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GO EXPLORE WITH BEAT THE STREET SWINDON

GO EXPLORE WITH BEAT THE STREET SWINDON 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

GO EXPLORE WITH BEAT THE STREET SWINDON

 The Beat the Street Swindon game is set to enter its Go Explore week to encourage participants to find the area’s best heritage and cultural gems.

So far, 23,700 participants have signed up and have together walked, cycled, run, scooted and wheeled 76,000 miles across Swindon.

Teams are in with a chance of winning vouchers for books or sports equipment simply by walking, cycling or rolling as far as possible between the Beat Boxes which are spaced about half a mile apart – hovering their fobs or cards over the Beat Boxes to score points.

The further players travel, the more points they score for their community or school team. The first Beat Box you hover your card over marks the start of your journey; walk, cycle or roll to the next one and you score 10 points. Then keep going!

There are leaderboards for schools, community teams and charity teams Jessie May and The Harbour Project, and each is divided into total and average points to ensure that smaller teams are in with an equal chance of winning.

Currently, Haydonleigh Primary School leads the total points leaderboard and Stratton Team Ministry leads the average points leaderboard, but it’s still all to play for!

This week is Go Explore and events include a Swindon Town Centre Story Trail on Saturday, 25th September from 11am to 3pm where players can locate 10 missing scrolls around the town and participants can also score double points on Beat Boxes 143 and 144.

Beat the Street is brought to you by Swindon Borough Council working in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), and Swindon Healthy Schools. It is delivered by Intelligent Health.

Councillor Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “It’s great to see people embracing the Beat the Street game and clocking up an impressive number of miles. There are bonus points on offer on some Beat Boxes to help you get out and about and to find new routes to school or work, plus other local areas you may not have known about.”

For more information, click onto www.beatthestreet.me/swindon.

To find out other ways you can stay active and reduce your impact on the environment, visit the Be the Change webpages: www.swindon.gov.uk/bethechange

Future planning for continued delivery of the Council’s parks and open spaces management

Future planning for continued delivery of the Council’s parks and open spaces management 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

Haydon Wick Parish Council has announced exciting plans to support the delivery of their parks and open spaces service with the redevelopment of their existing facility, to enable continued high standards of outdoor spaces maintenance.

The Parish Council’s in-house Parks & Open Spaces (POS) service has increased significantly since 2017, when Swindon Borough Council devolved the responsibility to the Parish Council. As the scale of operation has grown, so has the necessity to improve the temporary service arrangement. The proposed regenerated facility, pending the outcome of planning permission, is to be built at Goodearl Leisure Gardens, home of the current temporary site, and will replace the temporary shipping containers arrangement.

Councillor Richard Hailstone, Chair of the Council’s Parks & Open Spaces Committee had this to say regarding the location of the improved facility:

“Over the past 18 months we have undertaken a feasibility study to find a suitable location for the facility. Due to Goodearl site being at the centre of our parish, close to all amenities and our office we would like to remain on the current site and make this our permanent home for our facility”.

Councillor Steve Heyes, Vice Chairman of the Parks & Open Spaces Committee said of the project: “It is a great opportunity to equip our team with a modern work base from which to deliver our services to the parish to the best standard we can. We will be proud to develop one of the most environmentally friendly sites in the area demonstrating that we really do care for the environment in which we all live”.

The facility will be sympathetic to its natural surroundings, use environmentally friendly materials, and will enable increased functionality for the service provision. The Council has also prioritised ensuring the redeveloped site is a long-term sustainable facility, and will include environmentally friendly energy conversion methods, and an electric vehicle charging unit.

Beat the Street Swindon is underway with nearly 13,000 people taking part!

Beat the Street Swindon is underway with nearly 13,000 people taking part! 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

AN INVITATION TO GO PLAY BEAT THE STREET SWINDON

 The Beat the Street Swindon game has launched with nearly 13,000 participants signing up on its first day and together walking, cycling, and rolling their way to almost 13,000 miles.

Beat the Street is a free, interactive game that encourages people of all ages to move more and to get active; it started on Wednesday, 15th September to Wednesday, 27th October.

As well as helping people to become healthier, it also improves air quality, congestion and pollution, and connects people to their communities and green spaces.

Beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes have been placed on lampposts around the town for the duration of the game to help participants explore the local area and all it has to offer and to develop the habit of regular activity.

Primary school pupils have been given fobs while parents and teachers get a card from the school so they can accompany children, or take part on their own. The wider community can pick up a contactless card from one of the distribution points which are listed on the website at www.beatthestreet.me/swindon

Players then walk, cycle or roll between the Beat Boxes which are spaced about half a mile apart – hovering their fobs or cards over the Beat Boxes to score points. The further players travel, the more points they score for their community or school team. The first Beat Box you hover your card over marks the start of your journey.  Walk, cycle, roll, run or scoot to the next one and score 10 points.

There are leaderboards for schools, community teams and charity teams Jessie May and the Harbour Project, plus each leaderboard is divided into total and average points to ensure that smaller teams are in with an equal chance of winning.

