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New school process slated as ‘absurd’

5:00am Monday 8th September 2014

THE situation surrounding the building of schools in Swindon has been labelled as ‘absurd’ by the Labour Party.

Smiles all round at fun days

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 8th September 2014

THOUSANDS of people flocked to Redhouse on Saturday to enjoy the first North Swindon Community Day.

School gets set to triple in size

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 8th September 2014

PLANS are moving forward which could see one of the region’s most well-established schools dramatically increase in capacity.

Teen pregnancies continuing to fall

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 6th September 2014

THE number of teenage girls getting pregnant in Swindon is continuing to fall, new figures out this week show.

Deadline for Oasis shouldn't have been extended

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 6th September 2014

THE decision to extend key deadlines for the refurbishment of the Oasis Leisure Centre has been criticised by the leader of the opposition.

Slippery pet found in airing cupboard reunited with owner

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 5th September 2014

A TERRIFYING tale had a happy ending yesterday as a slippery escapee was reunited with his owner.

Sign up for schools call to parents

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 5th September 2014

PARENTS are being urged to declare their interest in two free-school bids being put together in Swindon or face the real risk of not getting their children into the school they want.

Students settle in at new sixth form

Swindon Advertiser:

12:00am Friday 5th September 2014

YESTERDAY was hailed as an historic day for Common-weal School as its sixth form opened for the first time.

Hissy fit! Mum tells of shock after discovering 4ft python in her airing cupboard

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

MUM-OF-ONE Naomi Bushall received the shock of her life when she opened her airing cupboard to find a four-foot python staring back at her.

Special needs pupils on rise

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Cindy Matthews

5:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

A STUDY is set to be launched into why Swindon has an above average number of children with special education needs.

Fun-damentals in place for great day

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE FINAL preparations are being put together for the inaugural North Swindon Community Fun Day, which is taking place on Saturday.

Listed building is to become homes

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

A GRADE II listed building owned by the council is set to be turned into housing as key family services become more centralised.

Don’t delay with picking a school

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THIS week, as thousands of youngsters return to school after the summer break, parents are being urged to get their applications in for places next year.

Boris bounds in for a meet and greet

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

ONE of the most famous faces in British politics visited Swindon yesterday to meet apprentices at Nationwide – and hailed the town’s Magic Roundabout a “curious masterpiece”.

Boris Johnson visits Swindon

Swindon Advertiser:

5:41pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ONE of the most famous faces in British politics visited Swindon yesterday to meet apprentices at Nationwide and hailed the town’s Magic Roundabout a “curious masterpiece”.

Morning collision on the A419

Swindon Advertiser: Wiltshire police investigating serious sexual assault

9:08am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE emergency services are currently dealing with a four vehicle incident on the A419 which is causing long delays.

Solar site fate to be decided

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE fate of plans to build one of the country’s biggest solar farms is set to be decided at a public inquiry starting next week.

Staff pave way for a new-look college

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

STAFF at the new University Technical College had their first day of work yesterday as the final touches are put to the new building.

Royal Mail worker is jailed for thefts

Swindon Advertiser: Katherine Applegate did not enter a plea at Swindon Crown Court

5:30am Monday 1st September 2014

A FORMER Royal Mail worker has been jailed for stealing more than £60,000 worth of jewellery and watches from the company.

Woman jailed for £25,000 benefit abuse

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

A WOMAN who took part in a benefit scam totalling almost £25,000 has been jailed for 18 weeks.

Staff jobs are safe says leisure boss

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

THE company which is set to take over the town’s leisure facilities has reassured current staff it is not looking to make sweeping cuts.

Town is set to benefit from leisure services takeover says boss

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 29th August 2014

THE company which is set to take over the running of the leisure facilities in Swindon has said it is a positive move for the town.

Church is counting blessings

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

WHILE it is often reported that attendance at churches is declining across the country, one in West Swindon is bucking that trend.

