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Community Tree Planting Success!

Community Tree Planting Success! 150 150 Caroline Hunt
🌳🌳🌳 We wanted to say a big #thankyou to everyone that joined us throughout the weekend to help us plant trees at at Tadpole Field.
 
Let us know if you are coming to have some fun and plant some 🌱 this Saturday or Sunday
by ✉️ admin@haydonwick.gov.uk
 
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Parish Council Announces Colossal Community Tree Planting Project

Parish Council Announces Colossal Community Tree Planting Project 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

🌳🌳🌳 We have 1,300 trees to plant as part of the #treesforclimate project, and we need your help! 🌳🌳🌳

Join us on:
🌱 Saturday 19th March
🌱 Sunday 20th March
🌱 Saturday 26th March
🌱 Sunday 27th March
 
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Let us know if you are coming to have some fun and help make a difference to your community by✉️ admin@haydonwick.gov.uk
 
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Litter Picking Pledge Poster

Parish Council Makes ‘Keep Britain Tidy – The Great British Spring Clean’ Pledge

Parish Council Makes ‘Keep Britain Tidy – The Great British Spring Clean’ Pledge 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

One bag makes a huge difference! Come along and help make a difference to our community and our World & taking part in our Youth Litter Pick

 Come along and join us in helping save our environment.

Saturday 26th March 2022

1.00pm – 2.30pm at Haydon Wick Skate Park (behind Morrisons)

Keep Britain Tidy – The Great British Spring Clean is running from the 25th March to the 10th April 2022, so we as a parish have pledged to help by collecting 100 bags of litter.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPACE

 

GB Spring Clean

Council host successful Superhero Youth Litter Picking Event

Council host successful Superhero Youth Litter Picking Event 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Council was delighted with the turn-out of brilliant superhero youth litter pickers! A great morning was had cleaning up the area surrounding the Haydon Wick skate park.

Our litter pickers all withstood the elements to keep Haydon Wick tidy and safe. With over 15 bags of litter collected from paths and hedgerows in the area, we had some shivering superheroes who needed to regain their strength with cake and juice. Each superhero left with a certificate thanking them for their hard work and amazing help. We would like to say a huge thank you to all our litter pickers and their parents/carers for showing up and taking part. The World needs more Superheroes like you!

 

Litter Pick Poster Advert

Council to host Superhero themed Youth Litter Picking Event

Council to host Superhero themed Youth Litter Picking Event 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt
Join us at the Haydon Wick Skate Park on Saturday 12th February at 10.00am for a fun and friendly youth litter picking event – with a superhero theme!
Make friends, learn about your local environment and develop a fantastic habit from an early age.
? Dress for the weather
? All children must be accompanied by an adult
? Please only book a FREE ticket for children
? Superhero theme costumes welcome

Book your free ticket for the child space on the event here

Work in progress! Luna Close Play Area refurbishment update….

Work in progress! Luna Close Play Area refurbishment update…. 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Council is pleased to announce that the play area refurbishment at Luna Close, Oakhurst is now underway.

The Children from Oakhurst Community Primary School met with the Council’s Parks & Projects Team and Youth Worker to have a sneak peak of the construction work going on at Luna Close. The Children from Oakhurst Community Primary School have been involved in the planning of the play area, the fundraising of some equipment and supporting the ‘design an accessible play area sign’ competition. Thank you to Benjamin’s Smile and Oakhurst Community Primary School for their valuable input and support with this project.

Keep an eye on our social media for the progress of the project and opening event details.

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Superhero Litter Picking Poster

Council to host Superhero themed Youth Litter Picking Event

Council to host Superhero themed Youth Litter Picking Event 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt
Join us at the Haydon Wick Skate Park on Saturday 27th November at 10.00am for a fun and friendly youth litter picking event – with a superhero theme!
Make friends, learn about your local environment and develop a fantastic habit from an early age.
? Dress for the weather
? All children must be accompanied by an adult
? Please only book a FREE ticket for children
? Superhero theme costumes welcome

Book your free ticket for the child space on the event here

Image of school children taking part in the competition

Swindon has racked up 319, 874.5 miles as part of its Beat the Street campaign!

Swindon has racked up 319, 874.5 miles as part of its Beat the Street campaign! 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

Swindon has once again completed the Beat the Street challenge!

