Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Mike Benke LATEST

Hospital wants to create more beds

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 28th February 2015

PLANS are already under way to increase the number of beds available next winter at the Great Western Hospital in a bid to prevent the problems which have occurred in recent months.

Dale all set to pack a punch

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 27th February 2015

AS a councillor with 10 years’ experience, Dale Heenan is used to the rough and tumble of the political arena.

Swindon Skips' clear-up bill ‘under £2m’

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Friday 27th February 2015

COUNCIL chiefs say they are confident the former Swindon Skips site can be cleared for less than £2m – but admit it will cost tax payers money.

Unholy row over a plan to split school

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 27th February 2015

AN unholy row has broken out at Holy Cross Primary School, with governors, teaching staff and some parents angry at plans to split the school over two sites.

‘Black alert’ as ops cancelled at GWH

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 27th February 2015

SOME operations scheduled at the Great Western Hospital have been cancelled because it cannot cope with the current level of demand.

Overhaul for Swindon taxi licensing

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 26th February 2015

Changes are to be implemented to the taxi driver licensing system in Swindon after an external report raised concerns about the risk of child sex abuse.

£2m bill for waste site looming closer

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 26th February 2015

THE prospect of Swindon taxpayers being left to pick up the £2m bill for clearing the former Swindon Skips site is close to becoming a reality.

Council tax is frozen but hard times loom

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 25th February 2015

COUNCIL tax is set to be frozen for the fifth year running after councillors approved the 2015/2016 budget, but there are warnings of tough times ahead.

99p Land Ltd named and shamed over pay

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 25th February 2015

A DISCOUNT online retailer from Swindon has been named and shamed by the government for failing to pay one of its staff the minimum wage.

£20k fine for hotel labelled ‘appalling’ after kitchen hygiene breaches

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 24th February 2015

A LANDMARK Swindon hotel has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 in fines and court costs after admitting a dozen breaches of hygiene regulations said to pose a significant risk to public health.

Budget battle on the agenda

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 23rd February 2015

TONIGHT will see the final budget for the next financial year approved at what is set to be a lively meeting.

Boy racers a growing menace at car park

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 23rd February 2015

THERE have been calls for action to be taken at the new Regent Circus development – to prevent the car park from becoming a no-go area in the evenings.

Labour calls for budget changes

Swindon Advertiser: Labour leader Jim Grant

5:00am Saturday 21st February 2015

THE Labour Group is set to put forward a number of amendments to next year’s budget ahead of a final vote on Monday.

Town ranks poorly in UK restaurant hygiene survey

Swindon Advertiser: Eating in: Corned beef hash with egg on top

5:30am Tuesday 17th February 2015

A LEADING consumer group has said Swindon is one of the worst places in the country for establishments scoring badly in food hygiene inspections.

Dementia guides go on prescription

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 17th February 2015

PEOPLE affected by dementia have a new source of help thanks to a partnership between the town’s library service and health experts.

Anger as developers fell trees and destroy bluebells

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 17th February 2015

RESIDENTS have reacted with fury after trees and flowers were destroyed by developers at a controversial site in West Swindon.

How Sara overcame a broken leg to be a good sport again

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 17th February 2015

WHEN Sara Greaves broke her leg following a bad fall, doctors told her she would never be able to walk properly again, let alone run.

Planes hog lanes in a convoy on M4

Swindon Advertiser:

12:00am Monday 16th February 2015

DRIVERS were left facing long queues along the A419 on Saturday morning as several plane fuselages were escorted through the area.

Councillor moving on after 15 years

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 16th February 2015

ONE of Swindon’s longest-serving councillors and a former mayor is set to stand down at this year’s local elections.

Council borrowing to soar by £100m

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 16th February 2015

THE council’s level of borrowing is expected to rise by more than £100m across the next three years.

Abnormal load holds up A419

Swindon Advertiser:

11:04am Saturday 14th February 2015

DRIVERS were left facing long queues along the A419 this morning as several plane fuselages were escorted through the area.

Special homes set to be fast-tracked

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 12th February 2015

THE council is moving forward with plans to make it easier to build assisted living bungalows on three sites in the town.

Town sees number of apprentices fall

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 12th February 2015

IN the last three years there has been a significant drop in the number of people starting apprenticeships in Swindon, new figures have revealed.

Firm fined after worker was killed

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 12th February 2015

A CONSTRUCTION company has been ordered to pay £200,000 after one of its workers was killed in Swindon in 2011.

Illegal eviction landlord is jailed

Swindon Advertiser: Andrew Gray pleaded guilty at Swindon Magistrates Court

5:30am Tuesday 10th February 2015

A LANDLORD has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after illegally evicting tenants in order to get a higher rate of rent.

Don't sit on millions of pounds of New Homes Bonus, Swindon Council told

Swindon Advertiser: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

4:04pm Monday 9th February 2015

Labour have criticised Swidon Council for failing to spend large sums of money received from government for spending on new homes.

