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Elections => Swindon Council Elections & AV Referendum 2011 => Topic started by: Dougal on January 30, 2011, 12:36:28 AM

Title: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Dougal on January 30, 2011, 12:36:28 AM
Covingham & Nythe
2011 Local Election Candidates

Emma FaramarziConservative
Peter WattsLabour
Christopher WardLiberal Democrat
Corrinna Allen UKIP


* Emma Faramarzi replaces, (as candidate), Cllr Glenn Smith.
Title: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Geoff Reid on March 31, 2011, 05:00:03 PM
Some good news from the eastern side of town contained in Emma Faramarzi's first leaflet, (as a Conservative candidate in the 2011 local elections), distributed throughout Covingham and Nythe Ward.

Emma Faramarzi is the Chairwoman of the Swindon branch of the Federation of Small Business (http://www.fsb.org.uk/data/default.asp?id=4&loc=120).  Emma runs a small IT consultancy firm in the Borough called Double Click Computing and is heavily involved in another firm, Datalibrium. In her own words: "I run all advertising campaigns and Marketing activities including lead generations at Datalibrium as well as the day to day business planning at Double Click" 

Emma and Talkswindon are not strangers to each other - see this interesting 2008 TS topic:  " A Bad Tax At The Worst Time Possible...." - Browns Empty Building Tax (http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=3569.msg19934#msg19934)   - and I don't think she's anyone's patsy, so, if she's put her name to a leaflet that says the Eastern Development Area plnas have been scrapped, I think she believes they actually have been scrapped.

(http://www.talkswindon.org/politics/developments/eastern_development_area/2011%2003%2020%20conservative_Emma_Faramarzi_Covingham_and_Nythe_Swindon_Eastern_Development_Area_plans_scrapped_page_2_thumb.jpg)  (http://www.talkswindon.org/politics/developments/eastern_development_area/2011%2003%2020%20conservative_Emma_Faramarzi_Covingham_and_Nythe_Swindon_Eastern_Development_Area_plans_scrapped_crop.jpg)


This leaves me with one inevitable question. What does this mean for West Swindon?  With the scrapping of the Eastern Development Area plans the pressure seems likely to be applied to West Swindon where the 'Rural Buffer' betwixt West Swindon and North Wiltshire has now been quietly removed and replaced with plans to develop the land. All of it.

While Michael Dickinson huffs his way up and down Hook Street, trying to convince Freshbrook residents he's opposed to the small development of 175'ish houses there, (appeal being heard in the council chambers for 3 or 4 days next week), he's singularly failing to tell anyone that the West and North Swindon Conservatives have been exploring the development of West Swindon with Wiltshire Council for several years.  It turns out it's all been pretty much agreed and stitched up amongst themselves for quite a while.

Scrapping the EDA, (Eastern Development Area) is good news for Covingham, Wanborough etc, but probably not so good for all of us in West Swindon and Lydiard Millicent etc.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Bobby Bingo on March 31, 2011, 05:31:24 PM
The Eastern Development plans are scrapped but REPLACED in the SBC core strategy which will plan to build 40% less.
The leaflet is an eye catcher but she will be found to be another of Tomlinson's Babes being parachuted in.
Full of Eastern Promise and nothing else!
Hurley is already called the Cardboard Cut Out locally.
There is a public meeting planned by Covingham Parish Council on April 11th to discuss this new proposal and both M.P's as well as Bluh and Greenhalgh and Heenan will be there.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Geoff Reid on March 31, 2011, 07:07:10 PM
So it's a pre-election conjob then?
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: robert feal-martinez on March 31, 2011, 07:07:28 PM
The Eastern Development plans are scrapped but REPLACED in the SBC core strategy which will plan to build 40% less.
The leaflet is an eye catcher but she will be found to be another of Tomlinson's Babes being parachuted in.
Full of Eastern Promise and nothing else!
Hurley is already called the Cardboard Cut Out locally.
There is a public meeting planned by Covingham Parish Council on April 11th to discuss this new proposal and both M.P's as well as Bluh and Greenhalgh and Heenan will be there.