Currently, Haydonleigh Primary School leads the total points leaderboard and ‘Wandering Heights’ leads the average points leaderboard, but with six weeks to go, it’s still all to play for!

The first week of the game is themed ‘Go Play’ for players to get to grips with the rules and subsequent weeks have a different focus, from Go Explore to Go Wild and Go Travel.

Beat the Street is brought to you by Swindon Borough Council working in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), and Swindon Healthy Schools. It is delivered by Intelligent Health.

Councillor Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “Beat the Street provides an incredible opportunity to support children and their families to become active as a habit, through a fun and friendly competition.

“Beat the Street also supports our Be the Change campaign which aims to encourage every Swindon resident to take small steps to reduce their impact on the environment.”

More information is available at www.beatthestreet.me/swindon and www.swindon.gov.uk/bethechange plus on social media at @BTSSwindon

 

Council Hosts Successful Official Skate Park Opening Event

Council Hosts Successful Official Skate Park Opening Event 150 150 Johanna Edwards
The Council hosted an official Skate Park Opening Event on Saturday 11 September, 2021 at the Haydon Wick Skate Park.
The event included prizes, competitions and demonstrations of skateboarding by contractors Canvas. Other attractions included graffiti workshops and demonstrations, street dance workshops, face painting, ice-cream and street food.

Haydon Wick Skate Park – Graffiti Art Update

Haydon Wick Skate Park – Graffiti Art Update 150 150 Johanna Edwards
The Parish Council is delighted with the development of the graffiti designs at the newly refurbished skate aprk in Haydon Wick. Local graffiti artist Ed from the Thevisualdrop, has significantly improved the appearance.
The Council will be hosting an public official opening of the skate park on Saturday 11 September 2021, from 12.00pm – 4.00pm. The event is free to attend, and many activities including street dance performance and skate board work shops will be on offer for our community to enjoy.

Official Skate Park Opening – Saturday 11th September

Official Skate Park Opening – Saturday 11th September 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that an official skate park opening event will be taking place on Saturday 11th September, at the Haydon Wick Skate Park, from 12.00pm – 4.00pm. The Council has an afternoon of music, competitions, prizes, demonstrations, graffiti art and street dancing on offer. There will be food on offer, face painting and much, much more.

 

The Beat the Street physical activity game is returning to Swindon this autumn

The Beat the Street physical activity game is returning to Swindon this autumn 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The Beat the Street game is back!

The walking, cycling and rolling initiative that has twice turned Swindon into a real-life interactive game is returning from Wednesday, 15th September to Wednesday, 27th October.

Swindon residents are well-versed in the Beat the Street game; in 2018, more than 32,000 local residents walked, cycled and rolled 313,000 miles and again in 2019, 25,978 participants clocked up 252,126.5 active travel miles.

Beat the Street is about getting communities moving by helping people to make small changes, such as walking or cycling to school every day, to improve health and help make being active part of everyday life. Evidence shows that the programme really helps adults and children become more active and encourages families to spend more time together outdoors and in green spaces.

Since it was created by GP Dr William Bird, the game has been played by more than 1.4m people in more than 120 locations in the UK and beyond. Beat the Street has not only had a significant impact on increasing how active people are, but also helps reduce congestion and improves air quality.

Also new for this year, participants are being offered awards on the www.beatthestreet.me/swindon website where they can see their in-game achievements.

The game is free and open to anyone of any age who would like to take part.  Children use a fob which will be provided by participating primary schools, and adults can pick up a free card from one of the distribution points listed on the Beat the Street Swindon website.

Players then find their nearest Beat Box which will appear on lampposts around Swindon and some surrounding villages. Your first visit to a Beat Box registers the journey; then walk, cycle or roll to the next Beat Box within an hour to score 10 points. Then keep going!  It has recently been adapted with more sensitive Beat Boxes and new cards to ensure that it is COVID safe and contactless. Simply hover your card or fob over the Beat Box and it will beep and flash to record your points.

There are prizes for the teams and individuals that travel the furthest, plus there are leaderboards for total points and also average points so that teams of all sizes are in with a chance of winning a prize. You can also help a local charity get a donation, and there are “lucky spot” prizes just for taking part.

Beat the Street is brought to you by Swindon Borough Council working in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), and Swindon Healthy Schools. It is delivered by Intelligent Health.

Councillor Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “After two fantastic games, we often get asked about bringing Beat the Street back to Swindon so it is a real delight to be able to announce that we have commissioned the game once again. We know that one of the best things people can do right now for their physical and mental health is to move more and to get out into green space where possible, and Beat the Street really helps people do just that in a safe way.

“It’s free to take part in Beat the Street and it’s open to everyone regardless of age, ability or background. More than 250,000 people across the UK have played the game safely since the beginning of the pandemic, and it has really helped to get people out exercising and spending time with friends and family. We hope that it will provide a real incentive to get Swindon moving.”

