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Coffee Talk & What's On => Swindon Local Media => Topic started by: swindonlinkman on November 19, 2009, 02:20:29 PM

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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 19, 2009, 02:20:29 PM
Headlines at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
• Christmas lights switch on tonight with 'Luton airport' Lorraine Chase
• Tomorrow, Friday 20 November -  Learning for Life moves to West Swindon. Open Day at Basepoint Business Centre
• This Saturday 21st - Santa helps out Prospect Hospice at Blooms garden centre, as well as Christ Church Christmas Fair
• Ofsted says Nova Hreod is rapidly improving
• Take advantage of the Scouts Christmas post service
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 25, 2009, 05:56:36 PM
Details on site:
• 3,000 more homes on Swindon's western border. Last chance to comment.
• Crest demand 500 more houses at Tadpole Farm, north of present northern expansion
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 27, 2009, 09:12:50 AM
Prospect Hospice opens new shop at West Swindon Centre on Tuesday 1 December, 10am
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 03, 2009, 05:38:59 PM
Freshbrook Community Centre public meeting on 9 December. Community support needed
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Post by: Chav on December 03, 2009, 06:59:37 PM
Details on site:
• 3,000 more homes on Swindon's western border. Last chance to comment.
• Crest demand 500 more houses at Tadpole Farm, north of present northern expansion

Well it certainly going to have an impact on the volume of traffic on Tadpole Lane, which is already lethal with hairpin bends and a speed limit of 60mph, with vehicles over taking at very high speeds.

Then there is the 'school safety zone' which doesnt work, as vehicles are still driving at high speeds and over taking the minibuses that turn into the learning campus, with disabled kids on board.

The speed limit was supposed to be being reduced to 50 mph within this financial year. TBH, I don't think this is going to happen, as SBC are as skint as a Uni student trying to pay off their loans.

I recon they will hold out for the houses to be built - and if this is the case, then it will change the dynamics of the situation, as 'rural' will become 'urban', so therefore, those 'road gods' at SBC need to think long and hard about reducing that speed limit to 30 mph.

Anyone know when there is going to be a consultation /meeting regarding the build on Tadpole Farm ?

Please do let me know  ;)

Ta
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Post by: Geoff Reid on December 03, 2009, 07:48:13 PM
 According to a post made by Bernie Brannan on www.westswindonforum.org the subject is on the agenda for resident to discuss this with the West Swindon councillors at January's West Area Cluster (CP2) meeting.

I expect the discussion will be quite lively as it the West Swindonites will bear the brunt of increased traffic and drain on resources and amenities :)
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Post by: Mart on December 03, 2009, 09:08:55 PM
Drain being one of the operative words I imagine.

Still, be able to call out the Water Board on the Interweb for free!

as SBC are as skint as a Uni student trying to pay off their loans.

Or a bank paying bonuses?

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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 12, 2009, 07:17:54 PM
• Send your Christmas greetings on Swindon 105.5 in return for a modest donation to take over the airwaves for 15 minutes.

• Latin American party next Friday at La Revolucion

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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 16, 2009, 06:10:55 PM
• Story and images from launch of Signal Wi-Fi

• Review of Wyvern panto Sleeping Beauty
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 16, 2009, 06:27:18 PM
The evil witch Carabosse.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 22, 2009, 11:58:54 AM
• NHS Swindon propose to close Tantivy overnight respite centre for severely disabled children. £1 million needed for Lydiard Park centre for children with disabilities and their families.
• Pictures of real snow in Swindon last February.
• Special ice skating sessions at Link Centre over the holiday season
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 31, 2009, 03:49:28 PM
Happy New Year to all. You can read the January 2010 edition digitally via the site.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 04, 2010, 03:53:12 PM
• Islamic group propose march through Wootton Bassett but warned by the police to comply with legislation.

• Famous women and former England hooker headline Swindon Festival of Literature 17 - as spotted by Guido Fawkes at:
http://order-order.com/2009/12/30/cherie-in-swindon/#comments (http://order-order.com/2009/12/30/cherie-in-swindon/#comments) (Friday, January 1, 2010. Who Reads Guido: 2009, traffic averaged out at some 2 million page views a month from 1,807,954 visitors according to Guido’s server analytics.)

• Do you have a Swindon hero? Nominate them for the mayor's citizens award.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 06, 2010, 11:28:10 AM
Former Mayor Steve resigns the Tory whip. Find out why at www.swindonlink.com

We want your snow pictures for the gallery on site. Mail them to publisher@swindonlink.com
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 06, 2010, 02:29:44 PM
Swindon deputy leader Fionula Foley steps down in May

Sterophonics to warm up at the Oasis on 26 January

City status 2012. Is Swindon up to it?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 07, 2010, 12:07:52 PM
More snow pics at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) including this one:
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 08, 2010, 06:21:47 PM
More great snow pictures on site, plus opening of Millbrook Primary School and agenda for West Swindon Forum on Monday 11 January, 6pm, in the library at Link Centre.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 11, 2010, 09:45:23 AM
Norman Butler from Westlea hopes not to get smashed for SMASH.

Radical muslim groups cancels Wootton Bassett march.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 17, 2010, 07:12:17 PM
Public meeting 18 January, Woodlands Edge, Peatmoor. What do you think of thousands of homes to west and north? Your chance to have a say. See details at www.swindonlink.com
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Post by: Chav on January 17, 2010, 08:31:40 PM
More snow pics at [url=http://www.swindonlink.com]www.swindonlink.com[/url] ([url]http://www.swindonlink.com[/url]) including this one:


hahaha this is great !
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Post by: Richard Shaw on January 18, 2010, 03:36:14 PM
More snow pics at [url=http://www.swindonlink.com]www.swindonlink.com[/url] ([url]http://www.swindonlink.com[/url]) including this one:


hahaha this is great !


For whom Chav?  It just makes our existing properties worth less because of the availability of new housing.  And where are we going to put all the additional cars?  Rack em n stack em
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 20, 2010, 05:56:03 PM
• Haiti appeal fundraiser at DeVere Hotel
• Tregoze School links with Europe
• Organic farmer joins National Trust advisory group
• Expecting? There's a pregnancy nourishment day in February
• World beating software made in Swindon up for education award
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 21, 2010, 02:15:44 PM
New images posted with info about Haiti fundraising event on 27 February. Poster below.

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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 22, 2010, 04:57:38 PM
See pics of MS Centre opening on www.swindonlink.com now
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Post by: Critique on January 25, 2010, 06:39:58 PM
I note there is a follow up meeting to do with Wiltshire wanting to build 3000 homes next to Swindon on 27 February. Hopefully people will be fired up to attend. Need help to get them there.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 26, 2010, 10:09:47 AM
The future of Swindon's New Mechanics' Institute. Read what Martha Parry of the Mx trust has to say.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 27, 2010, 01:42:23 PM
Links to Haiti earthquake stories by Swindon born journalist Alex Ogle at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 29, 2010, 09:28:30 AM
Latest dispatches from our man in Haiti at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 30, 2010, 02:18:29 PM
Report from burning down of historic market building in Port au Prince at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 31, 2010, 09:50:14 PM
Report from Haiti's ruined national football stadium now turned into a tent city.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 25, 2010, 03:31:44 PM
Not been here much, concentrating on getting new look www.swindonlink.com sorted out. Comments welcome.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 31, 2010, 05:35:26 PM
New wheelchair friendly equipment installed at Lydiard Park with our friendly Tig. See story on www.swindonlink.com
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 31, 2010, 05:37:01 PM
Grange Park 210 homes could open door for 2,000 houses to bring Lydiard Park into the town. Speculative planning application a Trojan Horse for much bigger scheme.

See also the linked story about houses at Ridgway Farm and Pry Farm north of West Swindon
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Post by: Chav on March 31, 2010, 07:06:26 PM
New wheelchair friendly equipment installed at Lydiard Park with our friendly Tig. See story on www.swindonlink.com

Great photo  ;)
The kids who have disabilities will now have somewhere to go with their brothers and sisters where they can play together as brothers, sisters and friends should.

Fantastic tig , well done  ;)
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Post by: Tea Boy on March 31, 2010, 09:52:21 PM
New wheelchair friendly equipment installed at Lydiard Park with our friendly Tig. See story on [url=http://www.swindonlink.com]www.swindonlink.com[/url]


Great photo  ;)
The kids who have disabilities will now have somewhere to go with their brothers and sisters where they can play together as brothers, sisters and friends should.

Fantastic tig , well done  ;)



Yes well done indeed :clap: :clap:, just shame Mr Buckland , the wannabe MP didn't think to credit you before he associated himeslf with its delivery by the conservatives.  :bottom:

(http://www.talkswindon.org/politics/2010-sbc-elections/2010_local_election_leaflets/shaw/shaw+9elms1pdf_Page_1.jpg)
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Post by: Chav on March 31, 2010, 10:19:55 PM
Vulnerable children !

Good Lord !!
These are children who have physical impairments, of which excludes them from a lot of activities because they are simply not accessible !

It has taken Tig a good few years of determination and persistence to get the council to acknowledge that their play parks were not accessible. Tig has spent hours designing questionnaires that we put out to carers and parents, and I spent many times at Lydiard /Asda/Tesco's etc with my clip board getting a petition together.
The children's faces say it all in the picture - they deserve to be able to be children and play in the park as children do, regardless of ability - at the end of the day they are children/young people who have the same feelings, emotions, likes, dislikes as any other child  ;)
I love these kids , as what you see is what you get and to see them having fun, makes me smile  :)

The borough have actually cottoned on to the Idea and more accessible play area's are being introduced.
I know that the Richard Jeffries site is going to be made inclusive and I think its fantastic the parents and carers from the  Parent/carer advisory group have been involved and had some input .

Maybe there is a member on TS who has been involved in the Richard Jeffries project who might like to comment on the progress and give us an update  ;)


Chav :angel:
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 01, 2010, 08:54:59 AM
TB - any of reducing the Tory party advertising to a quarter of the size posted?
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Post by: Muggins on April 01, 2010, 08:59:06 AM
Richard Jefferies Park, I heard a few weeks ago it was in the process of being closed down and riped out, is that temporary I wonder?  I'm afraid I didn't follow that plot.

At the time I thought it was bad news, not just for the kids there, but it didn't bode too well for our plans for the TWIST (adventure playground part of our @penhill park plan.
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Post by: Richard Symonds on April 01, 2010, 10:02:38 AM
TB - any of reducing the Tory party advertising to a quarter of the size posted?

I think we can see enough of it thank you!
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Post by: Piston Broke on April 01, 2010, 10:13:18 AM
Siomeone said that Cllr Glaholm does not rate Garry's performance over the academy will he be any better on the Wi-fi or SCS?
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Post by: Richard Symonds on April 01, 2010, 10:53:25 AM
David Glaholm spoke very well last night and is leaving on a high note.

As for Garry's suitability there was quite a discussion and the floor suggested that despite the difficulties as to whether Hitesh Patel was or wasn't it was suggested that he would be a better choice.

