ELECTION 2014 - St Margaret & South Marston: Traffic is a big concern

Stratton Parish Council chairman John Foley

Stratton Parish Council chairman John Foley

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THE council ward of St Margaret and South Marston is one with two distinct parts – both likely to be affected by a single key issue in the coming years.

St Margaret is located on the east side of the main urban area; the village of South Marston sits separate from Swindon.

However, each of them could soon be affected if the Local Plan, which is currently going through its public hearing, is given approval.

The construction of the Eastern Villages, development around South Marston and a new district centre will all have an impact.

It is therefore important that any councillor elected to ward does the best they can to limit any negatives while promoting the positives.

Already an issue within St Margaret is traffic, and the road network which is struggling to cope with congestion, something only likely to get worse as more homes and businesses are built.

If the councillor can work with the parish council then a positive outcome can be gained.

John Foley, chairman of the Stratton Parish Council, which is not party political, said: “The ideal Swindon Council candidate would be someone who will work with the parish council and will get things done. The roads and the traffic are some of the most important things to be addressed in Stratton.

“The ideal candidate doesn’t necessarily have to live in Stratton but they need to have an affinity with it. They also need to be visible in the community and be accessible.

“They have to be honest and transparent as well, just like all borough councillors.

“But I do think the most important thing is that they work with the parish council and support them. Within Lower Stratton we would want somebody who worked with us.”

Close to South Marston, a village set to rapidly expand in size, applications for development have already started to arrive. One such is an application for several large-scale warehouse projects on the A420 which could lead to 2,000 jobs.

While there are obvious benefits to such projects, there will also be costs which must be managed correctly.

In 2012, when all three seats were up for election, the Conservatives picked up all three seats, although the margins were very tight, with two Labour candidates less than 100 behind the winning councillor with the lowest number of votes.

St Margaret and South Marston Candidates:

James FAULKNER (UK Independence Party) 

Colin LOVELL (Conservative)

Clive PUCKEY (Liberal Democrat)

Christopher WATTS (Labour)

Turnout in 2012 elections: 29 per cent (9,285 votes)

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2:14pm Mon 12 May 14

stratton man says...

Will be an interesting election.Based upon performance the Conservative incumbent will be kicked out.As to who will replace him both Ukip and Labour are fielding what appear to be attractive and dynamic candidates.My money is on the Labour man Watts who ticks all the boxes for this area.
Will be an interesting election.Based upon performance the Conservative incumbent will be kicked out.As to who will replace him both Ukip and Labour are fielding what appear to be attractive and dynamic candidates.My money is on the Labour man Watts who ticks all the boxes for this area. stratton man
  • Score: -11

2:53pm Mon 12 May 14

Bird is the Word says...

Isn't that the same Chris Watts that is going for the Devizes constituency next May?

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Isn't that the same Chris Watts that is going for the Devizes constituency next May? http://www.marlborou ghnewsonline.co.uk/n ews/all-the-news/231 3-devizes-labour-par ty-select-chris-watt s-as-their-parliamen tary-candidate-for-2 015 Bird is the Word
  • Score: 9

3:21pm Mon 12 May 14

Russell Holland says...

Chris Watts is putting out leaflets in Devizes stating how he wants to hear what Devizes residents say.
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Not much point in Stratton and South Marston electing someone who has a long term interest is Devizes.
Chris Watts is putting out leaflets in Devizes stating how he wants to hear what Devizes residents say. http://www.devizesla bour.org.uk/files/Ne wsletters/Devizes%20 winter%202013%20v3.p df Not much point in Stratton and South Marston electing someone who has a long term interest is Devizes. Russell Holland
  • Score: 6

4:29pm Mon 12 May 14

sn5 says...

Stratton Parish Council, which is not party political,

Hmmm, nearly all members are Labour parish councillors, so not exactly a good neutral choice!

But they want someone to work with them, not have their priority on Devizes or Marlborough, such as the Labour candidate does
Stratton Parish Council, which is not party political, Hmmm, nearly all members are Labour parish councillors, so not exactly a good neutral choice! But they want someone to work with them, not have their priority on Devizes or Marlborough, such as the Labour candidate does sn5
  • Score: 6

5:20pm Mon 12 May 14

stratton man says...

