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Small nursery plan for run-down site

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A DILAPIDATED nursery building could soon be brought back into use after yet another application was made by the building’s owners.

Bench memorial to inspirational pupil

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A SCHOOL has paid a touching tribute to a young pupil who lost her battle with leukaemia earlier this year.

Put children first, say headteachers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

COUNCIL leaders have been criticised by headteachers in Swin-don over proposals to close more than half of the town’s children’s centres.

Health centre set for switch

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Garry Perkins

5:00am Monday 29th September 2014

CARFAX Medical Centre will be relocating as part of the Kimmerfields development, the Adver understands.

Please get behind our art gallery bid

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 29th September 2014

EARLY indications show there is strong support for plans to relocate Swindon’s Museum and Art Gallery to a purpose-built venue in the town centre.

Robins star shows pedal power

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 29th September 2014

A SPEEDWAY rider took to a different type of bike over the weekend to raise money for the hospital which provided him with life-saving treatment earlier this year.

Great-gran celebrates 100th milestone

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 29th September 2014

A GREAT-grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend surrounded by family and friends.

Mick Love's widow speaks out 10 years after his tragic murder

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 29th September 2014

A DECADE may have passed since Mick Love was murdered but his family are still hopeful his killer will be brought to justice.

You could invest in green energy

Swindon Advertiser: Dale Heenan

6:47pm Sunday 28th September 2014

SWINDON residents could soon have the chance to invest in a variety of green energy schemes as the town seeks to become more energy efficient.

Landlords could face licensing

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 27th September 2014

THERE has been a dramatic increase in the number of private renters in Swindon since the turn of the century, new figures show.

Office space is lined up in next stage of £350m regeneration

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE next stage of a major town centre regeneration scheme was launched yesterday as developers began advertising office space to potential tenants.

Driver hit in road rage assault on Thamesdown Drive in Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

5:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

POLICE have launched an appeal after a driver was assaulted in Thamesdown Drive in a road rage incident earlier this week.

Slice of celebrity to spice up Macmillan coffee morning by Swindon car dealer

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

ORGANISATIONS, charities and businesses across the town will be taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning tomorrow.

Public spending is under scrutiny

Swindon Advertiser: Council leader David Renard in the hot seat

5:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

AN extra level of scrutiny has been added to look at the decisions made by the body which decides on some of the region’s biggest infra-structure projects.

On target in bid for free school

Swindon Advertiser:

5:21pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

WITH only a few weeks until a bid is formally submitted, New College are confident they will be able to get the support needed for a new free school.

Fire merger plan the ‘best option’

5:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

SWINDON Council is set to formally support plans to merge Wiltshire and Dorset Fire services to cut costs.

More delays as work starts on junctions

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

WORK on a multi-million pound project to ease traffic movement in Swindon started yesterday and drivers are being warned of possible hold-ups.

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.

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