Category Archive: Past News

Dec 08 2013

SWAG Times

Please check your post – our latest edition of The SWAG Times is hot off the press.  Enjoy an informative read over your tea/coffee. Note that it has info on how u can help with the neighbourhood planning process in your village.

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Jun 20 2013

Massive Response – THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who has responded to BaNES regarding the planning application 13/01965/FUL at the Old Colliery Site in Stanton Wick. Thanks to your wonderful effort we can see that there are over 430 objection responses on the council Planning Portal. THANK YOU. (Note – even though the application is now readvertised, everysingle one of your responses will still count.)

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Apr 14 2013

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who submitted a response regarding the february planning application at the Old Colliery  Site. Every single reply was important. They helped to get that application removed.

Now we have the new (May) application in place – we would greatly appreciate your help yet again to get this application refused. More information here.


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Mar 02 2013

BBC Radio Interview

Good interview on BBC Radio Bristol.

fwd to 02:07:45 into programme

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Jan 31 2013

Life is a Cabaret!

Friday 7th December and Saturday 8th December. Our 2 cabaret evenings were highly successful.

Famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket teamed up with his wife May Marion and a dynamic duo called Musicians in Black at Pensford Memorial Hall.

Jimmy said: “The shows were excellently put together by the two organisers, Jennie Jones and Tracey Lewis. Both shows were full and the atmosphere was superb on both nights!”

Jimmy added: “A big acknowledgement to the B&B in Pensford called The Hollies, where I stayed over on the Friday night. The proprietor of this B&B was called Guilly Jones and the hospitality she provided to May and me was first class!”

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Jan 25 2013

SWAG Times Newsletter

We hope everyone now has our winter ‘SWAG Times’ Newsletter – if you have not had your copy through the door yet you can read it here!!



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Oct 07 2012

SWAG went to the DOGS!

The Stanton Wick Action Group held their first Night at the Races in Swindon on Saturday and announced it A Winner!

Over 50 supporters joined the party at Swindon Stadium and were soon into the swing of it, shouting home their winners from their seat in the Stadium restaurant.

11 of the 12 races were generously sponsored by local businesses and individuals together with 36 greyhounds. Sue Osborne, the event organiser said

what a brilliant night, everyone had great fun with many winners amongst us. The guys at the Stadium did a great job, keeping our curry supper and drinks flowing, whilst sheparding our race sponsors onto the track to make their presentation. Once again the community supported and we raised over £2,000 – and had a lot of fun doing it.


Jacqui Darbyshire said

Great fun, great company and a great night. Not so profitable for me as I just could not find the winners, but next time! Thanks to the organisers and let’s do it again.


Clarke Osborne, Chairman of SWAG said

Another successful community event. Another fun event supported by great people. It is the story of the Stantons, Pensford and Publow and again I thank all the sponsors and supporters for being so generous.


Enormous thanks to our Race Sponsors;

  • PAC Construction – 01761 451551
  • Tony and Liz Heaford – Publow
  • Suzanne’s Nails

Thank you also to everyone who sponsored a greyhound, Filers coaches and everyone who went to the stadium.




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Sep 14 2012

PRESS RELEASE – 14th September 2012

Residents and Action Groups celebrate removal of Stanton Wick, Keynsham and Radstock Sites from B&NES’ Gypsy and Traveller Plans

For immediate release


Local residents and Action Groups are celebrating B&NES’ permanent removal of controversial proposed sites at Stanton Wick, Radstock and Keynsham from a list of ‘Preferred’ Gypsy and Traveller sites.

At a B&NES Cabinet meeting on Wednesday night, Councillors finally reacted to months of pressure and judicial review litigation from Action Groups and local residents, officially removing all three sites from consideration (The Old Colliery in Stanton Wick, the former Infants’ School Canteen in Radstock, and land near to Ellsbridge House, Keynsham).

The LibDem Cabinet and B&NES’ Chief Executive Dr Jo Farrar, heard submissions from all three Action Groups and a number of Labour and Conservative Councillors, that yet again challenged the site selection process as being flawed both in concept and delivery, unlawful and deeply damaging to the communities affected.

Following these presentations, Cllr Tim Ball (Lib-Dem, Twerton), Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning, moved an amendment to officially remove all three sites at Keynsham, Radstock and Stanton Wick – from the list.

The long-overdue removal of the sites follows a Judicial Review application by claimants on behalf of the three Action Groups seeking to challenge the process of site selection in law. In July, solicitors Knight’s representing the claimants wrote to B&NES setting out the reasons why the site selection process undertaken by the Council has been “unreasonable, irrational, unlawful and procedurally irregular”.

Clarke Osborne, Chair of Stanton Wick Action Group said:


“At last, the B&NES Cabinet has finally seen sense and removed these three wholly unsuitable, unsustainable, and undeliverable sites from this list.

“I am in no doubt that this would not have happened if it wasn’t for the pending Judicial Review, and the very hard work of local residents and Action Groups who since May have presented overwhelming evidence of the unsuitability of the sites, as well as a flawed, disingenuous and predetermined process.

“On behalf of all three Action Groups, I would like to thank everyone associated with achieving this result: all those who have made their views known, attended meetings, made presentations, written letters and emails, and assisted with fundraising.

“Yet while this victory is very welcome and long overdue, it has come at a very real financial and emotional cost to many people. B&NES’ wilful disregard to their residents’ views, independent planning reports, and legal advice, mean fundraising efforts to recoup costs are still required.

“The truth is that the behaviour of B&NES’ LibDem Cabinet and their approach to this process has had a significantly damaging effect on many of their rural constituents’ lives. Not only in respect of their businesses and their savings, but also the extraordinary amount of time individuals have spent researching, writing letters, attending meetings, campaigning, and fundraising. To many this has meant taking time off work, cancelling holidays and spending any of their spare time battling a Cabinet which, far from ‘listening to residents’, has appeared disinterested, intransigent and arrogant.”

“Both settled and traveller communities have already been badly let down by B&NES; we can only hope that lessons have been learned and that similar errors can be avoided as this flawed, discredited and delayed process limps on.

“We applaud the determination of B&NES to work hard in meeting the Government targets for the provision of sites for both permanent and transit populations of Gypsies and Travellers and we have sympathy in the difficulties that this presents; but there can be no excuse for what we regard as incompetent, insensitive and arrogant behaviour.

“The communities have spoken, and I sincerely hope that they will maintain this voice and demand more from their Local Authority and take more control of the future planning of their local environment. It is called Localism”


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Sep 11 2012





This will update regarding wednesdays cabinet meeting. Please come to whichever suits you, the Information at each meeting will be the same.


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Aug 21 2012

BaNES Press Release 21/08/12

BaNES have issued a press release prior to the cabinet meeting on 12th September.

Discussion of next steps for Gypsy and Traveller site plan…

The release has a quote from Councillor Tim Ball
“We are listening very closely to the views of local communities. In response to feedback, Bath & North East Somerset Council intends to revise the criteria by which any proposed sites are selected for our Gypsy and Traveller site plan.

 “As things stand and under these proposed new criteria, I believe it is almost certain that the three sites suggested at Stanton Wick, Ellsbridge House, and Radstock Infant School Canteen will not be included in our final plans.”

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