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Growth Deal hits the right balance, says Clegg

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Friday 19th December 2014

THE Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in Wichelstowe yesterday to sign the Swindon and Wiltshire growth deal, which will see £132m come to the area to be spent on infrastructure projects.

Nick Clegg in Swindon to sign 'historic' £129m Growth Deal

Swindon Advertiser:

10:41am Thursday 18th December 2014

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Swindon this morning to sign the Growth Deal.

School bids reach the second stage

Swindon Advertiser: Principal of New College, Graham Taylor

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

THE two bids looking to bring a free school to Swindon have successfully cleared the first hurdle, it was announced yesterday.

Thamesdown Drive extension put on hold again

Swindon Advertiser:

5:20am Thursday 18th December 2014

THE issue of the Thamesdown Drive extension has been put on hold for several months while a plan to breathe life into the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate is developed.

Work is planned to stop depot flooding

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 17th December 2014

WORK could soon begin at the Cheney Manor Recycling Depot to combat the problem of flooding which has affected the site in the past.

Car parking is verging on the unsightly

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 17th December 2014

WAYS of solving the ever-increasing problem of resident parking is being looked at by Swindon Council.

Stratton Green Bridge to reopen a month after closing for rail electrification

Swindon Advertiser:

4:00pm Monday 15th December 2014

STRATTON Green Bridge will re-open on Saturday morning, a month after it closed to allow the railway line to be electrified.

Parking profit is 'daylight robbery' says minister

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 15th December 2014

SWINDON Council made an extra £350,000 ‘profit’ through parking on top of the previous year, which a government minister has blasted as ‘daylight robbery’.

Six arrested after immigration raid at Khyber restaurant

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 13th December 2014

ONE of Swindon’s oldest Indian restaurants was raided by immigration officials from the Home Office this week, with a number of employees found to be in breach of their visas.

Water firm ordered to reduce its prices

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 13th December 2014

THE water regulator has told Thames Water that it must drop its prices by five per cent over the next five years.

Leisure employees go without wages

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 13th December 2014

A NUMBER of workers at the town’s leisure centres have gone several months without being paid in the run up to Christmas, due to an administrative error.

Waste sites' owner fails to appeal loss of licence

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 12th December 2014

IT has emerged that Lee Averies, who owns several waste tips in Swindon, has not appealed against the decision to revoke their licences.

British Rail give family £96k payout after mesothelioma death

Swindon Advertiser: Lawyer Brigitte Chandler

5:30am Friday 12th December 2014

A FAMILY from Swindon has received thousands of pounds from British Rail following the death of a former employee who spent more than 40 years working for the company.

VIDEO: Prince Andrew opens University Technical College

Swindon Advertiser:

11:46am Thursday 11th December 2014

THERE was a royal visitor to Swindon this morning as the University Technical College was officially opened.

Fill up rucksacks and help Swindon Christmas Care support the homeless

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 11th December 2014

PEOPLE in Swindon are being asked to give clothing and equipment to the homeless as part of a worldwide movement.

Inventor is hoping veggie game grows

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 11th December 2014

A LOCAL entrepreneur has seen his long-held dream come true as a product he designed hit the market earlier this month.

£12.5m Lottery cash bid for museum and gallery

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 11th December 2014

A BID has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to help with building a new museum and art gallery.

Political flak flies over Thamesdown Drive proposal

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 10th December 2014

A POLITICAL row has broken out over the Thamesdown Drive extension, with the Labour Group accusing council leaders of flip-flopping over whether it will be built.

Minister hits out at centres’ closure

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 10th December 2014

THE Shadow Children’s Minister visited Swindon yesterday and criticised the decision to close seven Children’s Centres as a way of saving money.

Guide dog fundraiser is up for national honours

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 10th December 2014

A CAMPAIGNER who has helped to raise thousands for guide dogs in Swindon is heading to London today, after being nominated for a national award.

Duke of York to officially open new University Technical College

Swindon Advertiser:

3:43pm Monday 8th December 2014

THE Duke of York, Prince Andrew, will officially open the new University Technical College on Thursday.

Call to ease road’s pinch point problem

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 8th December 2014

A CALL has been made to remove a pinch point on a key road in Haydon Wick, which local people say holds up traffic and is not safe.

Thamesdown Drive plan cost outweights benefits

Swindon Advertiser:

5:10am Monday 8th December 2014

AN INDEPENDENT report has concluded that building the long-awaited Thamesdown Drive extension would not bring the benefits needed to justify the costs.