As Cllr Holland knows anyone the Labour Party puts up for the Devizes constituancy is purely a paper candidate with no chance of winning the seat.Therefore when Mr Watts is elected in St Margaret he will be able to devote his full time attention to the ward.Incidentally Cllr Holland when are you going to apologise for plunging this town into 120 million pounds worth of debt.Do the decent thing and resign we cant afford your reckless spending spree any longer.
As Cllr Holland knows anyone the Labour Party puts up for the Devizes constituancy is purely a paper candidate with no chance of winning the seat.Therefore when Mr Watts is elected in St Margaret he will be able to devote his full time attention to the ward.Incidentally Cllr Holland when are you going to apologise for plunging this town into 120 million pounds worth of debt.Do the decent thing and resign we cant afford your reckless spending spree any longer. stratton man
  • Score: -9

5:44pm Mon 12 May 14

trolley dolley says...

Same old Parties with the same old arguments. The voters have the power to change things to something new. (Not the old failing parties of the past)

Time for a change.

Do it.
Same old Parties with the same old arguments. The voters have the power to change things to something new. (Not the old failing parties of the past) Time for a change. Do it. trolley dolley
  • Score: 5

6:48pm Mon 12 May 14

stratton man says...

If you dont like the main parties then vote UKIP easy.
If you dont like the main parties then vote UKIP easy. stratton man
  • Score: -5

7:20pm Mon 12 May 14

ChannelX says...

stratton man wrote:
Will be an interesting election.Based upon performance the Conservative incumbent will be kicked out.As to who will replace him both Ukip and Labour are fielding what appear to be attractive and dynamic candidates.My money is on the Labour man Watts who ticks all the boxes for this area.
There's a surprise.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: Will be an interesting election.Based upon performance the Conservative incumbent will be kicked out.As to who will replace him both Ukip and Labour are fielding what appear to be attractive and dynamic candidates.My money is on the Labour man Watts who ticks all the boxes for this area.[/p][/quote]There's a surprise. ChannelX
  • Score: 2

7:21pm Mon 12 May 14

ChannelX says...

stratton man wrote:
If you dont like the main parties then vote UKIP easy.
You'd love that... you Labour types will take any win, especially one via the backdoor as you know your lot will struggle to win anything without a Tory/UKIP split vote!
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: If you dont like the main parties then vote UKIP easy.[/p][/quote]You'd love that... you Labour types will take any win, especially one via the backdoor as you know your lot will struggle to win anything without a Tory/UKIP split vote! ChannelX
  • Score: 5

8:41pm Mon 12 May 14

house on the hill says...

stratton man wrote:
As Cllr Holland knows anyone the Labour Party puts up for the Devizes constituancy is purely a paper candidate with no chance of winning the seat.Therefore when Mr Watts is elected in St Margaret he will be able to devote his full time attention to the ward.Incidentally Cllr Holland when are you going to apologise for plunging this town into 120 million pounds worth of debt.Do the decent thing and resign we cant afford your reckless spending spree any longer.
Blimey, he has only been in the job a year. That's like expecting the country to get back on its feet in 5 minutes after a war, Finances dont change overnight, personal or business, he was left a crock of sh1t from the previous administration, you dont turn a supertanker around is a half mile circle. Strange that the overall economy is actually now picking up and one party has the guts to deal with the bloated welfare state. You really believe voting labour back in is going improve things? The party that believes in borrow today and someone else can sort out the mess tomorrow. No wonder the country never really moves on when people who have no clue get the vote.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: As Cllr Holland knows anyone the Labour Party puts up for the Devizes constituancy is purely a paper candidate with no chance of winning the seat.Therefore when Mr Watts is elected in St Margaret he will be able to devote his full time attention to the ward.Incidentally Cllr Holland when are you going to apologise for plunging this town into 120 million pounds worth of debt.Do the decent thing and resign we cant afford your reckless spending spree any longer.[/p][/quote]Blimey, he has only been in the job a year. That's like expecting the country to get back on its feet in 5 minutes after a war, Finances dont change overnight, personal or business, he was left a crock of sh1t from the previous administration, you dont turn a supertanker around is a half mile circle. Strange that the overall economy is actually now picking up and one party has the guts to deal with the bloated welfare state. You really believe voting labour back in is going improve things? The party that believes in borrow today and someone else can sort out the mess tomorrow. No wonder the country never really moves on when people who have no clue get the vote. house on the hill
  • Score: 4

9:45pm Mon 12 May 14

stratton man says...