Leader Rod Bluh said that Garry was his choice and he would be ably assisted and advised by HP.  The only trouble was that HP would not necessarily be present at important meetings and thereby advice would be at a distance.   I hope my memory is correct on this but no doubt others will correct me if I am wrong!
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Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2010, 11:08:26 AM
David Glaholm spoke very well last night and is leaving on a high note.

As for Garry's suitability there was quite a discussion and the floor suggested that despite the difficulties as to whether Hitesh Patel was or wasn't it was suggested that he would be a better choice.

Leader Rod Bluh said that Garry was his choice and he would be ably assisted and advised by HP.  The only trouble was that HP would not necessarily be present at important meetings and thereby advice would be at a distance.   I hope my memory is correct on this but no doubt others will correct me if I am wrong!

Are you saying that Garry is the best person for this because he knows less that the director of business transformation? It is almost as if the council wants someone on the board who knows less than the DBT?
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Post by: komadori on April 01, 2010, 11:51:50 AM
At a previous meeting, the reason given for choosing Mr Perkins was his "business experience". But for the moment he's not a director. Despite Mr Patel's directorship being terminated promptly, Mr Perkins' directorship has yet to be registered, as has Mr Arif's (the aQovia representative). The only director of Digital City (UK) Ltd at the moment is Mr Hunt.
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Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2010, 11:59:08 AM
Reading this for some I believe will be more entertaining  than an episode of Only Fools and Horses  :2funny:
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Post by: Richard Symonds on April 01, 2010, 12:08:25 PM
Without doubt Garry is a successul business man but for the life of me I cannot understand why Hitesh Patel cannot also be a legitimate Director as well with all his background experience and knowledge of this project.  Incidentally he did look extremely relaxed and confident last night.

Interesting that it was revealed that there are now investors that will exceed the £450,000 loan and if so why is Rikki Hunt still the only registered Director.  Can't Directorships be logged electronically and as we are in the age of Wi-fi can't a simple task like this be achieved without a fuss?  Bodes well for the future wellbeing of this company and our money.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 01, 2010, 02:37:13 PM
Thanks for carrying on conversation in this space. I wonder if these posts could be moved to where the Wi-Fi debate is taking place.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 01, 2010, 02:37:23 PM
Easter egg hunts in Swindon. Find them at www.swindonlink.com
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 01, 2010, 02:37:58 PM
Swindon's Beatbullyz set up on label. Oasis gig in April at sell out. Read them on site now.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 01, 2010, 02:39:15 PM
Kevin McCloud's HAB Housing project gets £2.5 Homes and Communities Agency funding for sustainable homes off Northern Road. See site for story.
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Post by: komadori on April 01, 2010, 02:43:16 PM
Thanks for carrying on conversation in this space. I wonder if these posts could be moved to where the Wi-Fi debate is taking place.
The conversation might bring some more readers to what's otherwise mainly one long advert.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 01, 2010, 03:24:13 PM
Let's call it a hotlink to lots of interesting stuff.

And hey, folks, join the Swindon Link Magazine & swindonlink.com appreciation group Facebook (http://Facebook) and follow us on Twitter @swindonlink

Nevertheless, my comment was concern that important points on wi-fi maybe lost if appearing in another thread.
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Post by: Muggins on April 01, 2010, 03:27:40 PM
Thanks for carrying on conversation in this space. I wonder if these posts could be moved to where the Wi-Fi debate is taking place.
The conversation might bring some more readers to what's otherwise mainly one long advert.

On the other hand, some might actually want to go to wifi free zones for a while!
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Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2010, 03:38:57 PM
One day when as Cllr Montaut said this Wi-fiasco is over normality will return to talkswindon erm.. that is after the canal, Big weekend, Tabernacle stones, SCS and Forward Swindon have also been sorted out.
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Post by: Tea Boy on April 01, 2010, 04:48:52 PM
TB - any of reducing the Tory party advertising to a quarter of the size posted?

didn't mean to make it so large honest, it just happened when i inserted the link, perhaps an admin can sort it as it appeared smaller in Geoff Reid's earlier post.....
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Post by: Ringer on April 01, 2010, 04:52:11 PM
TB

Its not the size that matters its what you do with it that matters :emb:
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Post by: Tea Boy on April 01, 2010, 04:57:46 PM
TB

Its not the size that matters its what you do with it that matters :emb:

honestly officer, i wa only cleaning and it went off :o

was talking to the boss today about installing some tree posts....

His secretary walked into his office just as i was explaining ttat .....' once it's six inches in , i can take my hands off and ram it the rest of the way in'....

God can that girl blush :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 01, 2010, 05:15:10 PM
Enter here your requests for TS admin to alter the images on said poster before its reposted at smaller size
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Post by: Tea Boy on April 01, 2010, 05:24:10 PM
Enter here your requests for TS admin to alter the images on said poster before its reposted at smaller size

Sorry couldn't quite understand that last post.. alter the images? do you wish the admins to 'edit' out evidence of Mr Buckland's imaginary undertakings and then resive the poster??.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 01, 2010, 06:33:06 PM
The mind boggles at why knickers may cause distractions. Anyway, also new on swindonlink.com registrations for this year's swimathon are being taken and also the opening of The Platform Youth Centre. Did anybody attend the opening of the official launch on Thursday 27 March? If so, please send me a personal message.
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Post by: Muggins on April 01, 2010, 06:40:20 PM
Sorry have removed my post, don't want to spoil your sensible thread Roger! 
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 02, 2010, 10:31:09 AM
I can't modify my post; the knickers reference looks out of order. Folks, this was a reply to Muggins comment.

On site now: Swindon Film Festival starts next week. Some fascinating, thoughtful inspiring films to be seen.

Tuesday - South American music event at the Arts Centre with El Maestro and the ambassador of Paraguay
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Post by: Piston Broke on April 02, 2010, 01:32:52 PM
I thought Bobby F Matinez

Made a good comment on adver thread:
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Bobfm, South Marston says...
10:43am Thu 1 Apr 10

I think the word hypocricy is very apt here. Both Anne Snelgrove and Robert Buckland are arch EU supporters.

It is the RDA/EU generated policies that are driving these develoments.

I liked Grimwalds response better:
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Grimwald, Swindon says...
1:24pm Fri 2 Apr 10

Bobfm wrote:
I think the word hypocricy is very apt here. Both Anne Snelgrove and Robert Buckland are arch EU supporters. It is the RDA/EU generated policies that are driving these develoments.

I see you have commented on this Bob but what about the three Wi-fi threads? Has Justin told you not to or something? He obviously supports you on the EU as you have not mentioned him along with his twin Robert Buckland.

Are the tories falling out? or just looking after their own interests and BFM is he partisan about one and not the other? Why is BFM not commenting on Wi-fi perhaps Grimwald will join TS and tell us?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 07, 2010, 05:44:06 PM
War stress to be discussed at April meetings in Swindon

The myths and realities of Gulf War Syndrome and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will be examined in two workshops during April run by retired cognitive behavioural therapist and registered mental nurse Dick Hilling.

Dick, who was attached to the Army medical corps during the 1991 Gulf War, is running them to raise awareness of the conditions and to help sufferers and their families understand the issues.

Saturday 17 April, 9.45am to 4.30pm:  Post Trauma Stress/Shellshock Treatment and Support: Myth or Reality? Cost: £25.

Wednesday 21 April, 11am to 4pm: Gulf War Syndrome. Cost  £30.

Both events include a buffet lunch and take place at Basepoint Business Centre, Rivermead Drive, Westlea.

After expenses, money raised will go to the charity Learning for Life where Dick is a tutor, and also to help cover his costs of attending the Royal College of Nurses Conference where he will present an emergency resolution calling on the Ministry of Defence and all governments since the first Gulf War to recognise Gulf War Syndrome.   

To book a  place at the workshops or to contact Dick, call 01793 608781 or mail: info@l4lswindon.co.uk

Gulf war veterans: www.ngvfa.co.uk (http://www.ngvfa.co.uk)
Link to previous PTSD conferences: www.nrah.co.uk (http://www.nrah.co.uk) 
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 08, 2010, 02:13:43 PM
Organisers of the Nationwide Swindon Half Marathon are hoping for bumper entries and fine weather after announcing that this year’s race will take place on Sunday, 10 October.

Last year more than 2,800 people took part in the three races and preparations are underway to exceed that total in 2010 with prize money on offer to the top-placed runners in the half marathon.
 
Organised by Swindon Borough Council’s Leisure Services Team and sponsored by Nationwide Building Society, The British Heart Foundation will again administer all event registrations, including on-the-day entries for the multi-terrain and fun run.

To take part call the registration line on 0800 169 3672. www.swindonhalfmarathon.co.uk (http://www.swindonhalfmarathon.co.uk)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 08, 2010, 02:15:37 PM
Registration and access is free to a new directory of voluntary and community groups, created by Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS), called VOICE.

The directory allows people to search and locate voluntary and community groups in the town, with direct links to their sites. Organisations will be able to manage and update their details. Smaller groups without their own website will get an internet presence without going to the trouble and cost of having one created.

Sign your group up at www.vas-swindon.org.uk (http://www.vas-swindon.org.uk) or call 538398.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 08, 2010, 02:18:54 PM
Three play parks in West Swindon have been given makeovers and will be relaunched from this Saturday. Be the first to try out the new kit.

The park refurbishments are funded by a £1.1 million government grant to Swindon Council, which is renewing 22 play areas across the borough, each having £50,000 worth of new equipment and landscaping spent on them to encourage children to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

Come along to the reopenings on:

Saturday 10 April, 12noon - The Chesters, Westlea;

Saturday 17 April, 10am - Nine Elms;

Saturday 17 April, 2pm - Bloomsbury Close, Freshbrook;

Wednesday 21 April, 3.30pm - Camden Close, Grange Park

Work on the larger play area on Shaw Ridge is to start in April.
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Post by: Des Moffatt on April 08, 2010, 02:51:19 PM
A couple of words in support of swindonlinkman.
Unlike the pravdatiser, he tells it like it is and doesn't portray government funded investments carried out by SBC as solely Swindon Council initiatives
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 09, 2010, 02:28:37 PM
Saturday 10 April - The Nearly Naked Chef in Swindon. Celebrated broadcaster, raconteur, writer and cook Hardeep Singh Kohli combines comedy with inventive cuisine in a wonderfully funny, laid back evening's entertainment at the Swindon Arts Centre. Box office for tickets: 614837.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 09, 2010, 04:44:15 PM
The time for the play area opening given above is incorrect. Steve Wakefield will launch The Chesters play area in Westlea (close to the fire station) at 10am tomorrow, 10 April.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 10, 2010, 04:18:22 PM
After a long wait, the Swindon Torun twinning committee has set up a second trip to the town’s twin in Poland. Organiser Stan Pajak says, “the trip will be a wonderful opportunity to sample Polish culture amid the historic surroundings of Torun, the birth place of Copernicus, the home of Teutonic knights and a university of 30,000 students matched by a wonderful old town centre with shops and restaurants.

"Athletes can also take part in the Torun half and full marathon. We have six free places for Swindon runners and a reasonable charge for additional competitors. Could this be a revenge mission as Torun runner Krzysztof Bartkiewicz won last October’s Swindon Half Marathon?”

