ELECTION 2014: Walcot & Park North: Clean-up called for on streets

This Is Wiltshire: Carolanne Bond Carolanne Bond

THE main focus for whoever wins the Walcot and Park North Wards will be ensuring the area is kept looking clean and the roads are left clear from inconsiderate parking.

A key asset in the community is Sussex Square, which is set to undergo a £10m refurbishment which will see new retail and residential units.

However, elsewhere residents want more to be done about litter and parking is a big issue.

Carolanne Bond, who is the chairwoman of the Swindon Walcot and Parks Community Group which is non-party political, says she would like to see more litter bins in the area.

She said: “As it stands we have no litter bins in the area which means the area can easily become a mess.

“Elsewhere I have seen councils put bins on all street corners which reduced the amount of hours street cleaners spent out and about so any money spent on bins can be saved there. I want to see whoever the new councillor is pushing for that.”

As the area has grown and many families have more than one car, pressure has grown on many of the narrow roads. This problem is exacerbated during Swindon Town matches in particular when the roads become full of vehicles.

Carolanne said: “As people have got more cars the roads have become more crowded. A lot of them have had to pave over their front gardens to put a car there.

“I don’t blame them for doing this because there is so little space on the roads. I’m not sure what can be done about this but I would like to see more done during Swindon matches because people park all over the place.”

Another concern is the condition of many of the pavements in the area, which are falling into disrepair.

“I have to use a mobility scooter,” said Carolanne, “and when I go along some of the pavements I am all over the place. For the elderly it is really bad.

The ward of Walcot and Park North has traditionally been a stronghold for the Labour Party and this was once again the case in 2012.

All three of the seats were won by the party with a strong margin.

WALCOT AND PARK NORTH CANDIDATES:
Abdul AMIN (Labour)
Pavlos CHATZINOPOULOS (Social Democratic Party)
Kathleen MCCARTHY (Liberal Democrat)
Jennifer MILES (Green Party)
Emily PRYOR (Conservative)
Melanie STANBURY (UK Independence Party)
2012 election turnout: 29 per cent

 

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:05pm Mon 19 May 14

trolley dolley says...

Carolanne Bond is correct to say that litter bins are needed but has she bothered to check the bins in Sussex Square.

They are never full but the surrounding area is covered in litter.

It does not matter what you do, if the attitude of the local people is to throw litter around they will continue to do so.

On the subject of parking, are all the cars belonging to local people. I thought times were hard but obviously there is plenty of money around the area.
Carolanne Bond is correct to say that litter bins are needed but has she bothered to check the bins in Sussex Square. They are never full but the surrounding area is covered in litter. It does not matter what you do, if the attitude of the local people is to throw litter around they will continue to do so. On the subject of parking, are all the cars belonging to local people. I thought times were hard but obviously there is plenty of money around the area. trolley dolley
  • Score: 4

10:34am Tue 20 May 14

ChannelX says...

Congratulations in advance for Abdul Amin for his win.
Congratulations in advance for Abdul Amin for his win. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree