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DAVID RENARD: We are keeping centres in areas where children are most in need

Swindon Advertiser:

11:25am Thursday 24th July 2014

ON Wednesday night, Cabinet started the consultation process on changing the focus of our services for children to make sure that we spend more on reaching the most vulnerable.

ADVER COMMENT: New NHS surgery long overdue

Swindon Advertiser:

11:09am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE decision to offer Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy as an NHS procedure has come far later than can possibly be justified by even the most spin-spouting official.

Buckland best man for job

Swindon Advertiser:

11:17am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHILE I feel sorry for the mother and her son after the hammer attack on him while being a pupil at The Ridgeway School in Swindon, I cannot agree that Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, should be made to stand down from his new post as Solicitor General.

New housing too much to cope with

Swindon Advertiser:

11:19am Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH the possibility of 2,600 new homes to be built at Lotmead Farm I have to ask the question, how on Earth will a possible 5,200 cars get in and out of the proposed village? Where will all of these people work? Will it be Oxford, if they are supposed to filter onto the A420?

Polio still has an effect

Swindon Advertiser:

11:21am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHEN I was two years old I was struck down by Polio. I was fortunate: I survived the virus that has killed so many.

Praise for bus driver

Swindon Advertiser:

11:21am Thursday 24th July 2014

HAVING just returned from a holiday in Dawlish Warren, may I pass comment on the old adage regarding women drivers? I decided the family and I would take the bus to Torquay.

Guide Dogs gratitude

Swindon Advertiser:

11:22am Thursday 24th July 2014

THANK you to everyone young and old who visited our Guide Dogs stall at the Stratton Festival on Saturday, July 19.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Part of my role will be to review sentences which may be unduly lenient

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

11:27am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AS I write, it’s exactly a week since David Cameron asked me to join the Government as Solicitor General as part of his reshuffle. It’s an honour and privilege to have been appointed to this historic position, records for which date back to the 14th century.

Applauding move to get women off the streets

Swindon Advertiser:

11:15am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE appointment of dedicated sex outreach worker Sue Lee to support prostitutes in the Broadgreen area makes perfect sense.

BARRIE HUDSON: Problem with rats? Send for the '70s...

Swindon Advertiser: Rats invade homes in flood-hit areas

11:25am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RESILIENT rats are plaguing Old Town.

Well worth the money

Swindon Advertiser:

11:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IT is obvious that Ian Hunt, (SA July 14) who I am reliably informed lives in the parish of Stratton St Margaret, and is a former Local Government Officer with Thamesdown/Swindon Borough Council, does not fully understand the workings of the local government sector, especially that concerning parish and town councils.

Baptist church built on faith

Swindon Advertiser:

11:11am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RE your article (SA July 7) on Page 8. May I pay a tribute to Stratton Green Baptist Church, now sadly closed. Alas, we must now consider it to be yet another redundant church!

In very bad taste

Swindon Advertiser:

11:10am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN his letter (SA July 15) Mr Nibbs, referred to his previous letter, Drowning In Refugees, saying it was all tongue in cheek.

Half baked bias

Swindon Advertiser:

11:09am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WHY is it that members of the gay community have no respect or feelings for the persons of a strong Christian faith when they are knocked back and do not get their own way?

Like it or ‘lump’ it

Swindon Advertiser:

11:07am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LAST week government business secretary Vince Cable held a face to face meeting in London at the request of members of an organisation known as 38 degrees, who wanted answers concerning the latest government tinkering with zero hours contracts.

Read up on metaphor

Swindon Advertiser:

11:06am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I RESPOND to Martin Webb’s letter, July 16, Smirch Of Rosa Parks.

Centres much valued

Swindon Advertiser:

11:05am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN your article (SA July 19) you refer to the fact that additional health visitors to be appointed next April will mitigate the impact of the closure of the seven centres.

Tobacco blind spot

Swindon Advertiser:

11:04am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE relentless instigation of tactics by the Anti-Tobacco Campaign has become ever more ludicrous since huge financial penalties were awarded to groups of ex-smokers in the courts of America.

Taxes reach a tipping point

Swindon Advertiser:

11:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AS I go on my daily walk along the lane from my house to the shops to buy your paper, I am faced with a vast increase in fly-tipping, usually garden waste, over the past few months.

Picking up nostalgia

Swindon Advertiser:

11:01am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I SHOULD like to thank you for your article in your On This Day column dated July 12 1947, by which you instantly energised a terrific wave of nostalgia by referring to the Fruit Pickers of Headlands Grammar School.

The hurt carries on

Swindon Advertiser:

10:45am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

QUADRENNIAL football tournaments rarely yield much joy for England. By Euro 2016 it will be 50 years of hurt. Ironically it is World Cup glory for Germany in the centenary of World War One.

We are all at risk

Swindon Advertiser:

10:43am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WITH sadness in my heart I write these words .The public has been inundated with details in the newspapers and on television about the civilian aircraft shot down in Ukraine .

Genocide in Gaza

Swindon Advertiser:

10:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE Roman historian Tacitus wrote “The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more, and tolerated by all.”

Golf partial victory

Swindon Advertiser:

10:41am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I ENTIRLEY endorse the position taken by Councillor Grant to the Full Council meeting on 17 July as outlined in his letter (SA July 16), on the outsourcing of golf courses in Highworth and Broome Manor to a private contractor.