The trip takes place from Saturday 5 June to Wednesday 9 June. The cost is £110 for four nights bed and breakfast and coach travel to Bristol airport and transfer from Bydgoszcz airport to Torun. Tickets for the Ryanair flights must be bought individually. 

For details see www.swindontorun.org.uk/trip-06-2010/trip-to-torun (http://www.swindontorun.org.uk/trip-06-2010/trip-to-torun) or call Stan Pajak on 01793 642936.

Discover Torun in English at: www.torun.pl  (http://www.torun.pl)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 10, 2010, 04:19:27 PM
Images of sculptures not seen by the general public inside Isambard Community School in the gallery at www.swindonlink.com
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Post by: Bobby Bingo on April 10, 2010, 06:25:38 PM
Have you been to the exhibition of Polish Culture and manymany other things at the Central Library.
It is worth a visit and I found parts of it very moving.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 11, 2010, 04:45:59 PM
Havn't been told anything about it. Can you advise info and I'll add it to the what's on listing?
All sympathy to the people of Poland hearing of the tragedy to the centre of government.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 20, 2010, 09:24:25 AM
 Freshbrook Community Centre reopens for business.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 20, 2010, 09:24:52 AM
 Fancy a curry for charity at the Bombay Lounge in Peatmoor. Join the Mayor of Swindon on Wednesday 28 April.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 20, 2010, 09:25:19 AM
 Mayor Pride of Swindon awards. See photos posted on site
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 20, 2010, 09:26:00 AM
Swindon Council's WiFi 'Digital City' project is a big, unnecessary mistake says Basil Jones article of Swindon based charity Stop Harming Our Children
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Post by: Tobes on April 20, 2010, 09:39:00 AM
Hello Roger.

Out of interest, you article about WiFi requires some serious clarification and caution. Whilst I'm no fan of WiFi myself, the career and credibility of the views of Roger Coghill requires some scrutiny if you're going to quote him as an 'informed' source. Ben Goldacre has had some <ahem> interesting things to say about him...

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You will remember, two weeks ago now, we saw the Sunday Express claiming on its front page that an impressive government adviser called Dr Roger Coghill had performed a research study demonstrating that the Bridgend suicide cases all lived closer to a mobile phone mast than average. When I contacted Coghill it turned out he wasn’t really a government adviser, he had previously claimed that Aids was caused by power cables, he said the Express had made a mistake in calling him a doctor, he had lost the data, and he couldn’t even explain what he meant by “average”.


http://www.badscience.net/category/roger-coghill/

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Readers worried by the front page story on Mr Coghill’s inaccessible research may have visited his website  for more information. There they could buy his electromagnetic field protection equipment at competitive prices, and a £149 device called the Acousticom  for “finding out if your home is being exposed to microwaves from e.g. cellphone masts”, as well as several other interesting products, including a magnet that makes wine taste nicer, and the “Mood Maker” treatment for impotence at just £22.32 including VAT (“the small unit discreetly attaches to your underwear… the Mood Maker will gently and gradually increase circulation in the pelvic area”).


http://www.badscience.net/2008/06/roger-coghill-fails-the-aids-test/

oh, and if you want some more coffin nails...

http://skepticreport.com/sr/?p=554



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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 20, 2010, 10:16:50 AM
I recall reading the Goldacre expostulation. I shall pass on your comments to Basil who wrote the article. The site now has capacity for comment on articles. Are you inclined to post your view on this.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 20, 2010, 10:32:25 AM
Anybody know of Gordon Brown at Drove School today sometime?
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Post by: Muggins on April 20, 2010, 11:32:04 AM
Had a phone call from Radio 5 live yesterday asking of I knew of a contact for a group of youngsters that he could meet.   I was so busy it passed me by it was actually George Brown they were talking about.  I took it he would be over this neck of the woods,  perhpas he's there because the can get the youth there.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 20, 2010, 01:26:49 PM
George Brown died about 25 years ago; sometimes I wonder about the palour of Gordon B.
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Post by: Bobby Bingo on April 20, 2010, 01:56:45 PM
George Brown had a wonderful palor.
Ruby red cheeks and a crimson nose.
Him and Churchill were a good pair.
Often p****d as newts!
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Post by: Muggins on April 20, 2010, 02:45:19 PM
Sorry folks, when I get a name wrong I get it wrong for life!  Gordon, that was Gordon, Gordon, Gordon, Gordon, Gordon.

Anyone who has worked closely with me can testify that it was not just a senior moment. 

I'm also sorry I didn't come straight here and post it up.
 
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Post by: Richard Symonds on April 20, 2010, 04:51:09 PM
George Brown had a wonderful palor.
Ruby red cheeks and a crimson nose.
Him and Churchill were a good pair.
Often p****d as newts!

reminds me of an incident in 1966 when George Brown was guest speaker at the Plastics Federation annual dinner which my father attended.  They filled him up with whisky and when he got up to do his speach he opened by saying 'you lot have got me p*****.'  nevertheless I believe he like his audience enjoyed the evening!
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 21, 2010, 04:36:08 PM
Sahara marathon runner returns fit and well and raises £2,000 each for Swindon MS centre and Swindon Down's Syndrome Group
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Post by: Chav on April 21, 2010, 07:05:19 PM
Sahara marathon runner returns fit and well and raises £2,000 each for Swindon MS centre and Swindon Down's Syndrome Group

Thats fantastic news !  :)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 21, 2010, 09:40:52 PM
Whatever your fitness, join Mike Buss in Lydiard Park for a Run 4 Heroes on 6 June and help him raise £20k on the day.

Also, got some heirlooms to sell? Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow crew are recording at Steam tomorrow
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 21, 2010, 10:06:57 PM
Chief of the Disasters Emergency Committee collects cheque for £5,000 raised at a Haiti fundraiser at the end of February.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 21, 2010, 10:10:37 PM
Swindon has dozens of public sculptures dotted around the town, commissioned by Thamesdown Borough Council in the late 1980s and early 1990s and paid for by grants or developer contributions under the Percent for Art public art scheme. Unusual, perhaps unique, but largely ignored.

Story and images to appear on Saturday. Question is, should more effort be put into looking after them and better explained?
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Post by: Ringer on April 22, 2010, 07:23:46 AM
Swindon has dozens of public sculptures dotted around the town, commissioned by Thamesdown Borough Council in the late 1980s and early 1990s and paid for by grants or developer contributions under the Percent for Art public art scheme. Unusual, perhaps unique, but largely ignored.

Story and images to appear on Saturday. Question is, should more effort be put into looking after them and better explained?

Who will pay?
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Post by: Muggins on April 22, 2010, 08:39:58 AM
Volunteer effort?

Whatever happened to that Percent for Art and Percent for Nature too?

Used to be able to afford things like this before money was wasted on Canal spurs and wifi schemes??
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Post by: Bobby Bingo on April 22, 2010, 09:14:24 AM
The money was redirected to the Town Centre management quangos.
Someone told me last night that Statton Parish Council and Covingham Parish Council are still waiting for their share of the 106 money from the development of Oaktree Park, the old St. Josephs School site.
No wonder Phyl Young is resigning. He could not face the electorate.
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Post by: Ringer on April 22, 2010, 09:54:49 AM
The money was redirected to the Town Centre management quangos.
Someone told me last night that Statton Parish Council and Covingham Parish Council are still waiting for their share of the 106 money from the development of Oaktree Park, the old St. Josephs School site.


What a shocking thing to say is it in North Swindon? Justin Tomlinson can cover answer for him if it is?:o I am sure if someone asks him on Monday Night at the Wyvern he will have an answer?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 30, 2010, 06:15:58 PM
Serious accident at Moredon Bridge outside controversial new housing development site. See www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 30, 2010, 06:19:34 PM
check out the big caption site http://thebigcaption.com (http://thebigcaption.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 05, 2010, 11:38:19 AM
Discover your future with Mystic Ruth over a curry at Swindon's Bombay Lounge restaurant tonight. Call 07887 717597 to book or mail pavinda@bombaylounge.co.uk
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 05, 2010, 02:11:19 PM
Amazing pics of a military nature at http://ht.ly/1FJpJ (http://ht.ly/1FJpJ)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 06, 2010, 06:10:13 PM
Swindon bid to break bunting record
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 06, 2010, 06:14:05 PM
Fashion fix for disabled children
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 07, 2010, 10:38:42 AM
Business is not boring. Swindon College holds Open for Business Session aimed at school leavers.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 10, 2010, 03:53:50 PM
Journalist from Swindon reports on the gulf oil rig disaster at: http://bit.ly/cIDLyn (http://bit.ly/cIDLyn)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 10, 2010, 05:23:05 PM
60 Stunning Satellite Photos of Earth http://bit.ly/9P1nCN (http://bit.ly/9P1nCN)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 11, 2010, 05:07:23 PM
Surfing alpacas and other great animal pictures at http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/animals_in_the_news.html#photo37 (http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/animals_in_the_news.html#photo37)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 12, 2010, 04:01:56 PM
Aldi consults on new North Swindon store plan - Monday 17 May - only 6 days notice of meeting. See details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 15, 2010, 12:57:35 PM
Gulf oil disaster pictures by journalist from Swindon at http://www.facebook.com/aaaalex.ogle#!/photo.php?pid=43684652&id=14203331&fbid=791809764863 (http://www.facebook.com/aaaalex.ogle#!/photo.php?pid=43684652&id=14203331&fbid=791809764863)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 18, 2010, 05:22:10 PM
Electric bikes in Swindon open day. See the very latest from Wisper (906xc Tourer Carbon Matrix), Gocycle, e-max, Powabyke and the new Raleigh ebikes and try some of them out.  There'll be the opportunity to see a collection of ebikes owned by local enthusiast Bob Wheeler.  See www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) for details
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Post by: Mart on May 18, 2010, 08:40:37 PM
Understand there are some issues with battery placement.



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Post by: Muggins on May 19, 2010, 02:56:01 PM
At last,  an ideal Mugginsobile!   
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 19, 2010, 03:22:21 PM
Certainly not electric powered!
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 20, 2010, 08:48:24 AM
Swindon town centre water feature switch on story and images at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: Richard Symonds on May 20, 2010, 10:31:52 AM
Well is this the £3.9m worth?

What a disgraceful waste of public money.

and someone telephoned me about it last night and said they thought the Council had no money!!  We know it came from elsewhere but it is perceived as waste by the residents.

I wouldn't want to be a Tory in the locals next year because this is what is going to be thrown at them.

and are you going to write about Formula1 coming to West Swindon Roger?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 20, 2010, 11:01:41 AM
Tell me more about Formula 1. I know nothing, or is this a developing urban myth to wind me up?
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Post by: Richard Symonds on May 20, 2010, 04:57:20 PM
Tell me more about Formula 1. I know nothing, or is this a developing urban myth to wind me up?

