Thursday 13 May 2021

• The BBC reports that there were 37 CV-19 cases in Swindon in the week 3-9 May, down 27 on the week before. This equates to 17 cases per 100,000. The average area in England has 17 (16 last week).  See also this map from Gov.uk which enables figures at a much more local level to be obtained.

• Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests in Swindon.

• The Swindon Advertiser reports that Wiltshire had the lowest crime rate in the country last year as the amount of reported offences dropped by 16.5%. However, data from the Office for National Statistics reveals a sharp increase in hate crime, domestic abuse, stalking and public-order offences.

, The Advertiser also reports that the number of miles covered by cars in Swindon plummeted by more than a quarter last year as a result of lockdown.

• The Conservative Party has increased its majority to 15 seats on Swindon Council following the recent election.

• Swindon Borough Council is supporting Foster Care Fortnight in the hope of inspiring more people in the town to become foster carers.

• Work to construct the Wichelstowe Southern Access (WSA), a new underpass beneath the M4, will move to stage four next week with all associated traffic management to be removed from the motorway.

• There have been a lot of reports of catalytic converters being stolen from cars because of their valuable metal content.

• The Advertiser says that retirement community specialists McCarthy Stone has launched a search for local charities to support in Swindon.

• Lydiard House has benefitted from a £330,000 facelift by Swindon Council, with more work planned over the next four years – more here.

• Organisations in Swindon are being encouraged to apply for government funding which is available as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund (UK CRF)

• Click here for information from Swindon Council about how Coronavirus is affecting its services as well as other useful information.

• The most recent meeting of Chiseldon Parish Council took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: progress on the parish newsletter; the 2020 Parish Festival; drain clearance works; local footpaths; committee reports; risk assessments; and the lay-by at Windmill Piece.

• The most recent meeting of Wanborough Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Royal Wooton Bassett Town Council took place on 25 March and you can download the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Shrivenham Parish Council took place on 4 April and you can download the minutes here

• The most recent meeting of Watchfield Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can download the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can download the minutes here.

Click here to read the May edition of the Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Village News.

Swindon area council news

Borough council: Swindon Borough Council.

Other councils, each of which cover part of this area: Vale of White Horse District Council and Wiltshire County Council.

Parishes: click here for Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council, Chiseldon Parish CouncilShrivenham Parish Council, Watchfield Parish Council, Wanborough Parish Council, Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council and Ashbury Parish Council.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn Valley; Marlborough area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Compton and Downlands; Theale area; Wantage area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 6 May 2021

• Official news from councils in this area is currently thin as we are in a period of pre-election purdah (see here for more) until after the polling stations close on 6 May when there restrictions on what can be announced.

• The BBC reports that there were 63 CV-19 cases in Swindon in the week 26 April to 2 May, down 10 on the week before. This equates to 28 cases per 100,000. The average area in England has 16 (18 last week).  See also this map from Gov.uk which enables figures at a much more local level to be obtained.

• Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests in Swindon.

The Advertiser reports that the number of miles covered by cars in Swindon plummeted by more than a quarter last year as a result of lockdown.

• Concerned about human rights and gender equality? Soroptimist International is the largest women’s service organisation in the world and works with the UN to improve the lives of women and girls across the globe. The Swindon Soroptimist group supports women in their community and welcome new members.

• There have been a lot of reports of catalytic converters being stolen from cars because of their valuable metal content.

• A swindon man has been fined after fly-tipping rubbish in Shrivenham last year.

• The Advertiser says that retirement community specialists McCarthy Stone has launched a search for local charities to support in Swindon.

• Lydiard House has benefitted from a £330,000 facelift by Swindon Council, with more work planned over the next four years – more here.

• Organisations in Swindon are being encouraged to apply for government funding which is available as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund (UK CRF)

• Click here for information from Swindon Council about how Coronavirus is affecting its services as well as other useful information.

• The most recent meeting of Royal Wooton Bassett Town Council took place on 25 March and you can download the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Shrivenham Parish Council took place on 4 April and you can download the minutes here

• The most recent meeting of Watchfield Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can download the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can download the minutes here.

