Monthly Archives: February 2011

Peter Greenhalgh – Cabint Member for Sustainability, Strategic planning, property and transport

1. First can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am 44 married with two children aged 9 and 6 – I moved to Swindon 20 odd years ago after a career in property and banking. I have spent the past 20 years in IT, and am presently working with a small company in the security and safety field.

2. How did you become the Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Strategic Planning, Property and Transport?
I became the cabinet member for Sustainability, Strategic planning, property and transport because I was asked by the Leader of the council to represent these areas as I have a very diverse range of interests, including sustainable development and transport safety systems. In the past few years I have been involved in looking at the utilisation of sustainable technologies such as Solar thermal and Photovoltaic systems in large scale developments as well as advanced multilayer films as insulation. I developed a keen interest in transport systems and methodology during my research into the effectiveness of speed cameras and other safety measures.

3. When can we expect to see the College demolished and when will work start on the new development?
With regard to the college site, I would hope we would see demolition and work beginning on the new development before the year is out. I appreciate this has been a long time coming but as the council does not own the site, we are beholden on the developers to deliver the improvements I believe we all are looking for.

4. What changes can we expect around the site, and in particular in the Back Garden?
The new development should provide a wide range of quality restaurant/food outlets complimentary to a multi-screen cinema and new supermarket as well as improved public space linking the site to Regent Street over a modified Regent Circus.

5. Who will monitor the impact of the building work on nearby residents?
Whilst the work is underway, there will be some disruption as the demolition and then the new buildings will generate a certain amount of construction traffic although this will primarily be on the major routes and we would seek to ensure there is minimal disruption to the Back Garden area and surrounding streets. Should any of the residents have concerns, please let me know and we will try to ensure all concerns are raised with the developers and resolved as quickly as possible.

6. How will construction traffic be kept out of the Back Garden?
As part of the planning process I specifically asked for money to be allocated to resolve some of the existing problems in the Back Garden area especially HGV’s using residential roads rather than the main routes.

8. Residents have concerns over existing traffic use and residents parking in the Back Garden, when will these be resolved?
Once the development is underway, we will try to work with local residents to tackle some of these issues. I have also had a meeting with local councillors to discuss some of the residents parking issues and hope to be able to present some proposals in the very near future.

Thank you Peter



Public consultation – Union Square

I have just received an update from the Chair of Queens Park Community Council, the developer of Union Square (Muse Developments) have offered to attend their community meeting on Wednesday 2nd March to be held at the Civic Offices in one of the committee rooms at 7pm and discuss the plans for the regeneration of this part of the Town Centre.

Colleagues from Highways Management and Transportation will also be in attendance to discuss the Whale Bridge element of the scheme.

Cllr. Pajak has offered an open invitation to all residents of Eastcott and Central to come along and here about these proposals.

I am in the process of writing to the various community groups in the area to advise and update.

Would it be possible to send a communication to your fellow residents in the Backgarden part of Eastcott and it would be great to see you and others at the meeting if this is convenient. Apologies for the short notice, but have shared as soon as I have been made aware.

If you require any further information, please let me know.

Kind Regards

Mark Walker (
Policy and Regeneration Manager
Town Centre Cluster Lead

Swindon Borough Council
Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH.

Tel No. 01793 464605

Double Yellow line campaign gets support from LibDems

Unfortunately their leaflet pushed through doors on a Saturday night (heh guys get a life!) has no email address to reply to. Back Garden suggests you send thoughts on all traffic problems to Dave Wood

It is still good to have our LIbDem Councillors on board, if only over part of, our campaign over traffic and roads in the Back Garden. Let’s hope they change their mind over the lorry problem (official Lib Dem line is that it’s not a problem) and will support us over the Swindon Road-Cross Street rat run as well. Back Garden will be continue to push them for support over all the issues that affect all of the Back Garden.

No response from the other parties locally, though for the record Peter Greenhalgh (Conservative West Swindon) is still the most active Councillor over this issue.

Mystery house on Prospect Hill

Can anyone add to our meagre knowledge of the house that is shown on the 1899 Ordnance Survey map and an aerial photograph from the 1920s? By the 1930’s number 41 on Prospect Hill is missing from the Swindon District Directory. On Dover Street, numbers 9,10 and 11 are missing. Today Prospect Hill has houses numbered 41 and 41a, and Dover Street has 9 and 10, with number 11 missing.

1899 Ordnance Survey map

Aerula with circle

The mystery house and the gaps on Dover Street and Prospect Hill can be seen on this aerial photograph taken in the 1920s. The picture is just one of many fascinating photographs from Swindon Library on the Flickr web site. Original