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Parish Council Launches Free Non-Contact Sports Summer Programme

Parish Council Launches Free Non-Contact Sports Summer Programme 1900 1200 Haydon Wick

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that a FREE youth non-contact sports Summer Programme with BEST – ‘Be A Better You’ will be starting on Tuesday 26th July. Join us every Tuesday throughout the school holidays, from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Dates: Tuesday 26th July, Tuesday 2nd August, Tuesday 9th August, Tuesday 16th August, Tuesday 23rd August.

Location: Haydon Centre and Gym (SN25 1QQ)

Booking is essential, please contact youthandcommunity@haydonwick.gov.uk to book your space.

 

 

‘Haydon Wick Parish Council makes generous donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal’

‘Haydon Wick Parish Council makes generous donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal’ 1900 1200 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council have pledged to make a generous donation of £2,500.00 to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal and have praised the DEC’s “incredible” total which has topped £260 million (at time of writing), and £2,500.00 to The British Red Cross (Ukraine Crisis Appeal).

During the Full Council meeting in March, Haydon Wick Parish Councillors considered and discussed the benefits of donating money to local charities rather than sending supplies, as it is widely reported that the charities on the ground know first-hand what the people of Ukraine need and where to source it.  It was considered that a monetary donation will also be of benefit due to the increased costs in fuel and food. Chairman Vinay Manro said that

‘I want to state that Haydon Wick Council condemns the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine and stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and their families and friends, including those local to Swindon’.

In addition to the generous donation, Councillors have approved the use of the Council Office meeting room facilities to host a café style drop-in facility for newly arrived Ukrainian nationals. Councillor Ellen Baker Lee said that

‘Haydon Wick will be welcoming Ukrainian citizens in the coming months. Having been through much trauma, it occurred the Parish Council that they may be feeling quite isolated and homesick. We are currently developing a Ukrainian Café facility to assist with this.  The café will enable people to meet and socialise in a safe environment. The idea is that we would run it in much the same way as our successful Memory Cafe. This idea is currently under discussion, and we will keep our residents posted’.

 L-R: Jill Sharp (Senior Administrator), Kate New (Community Development Co-ordinator), Darry New (Administration Assistant), Georgina Morgan-Denn (Chief Officer/Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer)

 

Parish Council Launches Free Football Skills Summer Workshops

Parish Council Launches Free Football Skills Summer Workshops 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that FREE youth football skills development workshops will be taking place on Monday evenings from Monday 6th June – Monday 11th July at Trent Road Playing Field.

5.00pm – 6.00pm: ages 6 – 11 years
6.00pm – 7.00pm: ages 11 – 14 years

Please CLICK HERE to book

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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Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build…

Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build… 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

‘Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build, offering many opportunities for local young people to develop skills’

Haydon Wick Parish Council ran two fully inclusive youth activities during the February half-term holiday, both of which enabled the younger adults in the parish to participate in free, skill improving workshops.

The first was a trip to Ninja Warrior in Gloucester. The group enjoyed an opportunity to test their ninja skills, working in teams to scale obstacles and testing their nerve with free-falling challenges. The group worked as a team to overcome physical challenges, encouraging each other to take risks and compete in time trials.

Chair of the Parish Council’s Community Development Committee, Councillor Ellen Baker Lee had this to say about the programme:
“We are delighted that our new youth programme is going from strength to strength. We have learnt a lot in the last year by developing an extensive youth engagement programme, and we continue to learn and build on our successes. We were delighted with the response we received to the varied activities that took place during half-term, and we are really excited about the summer programme which seems to have something for everyone.

Last year we launched our Community Choices Project – in which we asked our community to vote for a community project to be delivered in this current financial year – to the end of March 2022. Our community voted for increased youth engagement, and I think we have done just that, and will continue to do so.

We continue to build working partnerships to deliver these varied, high quality youth activities and look forward to offering more skill developing workshops in the future’.

Also, available this year has been Youth Graffiti Design Workshops providing children and younger adults a safe space in which to explore their creativity by designing ambitious urban artworks.

The Parish Council also offered a free training afternoon with BEST – Be A Better You for local young people. This inclusive training session provided children and younger adults aged between 7 and 16 years a safe, fun and positive environment to develop essential life skills such as leadership and communication development. The programme has also offered a platform for increased socialisation, friendship building, and confidence making using sports activities such as boxing as a focus.

More events will be offered this summer. Details will be published on the Parish Council’s Youth Forum page on their website: https://haydonwick.gov.uk/youth-forum/ or follow news on Facebook and Instagram @haydonwickcouncil

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!

 

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.

 

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 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.

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 Caroline Hunt

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

 

An update from Swindon Borough Council regarding upcoming road works ?

An update from Swindon Borough Council regarding upcoming road works ? 1034 727 Caroline Hunt
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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