Amazing how they've managed to put these together during the election period. The new plans do indeed have less houses but are still far to high for the real demand, which took account of immigration demand as 40% of the total.

This is the new proposal map: http://www.wanborough.info/eastern_dev/EDA%20Core%20Strategy%202011%20Draft%20plan.pdf (http://www.wanborough.info/eastern_dev/EDA%20Core%20Strategy%202011%20Draft%20plan.pdf)
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2011, 08:12:58 AM
Amazing how they've managed to put these together during the election period. The new plans do indeed have less houses but are still far to high for the real demand, which took account of immigration demand as 40% of the total.

This is the new proposal map: [url]http://www.wanborough.info/eastern_dev/EDA%20Core%20Strategy%202011%20Draft%20plan.pdf[/url] ([url]http://www.wanborough.info/eastern_dev/EDA%20Core%20Strategy%202011%20Draft%20plan.pdf[/url])

What does that statement mean exactly? Surely developers would only build houses they could actually sell, so there must be a demand for them.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: robert feal-martinez on April 01, 2011, 08:17:15 AM
Amazing how they've managed to put these together during the election period. The new plans do indeed have less houses but are still far to high for the real demand, which took account of immigration demand as 40% of the total.

This is the new proposal map: [url]http://www.wanborough.info/eastern_dev/EDA%20Core%20Strategy%202011%20Draft%20plan.pdf[/url] ([url]http://www.wanborough.info/eastern_dev/EDA%20Core%20Strategy%202011%20Draft%20plan.pdf[/url])

What does that statement mean exactly? Surely developers would only build houses they could actually sell, so there must be a demand for them.


I think you will find there are many unsold new homes in the town, even the Marlborough Park development that has everything going for it has laid off sales staff.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2011, 08:20:25 AM
There will always be a slow down in demand, however starngely enough I believe the amount of houses available in this country at any one time lags behind the demand by about 1 million. They will all sell in the end and the prices will rise as its a market.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: 20Eyes on April 01, 2011, 08:29:12 AM
even the Marlborough Park development that has everything going for it...

...other than looking like a prison and any prospective buyers realising that the road network outside their homes will be completely unusable during peak-times once all the properties are occupied.

It's going to be a complete disaster for anyone in eastern Old Town who drives and needs to use the roads during am and pm rush hour periods.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: robert feal-martinez on April 01, 2011, 08:37:26 AM
even the Marlborough Park development that has everything going for it...

...other than looking like a prison and any prospective buyers realising that the road network outside their homes will be completely unusable during peak-times once all the properties are occupied.

It's going to be a complete disaster for anyone in eastern Old Town who drives and needs to use the roads during am and pm rush hour periods.

The road network at Marlborough Park, is about as good as it gets in Swindon. There is nowhere at peak times you can get anywhere fast, certainly not by going across town. If I want to go to West Swindon. I go onto the M4 and off again at 16, certainly longer but one hell of a lot quicker.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Mellon on April 01, 2011, 10:44:09 AM
"They'll be back and with greater numbers too"

Title: Has Cllr Greenhalgh Made Adver Bottle it over Development Area Plans Scrapped?
Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2011, 08:42:58 PM
Or Was it the Swindon Advertiser's April Fool Joke  :2funny:?

Press Blackout Over Homes Plan

Page 9 Swindon Advertiser 1-04-11 Adver will not attend public meeting at Wanborough to discuss development plans as Cllr green halgh has said he won't if the Adver do.

And guess what its not in the online version. Anyone able to scan it? I thought politicians were to be scrutinised by a healthy  press.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Bobby Bingo on April 01, 2011, 08:53:25 PM
I would think Buckland advocating using the Sun Inn car park as an overspill for the G.W.H. was the April Fool item.
Surely Buckland would have more sense than to suggest this
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2011, 09:04:36 PM
Yes April fool joke  :2funny: I am sure the Press Blackout one is an April Fool joke too, what about the lorry in Wotton Bassett Road and the Bridge did that happen?
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Geoff Reid on April 01, 2011, 09:56:14 PM
I'm pretty sure I'll have a copy of the 'Greenhalgh bans journalists from meeting' story tomorrow.