Well Roger surely you have witnessed all these expensive armcos being replaced and extended all over West Swindon.  I just love the one on the exit from Tewesbury Way into Roughmoor Way which is sited behind a lamp post.  Now only SBC could do something so utterly rediculous.  I think this unfortunate mistake has cost us next year's New Swindon Street Circuit Grand Prix, seeing that the big weekend was such a stonking success.  Sadly Bernie Ecclestone was not impressed!

Considering the maximum speed limit, unrestricted when I came to Swindon in 1991, is now 40mph I consider this a gross mis spend of Public Money when services such as Enterprise Works have had to sustain budget cuts of £50,000.  Surely no one would disagree with me? 

I think we need a special section for the gross misuse of public money.  I need to get my camera out again.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 20, 2010, 05:36:19 PM
I see your connection. After Mike Jarvis from Nine Elms wrote to Peter Greenhalgh on 5 May, I also wrote asking for a statement explaining what was going on about a week ago. Peter, if you're reading this, I've yet to receive a reply.
Mike's letter is below. Sounds like somebody should ask SBCs scrutiny committee to review this, or maybe you should put a complaint into the Local Government Ombudsman.

To all West Swindon councillors,

I wrote the following letter to Peter Greenhalgh on 5th May to which I have not had the courtesy of a reply. I realise that there has been the distraction of national and regional elections but I, along with others, am very concerned about this.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meeting at the West Swindon Forum yesterday.

Having taken the outstanding decision to shut down Swindon’s speed cameras, a move which has clearly been successful, with no rise in accidents or road deaths, and the promise to spend the money more wisely on more effective safety devices and other schemes I, and almost everyone I know, commend you for discouraging such a blatant and ruthless tax on the motorist, and for taking genuine road safety measures more seriously .
 
However, I am writing this letter to express my serious concern about my, and all other Swindon taxpayer’s money now being dreadfully ill spent.

With Swindon’s roads literally falling apart, and in many cases liable to cause serious damage or injury, why are you installing crash barriers in such locations as Tewkesbury Way, Roughmoor Way etc. The risk of vehicles running off the road in any of these locations must be infinitesimal.

I have spoken to a number of local residents and not one could suggest a case for such financial madness.

Following thirteen years of Labour government our country is effectively bankrupt, and the condition of roads and highways all over the country are now amongst the worst in Europe. This, despite Britain’s road users being openly and stealthily taxed beyond credibility.

I doubt that there are many complete stretches of road in Swindon that are not damaged in some way. Where repairs have been done since the predictably cold weather it is generally a quick fix, shoddy, bodge job, in many cases already failing.

And yet you irresponsibly and openly waste our precious money in this and other ways.

Please advise on what grounds these decisions were made. Clarify how many accidents have occurred with loss of life or injury at these specific locations and, most importantly advise the true and complete cost of barrier installations including those recently installed, currently being installed and any others that are planned :-

I expect a reasonable response to this email.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 20, 2010, 06:59:21 PM
Is anybody going to Wembley for Swindon's big game? Would you be willing to write for swindonlink.com?

Also looking for as many images to go on swindonlink.com gallery. Mail me publisher@swindonlink.com if you can help
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Post by: Richard Symonds on May 21, 2010, 10:28:15 AM
Will you please consider writing an article on the subject of the armcos and the fact that a local councillor appears to be ignoring correspondance something for which he has something of a reputation alegedly.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 21, 2010, 12:08:51 PM
Certainly consider it, but time to get it down is proving a problem. Have you a picture of the location you mentioned earlier?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 21, 2010, 12:12:19 PM
Taylor Wimpey gives less than a week's notice to see plans for 800 homes at Ridgeway Farm on Wednesday 26 May at Roughmoor Social Hall, Swinley Drive, Peatmoor. See drawings at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)

See how the issue has developed over the last three years at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wiltshire-plan-3000-homes-for-swindons-western-border (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wiltshire-plan-3000-homes-for-swindons-western-border)

Are you willing to distribute leaflets in Peatmoor, Sparcells, Nine Elms over the weekend to make people aware of this? Mail me with your address: publisher@swindonlink.com with offers of a couple of hours.
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Post by: Richard Symonds on May 21, 2010, 06:00:37 PM
Certainly consider it, but time to get it down is proving a problem. Have you a picture of the location you mentioned earlier?

Roger if you write the article I will take the pictures and email them to you raw
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 21, 2010, 06:07:17 PM
ok, will get it organised next week, when I hope Peter Greenhalgh will have responded to the earlier queries.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 21, 2010, 06:19:45 PM
Demob happy here, just sent another stonking magazine to the press and also supplied a number of the stories to Frequency magazine. Glutton for punishment I've just sent this newsletter to the 600 or so registered users of the site. Hope you don't mind me posting it here:

here are really good things happening at www.swindonlink.com  (http://www.swindonlink.com)and if you've not been by recently, please have a look.

Thanks to our friends at www.rubberdragon.com (http://www.rubberdragon.com) the site is where we want it to be (for the time being) - lots more content, features and potential for you to get involved.

Have a look at the top stories on site now:

• The new mayor of Swindon

• 800 homes proposed for West Swindon - we've been given less than a week's notice of the plans, so the site is the main way of getting information about the meeting next Wednesday. If you live in the area, please pass this on

• The new water feature in the town centre - with some great images

• Plans for a new Aldi supermarket in North Swindon
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Are you involved with a charity or community group in Swindon? Check whether they're listed in the site's community links section. If they are, are the details correct?

Does your group have anything coming up? Add it to the what's on listing.

Whilst talking about what's on, there are quite a lot of events taking place tomorrow, Saturday 22 May, such as a Pac-Man celebration, an electric bike festival, and a celebration of bio-diversity. Details on site.
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Are you willing to raise money Run For Heroes on 6 June? Run or walk around Lydiard Park. See details on site.
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Do you have any good images of Swindon? I'm looking for photographers interested in sending 8 to 12 pictures to appear in the gallery section.

Are you going to see Swindon Town at Wembley next Saturday? I'm looking for images of the experience.
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Got to sell stuff? Why don't you use the Classfieds Ads section on site?
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In business? We're offering really low prices for banner adverts on the site. And if you link us to your site we'll give you a free banner for a month.

Why not consider advertising in the magazine? See the About Us section on the site.
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Are you on Facebook? Join the Swindon Link Magazine & swindonlink.com group and get more regular updates.

What about Twitter? We're at:  /swindonlink
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Hope you like the site. The weather this weekend in Swindon is predicted to be blistering. Have a good one.

Any questions or points of view, do mail Roger Ogle at: publisher@swindonlink.com
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 24, 2010, 04:47:31 PM
Wednesday 26 May at Roughmoor Social Hall, Swinley Drive, Peatmoor. Taylor Wimpey want to build 800 more homes at Ridgeway Farm. Really important that as many people get there as possible. See drawings at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)

See how the issue has developed over the last three years at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wiltshire-plan-3000-homes-for-swindons-western-border (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wiltshire-plan-3000-homes-for-swindons-western-border)
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Post by: Richard Symonds on May 24, 2010, 05:42:12 PM
Can you please put up the flood plain drawings for Ridgeway Farm please Roger?  People need to see them so that they can ask appropriate questions of the developer in the context of the RF and also the knock on effects elsewhere.

It raises the questions will the works we are suffering in Westlea Drive be adequate.  Will Barnfield cope with another 1,000 homes?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 24, 2010, 06:06:07 PM
Have found one and added it to the story; not the best image. And given that Ridgeway Farm is on a hill not a major problem. However it could well be for people living upstream in Pembroke Park, Westlea and Wichelstowe
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Post by: Richard Symonds on May 25, 2010, 12:21:00 AM
Did we cover Westlea with the leaflets?

It looks as though my sister was smart to sell her home in Moresby Close in 1993!
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 25, 2010, 08:39:35 AM
1800 leaflets were got out in three days, pretty good considering that volunteers had to be recruited from a standing start. Keith did the business by getting them to distributors but he'll have to say where they went. I mailed information to contacts in Moresby and asked for it to be circulated.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 27, 2010, 09:55:00 PM
14 new images of Swindon's new water feature at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) Takes a great picture even if you think its a waste of money
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 28, 2010, 06:24:05 PM
Kevin McCloud launches first eco-housing project in Swindon. Also, you won't be able to see world cup games on the Big Screen Swindon, but you can watch an opera about sex and murder. See stories at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: Guessingstick on May 28, 2010, 08:23:21 PM
Having read the story and studied the VIP pictures, there seems to be a missing ingredient, suggestions on what that might be please.
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Post by: Chris Watts on May 28, 2010, 08:48:54 PM
Having read the story and studied the VIP pictures, there seems to be a missing ingredient, suggestions on what that might be please.

No Councillor, what is going on? Surely the local Councillor for the area would have been...

Wait a minute, penny dropping, light bulb above head moment.

Northern Road.

Not a conservative Councillor. Therefore no invite perhaps?

Am i right? do i win? ::)

 
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Post by: Guessingstick on May 28, 2010, 10:43:27 PM
Sorry, Northern Road, an older established community?
I doupt messers Moffat Grant or Small would be interested in paying homage to McCloud
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 01, 2010, 01:59:30 PM
Swindon Town at Wembley. Emma Clay describes experiences of the day that started with such high expectations and ended in sadness. Also, win a copy of One Night in Turin, the story of England's near success twenty years ago.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 02, 2010, 09:55:23 AM
Armed forces day on 25 June in the town centre. See details on site


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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 02, 2010, 04:06:31 PM
Walk, shuffle, run. Take part in the Run for Heroes this Sunday at Lydiard Park. See details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 02, 2010, 06:15:37 PM
Mills and Boon tie up with National Trust. Romantic writing workshop with Nicola Cornick in Swindon 28 June. Details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 04, 2010, 11:32:57 AM
Councillor Keith gets on his bike by for SMASH. Help him fundraise for crucial mentoring project via www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: Bobby Bingo on June 04, 2010, 02:09:53 PM
Has he still got the bike that Lord Tebbitt told him to buy?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 04, 2010, 02:21:02 PM
Swindon volunteers recognised by The Queen. Swindon Down's Syndrome Group to receive 'MBE' for volunteer groups. Details on site now.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 04, 2010, 04:23:28 PM
Not on swindonlink.com and this probably is best somewhere else on TS:

Gateway detailed planning application for Coate
The government is closing the door on the RSS and Core Strategy plans and developers are putting in their applications. Is this panic?

Application received by Swindon Council on 27 May. Published on 2 and 3 June.

See http://www.swindon.gov.uk/environment/planning/planningapplyonline.htm (http://www.swindon.gov.uk/environment/planning/planningapplyonline.htm)

Full planning application ref: S/10/0842

Would anybody like to write a story about this for www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 04, 2010, 05:55:09 PM
Kenya comes to Swindon's Brunel centre - 5 June, 10am - 3pm. Shoppers to experience a little of Maasai culture.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 05, 2010, 01:24:23 PM
Monday 7 June: Charity 10 pin bowling at Shaw Ridge Leisure Park.

