The next meeting of West Swindon locality on Monday will discuss matters of community interest and concern, particularly whether Swindon Council should parish all parts of the town in a year long, 5 stage Community Governance Review (see below).
Also high on the agenda will be a presentation from the office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Swindon & Wiltshire about raising the tax needed to run the county’s police force.
Standing items which the forum reviews at every meeting includes an update from West Neighbourhood Police Team, progress on extending Thamesdown Drive to Great Western Way, monitoring moves by Taylor Wimpey to build 50 houses on the edge of Lydiard Park and the future of Lydiard Park which is under review by the borough council.
Public question time early in the meeting provides the opportunity for residents to raise issues of importance with the nine borough councillors who represent the three wards in West Swindon.
The meeting, which takes place in West Swindon Library at Link Centre, on 11 January starts at 7pm, with tea and coffee available from 6.30pm For minutes of previous meetings and order of business, click here.
To parish or not to parish? A borough council explanation of the process
Until November, Swindon Borough Council is carrying out a Community Governance Review. This is the legal process for reviewing the arrangements for local parish councils in Swindon. The purpose is to engage with residents across the borough about changes to existing parish councils, as well as considering the opportunity to create new parish councils.
What will the Community Governance Review consult upon?
The review is open to resident feedback on the following:
- Creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes;
- The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes;
- The electoral arrangements for parishes, and
- Grouping parishes to form a single larger council or creating smaller parishes
When does it start?
The Council is required to follow a process to enable as many groups, organisations and individual residents to give their views as possible. The process is as follows:
Stage One 5 December 2015 to 30 March 2016
This stage invites your views on your current arrangements whether you live in a parished area or not. It is also open to your thoughts on what a potential parish could look like in your area. You can request a map of existing parish boundaries or a blank map of the Borough of Swindon for your own proposals.
Stage Two 31 March – 30 June 2016
Any submissions received will be considered and draft recommendations prepared.
Stage Three 4 July to 16 September 2016
Draft recommendations are published and local views are sought
Stage Four 19 September to November 2016
Feedback from Stage Three will be considered and final recommendations prepared.
Stage Five November to December 2016
Publish final recommendations
Implementation Order January 2017
Council will vote on whether to implement proposals
Why is this happening?
This review has been triggered by a number of requests to change existing parish council arrangements. This gives us an opportunity to conduct a borough-wide consultation into how best to serve all areas in Swindon.
There will be a number of informal public events happening as part of Stage One that members of the public can attend to find out more and speak to someone face to face. Details for the engagement events will be published on our website.
Submitting Your Views and Comments:
If you have an opinion on existing arrangements or wish to propose a new arrangement any person, informal or formal group or organisation can make a submission on any aspect of the review. We have a form and maps available to assist you.
All submissions should be received from a named person or organisation and submitted in writing to the address or email below. Submissions should be addressed to: Paula Harrison, Localities, Swindon Borough Council, Wat Tyler East, Beckhampton Street, Swindon SN1 2JG
Requests for maps or further information can be requested from