Keep us informed on Section 106 cash

This Is Wiltshire: Mary Martin Mary Martin

PEATMOOR residents are still waiting for letters from Taylor Wimpey about what is being done with money ring-fenced for local community projects.

Last Thursday it was reported that hundreds of letters had been sent to neighbours around the controversial Ridgeway Farm development in west Swindon and north Wiltshire telling them where section 106 money – provided by housebuilders whenever a large development is carried out for use in that area – would be spent.

But Mary Martin, the Conservative Party candidate for the Shaw ward, said that she had heard of no residents who had received the letters.

She said: “They may have been sent out but nobody I know in west Swindon has received them. “I live in Middleaze but I have been talking to people throughout west Swindon and nobody in Peatmoor that I know has received one, and I’ve had people asking me about what their plans are. And they are the people who want to know what is going to be done with the section 106 money because the development impacts them the most.”

The concern is that this is a repeat of when residents did not receive letters about the development, and ended up missing important public meetings.

Mary said: “This time I just don’t want people to miss out.”

Taylor Wimpey said that letters were sent out to keep residents informed but some may have been left out.

A spokesman from the company said: “As a responsible housebuilder, we sent out this letter to keep those residents who will be most affected by our Ridgeway Farm development up-to-date.

“We are unable to send the letter to every home in the area surrounding the site, but we would be more than happy to send letters out. Residents can email their postal address to ridgewayfarm@ webbpr.net.”

Work on the 700 home development has yet to begin but temporary cabins and access roads have been put in for workers to use after permission for the first 218 homes was granted in December.

The development has seen fierce opposition from residents in Purton and west Swindon since plans were first laid out in November 2012.

For more about the plans, email ridgewayfarm@webbpr.net or log on to www.taylorwimpey.co.uk

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8:19am Mon 3 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

I wouldnt go holding your breath on this one. Developers dont care and the Council are too scared to chase them too.
I wouldnt go holding your breath on this one. Developers dont care and the Council are too scared to chase them too. house on the hill
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9:57am Mon 3 Mar 14

BCDR99 says...

I have to echo the above comment. Living in North Swindon, just about every promise the developers made about infrastructure has either been broken, bent or "renegotiated". The same is happening in Wichelstowe and as mentioned above, the council don't have the strength to stand up to the developers.
I have to echo the above comment. Living in North Swindon, just about every promise the developers made about infrastructure has either been broken, bent or "renegotiated". The same is happening in Wichelstowe and as mentioned above, the council don't have the strength to stand up to the developers. BCDR99
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Mr_Stig says...

I got a junk letter from virgin media today, maybe this would warrant an article too! Is it really going to be this dull until the elections are over!
I got a junk letter from virgin media today, maybe this would warrant an article too! Is it really going to be this dull until the elections are over! Mr_Stig
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Wildwestener says...

I live in Peatmoor, I got one. I despise the development and the way locals have been shafted but I did receive the letter. It even told me we hgad a lot to look forward to with the development lol
I live in Peatmoor, I got one. I despise the development and the way locals have been shafted but I did receive the letter. It even told me we hgad a lot to look forward to with the development lol Wildwestener
  • Score: 0

3:23pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Wildwestener says...

Oh and Taylor Wimpey, if you were a responsible housbuilder then you wouldn't be building there in the first place. Enough of the BS
Oh and Taylor Wimpey, if you were a responsible housbuilder then you wouldn't be building there in the first place. Enough of the BS Wildwestener
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6:15pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Richard Symonds says...

Perhaps Mary Martin could tell us why her husband failed to ask his Conservative Colleague in North Wilshire to call in the Planning Appication so it could be discussed in the open at a formal Planning Meeting? After all he made enough noise about it some three years ago!!

At the same time she could also ask her husband and his Transport Lead Member colleague Keith Williams why someone from Swindon Borough Council agreed to the narrowing of the spine road through the development to 6.5 metres outside the Public enquiry and why no fuss was made about the removal of the existing road between Sparcells Roundabout and the Swinley Drive Roundabout?
Perhaps Mary Martin could tell us why her husband failed to ask his Conservative Colleague in North Wilshire to call in the Planning Appication so it could be discussed in the open at a formal Planning Meeting? After all he made enough noise about it some three years ago!! At the same time she could also ask her husband and his Transport Lead Member colleague Keith Williams why someone from Swindon Borough Council agreed to the narrowing of the spine road through the development to 6.5 metres outside the Public enquiry and why no fuss was made about the removal of the existing road between Sparcells Roundabout and the Swinley Drive Roundabout? Richard Symonds
  • Score: 2

8:34pm Mon 3 Mar 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

Is this 106 money part of the 18 million held in 'safe hands' by the council, if so, then why the worry now, oh yes its election time.....
Is this 106 money part of the 18 million held in 'safe hands' by the council, if so, then why the worry now, oh yes its election time..... FLOGGITLAD
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