Don't sniff at flu jabs, says health expert

Swindon Advertiser:

10:24am Monday 9th February 2015

HEALTH officials have said people should still have flu jabs, despite revelations that only three per cent of vaccinations given this season were effective.

Closing bridges for electrification would 'cut Bassett off'

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 9th February 2015

DISCUSSIONS are ongoing to find a way of preventing the closure of a major road in Royal Wootton Bassett while the electrification of the Great Western Line takes place.

£250k boost for sport in the town

Swindon Advertiser:

12:00am Monday 9th February 2015

THE ageing County Ground Athletics Track is set for a major refurbishment to bring the facility back to life.

Officers are urged to police parking

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 9th February 2015

COUNCILLORS have said they are going to continue pressuring police chiefs to give powers to PCSOs allowing them to issue parking fines.

MP Robert Buckland issues tax dodge denial

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 9th February 2015

SOUTH Swindon MP Robert Buckland has denied he has tried to avoid paying tax after a Sunday newspaper reported a scheme he invested in is under investigation by HM Revenue and Customs.

Work due to start on Sussex Square

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 9th February 2015

WORK is set to start soon on the redevelopment of Sussex Square after a number a hiccups, Plans have been on the table for some time to convert the dilapidated area into energy-efficient affordable flats and retail space but there have been a number of problems which have held it up.

Bonjour to charity bike ride

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 7th February 2015

A GROUP of lecturers from Swindon College are getting on their bikes to raise money for several local charities in the summer.

Please bring us up to speed - 600 sign petition for fast broadband

Swindon Advertiser:

5:56pm Wednesday 4th February 2015

A PETITION signed by North Swindon residents officially calling for fibre optic broadband was handed to the council today.

Council leads way as more solar sites are identified

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 5th February 2015

DOZENS of sites have been identified as possible locations for solar farms as the council looks to turn the town into a leading producer of renewable energy.

30 solar power sites in council's sights

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Dale Heenan

11:19am Wednesday 4th February 2015

A total of 30 sites in Swindon have been identified as being possible places to generate power from solar panels.

£200,000 upgrade to library computers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 4th February 2015

COMPUTERS in the town’s libraries are set to be replaced in a major overhaul of the IT systems aimed at increasing the number of users.

Zero-tolerance pledge on child sexual exploitation by council

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 4th February 2015

Swindon Council is set to adopt a new strategy to combat child sexual exploitation as well as formally introducing a zero-tolerance pledge.

Solar farm plans set to go on show

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 2nd February 2015

WROUGHTON residents are to be given the opportunity to view plans for a new solar farm proposed for the village.

Rent rise plans dismay tenants

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

THE Swindon Tenants Campaign Group has asked the council to reconsider plans to increase rent on its residential properties by 2.2 per cent.

Extra £11.5m to create new bus exchange is a vote of confidence

Swindon Advertiser:

12:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

THE Government has announced Swindon is to get millions of pounds in extra funding which will be used to help relocate the bus station to Fleming Way.

Free schools’ bids are on course

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 29th January 2015

THE organisers behind the two free-school bids for Swindon have said they are pleased with how their interviews at the Department of Education have gone.

The most desperate may lose vital lifeline

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 29th January 2015

A MAJOR lifeline for those in need faces being cut later this year after the Government stopped paying the grant which funds it.

Parish residents will see cut in council tax

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 29th January 2015

SWINDON’S new parish council is set to have its first meeting this evening as budgets are set ahead of elections later this year.

Getting £50m Thamesdown Drive Extension on the road

Swindon Advertiser:

8:38am Wednesday 28th January 2015

COUNCIL leaders have announced plans to develop a business case for the long-awaited £50m Thamesdown Drive Extension following a 20-year campaign.

All ages turn out to remember Holocaust

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 28th January 2015

DOZENS of people gathered at the town centre war memorial yesterday to remember the atrocities committed during the Holocaust and other genocides across the globe.

TNT 'super depot' brings hope of 250 jobs

Swindon Advertiser:

5:55pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE ground was broken today on a new development which could see around 250 jobs brought to the area.

Moving tributes paid on Holocaust Memorial Day

Swindon Advertiser:

3:16pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

DOZENS of people gathered at Swindon's war memorial today to remember the atrocities committed during the Holocaust and other genocides across the globe.

Thamesdown Drive extension: Council to develop business case for £50m relief road

Swindon Advertiser: Thamesdown Drive, which has been the scene of 48 crashes resulting in injuries over the past three years

1:28pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

COUNCIL leaders have announced plans to develop a business case for the Thamesdown Drive extension, which will then be presented to the Department of Transport.

Council wants solar panels on homes

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 26th January 2015

TENANTS are to be consulted on plans to install solar panels on council-owned properties in a move to cut energy bills.

click2find


About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree