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Our hard working Parks & Open Spaces Team – undertaking these exciting projects….

Our hard working Parks & Open Spaces Team – undertaking these exciting projects…. 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

Haydon Henge ….The team have now completed the project to uncover the stones and to reinstate the impressive gateway into the south entrance to the Parish.

Before ..                                                                                                 After …..

                    

They are now working on the next project to continue with our commitment to enhancing all areas of our community, making Haydon Wick a parish to be proud of….

Ventnor Close Allotments – improving the parking facilities for allotment holders.

Having installed a barrier at the entrance to make sure that allotment holders have easy access to the site, the team are now working to improve the parking facilities:

Before……                                               Making progress ….                       Watch this space for the completed picture

   

The remaining materials to complete the car park should arrive shortly but in the meanwhile, the team are not idly waiting, they are getting on with the next winter project – installing new, recycled and environmentally prepared plot markers for the Leisure Gardens….

       

 

Leisure Garden Plot Markers

Leisure Garden Plot Markers 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

Our Parks & Open Spaces Team are getting ready for the new season by preparing the new leisure garden plot markers.

The logs used have recycled from tree works carried out over the last few months and they have been sealed using environmentally friendly products.

The markers will be installed in the next couple of weeks.

 

Community bus – serving the community

Community bus – serving the community 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

Would a member of your family or neighbour benefit from our community bus service?
Our service provides transport for the elderly and disabled persons living within the parish of Haydon Wick. This includes regular trips to local shops, local groups and regular day trips.
If so either call the Office on 01793 722446 or pop in and speak to us at The Council Offices, Thames Avenue, Haydon Wick, Swindon, SN25 1QQ

    

Please help us to tackle this mindless vandalism…

Please help us to tackle this mindless vandalism… 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

Our hard working team, tidying up, up after mindless vandalism strikes out on Thames Avenue. Residents, please be careful whilst we get this attended to. Any information or witnesses to this event, please contact the office on 722446

Seeking Volunteer Bus Drivers

Seeking Volunteer Bus Drivers 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

Do you enjoy driving and would like to help in your community?!  We are urgently seeking volunteer bus drivers.

 

Please click here for more information: COULD YOU DRIVE FOR US

Parish Precept 2019/20

Parish Precept 2019/20 Haydon Wick Admin

 

At a Full Council Meeting on the 15th January 2019 Haydon Wick Parish Council voted to set the Precept for 2019/20 at £83.67 per annum, for a Band D property. This is an increase of £21.08 on the 2018/19 rate. This amount is paid monthly via Swindon Borough Council tax collections and it is not a separate payment.

A number of external factors were responsible for some of the increase; the loss of Swindon Borough Council transitional funding for grounds maintenance, a reduction of the Council Tax Support Grant and the upcoming elections in May accounted for approximately £8 of the increase.

The remaining £13 was due the Parish Council’s continued commitment to invest in their parks and open spaces, with projects in the pipeline to upgrade a local MUGA (multi use games arena) and a skate park, as well as the continued development of land at Tadpole Lane to provide an accessible community space, for use by local residents. The Council is also continuing to invest in its staff, to improve the quality of the services it delivers.

At £83.67 a Band D property is paying just 23p a day, for all the services provided. Or put another way a Band D property gets 2.4 days of service for the cost of a 2nd Class Stamp (56p).

For residents of the Parish, the budget plus a detailed explanation will be in the Haydon Wick Living magazine being delivered in March  – this will also be available on the website.

The Parish Council has a population of approximately 21,500 with 17,309 electors. The Council is served by 18 councillors who represent residents from the Haydon Wick and Haydon End wards in Swindon, Wiltshire. The aim of the Council is to ensure the Parish is a desirable place to live, work and visit, that is clean, green, safe and prosperous. Most importantly, for the residents of the parish to live in a place they are proud of.

 

The Council successfully engages with the community with a popular grant giving programme, the Christmas parcel scheme, and Haydon Wick Living magazine is published and distributed three times a year. At its offices, the Parish Council also has two meeting spaces for hire to groups and businesses.

The Council provides a community bus service, has three allotment sites and is very proud to maintain 24 play parks it adopted from Swindon Borough Council – all of which are on a rolling refurbishment programme to ensure they remain vibrant and welcoming for all the community to enjoy.

The Council is also responsible for maintaining all public areas in the parish including King George Playing Field, Trent Road and Clary Road Field. It is tasked with hedge cutting, tree and shrub pruning, cleaning pavements, bus shelters and all seating. The Parks and Open Spaces Team (POST) is committed to keeping the parish tidy by emptying over 300 dog and litter bins, removing graffiti, dealing with fly tipping and cleaning alleyways and pavements.

