The newly elected chairperson of Redhouse Residents’ Association wants to spread the word about what the group aims to do and make it more accessible to people across North Swindon.
Ellie Hunt, who has been acting chairperson since February, said that she wants to give more people a chance to have their say. “The monthly formal meetings appeal to those willing to come out in the evenings, or if there is a burning issue to discuss
“Anybody living in Redhouse knows all about the problems it has: the lack of car parking, the difficulties buses have navigating the main roads, and the need for builders to keep sites safe and tidy. Recently we’ve been hearing of sewage problems around Eastbury Way and Britton Road where it is suspected pipes laid by different developers might not be draining as they should.
Ellie has started a monthly coffee afternoon for people at home during the day or who can’t get out in the evenings at her house because there are so few neighbourhood meeting places. She said, “the comments made are quite different such as the lack of pre-school provision in the area, and the difficulty of making friends if people have to leave the area to join groups.”
Over the next few months a programme of social events will be developed by members of the committee who have taken on different responsibilities.
Future evening meetings at Redhouse Primary School, from 7.30pm, will cover a range of topics:
18 May – Swindon Council transport manager Rachel Ind will talk about road adoption, the role of the council in improving road safety and parking issues;
June – PC Troy Smith, beat manager of North Swindon Neighbourhood Police Team will discuss police priorities. Date to be confirmed;
July – A social event is being planned;
August – Warden conducted walk and picnic at Mouldon Hill Park.
Although called Redhouse Residents’ Association, Ellie said people from across North Swindon are invited to attend meetings. “The issues we deal with are common to most people; we welcome comment from anybody living in the area.”
Pictured: Redhouse residents’ committee, from left, Steve Tovey, Paul Keevans, Helen Taverner, secretary, Ellie Hunt, chair, with Peter Stoddart, Abbey Meads ward councillor. Not pictured, Zoey Webster, treasurer