecotricity have already submitted photographs, as stipulated by Swindon Council, to support the planning application which are a true representation of visual impact of the wind turbines.”

However, we do appreciate that it may be difficult to visualise the impact of a turbine from the perspective of each individual resident’s house from the photographs.

What also remains important to us is that any airborne device selected must give an accurate visual representation of the hub height of the proposed wind turbines in both size of the hub diameter (5.5m) and at a fixed height of 79m.”

“Honda and Ecotricity also maintain an open communication approach with the local community in regards to this proposed wind turbine application.”

Swindon Advertiser: Residents in spin about turbines

On 30th July, Swindon Advertiser ran the following article about the Emergency Village Meeting regarding Honda’s proposed Wind Turbines:

AROUND 100 residents attended an emergency meeting to voice their opinions on Honda’s plans for three 120m wind turbines at their east Swindon site last night.

Ad hoc protest group Ill Wind called upon residents in Stratton and South Marston to raise objections before the consultation period ends on August 13 at a meeting at the South Marston Hotel.

Honda, in conjunction with green energy firm Ecotricity, are looking to follow several other buisness in using green energy to power its plant, including the Green Park in Reading. The three turbines combined would produce enough electricity to power 5,300 homes a year, an Ecotricity spokesman said.

Residents’ main concerns centred around noise levels, ‘shadow flicker’ and the height of the turbines. Ill Wind displayed flicker and noise maps, provided by Ecotricity, for residents to look at.

Neil Burchell, chair of the campaign, said the group wanted to inform people about the facts surrounding wind farms and wanted residents to make up their own minds.

What we want to do is to share with the villagers some of the concerns that have been raised,” he said.

We know we need new ways of powering our homes and wind farms are clearly part of that but we do feel they need to be in the right place.

“I don’t think we can be accused of being those who say ‘not in my back yard’ – we have two industrial estates and a dual carriageway nearby.

Mr Burchell said he had invited a representative of Ecotricity to the meeting but they had declined.

But he said he was hoping North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson and a representative form Ecotricity could attend a working group meeting next Thursday.

Ann Ensure, of Rural England, said residents needed to write to the council to appeal for more time.

We want an extension of timing to allow parish councils and working groups to tap into specialists who can look at this properly.”

Chris Bowdidge, 40, of South Marston said his main concern was for public health, particularly low frequency sound and vibrations.

There is a concern about low frequency sound waves which don’t seem to have had any recognition and can cause lung and heart problems.

Jill Hopes, 72, of Stratton, said she agreed with green energy but not with the proximity of the turbines.

She said: “I don’t want to oppose it or protest because I believe we need green energy but the size and distance of them is quite frightening.

A spokesperson for Ecotricity told the Adver on Wednesday: “Throughout the development, Ecotricity and Honda have been available to answer any questions and all queries received to date have been answered personally.”

SMAWL competition updates

Conservation and the environment were major features at this years’ fete with both the village conservation group (SMAWL) and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust having stands.

We have been overwhelmed at the number of entries we had to our conservation area design competition and wanted to show some of them to the village’ said Barry Thunder, chairman of SMAWL. ‘People were really impressed by the creativity and thought that had been put into them. We also took the opportunity to show people pictures of some of the work we have been doing and answer their questions about the site.’

Neil Burchell and I also had a lot of offers of help ‘ added Barry ‘ and we hope to see our numbers swelled at our next working party on Saturday the 24th of July and beyond.’

Several residents in the village contributed prizes to SMAWL, so that they could hold a prize draw at the fete and the lucky winners were.

Top prize of a Wicker Hamper of Bath Products from local company Aquileia was won by Kirsty Jones

Other prize winners were: –

  • Roy and Carol Chambers
  • Amanda Hancock
  • April Stoneham
  • Thomas Skey
  • Hazel Beaver
  • Tony Heath
  • Alex
  • April Chambers
  • J Tomlinson

Parish Council Update – Dec 2009

New Parish Councillors

The co-option of Mrs Sheila Anderson-Witty, Mr Stuart Young and Mr Neil Burchell as Parish Councillors was ratified at the Council meeting on the 17th November.  The new Councillors fill the vacancies resulting from the resignations of Mr Des Jones, Mr David Marner and Mr Feal-Martinez and brings the Council back to its full complement of 9 councillors. Continue reading Parish Council Update – Dec 2009