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Offline Tig

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What's good about swindon?
« on: March 21, 2015, 09:14:37 PM »
I don't come on here much, and a quick glance reminds me why, anyone got anything good to say about anything happening in Swindon? I started to read the thread about the skatepark and the saying "not in my back yard" came to mind. Personally the fact the council are recognising our young people need something and looking to rectify the lack of places is good.



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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2015, 09:53:09 AM »
First things first Swindon really isn't as bad as some people like to make out.  We're like an insecure teenager looking looking jealously at older or bigger or richer siblings/friends and asking why can't I.... but failing to see our own good points and the downsides of what what friends/siblings have.

On to the good points.

First and foremost for me are our parks, we have some cracking parks in Swindon - in places like Town Gardens, the Lawn or Queens Park you can easily forget you're in the middle of a large town.

Cost of living and hence standard of living, I can afford a far nicer home in Swindon than I could in other towns or cities. As a result I can easily afford a foreign holiday every year, leisure activities etc. without even needing to touch a credit card.

Shopping, people come from miles around to go to the outlet village (having the railway museum next door helps). That plus the town centre and retail parks means that Swindon covers pretty much all of my needs and for anything it doesn't there is always the internet. 

Lack of tourists and hence the lack of crowds and of twee little point shops selling lavender scented codpieces or codpiece flavour shortbread even.

The Railway Village, I was at the Glue Pot cider and beer festival last year on love sunny and couldn't help but think just how pretty area was (and was thankful there weren't many tourists).

The people, in general I find Swindonians to be a pleasant bunch of people.

Then there's the countryside all around the town, N. Wessex downs to the south and Cotswolds to the North. 

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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2015, 10:19:19 AM »
The town is what it is, and if those who don't like it, should consider a move away.. the good points as stated by  moley are there for all to see, we need a better management of our overall services, perhaps the posts on here reflect that, which you seem to dislike,
On a personal note, I think the town is now getting bigger than its boots so to speak and should rethink it expansion programme but people will then say, we need the houses. so there it is..

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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2015, 12:06:15 PM »
Terry it's not about dislike for the posts, as a founder member I find it sad that the balance has tipped to the negative posting, and I believe in balance and just wanted members to start thinking and posting about the positives as the gorgon has.

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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2015, 12:20:32 PM »
I don't come on here much, and a quick glance reminds me why, anyone got anything good to say about anything happening in Swindon? I started to read the thread about the skate park and the saying "not in my back yard" came to mind. Personally the fact the council are recognising our young people need something and looking to rectify the lack of places is good.

I agree about the skate park. The town needs to cater for all ages and the skate park is a positive thing. Moving it to Rivermead was politically motivated and badly managed and will result in unnecessary costs to the taxpayer.

To certain age groups, the Regents Circus development is probably a welcome improvement too. The restaurants are a bit too franchise/identikit for my taste, but my niece and nephew will love it and I would have welcomed such a development when I was in my teens/twenties.

I have always thought of Swindon as a good place to live, although it has little to attract visitors. It has everything that most people need. The good points include:-

Location - proximity to beautiful countryside, the Cotswolds, even London.

Relatively high levels of employment.

Affordable housing.

Lydiard, Coate Water, Town Gardens etc.

The Outlet Centre and Retail Parks adequately meet most people's needs.

Good leisure facilities (now outsourced of course). I studied in Portsmouth in the late 80's/ early 90's. In the 80's the city had one swimming pool. An Oasis style waterpark was opened in the 90's but still fewer leisure centres compared with Swindon. Again this is probably more appealing to younger people and families. As people get older and more affluent, the private gyms are more appealing than public facilities due to more luxurious surroundings.

Several golf courses in Swindon and the surrounding areas. Only one golf course in Portsmouth.


The bad points include:-

Poor uninspiring town centre. Retail parks compensate for this, but what do visitors see?

Tatty run down look to much of the town. Visitors want to see the magic roundabout but it is an eyesore.

Lack of architecture. The Locarno, Mechanics are a disgrace. We often travel to much prettier towns like Salisbury and sit outside and enjoy a coffee in the sunshine. I can't think of a single place in Swindon where I like to do that. Getting a coffee in Swindon is purely functional. The lack of a well maintained town square is a big negative.

Lack of a decent live music venue/theatre.


Swindon has most things that I need and the remainder are a short drive away. Swindon is a reasonably affluent area, but the central has a run down look about it, with derelict buildings (Locarno etc) boarded up shops, pound shops, badly maintained multiple occupancy housing etc.

People often joke that the best thing about Swindon is the proximity to and ease of getting to other places. Swindon lacks some of the facilities of larger conurbations, but that isn't really a fair comparison. I had a friend who lived in the West Midlands and used to brag about how wonderful it is. I visited him once and we spent so much time in the car driving from his home in Halesowen to pick up mates in Dudley and Wolverhampton before driving to an average pub in Birmingham. If I used his definition on what is on his doorstep, I could include Oxford and Bath as part of Swindon.







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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2015, 07:00:50 PM »
Here's another, it's not full of dole scrounging junkies and/or alkies unlike "wonderful" Bath, Bristol and Oxford  ;D

OK it's from a DM article  :o ripped off from a Daily Star article :o  :o but never mind eh?  :wink:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3006248/More-100-000-benefits-claimants-UK-handed-100-week-assessed-unable-work-addiction-obesity-stress.html

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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2015, 11:10:51 PM »
I am always wary of those types of articles. Journalists tend to be good with words and exceptionally crap at statistics.

It seems that the hotspots are based on the % of benefits claimants with drug problems. So an area with a low number of benefits claimants is prone to a worse score. Measure the number of druggies per pollution and you get an entirely different result.

At one time Swindon had one of the worst heroin problems in the country.



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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2015, 08:43:29 AM »
The various parks as already mentioned are something to be genuinely proud of.

... But I'd say the best thing of all would be the remnants of a real sense of community. Visiting friends from London never cease to express amazement that people in Swindon know who their neighbours are, that people stop to talk in the street, that people within the community seem to express genuine concern for each other and that for much of the town, the places in which we live are more than just dormitories from which people commute.
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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2015, 08:47:27 AM »
Spunkymonkey - I'm just taking it as an opportunity to have a lightheared dig at cities we're often compared to as I doubt their method is particularly rigourous.

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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2015, 09:21:27 AM »
Spunky Quote:   "At one time Swindon had one of the worst heroin problems in the country."

Yeh, and I know where the subsequent brain damaged are living and what they are doing!!! :D

Swindon folk have a sense of humour.

Despite all the development Swindon is a greener place than it used to be. Of course, I have to say one for the open spaces that are not formal parks!!  Not every town has 7 of these growing in the middle of it.
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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2015, 06:51:34 PM »
I often have to London for meetings and can not wait to get back to Swindon as London is far to fast for me,I walk with a stick  and pushed by people in a hurry all the time ,The tube is also not good as like to chat to people I was at Portabello market which I enjoyed but the mass of people was horrible I also go to other places  and I go to Oxford once a week the city centre has loads of tourists but other parts are ok, i was at Taunton frequently and I find that Taunton is very like Swindon in lots of ways

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Re: What's good about swindon?
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2015, 12:59:40 PM »
In my view, Swindon is a mostly good place to live with the potential to become a great place to live and work, but is severely and continually hampered by the political idiocracy squatting in Euclid Street.

Not much wrong with Swindon which couldn't be rectified after herding the Ilk into a bee-keeping area and covering them with sugary liquid....