ELECTION 2014 - Eastcott: Ward has its ups and downs

This Is Wiltshire: The Regent Circus development is at the bottom of Prospect Hill. Right, Peter Green with the plans of the new retail site The Regent Circus development is at the bottom of Prospect Hill. Right, Peter Green with the plans of the new retail site

UNLIKE many of the wards in Swindon, Eastcott has some unique differences in its appearance which many residents feel need to be taken into account.

At the bottom of Eastcott Hill is a brand new development at Regent Circus which it is hoped will transform the whole area of the town.

However, as you travel up the hill you enter one of the more historic parts of Swindon, with back-to-back terraced housing and narrow streets.

Because of this the residents have differing needs, whether it be in terms of transport demands or refuse collection.

Residents want whoever wins the seat to make sure they stand up for these needs whenever decisions are being made.

This Is Wiltshire:

Peter Green, above, who is the secretary of non-party political community group Swindon Back Garden, said: “What is all too often forgotten is parts of Eastcott are not like other parts of Swindon.

“Many of the houses are multi-occupancy but don’t have the space for more than one car so parking is a big issue in the area. The streets are regularly lined with cars.

“Many of the houses don’t have any garden so there is nowhere to keep bins and people are often surprised to find not every house in Swindon has back door access. This makes finding space for bins difficult.

“We want some recognition of this when policies are made so whoever comes in should make this case on behalf of residents.”

Although it is nearing completion, work on Regent Circus is set to continue for much of the year. While it will bring benefits when open, the construction phase has brought problems to the area of Eastcott, including an increase in large vehicles.

Peter said: “The builders ISG have been doing what they can but there are always going to be problems. What I think we all like is support from the council in dealing with any issues while the work is being carried out.

”We want the winning candidate to do what they can over the coming months to help people.”

Eastcott represents the only ward in Swindon in which all the winning candidates at the local elections in 2012 were from the Liberal Democrats.

The ward had one of the larger turnouts in the town with all three seats being won by quite a strong margin.

EASTCOTT CANDIDATES:
David BELL (Conservative)
Emma BUSHELL (Labour)
Terry DAVIS (UK Independence Party)
Bill HUGHES (Green Party)
Dave WOOD (Liberal Democrat)
Turnout in 2012 election: 36 per cent (7945)

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9:12am Fri 16 May 14

stratton man says...

Im surprised cllr wood has the insolence to stand bearing in mind his appalling attendance record at Council meetings.I understand, however, how difficult it must be to walk away from money for nothing.
Im surprised cllr wood has the insolence to stand bearing in mind his appalling attendance record at Council meetings.I understand, however, how difficult it must be to walk away from money for nothing. stratton man
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12:24pm Fri 16 May 14

ChannelX says...

I doubt anyone can seriously consider voting for the Labour candidate after reading her latest leaflet.


ONLY Labour will spend money on things you want. All the other horrible parties actively oppose doing anything you might like or want.

Here have a tenner and vote for me.


Is what it may as well have said.
I doubt anyone can seriously consider voting for the Labour candidate after reading her latest leaflet. [quote] ONLY Labour will spend money on things you want. All the other horrible parties actively oppose doing anything you might like or want. Here have a tenner and vote for me. [/quote] Is what it may as well have said. ChannelX
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1:49pm Fri 16 May 14

stratton man says...

ChannelX You really need to seek help from your GP.Posting imaginary political leaflets on this site is weird even by your standards.Try getting a job and mixing with normal people.You will soon feel better.
ChannelX You really need to seek help from your GP.Posting imaginary political leaflets on this site is weird even by your standards.Try getting a job and mixing with normal people.You will soon feel better. stratton man
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1:53pm Fri 16 May 14

ChannelX says...

stratton man wrote:
ChannelX You really need to seek help from your GP.Posting imaginary political leaflets on this site is weird even by your standards.Try getting a job and mixing with normal people.You will soon feel better.
Have you actually seen the leaflet I'm referring to?

Clearly, you haven't.

If you had, you'd realise how utterly laughable it is. What I wrote above really isn't far from the truth.

Anyway, you're the one running around on EVERY thread about the local elections telling people to vote for your abysmal Labour party chums.

You're the one who comes across as a ranting, 1970s style socialist worker nutcase. All this 'evil Toffs' nonsense is probably not doing your blood pressure any good.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: ChannelX You really need to seek help from your GP.Posting imaginary political leaflets on this site is weird even by your standards.Try getting a job and mixing with normal people.You will soon feel better.[/p][/quote]Have you actually seen the leaflet I'm referring to? Clearly, you haven't. If you had, you'd realise how utterly laughable it is. What I wrote above really isn't far from the truth. Anyway, you're the one running around on EVERY thread about the local elections telling people to vote for your abysmal Labour party chums. You're the one who comes across as a ranting, 1970s style socialist worker nutcase. All this 'evil Toffs' nonsense is probably not doing your blood pressure any good. ChannelX
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2:31pm Fri 16 May 14

stratton man says...

