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ELECTION 2014 - Chiseldon & Lawn: New councillor will need to tackle speed issues

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ON THURSDAY, Swindon’s longest serving councillor, Mike Bawden, will be stepping down after more than 45 years service.

His departure means there will be a new face representing the ward of Chiseldon and Lawn after the local election.

Whoever does take over will not be faced with any major pressing issues but will need to spend their time ensuring the area is kept looking smart and support the community work which is carried out.

In Lawn, the community centre acts as the hub to the strong community spirit, from which the Lawn Community Church is based.

The Rev John Roe said: “First of all I would say it is a privilege to live in Lawn and we don’t have any major negative issues.

“What I would really like to see is for the councillors to support all the good community work which already goes on in Lawn. “I think they should also be ensuring the infrastructure is maintained and any problems which do occur are repaired quickly.

“A lot of great work is done by the Lawn Community Association so I think if any councillor is to be successful then they should support this work.

“We are lucky with the open space there is in Lawn so it is important that it is properly maintained as it is such a benefit to the community.

“There are a few issues with speed but we have a speedwatch scheme and a good relationship with the police.”

The other part of the ward is Chiseldon, which once again has no serious issues although the cleanliness of the area is something which is of increasing concern.

Dave Thomes, who is the clerk of Chiseldon Parish Council which is non-political, says there has been an increasing amount of litter which he would like to see something done about.

He said: “There is more and more dog mess about so I think people want something to be done about that.

“We don’t really have a problem with vandalism but litter is is becoming more and more of a problem so we would like the council to do something about it.

“There has been a speed reduction on the B4005 from 40 to 30 mph which has been a success but we have seen people speeding at weekends but we will keep an eye on it.”

There are only two seats overall in the Chiseldon and Lawn Ward which were both run by Conservative candidates at the last local election in 2012, both with relatively strong margins.

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7:47am Sat 17 May 14

Davethered says...

How the hell can you speed on roads that's full of pot hole , do something worthwhile and get the council to cut the flipping grass . The town is a disgrace. Far more reaching things than catching a few idiots that'll speed no matter what.
How the hell can you speed on roads that's full of pot hole , do something worthwhile and get the council to cut the flipping grass . The town is a disgrace. Far more reaching things than catching a few idiots that'll speed no matter what. Davethered
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12:31pm Sat 17 May 14

faatmaan says...

but there will be no speed humps in this area, as the ward is nearly all privately owned homes in a well to area, possibly more schemes to deter through traffic !
but there will be no speed humps in this area, as the ward is nearly all privately owned homes in a well to area, possibly more schemes to deter through traffic ! faatmaan
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6:04pm Sat 17 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

ON THURSDAY, Swindon’s longest serving councillor, Mike Bawden, will be stepping down after more than 45 years service.

Let's hope he stays retired this time
[quote]ON THURSDAY, Swindon’s longest serving councillor, Mike Bawden, will be stepping down after more than 45 years service. [/quote] Let's hope he stays retired this time Blackwell 2
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12:07pm Sun 18 May 14

house on the hill says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
ON THURSDAY, Swindon’s longest serving councillor, Mike Bawden, will be stepping down after more than 45 years service.

Let's hope he stays retired this time
Sadly the world moved on and he didn't like so many in politics, trying to hang on to a long forgotten past that has no relevance in today's world (and most of the council workers as well need to drag themselves into this century?)
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: [quote]ON THURSDAY, Swindon’s longest serving councillor, Mike Bawden, will be stepping down after more than 45 years service. [/quote] Let's hope he stays retired this time[/p][/quote]Sadly the world moved on and he didn't like so many in politics, trying to hang on to a long forgotten past that has no relevance in today's world (and most of the council workers as well need to drag themselves into this century?) house on the hill
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3:14pm Mon 19 May 14

trolley dolley says...

For goodness sake people Mike is ill.

It never fails to amaze me how low some people living in Swindon are prepared to go.

Councillors are volunteers who have mixed skills and abilities but they are prepared to try to run a council for the benefit of the locals. Some are not up to the job and should never have been elected, but who elected them.

YOU DID.

So stop whinging and complaining, I always thought the Swindon disease was Asbestos but it would appear to be put in to second place by the whinging actions and comments of locals.
For goodness sake people Mike is ill. It never fails to amaze me how low some people living in Swindon are prepared to go. Councillors are volunteers who have mixed skills and abilities but they are prepared to try to run a council for the benefit of the locals. Some are not up to the job and should never have been elected, but who elected them. YOU DID. So stop whinging and complaining, I always thought the Swindon disease was Asbestos but it would appear to be put in to second place by the whinging actions and comments of locals. trolley dolley
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