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« Reply #320 on: August 04, 2011, 01:04:16 PM »
Swindon Council communications chief hits back at critical comments about www.swindon.gov.uk What's your view? http://www.swindonlink.com/new?s/council-6-clicks-to-the-info?rmation-you-need

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« Reply #321 on: August 04, 2011, 05:12:06 PM »
Ref SBC website:  Seems it us that don't know how to use it rather than it being difficult to use. Typical, but why am I not suprised?
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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #322 on: August 04, 2011, 05:25:37 PM »
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Seems it us that don't know how to use
But do you find it easier to use or locate information you want to find?

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #323 on: August 04, 2011, 05:37:08 PM »
No I haven't so far. A planning application documents were a bit of a search, but then they were before, could be they were not even up there the first time I tried.  I don't need to use it that often - luckily.

It does annoy me that web page developers in general all seem to think we have the same need for creative thinking, super wide screens and super fast broad band.   i.e. the triumph of avaliable techonolgy over practicality.
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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #324 on: August 04, 2011, 05:42:30 PM »
I agree about finding planning application and when you do the files are often vast and almost put there deliberately to prevent people viewing them. There should be a restriction on size.

But I'd be interested to see what people think of usability of www.swindon.gov.uk

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #325 on: August 04, 2011, 07:10:50 PM »
My gripe is that although I can find out that my green refuse gets recycled in week one.  I have no idea when week one is!!  I could find the calendar on the old site but not the new one.

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Correction to S.106 figures from October 2011 Link Magazine
« Reply #326 on: September 25, 2011, 03:51:37 PM »
Haydon 3 Social Contributions: Expenditure

   Project                                                 £ Expenditure
   Whitybird Ltd (Junction 1 Sculpture)          6,311.44
   Changing Rooms PS4                             247,000.00
   Artsmad                                                    50,000.00
   Lydiard Park Visitors Centre                   128,000.00
   Flood relief                                               60,000.00

Haydon 3 Commuted Pitch Contribution: Expenditure

   Contribution Received £1,221,743.52

   Project Expenditure                             £ Approved Expenditure
   Greendown                                          260,989.00   
   Dorcan                                                  300,000.00   
   Croft                                                   *600,000.00   
   Croft Football Academy                        *60,754.52   
   Unallocated Balance                                       0.00   

                       *Project under construction due for completion Autumn 2011


Haydon 3 Deed of Variation Receipts 2009 :-

   Social Contributions –  Recent approvals

   Proposed Allocations*                          £ Expenditure
   (*including unspent
      older contributions)                  

   For use within the Master Plan Areas      700,000.00
   Swindon Cricklade Railway                        70,000.00
   Croft Sports Centre                             **464,511.00
   Management of School place        circa 1,382,000.00
   planning pressures in
   North Swindon   

          ** Of which £385,822 will be repaid due to receipt of a contribution for this purpose from a different
               agreement, leaving £78,689 as an actual allocation on the project which is under construction.

Transport Contribution – Recent approvals

Current approved                                    £ Expenditure
Allocations    
Haydon Brook Flood Alleviation                302,000.00
Tadpole Bridge embankment                     40,000.00

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #327 on: September 25, 2011, 04:00:37 PM »
Smiler

Thanks for posting this up, I will copy it to the North Swindon S106 Thread. I think the article in the Link may need to be cross checked as some of its figures re Croft  are not congruent.  :wink: 

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #328 on: September 25, 2011, 05:00:07 PM »
As the article stated, its not at all clear where the money has been spent or is committed so info closer to the source for the November are welcome.

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #329 on: September 25, 2011, 05:05:22 PM »
Thanks for the swift response I think you may just have some contributions?
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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #330 on: September 25, 2011, 05:50:20 PM »
Steve - with tongue firmly against my cheek, this can't be so hard to get the actual details as the Chair of Planning, Councillor Dale Heenan, told us it is all open, transparent and easy to see.

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #331 on: September 25, 2011, 06:57:36 PM »
Why are the figures different?

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #332 on: September 26, 2011, 12:14:03 AM »
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Seems it us that don't know how to use
But do you find it easier to use or locate information you want to find?