The Lampighters network is buzzing noisily about this - rumoured that Stephen Taylor leant on the Adver not to attend.

Is this because Emma Faramarzi's leaflet promises something which isn't true?

I'm reminded of Cllr David Sammells and the 'Conservatives have saved Stratton playing fields' debacle.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: MsD Meanor on April 01, 2011, 10:12:49 PM
It says something when you really don't know what pieces of news or articles are April Fools' jokes   :crazy2:
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Bogomil on April 01, 2011, 10:47:04 PM
The comments from Coun Andrew Bennett are sheer bo££ock$

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8947266.Press_blackout_over_homes_plan/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8947266.Press_blackout_over_homes_plan/)
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Coun Andrew Bennett (Con, Ridgeway), Wanborough Parish councillor and Swindon Council ward member said it was because council officers would be speaking at the meeting.
“There are officers, and there are members (of the council)”, he said.
“Officers have a function to carry out the policies of members.
“The corrolary is that it’s unusual officers to talk to the press, unless they’re members of the press office.
“In this particular instance, because it’s becoming so heated and there’s been quite a lot of lengthy correspondence it has built up a head of steam, and it leaves more opportunity for something to come out wrong.
“We do protect officers.”

Officers regularly attend AND SPEAK at public meetings where the press are present, even if the subject is controversial or likely to cause a heated debate.

What utter crap and for that alone Coun Bennett ought to be taken to task.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2011, 10:54:44 PM
Bogo

Thanks for posting online link I missed it, perhaps the adver, has published this to cause some  :embarassed: to councillors well it proves one thing its not an April fool joke.  O0
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Mart on April 02, 2011, 09:41:59 AM
Is this open government or Big Society?

I'm leaning towards contempt.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Richard Symonds on April 02, 2011, 10:11:42 AM
Is this open government or Big Society?

I'm leaning towards contempt.

No Mart it is a Dictatorship and you will do as you are told.

Meanwhile,

We will do what we like because we can.
Title: Re: Eastern Development Area Plans Scrapped
Post by: Steve Wakefield on April 02, 2011, 01:22:21 PM
The comments from Coun Andrew Bennett are sheer bo££ock$

[url]http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8947266.Press_blackout_over_homes_plan/[/url] ([url]http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8947266.Press_blackout_over_homes_plan/[/url])
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Coun Andrew Bennett (Con, Ridgeway), Wanborough Parish councillor and Swindon Council ward member said it was because council officers would be speaking at the meeting.
“There are officers, and there are members (of the council)”, he said.
“Officers have a function to carry out the policies of members.
“The corrolary is that it’s unusual officers to talk to the press, unless they’re members of the press office.
“In this particular instance, because it’s becoming so heated and there’s been quite a lot of lengthy correspondence it has built up a head of steam, and it leaves more opportunity for something to come out wrong.
“We do protect officers.”

Officers regularly attend AND SPEAK at public meetings where the press are present, even if the subject is controversial or likely to cause a heated debate.

What utter crap and for that alone Coun Bennett ought to be taken to task.


Cllr Bennett has been around long enough to know the ropes and this does sound surprisingly unlike him. I believe Cllr Andrew Bennett can best defend himself, however having read it more than once personally I find it is a bit unclear and a tad confusing, which makes me believe there is a possibility that he has been misquoted or his quotes taken out of context. Bogomil I am sure you have been told this many times before, it is all open to interpretation! Is anyone from TS going on Monday to the meeting? If you are have you been tempted to go because of this article?
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Drone on April 18, 2011, 06:31:13 AM
Standing for election: Corinna Christine Allen (UKIP) IN THEIR OWN WORDS: I moved to Covingham in April 2007 and then got flooded in July 2007 alongside many people. I am a lone parent and I work part time in the Brunel Centre. I very much enjoy my voluntary work with St John Ambulance. My main concerns are: The safety of the wi fi project in Swindon. The high cost of university tuition fees. The withdrawal or cuts of EMA for young students. Interest rates being too low for savers. The rising cost of living. The price of EU membership of approximately £50 million every day.

