Please note this is not a Parish Council update.

Since planning permission was granted for the replacement data centre at Brimble Hill in early August, the general contractor John Paul Construction has been pressing ahead with work on the 28-acre site.

The former Alpha data centre close to the B4005 and adjacent to the new Burderop Park development has now been demolished. This area will be returned to parkland with increased landscaping.

The other two data centres, built in the 1990s, have almost been demolished.

During the month from 10 November there will be between 70 and 80 construction personnel working on the site. The peak period for construction workers on site is likely to be between next March and April.

A condition of the Biodiversity Plan was that a large area of grassland of special interest should be retained. The first stage of the grassland translocation has been completed.

In accordance with the Construction Traffic Management Plan, nine direction signage boards have been erected on existing street furniture from the M4’s Junction 15, along the A346 Marlborough Road and in New Road and Hodson Road so that HGV drivers visiting the construction site keep to the approval haul route for vehicles.

Following the request from Chiseldon Parish Council, the Construction Traffic Management Plan states that “where possible, all deliveries by goods vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes) will be undertaken outside the highway peaks of 08.00 to 09.00 and 17.00 to 18.00. Where practicable, vehicles ready to depart the site during these periods shall be held back within the compound area until the appropriate time has passed.” There will be vehicle scheduling to avoid deliveries around school pick-up and drop-off hours, particularly on the A346 near the pedestrian entrance of Chiseldon Primary School.

John Paul Construction will keep local residents updated on the progress of the work as it continues.