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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 […]

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Covingham Councillor pleased as long-term derelict property up for sale

Covingham & Dorcan Councillor, Julian Price, has been contacted by a representative of the owner of the property in Covingham that has been derelict for up to 20 years and has been told the property will be put up for auction. Councillor Price was told that the original Adver article on this issue was the […]

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Petition starts to keep number 21 bus

Covingham & Dorcan Councillor, Julian Price and Penhill Councillor, Joe Tray, have initiated a petition to permanently continue the number 21 bus service. This follows the Conservative Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Keith Williams, announcing that the number 21 service is set to discontinue at the end of August. The Labour Councillors have said they […]

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Conservative Cabinet backs Labour’s calls for Tadpole Farm to be new school site

At Wednesday’s Swindon Cabinet Meeting, the Conservative Cabinet agreed to Tadpole Farm becoming the preferred site for the new North Swindon Primary School. This comes following the Swindon Labour Group’s calls last week in the Swindon Advertiser to use this site for the new North Swindon Primary School. The published Cabinet reports also make clear […]

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Tories and allies vote down Labour’s plan to protect services

As usual two members of the Lib Dem Group voted with the Conservatives to vote down a Labour amendment to reduce the effect of cuts at the full Council meeting on Thursday. This means that the number 21 bus service that goes through Penhill, Coleview & Covingham and the number 22 and 25 bus services […]