Emma Louise Faramarzi (Conservative) IN THEIR OWN WORDS: I will work with your other local Conservative representatives, Councillors Dale Heenan and Richard Hurley and Justin Tomlinson MP, to fight inappropriate development. Now that the last Labour’s Government’s centrally-imposed housing targets have been ripped up, which included the disgraceful 12,000 homes planned for the Eastern Development area, we have the power locally to secure sustainable, high quality development which puts existing residents first.

My other priorities will include tackling graffiti and litter, and supporting further measures to regenerate the shopping areas in Covingham, Coleview and Nythe.

I will be a no-nonsense, hard-working Councillor always putting local residents first.

Chris Ward (Lib Dem) PARTY PROFILE: Having lived in Covingham and Nythe Ward all his life, Chris feels passionately about his local area and believes that his enthusiasm and energy for representing people will make him an ideal candidate for Covingham and Nythe.

As well as standing in Covingham and Nythe, Chris is working hard for the YES campaign on the Alternative Vote referendum. Chris likes AV because it will mean fewer extremists end up in Parliament and MPs will have to work harder to win.

Most MPs get elected despite only being supported by a minority of people, AV would force MPs to engage with more voters.

Peter William David Watts (Labour): IN THEIR OWN WORDS: I have lived in the Covingham and Nythe Ward for 31 years.

If elected I will maintain a constant vigil on the Eastern Development Area (EDA) proposals to prevent traffic and flooding problems to existing roads and housing occurring.

I will also liaise with the Environment Agency to ensure culverts and waterways are regularly inspected, cleaned and maintained effectively to prevent local flooding.

I will work with both the Stratton St Margaret and Covingham Parish Councils for the benefit of the whole Ward and regularly attend Parish Council meetings.

Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Ringer on April 18, 2011, 08:35:35 AM
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Emma Louise Faramarzi (Conservative) IN THEIR OWN WORDS: I will work with your other local Conservative representatives, Councillors Dale Heenan and Richard Hurley and Justin Tomlinson MP, to fight inappropriate development. Now that the last Labour?s Government?s centrally-imposed housing targets have been ripped up, which included the disgraceful 12,000 homes planned for the Eastern Development area, we have the power  locally to secure sustainable, high quality development which puts existing residents first.

Can Emma now a member of TS explain how "we have the power" as Rod Bluh and Peter Greenhalgh keep claiming they have none?

If it is as easy as claimed to rip up housing targets and "we have the power" why do they want to build on Coate? Also why do they want to build 7,500 homes on the rural villages of Wanborough etc?

Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Drone on April 18, 2011, 01:41:33 PM
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If elected I will maintain a constant vigil on the Eastern Development Area...

I've got an image of Peter Watts, up a ladder with a pair of binoculars, peering East for the next ten years!
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Richard Symonds on April 18, 2011, 02:08:15 PM
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If elected I will maintain a constant vigil on the Eastern Development Area...

I've got an image of Peter Watts, up a ladder with a pair of binoculars, peering East for the next ten years!

He will have to won't he Drone otherwise he might find the bulldosers at the end of his road.

And it never even got discussed in Council

You Know it makes sense.
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Ringer on April 19, 2011, 09:03:11 AM
Inappropriate development? from Emma any comment? 

Constant Vigil? from David any comment?

Yes to AV from Chris,  I though Candidates were not allowed to discuss the AV issue whilst canvassing in the local elections? I was not aware that the Libdems were a registered campaigner in the AV referendum, are they? I thought Party resources were not supposed to be used on AV camapigning? I also thought that any comments had to be made in a private capacity when a candidate, meaning they have to prefixed with: this is my personal view? Perhaps I am wrong? any comment?

