ELECTION 2014 - Penhill & Upper Stratton: Help us take pride in our area

An aerial view of Penhill Drive. Penhill Primary can be seen top right

An aerial view of Penhill Drive. Penhill Primary can be seen top right

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COMMUNITY spirit is very high among the residents of the Penhill and Upper Stratton ward, who take a lot of pride in the area’s appearance.

Whoever wins the available seat in the local elections later in the month will have to ensure this is one of their top priorities.

While the roads in the area need some work, it is the state of the pavements which is causing concern to many residents.

Marilyn Beale, the secretary of the non-political Penhill Forum and active community volunteer, feels if something is not done then the vulnerable will suffer.

She said: “The roads are not great by any stretch but some of the pavements are in a really bad way.

“I use a mobility scooter because I cannot walk great distances and I have had to buy one with springs to deal with all the bumps.

“The biggest worry though is for the elderly people who must really struggle on them. A lot of the pavements are very uneven and full of cracks.

“What there is in the area though is a very active community full of people who want to help out so in that sense achieving things is a lot easier.

“We want whoever the councillor is to work with these community groups.”

There are other smaller issues with regards to appearance, which while seem inconsequential, also have an impact.

For example, Marilyn points to several street lights which have been out for some time but have yet to be repaired.

There are other issues which will need to be taken into account.

For Marilyn, it is very important the local councillors do what they can to maintain open spaces in the ward.

She said: “For those who know me making sure we keep all our open spaces is something which is very close to my heart.

“They provide the areas for people in the community to enjoy and relax so everything must be done to make sure none of these are lost.

“A lot of people rely on the buses around here so it is very important that we keep the services we have and they are not lost.”

With almost 9,300 turning out to vote, this ward saw the greatest number of votes cast in Swindon at the last election and so is an important seat.

In 2012, all three seats were won with a relatively large margin by the Labour candidates.

PENHILL & UPPER STRATTON CANDIDATES:

Bob HERITAGE (Green Party)
Harriet MALTBY (Conservative) 
David ROWLAND (UK Independence Party)
Joseph TRAY (Labour)

Turnout in 2012 election: 30 per cent (9,190 votes)

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5:38pm Mon 12 May 14

trolley dolley says...

Now is the time for the residents of Penhill to give the main parties a kick up the backside or things could just go on as usual.

It will be interesting to see what the voters really want.
Now is the time for the residents of Penhill to give the main parties a kick up the backside or things could just go on as usual. It will be interesting to see what the voters really want. trolley dolley
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Mon 12 May 14

house on the hill says...

trolley dolley wrote:
Now is the time for the residents of Penhill to give the main parties a kick up the backside or things could just go on as usual.

It will be interesting to see what the voters really want.
How many actually understand what running a town the size of Swindon actually entails? Too many vote their own narrow ideas without any comprehension of the bigger picture and why nothing will ever change.
[quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: Now is the time for the residents of Penhill to give the main parties a kick up the backside or things could just go on as usual. It will be interesting to see what the voters really want.[/p][/quote]How many actually understand what running a town the size of Swindon actually entails? Too many vote their own narrow ideas without any comprehension of the bigger picture and why nothing will ever change. house on the hill
  • Score: -2

10:13pm Mon 12 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Nobody at SBC seem to have the foggiest idea
Nobody at SBC seem to have the foggiest idea Blackwell 2
  • Score: -2

8:32am Tue 13 May 14

ChannelX says...

Congratulations on your win, Joseph.
Congratulations on your win, Joseph. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

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