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Green Waste Collection Charge

At the time of reading this column, residents will have just experienced the recent green waste collection changes by Swindon Council whereby households have to pay £40 to have their green waste collected. I disagreed with this policy and supported an amendment to the Council’s budget which found alternative back-office savings to the Council’s budget […]

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Cllr Julian Price – Chair of East Swindon Locality

I am proud to have been elected by other local councilors as Chair of the East Swindon Locality, which includes the communities of Covingham, Nythe, Coleview, Liden, Eldene, Parks and Walcott. As part of the work done by this locality we allocate grants to community groups to help improve our communities. I am pleased to […]

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Coleview Community Centre

The long-term future of Coleview Community Centre has been secured after the committee of volunteers and trustees that run it agreed to a new lease. As well as a members’ bar and a family room, the community centre runs many different group events for people of all ages. The Coleview Committee and Trustees have done […]

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Disappointing news on government local transport funding

The Swindon Labour Group’s Transport Lead, Councillor Julian Price, has expressed disappointment that the government has decided to cut by one-third the funding they are devolving to Swindon and Wiltshire local authorities for major transport and roads schemes between 2015 and 2019. The Government had said that Swindon and Wiltshire would receive up to £16.9m […]

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Council spends £1m extra on debt charges this year

Swindon Borough Council is spending £1m extra on debt charges in 2013/14 than it was in 2012/13. In 2012/13, Swindon Borough Council budgeted £8.7m on debt management which was used to meet the Councils borrowing costs. However Swindon Conservative-controlled Council has budgeted £9.7m on debt management for 2013/14. Last year it was reported in the […]

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Conservative Councillors asked to apologise over demeaning Penhill comments

Councillors Dale Heenan and Richard Hurley have been asked to apologise to the people of Penhill over comments made in a Covingham & Dorcan Conservative leaflet about the area. In the Conservative leaflet it states: “In his first 18 months, the Labour Councillor for Covingham & Dorcan: Wants to build hundreds of Council houses every […]

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Swindon NEET rate for 18 year olds almost double national average

The NEET (not in employment, education or training) rate for 18 year olds in Swindon has dramatically increased from 10.3% in June 2012 to 15.5% in June 2013. The current 18 year old NEET rate also compares unfavourably to the national average which was 8.3% in June 2013 and the South West average of 8.6%. […]

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Julian Price writes to The Advertiser about Councillor attendance

Last week, the Swindon Advertiser rightly published an article on the lack of attendance at council meetings of Councillor Dave Wood, the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and Eastcott Ward Councillor. According to the Swindon Council’s website Councillor Wood has been expected to attend 3 meetings since the start of the 2013/14 Municipal […]