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Water pipeline to preserve Kennet

Swindon Advertiser: he River Kennet runs dry at Treacle Bolly in Marlborough last year.

5:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

THAMES Water is set to build a multi-million pound pipeline to Swindon in a bid to preserve the future of the River Kennet.

More businesses are going it alone

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 25th November 2014

NEW figures show there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who are self-employed in Swindon.

Council could face £2m Swindon Skips site clean-up bill

Swindon Advertiser:

6:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

TAXPAYERS could be left to pick up a £2m bill for clearing up a rubbish tip that has been deemed unsafe.

Bus gate opens to ease the pain

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

THERE was a degree of relief for drivers yesterday who have been plagued by traffic jams over the past few weeks as the bus gate on Polaris Way was opened up.

Rebecca keeps up family name at funeral directors

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 24th November 2014

A BUSINESS which has remained in the same family for more than 90 years will continue that tradition into a fourth generation.

Centenarian Fred marks milestone

Swindon Advertiser:

5:40am Monday 24th November 2014

STAYING active is the secret to long life, according to the family of a former Swindon resident who celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday.

Council shows true grit ahead of winter

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 24th November 2014

IN the event of an icy winter, the council is already prepared to make sure the town’s roads are safe.

Blaze firm Averies loses permit

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 24th November 2014

THE problems continue to pile up for the owner of Averies and Swindon Skips after the Environment Agency announced it would be revoking the environmental permits at both sites.

Joy at success of guide dog appeal

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 24th November 2014

A PARTY was held on Saturday to celebrate the success of an appeal set up in memory of a beloved guide dog Last year, Alan Fletcher, of Swindon Guide Dogs, launched the 4Joy appeal, with the aim of raising money to go towards the training of new puppies.

Bulbs will spring up to break the gloom

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 24th November 2014

A GROUP of residents got together on Saturday to plant bulbs which they hope will turn Cavendish Green into a focal point of the community next spring.

Labour calls for action on traffic hold-ups

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

THE group leader for the Swindon Labour Party has called for a more joined-up approach to the town’s current traffic problems.

Young poets are winners

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

TWO youngsters who were asked to write a poem to describe the newly refurbished Long Shop at the Outlet Village are to have their work displayed in the shopping mall.

Plan considered for second new school

Swindon Advertiser:

6:20am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A SECOND primary school could be built on the new Tadpole Farm development.

Festive party builds on summer success

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

PLANS are coming together for the first ever Christmas party for the residents of North Swindon.

Customer in dressing gown gives store a dressing down

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 21st November 2014

AN IRATE customer arrived at Wickes this week in nothing but his boxer shorts and dressing gown after being left disappointed by the store’s actions to fix his broken shower.

Bus gate to open to ease congestion

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Dale Heenan

5:30am Friday 21st November 2014

A bus gate will be opened to all traffic next week in a bid to ease the queues which have been infuriating drivers in Swindon.

Labour can woo the town voters, says Miliband on visit to Tetronics International

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 21st November 2014

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband says he believes his Party has what it takes to win over Swindon voters at the next election.

Bus gate will open in bid to ease Great Western Way congestion

Swindon Advertiser:

12:52pm Thursday 20th November 2014

Swindon Council is to open a bus gate next week in a bid to ease the traffic queues which have been infuriating drivers this week.

Greyhounds kill pup in brutal park attack

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 20th November 2014

TEACHER Emma Couling has called on dog owners to ensure their pets are properly restrained after her puppy was mauled to death.

Swindon Council's green waste scheme hits its target

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 20th November 2014

THE council is on course to achieve its savings target following the introduction of the green waste charge earlier this year, although fewer people than expected have taken up the offer.

Thames Water's bid to tap into flow of talent

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 20th November 2014

YOUNG people are to be given the opportunity to start a career in engineering under a pioneering scheme by Thames Water.

Rallying calls to save association

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 20th November 2014

A MEETING to revive the flagging Redhouse Residents’ Association will be held tonight.

Repairs to leaking gas main in Great Western Way complete

Swindon Advertiser:

10:19am Wednesday 19th November 2014

Work to repair a gas main after a major leak, which caused a section of the Great Western Way to be shut yesterday, has been completed.

Work is underway to transform nightspot

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 19th November 2014

NEXT week will see the opening of Pop, a new nightclub which promises to offer something for everyone.

Just what we need - gas leak adds to traffic misery

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 19th November 2014

DRIVERS in Swindon were hit with more misery yesterday as a section of Great Western Way was closed following a major gas leak.