Police hammer home drink drive message

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 8th December 2014

SHOPPERS in the town centre on Saturday were given a reminder of the dangers of excessive drinking.

All go for Greens in bid to oust Swindon's Tory MPs

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 4th December 2014

THE Green Party believes it can offer the town’s voters a breath of fresh air at the General Election next year.

Council tax rises being considered in Swindon

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 4th December 2014

A RISE in council tax rates is being considered by the council for next year as a way of balancing the books in the face of a reduced budget.

Wiltshire County Council puts flood strategy to public

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 4th December 2014

WILTSHIRE Council is considering a strategy to help increase its understanding of flooding in the county in a bid to prepare for future incidents.

Close to £1m will help fight floods in East Swindon

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 3rd December 2014

THE Government has announced it is making almost £1million available for flood mitigation projects in East Swindon.

New facilities will boost Honda area

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 3rd December 2014

NEW roadside facilities near the Honda factory could bring an economic benefit to the area if a planning application is given approval.

Student’s an A-level star with top score

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 3rd December 2014

A SWINDON student is celebrating after finishing top of the class at A-level English language, achieving the highest marks in the entire country.

Gurkhas tax Labour on retirement equality

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 3rd December 2014

MORE than 60 retired Gurkhas from Swindon went to the House of Commons to meet the Shadow defence minister.

Sufferers urged not to miss out on asbestos payments

Swindon Advertiser: Brigitte Chandler

5:30am Tuesday 2nd December 2014

SUFFERERS of mesothelioma have been reminded they can claim from a compensation scheme set up for those who contracted the asbestos related illness through work.

Police keep watch as travellers arrive on vacant industrial property

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 2nd December 2014

A GROUP of travellers moved on to the former Woolworths site off Faraday Road, in Dorcan, at the weekend.

Travellers move onto Woolworths site in Dorcan

Swindon Advertiser:

12:58pm Monday 1st December 2014

A group of travellers moved onto the former Woolworths site off Faraday Road in Dorcan at the weekend.

Cinema is now recruiting staff ahead of opening in February

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 1st December 2014

THE final touches are being put on the leisure side of the Regent Circus development, ready for opening early in the New Year.

Cash boost aims to support vulnerable

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 1st December 2014

THE Government has given Swindon Council more than £850,000 to introduce a scheme which aims to ease pressure on frontline health care.

Swindon Council Leader David Renard supports call for devolution of powers

Swindon Advertiser: Conservative leader of the council, David Renard

11:42am Sunday 30th November 2014

SWINDON Council Leader David Renard has signed an open letter to a national Sunday newspaper which calls for more powers to be devolved to local authorities.

Union slams bid to recruit overseas teachers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 29th November 2014

UNION officials have reacted angrily to the news that due to shortages of new teachers entering the profession, the search has moved overseas.

Bookworms celebrate 40 years at heart of village

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 29th November 2014

STAFF past and present gathered at Ellendune Library, in Wroughton, yesterday to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Swindon households are producing a lot more rubbish

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 28th November 2014

COUNCIL officers have been left baffled by a significant rise in the amount of waste being produced by Swindon households.

Swamped GWH refuses to take arthritis cases they say are not urgent

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 28th November 2014

THE Great Western Hospital has said it will not be taking on new, non-urgent arthritis patients, due to high demand.

Investors wanted for new solar farm

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 28th November 2014

SWINDON residents are being offered the opportunity to invest in a solar project.

Easier path towards solar farm delivery

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 27th November 2014

SWINDON has taken the next step to becoming one of the easiest places in the UK to build solar farms, as the council looks to take advantage of a legislation change.

MPs in bid to stop £2m waste site bill

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 27th November 2014

SWINDON politicians have vowed to work with the Environment Agency to ensure the council is not left to clean up the mess caused by Swindon Skips.

Move to put Mechanics Institute back to work

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 27th November 2014

HOPES are growing that a solution to bring the Mechanics Institute back to life can be found in the coming months.

Labour plans ways to get town moving

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 27th November 2014

THE Labour Group has revealed a plan of action to get Swindon moving as roadworks continue to cause problems for Swindon motorists.

First peek at Orbital shop plan

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 27th November 2014

PEOPLE in North Swindon were able to see proposals to upgrade the Orbital Retail Park on Wednesday night as owner British Land held an open meeting to unveil its plans.

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.

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