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Rent rise plans dismay tenants

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

THE Swindon Tenants Campaign Group has asked the council to reconsider plans to increase rent on its residential properties by 2.2 per cent.

Extra £11.5m to create new bus exchange is a vote of confidence

Swindon Advertiser:

12:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

THE Government has announced Swindon is to get millions of pounds in extra funding which will be used to help relocate the bus station to Fleming Way.

Free schools’ bids are on course

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 29th January 2015

THE organisers behind the two free-school bids for Swindon have said they are pleased with how their interviews at the Department of Education have gone.

The most desperate may lose vital lifeline

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 29th January 2015

A MAJOR lifeline for those in need faces being cut later this year after the Government stopped paying the grant which funds it.

Parish residents will see cut in council tax

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 29th January 2015

SWINDON’S new parish council is set to have its first meeting this evening as budgets are set ahead of elections later this year.

Getting £50m Thamesdown Drive Extension on the road

Swindon Advertiser:

8:38am Wednesday 28th January 2015

COUNCIL leaders have announced plans to develop a business case for the long-awaited £50m Thamesdown Drive Extension following a 20-year campaign.

All ages turn out to remember Holocaust

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 28th January 2015

DOZENS of people gathered at the town centre war memorial yesterday to remember the atrocities committed during the Holocaust and other genocides across the globe.

TNT 'super depot' brings hope of 250 jobs

Swindon Advertiser:

5:55pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE ground was broken today on a new development which could see around 250 jobs brought to the area.

Moving tributes paid on Holocaust Memorial Day

Swindon Advertiser:

3:16pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

DOZENS of people gathered at Swindon's war memorial today to remember the atrocities committed during the Holocaust and other genocides across the globe.

Thamesdown Drive extension: Council to develop business case for £50m relief road

Swindon Advertiser: Thamesdown Drive, which has been the scene of 48 crashes resulting in injuries over the past three years

1:28pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

COUNCIL leaders have announced plans to develop a business case for the Thamesdown Drive extension, which will then be presented to the Department of Transport.

Council wants solar panels on homes

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 26th January 2015

TENANTS are to be consulted on plans to install solar panels on council-owned properties in a move to cut energy bills.

Clean-up still not begun at Averies skip site

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 26th January 2015

THE Environment Agency has revealed it has had no contact with the owner of Swindon Skips since an order to clear the Cheney Manor site was issued on December 11.

Labour’s vow to help police

Swindon Advertiser: 'DEEPY TROUBLING': Yvette Cooper has raised the alarm over barring statistics

5:00am Monday 26th January 2015

SHADOW Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said she shares the concerns of the Wiltshire Chief Constable over cuts to the police.

Stars pay tribute to popular goalie

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 24th January 2015

MEMBERS of the Swindon Town’s first team yesterday added their voices to a chorus of tributes paid to a young goalkeeper who died suddenly this week.

Tenants in court after they said 'no' to gas check

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon County Court

5:30am Saturday 24th January 2015

TWO council tenants ended up in court after refusing inspectors in to their homes to check their meters.

Universal Credit on its way as all-in-one benefit reform package

Swindon Advertiser: JOBCENTRE VISIT: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith.

5:00am Saturday 24th January 2015

THE Government’s flagship benefit reform programme is set to be introduced in Swindon next month.

Bruce Street Bridges plans viewed by residents

Swindon Advertiser:

11:00am Friday 23rd January 2015

RESIDENTS were given the opportunity to view plans for the Bruce Street Bridges work this week at a special drop-in event.

Tributes to popular 15-year-old goalie

Swindon Advertiser:

6:40pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

TRIBUTES have been flooding in from the team mates of a young footballer who died in hospital on Wednesday.

Travellers set up home on industrial estate

Swindon Advertiser:

6:10pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

POLICE and council officers have been working with landowners after a group of travellers moved onto a site on the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.

Call for new commuter railway station at Mouldon Bridge

Swindon Advertiser:

11:45am Thursday 22nd January 2015

A MOTION is set to go before full council this evening which could lead to the re-examination of plans to open a commuter railway station at Mouldon Bridge.

Labour 'was wrong on immigration but has the answers now'

Swindon Advertiser:

8:42am Thursday 22nd January 2015

SHADOW Home Secretary Yvette Cooper was in Swindon yesterday to discuss the issue of immigration.

Riddle of OAP found in road

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 22nd January 2015

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an incident on Tuesday evening which saw an 84-year-old taken to hospital in a serious condition.

UKIP names general election candidates

Swindon Advertiser:

9:23am Wednesday 21st January 2015

THE United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has announced its prospective Parliamentary candidates for the general election in May.

Council staff have had enough

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 21st January 2015

A UNION representing Swindon Council workers has said some of its members are considering leaving their jobs because of repeated cuts.

