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Council to seek public’s views on library strategy

Council to seek public’s views on library strategy A series of drop-in consultation events will be taking place over the next two months to allow members of the public to have their say on Swindon Borough Council’s new library strategy. The Council’s cabinet approved the library strategy last week (13 July), which will see a […]

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Community Libraries Could Face Closure After Funding Stopped

Community libraries in Swindon are facing closure from June 2017, after the Council agreed to strip funding and the professional servicing of these libraries. Under the new proposals, the Central Library will be staffed for 47.5 hours a week and Highworth, West Swindon and North Swindon will be staffed for 15 hours. If those other […]

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Conservative Group Plan New Parishes In Order To Hike Up Council-Tax

The Conservative Group of Councillors, who currently control Swindon Council, have confirmed their intention to impose new parishes on Swindon’s current non-parished areas. These new parishes will take on responsibility for services like grass cutting, street cleaning and pothole filling. They’re proposing this in spite of the vast majority of residents’ responses in the previous […]

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Swindon Council to extend deadline for Lydiard tenders

Swindon Borough Council is extending the deadline for tenders to bid for the running of Lydiard by 2 months, with the deadline now on Friday 8th July. Some of the prospective organisations wishing to take over the running of Lydiard have expressed a wish for the council to have a structural survey done about Lydiard House […]

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Labour Group Leader Sets Out Position on Council Parishes Plan

There have been a series of letters regarding the local Conservatives’ plans to parish the non-parished areas of Swindon and to devolve streetsmart services (grounds maintenance, street cleaning etc.) to existing parish councils. I wanted to set the record straight about what the Council’s plans will mean for Swindon residents and what the Labour position […]

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Swindon Council instigate Country Parks Parking Charges Consultation

As a way of raising more income to pay for the maintenance and operation of Lydiard and Coate Water, Swindon Council has instigated a consultation on introducing parking charges at both of these country parks. Please take park in the consultation through accessing the below links: http://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20019/consultations_engagement_and_surveys/634/coate_water_parking_consultation http://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20019/consultations_engagement_and_surveys/639/the_future_of_lydiard_house_and_park The Labour Group Shadow Lead for Country […]

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Labour Raise Concerns Over Dial a Ride Threat

Labour Shadow Lead for Transport, Councillor Jim Robbins, has raised concerns over council efforts to cut funds from transport services to the disabled and elderly, currently delivered by Swindon Dial a Ride. In the Council budget £100K has been identified as a saving from “a review of community transport service provision in order to achieve […]

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Government Threaten Cap on Parish Council Precept Increases

The government have said they are considering setting a cap on the level of increases parish councils can add to their precepts. A Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) spokesman said: “Town and parish councils should protect their taxpayers from excessive council tax increases; if they fail to do so, government has the option […]