City and Country public consultation about Burderop Park

City & Country will be holding a third stage of public consultation on the future of Burderop Park on the 11th October. Local residents are invited to drop in from 3pm-7pm to view the masterplan, layout and landscape proposals, talk to the team and provide feedback.


The event will be held at Burderop Park (Swindon, SN4 0QD). If anyone has any questions about the event or the proposals they can call the community information line on 0808 178 1295.

Strategic Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment and Call for Sites

Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) and Call for Sites

The Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) is a key component of the evidence base to support the delivery of sufficient land for housing and economic development in order to meet identified development needs in the Local Plan and the emerging Local Plan Review. The Assessment is required by national planning policy as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 159).
The primary role of the SHELAA is to identify a ‘long list’ of potentially suitable, available and achievable sites which could be allocated for development in a Local Plan or Neighbourhood Plan. It will also identify sites that could be included in the Council’s five-year housing land supply.
The Assessment is an important evidence source to inform plan-making but does not in itself determine whether a site should be allocated for housing development. Allocations will be made through the relevant Local Development Plan Document or Neighbourhood Plan, which will be subject to full public consultation and independent examination. Also, the inclusion of potential housing and economic development sites within the Assessment should not be used to imply that planning permission for housing would be granted. Applications will continue to be considered against national policies, the Borough’s Adopted Local Plan and any other relevant material considerations.

The draft SHELAA methodology is out for consultation alongside a ‘call for sites’ from Thursday 29th September until Thursday 10th November.
The call for sites is an opportunity for landowners, developers and the wider public to submit sites for consideration to the Council for assessment through the SHELAA.
The draft methodology and the call for sites proforma are available here:
Further information is available by contacting the Forward Planning team on 01793 466413 or 01793 466433, or by e-mailing
Contact: Anthony Whitaker Planning Policy Tel: 466433 Email:

Free tickets for Harbour Fest Swindon and Launce of Swindon City of Sanctuary

Opening Night of the First Harbour Fest Swindon AND the Launch of Swindon City of Sanctuary You can now book your FREE ticket for the opening night of the first Harbour Fest Swindon AND the Launch of Swindon City of Sanctuary!
On Thursday 13th October join us for a special evening –
Special guests including the National Coordinator of the City of Sanctuary charity, representatives from Amnesty and the Harbour Project, will welcome us to the event, and – after a short introduction – the show begins:
We have an amazing mix of multi-cultural performances and entertainment for you!!! Kurdish singers, dancers, Swindon drama and poetry, and lots, lots more.
Please join us for this feast for the senses. And for the free international nibbles too.
Entry is FREE – but please register here:

Lego show at STEAM weekend of 3rd and 4th Nov

LEGO® Heaven In Store At This Weekend’s Great Western Brick Show (Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2016) This weekend, STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway will be turned into LEGO® heaven as the popular Great Western Brick Show gets underway. Every year, LEGO® fans from the Brickish Association bring their stunning creations to the Swindon Borough Council-owned museum, inspiring visitors from all over the UK.
Most of the newly-created giant models and displays are being kept under wraps for the show, though the organisers are giving away a few hints about what’s in store.
Martin Long, President of the Brickish Association and co-organiser of the show, said:
“As always, the show is full of surprises so we can’t give away too much about the models we have on display this year.
“However, we are able to release the fabulous news that we have Carl Greatrix with his brand new model of the Caterham Seven 620R attending on both days. The model he built will appear alongside a real Caterham car inside the museum.
“LEGO® has recognised Carl’s ingenuity by turning his Caterham ideas into an actual LEGO® set and this will be available to buy at the show.”
Martin added: “Bricks to the Past history group are back with a brand new vision of the Vikings, as they depict a tremendous Anglo-Saxon landscape. Flying Scotsman fans will be in for a treat, as will LEGO® fans with a penchant for Star Wars, Red Dwarf and Robot Wars. “Our aim is to inspire children and adult LEGO® fans to really stretch their imaginations and to get creating themselves. With this in mind, the weekend is packed with amazing displays and special activities, to get everyone involved and to get visitors building.
“There will also be two ‘chat panel shows’ with key builders from the Show as well as two product designers from the LEGO® company, talking about the sets they have created. These will run between 11am and 3pm on both days and full details will be in the Show Guide. “Our visitors are always amazed at what can be achieved with LEGO®. This show is a celebration of these wonderful bricks and of course, the great world of imagination.” Special activities include children’s LEGO® play tables inside the museum and LEGO® fans of all ages are invited to take part in building a giant LEGO® mosaic over the weekend.
The completed mosaic will then be displayed on the show’s official website at:
Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy, Regeneration and Skills said: “This popular event is full of show-stopping models and displays. It’s a fantastic day out for all the family and STEAM Season ticket holders get a 10% discount on entry to the show.” New LEGO® sets, including the Caterham Seven 620R car, minifigures and lots of LEGO® merchandise will be for sale inside the Marketplace, located in STEAM’s Hawksworth Hall. The Marketplace includes many independent LEGO® traders. Visitors will also get the chance to win sought-after LEGO® prizes in a special Brick Show competition that runs over the weekend.
Energy levels can be topped up at both the Brick Café and STEAM’s Platform One Café with freshly made hot and cold refreshments.
Doors open between 10am and 5pm on both days and tickets are available on the day.
Ticket prices are: £10 for children (3-15 yrs); £10 for seniors and £12 for adults. Family tickets cost £30 (1 adult, 2 children); £32 (2 adults, 1 child); £40 (2 adults, 2 children) and £45 (2 adults, 3 children). Under threes go free.
STEAM Season Ticket holders receive a 10% discount on tickets purchased directly from the museum.


From 5th November the Stagecoach service no.8 will cease to run.
There will be a 2 hourly service no80 which will go past the Patriot’s Arms and then turn left going to Marlborough.
There will be a new 2 hourly service no81 which again goes to the Patriot’s Arms roundabout and then turns right to Wroughton.
At Wroughton you can connect to the service 9 which goes to Waitrose at Wichelstowe and then on to Old Town and Swindon.

Temporary closure of Butts Road for resurfacing work









This Order is being introduced to allow carriageway resurfacing works and the effect with to prevent vehicles from proceeding on Butts Road.


Traffic will be diverted along Marlborough Road, New Road, Mays Lane and High Street.


The Order will come into force on the 11 October 2016 for 12 months but it anticipated the closure will be in force for 10 days.


Highways and Transport Services

23 September 2016


For further information regarding this closure please contact the Streetworks on: (01793) 466401 (direct line) quoting reference TTRO 2667


There will be pedestrian access and access to properties.

Scam report from Wiltshire Police

We’d like to make businesses in Wiltshire aware of a number of scam calls reported today.
This morning, we received a call from a business reporting that they had received a phonecall from a man who claimed to be a Wiltshire police officer. He insisted on being transferred to the managing director.
When he was transferred to the MD, he then asked about bank details. Fortunately no bank details were given, and when he was questioned by the MD on what exactly he was ‘investigating’, the man hung up.
Please note, Wiltshire Police officers would never call you out of the blue and would never ask for your bank details.
Please hang up immediately if you receive a call of this nature and report it via 101.

Last chance to have your say on SBC library consultation

A message from SBC:

Dear Stakeholder

The consultation on the proposal for the future of Swindon’s library service closes on Friday, 30th September.

We welcome and value your feedback on the proposal. If you haven’t had an opportunity to complete the questionnaire, please click on the link below to read all about the proposal and to complete the questionnaire.