More information will be available www.beatthestreet.me/Swindon and on social media at @BTSSwindon

To find out other ways you can stay active and reduce your environmental footprint, visit the Be the Change webpages: www.swindon.gov.uk/bethechange

 

Annual Parish Council Allotment Competition Results Announced

Annual Parish Council Allotment Competition Results Announced 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE ANNUAL HAYDON WICK ALLOTMENT COMPETITION 2021!

Let’s all wish our very gifted, wonderful allotment plot holders a huge congratulations for their placement:

🍅Rose Walk:

🥇Mr Titcombe

🥈Mrs Nalini

🥉Mr Gurung

🥗Goodearl:

🥇Mr Lemon

🥈Mr Redford

🥉Mr Sheppard

🍓Ventnor Close:

🥇Mrs Lecappelain and overall Judges Choice 🏵️

🥈Mr Coombe

🥉Mrs Way

Prizes 🏆, presentations & winning pictures to follow

☺️#growyourownveg #vegpatch #raisedbed #happygardener #allotmentgarden #allotments #allotmenteer #allotment #allotmentsofinstagram #allotmentlife #allotmentlove #everyonecangrowtheirown #freshproduce #homegrown #allotmentsuk 🐝🐛

 

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The Council is holding a seven week formal period of consultation on the revised Draft Local Plan 2036 from Thursday, 29 July until Thursday, 16 September 2021 at 5.00pm.

Local Plan Submission Revised Draft Plan: Local Plan review | Swindon Local Plan | Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Local Plan Revised Pre-Submission Draft (Regulation 19)

This is the final opportunity for you to have your say on the legal compliance and soundness of the Local Plan before it is submitted to the Government for examination by an independent Planning Inspector. Representations made during this consultation period will be sent to the Planning Inspector for consideration through the examination process.

Swindon Borough Council wants your views on whether the Plan is legally compliant, sound and complies with the duty to co-operate. The definition of soundness is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. The Pre-Submission Local Plan must be:

  • Justified: Is the Local Plan an appropriate development strategy, based on a proportionate, logical and credible evidence base?
  • Effective: Can the Local Plan deliver what it sets out to do, and with the agreement of neighbouring authorities?
  • Positively prepared: Will the Local Plan meet the area’s objectively assessed needs as a minimum, and show that homes, jobs, services, and infrastructure, can be sustainably delivered?
  • Consistent with National Policy: Does the Local Plan accord with the National Planning Policy Framework?

The Plan and associated documents including the Sustainability Appraisal, are available to view and download from the event.  Guidance has been prepared to help you complete the representation form.

The preferred method for response is through the online consultation portal (here). Alternatively by:

e-mail to forwardplanning@swindon.gov.uk

or post to: Swindon Borough Council Planning Policy, 5th Floor, Wat Tyler House, Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH.

Comments are invited during the consultation period, which runs from Thursday 29 July 2021 until 5pm on Thursday 16 September 2021.

The consultation documents can also be viewed during normal opening hours at:
Swindon Borough Council reception, Wat Tyler House, Beckhampton Street, Swindon; and
Central Library, Highworth Library, North Swindon Library, Parks Library, West Swindon Library, and Wroughton library.

Submitted comments will not be made visible on the portal until after the consultation is closed.
Comments will be accepted as valid unless they are defamatory, discriminatory or offensive in their nature.

How to comment

To add a comment to a particular policy or section click the ‘Add Comments’ button on the right of the page to open up a form to complete. You will be asked to register or login when providing us with your comments and to do this, please click ‘Login/Register’ at the top of this page.

For your comments to be taken as a formal submission you are required to state your name and address. In line with the Data Protection Act 2018, Swindon Borough Council will treat and protect your data in accordance with the Act. If you wish to withdraw or amend your personal data, you will need to contact Swindon Borough Council’s Planning Policy team either by email (forwardplanning@swindon.gov.uk) or in writing: Planning Policy, Swindon Borough Council, SN1 2JH. For further information on how your data is handled please visit https://www.swindon.gov.uk/directory_record/23261/planning_policy_privacy_notice

 Please note it is not possible for representations to be anonymous. Your comments and your name (and organisation/job title, if relevant), will be publicly available. Please see Terms & Conditions on the SBC website.

An update from Swindon Borough Council regarding upcoming road works 🚧

An update from Swindon Borough Council regarding upcoming road works 🚧 1034 727 Johanna Edwards
An update from Swindon Borough Council regarding upcoming road works 🚧:
 
🚗 the Contractor, Ringway, will be working on behalf of Swindon Borough Council to undertake maintenance repairs along the footways at Coln Crescent
🚶the purpose of the scheme is to resurface the footway in order to increase the life span and to provide a safer and better surface for pedestrians.
🚴‍♀️works are provisionally programmed to commence from Thursday 19th August 2021 for 2 days between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00, however, on occasions they may over run slightly due to circumstances outside of their control such as plant breakdowns, if weather conditions are unfavourable, or occasionally we discover the need for additional repairs once the work has started.
🚧apologise for any inconvenience that these works may cause, but trust you will appreciate the necessity for these essential works to maintain Swindon’s highway network

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