Traffic disruption looms over homes project

This Is Wiltshire: Richard Symonds outside the Ridgeway Farm development, which he is against Richard Symonds outside the Ridgeway Farm development, which he is against

CONSTRUCTION has begun on the controversial site of 700 new homes at Ridgeway Farm, as residents brace themselves for months of disruption.

Planning permission was finally granted for the first 218 homes on December 10 after holding objections were withdrawn from Network Rail, Thames Water, and Scottish and Southern Electricity.

Concerns around the layout and impact of the development on the northern border of Peatmoor have been raised by a number of Swindon residents, councillors and MPs.

The county council received more than 200 objections from residents, but did not bring the plans back in for consultation.

And construction vehicles moved onto the site on Friday, ahead of the first homes being put on the market in the coming months.

Annabella Pires, 42, of Botley Copse, which borders the site, said it had always been a losing battle against developers Taylor Wimpey. She said: “The developers will do what they want to do, and this is just another example of green space being lost forever.

“There are more than 1,000 buildings boarded up empty in Swindon, and the best thing to do would be to use those spaces rather than leaving them abandoned.

“We have been fighting this for too long, and you can sign the petitions and speak out against it, but it seems like it is all a wasted effort. Several times we thought we had won, but then it just goes ahead.

“They have decided they want to do it, and you can’t stop them once they have made up their minds.

“In rush hour these roads are always jammed, and now we can expect construction vehicles to be coming and going. Then all we have to look forward to is an extra 700 cars all trying to get through the same space.

“It is just a real shame this has happened. We expect a lot of disruption, and there is already extra traffic coming through.”

Richard Symonds, 62, of Shaw, said: “Mead Way is congested as it is from one end to the other, and this will just add to that misery.

“When you have got a full estate at one end of Swinley Drive and Mead Way, imagine what that will do to the road network.

“The developers have been let off here, after all the objections were withdrawn and the planning authorities were powerless to stop it.

“The government have to be held culpable for this by saying that anything goes in the name of building more houses.”

Kevin Fisher, chair of the Shaw Resident’s Association, said: “The Shaw Resident’s Association is firmly of the view that the form, scale and layout of the proposals and related highway and vehicular infrastructure will have a harmful impact on the local transport network and traffic movement in the locality, to the detriment of the local community.”

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received approval for the first phase of 220 homes together with a new primary school and infrastructure at Ridgeway Farm.

“We are now looking forward to releasing the first new homes for sale shortly, with work on the primary school due to commence in late 2015.”

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7:08am Tue 21 Jan 14

notfairweather says...

Stop moaning your house next to this was on a field not to many moons ago.
Stop moaning your house next to this was on a field not to many moons ago. notfairweather

8:08am Tue 21 Jan 14

street2000 says...

notfairweather wrote:
Stop moaning your house next to this was on a field not to many moons ago.
Spot on! Lets build some overhead power cables and give them something big to moan about!
[quote][p][bold]notfairweather[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning your house next to this was on a field not to many moons ago.[/p][/quote]Spot on! Lets build some overhead power cables and give them something big to moan about! street2000

8:27am Tue 21 Jan 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Most people I know are not against the developments in principle, its the blatant lack of planning and infrastructure that is the real problem.

Unfortunately Swindons politicians are too scared to do anything about it, for fear of alienating big business and their Westminister overlords (whichever colour of government).
Most people I know are not against the developments in principle, its the blatant lack of planning and infrastructure that is the real problem. Unfortunately Swindons politicians are too scared to do anything about it, for fear of alienating big business and their Westminister overlords (whichever colour of government). LordAshOfTheBrake

8:58am Tue 21 Jan 14

stfcdod says...

Annabella Pires has a lot to say for herself doesn't she. I wonder if she was so vociferous while they were building her house on one of these greenfield sites?.
Annabella Pires has a lot to say for herself doesn't she. I wonder if she was so vociferous while they were building her house on one of these greenfield sites?. stfcdod

9:39am Tue 21 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

Readers may be interested to know that Richard Symonds is a well known anti-council member of Talk Swindon.

He's intending to stand for election as a councillor. His negative approach doesn't lend itself well to the role.
Readers may be interested to know that Richard Symonds is a well known anti-council member of Talk Swindon. He's intending to stand for election as a councillor. His negative approach doesn't lend itself well to the role. Empty Car Park

1:58pm Tue 21 Jan 14

timt1964 says...

arms folded,is he chained to that fence?! "welcome to swindon,home of the nimby"
arms folded,is he chained to that fence?! "welcome to swindon,home of the nimby" timt1964

2:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

trolley dolley says...

If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall.

I think it is obvious what he is doing.!!
If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall. I think it is obvious what he is doing.!! trolley dolley

3:58pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Osiris says...

