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Chair: Paul Exell (email: phone: 01793 703276)

Membership Secretary: Sarah McDermott

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Tadpole Farm: Oakhurst Residents' Petition Goes On-Line!

The petition that calls for our Swindon MPs and councillors to consult with the residents on developments that affect them and to take account of their views has now gone on-line as an e-petition!

If you have not yet signed the paper petition, then please go to -

and register your support now!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

SBC Proposed Core Strategy Consultation Dates & Venues

The emerging core strategy sets out the Borough’s future development principles from now until 2026.  ORA understands that 19,000 homes will have to be built by this date.
Tadpole Farm is one of the sites identified for development.  Please note the proposed consultation dates for the core strategy:

Neighbourhood Policing Team Surgery 26th March 2011

The Swindon North NPT will be holding an open surgery for consultation with members of the public on Saturday 26th March 2011, between 12:00 and 13:00, at North Swindon Library.
(Orbital Retail Park, Thamesdown Drive, Swindon)

Monday, 21 March 2011

Tadpole Farm: Crest Nicholson selling all things to all people?

Crest Nicholsons' consultation documents show us three different proposals for the same area of land.  Which one are we supposed to believe will be the end result?  Surely not all of them?


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Tadpole Farm: ORA Resident Feedback Form

The Oakhurst Residents' Association have produced a feedback form for our members to express their concerns to Crest Nicholson regarding their current community consultations.

Click here to print or download our Resident Feedback Form.

Click here to see the last three venues over this coming week for the consultations.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Tadpole Farm: Crest Nicholsons' Transport Assessment

Crest Nicholson agreed an area of search with Swindon Borough Council and the Highways Agency when assessing the impact of traffic from Tadpole Farm.

Here is the map of that area:

Friday, 18 March 2011

Tadpole Farm: Traffic flow proposals from Crest Nicholson

Here is the map produced by Crest Nicholson to illustrate their proposals for traffic flow from the Tadpole Farm site:

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Tadpole Farm: Public Meeting 6th April @ Oakhurst School

Oakhurst Residents’ Association will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, 6th April 2011, 7.30pm at Oakhurst Community Primary School.  The meeting will be held at a key point for SBC’s proposed Core Strategy and at the end of the first community consultation with the developers concerning proposed development at Tadpole Farm.  We would like to invite you all to our meeting to represent the concerns/aspirations of Oakhurst and the wider community

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Key resolution about development passed at North Swindon Cluster Group

On Tuesday, 8 March 2011 members of ORA attended the Connecting People, Connecting Places (CPCP) meeting at North Swindon Library.  On the agenda, among other topics, were SBC’s proposed Core Strategy document and the Tadpole Farm community consultation with the developers.

After a good discussion, a resolution was put to the meeting by the chair of Haydon Wick Parish Council and seconded by ORA – the resolution was that there should be no further development in north Swindon until the promised and future infrastructure is in place such as roads (including the Iffley Road link), community facilities and schools.

Oakhurst and North Swindon residents turn up to support ORA CAMEO

It was great to see existing members as well as some new faces at ORA’s CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) held at Oakhurst Community Primary School last Saturday (5th March).  We had a busy morning meeting each other, sharing information and listening to community concerns, at the first event of this type which ORA have held since the Association was reformed in November 2010.  ORA committee members were on hand to chat to residents and one of our local councillors dropped in during the morning.

It was really good to be able to talk face–to-face with residents from several areas of North Swindon and to find out how residents are feeling about general community issues, especially our collective concerns about the proposed development at Tadpole Farm.

Friday, 4 March 2011

CAMEO Event Tomorrow at Oakhurst School

This is just a reminder that Oakhurst Residents' Association is organising a CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) Event.  This will be tomorrow, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, at the community rooms in Oakhurst Community Primary School.  This will be an 'open' event, so that visitors can drop in at any point during the times mentioned.  

It's an opportunity for ORA members and Oakhurst residents to get to know one another, to catch up on community news and to update everyone about the Tadpole Farm campaign. 

Refreshments will be available for attendees. 

Thursday, 3 March 2011

North Swindon once again shortchanged?

Swindon Link magazine has an article here concerning the whereabouts of over £10 million of developers' money that was supposed to be earmarked for North Swindon.

It certainly makes the £700,000 obtained by Abbey Meads Councillors pale in comparison.  Once again, is this a direct result of North Swindon being under-represented on Swindon Borough Council?

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

North Swindon Cluster Meeting - 6.30 pm, Tuesday 8th March 2011

Please come along to your North Swindon Cluster Meeting at the North Swindon Library.
This is an opportunity to get your voice heard and influence decision making in North Swindon. Your local councillors and agencies working in North Swindon will be in attendance.

Items for discussion will include:

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

SBC Planners to present plans to Parish Council

From the minutes of the Haydon Wick Parish Council here, we can see that Swindon Borough Planning Officers have asked to give a presentation of the Core Strategy to the Council meeting in April or May.

The Parish Council have resolved to arrange for the for the presentation to take place on Tuesday 19 April 2011 at prior to full Council.