The town’s third Beat the Street game finished at 7pm on 27th October and saw almost 30,000 people walking, cycling and rolling for points and prizes during the six-week challenge. Together, the town clocked up an active travel mileage of 319,874.5 miles.

The miles have been tallied, the points calculated and the winners have been announced, and this year, players have exceeded the town’s record mileage of 313,000 miles set in 2018.

Haydonleigh Primary School topped the total points leaderboard and Futile Footsteps came top of the average points leaderboard.

Among the two chosen charities,  Jessie May Children’s Hospice came first and will collect £350 and the Harbour Project came second and will win £150.

Debbie Yockney from Haydonleigh Primary School, who topped the schools total leaderboard for the north west part of the town, said: “Haydonleigh children, parents and staff and our ‘Black cat’ mascot have once again been totally hooked on Beat the Street and enjoying collecting points whether it is joining in with an evening group walk, on their way to and from school or out walking the dog.”

Cailey Whitcher, Secretary of the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group said: “Quite a few of us took part in Beat the Street in 2018 so it was an obvious decision to set up a team this time around.

“We are always keen to encourage our members to stay active and many take part in our regular activities which include football, tennis, swimming and cricket. Therefore, schemes such as Beat the Street are a great way to get and remain active, even while going about normal daily activities like walking the dog or going to school. It’s great fun too, and very inclusive so everyone can be involved.

“We love the fact that players in Swindon can choose to be part of our team, we’d like to thank everyone who joined the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group team for their support in helping to raise further awareness of the amazing things that our members continue to achieve.

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 has once again been a great experience to see Beat the Street taking place across Swindon and we’d like to thank everyone who took part.

“We’ve heard from people who have got fitter, spent more quality time together as a family and have really got to know the local area by foot. We’ve heard lovely anecdotes about people who’ve visited every Beat Box, stories about conversations being struck up and people trying out new activities and getting into healthy habits.

“Congratulations to each and every player who got involved with Beat the Street and took the time to come and visit the Beat Boxes. We hope that people will continue to walk or cycle to get around our town and will continue to enjoy being active.”

To stay involved with Beat the Street news, sign up to the newsletter at www.beatthestreet.me/swindon.

For more information on the small lifestyle changes that individuals and organisations can make to reduce their carbon footprint, click onto www.swindon.gov.uk/bethechange

Council Announces Work Starts in Preparation for Play Park Development

Council Announces Work Starts in Preparation for Play Park Development 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt
The Parks and Projects team have been busy prepping Gaynor Close Play Park ahead of the total refurbishment planned.
The Parish Council allocated £80,000 in the current financial year for the refurbishment and enhancement of two local play areas; Luna Close in Oakhurst and Gaynor Close in Abbey Meads. The Council is committed to maintaining all of their 23 play parks to a high standard and sets aside a significant portion of their budget each year to do so. Last year the Council enhanced King George V Play Area with the addition of an accessible basket swing and colourful footpaths into the play areas as both areas were installed with wet pour safety surface. Later this year, the Parish Council will also be resurfacing Voyager Drive Play Area.

The Parish Council worked closely with Benjamin’s Smile Charity and Oakhurst Community Primary School who came up with a wish list of items they would like to see.  The local school children were asked for feedback during a lesson raising awareness of disabilities and how small adjustments can make a huge difference to those living with disabilities and for their families. The local primary school has also been fundraising towards one of the new pieces of equipment and, with match funding by the Parish Council, is able to fund the double width slide unit.

The first play area to see improvements will be at Luna Close, where residents can expect new and exciting equipment.  The chosen equipment is tailored to the varying requirements of their children with the inclusion of a high back swing, double width slide, accessible roundabout, and numerous play panels. Much of the existing equipment at this play area will also receive some cosmetic enhancements.

At Gaynor Close the choice of equipment is like Luna but as the whole play area needed a complete overhaul, play area companies tendering for the work could be really innovative and creative with their proposed designs. Six companies tendered for the prospective work which were carefully scrutinised by the Parish Council and the winning contracts were approved by the Full Council earlier this year.