Welcome to 21st century Britain, were the planning rules exist solely to torment the little guy. If you're a big business with enough money to either bribe the local council, or keep them tied up with appeals hearings ad nauseam, then you can build whatever, and wherever, you like.

God help the person that wants to build a conservatory or a loft conversion, but if you're Barratt's or Wimpy, and want to build 700 homes on a green field site then no problem.

So, what is the ratio of new houses being built to available jobs for the future occupants? And how many of those jobs will; a) pay more than basic rate, or; b) are full time (i.e. 37+hrs/week)? Are the council now marketing Swindon as a dormitory town, and thus advocating choking the AA419/M4 by adding yet more weekday commuter traffic, or maybe that people should subject themselves to daily purgatory on the rail network?
Welcome to 21st century Britain, were the planning rules exist solely to torment the little guy. If you're a big business with enough money to either bribe the local council, or keep them tied up with appeals hearings ad nauseam, then you can build whatever, and wherever, you like. God help the person that wants to build a conservatory or a loft conversion, but if you're Barratt's or Wimpy, and want to build 700 homes on a green field site then no problem. So, what is the ratio of new houses being built to available jobs for the future occupants? And how many of those jobs will; a) pay more than basic rate, or; b) are full time (i.e. 37+hrs/week)? Are the council now marketing Swindon as a dormitory town, and thus advocating choking the AA419/M4 by adding yet more weekday commuter traffic, or maybe that people should subject themselves to daily purgatory on the rail network? Osiris

5:13pm Tue 21 Jan 14

trustnopolitician says...

North Swindon saw the concrete jungle expand onto hitherto green fields so I cant see why residents of North Swindon are complaing now . It would be good idea if a housing associatio did the building.This might just provide homes for those who find the escalating price of property out of their reach.
Maybe sometthing along the lines of Toothill
North Swindon saw the concrete jungle expand onto hitherto green fields so I cant see why residents of North Swindon are complaing now . It would be good idea if a housing associatio did the building.This might just provide homes for those who find the escalating price of property out of their reach. Maybe sometthing along the lines of Toothill trustnopolitician

5:34pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

trolley dolley wrote:
If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall.

I think it is obvious what he is doing.!!
I believe he's aiming to stand against Mary Martin, hence his Labour chums at Talk Swindon have been trying to desperately whip up sentiment against the mayor because they think it might somehow help their man win and get his nose in the trough.

Anyone who's actually read Richard Symonds poorly written diatribes at Talk Swindon will obviously be highly unlikely to vote for him.
[quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall. I think it is obvious what he is doing.!![/p][/quote]I believe he's aiming to stand against Mary Martin, hence his Labour chums at Talk Swindon have been trying to desperately whip up sentiment against the mayor because they think it might somehow help their man win and get his nose in the trough. Anyone who's actually read Richard Symonds poorly written diatribes at Talk Swindon will obviously be highly unlikely to vote for him. Empty Car Park

8:03pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Al Smith says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
trolley dolley wrote:
If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall.

I think it is obvious what he is doing.!!
I believe he's aiming to stand against Mary Martin, hence his Labour chums at Talk Swindon have been trying to desperately whip up sentiment against the mayor because they think it might somehow help their man win and get his nose in the trough.

Anyone who's actually read Richard Symonds poorly written diatribes at Talk Swindon will obviously be highly unlikely to vote for him.
Is someone impersonating Empty Car Park? As their personality has changed pretty much overnight to one that reminds of another user who doesn't appear to have posted today.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall. I think it is obvious what he is doing.!![/p][/quote]I believe he's aiming to stand against Mary Martin, hence his Labour chums at Talk Swindon have been trying to desperately whip up sentiment against the mayor because they think it might somehow help their man win and get his nose in the trough. Anyone who's actually read Richard Symonds poorly written diatribes at Talk Swindon will obviously be highly unlikely to vote for him.[/p][/quote]Is someone impersonating Empty Car Park? As their personality has changed pretty much overnight to one that reminds of another user who doesn't appear to have posted today. Al Smith

10:07am Wed 22 Jan 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

Isnt it funny when you rattle the cage out comes the worms, now we know Mrs Martin is standing as the candidate, what happens to Mr Perkins, who had the guts to stand and vote against her husband and his comments.
come along to scrutiny tonight and see the tories whitewash in action. or will it be 'confidential'... nothing illegal my backside...
Isnt it funny when you rattle the cage out comes the worms, now we know Mrs Martin is standing as the candidate, what happens to Mr Perkins, who had the guts to stand and vote against her husband and his comments. come along to scrutiny tonight and see the tories whitewash in action. or will it be 'confidential'... nothing illegal my backside... FLOGGITLAD

