Getting ready to vote in May’s local elections

Any residents wishing to vote in the Borough and Parish elections on Thursday, 4 May need to make sure they’re registered to vote by 17 April. Voters normally only need to register once, but they will need to register again if they’ve changed their name, address or nationality. Voters will need to bring an accepted… read more

Council’s Cabinet to discuss proposals to close unprecedented budget gap

Proposals to spend over £130m on services to support vulnerable children and adults in Swindon will be discussed by councillors next week (1 Feb). Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve a proposed overall budget of £166.4m for the next financial year (23-24), approximately 80 per cent of which has been allocated for… read more

Supporting people to vote in the 2023 English local elections

The government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. From 4 May, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections. This will apply to: Police and Crime Commissioner elections UK parliamentary by-elections Recall petitions… read more

2023 review of parliamentary boundaries

There is currently a stage 2 review of the parliamentary boundaries in this area which includes Chiseldon. The current proposal would remove Chiseldon from the South Swindon constituency where Sir Robert Buckland is our MP. It would then create a new constituency of East Wiltshire where elections would be held for an MP for that… read more

Independent review of Council to be discussed by Cabinet

Swindon has the building blocks required to fulfil its potential and ambitions and these would be the envy of many places, according to an independent review of Swindon Borough Council. The comments were published in a Local Government Association (LGA) corporate peer challenge report, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (20… read more

Government’s £150 energy rebate scheme

The Government recently announced that council tax payers in Bands A to D would receive a £150 payment to help with energy bills – this will not be taken off council tax bills but will instead be given as a separate payment. There will be a number of checks that need to be made before… read more

Local skills needed

The Parish Council are investigating the feasibility of removing the old Recreation Hall which is at the end of its life and replacing it with a new multi-purpose community space. This is at the very early stages but if you are local and have any skills or knowledge in this area, we’d welcome your assistance…. read more

Swindon Borough Council Ward Councillor surgeries

Chiseldon and Lawn Ward Cllrs Jenny Jefferies and William Horley will have their monthly surgeries the first Saturday of each month, 11.30 to 12.30 at the Patriot’s Arms pub on Draycott Road in Chiseldon.  All residents are welcome to attend to chat to Jenny and William about any local issues that concern them, or they… read more

Elections update

Cllr William Horley, Conservative Party was elected as the second Ward Cllr for Chiseldon and Lawn Ward. Cllr Gary Sumner, Conservative Party was re-elected as Ward Cllr for Ridgeway Ward which includes Badbury. The Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for the Conservative Party Jonathan Seed won the Wiltshire vote, however withdrew his application. The elections… read more

Introduction to the Parish

The Parish Council is pleased to welcome Jon Jackson as our newest Parish Councillor. Jon has lived in Badbury since 2018 with his wife and is interested in being able to help shape the future of the parish and community whilst maintaining its rural feel. We will be working with Jon to see where his… read more

New Councillors Co-opted

We are pleased to announce that 2 new Councillors were co-opted on Monday 11th Jan at our Full Council meeting. Pauline Barnes has lived in Chiseldon for 35 years with her family. Prior to retirement Pauline worked in many roles caring for others.  She has an interest in youth provision for the Parish and joins… read more