ChannelX I have not read the leaflet as I dont live in Eastcot Ward .I suspect you dont either.I have never urged anyone to vote Labour only to vote for anyone except the Tories who have failed us at local level.In my Ward UKIP are running a very dynamic candidate and he will get my vote on this occassion.
ChannelX I have not read the leaflet as I dont live in Eastcot Ward .I suspect you dont either.I have never urged anyone to vote Labour only to vote for anyone except the Tories who have failed us at local level.In my Ward UKIP are running a very dynamic candidate and he will get my vote on this occassion. stratton man
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2:48pm Fri 16 May 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

stratton man wrote:
ChannelX I have not read the leaflet as I dont live in Eastcot Ward .I suspect you dont either.I have never urged anyone to vote Labour only to vote for anyone except the Tories who have failed us at local level.In my Ward UKIP are running a very dynamic candidate and he will get my vote on this occassion.
headless chickens a dynamic too.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: ChannelX I have not read the leaflet as I dont live in Eastcot Ward .I suspect you dont either.I have never urged anyone to vote Labour only to vote for anyone except the Tories who have failed us at local level.In my Ward UKIP are running a very dynamic candidate and he will get my vote on this occassion.[/p][/quote]headless chickens a dynamic too. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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3:32pm Fri 16 May 14

ChannelX says...

stratton man wrote:
ChannelX I have not read the leaflet as I dont live in Eastcot Ward .I suspect you dont either.I have never urged anyone to vote Labour only to vote for anyone except the Tories who have failed us at local level.In my Ward UKIP are running a very dynamic candidate and he will get my vote on this occassion.
Jeez, and you said I needed the help of a doctor. What is actually wrong with you? Do I go around saying utterly stupid things such as, 'I suspect you don't live in Stratton, but I do believe you're female'? Of course not, so why do you feel the need to imply I'm a liar?

Probably because you still, no doubt, believe the rantings of that other complete nutcase who claimed I was a councillor. Based on precisely zero evidence other than the **** he invented in his head.

The leaflet is safely filed away in my dustbin, but would urge you to get hold of a copy - you will not believe what she's written on it.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: ChannelX I have not read the leaflet as I dont live in Eastcot Ward .I suspect you dont either.I have never urged anyone to vote Labour only to vote for anyone except the Tories who have failed us at local level.In my Ward UKIP are running a very dynamic candidate and he will get my vote on this occassion.[/p][/quote]Jeez, and you said I needed the help of a doctor. What is actually wrong with you? Do I go around saying utterly stupid things such as, 'I suspect you don't live in Stratton, but I do believe you're female'? Of course not, so why do you feel the need to imply I'm a liar? Probably because you still, no doubt, believe the rantings of that other complete nutcase who claimed I was a councillor. Based on precisely zero evidence other than the **** he invented in his head. The leaflet is safely filed away in my dustbin, but would urge you to get hold of a copy - you will not believe what she's written on it. ChannelX
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6:15pm Fri 16 May 14

trolley dolley says...

Just Vote.

UKIP
Just Vote. UKIP trolley dolley
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6:25pm Fri 16 May 14

Bird is the Word says...

In regards to the leaflet it said something along of those lines, but can not remember the exact wording. Like all leaflets from all parties, once read it is in the recycling bin.

As this is my ward, I have to admit parking is becoming one of the main issues. Sometimes my job means I come home very late evening/early morning and two years ago it was never an issue to find a space. Nowadays it is a struggle. And as no one has said confirmed if the new Regent Circus Development will be charging for parking or not, residents are unsure if customers will be taking advantage of the free Sunday parking in Zone E and D.

The times I have spoken to Dave face to face or via email he has always been well mannered and very quick to respond. I know Labour see this as maybe their best chance of taking a seat and so we have received a lot of leaflets from Emma who does seem keen, and am glad it is he rather than Andy Newman.

Never hear anything ever from the Tories locally in this ward - so it will be straight shootout between Lib Dem and Labour.

Dave's record at council meetings is a concern, and I still haven't made up my mind which way to vote either locally or at the Europeans.
In regards to the leaflet it said something along of those lines, but can not remember the exact wording. Like all leaflets from all parties, once read it is in the recycling bin. As this is my ward, I have to admit parking is becoming one of the main issues. Sometimes my job means I come home very late evening/early morning and two years ago it was never an issue to find a space. Nowadays it is a struggle. And as no one has said confirmed if the new Regent Circus Development will be charging for parking or not, residents are unsure if customers will be taking advantage of the free Sunday parking in Zone E and D. The times I have spoken to Dave face to face or via email he has always been well mannered and very quick to respond. I know Labour see this as maybe their best chance of taking a seat and so we have received a lot of leaflets from Emma who does seem keen, and am glad it is he rather than Andy Newman. Never hear anything ever from the Tories locally in this ward - so it will be straight shootout between Lib Dem and Labour. Dave's record at council meetings is a concern, and I still haven't made up my mind which way to vote either locally or at the Europeans. Bird is the Word
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6:15pm Sat 17 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Probably because you still, no doubt, believe the rantings of that other complete nutcase who claimed I was a councillor. Based on precisely zero evidence other than the **** he invented in his head.


Ah, but it's not just in people's heads though is it.

http://www.talkswind
on.org/index.php/top
ic,7738.msg63852.htm
l#msg63852

You're an immensely strange saddo
[quote]Probably because you still, no doubt, believe the rantings of that other complete nutcase who claimed I was a councillor. Based on precisely zero evidence other than the **** he invented in his head.[/quote] Ah, but it's not just in people's heads though is it. http://www.talkswind on.org/index.php/top ic,7738.msg63852.htm l#msg63852 You're an immensely strange saddo Blackwell 2
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