10:32am Wed 22 Jan 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

the man who is empty car park now, have you read yours lately.......
the man who is empty car park now, have you read yours lately....... FLOGGITLAD

10:48am Wed 22 Jan 14

PaulD says...

notfairweather wrote:
Stop moaning your house next to this was on a field not to many moons ago.
I don't think anybody is complainnig baout the building of the houses themselves, but the sheer lack of infrastructure that is going along with these houses, including the fact that no enough parking space is being provisioned and the roads are too narrow. Mead Way is terrible at rush-hour as it is, and this will make it much much worse.
[quote][p][bold]notfairweather[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning your house next to this was on a field not to many moons ago.[/p][/quote]I don't think anybody is complainnig baout the building of the houses themselves, but the sheer lack of infrastructure that is going along with these houses, including the fact that no enough parking space is being provisioned and the roads are too narrow. Mead Way is terrible at rush-hour as it is, and this will make it much much worse. PaulD

2:27pm Wed 22 Jan 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

just try to drive arouind Oakley park at night when everymbody is home....no spaces to park and no road to drive on either..
just try to drive arouind Oakley park at night when everymbody is home....no spaces to park and no road to drive on either.. FLOGGITLAD

7:56pm Wed 22 Jan 14

1 2 Could B says...

Al Smith wrote:
Empty Car Park wrote:
trolley dolley wrote:
If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall.

I think it is obvious what he is doing.!!
I believe he's aiming to stand against Mary Martin, hence his Labour chums at Talk Swindon have been trying to desperately whip up sentiment against the mayor because they think it might somehow help their man win and get his nose in the trough.

Anyone who's actually read Richard Symonds poorly written diatribes at Talk Swindon will obviously be highly unlikely to vote for him.
Is someone impersonating Empty Car Park? As their personality has changed pretty much overnight to one that reminds of another user who doesn't appear to have posted today.
And is there anyone who DOESN'T suspect that Trolley Dolley and the Empty Car Park impersonator are the same person?
[quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall. I think it is obvious what he is doing.!![/p][/quote]I believe he's aiming to stand against Mary Martin, hence his Labour chums at Talk Swindon have been trying to desperately whip up sentiment against the mayor because they think it might somehow help their man win and get his nose in the trough. Anyone who's actually read Richard Symonds poorly written diatribes at Talk Swindon will obviously be highly unlikely to vote for him.[/p][/quote]Is someone impersonating Empty Car Park? As their personality has changed pretty much overnight to one that reminds of another user who doesn't appear to have posted today.[/p][/quote]And is there anyone who DOESN'T suspect that Trolley Dolley and the Empty Car Park impersonator are the same person? 1 2 Could B

8:57pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

1 2 Could B wrote:
Al Smith wrote:
Empty Car Park wrote:
trolley dolley wrote:
If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall.

I think it is obvious what he is doing.!!
I believe he's aiming to stand against Mary Martin, hence his Labour chums at Talk Swindon have been trying to desperately whip up sentiment against the mayor because they think it might somehow help their man win and get his nose in the trough.

Anyone who's actually read Richard Symonds poorly written diatribes at Talk Swindon will obviously be highly unlikely to vote for him.
Is someone impersonating Empty Car Park? As their personality has changed pretty much overnight to one that reminds of another user who doesn't appear to have posted today.
And is there anyone who DOESN'T suspect that Trolley Dolley and the Empty Car Park impersonator are the same person?
I think that everyone who doesn't share my left wing views must be the same person. It's partly because I can't believe anyone doesn't think the same way I do but mainly because I'm paranoid.

It's not a LOLing matter :-(

Anyway, I'm now back to using my 1 2 Could B login as well as this one. Happy days.
[quote][p][bold]1 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: If Symonds is to be a candidate in the next elections he is leaving it a bit late to set out his stall. I think it is obvious what he is doing.!![/p][/quote]I believe he's aiming to stand against Mary Martin, hence his Labour chums at Talk Swindon have been trying to desperately whip up sentiment against the mayor because they think it might somehow help their man win and get his nose in the trough. Anyone who's actually read Richard Symonds poorly written diatribes at Talk Swindon will obviously be highly unlikely to vote for him.[/p][/quote]Is someone impersonating Empty Car Park? As their personality has changed pretty much overnight to one that reminds of another user who doesn't appear to have posted today.[/p][/quote]And is there anyone who DOESN'T suspect that Trolley Dolley and the Empty Car Park impersonator are the same person?[/p][/quote]I think that everyone who doesn't share my left wing views must be the same person. It's partly because I can't believe anyone doesn't think the same way I do but mainly because I'm paranoid. It's not a LOLing matter :-( Anyway, I'm now back to using my 1 2 Could B login as well as this one. Happy days. Empty Car Park

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