Averies: MP calling for a change in law

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 21st January 2015

SWINDON North MP Justin Tomlinson has said there needs to be a change in the law to give local authorities more powers to prevent another ‘Averies’ occurring.

Dairy farmers in fear for their jobs

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 21st January 2015

POLL: Dairy farmers face being forced out of the business unless action is taken by government to increase the amount they are paid.

UPDATE: Man, 84, taken to hospital after Bath Road incident

Swindon Advertiser:

5:01pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

AN 84-year-old man was taken to hospital after an incident in Old Town today.

Fortnight closure for work at Oasis

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 19th January 2015

THE Oasis Leisure Centre will need to close for a fortnight in the coming weeks in order to complete refurbishment works.

Call for drivers’ group to monitor roadworks

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 17th January 2015

A MOTION is set to go before the council next week calling for a group to be set up to deal with future traffic issues in the town.

More cases of domestic abuse reported

Swindon Advertiser:

5:20am Saturday 17th January 2015

FIGURES from Wiltshire Police show there was a dramatic increase in the number of cases of domestic abuse reported last year.

Town is one of cheapest places to buy petrol

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 17th January 2015

THERE was good news for motorists this week as Swindon became one of the cheapest places to buy petrol.

Homebase DIY store to close

Swindon Advertiser:

5:53pm Friday 16th January 2015

HOMEBASE has confirmed that its Bridgemead store will be closing at the end of next month.

Flooded road leaves pupils soaked to skin

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Friday 16th January 2015

PARENTS and teachers at Beechcroft School are asking for action to be taken over a problem which often leaves youngsters drenched when they go to school.

Liden regeneration fund ‘cuts’ questioned

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 16th January 2015

WARD councillors have said local residents will suffer if money to regenerate Liden village centre is cut.

Three injured in latest road smash

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 16th January 2015

TWO drivers were taken to hospital on Wednesday night following another crash on Thamesdown Drive.

Pressure grows for £10m footbridge at notorious underpass

Swindon Advertiser:

11:59am Thursday 15th January 2015

A CRIME hotspot in the town centre could be removed if regeneration plans are put into place and government funding is provided.

Find £600k for Thamesdown Drive extension, council told

Swindon Advertiser:

11:49am Thursday 15th January 2015

CAMPAIGNERS for the Thamesdown Drive extension have said they will work with Swindon Council on a solution, but only if there is a commitment of £600,000 to develop a ‘shovel-ready’ plan.

Gym club anger as homes decision puts future in doubt

Swindon Advertiser:

11:27am Thursday 15th January 2015

THE chairman of Esprit Gymnastics has expressed his frustration after a plan to build houses on adjacent land was approved, despite local opposition.

Three taken to hospital after Thamesdown Drive accident

Swindon Advertiser:

9:54am Thursday 15th January 2015

Three people were taken to hospital last night following another multi-vehicle car crash on Thamesdown Drive.

New primary school taking shape nicely

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 15th January 2015

WORK on a new primary school for the children in the town centre is progressing on time for a September opening.

Town residents prove vital to solar success in Purton

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 14th January 2015

SWINDON residents have been one of the key sources of funding for a new solar farm to be built near Purton.

Thamesdown Drive row still simmers on

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 14th January 2015

COUNCIL leaders are looking at setting up a cross-party working group to decide on how best to move forward with the Thamesdown Drive extension.

Concern raised on accident risk at Regent Circus

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 14th January 2015

TOWN centre residents have been invited to a meeting tomorrow where they will have the chance to raise concerns about the road layout around Regent Circus.

Call for cross-party group to look at £50m Thamesdown Drive extension

Swindon Advertiser: Thamesdown Drive

3:23pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

COUNCIL leaders are looking at setting up a cross-party working group to decide on how best to move forward with the Thamesdown Drive extension.

Investigation at Averies fire site continues

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 13th January 2015

THE Environment Agency is currently investigating whether any environmental laws were broken by the fire at Averies in the summer.

Road plan has to be a top priority

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 12th January 2015

HAYDON WICK parish council has said it still believes an extension road for Thamesdown Drive should be a priority for the council.

Enough is enough – give us our crossing

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 12th January 2015

SWINDON Council is preparing to take legal action against developers in a long-running dispute over an unbuilt crossing on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway.

Stratton fireman retires after 35 years in the job, as son follows in his footsteps

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 12th January 2015

IT was an emotional day at Stratton Fire Station on Saturday as a retiring firefighter worked one of his final shifts alongside his son.

Back firefighters’ pension fight call

Swindon Advertiser: Labour leader Jim Grant

5:30am Saturday 10th January 2015

SWINDON Council is to be urged at a meeting later this month to support firefighters in their dispute with the Government over pensions.

Cash is to cut costs to builders

Swindon Advertiser: Dale Heenan

5:30am Thursday 8th January 2015

SWINDON Council has been given £75,000 from the Government to implement a scheme which could reduce the cost for developers looking to build on brownfield sites.

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