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 […]


Labour Group Slam Planning Judicial Review as “Waste of Money”

Swindon Borough Council has confirmed they will be taking the Berkeley Farm Planning Application to Judicial Review. Swindon Borough Council has said they will make the challenge in the High Court following legal advice from a planning QC.   The legal challenge to the planning inspector’s decision will be brought under section 288 of the Town and […]


Stratton Overwhelmingly Vote No to Tory Parishing Plans

The Conservative administration on Swindon Council’s plans to devolve the delivery of council services to parish councils has been overwhelmingly rejected residents living in the Stratton Parish. 87% of Stratton residents who voted in the referendum voted no to these services being devolved to the Parish. There was a 7.87% turnout with 1189 votes cast […]


Rodbourne Councillor Criticises Road Works Plan

Rodbourne Councillor, Jim Robbins, has criticised Network Rail and Swindon Borough Council for their plans to close a single lane on Park Lane from Monday 22nd February to Friday 26th February. This is to allow for Network Rail to dismantle a wall safely, as part of their work to electrify the Great Western Rail Line. A three […]


Labour Call On New Council Communications Manager Post Be Withdrawn

Swindon Borough Council is recruiting a new senior communications manager, costing council-taxpayers £45K in salary costs, plus a further £10-15K in National Insurance and Pensions Contributions. Labour Councillor, Derique Montaut, has called in to question whether new spending on a Communications Manager at a time when vital Children’s Centres are closing and the Council is […]


Labour Accuse Local Conservatives Of “False Hope” Over Wroughton Housing Application

The Swindon Labour Group Leader has accused Conservative Councillors of giving residents in Wroughton false hope over the Berkeley Farm Planning Application.  When the Berkeley Farm application went to Planning Committee in October 2015, along with another similar planning application in Wroughton, Labour’s Shadow Lead for Planning, Councillor Jim Robbins, said the Planning Committee should […]


Labour Call For Council to Stop Lydiard Being Transferred to Private Sector

The Labour Party will be moving a resolution at the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 21st January calling for a 3 month halt to the Lydiard outsourcing process and during that period discuss with the Friends of Lydiard and Swindon Heritage on whether Lydiard should be transferred to a staff-led independent charitable trust or continue to […]


Motion to Save Euclid Street Children’s Nursery

Eastcott Councillor, Paul Dixon, will be moving a motion at the January 21st Full Council Meeting calling on the Cabinet to take note of the views of parents and local people and not close the Swindon Council operated children’s nursery. The motion reads: “This Council: Notes Cabinet’s proposal to close the Euclid Street Children’s Nursery Notes […]