Korma kids curry on cooking at The Jewel in the Crown

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 19th November 2014

YOUNGSTERS from King William Street School had lunch with a difference on Tuesday as they were shown the secrets to making the perfect curry.

Swindon Town players face talking-to about victory celebrations over Bristol City

Swindon Advertiser:

4:05pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

SWINDON Town players are to be spoken to by club officials about their celebrations following their 1-0 victory of Bristol City at the weekend.

Hard-hitting lesson for young motorists

Swindon Advertiser: Brake road safety charity

5:30am Tuesday 18th November 2014

YOUNG road users are the focus of activities taking place this week to raise awareness about the dangers of careless driving.

Blocked drain threatens the health of horses

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 18th November 2014

A HORSE owner has called for action to be taken on a blocked drain which is causing her stables to flood every time it rains.

Bereaved mother in plea to drivers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 17th November 2014

“I HAVE held a dying child in my arms and I would never wish that on anyone else.”

Nightmare on town streets caused by string of roadworks

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 15th November 2014

THE numerous roadworks and closures are beginning to take their toll on local businesses as large parts of the town grind to a halt every day.

Website changes should help things run smoother for town’s residents

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon schoolchildren’s details safe on database, claims council

5:30am Saturday 15th November 2014

MOVES are being made to improve Swindon Borough Council’s website to make it easier to use for the town’s residents.

Revamp for Orbital Retail Park

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 15th November 2014

PLANS have been put forward to give the Orbital Shopping Centre a makeover to make it more customer friendly.

New university plans for town

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon schoolchildren’s details safe on database, claims council

5:30am Friday 14th November 2014

THE council is in talks with a university to increase the number of higher education places on offer in Swindon.

Pubs say cheers to Swindon Town's biggest match of the year

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 14th November 2014

PUBS across the town are gearing up for Swindon Town’s biggest game of the year when they take on Bristol City tomorrow afternoon.

Popular Bushwackers nightspot to get new identity

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 14th November 2014

ONE of the town’s leading nightclubs is set to undergo a facelift later this month and the owners are promising it will be a breath of fresh air.

Uproar brings end to farm homes bid in Wroughton

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 13th November 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL planning application in Wroughton was rejected after an uproar from local residents.

Little to change in fire service merger

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 13th November 2014

RESIDENTS in Wiltshire and Swindon will not see any significant changes to their fire service when a merger takes place with Dorset, fire chiefs have announced.

RBL to open walk-in base

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 13th November 2014

WORK is set to start on a new walk-in centre for the Royal British Legion in the town centre in the coming days, ready for an opening next month.

Fire merger to go ahead

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 12th November 2014

FIRE chiefs have said frontline jobs are safe and there will be no station closures following the decision to merge Wiltshire and Swindon Fire and Rescue with Dorset.

Sixth Sense theatre group highlights domestic violence issues

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 12th November 2014

YOUNGSTERS in Swindon and Wiltshire are to have the opportunity to view a show which will teach them about domestic violence.

Police ready to keep peace at big match

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 12th November 2014

MORE than 150 police officers will be on duty this Saturday to ensure the derby match between Swindon Town and Bristol City passes without a hitch.

Fire authority agrees to merge Wiltshire and Dorset fire services

Swindon Advertiser:

3:50pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

MEMBERS of the local fire authority agreed to merge Wiltshire and Swindon Fire and Rescue with Dorset at a meeting this afternoon.

Norovirus has hit region hard

Swindon Advertiser: P 17/02/06: Norwalk Virus image / norovirus (11081874)

5:00am Tuesday 11th November 2014

OVER the past year, this region has had one of the highest numbers of Norovirus outbreaks in the country, new figures have shown.

Meeting today to decide on fire service merger with Dorset

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 11th November 2014

A KEY meeting is taking place this afternoon to decide whether Wiltshire Fire and Rescue will merge with Dorset in a money-saving exercise.

Greenfield houses at Wroughton set for refusal

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 5th November 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL housing development in Wroughton is set to be refused after council officers decided there was no need for it.

Fears over council housing strategy

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 3rd November 2014

A TENANTS group has criticised the decision to put the outcome of the council's housing strategy in the hands of one person, claiming an open debate is being avoided.

Town joins in with scary Halloween celebrations

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 1st November 2014

A NEW play area was officially opened yesterday with a pumpkin party and Halloween celebration.

Takeover of leisure centres begins today

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Keith Williams

5:00am Saturday 1st November 2014

TODAY is the start of a new era for the town’s leisure and golf facilities as they are officially leased out.

It’s time for us to have a university

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Mark Dempsey is pictured at Covingham Square

5:30am Saturday 1st November 2014

THE battle is on again to bring a university to Swindon.

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