Vote for your favourite conservation area

September 2018

Vote for your favourite conservation area: Swindon’s Railway Village

It’s dead easy to do – follow this link: https://www.bigconservationconversation.com/vote-for-ca

And vote by selecting the image(s) you see and clicking the heart over the conservation area that you want to win. When the heart is red you’ve voted.  For Swindon this one:

Image railway village Big Conversation

Image railway village Big Conversation

Why it matters

‘Recently the Mechanics’ Trust and Swindon Civic Voice supported a Heritage Action Zone bid to Historic England, with this Conservation Area at the centre of the targeted area.

The local group consider that national attention is warranted to the significance of this area. Especially its social history which reflects the active voluntary involvement of railway workers in establishing institutions addressing health and social welfare in the era from 1841, prior to modern local government.

Since council award-winning renovation in 1970s, and closure of the Works, there is clear evidence of lack of appreciation of the historic significance and the present potential of this area.

It was and can be again the unifying social focus of Swindon’s character: cutting-edge technology renewing itself from New Swindon’s foundation in 1841 into the future, supported by citizen action to achieve coherent social context in response to residents’ needs and aspirations.

A particular challenge exists from through traffic and a range of bus routes (2 buses per minute) dominating the Area inappropriately. This has been the subject of three years focused work by Swindon Civic Voice to achieve attention and resolution, including a dense study with proposals, and public consultation, which is now receiving attention from Council planners.

It’s clear that the community in Swindon value this Conservation Area. They have worked unrelentingly since 1986 to promote and protect its significance, social and physical.

The local community was the driving force behind the establishment in 1995 of the New Mechanics’ Institution Preservation Trust Ltd (‘The Mechanics’ Trust’ or MIT).

With 2500 initial members that Trust was instrumental in the establishment of Swindon Civic Trust (now Voice) in 2002. In particular, Swindon Civic Voice supported National Civic Day in 2017 and 2018 with events focused on the Conservation Area.’

Download: What is the future for our conservation areas?

vote for railway village conservation area

Swindon Civic Voice is part of the national Civic Voice movement. Laura Sandys, the vice-President of Civic Voice, designed a ‘Big Conservation’ campaign to raise awareness of this countries conservation areas.

In her conversation about conservation she said: 

“We have over 10,000 conservation areas in England which reflect the rich built heritage of the nation. As well as encouraging people to nominate and vote, we want to raise awareness of the importance of our conservation areas and call on more communities to celebrate, our rich and varied heritage .

With 249 conservation areas being nominated, it shows that people are proud of where they live.

These 18 conservation areas (shortlisted)have been selected by Civic Voice to ensure that as wide a range of conservation areas were as shortlisted as possible.  What the shortlist shows us is that conservation areas are real places loved by real people”.

The important bit for Swindon:

From the 249 conservation areas nominated from across the country, Civic Voice have selected a shortlist of EIGHTEEN. And ONE of those eighteen is Swindon’s Railway village conservation area. Now YOU have a chance to vote for our conservation area to be named ‘England’s Favourite Conservation Area.’

It’s simple to do – follow this link: https://www.bigconservationconversation.com/vote-for-ca

Vote by selecting the image(s) you see and clicking the heart over the conservation area that you think should win.

You can only vote for each conservation area once.

When will the results be announced?

The winning conservation area will be announced at the annual conference in October. Two representatives from Swindon Civic Voice are attending this conference. Help us bring back the ‘trophy’!

And do visit this page: https://www.bigconservationconversation.com

As it says on the website:

  • AT LEAST 512 CONSERVATION AREAS ARE AT RISK ACROSS ENGLAND.
  • AT LEAST 1000 CONSERVATION AREAS ARE LOCATED IN AN AREA WITHOUT A CONSERVATION OFFICER.
  • THE YEARS SINCE 2006 HAVE SEEN A 37% DECREASE IN CONSERVATION OFFICERS.
  • 56% OF PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE THAT THEY LIVE IN A CONSERVATION AREA

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