Mayor's January Blog
January for the Town Council is a time for planning the new year. The outside staff are cutting back shrubs and overhanging trees as well as catching up on some TLC on the town's benches, fences and litter bins. The Estates Manager has already ordered the bedding plants for our gardens, hanging baskets and tubs for spring planting. Apparently we are going to have "hot" colours this year interspersed with some cool cream and whites, I really can't wait to see them.
The planning committee has already been busy this year considering lots of applications for new signage for some businesses, extensions for existing homes and applications for new builds. Amended draft proposals were debated by the committee concerning the land adjacent to Rabley Wood View. Sangsters in partnership with Wilts Council want to build houses on the recreation ground that serves Rogers Meadow, the Thorns as well as Rabley Wood View. As you can imagine the residents of these three estates are not very happy about it and have protested loudly. The planning committee felt that the new draft proposals did not meet local demand which is for low cost smaller homes and also that traffic difficulties in the area had not been addressed by the new proposals.
The planning committee is still awaiting an update and final plans from the Crown Estates on the proposal to build 220 houses on the Salisbury Road site. On a happy note the Tennis Club has finally received planning consent for their new tennis courts. These courts will be situated adjacent to the Swindon Road on the north east side of the common within the Golf Club's perimeter; the club does amazing work with the youngsters in the town and will be a very welcome addition to the town's sporting facilities.
It is not widely known but Marlborough Town Council own a meadow situated at the end of Tin Pit and behind Rabley Wood View. The river bank in the meadow has now been opened up for the public to enjoy walking by. New fences are in place marking a walkway down to and along the river bank. The entrance to the meadow is through a gate at the end of Tin Pit. I do hope that residents will use and enjoy this public amenity.
Councillors at Tin Pit next to the River Ogg