10:03am Thursday 20th November 2014
10:02am Thursday 20th November 2014
10:01am Thursday 20th November 2014
10:00am Thursday 20th November 2014
I cannot recall such a dumb bunch of politicians during my lifetime as the present parliament. David Blunkett and now John Major have recently informed the electorate that uncontrolled immigration to the UK has been a disaster.
9:47am Thursday 20th November 2014
n recent days there have been a few people writing in to complain about the letters page and its contents. All I can say is it is a democratic country, have your say, and do your thing to improve the general and local situation.
9:45am Thursday 20th November 2014
9:43am Thursday 20th November 2014
9:40am Thursday 20th November 2014
So now it’s official – ‘It’s safe’, of November 14. The controversial crossing outside the new Regent Circus development is safe, apart from a few minor improvements Councillor Dale Heenan gave his usual platitudes about the need to listen to residents’ concerns but would not admit that what is really needed is the restoration of the pedestrian-controlled traffic lights. The cost of this work would be borne by the developers, so why pay consultants for more audits and surveys?
9:27am Thursday 20th November 2014
11:04am Wednesday 19th November 2014
11:03am Wednesday 19th November 2014
Can I, through your pages, say a big thank you to all the people who supported the Cat’s Protection bazaar in Highworth. A grand total of £473 was raised. This money will go towards helping cats and kittens in the Swindon area. Once again a huge thank you to you all.
11:02am Wednesday 19th November 2014
The Highworth and District Branch of the RNLI would like to thank all who supported us at our coffee morning in St Michael and All Angels Church Hall on Saturday 14 November. We raised a total of £67.30. Our grateful thanks to St Michael and All Angels Church for allowing us to use their premises for this worthy cause.
11:01am Wednesday 19th November 2014
10:56am Wednesday 19th November 2014
10:55am Wednesday 19th November 2014
Steve Thompson continues to write numerous letters to the Swindon Advertiser setting out what he claims to be the policies of UKIP. This is a strange situation, given Mr Thompson’s position in Swindon’s Green Party. Whilst he is happy to misrepresent the policies of others, when asked for his own policies to address the issues in this town, the silence is deafening. Swindon residents expect their representatives to listen and then act on the real issues that are affecting us on a daily basis.
10:53am Wednesday 19th November 2014
There is (as I write this letter) a picture on social media doing the rounds of an aerial view of Swindon showing the mayhem and huge traffic jams on our main arterial road, caused by roadworks taking place simultaneously around the town. The picture is accompanied by a caption which reads ‘Swindon closed’.
10:52am Wednesday 19th November 2014
10:51am Wednesday 19th November 2014
How pleased I was to hear Councillor Andrew Bennett inform the planning committee councillors at their last meeting on November 11 that, despite his passionate protestations in favour of a planning application for four large houses in a flood risk area of Wanborough, he was not a representative of the agent whose application he was so adamantly supporting. What a pity, I thought, that Coun Andrew Bennett, my ward councillor and that of all those residents who had objected to the proposed development, hadn’t taken the time to seek the views of those who most probably elected him.
12:49pm Tuesday 18th November 2014
12:48pm Tuesday 18th November 2014
Whether your readers decide to shop online, or in-store, this festive season we ask them to remember to look out for the Leaping Bunny logo and give someone not only a beautiful gift, but one that ensures that no animals will have been harmed for cosmetics testing.
12:47pm Tuesday 18th November 2014
12:46pm Tuesday 18th November 2014
I am writing to express my dismay at the number of roadworks in Swindon. You can't fail to notice the traffic jams and it’s going to get much worse with the closure of the bridge at Greenbridge. The daily commute is a headache and it must be affecting trade in the build up to Christmas. It’s the Grinch that stole Christmas.
12:45pm Tuesday 18th November 2014
It's sad to witness the centre of Swindon being slowly strangled by planners, supported by developers who want to buy up brownfield sites and build somewhat strange buildings to be rented out by pension companies who are looking for an income.
10:47am Monday 17th November 2014
10:45am Monday 17th November 2014
THIS Christmas 850,000 people will be living with dementia. My mother died with the condition, so I know from personal experience the devastating impact dementia has on everyone touched by it – and how important it is to know that support is out there when you need it.
