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Air pollution levels in Swindon set to reach high levels

Swindon Advertiser:

7:31am Friday 10th April 2015

HEALTH experts are warning people to take care as unusually high levels of air pollution are expected today.

Health alert over air pollution: Warning for Wiltshire and Swindon

Swindon Advertiser:

6:18pm Wednesday 8th April 2015

POLLUTION levels are set to rise in the coming days, reaching a peak on Friday, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

UPDATE AND VIDEOS: Labour's Ed Balls announces rates cut for small businesses during Swindon visit

Swindon Advertiser:

10:44am Tuesday 31st March 2015

THE election campaign rolled on today as the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls visited Swindon to announce a major new Labour policy.

Is £12m car park a very expensive waste of space?

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 24th March 2015

A MULTI million-pound car park heralded as the start of a major town centre regeneration project might not return a profit to council coffers until the end of the century.

Union may intervene in Holy Cross school sites dispute

Swindon Advertiser:

6:29pm Monday 23rd March 2015

THE country’s largest teaching union has said it is ready to help staff at Holy Cross Primary in their row over plans to split the school across two sites.

UPDATE: First Great Western extend franchise until 2019 - largest train fleet upgrade in generation

Swindon Advertiser: The first train of an improved First Great Western rail service between Westbury and Swindon, which includes extra trains through Trowbridge, Melksham and Chippenham, will run on Sunday

7:14am Monday 23rd March 2015

FIRST Great Western will continue to operate trains through Swindon and Wiltshire until 2019 after an agreement was made with the Department of Transport.

Highworth Town still in with a shout for FA Vase in spite of 1-0 first leg loss

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 23rd March 2015

THERE is still hope for both sets of fans who packed the Elms on Saturday to watch Highworth Town’s FA Vase semi-final match against North Shields.

Fresh hopes for Oasis site

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 23rd March 2015

PLANS for a new leisure complex at the North Star site have been given the thumbs-up by most people who have viewed them.

Red Arrows to star at Royal International Air Tattoo

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 23rd March 2015

THE Red Arrows are set to return once again to perform at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo.

Record crowd fills the Elms for Highworth Town match

Swindon Advertiser:

8:06pm Saturday 21st March 2015

THERE is still hope for both sets of fans who packed the Elms today to watch Highworth Town’s FA Vase semi-final match against North Shields.

New £5m home on cards for Swindon Robins Speedway team

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 21st March 2015

THE Swindon Robins Speedway team will have a £5m new home in 2016 after plans for a new stadium were announced yesterday.

Plans finally unveiled for ambitious leisure site

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 21st March 2015

“SWINDON will be the place everyone wants to visit” is the bold claim being made by those behind proposals to regenerate the North Star area.

New venue for Swindon Robins speedway team

Swindon Advertiser:

8:45am Friday 20th March 2015

PLANS have been unveiled for a brand new speedway stadium meaning the Swindon Robins will have a new home from next year.

Solar farm on former airfield gets nod

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 20th March 2015

WROUGHTON is set to become home to one of the country's largest solar farms following a government decision.

Council signals all-clear for superfast broadband link

Swindon Advertiser: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

5:30am Friday 20th March 2015

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to introduce superfast broadband across the town has been approved by Swindon Borough Council cabinet.

Patients locked up due to lack of beds

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 20th March 2015

A SWINDON patient had to spend almost two days in a police cell under the Mental Health Act because there was nowhere else for them to go.

Wroughton solar farm given the go-ahead

Swindon Advertiser: Steve Harcourt who is in favour of the solar farm plans with Wroughton Airfield in the distance

10:49am Thursday 19th March 2015

PROPOSALS to build one of the country's largest solar farms in Wroughton has been given the go-ahead.

Town-wide broadband deal agreed

Swindon Advertiser: HELP: Superfast Business aims to showcase benefits of broadband

7:05pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to introduce superfast broadband across the borough was tonight given approval by the cabinet.

VIDEO: Pre-election Budget a bitter-sweet affair

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 19th March 2015

THERE were mixed fortunes for Swindon residents yesterday as the Chancellor George Osborne announced his final Budget before the election later this year.

Voters on a roll for polls day

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 19th March 2015

ALMOST every voter registered in Swindon at the last election has transferred to the new system introduced last year – bucking the national trend.

Labour MP calls on council to offer living wage

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 18th March 2015

A SENIOR figure in the Labour Party has called on Swindon to introduce the living wage for all of its employees.

Rare chance as solar eclipse takes place on Friday

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 18th March 2015

ENTHUSIASTS of all things celestial will be looking to the skies this Friday as a partial eclipse bathes the region in darkness.

Man, 33, charged with four offences after Stanton Fitzwarren crash

Swindon Advertiser:

11:37am Tuesday 17th March 2015

A MAN arrested for stealing a vehicle and drink-driving yesterday following a crash near Stanton House Hotel has been charged with four offences.

