Government announces £130m to improve the county's infrastructure

Government announces £130m to improve the county's infrastructure

Government announces £130m to improve the county's infrastructure

First published in News

THE Government has announced millions of pounds worth of investment in Swindon and Wiltshire which will be used on local infrastructure and economic growth projects.

A potential £130 million has been allocated which will be used on a variety of projects, such as the building of a tunnel under the M4 to link up the new Wichelstowe housing project and the development of infrastructure linked to the Eastern Villages.

Earlier this year the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, a group of local authorities and private business, bid for a portion of government funding for such projects.

Some of the money will be spent in Wiltshire but Swindon residents will see much of the cash, although in the early stages much of it is to carry out feasibility studies.

For the first year there will only be an initial £12 million spent and the rest is allocated for next year.

However, council chiefs have cautioned that a new government could potentially withdraw funding after the general election next May but all parties have committed to LEPs.

The LEP has also committed £70million to projects which will be made up from public funds and private investment.

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10:14am Mon 7 Jul 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

can we expect even more providers, with council cash to give us even more 4G broadband and why the tunnel under the M4 from the whichelstowe side, where are they going to??
can we expect even more providers, with council cash to give us even more 4G broadband and why the tunnel under the M4 from the whichelstowe side, where are they going to?? FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 2

10:21am Mon 7 Jul 14

StillPav says...

Wichelstowe - so close to the M4 you can almost taste it.
Wichelstowe - so close to the M4 you can almost taste it. StillPav
  • Score: 8

10:26am Mon 7 Jul 14

Ian13 says...

The road under the M4 is not needed but the link from Woodhall to Barnfield is.
The road under the M4 is not needed but the link from Woodhall to Barnfield is. Ian13
  • Score: 13

11:08am Mon 7 Jul 14

EmmBee says...

I don't understand why building work has commenced elsewhere in Swindon (Ridgeway Farm, Tadpole Lane) yet seems to have stalled in Wichelstowe. Why is this?
I don't understand why building work has commenced elsewhere in Swindon (Ridgeway Farm, Tadpole Lane) yet seems to have stalled in Wichelstowe. Why is this? EmmBee
  • Score: 4

11:39am Mon 7 Jul 14

StillPav says...

Location, location, location.
Location, location, location. StillPav
  • Score: 0

11:41am Mon 7 Jul 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

This would be the tunnel that was penciled in AFTER the original plans were approved??
This would be the tunnel that was penciled in AFTER the original plans were approved?? Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -2

4:36pm Mon 7 Jul 14

cfa says...

We need a canal, with or without a tunnel.
We need a canal, with or without a tunnel. cfa
  • Score: 0

5:18pm Mon 7 Jul 14

JeanieG says...

Please use the money to improve the lower part of Town. It's an absolute shambles, bring the Tabernacle Columns back and tidy up around the wyvern and old post office............No more houses.
Please use the money to improve the lower part of Town. It's an absolute shambles, bring the Tabernacle Columns back and tidy up around the wyvern and old post office............No more houses. JeanieG
  • Score: 2

6:59pm Mon 7 Jul 14

John~R says...

The link under the motorway to M4 junction 16 might help get the Wichelstowe development moving faster which would be good news for the council tax payers who are paying interest on the money that the council borrowed for this development.
The link under the motorway to M4 junction 16 might help get the Wichelstowe development moving faster which would be good news for the council tax payers who are paying interest on the money that the council borrowed for this development. John~R
  • Score: 4

7:18pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

John~R wrote:
The link under the motorway to M4 junction 16 might help get the Wichelstowe development moving faster which would be good news for the council tax payers who are paying interest on the money that the council borrowed for this development.
You mean Swindon Borough Clownskool are actually paying developers, instead of it being the other way around.
WTF? Swindon is doomed
[quote][p][bold]John~R[/bold] wrote: The link under the motorway to M4 junction 16 might help get the Wichelstowe development moving faster which would be good news for the council tax payers who are paying interest on the money that the council borrowed for this development.[/p][/quote]You mean Swindon Borough Clownskool are actually paying developers, instead of it being the other way around. WTF? Swindon is doomed Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

9:02pm Mon 7 Jul 14

beach1e says...

so nothing for the northern link road? oh i forgot, the council has already used that for something else..this council are beyond a joke..they are totally inept and a disgrace to the people who pay their over inflated wages.
so nothing for the northern link road? oh i forgot, the council has already used that for something else..this council are beyond a joke..they are totally inept and a disgrace to the people who pay their over inflated wages. beach1e
  • Score: 2

11:02pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Eastern Badger says...

"Potential" funding is the catch and the word I would expect and investigative reporter to query??? For Swindon that sounds rather like a few million pounds for Halcrow to do a study and the same old developments coming forward with infrastructure to follow.
"Potential" funding is the catch and the word I would expect and investigative reporter to query??? For Swindon that sounds rather like a few million pounds for Halcrow to do a study and the same old developments coming forward with infrastructure to follow. Eastern Badger
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Eastern Badger wrote:
"Potential" funding is the catch and the word I would expect and investigative reporter to query??? For Swindon that sounds rather like a few million pounds for Halcrow to do a study and the same old developments coming forward with infrastructure to follow.
And the infrastructure never materialising
[quote][p][bold]Eastern Badger[/bold] wrote: "Potential" funding is the catch and the word I would expect and investigative reporter to query??? For Swindon that sounds rather like a few million pounds for Halcrow to do a study and the same old developments coming forward with infrastructure to follow.[/p][/quote]And the infrastructure never materialising Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

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