Having been informed by my Ward Councillor that if I wanted to know what was going on it was DIY via Swindon.Gov.Uk... to search for stuff I didn't know about but which may affect my day to day life.... just fab

So.. wanting to find out about the Croft School Proposal I have now spent too much of my life over the past year trawling through Swindon.Gov.uk .

My opinion is that it is designed to be a deterrent to those pesky locals who want to find out what is going on.

Anybody who had to try to attract or retain Customers would be out of business with the likes of this... missing documents... layers upon layers of stuff to wade through... underwhelming.
It takes wisdom to know what you know and wisdom to know what you don't know and when to call in those who do. Often the people who do know will advise that evidence and research are very helpful when making decisions. Who knows it might even save a bit of money.

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #333 on: October 21, 2011, 06:13:59 PM »
History made near Swindon. Images from making Wootton Bassett Royal. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/dignity-and-quietness-at-wootton-bassett

Reflections on Steve Jobs and the first Apple revolution that made Swindon Link magazine possible. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/in-appreciation-of-steve-jobs-and-apple

YouthFest Swindon tomorrow, 22 October, at MECA. Music, info, advice, chill, food, etc. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-youth-fest-2011

Spooky Swindon starts from Tuesday 25 October with GhostFest 2011. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-ghostfest--a-week-of-spooky-events

Restrepo - electrifying film from the front line in Afghanistan - showing in #Swindon, Wednesday 26 October. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/restrepo-electrifying-film-from-the-afghan-front-line

Movement at last on #Swindon town centre regeneration with £50m deal signed on derelict college site. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/ashfield-land-announces-regent-circus-deal

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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #334 on: November 10, 2011, 08:50:55 AM »
Swindon Link idea to turn town centre office block into urban art canvas to become reality with the help of Minis. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/mini-to-drive-up-the-side-of-alexander-house

Amazing 360 degree London Olympics site aerial panorama by Jason Hawkes. http://www.spotdesign.co.uk/jasonhawkes/

Swindon selected to be on the Olympic torch relay route. Fitness guru Les Slinn nominated by Swindon Link hopes to be one of the bearers. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-placed-on-london-2012-olympic-torch-relay-route

Priory Vale marks 10 years since opening. Justin Tomlinson MP comments. What's your experience of living there? http://www.swindonlink.com/news/priory-vale-marks-ten-years-since-starting

Anthology of war related poems published 2 November includes Lone Chimes by Haydon Wick teenager Jodie Henderson. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/reflecting-on-conflict-in-new-poetry-anthology

Morgan Sharpe and classmates from Westlea Primary in Swindon introduced to Santa by Dr Chris Steele. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/dr-chris-introduces-westlea-kids-to-santa

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« Reply #335 on: November 10, 2011, 02:57:47 PM »
Swindonlinkman, if the Adver makes me worry about Swindon, the Link magazine always makes me feel positive about the town's future. Your articles are really positive and highlight all the good work done my ordinary people to improve their town and communities. Also, your photos are better.

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« Reply #336 on: November 10, 2011, 03:16:01 PM »
Trouble is it's only once a month and confined to certain areas of Swindon.
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Re: On swindonlink.com Now
« Reply #337 on: November 10, 2011, 05:46:15 PM »
Thanks for your positive encouraging comments. I'm sorry that we're not able to cover more issues in depth and more geographical areas. At present we give away over 27,000 copies monthly covered entirely by advertising. We've always restrained our aspirations and not over-committed ourselves with large staffing and promotional budget. More important I've alway thought we have an obligation to consistently serve the communities we go to. Add into the mix the need to keep costs under control in times when business would prefer not to advertise.

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« Reply #338 on: November 10, 2011, 05:49:13 PM »
But, we're trying to make www.swindonlink.com cover the areas we can't cover, accepting that the way people use web sites is very different to how they regard information on paper. But if there's news from outside West or North Swindon, send it to us for inclusion. I'd be interested in hearing from anybody who sees themselves as citizen journalists.

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« Reply #339 on: November 11, 2011, 06:04:53 PM »
Old Grey Whistle Test at 40 on BBC iPlayer. Good to hear dulcet Swindon tones of XTC Andy Partridge talking about punk days, appearing on OGWT, the grind of tours and melting brain from valium addiction. Insightful http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b014x4hy/Old_Grey_Whistle_Test_40_Series_1_Episode_7/