Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council appoints new grounds maintenance contractor to provide enhanced service across the parish

Haydon Wick Parish Council appoints new grounds maintenance contractor to provide enhanced service across the parish 400 400 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council is pleased to announce that at a recent Full Council meeting it approved the appointment of Teign Trees & Landscaping Ltd as the new contractor for the autumn/winter grounds maintenance.

 

Following strict scrutiny of the three tenders received; the winning contractor was appointed for its proven track record in local authority grounds maintenance, a credible social and climate control programme, extensive use of electric machinery and value for money. The Council has also chosen to reinvest some of the cost savings into upskilling their in-house Parks & Open Spaces Team.

 

The new contractor will deliver an enhanced autumn/winter grounds maintenance service. Residents will see harder shrub and bush cuts, reductions to hedge heights especially those that have grown visibly over the past few years and affect highway visibility. This enhanced service contract is in addition to the Council’s previous commitment, to bolster its team with three new staff members who have responsibility to provide a compact road sweeper service and year-round bush/hedge cutting service. The Parks & Open Spaces Team of 11 has grown in response to residents’ requests for an improved grounds maintenance service.

 

Furthermore, with an investment into two electric vehicles, and the ongoing capital development of a new Grounds Maintenance Facility- expected to complete in 2023, the Council has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the improving the parks & open spaces in the parish.

 

Councillor S Heyes, Vice Chairman of Parks & Open Spaces Committee had this to say:

“We are proud to be delivering a more sustainable grounds maintenance service than ever before. We made a big commitment this financial year to improve our service levels by bolstering our team, enhancing our contracted and internal service provision, as well as investing into electric machinery and vehicles”.

 

Haydon Wick Parish Council has over 65 hectares of open spaces, hedgerows, shrubs and trees to maintain. The Council’s open spaces are hired by football teams, park yoga and other community uses. The Council has 23 play parks and a skate park on a rolling redevelopment programme. It has invested over £300,000 over the past three years on major upgrades to several play parks. The Council serves 23,000 residents and is fully committed to investing in parks and open spaces to improve the health and wellbeing of its community. The Council also shares the responsibility for maintaining areas within the Seven Fields Conservation Area and Mouldon Hill Country Park, both located in North Swindon.

 

A summer of skills development, building friendships and confidence delivered by Draycott Sports Camp in partnership with Haydon Wick Parish Council

A summer of skills development, building friendships and confidence delivered by Draycott Sports Camp in partnership with Haydon Wick Parish Council 800 800 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council is delighted to team up with Draycott Sports to support this summer’s sports camp and committed to funding £1,500.00 from the council’s budget.

Draycott Sports Camp provides an active environment that is inclusive and engaging for all abilities. The camp focuses on helping children to be more active and to introduce them to new sports.

Mark Draycott from Draycott Sports Camp:

“All of the Draycott Sports Camp team are extremely grateful to the Haydon Wick Parish Council for supporting us to enrich our Holidays Activities and Food children’s summer holiday with us. The extra funding has allowed our campers to stay on with their friends, to enjoy two more sporting activities, completing a whole day of fun at Draycott Sports Camp. Thank you so much for your support.”

Councillor Rebecca Ross, Community Development Committee Chairman had this to say about the programme:

” I’m pleased we have been able to offer support to children attending Draycott Sports Camp. The funding from Haydon Wick Parish Council will allow more children to attend the camp for the whole day, rather than having to leave after lunch. This is an opportunity for us to give something back to the children in our local neighbourhood.

We believe it’s important to give back to our communities and to inspire and support our youth”.

As part of the Council’s growing programme of youth services it is proud to announce another series of graffiti artwork design workshops this Autumn, utilising its legal graffiti wall installed at the skate park.   For more information,  to book a place, please contact Kate youthandcommunity@haydonwick.gov.uk

 

New livery for grounds maintenance vehicles at Haydon Wick

New livery for grounds maintenance vehicles at Haydon Wick 800 800 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council’s fleet of grounds maintenance vehicles have had a total refresh with brand new livery. This includes the addition of two new electric vehicles which were recently acquired.

 

The electric vehicles take the Parish Council a further step towards one of its strategic aims of being carbon neutral, and to deliver a green and sustainable place within the next five years. The vehicles are charged daily at the Council Offices, which also has an existing solar PV array of panels on the roof of the building.

