Swindon Borough Council
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A plan for 190 houses in South Marston has been given the go-ahead by planners at Swindon Borough Council.
That is despite objections from residents, the local parish council and even the former owner of the site.
Castlewood Commercial properties have approval in principle to build the estate on the former Catsbrain Farm, to the west of Highworth Road and South of Kingsdown Lane.
The developers say: “There is little influence from the immediate character, apart from the natural environment where the site sits. It is therefore considered equally appropriate that the development could reflect a new character to impose a sense of identity.”
Eric Barnes, who used to own the farm, told planners he sold the farm on the understanding it would be used for an industrial use only, and was upset to learn of the developers’ wish to use the site for housing.
He said housing would: “have an adverse effect on the area, especially the lovely Stanton Park and lake.”
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The National Association of Funeral Directors has accused local authorities of being "too heavy handed" by completely excluding mourning families from funeral services during the lockdown.
Government guidelines suggest ceremonies should be restricted to "close family" - but no firm limit has been set on how many people can attend.
In Swindon, limits have been put in place as Conservative leader of Swindon Borough Council, David Renard explains:
"We will allow just immediate family, where up to a maximum of 10 people can attend.
"We believe that complies with the current legislation and restrictions around movement.
"We've also had a look at the size of the chapel at the crematorium and we believe 10 is the number where we can adequately comply with the regulations."
The Mayor of Swindon, Councillor Kevin Parry, has volunteered to help out with bin collections after Swindon Borough Council was left short of staff due to coronavirus.
In a Facebook post he wrote: "Tomorrow I will be working on the bins.
"The coronavirus has left Swindon Borough Council short of staff and I have volunteered to go to the front line and work with the crew. I will be starting at 6am so will try not to wake you all up."