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1:26pm Tuesday 11th March 2014
I feel sure the Swindon public has not fallen for the hyperbole of Coun Perkins with regard to his claim the new Whalebridge car park “has attracted more workers to the area, with office spaces being snapped up around the construction”.
1:21pm Tuesday 11th March 2014
1:25pm Tuesday 11th March 2014
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1:19pm Tuesday 11th March 2014
1:15pm Tuesday 11th March 2014
To read Russell Holland’s letter (“Rent increase is for the best”) you would imagine that the only people to oppose an above-inflation rent increase for council tenants, in the words of his crude amalgam, were “the Labour Party and Martin Wicks”.
1:14pm Tuesday 11th March 2014
2:36pm Monday 10th March 2014
2:46pm Monday 10th March 2014
The leader of the council wants the people of Swindon to believe that he and his Cabinet colleagues are making ‘tough decisions’ – this is not a new quote, in fact it is the staple response to every budget proposal made by the current administration and, it has to be said, by the previous group.
2:43pm Monday 10th March 2014
2:32pm Monday 10th March 2014
Following shocking findings released last week, detailing how over half of Coventry’s schools still contain asbestos, The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) would like to remind your readers of the potential fatal consequences this material could cause.
2:30pm Monday 10th March 2014
Prior to the start of the start of the abnormal floods in December, I remember reading an article in a non politically aligned newspaper in May 2013, which stated Quango chief Chris Smith of the Environment Agency as having declared the 1960 dredging Agreement of the two Somerset Plain Rivers would cease.
2:29pm Monday 10th March 2014
With the plan to dismantle the Wyvern car park, and rebuild to house the art collections (at present in storage) has the cost of this work been balanced against renovating the Mechanics’ Institute, thus utilising to house the items.
2:28pm Monday 10th March 2014
2:27pm Monday 10th March 2014
Re Pagans speak (February 28), Dave Cottrell says: “The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of and talking of something you know nothing about and yet fail to find the truth about.’ This ‘Paganspeak’ seems to me to sum up Dave Cottrell perfectly!
1:46pm Monday 10th March 2014
1:06pm Monday 10th March 2014
1:05pm Monday 10th March 2014
1:04pm Monday 10th March 2014
The road closures on Foxham Way (Wichelstowe) were primarily to improve the junction but on a significant number of days Waitrose plant and contractors were working on the closed part of Foxham Way installing cladding and exterior works to the new premises, the extended and delayed road closures caused considerable inconvenience to both local traffic and commuters, the road closure caused chaos as Croft Road and Wroughton at times were in total gridlock.
1:03pm Monday 10th March 2014
Your previous article on the town centre road proposal gives the impression that ward councillors have been involved in the infrastructure design process. We were told the actual detail on Tuesday this week; note told, not consulted. Several years back we participated in the town centre master plan consultation and previous to this I stated misgivings about the outline proposal. Now we have seen the actual detail of the proposal we believe this will be a bigger disaster than the Whalebridge Junction.
1:02pm Monday 10th March 2014
10:42am Friday 7th March 2014
10:34am Friday 7th March 2014
10:39am Friday 7th March 2014
I honestly thought that our Swindon Advertiser was different from the sensationalistic national rags, but it seems I was wrong. It must have been struggling for headline on Monday, February 24 to feature that £17,000 was spent last year on bottled water by the council.
10:36am Friday 7th March 2014
I read in the Advertiser that the local elections will soon be upon us. I have more interest, hand on heart, In walking my dog in the rain. You may wonder why I treat local democracy with such contempt?
10:40am Friday 7th March 2014
It never surprises me when letters (Derek Benfield, March 5) appear which twist perfectly sensible quotes. Former Labour councillor Derek Benfield, who I replaced in 2004, has implied I think it is too early to consider infrastructure for developments occuring to the East of the A419. Absolutely wrong. Likewise 3,000 houses at Lotmead with all traffic going through Covingham and Wanborough is a fantasy.
10:37am Friday 7th March 2014
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10:45am Thursday 6th March 2014
10:52am Thursday 6th March 2014
11:00am Thursday 6th March 2014
10:59am Thursday 6th March 2014
Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind is looking for organisations, businesses, youth groups to sign up for The Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club’s dragon boat event, which is being held at Coate Water Country Park on Sunday, June 29.
10:57am Thursday 6th March 2014
10:56am Thursday 6th March 2014
I read the letter in Tuesday’s edition that Ted Davis is concerned that the floodlights at Broome Manor Golf Club are on when he drives into Swindon from Devizes. He seems concerned for the residents in the Croft and Wichelstowe area, as he can see a lighting up of the sky from Berwick Bassett.
10:54am Thursday 6th March 2014
I read with interest in the Daily Mail that councils are planning to charge families for services such as rat catching to bring in more revenue. Manchester wants to bill residents £25, Portsmouth £43 while Newcastle will charge £30.
10:53am Thursday 6th March 2014
10:51am Thursday 6th March 2014
Nigel Farage made his speech at his party’s conference in Torquay. Here are his words, which contain more honesty and truth than anything I have read from any politician since the last General Election.
10:47am Thursday 6th March 2014
4:33pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
THIS year Swindon Conservatives voted to support an increase in council house rents by 3.7 per cent and to continue to use less than one per cent of the total housing budget to support a special hardship fund to assist tenants in need affected by benefits reform.
4:31pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
MY restless spirit reached out in the year 2000 to try and save Swindon’s jewel in the crown, The Mechanics Institute. Now, 14 years later, my historic home on planet Earth still awaits its vital resurrection.
4:30pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
Good news that the parishes of Covingham and Wanborough will be working together (Swindon Advertiser March 1) to ensure the interests of the people they represent are served when, or dare I say if, the proposed development at Lotmead in Wanborough comes to fruition.
4:29pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
4:25pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Swindon Civic Offices to attend a meeting of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Transport Body on Monday March 3, to be told the meeting had been switched to Chippenham.
4:24pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
4:23pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
We have been contacted by a number of residents who have expressed concerns about the highways works currently being undertaken in Wichelstowe, close to where we will open our first Swindon store on April 10.
4:21pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
THERE is a lot of debate over the fairness of the waste collection in our borough, green or otherwise. If the decision to charge for a green bin and the collection of its contents is reversed, it must follow that the households who do not generate green waste should get a rebate on their council tax.
4:20pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
4:19pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
In today’s Adver (Monday March 3) I read with interest and disapp-ointment about the low numbers of girls applying for places at the new technology college. I then turned to Graham Carter’s column in which he joked about the inability of women to read maps. Of all the sentences he wrote, this one was the one you chose to highlight.
11:18am Tuesday 4th March 2014