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‘Nightmare’ as A420 bypass closes

Swindon Advertiser:

6:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE first day of major roadworks along the A420 were described as a ‘nightmare’ by locals in Shrivenham yesterday.

Housing plans are criticised

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

PLANS to bring in more housing around the Abbey Stadium have been criticised amid claims it will leave a shortage of job opportunities in North Swindon.

Human tow truck plans to get heavy

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

SOUTH African born business owner Don Bryden will be looking to perform a feat of super human strength next month to raise money for charity.

Plans drawn up to cut flood risk

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A STRATEGY has been developed by the council to help manage flood risk in Swindon and is set to be approved later this year.

Neighbours of waste firm blaze fear effects of fumes

Swindon Advertiser:

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

As many commuters made their way home last night they were met with the sight of black smoke billowing into the air, visible from miles around.

Fire crews battle through the night to tackle waste firm blaze

Swindon Advertiser:

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Firefighters abandoned strike action to worked through the night battling a major fire at a recycling plant which sent thick black smoke across the town.

Fresh call for MP Buckland to give up top role

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE political row surrounding South Swindon MP Robert Buckland rumbled on yesterday as a senior member of the Labour Party called for him to stand down.

Moving tribute paid to stabbing victim

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE funeral of Aulton Thomas Rogers, known as Tom,took place yesterday when his family paid a moving tribute.

Motorists facing seven weeks of hell as part of A420 closes

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COMMUTERS are bracing themselves for almost two months of road chaos when a section of the A420 is closed from tomorrow.

Mums to protest at centre closures

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ANGRY mums will stage a protest today against plans to close a number of children’s centres.

Plans drawn up to cut flood risk

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A STRATEGY has been developed by the council to help manage flood risk in Swindon and is set to be approved later this year.

SCHOOLS OUT...CO-OPERATIVE CHILDCARE: Nursery is buzzing with happy and busy children

Swindon Advertiser:

3:09pm Monday 21st July 2014

AT CO-OPERATIVE Childcare, in Walcot, staff understand it is a tough decision for parents to leave their child in someone else’s care so they seek to make it as easy as possible.

Mother of school hammer attack victim calls for new Solicitor General Robert Buckland MP to quit

Swindon Advertiser: MP Robert Buckland

5:30am Monday 21st July 2014

SWINDON South MP Robert Buckland is facing calls to stand down from his new role as Solicitor General after it emerged he was found guilty of professional misconduct but failed to disclose it to the Prime Minister.

Rain can’t dampen spirits at Mechanics’ Trust event

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 21st July 2014

ALTHOUGH the crowds were not as big as in previous years, the rain could not dampen the spirits of those who did attend the Mechanics’ Trust Children’s Fete on Saturday.

Swindon schools get extra £4m cash injection

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 21st July 2014

SWINDON schools received a boost this week when it was announced the amount of funding they are set to receive next year will be higher than expected.

Staff at Stratton plant help to secure award for Mini

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 21st July 2014

WORKERS at the town’s Mini plant are celebrating after their hard work helped win a national award.

Enthusiasts cruise along to car show

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 21st July 2014

HUNDREDS of custom-made cars descended on Wroughton Airfield yesterday as a charity day was held to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Consultation over child centre plans

Swindon Advertiser: MP Robert Buckland

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

POLITICIANS are urging residents to have their say in a consultation on the planned closure of half of the town’s children’s centres.

Fears for fields after lease plan proceeds

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

RESIDENTS who live near the Croft Fields have expressed disappointment that the fields are to be leased in spite of a strong campaign against it.

Leisure and Golf lease goes ahead

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Keith Williams

9:23pm Thursday 17th July 2014

TEMPERATURES soared inside and outside the council chamber on Thursday night as the future of the town’s golf and leisure services were decided.

Kids will suffer if you close centres

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

PARENTS in North Swindon have hit out at council plans to close many of the town’s children’s centres, including the one at Abbey Meads.

Can-do attitude to raise extra money

Swindon Advertiser: James Owen, head of energy and sustainability at SCS

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

THE tins and cans residents throw away could soon be used to generate extra income for Swindon Borough Council.

Ranger is guilty of booting in flat door

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

FORMER Swindon Town footballer Nile Ranger was ordered to pay more than £3,000 after kicking in the door to his own apartment block.

Axe is set to fall on children's centres

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

MORE than half of the town’s Children’s Centres are set to close as the council attempts to save almost £800,000.

£750,000 to help us get from A to B

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE Government has given Swindon £750,000 help regenerate the town centre by boosting the travel options available to people.