A few spaces available at £8.50 per person. Mail Alan Holmes: alanholmes73@hotmail.com



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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 07, 2010, 08:54:53 AM
Swindon Media Make-up students showcase 16 June. Fantasy & creepy crawly catwalk creations. Details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
Below, not fantasy: Florida surfer - see full size image at http://bit.ly/bT4qW6 (http://bit.ly/bT4qW6) via @picturecool
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 08, 2010, 04:47:54 PM
Who knew Swindon could be so peaceful? See Solitary Swindon (http://www.vimeo.com/12021318)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 08, 2010, 04:52:11 PM
Hope to stops 800 homes west of swindon after Eric Pickles Eric Pickles halves number of homes proposed for Bourton on the Water. See http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/news/Eric-Pickles-rescue-600-Cotswolds-homes-plan-halved/article-2263583-detail/article.html (http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/news/Eric-Pickles-rescue-600-Cotswolds-homes-plan-halved/article-2263583-detail/article.html)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 09, 2010, 09:19:33 AM
Swindon Goldenhar support group and Swindon Pathfinders benefit from bowling night. Astro apprentice wins award. Survive the world cup! See new entries at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
Title: Re: On swindonlink.com Now - Mini-Film of a Peaceful Swindon
Post by: poemogram on June 09, 2010, 10:12:57 AM
Who knew Swindon could be so peaceful? See Solitary Swindon ([url]http://www.vimeo.com/12021318[/url])


beautifully shot and edited

of course it deserves several poems as another response
but on its own it has a beauty I feel
each of we viewers will go on our own mind trips as we view
brilliant imo

Thanx Roger and especially the filmaker
Title: Re: On swindonlink.com Now - the oily surfer - looks like a 'half-pipe' to me !
Post by: poemogram on June 09, 2010, 10:15:54 AM

Below, not fantasy: Florida surfer - see full size image at [url]http://bit.ly/bT4qW6[/url] ([url]http://bit.ly/bT4qW6[/url]) via @picturecool


still looks like a 'half-pipe' to me !

Tony
Title: Re: On swindonlink.com Now - Mini-Film of a Peaceful Swindon
Post by: swindonlinkman on June 09, 2010, 12:22:32 PM
Quote
beautifully shot and edited
of course it deserves several poems as another response but on its own it has a beauty I feel each of we viewers will go on our own mind trips as we view
brilliant imo
Sounds like you need to contact Amelia Mackenzie for a visual literary tie up
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Post by: Muggins on June 09, 2010, 02:04:54 PM
I  thought is started well looking really good with the long shots and then showed it closer, as litter strewn, abandoned trolley, broken kerb stones, fading road markings etc.  Good though.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 09, 2010, 03:54:56 PM
Check out Firebird films moving images of Westmill windmills. Westmill (http://www.vimeo.com/12021982) #westmill
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 10, 2010, 12:18:34 PM
TWIGS SUMMER OPEN DAY SUNDAY 20TH JUNE 11AM - 4PM
-Explore our themed gardens
-Try out our outdoor Fitness equipment
-Selection of contemporary crafts, plants  &  recycled timber products for sale
-Discover our organic allotment
-Art Exhibition
-Children’s activities, Music & Entertainment
-See the F.A.B. Wildflower Haven, Swindon Wildflower Nursery & Swindon Bee Keepers
-Home made refreshments available
-Plus other attractions
-FREE Admission \ FREE Parking

In conjunction with Swindon & District Beekeepers assoc & F.A.B
TWIGS in the grounds of Manor garden centre, Cheney Manor, Swindon, SN2 2QJ.
Tel: 523294 for more information
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 12, 2010, 11:12:16 AM
Channel 4 looks for Swindon teens+parent for documentary working out problems through dramatherapy. To take part see  www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 12, 2010, 02:40:10 PM
Night in Turin - when Gazza cried and England nearly made it 20 years ago. Enter our competition for a DVD at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 17, 2010, 02:48:48 PM
The Fonz visits Red Oaks Primary to tell youngsters that every one has greatness inside them. Story at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 18, 2010, 02:03:31 PM
Bid to move Swindon from being ‘water stressed’ to becomes UK’s most water-efficient town. Story on www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 18, 2010, 06:13:45 PM
Just sent July magazine to press. Another stonking edition. Out next weekend. Time to go home.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 21, 2010, 02:10:28 PM
Pensioner thanks Link centre staff for saving his life twice. Danger of Sudden Cardiac Arrest not to be underestimated. Story on www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 25, 2010, 02:56:15 PM
Parachutists to launch Swindon Armed Forces family fun day - 26 June - Faringdon Road Park. Details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: Mart on June 25, 2010, 06:48:05 PM
Are they the spearhead of an army of liberation?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 28, 2010, 05:25:48 PM
Celebrate West Swindon and 25 years of Link Centre

To recognise all the good things going on in West Swindon  and to mark 25 years of Link Centre, the West Swindon Forum and Link Centre are jointly organising a showcase event to bring the community together to meet and enjoy at Link Centre on Saturday 10 July, 10am to 2.30pm.

Displays by community organisations, performances, activities for adults and children plus displays by the Neighbourhood Policing Team, Fire and Rescue Service, Streetsmart including recycling, Trading Standards, Swindon Energy Project, Swindon Parent Partnership, Family Information Service, Road Safety and The Link Magazine.

Find out what’s going on in the community


Police work in the West and Spring is Sprung set for forum meeting


Reports from the two Neighbourhood Police Teams will be made at the West Swindon Forum on Monday 12 July, 7.30pm, at West Swindon Library.

Also on the agenda is the 800 new houses proposed for West Swindon. A discussion proposed by The Link concerns the future of public art in West Swindon and the reinstatement of Spring is Sprung.

The state of the sculptures was highlighted in the May Link where we called for them to be made visible, celebrated and safe. See www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) for images of all the art pieces.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 28, 2010, 06:26:17 PM
Battle to stop 800 homes at Ridgeway Farm. Developers claim outline plan of 30 years ago justifies massive housing development in Wiltshire on western edge of Swindon. See plans on Monday 4 July. Details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 28, 2010, 09:45:54 PM
Rainbows over Swindon. Brighten up our town with Photoshop or coloured pencils and crayons. Join in with our virtual project at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 29, 2010, 04:24:09 PM
Great short film by Swindon's FirebirdFilms featuring City of Truro at Swindon/Cricklade Railway at Swindon & Cricklade Railway, City of Truro (http://www.vimeo.com/12643984)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 30, 2010, 06:02:14 PM
Great new Italian restaurant opening in West Swindon on 1 July. See www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 01, 2010, 11:33:36 AM
Unscrambling our duplicated Facebook pages. 'Like' us at the new local business page @ http://www.facebook.com/home.php?# (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#)!/pages/Swindon-Link/128313033866073?ref=ts

You can be my friend at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?# (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#)!/?sk=nf
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 02, 2010, 06:55:23 PM
Swindon Stammurai strikes with iPhone app. Worldwide interest in brilliant app for people with fluency issues. See story at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)

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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 05, 2010, 01:13:11 PM
Celebrating West Swindon and 25 years of Link Centre this Saturday 10 July. Details at www.swidonlink.com (http://www.swidonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 05, 2010, 01:16:23 PM
Big Arts Day at Lydiard Park this Saturday 10 July. Details at www.swidonlink.com (http://www.swidonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 05, 2010, 09:58:18 PM
World oxygen therapy expert visits Swindon MS Centre. Centre looks for soldiers injured by IED blast to experience oxygen therapy. See details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 06, 2010, 08:55:40 AM
Thrills and spills at Swindon Robins. Win incredible VIP tickets to a speedway meeting at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 06, 2010, 09:19:55 PM
Make plans for the end of life. Free conference at Jury's Hotel on 13 July to address issues that people prefer not to discuss. See details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 08, 2010, 12:15:02 PM
Two Swindon arts’ schools strike gold. Isambard and Bradon Forest receive Artsmark Gold awards. Story at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)

PS: Saturday - Celebrating West Swindon and 25 years of Link Centre at Link Centre, 10am to 3pm and Swindon Big Arts Day at Lydiard Park 12noon to 11pm
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 08, 2010, 02:52:41 PM
Check out two new images of digital decoration in Swindon by Mark O'Brien at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 09, 2010, 10:58:04 AM
Inventive decorating Swindon image by Ant Hodges at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 09, 2010, 12:47:41 PM
John Lewis at home Swindon now recruiting staff. Positions available for 180 full-time, part-time and temporary Partners. Details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 12, 2010, 05:04:27 PM
Coop celebrates 150 years trading in #Swindon with fun day on Saturday 17 July. See story & images at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 12, 2010, 05:05:47 PM
Swindon Mechanics Institute holds children's fete on Saturday 17 July following tradition going back over 150 years. Story at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 15, 2010, 05:57:03 PM
Swindon’s two Conservative MPs have opened a new joint constituency office in central Swindon. See details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 27, 2010, 05:56:07 PM
Toothill, Swindon to benefit by at least £1 million over next 10 years from Big Lottery grant. See story at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 28, 2010, 03:50:35 PM
Just added August Link magazine in digital form to www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 29, 2010, 06:07:47 PM
West Swindon application for 175 houses at Grange Park. Bovis Homes partner Primegate Properties for development next to Lydiard Park. Story at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: chenhongjuan on July 30, 2010, 08:20:02 AM
Take advantage of the Scouts Christmas post service :embarassed:

