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Parish Council – July / August 2012

Parish Councillor Vacancy

South Marston Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Applicants should put their request for consideration in writing with a summary about themselves including: reasons for wishing to be a councillor; previous community/council work; any other skills they can bring to the Council, their interests and recent career history.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th July 2012.

All candidates will be invited to an interview. For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk.

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.

Tower and Tap – May 2012

Click here for the Tower and Tap May 2012 edition.

This months edition includes:-

All dates have been included in the South Marstons Calendar.

Please email items for Tower & Tap to kaylong@btinternet.com or drop any article in to The Maples, South Marston (next to the Vicarage).

The deadline for the June 2012 issue is 15th May.

Parish Council News – Nov 2011

Thank you to Ill Wind and local residents

South Marston Parish Council would like to acknowledge the major contribution made by the campaign group, Ill Wind in raising awareness of the Honda/Ecotricity wind turbine planning application in all the local communities and for their tireless campaigning throughout.

In particular, we acknowledge the efforts of Andy West for playing a major role in building awareness in his local area and also for the technical detail and information he produced throughout the course of the campaign. In both planning hearings the level of public speaking by Andy and so many others eloquently expressed the concerns felt by the majority of residents.

The Parish Council also extends its appreciation of the support of the local residents of both South Marston and Stratton. Especially those who petitioned Swindon Borough Council, attended the planning hearings and spoke at both meetings.

Septic Tanks Update

Thank you to everyone who has been in contact with septic tank information. Please continue to let the Clerk know if your property has a septic tank. This information is being collected in order to identify infrastructure issues associated with village expansion and to investigate the potential to connect all properties in the village to the main sewer system.

HGV’s Driving Through the Village

The Parish Council are aware that there are HGV’s ignoring weight limit signs, driving through the village. We are trying to collect evidence to pass on to Wiltshire Police who may be able to find an appropriate solution to the problem. If you have any information that may be of use, please pass this on to the Parish Clerk either via email (clerksmpc@aol.com) or by telephoning 01793 820529. Thank you.

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 all the latest Parish Council news, including minutes of Parish Council meetings, please visit www.southmarston.org.uk and visit the ‘Parish Council’ section.

Parish Council Update – Oct 2011

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Solar Farm Update

Earlier this year a planning application was submitted by AEE Renewables, the developers, for a Solar Farm adjacent to the Highworth Road in South Marston. Many villagers attended a road show presented by the company in the Village Hall, where the environmental features of the installation were presented, including a spiral stake system to support the panels.

This had the advantage of ease of installation and removal, with mininal environmental damage at the end of the solar farm’s life. In addition, the potential to supply cheaper, cleaner energy to the village from the solar farm was also discussed. The Parish Council therefore decided not to object the application, but requested changes to ensure that existing rights of way along footpaths remained.

In order to obtain government grants, the solar farm had to start supplying energy to a consumer by 1st August 2011. This was achieved by installing a direct feed from the first solar panels to the Honda Plant.

AEE Renewables have signed a non-disclosure agreement with Honda and therefore we do not have details of any supply arrangements which may now be in place. Our requests for further meetings to discuss options for supply of power to the village are currently being declined.

We have also been informed by Swindon Borough Council that during the planning consultation period a number of archaeological remains of potential historic significance were identified. The developer therefore produced a revised design for mounting the solar panels. This involved mounting the panels on wire cages filled with stones and consent was given for this design. However the construction of this arrangement could not meet the required completion date. The developer therefore requested that concrete pad foundations be used instead. Swindon Borough Council Planning Department considered this change to be a non-material amendment and therefore approved the change without informing or consulting the village. The first we knew about the change was when we saw the concrete pads being installed.

The Parish Council will therefore be complaining to Swindon Borough Council that we were neither informed nor consulted on this issue which we consider to be more significant than a non-material amendment. There is also a potential issue concerning an increased flooding risk due to additional run-off water from the site as a result of this change. However, there is probably little that we can do now to change the situation.

Finally, there have been some complaints concerning the installation work. If you have any issues regarding consequential damage or access to public rights of way as a result of the installation, please can you pass any details on to the Parish Council.

Septic Tanks

In order to identify infrastructure issues associated with village expansion and to investigate the potential to connect all properties in the village to the main sewer system, we have been asked to provide details of properties in the village that use septic tanks. The parish council would therefore be grateful if you could inform the Parish Clerk (clerksmpc@aol.com, 01793 820529) if your property has a septic tank.

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

Tower and Tap – June 2011

Click here for the Tower and Tap June 2011 edition.

This months edition includes:-

All dates have been included in the South Marstons Calendar.

Please email items for Tower & Tap to kaylong@btinternet.com or drop any article in to The Maples, South Marston (next to the Vicarage).

The deadline for the May 2011 issue is 15th June.

Parish Council Update – May 2011

Swindon Borough Council Core Strategy Presentation in the Village Hall

On 12 April, Swindon Borough Council held their Roadshow on the Core Strategy and gave some indications about their thoughts on the expansion of the village.

The village expansion working party also put on a display of some of their work.

Over 130 villagers attended. Many were kind enough to complete a questionnaire about the proposals and raised several points of their own. Of the 100 questionnaires given out, some 60% have so far been returned.

The village expansion working party are analysing the completed questionnaires and are also trying to obtain from Swindon Borough Planners, the answers to some of the questions and concerns raised by villagers.

Once this work has been completed, it is the intention of the village expansion working party to invite villagers to another meeting to hear the results of the questionnaires and to discuss the implications of these and some of the other points raised in greater detail. It is hoped that this can be arranged during May 2011.

Because it is not always convenient for villagers to attend on an evening, it is hoped to run the feed back meetings at different times of the day and on different days of the week in order to allow as great a participation of villagers as possible. When these meetings have been finalised, we will deliver a leaflet through your door giving you the detailed arrangements. We hope you will all continue to attend these meeting, as your views are important.

Flooding Photographs

The Parish Council would be grateful if anyone with photographs of flooding in the proposed building area could get in touch. Either email your pictures to the Parish Clerk at clerksmpc@aol.com or drop pictures in to any Parish Councillor. Thank you.

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 24th

May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. An agenda will be published prior to the meeting on the village website and on village noticeboards.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

The woodland at the back of St. Julian’s Close is currently being managed by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as a village facility. The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust have been working with the local Primary School to design a bench and seating around a woodland theme. A local artist has been commissioned to make the bench. The artwork will be unveiled on July 14th.

For further information please contact Neil Pullen, Swindon Wildlife Officer on neilp@wiltshirewildlife.org