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Stratton Open Spaces Management

Stratton St Margaret Parish Council is responsible for a vast range of services which have been devolved from Swindon Borough Council.

Our Open Spaces team and local community work hard to keep the area a great place to live and work, but sometimes things do need extra attention. If you find anything amiss, let us know.

 

 

Stratton Open Spaces Management (SOS Management) the Council is now responsible for the following services:

Litter Picking

Street Cleaning

Graffiti Removal

Emptying Dog and Litter Bins

Inspection, Cleaning and Repairs to Play Areas

Maintenance of Public Right of Way, Bridle Ways and Footpath Network

Maintenance of Sports Pitches

Grass Cutting

Shrubs, Flower Beds and Hedge Maintenance

Allotments

Tree Maintenance

Fly Tipping

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1. Litter Picking

The Council clears accumulations of refuse and litter on public-owned land.

The removal of accumulations of refuse or litter on public land depends on the location but will normally take place within 5 working days.

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on (01793) 833432 (Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm and Friday’s 8.30am to 4.00pm)

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2. Street Cleaning

Stratton Open Spaces Management team is responsible for the cleanliness of many streets in Stratton. This includes:

  • Street cleaning
  • Removing dead leaves
  • Emptying litter and cigarette butt bins
  • Removing of chewing gum
  • Removing of discarded drug-related implements
  • Removing debris from the roads

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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3. Graffiti removal

Graffiti is the illegal placing of words or pictures that are drawn, painted, written or carved on walls and other surfaces.

We will remove offensive or abusive graffiti on Council buildings and structures as a matter of priority once the graffiti is reported to us. If this is not possible, then it will be obscured by either over-painting or via another suitable method within an accelerated timeframe. Non-offensive or abusive graffiti from Council buildings and structures as soon as possible.

Where graffiti is on privately owned business property or structures (e.g. gas tanks, BT/Virgin boxes, electricity and water sub-stations etc.) you should contact the owners of the property to arrange for removal.

To report graffiti on utility owned sub stations please contact the utility company:

  • Scotia Gas Networks – 0845 070 1431
  • Wales and West Utilities – 0870 165 0597
  • BT – 0800 0232023
  • Southern Electric – 0800 980 8476

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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4. Dog poo and litter bins

The Council empties dog poo and litter bins on a regular basis and repairs them when necessary. Let us know if you spot a bin that is overflowing or has become damaged.

Frequency of dog bin collections varies between locations and is based on their usage for specific bins. We aim to respond to reports of full bins within two working days.

Damaged bins will be repairs as quickly as possible and will depend on whether new parts of needed. For this reason it is not possible to be specific about the lead-time for repair.

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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5. Inspection, cleaning and repairs to Play Areas

Stratton St Margaret Parish Council owns and maintains children’s play areas at:

  • Delamere
  • Meadowcroft
  • Dorcan Way
  • Stephen’s Road
  • Coleview
  • Sywell Road
  • Winton Road

Inspection and maintenance

The play equipment is inspected by our Open Spaces Management team on a weekly basis but we are grateful to members of the public who inform us of faults, damage or hazards as soon as they occur.

All play areas are visited at least once a week to remove all litter and broken glass. If we receive reports of broken glass, damaged equipment, etc between the scheduled visits we will arrange for the play area to be visited again.

Each year all play areas receive an independent inspection to make sure that they meet the British and European safety standards.

Repairs

Sometimes damaged play equipment can be repaired straight away. If this is not possible then the damaged item will be immobilised until it is possible to do the repair.

If the repair requires the replacement of a standard item that is held in stock, a repair will be carried out within two working days.

Repairs requiring a non-standard item will take longer as parts will usually have to be ordered. In these cases we will try to complete repairs as quickly as possibly, but this is dependent on the delivery time from our suppliers.

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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6. Maintenance of public right of way, bridle ways and footpath network

The Council is responsible for managing and maintaining the rights of way network in Stratton St Margaret. We inspect all public rights of way on an annual basis. We will take action to ensure that the public rights of way network is both safe and easy to use. We encourage the public to inform us of any maintenance issues that they identify when enjoying the network. By keeping these public rights of way tidy we can provide shorter routes to retail areas or areas of employment thereby encouraging the use of more sustainable forms of transport.

Types of Public Right of Way

A Right of Way is a route over which you may pass and repass unhindered. Stratton St Margaret has the following:

  • Footpath – You may walk along a footpath or use a wheelchair or pram, although the surface in rural locations may be not normally suitable for this. Riding a bicycle or horse is not permitted.
  • Bridleway – You may ride or lead a horse or ride a bicycle along a bridleway, you may also walk along a bridleway. Driving a vehicle along a bridleway is not permitted, even it if is horse drawn.

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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7. Maintenance of sports pitches

Football pitches are remarked weekly during the winter allowing for additional maintenance such as over seeding, pitch spiking etc. Posts are usually removed and repainted at the end of the season.

Please report problems such as:

  • markings not done or done poorly
  • goal posts missing or not put up
  • grass not cut
  • uneven or damaged pitches
  • poor quality grass / pitch repair

Goal posts

We only provide goal posts for Council football pitches and for those sites that are booked for games through Grange Leisure.

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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8. Grass Cutting

Our grass cutting is maintained to the prevailing weather conditions throughout the year which will impact upon the rate of grass growth and the need for the areas to be maintained.

Sports pitches will be maintained at the amenity cut standard.

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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9. Shrubs, flower beds and hedge maintenance

The Council maintains shrub beds and hedges that are in public areas.

Shrub beds and hedge maintenance on council-owned amenity land will be cut annually, generally between September and March each year to avoid the bird nesting season (April-August). This programmed maintenance is sufficient to maintain the shrub beds to good standards and includes weeding, litter clearance and pruning to ensure there is no obstruction to adjacent footpaths or lines of sight along highways.

The majority of hedges bordering the public highway are privately-owned hedges. Hedges on property boundaries are the responsibility of the land owner to maintain. If you notice a particular problem that you think we need to address outside of these scheduled times, particularly one where vision/line of sight is impaired, please report it to us.

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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10. Allotments

The Parish Council provides two allotment sites at St Philips Road and White Hart, Ermin Street. Click here for more information.

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Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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11. Tree Maintenance

The Council is responsible for over 380 street and park trees, including the pruning and maintenance of trees that are situated along the roadside, in publicly owned parks and green/open spaces.

Trees are generally maintained as part of a continuous programme of work. The normal standards are:

  • Trees along the main roads are all inspected on an annual basis.
  • The majority of street trees are pruned on a cyclical basis every 1, 3 or 5 years depending on species and location.
  • Parks and green spaces trees are pruned on an ad-hoc basis.

Any problems reported to us are assessed by our expert Tree Officer and any remedial work is determined on a priority basis, depending on the nature of the request. Situations where there is a potential risk to public safety will be given the highest level of priority.

Report an issue

Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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12. Fly tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish. Stratton St Margaret collects fly-tipped materials from public land and is responsible for the enforcement of the fly-tipping regulations.

The removal of fly-tipped waste on private land is the responsibility of the land owner and requests for removal should be with the land owner in the first instance.

Report an issue

Alternatively call Stratton Open Spaces Management on 01793 833432 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)

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