Administrator Comment url removed
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 30, 2010, 04:12:31 PM
Layout for Bovis Homes/Primegate Properties development next to Swindon's Lydiard Park available to view at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 02, 2010, 06:40:03 PM
Camping with Pigs in Swindon at Pigstock. 12-15 August. Find out how to share a sty in swindon at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 02, 2010, 06:40:36 PM
Swindon names saved Vietnam Moon bear Zebedee. Has a magic connection with town. Read what it is at: www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
Title: Posts Moved & Merged
Post by: Geoff Reid on August 04, 2010, 06:01:05 AM
Old Windmill School Site related posts moved here: http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=6035.msg39934#msg39934 (http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=6035.msg39934#msg39934)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 04, 2010, 06:55:34 PM
Sociopaths must not be allowed to take territory. Middleleaze resident calls on Swindon Council to replace swings destroyed by vandals.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 04, 2010, 06:59:02 PM
Rags to riches tale from Swindon-born journalist Justin Stares who has written a first book based on true firsthand accounts and diaries of gay foreign correspondent who picked up an Italian street boy who he tutored to become an award nominated Vietnam war photographer. Full story is on the site.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 05, 2010, 05:28:36 PM
Should Swindon organise another Big Arts event in 2011? Let the council's arts team know what you think. Fill in the survey at you know where.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 05, 2010, 05:33:48 PM
Two Swindon schools support Fairtrade. Millbrook Primary School children also raise cash for Rotary polio eradication campaign by running cafe selling Fairtrade goods. Details at http://bit.ly/swindon (http://bit.ly/swindon)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 11, 2010, 06:31:46 PM
Swindon's Wi-Fi network heads for town centre connections. Interview with Rikki Hunt of Signal @ http://fb.me/FNQNAbW6 (http://fb.me/FNQNAbW6)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 11, 2010, 06:33:25 PM
Swindon Mayor calls for teams to help his charities at the Great Big Swindon Quiz - 15 September. Details at http://fb.me/EBNaiOPR (http://fb.me/EBNaiOPR)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 11, 2010, 06:34:13 PM
Where there's muck there's brass. New waste removal service launched in Swindon. Read all about it at http://bit.ly/swindon (http://bit.ly/swindon)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 13, 2010, 02:34:27 PM
Sweden or is it Swindon? Great namecheck @ Viasat reklamfilm Premier League advert. See Viasat reklamfilm Premier League - Off to Sweden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-paOo8-_H5w#ws)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 13, 2010, 05:56:40 PM
Giant £70 million investment in B&Q distribution centre to generate 600 jobs in Swindon.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 13, 2010, 06:05:58 PM
Extending eye lashes? Make sure you use a qualified and insured stylist. Read why at http://bit.ly/swindon (http://bit.ly/swindon)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 13, 2010, 06:10:52 PM
Swindon & Wiltshire Pride Festival - 14 August - its happening tomorrow. Read more at www.swindonpride.com (http://www.swindonpride.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 14, 2010, 09:39:20 AM
Now following talkswindon on twitter. You can also locate us - apart from www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) - at www.twitter.com/swindonlink (http://www.twitter.com/swindonlink), ‘like’ us at the Swindon Link local business page on Facebook - http://bit.ly/Swindonface (http://bit.ly/Swindonface), and a now the occasional blog @ http://blog.swindonlink.com (http://blog.swindonlink.com) All too confusing.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 18, 2010, 06:54:55 PM
Swindon agencies highlight risk of sexual assault. Campaign aimed at young women launched. See details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 18, 2010, 07:18:34 PM
5 years since Hurricane Katrina at TelegraphPics http://is.gd/enqOf (http://is.gd/enqOf)  Where has time gone?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 20, 2010, 06:51:34 PM
Where are the ‘extra’ Swindon fans who went to Wembley? Swindon Town FC Chief Nick Watkins calls for supporters to fill the stadium at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 25, 2010, 06:31:13 PM
Swindon-born freelance journalist Justin Stares has written a dramatic first book about a rags-to-riches fairytale that went tragically wrong. You can meet him on Saturday 28 August at Waterstones bookshop in the Brunel Centre from 10.30am.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 25, 2010, 06:32:03 PM
The Swindon Borough Council ‘Home and Away Scheme’ is being promoted through 16 week poster campaign using local buses featuring advertisements. The aim of is to recruit at least ten more carers, following a funding injection from the Government’s Aiming Higher programme to expand the scheme. Details at http://bit.ly/swindon (http://bit.ly/swindon)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 25, 2010, 06:32:53 PM
Final comments needed on Grange Park homes. Objections to an application by Swindon planning consultancy DPDS on behalf of Primegate Properties (Hooknorth) Ltd. to build 175 houses with associated open space and landscaping on a green field between Grange Park and  Lydiard Country Park have to be submitted by 26 August. See pics at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 25, 2010, 06:33:55 PM
Swindon company sets out to root out the rogue tenant. TenantVet has said ‘enough is enough.’ Their ground breaking database will wage war on tenants who rip off home owners. British lettings industry could save millions says a new Swindon businesses. First with the news at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: Tea Boy on September 01, 2010, 09:30:45 PM
I see a great photo in the link magazine of Carline Hunt and Jennie McCreedy (SBC, but for how much longer????) with Bill Fisher of SCS opening Shaw Ridge play area..........................
.........the slide slide was burnt to crisp over the week end, it hadn't even been in a month :bash:

what a shame, all that effort by Caroline and Jennie (two of the most pleasant, proffessional and committed council workers around) in transforming countless play areas giving fun and good times to countless kids only to be stabbed in the back by polititians and then by the very kids they have tried to help. how they do what they do and not lose all enthusiam is beyond me, it really is.

Chins up ladies, your efforts are not forgotten, I and many of my colleagues who work in the play parks you have recreated applaud you :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Muggins on September 02, 2010, 08:01:42 AM
No teaboy, not destroyed by the kids they did it for -  one or two maybe that would never appreciate anything like that. Probably older than the play ground was for.

Like you said chin up Caroline and Jennie, other appreciate you too - asnd know how co=operative you can be.  Save our decent SBC empoyees!
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Post by: swindonlinkman on September 02, 2010, 03:02:13 PM
Vandals destroy Swindon play area. £200 reward for arrest and conviction. Read more see pictures not seen elsewhere at: http://www.swindonlink.com/news/200-reward-to-catch-criminals-who-destroyed-play-area (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/200-reward-to-catch-criminals-who-destroyed-play-area)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on September 03, 2010, 04:36:59 PM
Swindon muslim families organise Pakistani flood aid collection. Can you put a box of basic supplies together? Please pass on. See details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on September 06, 2010, 06:34:22 PM
Swindon Council cuts discussion at West Forum on 13 September. See details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on September 07, 2010, 08:53:07 AM
New Yorker magazine praises work of swindon photographer coverage of repatriation of fallen military personnel. See www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on September 13, 2010, 08:50:49 AM
Swindon Council cuts for discussion West Forum meet tonight, 7pm, Link Centre - as well as reduction in bus services, police report, John Lewis contribution to community improvements, etc. Agenda shown at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on September 13, 2010, 08:52:33 AM
ASBO slapped on West youth on Nathan Shand til 2012. See why his movements are restricted and what to do if he's seen in places he shouldn't be at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on September 13, 2010, 02:07:51 PM
Criminal neglect of town's heritage by Swindon Council says former planning chairwoman. Read Lisa Hawkes accusation at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 14, 2010, 09:52:33 AM
Hook Street development rejected. Swindon residents win crucial battle to block 175 houses. Story and exclusive pics at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 14, 2010, 09:59:40 AM
Today, 10am-4pm, Swindon Baby Fair at Steam Museum. Great for families, under 5s and expectant parents. Details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: chrisp on October 14, 2010, 08:22:15 PM
good for them but noone is smiling in that picture so they can't be that pleased haha
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 14, 2010, 09:58:47 PM
Quote
good for them but noone is smiling in that picture so they can't be that pleased haha

If you're referring to the Hook Street story, the caption to the top picture says it was taken before the planning committee meeting. Scroll down the article for the victory smiles image.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 15, 2010, 05:33:11 PM
Locomotive named to celebrate GWR 175 Anniversary
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 15, 2010, 05:33:51 PM
Halloween party on Saturday 30 October for Breakthrough Breast Cancer - details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 16, 2010, 10:33:31 AM
North Swindon crime; it was the squirrels that done it. Read what the furry bad guys have been up to at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: Muggins on October 16, 2010, 10:36:49 AM
Just been talking to No 1 daughter who lives there and she had noticed her Virgin wire had the same teeth marks - of course they will be saying it's Penhill squirrels!

That's what comes of living next to a Nature Reserve.

ps. The answer is Paprika.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 16, 2010, 10:40:07 AM
I avoided any Penhill reference. Would you like to send a comment to add to the story?
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Post by: Muggins on October 16, 2010, 12:30:03 PM
Yes I will for the fun of it! 
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 16, 2010, 12:33:42 PM
Send it over and I'll get it on the story as soon as it arrives.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 16, 2010, 01:39:41 PM
Bushy tailed troublemakers don't come from our area says chair of Penhill community forum. Read the story at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 26, 2010, 11:57:17 AM
Great Western Hospital holds public meeting on 28 October. Swindon people encouraged to take part in GWH board meeting after hospital board decides to open up. Details at www.swindonlink.com
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 26, 2010, 05:49:20 PM
See first pictures from Inside John Lewis at home #swindon at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) in advance of Thursday opening
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Post by: Drone on October 26, 2010, 06:17:03 PM
I'm officially middle-class because I'm so excited we've got a John Lewis with a cafe!
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 27, 2010, 03:31:37 PM
Swindon MP calls for house builders to pay up first. North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson today put forward a 10 minute rule bill in Parliament which would see developers depositing money before they build new homes. Details at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: Richard Symonds on October 27, 2010, 05:31:55 PM
Swindon MP calls for house builders to pay up first. North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson today put forward a 10 minute rule bill in Parliament which would see developers depositing money before they build new homes. Details at [url=http://www.swindonlink.com]www.swindonlink.com[/url] ([url]http://www.swindonlink.com[/url])


Swindon MP calls for house builders to pay up first
27th October 2010 by Roger Ogle
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson is campaigning for a new law which expects developers to deposit money in a council fund before they build new homes.

In presenting his Developer Bond bill under the ten minute rule bill in the House of Commons on 27 October, Justin spoke of the problems of getting house builders to complete their developments after people have moved in. He told other MPs of his personal experience of Swindon Council trying to get builders to finish off work.

Before the debate he told swindonlink.com "as a councillor in North Swindon for ten years the largest aspect of my caseload was following up residents' complaints about the areas they lived in.

"Most developers see the need to get the roads and the landscaping finished, to clear up the mess and make the area ready for adoption by the local authority. However other developers for some reason do little to complete the work and seem happy to wait years before their area is finished to an acceptable standard.

"In the meantime residents are frustrated by overgrown verges and manhole covers proud of the tarmac and complain to local councillors who are in turn frustrated that the local authority does not have the power to enforce completion works on pain of financial penalty. Some areas like Ash Brake have been blighted over about 15 years which is totally unacceptable. It's a discrepancy that needs to be rectified.

"The developer bond will become part of the planning system whereby a house builder deposits money in a fund which they will get back if the house development is completed within an acceptable time frame. If street-scene works are required and the builder does not undertake them, the local authority will then have power to do the work against the money on deposit. This will incentivise developers to make the effort to deliver on the promises described in their sales brochures to the people who buy their houses."

In describing his bill, Justin name-checked the Redhouse Residents' Association for identifying parts of North Swindon in need of completion and their work to chase the local authority and developers, and also the practical action they undertake to clear up litter and graffiti.

The first reading of the bill was agreed and Friday 17 June 2011 was set for a second reading.
justin tomlinson mp, developer bond, house of commons, redhouse residents association, ashbrake
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 29, 2010, 10:22:18 AM
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Swindon MP calls for house builders to pay up first. North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson today put forward a 10 minute rule bill in Parliament which would see developers depositing money before they build new homes. Details at [url=http://www.swindonlink.com]www.swindonlink.com[/url] ([url]http://www.swindonlink.com[/url])


Link to speech on site and also video clip
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 03, 2010, 05:28:03 PM
Tadpole Lane 2000 home development is not a 'fait accompli' says resident Stephanie Exell. People can say no to Crest Nicholson development. Read full story with links to previous articles at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 10, 2010, 06:34:55 PM
Hook Street developer appeals against planning rejection. Government planning policy to be tested in West Swindon.

