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Protest fails to halt children's centre cuts

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

DOZENS of protesters gathered outside the council offices last night in the hope of changing council leaders’ minds over the closure of seven children’s centres.

Swindon youngsters on the breadline says shocking report

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

IN SOME areas of Swindon, almost 40 per cent of children are living in poverty, according to a shocking new report.

Lock, stock and barrel

Swindon Advertiser:

5:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DISCUSSIONS could soon start to move the whole of Holy Cross School into a new building along Queens Drive in September.

Squaring up to developers

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Dale Heenan

5:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PLANS are being considered which will ensure a greater level of certainty around the money developers provide for community projects and infrastructure.

Empty building to be turned into new dessert parlour

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FAMILIES with a sweet tooth will soon be able to satisfy their cravings when the former Job Centre is transformed into a fancy dessert parlour.

‘Cuts will kill rescue service’, says union

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE Fire Brigades Union has hit out at the Government for imposing cuts which have left Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service facing the threat of bankruptcy.

Success for Haydon Wick litter patrol

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ARMED with bags and decked out in hi-vis jackets, groups of volunteers are patrolling the streets of Haydon Wick to ensure they are kept clean and tidy.

Town fares well in liver disease count

Swindon Advertiser: Cherry Jones, acting director of public health at Swindon Council

5:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FIGURES released by the government show Swindon compares well with the rest of the country when it comes to liver diseases.

Traders are boxed in by parking charges

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

OLD Town traders are to ask the council if it can relax parking restrictions in a bid to boost trade in the area.

Wiltshire fire chief is ‘delighted’ new cash will help merger with Dorset service

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A NEW safety centre for school children could be built if a merger between Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Services goes ahead.

Fly-tipped waste will be collected

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Fay Howard, who is opposed the council’s decison not to clear fly-tipped green waste immediately

5:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SWINDON Council has announced some of the bags which were fly-tipped following the introduction of a charge for green waste earlier this year are to be collected.

Guests turn event into a page-turner

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN are set to be inspired by authors, illustrators and poets this week after the launch of the annual Swindon Youth Festival of Literature.

Shortage of school places

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Borough Council is looking for someone to serve on an independent panel  to decide pay for councillors

5:30am Monday 20th October 2014

SWINDON is facing a shortage of primary school places in the central and southern areas amid rising numbers of pupils in the next few years.

College opens doors as work is complete

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 20th October 2014

PARENTS and prospective students had their first chance to look at the newly completed University Technical College building on Saturday.

Council meetings to be shown live online

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 20th October 2014

WILTSHIRE Council is to begin broadcasting meetings live on the internet from tomorrow.

Parents call for rethink on children's centres

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

A PETITION to keep the Butterflies Children’s Centre open has been handed to Swindon’s deputy mayor.

Town is below average for absentee students

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

THERE has been a fall in the number of children who are missing large sections of their education in Swindon.

Youngsters share with those in need

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 18th October 2014

CHILDREN at Nyland Campus have been emptying their cupboards to help those in Swindon who are in need.

Tadpole gardens project spawns its first houses

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 17th October 2014

THE first few show homes at the Tadpole Gardens development were officially opened yesterday morning.

‘Keep hands off our children’s centres’

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

PARENTS have reacted with anger to the news that the council is to push forward with plans to close seven children’s centres.

Site going for a pong

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

A LANDFILL operation which caused misery for residents in North Swindon has been closed down.

College building for town’s future

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

YESTERDAY saw the ribbon cut on a new facility at Swindon College which could provide the builders of the future.

Construction centre opens for students

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

YESTERDAY saw the ribbon cut on a new facility at Swindon College which could provide the builders of the future.

Battle to save Swindon children's centres now lost

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

SWINDON Council is set to push ahead with plans to close more than half of the town’s children’s centres in a bid to cut costs.

Garage blaze victim named as Angela Wemyss

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A WOMAN who was killed in a fire has been named locally as Angela Wemyss.

Council to push ahead with children's centre closures

Swindon Advertiser: Salt Way Children’s Centre, in Pearl Road

5:45pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

SWINDON council is set to push ahead with plans to close more than half of the town’s children’s centres.

