ELECTION 2014 - Haydon Wick: New road is a key concern

There are concerns about the future of the Haydon Centre

There are concerns about the future of the Haydon Centre

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LIKE much of Swindon, Haydon Wick is a ward which is likely to be affected by the new developments in North Swindon.

Although not directly in the ward, the residents are sure to feel the impact of the housing projects at Ridgeway Farm and Tadpole Farm.

The main impact will most likely be the increase in traffic that an extra 2,000 homes will bring to the roads.

Haydon Wick Parish Council have been campaigning for a link road from Thamesdown Road to Barnefield Road to ease the congestion in the ward’s narrow roads.

Chairman Richard Hailstone said: “I think it is something which is affecting a lot of the wards but the amount of development is a big issue.

“They are on the fringes but Ridgeway and Tadpole Farm are going to contribute a lot to roads which are already struggling to cope.

“It is something we have been campaigning about for some time now. It would act as a way of relieving the pressure on the roads. We would want any new councillor who came in to commit to trying to get this new road built.”

The second major concern to people is the future of the Haydon Centre. A proposal is being considered which could see the facility leased, along with many of the town’s other facilities, to a private provider.

The topic is something which residents of Haydon Wick regularly contact the parish council about.

Swindon Advertiser:

Michael Wheelan, Richard Hailstone, John Fuller, John Stooke and Edward Bedwell campaigning for a  road connecting Thamesdown Drive and Barnfield Road

“I know there are a lot of people who are worried about the future of the Haydon Centre,” said Richard.

“It is very popular in North Swindon and I think it is one of the most used leisure facilities in the town. As it stands it is a pay-as-you-go service and I think a lot of people will want assurances from the councillor that they will do what they can to keep it this way.

“Overall though, Haydon Wick is a very nice area with a lot going for it and we look forward to working with whoever wins.”

Haydon Wick is one of the town’s wards which is guaranteed to have a new councillor by next Friday morning as the incumbent, Claire Ellis, is standing in the Old Town Ward.

At the last election, all three seats were won by the Conservatives but their opponents were only a few hundred behind.

HAyDON WICK CANDIDATES:
Maura Julia CLARKE (Labour)
Ed GERRARD (UK Independence Party)
Garry John PERKINS (Conservative)
Garry PORTER (Liberal Democrat)
Turnout in 2012 election: 33 per cent (9208)

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10:22am Fri 16 May 14

Richard Symonds says...

Shame that Planning, under Conservative direction, did not make a serious attempt to secure a road connection to the A419 as was originally conceived.

The developers must have had a party they were so relieved of their obligation to build sensible infrastructure that would reduce road congestion throughout West Swindon. But we got the decision we deserved and now we must pay the price for it.

Never mind at every turn in order to satisfy developers we create more and more bottlenecks and soon everything will be at a standstill.

And if Garry John Perkins comes to your door and asks for your vote ask him what part he played in this situation in his capacity as Cabinet Position for Regeneration?
Shame that Planning, under Conservative direction, did not make a serious attempt to secure a road connection to the A419 as was originally conceived. The developers must have had a party they were so relieved of their obligation to build sensible infrastructure that would reduce road congestion throughout West Swindon. But we got the decision we deserved and now we must pay the price for it. Never mind at every turn in order to satisfy developers we create more and more bottlenecks and soon everything will be at a standstill. And if Garry John Perkins comes to your door and asks for your vote ask him what part he played in this situation in his capacity as Cabinet Position for Regeneration? Richard Symonds
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12:23pm Fri 16 May 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Richard Symonds wrote:
Shame that Planning, under Conservative direction, did not make a serious attempt to secure a road connection to the A419 as was originally conceived.

The developers must have had a party they were so relieved of their obligation to build sensible infrastructure that would reduce road congestion throughout West Swindon. But we got the decision we deserved and now we must pay the price for it.

Never mind at every turn in order to satisfy developers we create more and more bottlenecks and soon everything will be at a standstill.

And if Garry John Perkins comes to your door and asks for your vote ask him what part he played in this situation in his capacity as Cabinet Position for Regeneration?
Not sure I understand this. Are you suggesting that traffic in West Swindon could have been alleviated by dumping ever more traffic onto the A419? You do know that the A419 also has significant capacity issues too don't you? Simply dumping traffic into a different ward just moves the problem elsewhere, it does not solve the problem.

In any case, I think you're slightly deluded about the power the local "planning" team have. They will have simply been following current legal guidelines. And sadly those legal guidelines do not define adequate infrastructure mitigation. National planning policy needs serious reform and until that is done we'll continue to get an increasing amount of decisions such as these.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Symonds[/bold] wrote: Shame that Planning, under Conservative direction, did not make a serious attempt to secure a road connection to the A419 as was originally conceived. The developers must have had a party they were so relieved of their obligation to build sensible infrastructure that would reduce road congestion throughout West Swindon. But we got the decision we deserved and now we must pay the price for it. Never mind at every turn in order to satisfy developers we create more and more bottlenecks and soon everything will be at a standstill. And if Garry John Perkins comes to your door and asks for your vote ask him what part he played in this situation in his capacity as Cabinet Position for Regeneration?[/p][/quote]Not sure I understand this. Are you suggesting that traffic in West Swindon could have been alleviated by dumping ever more traffic onto the A419? You do know that the A419 also has significant capacity issues too don't you? Simply dumping traffic into a different ward just moves the problem elsewhere, it does not solve the problem. In any case, I think you're slightly deluded about the power the local "planning" team have. They will have simply been following current legal guidelines. And sadly those legal guidelines do not define adequate infrastructure mitigation. National planning policy needs serious reform and until that is done we'll continue to get an increasing amount of decisions such as these. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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1:58pm Fri 16 May 14

ChannelX says...

