The Trust was estabished on 13 September 2005 with the aim to protect and enhance the special landscape of high wildlife, archaeological and literary importance between Coate Water Site of Special Scientific Interest and the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The blame lies totally with Swindon Council who have pushed the Coate area forward for housing development and business/industrial use through the Local Plan and the emerging Core Strategy. We have been stuffed by them and don't you forget it.
With the May Borough Council elections looming in Swindon, you may not be
aware that Coate is now included in the new Chiseldon & Lawn ward. To add
insult to injury, Mike Bawden will be standing as one of the Conservative
candidates for the ward. The man who promoted Coate for development and boasted
about brokering a deal between the developers and the University of Bath in 2003
is now more than likely to represent the Ward. Here’s the article in the Guardian to refresh your memory.