Councillor is grilled over Oasis

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Garry Perkins

5:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

THE cabinet member responsible for economic growth faced a grilling from fellow Swindon Councillors over the controversial Oasis lease on Monday night.

Tadpole Farm first houses up for sale

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE first stage of a major housing project has been completed and will be officially launched later this week.

Outlets leave nasty taste in the mouth

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 14th October 2014

NINE businesses in Swindon have been given a score of zero out five in food hygiene inspections sice the start if the year.

Source of the infamous 'north Swindon pong' closed down

Swindon Advertiser: Hills’ Chapel Farm landfill site entrance

5:10pm Monday 13th October 2014

A LANDFILL site which was the source of an infamous ‘North Swindon Pong’ has closed.

Best kept village’s prize money to honour stalwart

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 13th October 2014

A COMMUNITY champion award will be created by Blunsdon Parish Council with the money the village was awarded after being named the Best Kept Large Village in Wiltshire.

Students parade as they make the grade

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 11th October 2014

STUDENTS from Swindon College donned their gowns and mortar boards yesterday as the annual graduation ceremony took place.

Shoppers’ lucky 13th as store opens doors

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 11th October 2014

BUSINESSES in the town centre are being told to expect a boost in trade as the first part of the Regent Circus development is completed next week.

Woman loses life in garage inferno

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 11th October 2014

TRAGEDY struck Blunsdon yesterday when a woman in her late 50s was killed in an accidental fire after a night watching football.

Free school meals: the lessons learned

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 10th October 2014

TEETHING problems aside, most schools in Swindon have adjusted to the introduction of free hot meals for children aged four to seven.

Tributes pour in for business boss

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 10th October 2014

INSPIRING, vivacious and caring.

Anger over delay in dealing with waste

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 10th October 2014

THERE are calls for legislation to be altered so local authorities can act when waste disposal sites become a risk to public health.

Travel campaigns earn top awards

Swindon Advertiser:

5:32pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A GROUP of youngsters got on their bikes yesterday to pick up awards for their efforts in encouraging sustainable transport.

Waste company is in hot water again

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 9th October 2014

THE company behind the two-month long fire at Averies are in trouble again for endangering the public at a different site.

Debt crisis goes on for families

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 9th October 2014

A DEBT charity has revealed that they received more than 650 calls from residents in Swindon in the first six months of this year.

Sunny side up for solar farm

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 9th October 2014

PERMISSION has been granted for a solar farm which will help increase the amount of renewable energy Swindon uses as a town.

New Aldi in store as plans approved

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 9th October 2014

WEST Swindon shoppers are to get a new Aldi early next year after plans to build a new store were approved.

Grilling over leisure plan

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Jim Robbins, who has apologised for the offensive tweet.

5:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

A KEY cabinet member is set to be grilled by opposition councillors next week over the issues surrounding the Oasis lease agreement.

School bid submitted

Swindon Advertiser: Principal of New College, Graham Taylor

5:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

AFTER months of preparation, the bid for a new school for North Swindon will formally be submitted today by New College.

It’s time to fight flu

Swindon Advertiser:

5:42pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

WITH winter fast approaching, residents are being urged to make sure they are protected from the flu virus.

Gardens will be legacy to fallen

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 6th October 2014

THE town is set to mark 100 years since the start of World War One with the creation of two centenary gardens in areas of remembrance.

Private firm takes on the Big Screen

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 6th October 2014

THE big screen at Wharf Green is to be run by a private company in an attempt to generate income for the town.

Leisure facilities handover is soon

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 6th October 2014

SWINDON’S leisure and golf facilities look set to be leased out in just a few weeks’ time as the final negotiations near their conclusion.

Students facing a brighter future

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 4th October 2014

A STATE-of-the-art facility for students with additional learning needs was formally opened at Swindon College yesterday.

Students aren't set for working world

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 3rd October 2014

A SURVEY carried out by the Chamber of Commerce has revealed that many firms believe young people do not have the skills required in the workplace.

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