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 […]


Park & Ride update by Councillors Joe Tray, Teresa Page and Paul Baker

The clean-up has begun following the stay by the travellers who left an awful mess. Joe Tray has asked for a temporary concrete block put across the entrance to prevent further illegal use by travellers. The first thing many visitors see when coming to Swindon is a derelict Park & ride site that says closed, […]


Council to finally collect green waste fly-tipping

Swindon Council has announced that it has reversed the decision not to collect green waste bags that have been dumped and all unsightly bags of dumped green waste will now be removed by the end of November, according to senior council streetsmart officers. In June it was reported that the Council will be leaving fly-tipped […]


Cabinet to continue with Children’s Centre closures after consultation

Cabinet will be continuing with its decision to close children’s centres in Swindon after its recent consultation. The only change Cabinet has proposed is for an additional £190K of one-off money to be spent over two years on Family Support outreach work to be focussed on specific areas in the borough that have a high […]