Girls’ big Diana day

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

YOUNG anti-bullying campaigners Olivia Tuck and Rhiannon Davies have been rewarded for their hard work with a Princess Diana Award.

Club licence granted

Swindon Advertiser: Mark Collett, the chairman of Highworth Town Junior FC, which has applied for an extension to its premises’ licence to allow it to serve alcohol for longer hours and during events held on the ground outside the club house

5:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

HIGHWORTH Town Junior Football Club has had an application to alter their licensing conditions approved, meaning they can host more outdoor events.

130,000 visitors descend on Fairford as Red Arrows celebrate 50th year

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 14th July 2014

THE skies above Fairford boomed with the sound of jet engines over the weekend as the Royal International Air Tattoo wowed a sell-out crowd.

Prince Charles makes flying visit to air tattoo

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

THE Royal International Air Tattoo got off to a flying start yesterday as some of the world’s top aerobatic teams took to the skies.

Wait goes on to empty bins

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 12th July 2014

RESIDENTS who missed out on a rubbish collection following Thursday’s strike action have been told they may have to wait until the end of next week until their household waste is taken away.

Royal visitor drops into the air tattoo

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 11th July 2014

IT IS ‘chocks away’ at RAF Fairford today as the annual Royal International Air Tattoo gets under way.

Workers rally round for big day of action

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 11th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS, teachers and local government workers took to the streets in a day of industrial action designed to send a message to the government.

Golf row comes to fore

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 11th July 2014

THE future of Swindon’s leisure and golf facilities is set to be decided at what is likely to be a heated council meeting next week.

Blind spot fear over bus route

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

CONCERNS have been raised about the roads opposite the new University Technical College and the potential risk to students and residents.

‘Let’s fight loneliness’

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

AGE UK Wiltshire has welcomed the news local authorities are to be assessed on how well they tackle the issue of loneliness and isolation among the elderly.

Striking staff take protest to streets

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

HUNDREDS of striking workers are set to gather in the town centre today as a show of solidarity against the government.

Council claims green waste pilot scheme is a ‘success’

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE green waste scheme is being described as ‘cautiously successful’ by council chiefs after more bins had to be ordered to meet demand.

Call to axe Moirai for Oasis ‘delays’

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 9th July 2014

THE Labour Group has called on the council to terminate its agreement with Moirai after several breaches of its lease agreement to run the Oasis Leisure Centre.

Please don’t waste it

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A LOCAL heritage group has criticised plans to convert a historic building into flats, saying not enough thought has been given to alternative options.

Strikes will mean missed rubbish collections

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

THOUSANDS of homes in North Swindon could miss out on having their rubbish collected for almost a month as binmen take strike action tomorrow over low pay.

Talks under way as strike date beckons

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 8th July 2014

PREPARATIONS are being made ahead of Thursday’s day of strike action, when a variety of unions will be walking out over rows with the Government.

A £130m boost for region

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE Government has announced millions of pounds worth of investment in Swindon and Wiltshire which will be used on local infrastructure and economic growth projects.

MILLBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL: Helping children to thrive

Swindon Advertiser:

2:07pm Monday 7th July 2014

LEARNING at Millbrook Primary School is seen as a lifelong process so all pupils are given everything they need for their futures.

Talks are taking place about having a second UTC

Swindon Advertiser: Conservative leader of the council, David Renard

5:00am Monday 7th July 2014

THE doors of the new University Technical College may not have even opened yet but preliminary talks have taken place about bringing a second to the town.

Mechanics’ is at risk from bus changes

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 7th July 2014

THE group trying to save Swindon’s historic Mechanics’ Institute says the alteration of a town centre bus route could damage the dilapidated building.

Sex case teacher jailed for two years

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 5th July 2014

A DISGRACED former teacher has been jailed for two and a half years after being found guilty of causing or inciting four teenage pupils to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust.

Let’s improve sense of community spirit

Swindon Advertiser: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

5:30am Saturday 5th July 2014

ACTION is being taken to increase the sense of community spirit in North Swindon after the number of residents at local meetings plummeted.

Festival is going to be a breeze

Swindon Advertiser:

4:36pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Tickets selling fast for music event on the farm

There’s hope at last for iconic building

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 4th July 2014

PROGRESS is being made on plans that could see one of the most iconic buildings in Old Town returned to its former glory.

Spring in their step

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE Swindon arts scene was given a huge boost this week with the announcement several groups will receive a combined total of more than £800,000 of funding.

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