Click here to read the May edition of the Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Village News.

Thursday 29 April 2021

• Official news from councils in this area is currently thin as we are in a period of pre-election purdah (see here for more) until after the polling stations close on 6 May when there restrictions on what can be announced.

• The BBC reports that there were 73 CV-19 cases in Swindon in the week 19025 April, up 13 on the week before. This equates to 33 cases per 100,000. The average area in England has 18 (18 last week).  See also this map from Gov.uk which enables figures at a much more local level to be obtained.

• Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests in Swindon.

This story from the Advertiser describes what appears to be a stressful nine-year battle a Swindon resident has had with the developer of his home.

• Concerned about human rights and gender equality? Soroptimist International is the largest women’s service organisation in the world and works with the UN to improve the lives of women and girls across the globe. The Swindon Soroptimist group supports women in their community and welcome new members.

• There have been a lot of reports of catalytic converters being stolen from cars because of their valuable metal content. Nicking them from cars in a hospital car park seems particularly below the belt.

• A swindon man has been fined after fly-tipping rubbish in Shrivenham last year.

• The Advertiser says that retirement community specialists McCarthy Stone has launched a search for local charities to support in Swindon.

• Lydiard House has benefitted from a £330,000 facelift by Swindon Council, with more work planned over the next four years – more here.

• See here for more information on the progress of the improvements at junction 15 of the M4.

• Click here for information from Swindon Council about how Coronavirus is affecting its services as well as other useful information.

• The most recent meeting of Royal Wooton Bassett Town Council took place on 25 March and you can download the minutes here.

• the most recent meeting of Shrivenham Parish Council took place on 4 April and you can download the minutes here

Thursday 22 April 2021

• Official news from councils in this area is currently thin as we are in a period of pre-election purdah (see here for more) until after the polling stations close on 6 May when there restrictions on what can be announced.

• The BBC reports that there were 60 CV-19 cases in Swindon in the week 12-18 April, down three on the week before. This equates to 27 cases per 100,000. The average area in England has 18 (20 last week).  See also this map from Gov.uk which enables figures at a much more local level to be obtained.

• Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests in Swindon.

• A swindon man has been fined after fly-tipping rubbish in Shrivenham last year.

• The Advertiser says that retirement community specialists McCarthy Stone has launched a search for local charities to support in Swindon.

• The same paper reports that fears over “shoddy” plans could dash hopes for 120 houses, a play park and shop next to farmland along a busy main road near the Honda site.

• Lydiard House has benefitted from a £330,000 facelift by Swindon Council, with more work planned over the next four years – more here.

• See here for more information on the progress of the improvements at junction 15 of the M4.

• Click here for information from Swindon Council about how Coronavirus is affecting its services as well as other useful information.

• The most recent meeting of Royal Wooton Bassett Town Council took place on 25 March and you can download the minutes here.

• the most recent meeting of Shrivenham Parish Council took place on 4 March and you can download the minutes here.

Thursday 15 April 2021

• The BBC reports that there were 62 CV-19 cases in Swindon in the week 5-11 April, down 36 on the week before. This equates to 28 cases per 100,000. The average area in England has 20 (24 last week).  See also this map from Gov.uk which enables figures at a much more local level to be obtained.

• Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests in Swindon.

This story in the Advertiser says that Swindon Town FC’s owner Lee Power is “apparently” preparing to sell the club. The 1969 League Cup winners are currently 23rd in League One, four points from safety with five matches yet to play.

Swindon Link reports that architect Robert Guy, who has connections with Swindon dating back to the 1970s, has “thrown his full support behind” the application that the Oasis leisure centre (currently in need of some major TLC) be granted listed-building status by Historic England.

• The same source says that retirement community specialists McCarthy Stone has launched a search for local charities to support in Swindon.

• The same paper reports that fears over “shoddy” plans could dash hopes for 120 houses, a play park and shop next to farmland along a busy main road near the Honda site.

