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Anger as bus routes are axed

December 5, 2011 |

A PLAN to axe two major bus routes which will see parts of the town left without public transport has sparked an outcry from nearby residents.

Thamesdown Transport, owned by Swindon Council, has announced it will be scrapping services … Read More

Wind turbines rejected

October 15, 2011 |

THE town’s second biggest employer has said bosses are disappointed after the council took the decision to reject their green plans.

On Thursday night, Swindon Council’s planning committee rejected Honda’s plans to put up three large wind turbines … Read More

Paving the way to lure a uni to town

October 11, 2011 |

COUNCILLORS could today take a step closer to enticing a university to the town if they approve a £7m University Technical College.

The Government-funded UTC, which will be discussed at tonight’s special cabinet meeting, will offer diplomas, GCSEs and A-levels in subjects likely to … Read More

Overturning Councillors decision to refuse planning could be a “travesty” for Coate

September 7, 2011 |

In June, the Planning Committee refused planning permission for 890 houses and a business park near Coate Water Country Park –  “the Coate/Commonhead application”. Last month the developers decided to ask the Bristol based Planning Inspector to look at … Read More

Changing the law to allow Councils to control noise from planes, microlights and their flight paths

August 5, 2011 | 1

On the 12th July, the Swindon Borough Council Planning Committee considered a report on the activities of Redlands Airfield, near Wanborough. You will be aware that the noise from the aircraft and microlights circling near and over Dorcan, Liden, Covingham, … Read More

Wind Turbines, Diabetes, Childhood Obesity and Committee work

August 1, 2011 |

The summer is always a time when people are more interested in families and holidays with politics taking a back seat, and the same applies to the local Borough Council. So instead of writing about local issues, I have focused … Read More

Transfer of private sewers will stop residents having unexpected repair bills

July 5, 2011 |

Cllr Dale Heenan, “Last September, I asked newly elected local MP, Justin Tomlinson,  to raise the problem of unadopted drains in Parliament. Over the last few years I have dealt with more than 20 complaints about this very unpleasant issue  because … Read More

Health chiefs and Council combat Swindon’s booze problem.

June 23, 2011 |

HEALTH chiefs say that work is being carried out to combat Swindon’s booze problem.

A shocking new report compiled by NHS Swindon as part of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy 2011-2014 shows that the town has an above average number … Read More

Stratton Parish could cut their precept tax by £100,000..

June 20, 2011 |


At the start of the month I received a letter from Stratton Parish Councillor John Foley which he copied to the editor of the local paper. Mr Foley is Chairman of the Stratton Parish Finance Committee, and my reply includes … Read More