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ELECTION 2014 - Priory Vale: Bad parking is spoiling area

Swindon Advertiser: Priory Vale resident Marie Percival Priory Vale resident Marie Percival

AS ONE of the newer wards in Swindon, Priory Vale is a predominately residential area covering areas such as Taw Hill and Oakhurst.

Because of this, many of the issues the councillor who wins next Thursday’s local election will have to deal with will be those that are most important to people’s every day lives – from parking to recycling.

Resident Marie Percival, of Taw Hill, said while she likes the area, there is work for the councillors to do.

She said: “We are very lucky because we do live in a very nice place.

“There are some issues but, on the whole, Priory Vale is a lovely place.

“What I think needs looking at is the parking in the area.

“Predominantly it is inconsiderate parking which is the problem.

“People park at the side of the road because it is easier for them.

“With the narrow and winding roads, as soon as a delivery lorry or something wider comes along, it creates problems.

“I believe the roads were made with bends to stop the traffic from speeding but when there are cars along the side it makes it very difficult.

“I know the problem is especially bad in Oakhurst.

“What I would also like to see is more being done to keep the area tidy.

“A lot of the shrubs and bushes in the area have been left to grow out of control.We could do with more dog bins.”

On the same day as the local elections, European Elections are taking place to decide six representatives for the south west.

Marie wants them to fight to try and secure funding so the north of the town has improved links to the M4.

She said: “As it stands there does not appear to be money coming at a national level so I think it would have to come from Europe.

“The link would make a huge difference to the economy of North Swindon.

“At the moment there is a bottleneck, with Shaw having to deal with the brunt of the traffic.

“If there was a smooth flow of traffic I think it would perhaps make North Swindon a more attractive option to businesses to set up, which would benefit everyone.”

A possible factor at these elections is apathy from voters.

In 2012, the ward had the lowest turnout in Swindon, at just 23 per cent. What those who did choose to vote did deliver was a definite comfortable margin for all of the three Conservative candidates.

PRIORY VALE CANDIDATES:
Michelle AGOSTINO (Labour)
Emma FARAMARZI (Conservative)
Margaret HOOPER (Liberal Democrat)
Balbir Singh VIRIK (UK Independence Party)

2012 election turnout: 23 per cent (8618)

For full details visit our candidates section here.
 

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3:20pm Thu 15 May 14

Clippies says...

We have the same problems at Groundwell West, which is apparently due to Swindon Borough Council granting planning permission in the full knowledge inadequate parking/driveways were part of the planning. This is exacerbated by the minority who park on the road nearest their home (one household on the estate has up to 5 vehicles and a driveway capable of holding 3, yet they only ever put one of their cars on the drive) as they're too lazy or ignorant of their actions, which may one day prevent access to the emergency services. There are also a handful of residents who believe they are Lewis Hamilton and drive well in excess of the 20mph speed limit and it is only a matter of time before they seriously injure or even kill a small child.
We have the same problems at Groundwell West, which is apparently due to Swindon Borough Council granting planning permission in the full knowledge inadequate parking/driveways were part of the planning. This is exacerbated by the minority who park on the road nearest their home (one household on the estate has up to 5 vehicles and a driveway capable of holding 3, yet they only ever put one of their cars on the drive) as they're too lazy or ignorant of their actions, which may one day prevent access to the emergency services. There are also a handful of residents who believe they are Lewis Hamilton and drive well in excess of the 20mph speed limit and it is only a matter of time before they seriously injure or even kill a small child. Clippies
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4:29pm Fri 16 May 14

twasadawf says...

Lack of parking makes the place look a mess
Lack of parking makes the place look a mess twasadawf
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5:47pm Fri 16 May 14

GrumpyLocal says...

I've just had a very strange series of thoughts!
If the council and the developers were charged with having to accommodate parking spaces to satisfy the house hold we would not have the issue of roads overcrowded with badly parked cars.
If the council & developers were made to create housing estates that did not have road networks that resembled a child's drawing, visibility of children playing and general line of sight for safe driving would be vastly improved.

On a less sarcastic note, maybe we need to really examine how we design housing estates. Why, for example do we have the preoccupation with having our front gardens & main aspect of the hose focussing on the road outside? Wouldn't it make more sense to have no "front garden" at all, outside the house with what is traditionally known as the "back garden" now opening out on to a pedestrianised area that is safe for children to play. We still seem to have the idea that, like 200 years ago for the local manor house, the front of our home should face the road to be as impressive as possible, normally with a bland rear aspect which is the bit we actually see more of!
Maybe the roads to our house should be designed to be as utilitarian as possible with the single purpose of access instead of the current trend to make them part of our home environment & incorporate them into the feel of the area? Just a thought.
I've just had a very strange series of thoughts! If the council and the developers were charged with having to accommodate parking spaces to satisfy the house hold we would not have the issue of roads overcrowded with badly parked cars. If the council & developers were made to create housing estates that did not have road networks that resembled a child's drawing, visibility of children playing and general line of sight for safe driving would be vastly improved. On a less sarcastic note, maybe we need to really examine how we design housing estates. Why, for example do we have the preoccupation with having our front gardens & main aspect of the hose focussing on the road outside? Wouldn't it make more sense to have no "front garden" at all, outside the house with what is traditionally known as the "back garden" now opening out on to a pedestrianised area that is safe for children to play. We still seem to have the idea that, like 200 years ago for the local manor house, the front of our home should face the road to be as impressive as possible, normally with a bland rear aspect which is the bit we actually see more of! Maybe the roads to our house should be designed to be as utilitarian as possible with the single purpose of access instead of the current trend to make them part of our home environment & incorporate them into the feel of the area? Just a thought. GrumpyLocal
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