 

The livery for one of these electric vehicles has kindly been sponsored by N & B Foods Ltd who generously donated £300 towards the design and installation of the clean and bright branding panels.

The Director of N&B Foods, Nilesh Chavda said:

“As a local Swindon employer through N&B foods Ltd and a Haydon Wick resident, it gives me great pleasure to be able to help keep our local community clean and tidy.”

The vehicles are already out and about doing important grounds maintenance tasks and helping to keep the Parish clean and tidy for its residents. The reduced size of the vehicles will improve efficiency within the team, as they can be driven along footpaths so travelling time between site visits is reduced.

 

Councillor Vinay Manro, Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council had this to say about the new livery:

“As Chairman of the Parish I am delighted to see the vehicles with their updated livery. The fresh, new look immediately identifies the fleet, and supports the Council’s aim of a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Parish.”

 

 

Successful First Skate Jam event at Haydon Wick

Successful First Skate Jam event at Haydon Wick 800 800 Haydon Wick

Saturday 3rd September 2022 saw a fantastic action-packed skate jam held at Haydon Wick’s skate park on the anniversary of its first birthday. This event was the first of its kind since the skate park opened last September.

The Community Development Team hosted the event in conjunction with the team from ATB Skate Shop. ATB provided the soundtrack and PA, snacks, and drinks, along with competitions including scooter limbo, best trick, and musical statues. Among the prizes handed out on the day, were a skateboard deck, scooter wheels and grips, tech decks and scooter stunt pegs.

The popular event was attended by over 40 children and young people, and their parents. Feedback on the day and since, have been very positive and the young people want to see this happen again.

Councillor Rebecca Ross, Chair of the Community Development Committee at Haydon Wick Parish Council had this to say about the event:

“It’s great to see local young people enjoying the skate park and participating in such an enjoyable event. Skating and scooter riding helps young people keep active, build confidence, and stay active. The Parish Council hopes to hold an annual event like this every year to celebrate the skate park’s birthday.”

 

 

 

Parish Council offers award-winning mobile interactive table/floor for external hire

Parish Council offers award-winning mobile interactive table/floor for external hire 800 800 Haydon Wick

 

The Mobii Table has proved very popular with attendees of our Memory Cafe, and it encourages movement through physical participation and emotional well-being

The Parish Council purchased the Mobii Table in 2020 to coincide with the launch of its very successful Memory Café, which is held at the Council Offices, Haydon Wick, Swindon on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

Following the benefit to users of the Memory Café the Parish Council has agreed the device could benefit the wider community, such as residents of care homes and pupils at Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) schools to stimulate, calm and provide proprioceptive feedback.

The Mobii Table is an award-winning mobile interactive table/floor projection system with inter-generational appeal. This mobile device can be and projected onto any flat surface, which makes it very accessible for adults and older children in day and home care settings. The system delivers engaging visual activities which provide many opportunities for social enjoyment and shared laughter.

Councillor Vinay Manro, Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council says:

 

“We are delighted to offer this state-of-the-art sensory equipment for hire to the community. The Mobii Table has proved very popular with attendees of our Memory Cafe, and it encourages movement through physical participation and emotional well-being.”

If you are based in Haydon Wick or are within a five mile radius of the Parish boundary, and are interested, contact the Memory Café Coordinator memorycafe@haydonwick.gov.uk  or call 01793 722446 to book your free demonstration.

 

Council moves towards reducing emissions in the Parish

Council moves towards reducing emissions in the Parish 800 800 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council is proud to announce the addition of two new electric vehicles to its Parks & Open Spaces fleet of vehicles

The Goupil G4 trucks have zero emissions and will be in regular use to carry out various grounds maintenance tasks within the parish. The addition of the G4 trucks means that one quarter of the Council’s fleet is now electric.

Councillor Vinay Manro, Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council had this to say about the new vehicles:

“The Parish is very proud of these recent additions to the fleet. Being electric they will help reduce emissions, improve the Council’s carbon footprint, and make Haydon Wick a greener and more sustainable place to live.

This is another step in reducing the Parish’s carbon footprint and compliments the existing solar panels on the Parish Council office roof. It is a future aspiration for the Parish Council to install solar panels in the future on the roof of the grounds maintenance facility”.

 

The Council hopes to deploy more environmentally friendly trucks as the vehicles become due for replacement.