House on hill you are wrong on every point in your rant.The Tories have been running Swindon for 10 years.They inherited a surplus of 10 million pounds.due to economic incompetence they have turned this into a debt of 120 million pounds.Holland has been on the Cabinet voting through the reckless expenditure for many years.He is now the Cabinet member for Finance under his watch this debt is increasing at an eye watering rate.This town deserves better than these third rate failures.
House on hill you are wrong on every point in your rant.The Tories have been running Swindon for 10 years.They inherited a surplus of 10 million pounds.due to economic incompetence they have turned this into a debt of 120 million pounds.Holland has been on the Cabinet voting through the reckless expenditure for many years.He is now the Cabinet member for Finance under his watch this debt is increasing at an eye watering rate.This town deserves better than these third rate failures. stratton man
  • Score: -3

10:21pm Mon 12 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Well said Stratton Man.
Tory councillors shouldn't be attempting to stifle public opinion on these threads with deceptive spin, especially under pseudonyms
Well said Stratton Man. Tory councillors shouldn't be attempting to stifle public opinion on these threads with deceptive spin, especially under pseudonyms Blackwell 2
  • Score: -4

8:33am Tue 13 May 14

ChannelX says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
Well said Stratton Man.
Tory councillors shouldn't be attempting to stifle public opinion on these threads with deceptive spin, especially under pseudonyms
Stop lying.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: Well said Stratton Man. Tory councillors shouldn't be attempting to stifle public opinion on these threads with deceptive spin, especially under pseudonyms[/p][/quote]Stop lying. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

8:39am Tue 13 May 14

ChannelX says...

stratton man wrote:
House on hill you are wrong on every point in your rant.The Tories have been running Swindon for 10 years.They inherited a surplus of 10 million pounds.due to economic incompetence they have turned this into a debt of 120 million pounds.Holland has been on the Cabinet voting through the reckless expenditure for many years.He is now the Cabinet member for Finance under his watch this debt is increasing at an eye watering rate.This town deserves better than these third rate failures.
And you had the cheek to accuse others of 'ranting'.

There's nothing as bitter as an old socialist who's come to realise Labour doesn't work.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: House on hill you are wrong on every point in your rant.The Tories have been running Swindon for 10 years.They inherited a surplus of 10 million pounds.due to economic incompetence they have turned this into a debt of 120 million pounds.Holland has been on the Cabinet voting through the reckless expenditure for many years.He is now the Cabinet member for Finance under his watch this debt is increasing at an eye watering rate.This town deserves better than these third rate failures.[/p][/quote]And you had the cheek to accuse others of 'ranting'. There's nothing as bitter as an old socialist who's come to realise Labour doesn't work. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

9:04am Tue 13 May 14

stratton man says...

Channelx you are a loon.Like most rational people I will vote for the candidate whose policies are going to benefit me and my family.In this election Labour will reverse the Tories back door council tax increase for the collection of green waste so I save 40 quid.Therefore Mr Watts gets my vote simples.
Channelx you are a loon.Like most rational people I will vote for the candidate whose policies are going to benefit me and my family.In this election Labour will reverse the Tories back door council tax increase for the collection of green waste so I save 40 quid.Therefore Mr Watts gets my vote simples. stratton man
  • Score: -3

9:13am Tue 13 May 14

Russell Holland says...

Local authorities across the country have debt. It is a matter of record that when Swindon Labour were in control of the Council they ran the Council so badly that education and social care were among the worst in the entire country and a Labour Government had to take over those services. The town's library was located in a run down portacabin. All of this with a 46% Council tax increase in 3 years.

Because of years of neglect of services and lack of investment by the Council Conservatives built a new central library, built several new schools, built the Pinetrees Community centre to name just a few things. Yes we borrowed to invest in the town. For all the complaints about debt Labour are yet to state which facilities they think should not have been built.

When it comes to debt Labour have an odd attitude. They actively encouraged tenants to take on a debt of £138.6million which lead to no investment in Swindon at all, while claiming there would be no adverse impact on the stock. Then they oppose rent levels to encourage investment, they oppose affordable housing and they oppose a housing fund to assist tenants affected by benefits reform.

And let's not forget that the reason public services are facing cuts are because of the national deficit which was run up by Blair/Brown.