@The Artist - the handful of malcontents at the local Labour forum generally don't tend to think things through properly. They rarely allow the reality to get in the way of yet another tiresome anti-Tory rant.

I believe Mr Symonds is, or was, actually going to attempt to stand for election. God help whichever ward that ends up being in.
@The Artist - the handful of malcontents at the local Labour forum generally don't tend to think things through properly. They rarely allow the reality to get in the way of yet another tiresome anti-Tory rant. I believe Mr Symonds is, or was, actually going to attempt to stand for election. God help whichever ward that ends up being in. ChannelX
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6:10pm Fri 16 May 14

trolley dolley says...

I believe Mr Symonds is a candidate in SHAW, nothing to worry about there.
I believe Mr Symonds is a candidate in SHAW, nothing to worry about there. trolley dolley
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5:16pm Sun 18 May 14

Oakhurst Homeowner says...

ChannelX wrote:
@The Artist - the handful of malcontents at the local Labour forum generally don't tend to think things through properly. They rarely allow the reality to get in the way of yet another tiresome anti-Tory rant.

I believe Mr Symonds is, or was, actually going to attempt to stand for election. God help whichever ward that ends up being in.
Let us not forget that Tadpole Farm was approved for development by the Tory council administration. Toby Elliott (Con) proposed it be approved supported by council leadership even though he campaigned at the previous May election against it (funny that!). Also let us not forget that the Central Tory Government approved Ridgeway Farm on appeal from the developer - Secretary of State overruling Swindon council and wiltshire councils who didn't want it built. The Tory council also allowed the developers to not build the link road in the first place even though it was in the original agreement for North Swindon. These are FACTS.... The Tories have done North and West Swindon no favours over the least few years as they have made a mess of planning (I use that term loosely) in this area. Traffic jams, no school places etc etc. Let's hope this Thursday 22nd May the residents in North and West Swindon express their dissatisfaction.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: @The Artist - the handful of malcontents at the local Labour forum generally don't tend to think things through properly. They rarely allow the reality to get in the way of yet another tiresome anti-Tory rant. I believe Mr Symonds is, or was, actually going to attempt to stand for election. God help whichever ward that ends up being in.[/p][/quote]Let us not forget that Tadpole Farm was approved for development by the Tory council administration. Toby Elliott (Con) proposed it be approved supported by council leadership even though he campaigned at the previous May election against it (funny that!). Also let us not forget that the Central Tory Government approved Ridgeway Farm on appeal from the developer - Secretary of State overruling Swindon council and wiltshire councils who didn't want it built. The Tory council also allowed the developers to not build the link road in the first place even though it was in the original agreement for North Swindon. These are FACTS.... The Tories have done North and West Swindon no favours over the least few years as they have made a mess of planning (I use that term loosely) in this area. Traffic jams, no school places etc etc. Let's hope this Thursday 22nd May the residents in North and West Swindon express their dissatisfaction. Oakhurst Homeowner
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8:27pm Sun 18 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Oakhurst Homeowner wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
@The Artist - the handful of malcontents at the local Labour forum generally don't tend to think things through properly. They rarely allow the reality to get in the way of yet another tiresome anti-Tory rant.

I believe Mr Symonds is, or was, actually going to attempt to stand for election. God help whichever ward that ends up being in.
Let us not forget that Tadpole Farm was approved for development by the Tory council administration. Toby Elliott (Con) proposed it be approved supported by council leadership even though he campaigned at the previous May election against it (funny that!). Also let us not forget that the Central Tory Government approved Ridgeway Farm on appeal from the developer - Secretary of State overruling Swindon council and wiltshire councils who didn't want it built. The Tory council also allowed the developers to not build the link road in the first place even though it was in the original agreement for North Swindon. These are FACTS.... The Tories have done North and West Swindon no favours over the least few years as they have made a mess of planning (I use that term loosely) in this area. Traffic jams, no school places etc etc. Let's hope this Thursday 22nd May the residents in North and West Swindon express their dissatisfaction.
Besides which, the monotonous ChannelZero also used to frequent the "Labour Forum" in the same obsessive manner that he adopts on this forum .
He posted under the name of 20Eyes.

His activities are well catalogued on the "Who Is Bobby Wright Thread"
[quote][p][bold]Oakhurst Homeowner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: @The Artist - the handful of malcontents at the local Labour forum generally don't tend to think things through properly. They rarely allow the reality to get in the way of yet another tiresome anti-Tory rant. I believe Mr Symonds is, or was, actually going to attempt to stand for election. God help whichever ward that ends up being in.[/p][/quote]Let us not forget that Tadpole Farm was approved for development by the Tory council administration. Toby Elliott (Con) proposed it be approved supported by council leadership even though he campaigned at the previous May election against it (funny that!). Also let us not forget that the Central Tory Government approved Ridgeway Farm on appeal from the developer - Secretary of State overruling Swindon council and wiltshire councils who didn't want it built. The Tory council also allowed the developers to not build the link road in the first place even though it was in the original agreement for North Swindon. These are FACTS.... The Tories have done North and West Swindon no favours over the least few years as they have made a mess of planning (I use that term loosely) in this area. Traffic jams, no school places etc etc. Let's hope this Thursday 22nd May the residents in North and West Swindon express their dissatisfaction.[/p][/quote]Besides which, the monotonous ChannelZero also used to frequent the "Labour Forum" in the same obsessive manner that he adopts on this forum . He posted under the name of 20Eyes. His activities are well catalogued on the "Who Is Bobby Wright Thread" Blackwell 2
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