9:31am Friday 24th October 2014
12:32pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
The ongoing saga of the Oasis development and the Conservative administration’s chosen provider Moirai is fast turning into yet another farce. It was in July 2012, over two years ago, that SBC granted a number of leases to Moirai Capital Investments.
12:31pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
The British Government under Blair and Cameron have allowed and encouraged large numbers of immigrants to relocate to the UK and are awarded by the actions of many who have developed ‘brothel’ amenities in large parts of the country.
12:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
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12:20pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
The USA continues to be intent on maintaining its blatant interference and coercion in the affairs of other sovereign countries purely it would seem for the sole purpose of financial gain, whilst at the same time having the knock on effect of destabilising their economies.
12:19pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
12:13pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
In the run up to the election in 2010, David Cameron spoke of what he called a ‘broken society’. In 2012 the Adver printed a letter of mine ‘A destroyed society’, in which I wrote that Cameron’s ideological policies would wreak havoc and misery across the country.
12:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
9:35am Thursday 23rd October 2014
Last Saturday I had the great pleasure of attending the Diwali celebration hosted by the Swindon Indian association. It was most enjoyable to share in this festival of lights and it made me reflect on the different communities we are lucky to have in the town with all the positive qualities diversity brings.
3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
This week we heard some good news about Wiltshire’s Fire and Rescue Authority. The government announced the outcome of a bidding process by which £75 million will be distributed to authorities across the country. The good news is that Wiltshire’s bid was successful; the even better news is that we’re getting the second biggest grant of any authority – more than £5.5 million.
9:35am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Having visited the drop-in session concerning the road improvements at Bruce Street Bridges and drainage works in nearby streets, I have no doubt that traffic circulation will improve once the four mini roundabouts are replaced by one large one.
9:33am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
9:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
SO the DVLA are going to abolish road tax discs from the windscreens of motor vehicles and use cameras and computers. Come on DVLA, surely the fairest thing would be to increase the tax/duty on motor fuel. Then those paying the most mileage would pay more than the men or women who do short runs, like to work, shopping and school runs.
9:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
9:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Re ‘Not so Smart Meters’ (SA October 15), Ms G Theil is right to be worried. There is growing opposition to Smart meters. They’re not ‘smart’ nor are they green, and there is no justifiable business scenario for them as they're currently designed to work.
9:27am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
9:24am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
I have been a proud supporter of Swindon Town FC since 1958. On a recent 2,600 mile, 17 day tour of the American west, I decided to pack my football shirt and a recent copy of the Swindon Advertiser. It was not until I saw the photo of me at Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park that I realised what the headline was on the front of the paper. I also had a photo taken at the Grand Canyon, above, just to prove us STFC supporters are worldwide. Before I retired I was private hire driver Number 1 in Swindon for 35 years, so a very proud Swindonian. Peter Nippress Hill View Road Coleview Swindon
9:21am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
It was fascinating to read the stories about two organisations sending their papers to London to see about new secondary schools – one based in Walcot, for a school in north Swindon and the other based in Bristol, for an as yet undecided site.
9:13am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
9:41am Tuesday 21st October 2014
I welcomed M J Warner’s letter, ‘Nice one, Mr Brown’ (SA October 28) because the entire Coalition public relations strategy has been based on falsehoods about Gordon Brown’s stewardship of the public finances. Take the myth that New Labour “spent too much”. The annualised Government spend throughout the Thatcher years was 41 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product, (GDP). This dropped to 40 per cent for the Major Government but there was a further fall to 39 per cent for the thirteen years of New Labour.
9:40am Tuesday 21st October 2014
For many of those living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK, Wednesday October 22 is a day of hope. Some 120,000 people in this country are still living with the debilitating neurological condition that is PPS and The British Polio Fellowship has chosen this day to shout about it.
9:39am Tuesday 21st October 2014
In reply to the excellent letter from Des Morgan, I was at the scrutiny meeting and was surprised to see I was the only member of the public there. If people want to see how this town is being run down, they need to attend these meetings and ask questions.
9:38am Tuesday 21st October 2014
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1:23pm Monday 20th October 2014
1:22pm Monday 20th October 2014
1:21pm Monday 20th October 2014
1:19pm Monday 20th October 2014
I read with interest that ex-councillor Mike Bawden is seeking an ‘active role’ in Swindon’s future after news that his leukaemia is in remission, and has expressed a wish to be involved with what he describes as ‘strategic planning’.
1:17pm Monday 20th October 2014
I could be persuaded to tolerate UKIP’s nuttier policies, like withdrawing from the EU, and might even turn a blind eye to Nigel Farage’s conspicuous consumption of real ale and cigarettes, which gives regrettable support to the evil alcohol and tobacco industries, if UKIP made it a pre-condition of any coalition that we dump metric measurement in favour of the traditional imperial system and return £sd to our pockets and tills.
1:13pm Monday 20th October 2014
On behalf of President David Coe and the members of the Rotary Club of Swindon Phoenix, I would like to thank all those people who attended our first Sporting Dinner at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday 11 October.
1:11pm Monday 20th October 2014
1:06pm Monday 20th October 2014
HG Smith writes to the Adver suggesting that the solution to problems in the Middle East is to kill everyone who lives there with nuclear bombs. Not for him the namby- pamby ideas of our current rulers.
1:04pm Monday 20th October 2014
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12:35pm Monday 20th October 2014
Peter Smith is quite correct that the whole business of English votes for English people is a red herring, but I feel it also has something of the school yard about it ( It’s not fair, nah nah ne nah nah).
12:32pm Monday 20th October 2014
10:52am Monday 20th October 2014
After an affiliation with Wiltshire Blind Association lasting over 80 years, the Swindon Branch is changing its name to Swindon Blind Association and will operate independently of the county charitable company, now known as Wiltshire Sight.
10:13am Monday 20th October 2014
G A Woodward obviously got so hot under the collar about me disagreeing with part of his letter ‘Britain at breaking point’ that he missed that I agreed with the main thrust of the letter, that it was and is Western (UK as well as US) interference in Muslim countries that is destabilising the area.
9:55am Monday 20th October 2014
9:54am Monday 20th October 2014
One could never call Councillor Garry Perkins anything other than an ‘optimist’ in that he believes in the Blair principle which generally means that 'if he said it - it must be' - the latest incarnation is to be seen in Coun Perkins assertion that “We were over optimistic with the time scales, given the economic situation”.
9:52am Monday 20th October 2014
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12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014
The Council continues to face two enormous pressures on its budgets. The biggest pressure comes entirely from the rise in the number of vulnerable people who require the Council’s support. At the same time, we have to operate in a wider environment where the Government is working to restore responsibility to the nation’s public finances. In order to meet these challenges, the Council must make radical changes to almost all its services.
11:57am Friday 17th October 2014
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