 

Donation of Defibrillator

Donation of Defibrillator 800 800 Haydon Wick

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (Christ’s Love Assembly), Swindon, has very kindly donated a defibrillator to Haydon Wick Parish Council. The Church has also donated funds towards any installation cost and the first year’s maintenance.

Immediate CPR and defibrillation can more than double the chances of survival in cases of cardiac arrest.

Adebanjo Adeniran, the Pastor of the Church says:

“Our Church is very pleased to provide this important item of life-saving equipment to the Parish.”

Councillor Vinay Manro, Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council had this to say about the donation:

“We are delighted that the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Christ’s Love Assembly) have provided this valuable community asset to the Council.

Speed is the key in cardiac arrest survival, and community defibrillators can make the difference between life and death in an emergency. We are truly grateful for this donation.”

The location of the machine will be in close proximity to the Parish Council offices and available in an open space for emergency use.  The device will be registered with the National Defibrillator Database and on The Circuit, National Defibrillator Network.

Public Consultation – Happy to Chat Benches

Public Consultation – Happy to Chat Benches 1200 1200 Haydon Wick

‘Happy to Chat’ benches aim to combat loneliness and isolation

 As part of its work to improve health and wellbeing within the community it represents, Haydon Wick Parish Council installed new ‘Happy to Chat’ benches as a trial on the Hamble Road/ Thames Avenue footpath in November 2021.

This initiative aims to help break down the barriers of social isolation and get people talking. The benefits of ‘Happy to Chat’ benches have been demonstrated by other similar initiatives across the country, and studies have found that providing benches allows people to spend longer outside, which is beneficial for mental health and helps to connect people within communities. This connection is particularly important for people who might find social venues like cafes too expensive or too busy.

However, these benches were removed on 30th June 2022, due to numerous reports of anti-social behaviour during the evening hours. The Council’s decision to remove the benches was not an easy one and its priority was to give those residents directly affected by the behaviour priority, whilst they are in their homes.

A consultation will be conducted whereby you will be able to share your feedback regarding the new location(s). Please help us by taking the short survey below to have your say. The survey closes at 5pm on Friday 29th July 2022.

https://forms.microsoft.com/r/8SBiEqgHFL

Allstarz Summer Football Skills Workshops – Update

Allstarz Summer Football Skills Workshops – Update 1200 1200 Haydon Wick

On Monday 11th July 2022, we saw the last of our youth summer football skills sessions with Allstarz Sports Coaching

Due to the heat, not quite so many young people attended, but those who did all had a great time as always.

Thank you to Tom & Jazz for delivering these sessions for our young people. From speaking with parents, it is clear that the summer sessions have been a huge hit and we hope to offer these again in the near future.

It is always great to receive feedback on how you felt the activity went and if there is anything you want to see provided for your children moving forward.

Please email Kate at:

youthandcommunity@haydonwick.gov.uk

 

Hedge and Grass Cutting Update

Hedge and Grass Cutting Update 1200 1200 Haydon Wick

The Grass Cutting Team has just started its fifth cycle of the parish and is followed closely by a team of two back up operatives and the mini compact sweeper. The team is currently cutting in Haydon Wick/Greenmeadow/Woodhall Park/Moredon area and will shortly move on to Mouldon Hill and Haydon End/Taw Hill.

The Hedge Cutting Team started the official schedule at the end of June cutting in Zone 1 (Abbey Meads). The team is expected to be in Abbey Meads for another four weeks, taking us to the end of July.

The team will then move on to Zone 2 (Haydon End/Taw Hill) early August, which will take three weeks.

Then on to Zone 3 (Haydon Wick) from week commencing 22nd August 2022 which will take five weeks.

Ending up in Zone 4 (Oakhurst) from 5th September 2022 which will take one week.

The above scheduling is subject to weather and resources.

There is also a team available for priority hedge cutting such as road junctions, low hanging branches on footpaths and areas that are in need of attention before the planned schedule. Please email tidyup@haydonwick.gov.uk if there are any urgent areas to bring to our attention.

The peak season is always full on for our very busy and hardworking Parks & Open Spaces Team so please give them a boost by saying hello, telling them when they’ve done a good job and email any examples for the social media and website. The collective team work that has gone in to this season so far has been fantastic and the team should be very proud of its achievements.

Pictured: Garth, Martin, Mark (picture 1) and Hakan, Dave (picture 2) Kevin and Nathan (picture 3)

 

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