Town prepares for elderly care strain

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE town’s ageing population is set to put a heavy strain on adult services over the next 15 years, according to figures out this week.

Major upgrade of roads set to start

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

WORK is set to start next month on a major multi-million pound project to upgrade one of the town’s main junctions.

What now for the Oasis?

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE future of a multi-million pound leisure project at the Oasis hangs in the balance as council chiefs lose patience with the developers.

Plans put forward for new waste site

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

5:30am Tuesday 26th August 2014

AN APPLICATION has been put forward to build a waste depot on land close to the Kendrick Industrial Estate near Rodbourne Cheney.

Getting Christmas wrapped up early

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 26th August 2014

WITH less than four months until Christmas, plans are well underway to make sure the town centre gets into the festive spirit.

Allotment plan reaches fruition

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

AFTER months of effort by locals, work on the Nythe Allotments began in earnest at the weekend.

White Horse brightened up by volunteers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

ONE of the most iconic landmarks in the region was yesterday given a makeover with help from eager members of the public.

Housing scheme ‘a recipe for chaos’

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

MORE details on a controversial housing development at the former Headlands School site have been released.

Skurray's staff brave the ice bucket challenge

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

A CRAZE taking social media by storm to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease has arrived in Swindon.

Fines for littering shoot up by 500 per cent

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THERE has been a dramatic rise in the number of fines given out to people dropping litter in recent years.

Digging deep to offer fresh veg

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE residents of the Railway Village will soon be able to eat fresh produce grown just a few metres from their front door.

Students’ new horizons

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

STUDENTS picking up their results at Commonweal yesterday collected them at the new sixth form building that many will be attending from September.

A new free school bid is put together

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

PLANS to put together another free school bid are making progress and now parents are being asked to support the proposal.

Happy days as envelopes are opened

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

THERE were tears of joy at Dorcan Academy yesterday as students opened the all-important envelope containing their GCSE results.

Ahead of the game with older workers

Swindon Advertiser: Nationwide's HQ in Pipers Way

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

GOVERNMENT figures released this week show an above average number of 50 to 64-year-olds are in employment in Swindon.

Row erupts over a rise in large classes

Swindon Advertiser: Anne Snelgrove

5:30am Thursday 21st August 2014

A ROW has broken out over school class sizes in Swindon, after it emerged the number of Key Stage 1 classes with more than 30 pupils has more than doubled in the past four years.

Illegal tobacco for pocket money prices

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

PEOPLE who buy illegal tobacco are helping to fund dangerous criminal gangs, according to the acting director of public health for Swindon.

Young citizens have hard work endorsed

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

YOUNGSTERS were given the opportunity to impress a leading politician yesterday with their community work for the National Citizen Service.

Swindon Town face £28k bill to fix sound

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

SWINDON Town faces restrictions on the capacity of the Don Rogers Stand on Saturday if a faulty public address system is not repaired by kick-off.

Train pain as service hits buffers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

FIRST Great Western has come out as one of the least trustworthy train companies in the country in a customer survey.

Low food hygiene rating for the GWH

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE Great Western Hospital has been given a one star rating for its food hygiene following an inspection earlier this year.

Call to abolish puppy farms

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

SWINDON North MP Justin Tomlinson has teamed up with a TV vet to stamp out commercial puppy farms.

Police want Town to cough up debt

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

IT IS believed Swindon Town Football Club owe thousands of pounds for the policing of matches dating back to last season.

Tool Kit aims to aid abused youngsters

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

SWINDON Women’s Aid is launching a new course later this year to help youngsters affected by domestic violence get their lives back on track.

Help the elderly escape a prison

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

PEOPLE who are able to give up some of their time to help the most vulnerable elderly residents are being asked to come forward.

Reading is spot on

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

FAMILIES were invited to the Central Library for an afternoon of storytelling and craft activities yesterday.

Sports industry is a real winner

Swindon Advertiser:

5:38pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

The sports industry contributed almost £70m to the Swindon economy in 2012, according to figures released by Sport England.

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