Also, pictures taken in bright sunshine at Wootton Bassett Garden of Remembrance in Lydiard Park which is in SWINDON, which all media seemed to ignore yesterday

And details of Swindon history festival at Steam Museum this weekend
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 11, 2010, 09:53:21 AM
Swindon's Calyx TV release video of Prince Harry visit to Swindon on Tuesday. See it via www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 11, 2010, 05:02:11 PM
Court decision could destroy town's green belt. Dash for grass by builders as new government's move declared out of order. See www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 12, 2010, 03:52:46 PM
Four West Swindon primary schools targetted by lead thieves. Police call for witnesses.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 15, 2010, 02:13:10 PM
Toothill councillor Steve Wakefield switches to Swindon's Labour party. See mainstream dead trees coverage online with pictures at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 16, 2010, 01:26:22 PM
Elizabeth Hurley boosts need for Swindon respite centre for children with disabilities.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 17, 2010, 01:04:43 PM
Swindon Climate Question Time. Adrian Read of Swindon Climate Change Network reports on what is being done both locally and nationally following a debate on 12 November
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 26, 2010, 05:42:37 PM
www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) has been redesigned and given a fresh new look. Comments welcome
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 26, 2010, 05:43:14 PM
Swindon Climate Change Network organising coach to climate change rally on 6 December. Details on site
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 26, 2010, 05:43:46 PM
5 amazing competitions at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) to launch new look site
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 01, 2010, 05:22:32 PM
Happy turkeys say buy early for the festive season

Afghan Pop Idol Stars in film on 7 December

A 4 year council leader. What's your view? Council considers adopting the Strong Leader Cabinet Model

Swindon's lantern parade on 2 December

Christmas Cheer at STEAM Museum - 4 & 5 December

Swindon pensioner an unsung swimming star

5 great competitions (click on the top banner on site):
Win Melinda’s help in the kitchen. Delicious recipes for all the family from Swindon superstar mum

Win ‘A Drummer’s Perspective,’ a fantastic new book about the guys at the back of the stage
 
The Wonders and Beauty of Westonbirt. Win a beautiful book plotting the season's at the National Arboretum with a forward by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall

Win a Toy Story 3 DVD and Hot Wheels Crazy Claw Track set from Tesco, Mattel and Disney Pixar

Become the Lord of the Manor in our great prize worth £250 at Wiltshire's Manor House Hotel

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Post by: Drone on December 02, 2010, 06:25:56 AM
[url=http://www.swindonlink.com]www.swindonlink.com[/url] ([url]http://www.swindonlink.com[/url]) has been redesigned and given a fresh new look. Comments welcome


Front page looks much cleaner and easy to use!
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 02, 2010, 02:08:11 PM
Search is on for special people. Nominations open for Pride of #Swindon's award. Find out how to put forward somebody at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 23, 2010, 10:43:48 AM
23 December. Last chance for kids to go into Roves Farm manger with live animals

Swindon Link UK has urgent appeal for blood donations as bad weather hits stocks

More places to be provided at North Swindon primary schools

Inspirational headteacher leaves Millbrook primary. See last assembly picture

Swindon mum Liz Brackenbury says Digital City free wi-fi comes with dangers

Example to set standard for entertainment at Swindon’s newest entertainment venue

Swindon's Mechanics Trust launches new look and new website

Swindon Link Swindon Foodbank celebrates 5 years in town
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 23, 2010, 02:44:14 PM
800 houses proposed for Ridgeway Farm, West Swindon. Taylor Wimpey Developments Ltd wants to build houses, primary school and healthcare facility on Swindon's border, but in Wiltshire. Green belt between town and Purton to be swallowed up. See story in slideshow at top of www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 31, 2010, 10:03:14 AM
Developers make formal application to build 890 houses on land between Coate Water and Great Western Hospital. Story at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on December 31, 2010, 06:06:55 PM
A Happy New Year to all from www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 04, 2011, 03:41:56 PM
What’s the best way to lead Swindon Council? Why have the people of the town been excluded from discussion on what kind of leadership there should be? Residents ignored for second time in ten years, asks Geoff Reid.

Big Society. How does it ‘fit’ into or around Swindon? Bryan Hutchinson for Voluntary Action Swindon writes about the challenges and opportunies.

Are we all 'happy' in a Cameronesque way? Matt Holland gives his take on the question

Town Centre empty shops used for an exhibition: ‘Where is the hope?’

The developers are coming at us: housing plans for Tadpole Farm (1700), Ridgeway Farm (800), Grange Park Hook Street (180), Coate Water (900) - in addition to 500 still to be built in North Swindon, 200 at Mouldon Views, about 350 for Hreod Parkway and Moredon primary school sites.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 07, 2011, 02:04:14 PM
Swindon SureStart Centres being cut by 12%. Story is on www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: Muggins on January 07, 2011, 02:21:56 PM
We have heard that it is a 1/3rd cut for Penhill. 

The government announces that Surestart would be safe with them last May, but they did not promise not to cut.  They did however say that they would take it more back to where it started as a support form parents from conception to preschool and for the most disadvantaged areas, so why has this council taken a 12% cut for Swindon and put 33% cut on the Penhill Surestart? 

Surestart was heralded as being one of those 'breaking the cycle of deprivation'  initiatives when it was set up. To prepare the child to have sure start when it went to school, to improve parenting skills where needed and pick up problems well upstream. 

Personally I thought that taking Surestart, spreading it all over the place as Childrens Centres  and having it serve a wider age group, sort of reduced it's effectiveness.  The Penhill Surestart was the first in Swindon and actually was supoosed to serve the old Whitworth Ward, which included  300 homes in the Pinehurst. As usual when the boundary changed happened at the same time as the grant, it was made into 'Penhill and Pinehurst' and diluted yet again. 

This dilution is always happening because Pinehurst's deprivation never shows up so much because it was at first in three wards and then in two, with more affluent areas in them. Pinehurst never seemed to get it's own funding but ours always leaked into theirs.   

Pinehurst Surestart had its own purpose built building that within a couple of years was taken away because it was in the way of the new academy build.   Not a lot of good forward planning went into that. I think that they now function in some way out of the Academy, whilst Penhill Surestart has our old community centre and grounds.

It is a very strange move to make a 12% cut into a 33% cut to one community with the highest disadvantage figures - very strange indeed.

I look forward to finding out why.


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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 07, 2011, 02:26:33 PM
Penhill is cut by a third - says so on site story. Savage. Why?
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Post by: 20Eyes on January 07, 2011, 02:45:34 PM
Who decides the cuts, is it central or local government?

Maybe Penhill has already received greater than average funding for such things and so the upcoming cut puts them back in line with other areas? Maybe there are less young children in Penhill than there were (unlikely, I'd have thought) or maybe its Councillors haven't put in the same effort as others to secure their funding.

Would be interesting to know the rationale, although, as ever, if it's being done for nefarious reasons we'll certainly never be told as much.
 
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Post by: Muggins on January 07, 2011, 03:34:59 PM
This is a government cut with a large dose of localism thrown in.  I suppose the the government would decide the cut (12%) and our councillors have decided where they will make that cut locally. 

The first probably in a long line of mis-interpretation of what the localism bill is saying it does. 

You could be right 20 Eyes:   Although I would think it wrong to penalise it now for having more in the past,  which I very much doubt, part of which I explained in my last post -  what's usually meant for Penhill gets diluted off.  I would not that as an excuse for the money to go to more advantaged areas.  Or to be spent in another disdavantaged area, each areea has had it streams of funding, maybe not for exactly the same things but had it none the less. i.e. Parks for instance had an enormous regeneration fund that we did not get.  Not grumbling about that, we got our share in other ways.

The numbers of children?  that could be a reason, the numbers are pretty stable usually, but they could have done some growing up I suppose.

Neither of our councillors are in the ruling party either nationally or locally so any effort they make is spitting in the wind, although I expect them to scream and scream over this.  all our community consultations results have resulted in a focus on children and youth.

I can think of a couple of nefarious reasons, but I'll keep them to myself until we get an explanation of this decision, let's see if if it's rational and fair first.  You never know it might be a mistake!! 

I believe there are to be interviews on BBC Wiltshire on Monday morning,  Cllr Renard fielding them on behalf of the cabinet.

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Post by: swindonlinkman on January 27, 2011, 03:29:44 PM
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What’s the best way to lead Swindon Council? Why have the people of the town been excluded from discussion on what kind of leadership there should be? Residents ignored for second time in ten years, wrote Geoff Reid in the January Link magazine


See the article at: http://www.swindonlink.com/news/whats-the-best-way-to-lead-swindon-council (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/whats-the-best-way-to-lead-swindon-council)

Council leader Rod Bluh has replied in the February edition and online at: http://www.swindonlink.com/news/the-best-way-to-lead-swindon-council (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/the-best-way-to-lead-swindon-council)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 01, 2011, 06:17:49 PM
It's all at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
• North Swindon to get £700k of Section 106 money for local project
• Relieve your soul, or is it soles at new fish spa
• Mum concerned about Wi-Max antenna on childrens' centres and schools
• What's it like to be homeless? Threshold Housing Link open day on 3 February
• Love trees on 13 February at Mouldon Hill country park
• Tobes puts on fascinating exhibition at Post Modern Gallery
and more....
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 03, 2011, 12:00:28 PM
Swindon's Link Centre to get new £1.1million roof. Read about it at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 04, 2011, 05:57:49 PM
Talkswindon Ladies! Get yourself a lift with a free bra fitting and receive and a free pair of knickers. Details at http://bit.ly/ee4nKa (http://bit.ly/ee4nKa)
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Post by: Ringer on February 04, 2011, 06:03:37 PM
Chav

Any comments?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 07, 2011, 08:57:48 AM
Valentine's treat. I have two pairs of tickets available to the Buddy Holly Story at the Wyvern available on 14 February 7.30pm. First come first served. Mail publisher@swindonlink.com if you want to go to the show.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 07, 2011, 09:29:29 AM
800 homes in Wiltshire next to #Swindon. Last chance to object to massive over development. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/last-chance-to-object-to-ridgeway-farm-plan (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/last-chance-to-object-to-ridgeway-farm-plan)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 07, 2011, 04:10:37 PM
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Valentine's treat. I have two pairs of tickets available to the Buddy Holly Story at the Wyvern available on 14 February 7.30pm. First come first served. Mail publisher@swindonlink.com if you want to go to the show.

Should have made it clear, they're free
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 08, 2011, 03:46:17 PM
Developers lose court battle to build wherever they want. See http://www.swindonlink.com/news/setback-for-house-builders-in-court-appeal-against-developers (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/setback-for-house-builders-in-court-appeal-against-developers)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 09, 2011, 09:40:48 AM
Faith and doubt in the Big Society. Bishop of #Swindon Lee Rayfield compares and contrasts at www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 09, 2011, 11:10:06 AM
Are you of a business mind set? Tomorrow, in between networking at the GWE Swindon business show at Steam Museum, visit the Basepoint Business Centre stand and pick up a goody bag including the latest edition of Swindon Link magazine. We're offering a free banner on www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) tied into advertising in the magazine, which is still the best way to make an impact at a local level.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 10, 2011, 09:28:04 AM
MINI Plant Swindon on the look-out for new apprentices. Details at swindonlink.com
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 10, 2011, 10:05:28 AM
Swindon police chief Paul Howlett retires on Friday. Story at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-police-commander-paul-howlett-announces-retirement (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-police-commander-paul-howlett-announces-retirement)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 10, 2011, 03:26:49 PM
Was just at Swindon business show @Steam. Decided to escape before special branch locked the place down for PM Cameron's arrival to be welcomed by Mssrs Bluh, Perkins Greenhalgh and Jones.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 11, 2011, 01:01:25 PM
PM snubs Swindon business show at Steam yesterday - http://www.swindonlink.com/news/pm-cameron-is-no-show-at-swindon-business-gathering (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/pm-cameron-is-no-show-at-swindon-business-gathering)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 23, 2011, 06:08:05 PM
Look out for next Link magazine with deep and hard hitting stories about use of Section 106 money and also Swindon Council governance by Des Morgan following up the debate started by Geoff Reid in the January edition. Will appear on site in the next few days.

