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Cultural quarter for Swindon back on the agenda

Des Morgan looks back at previous plans and casts a critical eye upon Swindon Council’s grand designs for a cultural space

Des Morgan looks back at previous plans and casts a critical eye upon Swindon Council’s grand designs for a cultural space. Whilst I am sure many people would welcome the building of a new cult...


North Swindon road to become a toll highway

Discounts for residents living in the area. Mass cycling movement predicted

In a posting on the Priory Vale website, Swindon councillor Oliver Donachie writes that he has been asked to pass on the reminder from the Highways Agency that it has been confirmed that to fund r...


Iron age roundhouse discovery at Ridgeway Farm, West Swindon

inShare5 The remains of homes from over 2,000 years ago could be destroyed to satisfy the need for new houses today after an archaelogical dig revealed a small Iron Age settlement at Ridgewa...


New College North Swindon school bid only for 11-18s

College narrows scope for free school

A plan to develop a bid for a free school serving North Swindon that offered continuous, all through education for pupils from the ages of 4 to 19 has been narrowed down by New College. This will be...

Cross party support in Old Town Swindon to protect Croft playing fields

There is growing cross-party consensus about a community asset at risk in the current Swindon Borough Council Leisure Facilities consultation, writes Colin Doubleday, Chair of the Pipers Area Resident...

Public meeting about future of Croft Playing Fields Swindon

Swindon Council is offering Croft Sports Centre on a 99 year lease to management companies or not-for-profit-organisations as part of its programme to outsource its leisure and golf assets. However b...


Thames Water start on sewage tanks at Taw Hill, Swindon

Worries of dangers to residents. Campaigners frustrated by lack of action by Swindon Council

Despite huge objections from residents living in Taw Hill, supported by local councillors and North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, Thames Water through its contractors Optimise started work on building ...

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Thousands more houses to north west to be the price for extending Thamesdown Drive

Reasons why the much needed extension of Thamesdown Drive won't be built

The much needed extension of Thamesdown Drive from Purton Road and Great Western Way won’t be built because there is massive traffic congestion on the west side of Swindon because: • ...


North Swindon sewer tank construction starts

Residents frustrated by undemocratic process to impose development upon them

Despite huge objections from residents living in Taw Hill, Thames Water, through its contractors Optimise, started construction of two huge underground storage tanks on Monday 17 March. The tanks wil...

Military personnel get help to buy homes

Persimmon Homes welcomes Forces Help to Buy scheme

A leading Wiltshire builder has welcomed the Government’s move to help military personnel lay down roots and own their own home through the new Forces Help to Buy scheme. The initiative, which ...


Next stage in regenerating Swindon town centre

Literary landmark under threat in plans for £350 million redevelopment of Fleming Way area

As part of the £350 million regeneration of Swindon - managed by Forward Swindon - major changes are to be made to Fleming Way to create an extended town centre where people can move freely and ...

Library consultation & skatepark at West Forum

The future of Swindon Library Service and West Swindon skate park to be discussed on 17 March

The future of Swindon Library Service will be discussed before the West Swindon Library on Monday 10 March, from 5.30pm. Swindon Council is holding a consultation exercise ending on 14 April on a dra...


Lydiard Park Swindon is safe with us say Conservatives

Letter from councillors and election candidates tells residents that historic site is not for sale

Every Conservative councillor representing wards on Swindon Council, and candidates standing for election on 22 May, have signed an open letter stating there are no plans to sell off one of the town's...


Taylor Wimpey reveals Ridgeway Farm community contributions

Developer reveals financial contribution to roads and community facilities

Housing developers Taylor Wimpey have sent hundreds of letters to residents in West Swindon and in North Wiltshire providing an update on their plans for Ridgeway Farm and explaining their financial c...


Councillor clarifies transfer of Swindon leisure centres & golf courses assets

Keith Williams responds to public concern about the future of town's leisure facilities

  A number of questions have been raised in recent weeks regarding the ongoing Swindon Borough Council's Leisure and Culture Change Programme, and the reasons why the council is exploring a prop...


North Swindon fury as Taw Hill trees are turned into stumps

Intention to make way for sewage overflow tanks or monumental cock-up

  Residents living in Taw Hill are spitting with rage that trees they've been trying to protect have been cut down without warning to residents or local councillors. A chain saw team from Swind...

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New houses at St Andrews Ridge will fund long awaited stadium replacement

Swindon Council remove obstacles to the start of housing development and redevelopment of Abbey Stadium and a new covered market

Swindon Council has removed obstacles to the start of housing development at St Andrew’s Ridge, the redevelopment of Abbey Stadium dog and speedway track, and a new covered market. Plans were o...


Don't waste Swindon money in Taw Hill residents tell council

Claim that promised consultation has not taken place and peoples' views are being ignored

David Parkinson and Brian McLean, residents of Queen Elizabeth Drive South (QED) in Taw Hill, have written to Swindon councillors with a document, in advance of the debate on the 2014/15 budget on 24 ...


Aldi plan for West store: 30 jobs & 70 houses

Residents worried about more traffic congestion

German supermarket operator Aldi and development partner Picton have unveiled plans for their fourth store in the town as well as 70 houses at the empty office complex between Westlea and Shaw. They ...


Building of Ridgeway Farm primary school delayed until 2016

Wiltshire change date for building and handover of school in 700 home development

Taylor Wimpey planning consultants DPDS have advised Shaw Residents' Association that building the primary school at Ridgeway Farm, north of West Swindon, will not now start until 2015, with completio...


Aldi to show plans for West Swindon store and 70 houses on 13 February

Shaw Residents' Association concerned with over-development

Supermarket operator Aldi and development partner Picton have unveiled plans to develop a new local foodstore at Westlea Campus in West Swindon. The German chain 's fourth store in the town would be ...


Leisure operators have until Friday 7 February to make offers for Swindon leisure facilities

However council consultation on process continues until 3 March

Commercial and not-for-profit companies looking to take over Swindon Council leisure and golf facilities have to submit multi-million pound proposals by the end of Friday 7 February. But in a stran...


Swindon ranks well in Centre for Cities study

Forward Swindon pleased to see town competing favourably compared to major British towns and cities

Forward Swindon, the company responsible for Swindon’s economic growth and regeneration, are pleased to see Swindon is competing favourably in comparison to other major British towns and cities ...

Swindon Local Plan to be examined in public from 22 April

Planning Inspectorate gives date to look at town's development plan to 2026. Pre-hearing to take place on 11 March

The Planning Inspectorate has announced that the Examination in Public of Swindon Borough Council’s Local Plan - the planning blueprint which will guide new development and house building in Swi...


Start on building 700 houses on the edge of Swindon at Ridgeway Farm

Start on Green Fields or Ridgeway Farm development may be called West Point

Taylor Wimpey has started construction of access roads and sewers at Ridgeway Farm, where permission has been given for 700 houses. To be built on the northern edge of West Swindon, the site is actua...


Work on replacing dome at Swindon Oasis starts soon

Giant gym opens. Plans for ski slope and entertainment centre to be unveiled soon

The £2 million refurbishment of the Oasis Leisure Centre has reached an exciting stage with new owners Moirai Capital Investment Ltd and site managers GLL bringing a new level of fitness provisi...