The next meeting of the West Swindon Forum takes place at the library in Link Centre on Monday 4 July, 7pm, with refreshments available from 6.30pm.
The forum is an opportunity for residents to meet with councillors representing the three Swindon Borough Council wards covering the area: Michael Bray, Mary Martin, Nick Martin, Tim Swinyard in the chair, Caryl Sydney-Smith, Keith Williams, Steph Exell, James Robbins and Kevin Small.
The agenda includes discussion on the introduction of car parking charges at Lydiard Park and a report on the activities of the West Neighbourhood Police Team.
Significant time is made available for residents to raise issues of community concern. To submit a question in advance of the meeting, send it to Leanne Curtis email@example.com
On Tuesday 5 July, 6pm, Swindon Council’s Community Governance Review which proposes to parish the whole of the town will be discussed at the West Library, Link Centre.
There will be short presentations, and a question and answer session. The West Swindon meeting is one of a series taking place across the town.
A council spokesman said: “In mid June, the council’s Cabinet agreed to give local people more power over local services by considering the potential of creating parish councils covering the entire borough.
“The plans to expand local democracy will ensure that community governance is effective and convenient and reflective of the identities and interests of the local communities in the borough. It will also provide residents with more direct control over services such as street cleaning, litter and dog waste bin emptying and grass cutting.”
In order to help residents understand the wider context in which the CGR is taking place a number of public meetings will be taking place in June and July:
Monday 27th June – 7pm Park South Community Centre
Tuesday 28th June – 7pm Lawn Primary School
Wednesday 29th June -7pm Broadgreen Community Centre
Tuesday 5th July – 6pm West Swindon Library
Wednesday 6th July – 7pm Lethbridge School
Monday 11th July – 7pm Liden Library
Monday 18th July – 7pm Pinetrees Community Centre
Wednesday 20th July – 7pm Even Swindon Primary School
Residents and any interested parties can also give their comments by 20 July either online or by letter to Community Governance Review, Swindon Council, Euclid Street, Swindon.
The detailed illustrative maps are available on the Council’s Website as well as further information on the CGR process: www.swindon.gov.uk/parishes
After the engagement period ends on 20 July, any draft recommendations would go before the Council’s Cabinet prior to a consultation in August and September.
If you can’t attend but would like to receive the information from the meeting, mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Click to read an opinion questioning whether parishing should be imposed on Swindon
Below, two maps illustrating the options for possible boundaries of parish council areas across Swindon