Corinna flooding and wi-fi safety she points out that flooding is an issue from develeopment, wi-fi safety, will it ever be sprawled across the ward or is it wi-fi in general ie schools homes, mobile phones etc? any comment?
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Drone on April 19, 2011, 09:09:16 AM
Corinna flooding and wi-fi safety she points out that flooding is an issue from develeopment, wi-fi safety, will it ever be sprawled across the ward or is it wi-fi in general ie schools homes, mobile phones etc? any comment?

She also wants Swindon to withdraw from the EU...
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Ringer on April 19, 2011, 09:10:28 AM
She also wants Swindon to withdraw from the EU...

What al on its own?
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Drone on April 19, 2011, 09:14:19 AM
Most of the UKIP candidates are making statements about EU membership, EU red tape and immigration. I do wonder what influence they think Swindon has on any of those issues, other than becoming an independent city state with free wi-fi for all, no immigration, unending housing and no EU membership!
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Ringer on April 19, 2011, 09:18:24 AM
Most of the UKIP candidates are making statements about EU membership, EU red tape and immigration. I do wonder what influence they think Swindon has on any of those issues, other than becoming an independent city state with free wi-fi for all, no immigration, unending housing and no EU membership!

Swindon, on its own what without its own water supply and eectricity supply does, not sound very strategic to me. What do you think about the comments made by the other candidates?
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Drone on April 19, 2011, 09:24:17 AM
Watts seems very focused on local 'stuff' - well, almost exclusively on flooding and parish councils.

Faramarzi - local personality. How will she balance the needs of local businesses with objecting to housing development? Apart from that, grafitti, litter and local dvp.

Lib Dem bloke - AV campaign? Not relevant to the local campaign. Doesn't say a lot else.

UKIP woman - Eu not relevant to local politics. Can't do anything about uni fees or bank interest rates. Doesn't say what she would do for the ward.


Hmmm... not knowing what the local issues are (flooding, development and EU membership?) all the statements seem a little wishy washy, but the Con and Lab candidates are slightly clearer.
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Richard Symonds on April 19, 2011, 09:31:52 AM
I am please Pete Watts is focusing on Local Issues after all it is a local Election, isn't it?
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Drone on April 19, 2011, 09:34:48 AM
That's the rumour...
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Richard Symonds on April 19, 2011, 09:35:43 AM
That's the rumour...

No he said that in the Advertiser Election Statement, didn't he?
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Drone on April 19, 2011, 09:44:44 AM
That's the rumour...

No he said that in the Advertiser Election Statement, didn't he?

I meant the actual election, not Watts' statement. Most of the parties don't seem to see this as a local issue about local issues. Maybe Watts does?
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Ringer on April 19, 2011, 11:03:10 AM
Watts seems very focused on local 'stuff' - well, almost exclusively on flooding and parish councils.

Faramarzi - local personality. How will she balance the needs of local businesses with objecting to housing development? Apart from that, grafitti, litter and local dvp.

Lib Dem bloke - AV campaign? Not relevant to the local campaign. Doesn't say a lot else.

UKIP woman - Eu not relevant to local politics. Can't do anything about uni fees or bank interest rates. Doesn't say what she would do for the ward.


Hmmm... not knowing what the local issues are (flooding, development and EU membership?) all the statements seem a little wishy washy, but the Con and Lab candidates are slightly clearer.

Is Faramarzi local? The others say they are local ie living  in the ward.
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Bobby Bingo on April 19, 2011, 03:49:04 PM
Faramazi is another of "Tomlinsons Babes" and lives in Abbey Meads.
Covingham should be saying enough is enough. At one time there were 3 of them from North Swindon
Heenan, Smith and Young.
Heenan has moved to Coleview, Young deserted the sinking ship and Smith was fed up in not being involved in any decision making and has stood down. About the only worthwhile thing he has ever done for the area.
Title: Re: Covingham & Nythe
Post by: Richard Symonds on April 20, 2011, 09:45:41 AM
Heenan has moved to Coleview, Young deserted the sinking ship and Smith was fed up in not being involved in any decision making and has stood down. About the only worthwhile thing he has ever done for the area.

Bobby, My information that Glenn Smith was removed for his dissent and awkward questioning over Wi-fi.

You know it makes sense.