Monthly Archives: August 2011

Alley Cleaning this Saturday 3 September

Cross Street Alley - before

Cross Street Alley clean-up. Saturday 10.30, meet outside the Beehive. You’ll need old clothes, gloves and whatever you think best to tackle vegetation and assorted rubbish.

The Council will do a hazardous items sweep before hand and also provide bags for the waste to go into.

From 12.30 there’s a community lunch in the Beehive, bring some food to share.


Latest news from the developers

The Developers have responded to an invitation from Back Garden to explain the latest position regarding the College Site.

You can read it here

Alley clean-up and community lunch

Saturday 3 September, meet at 10.30 by the Chapel opposite the Beehive and clean the alley at the back of Cross Street. Then community lunch – bring food to share – in the Beehive from 12.30. Buy your own beer.


More info from Swindon Back Garden

Developer’s latest statement on the College site

Andrew Fisher, on behalf of the developers of the College Site has blamed democracy and bats for not demolishing the building. You can read more of the interview that Ashfield and Coun Bluh gave to the ‘Swindon Star’ on this blog here.

Back Garden has asked Ashfield to respond. It does seem to the Blog’s Editor that had Ashfield engaged with residents rather than the Council Planning Committee their ideas might have matched the aspirations of residents.

Alleyways and fly-tipping meeting 3 August – result

A well-attended meeting at the Beehive last night agreed a range of proposals for action in partnership with Swindon Borough Council to clear alleyways in the Back Garden. The key decision was to arrange regular clean up sessions around the Back Garden on Saturday mornings with a post-cleaning get-together with food. The first event is likely to be early September and will deal with the Cross Street back alley, with lunchtime drinks and food in the Beehive.

A full list of decisions will follow. But there is a map and an aerial picture here if you want to note problems or better still good examples of well maintained alleyways.

In the meantime thank you to all those who turned up yesterday and to the neighbourhood Police Team, Richard Fisher – Swindon Council and representatives of the local Labour and Liberal parties.