A Nythe Parish will be formed in 2015 with the first elections in May 2015 following a historic vote by Swindon Borough Council. The May 2015 election will be the first contested Nythe election in over 17 years, and could save every family £70. This action was opposed at every step by the Labour party!
A resident of Nythe wrote to Cllr Richard Hurley and I, plus the Clerk of Stratton Parish Council, lastweek completely unprompted saying thank you. An extract said, ” I just wanted to say well done and thank you for getting Nythe out of the Stratton parish. I wholly support this.” In reply the Clerk of Stratton Parish Council said ” Many thanks for your email and congratulations on your success. However, your thanks must be directed at Cllrs Heenan and Hurley for all the work they did on your behalf. The Parish Council did try to oppose this move but lost so I’m not sure you should be thanking us! I sincerely hope the new Parish Council serves you well and I personally will do all I can to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. After all, I have been serving various communities in this sector since 1990 and
The Stratton Parish Council accounts have been published at their AGM tonight, and show on 31st March 2013, £1.4 million cash in the bank £150k was added to reserves Cllr Dale Heenan, “These are staggering sums and it is clear Nythe forming its own Parish will have no impact on other residents, because Stratton Parish simply banks the £88,000 Nythe residents pay. A clear sign that Nythe is seen as no more than a cashcow by Labour Parish Councillors. Stratton Parish Council hiked their parish tax by 2.5% this year, and already threaten rises next year, yet there is clearly no justification. We have our differences and I will continue to work with, and support, Stratton Parish Council on local issues from play areas to allotments, but a Nythe Parish for Nythe residents is the right choice”
On Thursday 11th April, Swindon Borough Council voted to approve a Nythe Parish being created from 2014. Cllr Dale Heenan. “A Nythe Parish run by Nythe residents was one of the first topics for debate on a meeting which lasted over 5 hours. I am very pleased that the positive case for Nythe has been recognized by other Councillors, and local residents can look forward to a Nythe Parish council of 7 people being elected in May 2014. Green open space around the area will continue to be protected and maintained, Nythe residents can decide their own services and if following the approach of Covingham Parish and Chiseldon Parish could see their Council Tax bills reduced by £70. One of the fascinating parts of the debate was listening to Labour Councillors oppose the inclusion of new areas into Stratton Parish like Headlands which they had supported for the last six months, but at the
This article appeared in the local newspaper on Saturday, and will be of interest to residents. Richard Hurley, “Stratton Parish Council has decided to take out a 10 year £1 million loan to improve their leisure centre, yet banned members of the public from taking part in the discussions about whether it should happen. This Leisure Centre is already losing £160,000 a year so residents will now be footing an annual bill of £250,000 every year for the next decade!” Dale Heenan “My view is that the all-weather grass pitch at the back of the centre is something Councillors have been suggesting for years and wouldn’t cost a lot but might help stem their huge losses a little. The improvements are laudable but instead of taking out this loan, Stratton Parish Council could cut their annual tax 9%, by returning the £100,000 surplus they already don’t spend every year to the
Swindon Borough Council has started to formally consult local residents on splitting up Stratton Parish Council because more evidence is needed on where the boundary line should be between the new Parish Councils. Swindon Borough Council will now have until the 10th February to receive final comments from residents on whether to keep the status quo or split up Stratton Parish Council south of the railway line, south from Oxford road or only Lower Coleview and Nythe. Dale Heenan, “Richard Hurley, the team and I have worked hard to gather evidence from local residents on the demand, and need, for change with Stratton Parish Council. Both teams have made their case and it is a score draw at the end of the first half. In Stage 1, Swindon Borough Council received submissions from Stratton Parish Council and an ex Labour Councillor to keep the Parish Council unchanged, and submissions
A recent report in the media highlighted how Stratton Parish Council had lodged a complaint to Swindon Borough Councils Standard Committee about Dale Heenan and Richard Hurley. This baseless complaint was then “leaked” the day before the Swindon Council’s Cabinet made its decision on the future of Parish Councils in the town, and then they attempted to get Dale excluded from taking part in that decision making because he is the Cabinet member for Strategic Planning and Sustainability. A panel made up of Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors, the Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council and two independent residents have unanimously cleared Dale and Richard dismissing the complaint in full. No Conservative Councillors were members of the panel. Dale Heenan “Richard Hurley and I have run an effective local, and non-political, campaign to save every household in Coleview and Nythe £70 a year by forming a local Coleview and Nythe Parish Council and