Benjamin’s Smile Charity was so impressed by the final designs and Rebecca Maddern (Benjamin’s Mother and creator of Benjamin’s Smile Charity) had this to say:

I am completely overwhelmed, the plans for the play area look amazing. There is such a lovely mixture of different equipment suitable for all ages and abilities. The Council has been able to include so much inclusive equipment at one park it will certainly set the bar for other local councils.  I would like to thank Haydon Wick Parish Council for allowing the charity and the local school to join in with this project, we are all very excited to see the plans come into fruition and enjoy the play areas soon”.

The winning play area company was Playdale whose tenders were both innovative and accessible.  There were also cost savings to be made because both areas were awarded at the same time and the play company will assist with the future opening events.

Councillor Richard Hailstone, Chairman of the Parks & Open Spaces Committee said

“I am delighted to report that we approved tenders to refurbish the Luna Close playground in Oakhurst and Gaynor Close play area in Abbey meads which will include equipment accessible to children of all abilities”.

Councillor Steve Heyes, Vice Chairman of Parks & Open Spaces Committee said:

I am really pleased that we have been able to refresh two of our play parks this year. I look forward to seeing Gaynor Close and Luna Close play areas open with their new looks soon. The Council’s focus has been to make sure there is something for everyone – bright colour schemes, some new equipment and equipment that can meet most accessibility requirements.”

FAQs – Development of Grounds Maintenance Facility

FAQs – Development of Grounds Maintenance Facility 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

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.

The Parish Council is aware that residents may have questions, and have compiled a list of questions and answers below. The page is regularly updated, last updated: 05/10/2021 

How much will this project cost?
The project will cost in the region of £350k

How will this impact the precept?
The Council will be applying to fund this via a Public Works Loan and the repayments will be reflected on the term applied for. Due to the sustainability of this facility and future proofing the home of the Parks & Open Spaces Team the term is likely to be 25 years. It is common for local authorities to apply for public works loans  – this in itself may have an impact on the budget but until this is reviewed in October – January the amount is unknown. Also further research is being presented on timescales, terms and interest rates.

Who is managing this?
Haydon Wick Parish Council

What are the dates, what could the impact be of project slippage?
The dates are subject to the tender process, but it is hopeful that this project will be completed by June 2022. The main impact of slippage will cost £225.00 per week which is for extended temporary welfare unit. Also delays may result in arising material costs due to economic growth, which cannot be measured. Additional contingency amounts of 3% on each item will be factored in to mitigate against any overspends.

Who will benefit from this development?
The Parks & Open Spaces team, with all round better facilities. Storage, workshop for painting and repairs, both mechanical and play equipment. Garage facility for mowers, compact sweeper. Electric charging points. Solar panels. Washdown for vehicles. Meeting room / rest room. Disabled washroom facilities.

How will this improve the existing service?
The larger space will allow the capacity to have various projects on going, comfort for the employees during breaks, additional space for play equipment repairs, winter bulb storage, timber storage, cement / aggregate storage. There will also be a kitted workshop for ease of repairs, additional storage space for tools and additional car parking spaces for the fleet of vehicles and ride on machines. The area in itself will be improved visually tidying up the current facilities.

What future running costs will this incur, and how will that impact the rate payer?
The running costs are not expected to be much more than they are now so we would not expect a noticeable up lift in costs.

What difference will this make to the service delivery, for example; grass and hedge cutting schedules?
The building alone with not impact the schedule but the Council is running a separate project to look at delivering an enhanced grounds maintenance service and will give separate updates accordingly.

Will there be any investment in equipment?
There will not be any investment in new equipment as part of this project. All our equipment is replaced as it becomes end of life or obsolete.

Have you considered any environmental initiatives when installing this building?
A great deal of consideration has been given to environmental matters. The facility will be equipped to allow a transition to electric vehicles for our whole fleet over the next few years.

The building will have solar panels fitted to generate much of the electricity the building needs and will ensure efficient use of water piping clean rain water into the allotments for use. Due to all our facilities being on one site our vehicles will travel less – with plans to reduce their carbon footprint further each year, until eventually being replaced by electric vehicles.

Has there been any impact on leisure garden plots?
Three plots were affected due to designated area for the build of the facility. Three affected plot holders were reallocated to an alternative site and the Council is hopeful that planning permission and lease variations will be agreed by Swindon Borough Council for the permission to build an additional 12 full size plots on the land adjacent to extend the facility beyond the current boundary. If permission is agreed, raised beds can be installed and the leisure garden plots will be accessible for any additional needs.

 

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