Waste burning at Averies Recycling, Swindon

Labour Group to move motion in support of fire fighters dispute

The Swindon Labour Group will be moving a motion at the January Swindon Full Council Meeting calling on the government to re-enter negotiations with the Fire Brigades Union and offer an improved settlement for fire fighter pensions. This follows news that fire fighters are going out on strike again because of the government’s pensions offer. […]


Labour Group response to Thamesdown Drive Extension Road‏

Response to Thamesdown Drive Extension Road‏ from the Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor Jim Grant: “We’re pleased that Councillor Heenan has backtracked somewhat on this issue. The Thamesdown Drive Extension Road is crucial to dealing with traffic problems in the North and West of the town and to ditch this road or kick it […]


Labour’s 5 Point Plan to Get Swindon Moving

The current road chaos in Swindon is deeply concerning. A lack of planning by Swindon’s Tory Council coupled with a failure to create a modern transport system means that traffic is now at gridlock. In short, under the Tories ‘Swindon is closed’. The chaos is causing massive frustration for motorists and doing damage to our […]


Council’s £2m bill – we were right to stop them dumping waste at the Park & Ride

Today’s news that the Averies Waste Crisis could end up costing Swindon taxpayers £2 million, is deeply concerning and raises serious questions about how the Council managed this whole affair. Today we have learned that the Council, as the landlord for the Lee Averies Swindon Skips site at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, has allowed this […]


Challenging North Swindon’s MP to back Labour’s Bill to protect the NHS

Today I am challenging North Swindon’s MP to back Labour’s new Bill to repeal the Tories’ competition rules that drive NHS privatisation at the expense of patient care. The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and one of our most precious organisations. But it’s under threat from a Tory-led government which puts privatisation before […]


Post Office Ltd decides to keep Highworth Post Office in Highworth town centre

As the Labour Parliamentary candidate for North Swindon, I have been working with residents on the important issue of saving Highworth Post Office and keeping it in the town centre. The Post Office invited people’s views through its consultation on whether to move the Post Office out of Highworth town centre to Swindon Road Petrol […]


Cheney Manor recycling site by Councillors Jim Grant, Peter Watts and Des Moffatt

We warned before the summer that abolition of the free green waste collection would put pressure on Cheney Manor and this prediction appears to have been proved correct. Long queues persist and at times tail back along Darby Close causing annoyance to the public users and loss of trade to businesses. We must report that […]