Cllr Vera Tomlinson (Conservative, Abbey Meads) has secured £700,000 to be spent on community projects in the Northern Development Area.
Following Councillor Tomlinson’s intervention, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet has agreed that £700,000 is a much fairer amount to come to the area as part of the planning permission in 2001 to build the the Priory Vale villages of Redhouse, Oakhurst and Haydon End. The money comes from the legal agreement under which developers make contributions to spend in the areas affected by the massive amount of building in recent years.
Cllr Vera Tomlinson said she felt extremely angry on behalf of ward residents when told in 2009 that the amount her ward could expect was a paltry £100,000 at most. Two years later and following a lot of meetings and lobbying, she has now been successful in getting the increased sum of £700,000 allocated to the area.
Residents are already giving their suggestions and so far a much-needed community building in Redhouse Village Centre is by far top of the list. However ward councillors are putting the spending allocation out to consultation. Blunsdon Parish Council, Haydon Wick Parish Council, Redhouse Residents Association and Oakhurst Residents Association – and every resident in the area – will receive a consultation form to put their views forward before any decisions are made.
Cllr Vera Tomlinson said, “It has been a long hard battle but with the support of Justin Tomlinson MP and my two fellow ward Councillors Peter Heaton-Jones and Peter Stoddart, it was a battle we were determined to win on behalf of our residents. I should mention that Justin was persuing this when he was a Swindon councillor before he was elected MP in 2010. They are pictured at Redhouse Village Centre.
“The result of the consultation will go to the chairman of the North area Connecting People Connecting Places Cluster for verification and then on to two cabinet members to sign off. This may seem a long process, but in the interests of fairness and openness this process must be strictly adhered to”.
Below, Redhouse Village Centre