Swindon Jobfest to help young take a step into world of work

Swindon Advertiser:

5:47pm Monday 16th March 2015

A MAJOR event aimed at enhancing the career prospects of young people in Swindon will be held at the end of next month.

Easter train delays ahead as major work is planned

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 17th March 2015

RAIL commuters are being told to brace themselves for a weekend of disruption over Easter as annual engineering works take place.

Visit to Nationwide for Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

Swindon Advertiser:

4:56pm Monday 16th March 2015

AS the election campaign heats-up another high profile Westminster politician came to Swindon today.

Flooding puts Swindon Council office rooms out of action

Swindon Advertiser:

4:38pm Monday 16th March 2015

FLOODING has put two rooms out of action at the civic building in Euclid Street. 

UPDATE: Arrest after men flee from scene of Stanton Fitzwarren crash

Swindon Advertiser:

11:28am Monday 16th March 2015

POLICE arrested a man this morning after two men fled from the scene of a crash in Stanton Fitzwarren this morning.

Revamp bid to cut queues for Cheney Manor recycling centre

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 16th March 2015

LONG queues at a recycling centre could soon be a thing of the past after plans were submitted to more than double its capacity.

More work needed on broadband deal

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 16th March 2015

A LEADING campaigner for fibre optic broadband in North Swindon says he is unable to support plans to extend coverage across the town and has asked for the decision to be postponed.

Cautious welcome for North Star news

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 14th March 2015

WHILE news of a fresh consultation on the North Star redevelopment programme has been welcomed, a note of caution has been added by those waiting to see real work start.

Politicians in war of words over children's centres

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 14th March 2015

WITH a number of Swindon children’s centres set to close in a few weeks, the political battle over their future rumbles on.

More building work on the way as Abbey Farm plan for 350 houses and new school approved

Swindon Advertiser:

5:50pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

RESIDENTS in North Swindon are set for more building work after a plan for 350 homes was given approval.

UTC move a reality says council leader

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 12th March 2015

FOLLOWING the announcement that Swindon is to get two free schools, work is now set to start in earnest to bring a second University Technical College to the town.

New building work will bring jobs galore

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 12th March 2015

A PLANNING application which could lead to the creation on 2,000 jobs in East Swindon has been approved.

350-home development in North Swindon given green light

Swindon Advertiser: The Abbey Stadium in North Swindon

10:10pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

RESIDENTS in North Swindon are set for more building work after another planning application was given approval.

Superfast broadband 'for nearly every home', says Swindon Council

Swindon Advertiser:

4:36pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

ALMOST every property in Swindon could have access to superfast broadband by the end of next year council chiefs have announced.

History made as two free school bids are successful

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 10th March 2015

SWINDON made history yesterday – becoming the first town to have two successful free school bids in a single announcement.

Highway issues top residents’ concerns

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Nadine Watts

5:30am Tuesday 10th March 2015

ISSUES with roads and paths were the main reason residents contacted their local ward councillor over the last seven months.

Minister formally announces two new secondary schools for Swindon

Swindon Advertiser:

12:50pm Monday 9th March 2015

SCHOOL Reform Minister Nick Gibb was in town this morning to formally announce Swindon is to get to new secondary schools in what will be a multi-million pound scheme.

Harman in the pink as Labour's bus rolls into town

Swindon Advertiser:

6:01pm Thursday 5th March 2015

LABOUR’S famous pink battle bus rolled into town today, carrying the party’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman.

Hospital at top of list for cancelling surgery

Swindon Advertiser: The Great Western Hospital

5:00am Friday 6th March 2015

THE Great Western Hospital had one of the highest number of non-emergency operation cancellations in the month of January.

Dilemma of ban on a school’s ‘rowdies’

Swindon Advertiser:

5:14pm Thursday 5th March 2015

NEW figures show Swindon has one of the highest rates of pupil exclusion in the country.

Formal approval given for merger of Wiltshire and Dorset fire services

Swindon Advertiser: ACCUSED: Penny Mordaunt

5:10pm Thursday 5th March 2015

THE Government has given formal approval to the merger of Wiltshire and Dorset fire services.

Illegal rave cop in sex assault probe

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 4th March 2015

A WILTSHIRE police officer is being investigated following an allegation of sexual assault relating to Sunday’s illegal rave.

'No' to Labour plea over keeping children's centres open until after General Election

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 4th March 2015

THE leader of the council has rejected a request to keep children’s centres earmarked for closure open until the election.

RAVE: Police officer faces allegation of sexual assault

Swindon Advertiser:

2:40pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A POLICE officer is facing an allegation of sexual assault which is reported to have occurred at the illegal rave in Swindon on Sunday.

Roadwork permit could stop chaos

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

UTILITY companies could soon have to sign up to a permit scheme if they want to dig up the town’s roads.

Big crowd watches Highworth's fight for Wembley

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

AFTER a tense Saturday afternoon at The Elms, fans of Highworth Town FC are still confident their team can make it to Wembley.

RAVE: Clashes lead to arrests

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

BARNFIELD Road looked more like the site of a major festival than an industrial estate on Sunday morning.

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