"Strattonman" - your personal attacks/rant from hiding behind a pseudonym are not very impressive. It makes me think you may be a Labour candidate who has been completely unable to get elected despite running several times. I suppose if the public won't support you when you give them your real name this is what you have to revert to.
Local authorities across the country have debt. It is a matter of record that when Swindon Labour were in control of the Council they ran the Council so badly that education and social care were among the worst in the entire country and a Labour Government had to take over those services. The town's library was located in a run down portacabin. All of this with a 46% Council tax increase in 3 years. Because of years of neglect of services and lack of investment by the Council Conservatives built a new central library, built several new schools, built the Pinetrees Community centre to name just a few things. Yes we borrowed to invest in the town. For all the complaints about debt Labour are yet to state which facilities they think should not have been built. When it comes to debt Labour have an odd attitude. They actively encouraged tenants to take on a debt of £138.6million which lead to no investment in Swindon at all, while claiming there would be no adverse impact on the stock. Then they oppose rent levels to encourage investment, they oppose affordable housing and they oppose a housing fund to assist tenants affected by benefits reform. And let's not forget that the reason public services are facing cuts are because of the national deficit which was run up by Blair/Brown. "Strattonman" - your personal attacks/rant from hiding behind a pseudonym are not very impressive. It makes me think you may be a Labour candidate who has been completely unable to get elected despite running several times. I suppose if the public won't support you when you give them your real name this is what you have to revert to. Russell Holland
  • Score: 0

9:37am Tue 13 May 14

stratton man says...

Cllr Holland I am not a Labour stooge so dont try to catogorise me.As for me using a using a pseudonym on this forum I suggest you ask some of your fellow tory councillors who post here why they dont use their real names.With regard to the 43% council tax rise when Labour were last in power whenL you got in you not only kept it all but increased it the following year.Lastly the world wide banking crisis in 2008 was caused by your city wide boy banking chums not by the Labour Party.
Cllr Holland I am not a Labour stooge so dont try to catogorise me.As for me using a using a pseudonym on this forum I suggest you ask some of your fellow tory councillors who post here why they dont use their real names.With regard to the 43% council tax rise when Labour were last in power whenL you got in you not only kept it all but increased it the following year.Lastly the world wide banking crisis in 2008 was caused by your city wide boy banking chums not by the Labour Party. stratton man
  • Score: -2

3:27pm Tue 13 May 14

trolley dolley says...

In a Democracy it is the Dim voters who put in the Dim councillors.

There is no point in blaming anyone else.

If people want change they have the power to do it.

So stop moaning about your councillors and be much more selective when you vote.
In a Democracy it is the Dim voters who put in the Dim councillors. There is no point in blaming anyone else. If people want change they have the power to do it. So stop moaning about your councillors and be much more selective when you vote. trolley dolley
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Wed 14 May 14

ChannelX says...

stratton man wrote:
Channelx you are a loon.Like most rational people I will vote for the candidate whose policies are going to benefit me and my family.In this election Labour will reverse the Tories back door council tax increase for the collection of green waste so I save 40 quid.Therefore Mr Watts gets my vote simples.
And the tens of thousands of people who didn't pay the £40 charge will save... what, exactly?

If that's all it takes to buy your vote, Labour will suit you perfectly. Their latest leaflet is hysterical, it actually says they will spend loads of money on things people want (without, of course, know what all people actually want) and claim that the Tories and Lib Dems 'oppose spending your money on the things you want'.

I'm not entirely sure how they even get away with such guff, but at least it's made their candidate look even more laughable.

Almost as laughable as you trying to pretend you're just an ordinary hard working family man who's decided to vote Labour to save £40, or 76p a week nobody actually has to pay out if they choose not to.

You'd be voting Labour regardless - and you know it. All you ever do on here is your very tired 'Labour are great, Tories are evil' schtick. It's like something out of the late 70s.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: Channelx you are a loon.Like most rational people I will vote for the candidate whose policies are going to benefit me and my family.In this election Labour will reverse the Tories back door council tax increase for the collection of green waste so I save 40 quid.Therefore Mr Watts gets my vote simples.[/p][/quote]And the tens of thousands of people who didn't pay the £40 charge will save... what, exactly? If that's all it takes to buy your vote, Labour will suit you perfectly. Their latest leaflet is hysterical, it actually says they will spend loads of money on things people want (without, of course, know what all people actually want) and claim that the Tories and Lib Dems 'oppose spending your money on the things you want'. I'm not entirely sure how they even get away with such guff, but at least it's made their candidate look even more laughable. Almost as laughable as you trying to pretend you're just an ordinary hard working family man who's decided to vote Labour to save £40, or 76p a week nobody actually has to pay out if they choose not to. You'd be voting Labour regardless - and you know it. All you ever do on here is your very tired 'Labour are great, Tories are evil' schtick. It's like something out of the late 70s. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

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