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Thamesdown Transport adopts ‘drive-over’ tyre pressure monitoring system to improve passenger safety

Ground-breaking new system installed at Barnfield Road bus depot

Swindon-based Thamesdown Transport has pioneered the use of an innovative device that monitors tyre pressures, improving the safety of passengers, bus drivers and depot mechanics alike. The ground-br...

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Important information about household and green waste collection changes in Swindon

Cllr Richard Hurley updates residents on proposed changes

Cllr Richard Hurley, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Housing and StreetSmart writes to all Swindon residents: I am writing to update you on the proposed changes to household waste collections, ...

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Flood concerns in East Swindon

Residents urged to help each other and take action to reduce the causes of flooding

In Swindon, we don’t get storm surges or suffer from coastal problems like other places in the UK, but flooding from rivers, groundwater, and surface water is an ever present problem at times of...

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Veteran trees toppled in Swindon's favourite park

300 year old walnut lost in high winds

The foul weather sweeping across Britain over the Christmas holiday season took its toll at Lydiard Park with the loss of several large trees - including an ancient walnut, the oldest tree in the park...

Secondary school places needed, but should Swindon build beyond its boundary?

Pressure for secondary school places is rising all over town.

Pressure for secondary school places is rising all over town as development plans for new homes in the east, south and north come on stream. But nowhere is this pressure greater than in North Swindon...

Make a new year’s resolution to bring fuel costs down with Swindon energy switch

Join the collective switching scheme and get a better deal from the power companies

The winter fuel bills will be arriving soon and, with the major energy providers hiking their prices during the Autumn, everybody is going to see much bigger ones. But there is a solution, it will be...

Residents urged to be wise with their waste over Christmas

Swindon Borough Council reminds residents to recycle as much as possible over the festive period

Residents are being informed about changes to household waste collections over the festive period and reminded to recycle as much as possible. As usual, there will be no collections on Christmas Day,...

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Moredon Bridge: developer wants to build 50 more homes on eco-site on edge of Swindon

Richard Pagett appeals to readers to write to planning inspectorate by 2 January about proposal

Richard Pagett from Purton is appealing to readers to write to the planning inspectorate by 2 January 2014 about a proposal by Wain Homes to build 50 houses on a nature conservation area next to the R...

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Last but not leftover. Make the most of your Christmas

Store food in the best way possible to make the most of what you buy this Christmas.

Have you ever thought about how much water goes into producing our food? The figures are actually staggering. A loaf of bread takes a whopping 1,200 litres to be produced. On average the amount of w...

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Burning issues still to be addressed over plans for Swindon incinerator plant

NO Swindon Incineration campaign sending a loud message to the authorities

With a dedicated website and a Facebook group now more than 1,100 strong, the NO Swindon Incineration campaign against the proposed ‘biomass’ plant at Cheney Manor, close to the town centr...

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Diggers find treasure down on the farm

Historic finds help to raise funds for 1st Toothill Beaver Scouts

Metal detectorists came from near and far to attend a one-off dig at Park Farm opposite Lydiard Park on 20 October - raising funds for 1st Toothill Beaver Scouts at the same time – and went home...

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You don't have to waste your Christmas food shopping

Buying good food and drink which ends up in the bin is currently costing a typical family £680 a year.

Buying good food and drink which ends up in the bin is currently costing a typical family £680 a year. But Wiltshire Wildlife Trust have ideas on how you can save money this Christmas. Waste M...

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Swindon store stocks Little Tree upcycled furniture

Environmentally friendly items now in stock in Old Town

Little Tree Furniture, the specialist upcycled furniture maker, is now available from furniture retailer Willoby’s Furniture Co. based in Old Town, Swindon. Upcycling is set to be a big trend f...

Swindon residents invited to sign up to save on energy

Using consumer power to strike a better deal. Register now until 17 February

As the big six energy providers are all raising prices there has never been a better time for consumer power to strike a better deal. Swindon’s second collective switching scheme officially lau...

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Still hope for Thamesdown Drive cash for Swindon

Chancellor fails to announce funding for vital road to relieve traffic to west of the town

The December Swindon Link magazine asked if the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne would announce capital funding to extend Thamedown Drive to give the town a much needed western by-pass. The...

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Waste less food this Christmas!

Use up your leftovers and don't waste a single sprout!

Following last winter’s popular Waste Watchers Diet, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Wiltshire Council, has today launched its latest campaign to encourage people to waste less foo...

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Ferndale pupils take part in 'Walk to School' week

Mass walking bus highlights dangers of busy road

Youngsters from Ferndale Primary School took part in a mass walking bus as part of the ‘Walk to School’ week in mid-October. Over 160 members of the school community met at Tovey Road o...

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Lydiard Park orienteering trails now open

Choose a short or longer trail and find your way around a course of permanent checkpoints

Choose a short or longer trail and find your way around a course of permanent checkpoints Walk, run or jog at your own pace by yourself, as a pair or in a group. You can also try a mini maze – ...

Swindon New College lecture: ‘Reducing the waste burden’ on 10 December

Lecture will show how waste can be converted into compost for crops

An upcoming lecture, organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will consider how waste is converted and utilised by crops by replacing chemical fertilisers with compost produced...

Swindon residents are having their say and the council is listening

People across the Borough sharing their views on proposed changes to household waste collection services

People across the Borough are taking the opportunity to share their views on proposed changes to household waste collection services and the council is taking on board what is being said. Leaflets ha...

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Swinley Drive has to be made safe now, not after Ridgeway Farm building starts

Peatmoor resident campaigns for better pedestrian safety

A resident of Peatmoor has started a campaign to make the main route through the community safe for pedestrians. Greig Evenett of Furze Close, whose daughter attends Peatmoor Primary School, has beco...

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Purton House Organics Farm Shop Christmas Craft Market and family event

Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 2013 from 10.00 am - 4.00pm

Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 2013 from 10.00 am - 4.00pm Family focused and full of Christmas Charm, this event keeps growing very year. Entry is free and incudes an intimate craft mar...

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Sewage concerns back up in North Swindon

Taw Hill esidents' unhappy about proposals for two new sewage storage tanks in Queen Elizabeth Drive

Residents of Taw Hill believe that Thames Water’s sub-contractors Optimise are overstepping the mark when it comes to plans for two new sewage storage tanks costing £5 million, that are pr...

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Bringing play back to Pembroke Park in Swindon

Oakhurst councillors secure funding to install range of new play equipment

A derelict play area in Pembroke Park, destroyed in the flood of 2007, has been brought back to life thanks to Oakhurst councillors Emma Faramazi and Toby Elliott. It should have been rebuilt in 2010...

Friends of the Railway Path Workday

Saturday December 7 at Coate Water Country Park

Our next workday is on Saturday December 7. We will meet at 9.30 in the car park at Coate Water Country Park (SU 176 827). The work plan includes: · Continuing with the hedge laying that we ...

A green economy: what does it mean to Swindon?

Question Time-style evening organised by Swindon Climate Action Network - Friday 29 November

A Question Time-style evening organised by Swindon Climate Action Network on Friday 29 November, 7.30pm, at the Pilgrim Centre, Regent Street will discuss how a green economy can be built in Swindon. ...

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