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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]