Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Swindon Civic Voice will next year run a year-long project that will focus on Swindon’s central retail core and surrounding traffic circulation.
Announcing the award, Chair of SCV Angela Atkinson outlines the project:
"Swindon Civic Voice will explore the development of Swindon’s town from its origin in the mid-1880s, through its transformation in the 1970s, up to the present day.
"We ‘ll pull together information from historic records, maps and memories and share this early year’s material in an exhibition in Swindon’s Central Library in early February. We’ll follow that up with a second exhibition illustrating the range of proposals floated in recent years, each with a view to improving the range of housing, shopping and cultural facilities in the town centre.
"The project will conclude, at the back end of the 2020, with an exhibition on future proposals. This will offer an opportunity for residents to give their opinions concerning the future character of the area.
"This project is timely, due to the range of recent proposals, including the current Local Plan development which looks ahead to 2036.
"We intend to work closely with Swindon Council planners to understand their approach to the issues of our town centre. Our attention to the town centre will dovetail with the Heritage Action Zone project on the GWR Railway Village Conservation Area.
"We’ll use our social media platforms and our website to share the learning from this project. it’s our aim and hope to engage residents in shaping the future of their town, with further discussions based upon the knowledge pulled together throughout the exhibition process.
"The aim of Swindon Civic Voice is to bring information and people together to air both their concerns and their future wishes.
"SCV would especially like to meet and work with some of the more knowledgeable social media contributors, whose sharing of photos have been inspirational to Swindonians interested in the evolution of the town centre since 1945.
"It’s time to share and shape our town centre for the future."
Full details of how to contribute to the project or become a member of Swindon Civic Voice will shortly be available through Swindon Civic Voice’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/swindoncivicvoice/) and the SCV website: swindoncivicvoice.org.uk