10:44am Monday 17th November 2014
10:32am Monday 17th November 2014
It surely must have come as no surprise to readers of the national press this week when informed by a high-ranking BBC official that the BBC is no longer the bastion of correct English on radio and TV.
10:30am Monday 17th November 2014
10:29am Monday 17th November 2014
WHAT is going on with the traffic in and around Swindon? I commute from Cricklade every day and the A419 is becoming a nightmare. I get to the top of the hill and Blunsdon and if it’s not queueing there, then it backs up a short distance further on.
10:28am Monday 17th November 2014
10:27am Monday 17th November 2014
10:26am Monday 17th November 2014
10:25am Monday 17th November 2014
10:20am Monday 17th November 2014
10:19am Monday 17th November 2014
Men should stop and think before they rush to grow a moustache this November. Some of the money raised through the ‘Movember’ initiative (which requires participants to grow a moustache throughout the month of November) is used to fund vivisection.
10:18am Monday 17th November 2014
10:16am Monday 17th November 2014
10:14am Monday 17th November 2014
I feel that as the manager of the Walcot Community Shop I must express my disappointment and sadness at the remarks of Steve Nibbs in your paper a couple of days ago. He was seeking to connect the work of volunteers to the loss of jobs of library staff without any consideration been given to the effect of increasing technology on the library service. Just like in industry, time moves on and with it a reduction in human resources required. Ebooks, computers, scanners and photocopiers are what people need to do their job searches and fact finding. Gone are the days when huge buildings, full of books or even tablets of stone are required to store or pass on knowledge. For him to even hint that the volunteers are scum is disgraceful and obscene. Without the volunteers in Walcot there would be no library. It is almost six years ago that the very successful and award winning combination of shop and library was set up and it is only through the efforts of our unpaid volunteers that he compares with scabs that the service is still going strong today. Just maybe the time has come for the Library Service to be put on the same level as Leisure Services that is to be put out to private contractors. Only then will the true value of what our volunteers have achieved be appreciated.
10:08am Monday 17th November 2014
10:07am Monday 17th November 2014
Many readers will have nearly choked on their breakfast cornflakes as they opened their Swindon Advertiser and read the sorry story that investment in the town’s leisure facilities is unlikely to occur any time soon.
10:06am Monday 17th November 2014
Following the findings from BBC London, which showed that numerous high street restaurant chains were inaccessible to wheelchair users, I would like to call for more pressure to be placed on businesses who fail to provide provisions for the disabled.
10:04am Monday 17th November 2014
10:03am Monday 17th November 2014
Thinking of all the stress we have endured over the past 12 months with our roads, all the money wasted on policies which have turned out to be white elephants, Swindon should lead the way and arrange a certificate highlighting a councillor’s blunder during the month and present it to them.
10:02am Monday 17th November 2014
9:22am Thursday 13th November 2014
9:20am Thursday 13th November 2014
I really think it is high time you stopped encouraging the same people who regularly use your column to insult other writers who wish to freely express their opinions on illegal immigrants, religion, the EU, etc.
9:19am Thursday 13th November 2014
9:17am Thursday 13th November 2014
This week, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, CATA, the Trowbridge Christian Churches together group, were kindly given permission to visit the schools of St Augustines and John of Gaunt. We spoke briefly to the many young students of the bravery and sacrifices made by so many young men and women in order that we can live in the freedom we all enjoy today. We handed out to those students who wished to accept one, a copy of the Active Service Saint John's Gospel, which was offered to those going to the front line. What was striking was the dignity and respectful silence that all the young students displayed, whether they held religious beliefs of any sort or not. Sometimes I feel that some people worry too much about our young people who will one day be in positions of influence and power themselves. John Grant Whiteland Rise Westbury
9:16am Thursday 13th November 2014
9:14am Thursday 13th November 2014
Adver correspondent Bernard Philips is quite right to applaud and support Councillor Mattock’s ‘vision for the future of our town’ (SA 12 November) and I am sure there is a lot of genuine excitement at the prospect of a new art gallery and museum forming part of the town's re-generation.