Housing self financing goes live

An example of Tory dogma that cost Swindon council tax payers a whopping £300,000 was their preferred position to rid the council of its housing stock. Tenants gave this proposal a resounding defeat in the housing ballot. Labour campaigned against this unnecessary ballot from the outset, arguing that the money could be spent on more […]


Osborne’s ‘Plan A’ is still not working for young people as unemployment rises

Mass unemployment destroys the social morale of communities and forcing young people who have completed their training for work to remain idle is Tory politics of the vilest nature. It leads to disillusionment and rings true of Thatcher’s “laissez faire” leave it to the market approach. In Swindon young people need know that Tory policies […]


‘Labour Listens’ in Haydon Wick and Priory Vale

The Swindon Labour Party is starting a series of “Labour Listens” meetings around the town – particularly in places which are currently without Labour councillors. The purpose of these meetings will be to allow residents to share their views with the local Labour Party, so that we can attempt to resolve any concerns they might […]


Swindon’s housing – fair and effective housing policies

Cllr John Ballman, who retained Gorse Hill & Pinehurst for Labour in May 2011, believes that FAIR AND EFFECTIVE HOUSING POLICIES are the key to sustaining Swindon’s communities. Housing is one of the Swindon Labour Party’s key priorities, as we know that this is one of the greatest concerns Swindon residents have. A good local […]


New Surestart opens on the Academy site

Staff, parents, children, families and friends and local Councillors Ray Ballman and Rochelle Russell joined together to celebrate the opening of the Pinehurst Sure Start ideally sited next door to the Primary School and Academy on Beech Avenue. The opening completes the Labour Government and Swindon Borough Councils promise to provide Pinehurst with a 0-19 […]


New library for Pinehurst

Later this year the Pinehurst library will transfer to the new Pinetrees community centre on the Circle. Work is already well under way to provide Pinehurst with an new modern library service and Internet cafe both are due to open in October this year within the new centre. Councillor John Ballman Gorse Hill and Pinehurst


Pinehurst Community Centre – work has started

Way back in 2005 Ward Councillors secured the old Pinetree Nursing Home site on The Circle for community use and to build a new community centre for the people of Pinehurst. Our plan was for a new Community Centre to replace the Pinehurst People Centre when it was demolished to make way fro the new […]