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Haydon Wick Parish Council Precept 2021/22

Haydon Wick Parish Council Precept 2021/22 150 150 Johanna Edwards

Haydon Wick Parish Council appreciates that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone because of the COVID-19 pandemic and changing priorities. Prudent management of budgets over the preceding years has stood us in good stead.  In this coming financial year the key focus will be on consolidating our financial position.  The Council remains optimistic for the future and seeks to support the whole of its community in meaningful and innovative ways.

In such a period of uncertainty, it has been important to carefully consider a budget that will enable the Parish Council to continue to deliver a range of initiatives benefitting the residents including enhancing our play parks, good management of allotments, maintenance our open spaces, and ensuring our teams have the equipment and facilities they require to operate efficiently, including a suitable depot for the Parks & Open Spaces service delivery.

The COVID-19 restrictions saw an increase in the use of open spaces and the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. The Parish Council manages 24 play parks and many more open spaces, and these have been essential in supporting our residents during the periods of lockdown and restrictions. The completion of the Haydonleigh Skatepark was achieved despite many difficult challenges and there are plans to refurbish at least two more play parks in 2021/22.

The Parish Council remains fully committed to delivering all our services and this precept will also see the introduction of many more community activities, such as a Dementia Café and a mental health and youth development programme.

The financial uncertainty that many of our residents face has been at the forefront of our minds as we set the precept. At the Full Council meeting on 26th January 2021 the precept was agreed to be £94.51 per year which is an increase of £3.28 per year for a Band D property.

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Linda Brown said “This year’s budget was carefully put together and robustly scrutinised by all members of the Council. The precept of £94.51 per year represents value for money when considering what it delivers for all sectors of our community. Not least by expanding our service provision with more community development and youth engagement programmes, and the continued enhancement of our open spaces and play parks. We hope everyone can see the passion and commitment of the Parish Council as we continue to strive to develop our community”.

For full details of the budget and the precept visit www.haydonwick.gov.uk.

Council launches ‘Keep Swindon Tidy’ Poster Competition

Council launches ‘Keep Swindon Tidy’ Poster Competition 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

As part of forming our partnership working with Keep Swindon Tidy and Plastic Free Swindon, and in a bid to help to keep the Parish tidy, the Council has decided to reach out to the local schools within our community and via our social media platforms to run a competition for designing an Anti-Litter poster. This is not just a competition, there is also an element of co-operation, by increasing the awareness of littering and the issues that this can cause within a local community. The posters will be displayed across the Parish to encourage the community to keep the parish tidy and we are not just limited to one!

Posters can include any aspect of litter, the effects litter has on wildlife, encouraging people to take litter home or use the nearest public bins. We look forward to seeing some of your innovative designs.

Please email entries to competitions@haydonwick.gov.uk by the 19th February 2021 for your chance to win a prize. Include the name, age and contact details of the artist.

Poster Template 1

Poster Template 2

Graffiti Artist Image

Haydon Wick Skate Park – Improvements Continue

Haydon Wick Skate Park – Improvements Continue 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

While the skate park remains closed due to the current national lockdown restrictions and following advice from Skate Board England, we thought it would be a great opportunity to work with local graffiti artist Ed (The Visual Drop) to enhance the area. Ed has been working hard to add some amazing creative artwork to the skate park, and will finish the project over the coming weeks (snow and ice allowing). The Council hopes to be able to share news of holiday skateboard workshops, programmes and competitions in the near future as part of our continued Youth Engagement programme for the area.

King George V Play Area Enhancement

Enhancement of King George V Play Area

Enhancement of King George V Play Area 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

We are delighted (and very excited!) to unveil the enhancement of King George V Play Area in Haydon Wick.

The play area will undergo complete resurfacing from Monday 25th January until the end of February 2021 (depending on the weather conditions). The existing surface will be replaced with this innovative wet pour design and include mulch rubber footpaths leading from the main gates to, and interlinking, the two play areas. It is hoped that the footpath will help with the accessibility for pushchairs, wheelchairs and a create a more direct route for pedestrians using the Play Area as a cut through. The design in itself will add some additional play value with the graphics and the creation of some additional bunds around the perimeter, in keeping with the natural woodland surroundings.

Two new goal posts will be made and installed by the Parks & Projects Team and the Play Area Working Party is also researching some accessible play equipment that can be installed during the project.

The Play Area remains closed during the resurfacing works and we apologise in advance for any noise disruption.

We will share progress pictures throughout the project. For now, here is a sneaky peak of what it will look like…

Message from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson:

Message from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson: 1920 1200 Haydon Wick

I’m asking all residents to support a £15 per household, a year, rise on a band D property in the policing part of council tax for 2021/22. This equates to an extra £1.25 a month and means that we will be able to support the recruitment of 46 additional officers for Wiltshire in 2021/22 and maintain essential services.

I know that in normal times an increase in contributions will be felt by our communities but after this year, I realise this increase will be felt more keenly than ever before. The decision to ask for your support for a £15 per year increase has been a difficult one – and one that I would not make if there was an alternative.