Rail history truth

Swindon Advertiser:

10:40am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ROAD resurfacing! Money for Swindon! There must be an election coming. I think recent letters, columns and articles in the SA contained some inaccuracies and differing aspects confirm this view.

GRAHAM CARTER: It takes colonial cousins to remind us how lucky we are

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

11:20am Monday 21st July 2014

THIS week’s column has been made possible by a twist of fate that happened in 1882. It’s all to do with my great great grandfather, who was born in 1831, lived in Upper Stratton and went by the impressive name of Adolphus Adams (not many people can say they have an Adolphus in their family).

Mechanics' event a triumph for Great British spirit

Swindon Advertiser:

11:18am Monday 21st July 2014

IT was an example of the great British spirit... hundreds of people turning out for the Children’s Fete at Faringdon Park on Saturday... despite the rain, the thunder and the mud.

Priorities are real concern

Swindon Advertiser:

11:05am Monday 21st July 2014

I WAS so concerned to hear of the proposed 40 per cent cut to Swindon Children’s Centres (£770,000) with the result that more than half of them are to close.

Crossing fears

Swindon Advertiser:

11:02am Monday 21st July 2014

THANK you for reporting on the dangerous situation facing pedestrians attempting to cross the road at the Regent Circus development.

Control influx

Swindon Advertiser:

10:59am Monday 21st July 2014

IMMIGRATION is good for Britain and all immigrants contribute to the economy of this country, but it still needs to be controlled.

Failing children

Swindon Advertiser:

10:58am Monday 21st July 2014

TORIES are very good at reaching “difficult decisions” – especially if it doesn’t affect them!

Beware of quarries

Swindon Advertiser:

10:55am Monday 21st July 2014

LAST year, during a two month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

Golf course worry

Swindon Advertiser:

10:54am Monday 21st July 2014

THE decision to hand over the town’s leisure facilities – including the poorly thought out decision to allow an unproven operator take over the ‘jewel in the crown’, Broome Manor Golf complex – was made many weeks ago and no amount of lobbying was going to change the mindset of the administration.

Recycling woes

Swindon Advertiser:

10:53am Monday 21st July 2014

TODAY was waste collection day in my area. As I had received a great deal of strong cardboard packaging lately I asked my son to break it up and fold it so I could put it out for collection. This was done, but ALL of it was left at my front gate.

Euro-sceptics on rise

Swindon Advertiser:

10:50am Monday 21st July 2014

MAY I congratulate the Swindon MP Robert Buckland on his promotion from the back benches into the ranks of the Government?

Help save the bus pass

Swindon Advertiser:

10:49am Monday 21st July 2014

I’M writing to invite all readers, old and young, to sign the Love the Bus Pass petition, and help the campaign reach 100,000 signatures by the end of August (currently we’re on 44,950).

Candles for the fallen

Swindon Advertiser:

10:49am Monday 21st July 2014

“THE lamps are going out all over Europe, and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Tributes to dead stars

Swindon Advertiser:

10:48am Monday 21st July 2014

THE Beeb has launched the BBC Music Awards. A request has been made to include special posthumous awards to pop stars killed in car crashes while on tour of the UK.

Young citizens praised

Swindon Advertiser:

10:47am Monday 21st July 2014

LAST Friday, I once again had the opportunity of attending the final day of the Junior Good Citizen project, which is held in Potterne every year for two weeks.

Political hot potato

Swindon Advertiser:

10:46am Monday 21st July 2014

THE issue of whether or not Wiltshire and Dorset fire services should merge seems to be getting ever more politicised. As the Independent member of the Wiltshire authority I have two observations to make.

No choice on parking

2:47pm Friday 18th July 2014

I HAVE just received a letter from Karen Holton, the neighbourhood housing officer, regarding the parking of cars on the grass verges in the street where I live.

Stop animal testing

1:20pm Friday 18th July 2014

LIKE thousands of others around the country, I am deeply concerned that the number of animal experiments in Britain is continuing to rise, despite the availability of alternatives.

Real youth of today

1:18pm Friday 18th July 2014

HOW many times have you gone into a shop and been served by someone with a moody, couldn’t-care-less attitude, or a rude person that can’t say thank you?

Badger cull a failure

1:15pm Friday 18th July 2014

LAST year, I read in the Adver that many people were against the field badger cull and some were for it.

Musician is missed

1:12pm Friday 18th July 2014

I WAS so sad to receive a text on Monday night from my son informing me of Gerry Hunt’s battle with cancer coming to a sad end.

Parish council facts

1:11pm Friday 18th July 2014

I ADD my support to Chris Barry’s defence of parish councils (Adver, July 16).

Remember MP's role

1:09pm Friday 18th July 2014

I READ with interest yesterday about Robert Buckland’s promotion to Solicitor General.

Museum much better

3:58pm Friday 18th July 2014

I RECENTLY paid a visit to the museum and art gallery in Bath Road, something I haven’t done for a couple of years, as the last time I visited I felt very unwelcome and vowed I wouldn’t visit again.

Nastiness all around

3:56pm Friday 18th July 2014

IN REPLY to Terry Hayward, (SA July 7) where he likens the major parties to the two ugly sisters in the pantomime Cinderella, in the original story the ugly sisters tried to mutilate their feet in order for them to fit the slipper.

Sort out college now

3:54pm Friday 18th July 2014

I WISH people would stop being so negative about converting historic buildings for other use (SA July 9). Swindon Civic Voice has objected to the conversion of the old Victorian college in Victoria Road, saying that there are better uses than housing.






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