• Residents should look out for their poll card for information about where they can cast their vote ahead of the local elections on Thursday, 6 May.

• Lydiard House has benefitted from a £330,000 facelift by Swindon Council, with more work planned over the next four years – more here.

• See here for more information on the progress of the improvements at junction 15 of the M4.

• Click here for information from Swindon Council about how Coronavirus is affecting its services as well as other useful information.

• The most recent meeting of Royal Wooton Bassett Town Council took place on 25 March and you can download the minutes here. Matters covered included; disabled parking bays; the RWB Sculpture Project Team; the Climate and Environmental Emergency Working Group; committee reports; the mayoral election procedures; EV charging points; and the donations policy.

• The Advertiser reports one irate new resident of Royal Wooton Bassett as claiming that parking in the town is “more expensive than Cirencester, Bath, Oxford or Kensington,” four places which I imagine must take some beating in this league.

Thursday 8 April 2021

• The BBC reports that there were 99 CV-19 cases in Swindon in the week 29 March to 4 April, down 52 on the week before. This equates to 45 cases per 100,000. The average area in England has 24 (39 last week).  See also this map from Gov.uk which enables figures at a much more local level to be obtained.

• Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests in Swindon.

This strange story in the Advertiser comes under the headline “nightmare goes on for neighbours” and describes how a homeowner in Park South has put a caravan and a shipping container in her back garden due to problems with the house itself which, she claimed, was unsafe for her child. From her description of her circumstances, she seems to be the one more likely to be having nightmares. The photograph at the head of that article also shows a larger caravan parked a couple of houses down: if this has attracted the same level of opposition, the article doesn’t refer to it.

• The same paper reports that fears over “shoddy” plans could put paid to hopes for 120 houses, a play park and shop next to farmland along a busy main road near the Honda site.

• Swindon Council has extended the £500 Support Payment scheme to include parents and guardians of children required to self-isolate.

• Residents should look out for their poll card for information about where they can cast their vote ahead of the local elections on Thursday, 6 May.

• Lydiard House has benefitted from a £330,000 facelift by Swindon Council, with more work planned over the next four years – more here.

• See here for more information on the progress of the improvements at junction 15 of the M4.

• Click here for information from Swindon Council about how Coronavirus is affecting its services as well as other useful information.

• The most recent meeting of Royal Wooton Bassett Town Council took place on 25 March and you can download the minutes here. Matters covered included; disabled parking bays; the RWB Sculpture Project Team; the Climate and Environmental Emergency Working Group; committee reports; the mayoral election procedures; EV charging points; and the donations policy.

Thursday 1 April 2021

• The BBC reports that there were 151 CV-19 cases in Swindon in the week 22-28 March, down seven on the week before. This equates to 68 cases per 100,000. The average area in England has 39 (49 last week).  See also this map from Gov.uk which enables figures at a much more local level to be obtained.

• Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests in Swindon.

Swindon Link reports that more than 600 community rail volunteers are poised to play a key role in South West’s post-Covid economic recovery. Such groups, the article explains, engage local people with their railways and stations, working with train operators, local authorities and other partners. Their activities include volunteering, community gardening, food growing and biodiversity projects at stations. There are community arts and heritage projects to help people learn about and take pride in their area.

• Swindon Council has extended the £500 Support Payment scheme to include parents and guardians of children required to self-isolate.

• Residents should look out for their poll card for information about where they can cast their vote ahead of the local elections on Thursday, 6 May.

• Lydiard House has benefitted from a £330,000 facelift by Swindon Council, with more work planned over the next four years – more here.

• See here for more information on the progress of the improvements at junction 15 of the M4.

• Click here for information from Swindon Council about how Coronavirus is affecting its services as well as other useful information.

• The most recent meeting of Royal Wooton Bassett Town Council took place on 25 March and you can download the minutes here. Matters covered included; disabled parking bays; the RWB Sculpture Project Team; the Climate and Environmental Emergency Working Group; committee reports; the mayoral election procedures; EV charging points; and the donations policy.

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