 

Make a change! Become a local councillor

Make a change! Become a local councillor Haydon Wick Admin

Haydon Wick Parish Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.

What do councillors do?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How long does it take?
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:
• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
• 18 years of age or older
• Live in an area that is served by a local council

How can I get involved?
Contact Haydon Wick Parish Council at clerk@haydonwick.gov.uk to find out more or visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections

 

Haydon Wick’s snow and ice plan-working with the community

Haydon Wick’s snow and ice plan-working with the community 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

We recently agreed to implement a community snow and ice plan, working with our neighbouring businesses on Thames Avenue to provide safe access during any future bad weather. When bad weather is on the way you will see our Parks & Open Spaces team (POST) out and about treating affected footpaths that are around our parks, underpasses, the council offices and our neighbours as we’ve joined forces with Homeground Surgery and GLL’s car park. It was recognised that we needed to work together to ensure these heavily used areas remain clear of snow and ice during the bad weather so we’ve invested in a wheelie gritting bin and will have a stock of grit to clear the affected areas.

But what about the roads?
That’s down to Swindon Borough Council, who as our Highway Authority, is responsible for salting the roads around our parish. They’ll be out if there’s bad weather.

Work with us
We would be grateful of any help clearing pathways from areas of the community. We have 64 grit bins situated around our parish that are for treating public areas only – grit should not be taken for use on private property. To find out where the nearest one is, please click here

If you’re able to help clear snow and grit pathways from more than just your immediate areas please get in touch: office@haydonwick.gov.uk and become one of our Snow & Ice Volunteers. Here are some tips and advice to follow:

Tips and advice on clearing snow:
* When using grit from the bins, there is a tendency to apply too much. It needs to be distributed as sparingly as possible.
* It is much easier to clear fresh snow before it has been compacted, make sure you create a pathway down the middle first so that you have a safe and clear path to walk on
* Do not use hot water as this will melt the snow but may replace it with black ice
* Be a good neighbour and consider if there are any elderly or vulnerable people nearby who may need assistance
* Make sure you have an area to put all the snow so that it doesn’t block paths, driveway or drainage
* Spread some salt on the areas that you have cleared (table or dishwasher salt will also work). If there is no salt available sand or ash are good alternatives.
* Avoid spreading this on plants or grass as they may be damaged
* Pay particular care and attention to steps and steep gradients
* Use the sun to your advantage moving the top layer of snow will allow the snow to melt underneath.
Polite Reminder!
Please don’t use take the grit from the salt bins for your own personal use and even worse, don’t fill them up with your household rubbish.

Farewell to the previous Clerk and welcome to the new Clerk

Farewell to the previous Clerk and welcome to the new Clerk 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

Terry Powell (retiring) with Linda Brown, Chair of Haydon Wick Parish Council

Terry Powell retired as clerk to Haydon Wick Parish Council at the end of October 2018 having overseen many changes and important events to the Council including creating a successful grounds maintenance service following the devolvement of services from Swindon Borough Council in 2016. At an informal gathering of colleagues and friends in December, Terry was presented with gifts and received emotional speeches in recognition of his dedication and service to the Council.  Terry will be spending his retirement working on community projects with his wife including additional volunteer work for the Salvation Army. Terry’s successor, Georgina Morgan-Denn is a qualified clerk who has previously worked for parish councils both in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Additionally, she brings an extensive knowledge of business skills gained from the private sector.

 

Georgina Morgan-Denn

Update on Grass Cutting/Hedge Cutting

Update on Grass Cutting/Hedge Cutting 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

The grass cutting in-house team shall be begin their final cut of the season, in March, weather permitting.  The larger areas are cut by our outside Contractors and the teams will be working simultaneously.

The Council has made a commitment to continue to use hedging contractors in 2019 who will conduct light hand cuts during the bird nesting season in the mid-summer months of June and July.  During this period, their main aim is to tackle outgrowth and footpath encroachment.  There will be a ‘hard cut’ in the early-winter months (September/October) conducted by a team of operatives using a mixture of hand cuts and a tractor & flail. They will work together so as not to leave any part-cut hedges.  Our Contractors have committed to improving the state of the hedges in 2019 and as such all works will be subject to rigorous checks by the Parish Council to ensure consistent, high quality workmanship throughout the whole of the Parish.

Our own Parks & Open Spaces Team (POST) will be maintaining the hedges prior to the contract starting in June so please email tidyup@haydonwick.gov.uk or call 01793 724263 to report any areas of hedging that require urgent attention. 

If you have any areas that are a cause for concern please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Council – in the first instance via email: tidyup@haydonwick.gov.uk

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