Whatever your opinion, I would encourage you to fill out the survey. It is only by making sure your voice is heard that I can truly understand the views of local people – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PNHBKSG

New Year and a new look for Haydon Wick Parish Council

New Year and a new look for Haydon Wick Parish Council 1920 1200 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council has certainly adopted the tradition of ‘New Year, New You’ for 2021, and is excited to announce the unveiling of a new website, and new brand.

The self-improvement journey began in June 2019 when the Council recognised that some work was needed to ensure the website complied with local authority accessibility regulation updates, along with sector transparency requirements. Haydon Wick Parish Council went on to approve and publish a budget and project scope for a website redesign and rebrand, that would create an accessible, functional, resilient, and representative website to support and depict the community into the future.

In August 2020, an extensive tendering exercise and robust evaluation process took place. Parish Councillors, the IT Working Party Group and Council Officers worked alongside local marketing and branding agency Clearwater to create a website that is user friendly, and most importantly, inclusive for all residents and visitors.

The website is at the heart of the new design strategy and reflects the Council’s vision. The user-centred platform is designed to engage and grow key audiences, and improve communication, enabling residents to make contact and access information easily.

As part of the project, it was identified that the Council’s brand required some redevelopment. A new brand was designed to reflect what the Council is, what it does for the community, what the community can expect from the Council, and who it represents.  This process involved branding exercises with Councillors, working party groups and Officers. Key values and objectives of the Council were identified and are reflected in the both the new brand and the website.

It is hoped that this brand and website redevelopment is more appropriate and relatable for the current Haydon Wick community environment for many years to come.

Message from the Chairman – Lockdown 3 Update

Message from the Chairman – Lockdown 3 Update 1200 1200 Haydon Wick

Lockdown 3 Update

Following the announcement on the 4th January 2021 I wanted to share with you how the Council’s operations during this third lockdown remain unchanged.

Council Meetings
Council meetings will continue to take place on Microsoft Teams. Members of the public are welcome to join us on Tuesday evenings for our meetings – most held at 7.30pm. Please just email the Clerk at clerk@haydonwick.gov.uk in advance with any questions that you may have for us. If you cannot join us online then we will certainly ensure any questions are fully responded to. All of our agendas are published on the 12 noticeboards located across the parish and minutes of the meetings are available online after every meeting.

Parks & Open Spaces
There will be no operational changes to our Parks & Open Spaces operation. All of our play parks will remain open with the exception of the Skate Park which remains closed until further notice. Our team will continue to work on their winter projects and litter/cleansing duties, with any spare capacity used to help the community with prescription or shopping requests for those residents who are shielding. The team is overseen by Dave Hunt our new Parks & Open Spaces Team Manager who will check on their welfare and make sure they have the support they need during these difficult times.

Parish Office
The Parish Office will remain closed to visitors. We are allowing up to a maximum of two people in the office to control numbers. The Office team remain in regular contact with each other using Teams, Zoom, and even pick up the phone sometimes too, to check on each other’s welfare. All officers with mobile phones can be reached on their telephone numbers or via the parish office.

Community Response
The Council has volunteers that can help with anyone who is shielding and or we can put you in touch with groups can help the local community during this ongoing pandemic. Please call the Parish Office on 01793 722446 if you require any assistance with shopping, prescription collections, or simply would appreciate a regular phone call to have a chat. We have a lovely band of helpers who are here to help.

Please look after yourselves and each other as we enter into this third, and hopefully, final period of lockdown.

With best wishes
Councillor Linda Brown
Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 150 150 Haydon Wick

As we fast approach the end of the year we wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2020… and what a year it has been!

We are wishing all of our residents a very happy and healthy New Year!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree 150 150 Haydon Wick

Thank you to McDonald’s in the Swindon Orbital Centre for sponsoring Haydon Wick’s community Christmas tree this year 🎄.

We hope our residents enjoy the festive sparkle on Thames Avenue – we all certainly enjoyed dressing the tree and making it look lovely.

And thank you to our Parks & Projects Team for their patience with us 😇😊

Christmas Card Winner Competition

Christmas Card Winner Competition 1920 1200 Haydon Wick

“Spreading festive joy through imaginative and creative artwork”

Haydon Wick Parish Council has teamed up with local school children to spread some much needed community festive fun throughout the Parish.

The Parish Council’s festive creative competition was launched in the October half-term and designed for local school children to come up with a Christmas card to accompany the 160 Christmas parcels that Parish Council distributes each year to its older, and more vulnerable residents, living in the parish.

Councillor Sarah McDermott had this to say about the project: “We were delighted with the amount of entries we had this year, and the imagination and creativity was outstanding. We had a hard time judging the winner – but thoroughly enjoyed the process. We wanted to thank everyone who took part. The winning card design will make a wonderful contribution to our Christmas parcel scheme”.

The Parish Council is delighted to announce the winner this year is Emily, a pupil from Catherine Wyatt Primary School. Emily’s winning design ‘Snow Ball Fight’ will feature on the Christmas card going out with the parcels. The Council wanted to use an independent judge and asked Morrisons Community Champion, Sandra Graver to help with the competition judging.

The artistic superstar was awarded her winning prize during school assembly recently and received personalised cards, a cotton bag and mugs each printed with her creative artwork for Emily and her family to use and enjoy. The runners-up entries can be seen at the local Haydon Wick Morrisons.

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