Loads of new stories added to www.swindonlink.com (http://www.swindonlink.com) for you to look at.
Plans for huge Swindon town centre redevelopment on display on 4 & 5 March. Details: http://www.swindonlink.com/news/new-union-square-plans-unveiled-for-consultation
 (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/new-union-square-plans-unveiled-for-consultation)
After Dark: Horrorfest comes to #Swindon, 4-6 March. Win tickets to all the showings. Enter at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/after-dark-horrorfest-comes-to-swindon (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/after-dark-horrorfest-comes-to-swindon)

Win a football signed by Manchester United players and Swindon Down's children. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/great-prizes-to-support-swindon-downs-children
 (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/great-prizes-to-support-swindon-downs-children)

Children at Swindon Peatmoor Primary School win prize for urban art designs. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/school-idea-for-office-block (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/school-idea-for-office-block)

?Swindon learner motorcyclists rides from Lands End to Hadrian's Wall. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/125cc-motorbike-challenge-in-aid-of-street-pastors-and-lights-for-learning (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/125cc-motorbike-challenge-in-aid-of-street-pastors-and-lights-for-learning)

Swindon gets ready for St George's Day in April. See the launch at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/mayor-calls-on-town-to-get-ready-for-st-georges-day (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/mayor-calls-on-town-to-get-ready-for-st-georges-day)

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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 25, 2011, 06:20:14 PM
Consultation dates for 1700 home Tadpole Farm development

Swindon woman tries high dose vitamin C treatment to beat spreading cancer
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Post by: Muggins on February 26, 2011, 08:34:10 AM
"Lots of local Swindon organisations have already signed up to take part in the procession as well as the main event at Wharf Green under the Big Screen. There has even been so much interest in the event that a second stage is being planned at The Parade, outside Debenhams to provide more live entertainment."

Where was the publicity for this then?  Obviously it's passed me by completely, how did all these groups know about it? Could it have been through Swindon News? 
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Post by: swindonlinkman on February 26, 2011, 12:22:01 PM
I'll pass your point to Mayor Rex and Mike Pringle at Forward Swindon
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 01, 2011, 10:24:14 AM
North Swindon Section 106 money. Where's it all gone? Swindon Link asks questions at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/where-is-all-the-north-swindon-developers-dosh (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/where-is-all-the-north-swindon-developers-dosh)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 01, 2011, 05:52:24 PM
How should Swindon Council be led - mayor or strong leader? Des Morgan comments on power and patronage in local government and how the voters don't get much of a look in at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/how-should-swindon-council-be-led---mayor-or-strong-leader (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/how-should-swindon-council-be-led---mayor-or-strong-leader)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 04, 2011, 07:13:05 PM
Swindon Shaw Ridge primary sees totem pole sculpture. Details at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/sculpture-represents-respect-at-shaw-ridge (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/sculpture-represents-respect-at-shaw-ridge)

Win tickets to the Swindon Film Festival http://www.swindonlink.com/news/win-two-pairs-of-tickets-to-film-festival
 (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/win-two-pairs-of-tickets-to-film-festival)
?
Swindon children's author Neil Griffiths in line to win award for new story based in Gambia. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/local-childrens-author-short-listed-for-award (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/local-childrens-author-short-listed-for-award)

Swindon Rugby League and Union clubs to play each other in earthquake appeal match. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/rugby-league-in-swindon-is-back
 (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/rugby-league-in-swindon-is-back)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 15, 2011, 05:16:33 PM
Swindon Nova Hreod School to host BBC Radio 4 Any Questions: 8 April. Tickets on a first come first served basis. Details at: http://www.swindonlink.com/news/nova-hreod-hosts-bbc-r4-any-questions-8-april (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/nova-hreod-hosts-bbc-r4-any-questions-8-april)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 22, 2011, 02:48:40 PM
Swindon missing woman Sian Callaghan. Police witness appeal and announce £20k reward for info. Police offer reward. Story at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/police-release-sian-ocallaghan-cctv-images (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/police-release-sian-ocallaghan-cctv-images)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 28, 2011, 11:04:40 AM
Sian O'Callaghan's killer sent to crown court trial http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wednesday-police-update-on-missing-sian (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wednesday-police-update-on-missing-sian)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 28, 2011, 04:07:02 PM
Mick O'Callaghan speaks about his daughter at press briefing. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wednesday-police-update-on-missing-sian (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wednesday-police-update-on-missing-sian)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 29, 2011, 11:17:36 AM
BBC Wiltshire's Graham Mack to chair big planning meeting on 6 April. See http://www.swindonlink.com/news/bbcs-graham-mack-to-chair-planning-meeting-6-april (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/bbcs-graham-mack-to-chair-planning-meeting-6-april)

Swindon Council Core Strategy plans out for consultation. Use above link for details
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Post by: swindonlinkman on March 30, 2011, 02:40:11 PM
Win tickets to see The Buzzcock at MECA on 29 April. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/legendary-british-punk-band-heads-for-swindon (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/legendary-british-punk-band-heads-for-swindon)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 05, 2011, 02:35:33 PM
Police identify body in field as Rebecca Godden-Edwards from Shaw and want to hear from anybody who knew her. Details http://www.swindonlink.com/news/mystery-body-identified-by-wiltshire-police (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/mystery-body-identified-by-wiltshire-police)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 09, 2011, 12:37:37 PM
Will council offering more power to your community? Have you noticed more influence at a local level since 2009? Council chief Gavin Jones describes changes council must undertake whilst Des Morgan and Juliet Platt comment on what the council is trying to do. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/is-power-coming-to-your-community (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/is-power-coming-to-your-community)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 09, 2011, 12:43:38 PM
Saturday 9 April, 1.15pm. Any Questions on Radio 4 recorded last night at Nova Hreod School. Listen out for my clap amongst the other 150 pairs of hands.
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Post by: the gorgon on April 09, 2011, 01:33:14 PM
Saturday 9 April, 1.15pm. Any Questions on Radio 4 recorded last night at Nova Hreod School. Listen out for my clap amongst the other 150 pairs of hands.


Also available on BBC iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 11, 2011, 12:34:08 PM
All agreed. No infrastructure, no 1,700 homes at Tadpole Farm in #Swindon. Report from Oakhust public meeting on 6 April http://bit.ly/slink7 (http://bit.ly/slink7)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 11, 2011, 01:56:25 PM
Becky Godden-Edwards' tribute to her missing daughter found dead during Sian O'Callaghan murder search  http://www.swindonlink.com/news/becky-godden-edwards-mother-makes-statement (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/becky-godden-edwards-mother-makes-statement)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on April 11, 2011, 03:49:01 PM
Pictures from today's press conference where Karen Edwards made a moving tribute to her murdered daughter Becky.... http://fb.me/YvmSnd4G (http://fb.me/YvmSnd4G)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 03, 2011, 10:17:12 AM
Extraordinary official White House photo from situation room during Bin Laden operation in Pakistan. http://i.imgur.com/tjRP1.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/tjRP1.jpg)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 03, 2011, 03:52:31 PM
Obama plays games to get the result he wanted
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 03, 2011, 03:54:28 PM
Obama got the job done
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Post by: Drone on May 03, 2011, 06:07:35 PM
(http://artoftrolling.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/chatroulette-trolling-osama-bin-trolling.jpg)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 04, 2011, 10:35:20 AM
I have two free family tickets for the London Pet Show at Olympia this weekend 7 and 8 May. Does anybody want to go?
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 09, 2011, 11:20:49 AM
West Swindon Forum tonight, Link Centre, 7.30pm: Ridgeway Farm development, youth services in west and police priorities, plus West Swindon week of action. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/ridgeway-farm-top-of-west-forum-agenda-on-9-may (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/ridgeway-farm-top-of-west-forum-agenda-on-9-may)
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Post by: Steve Wakefield on May 09, 2011, 11:23:35 AM
West Swindon Forum tonight, Link Centre, 7.30pm: Ridgeway Farm development, youth services in west and police priorities, plus West Swindon week of action. [url]http://www.swindonlink.com/news/ridgeway-farm-top-of-west-forum-agenda-on-9-may[/url] ([url]http://www.swindonlink.com/news/ridgeway-farm-top-of-west-forum-agenda-on-9-may[/url])


I have been out with the team from the West Swindon Week of Action in Toothill this morning, Freshbrook and Shaw are included this week folks!
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 18, 2011, 01:20:39 PM
Hook Street planning victory. Swindon Link puts the people at the front of the picture. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/no-to-more-houses-next-to-lydiard-park (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/no-to-more-houses-next-to-lydiard-park)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 18, 2011, 01:22:31 PM
Swindon poem by Jill Sharp wins war writing competition. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-women-wins-war-writing-competition (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-women-wins-war-writing-competition)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 20, 2011, 06:43:46 PM
Windmill Hill primary school fire. See pics from the scene and read reaction from locals at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/fire-reduces-part-of-empty-windmill-hill-school-to-ashes- (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/fire-reduces-part-of-empty-windmill-hill-school-to-ashes-)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 27, 2011, 05:02:41 PM
Will the Advertiser soon go weekly when new editor arrives in June after announcement that Dave King is stepping down. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-advertiser-editor-leaves-after-4-years (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-advertiser-editor-leaves-after-4-years)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 27, 2011, 06:23:20 PM
Obama and Cameron photoshopped: http://i.imgur.com/OXuXX.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/OXuXX.jpg)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 27, 2011, 06:24:51 PM
Spectacular balloons at dawn shot: http://i.imgur.com/7uerp.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/7uerp.jpg)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on May 30, 2011, 09:18:29 AM
Swindon Advertiser editor Dave King due to depart on 6 June but Newsquest are making change immediate, so no farewell to colleagues/friends
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 13, 2011, 09:38:34 AM
#Swindon arts charity Artsite repurposes empty shops as studios and workshop space. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/charity-starts-to-shape-swindon-arts-quarter- (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/charity-starts-to-shape-swindon-arts-quarter-)
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Post by: Drone on June 13, 2011, 06:21:19 PM
#Swindon arts charity Artsite repurposes empty shops as studios and workshop space. [url]http://www.swindonlink.com/news/charity-starts-to-shape-swindon-arts-quarter-[/url] ([url]http://www.swindonlink.com/news/charity-starts-to-shape-swindon-arts-quarter-[/url])


Nice idea!
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 15, 2011, 05:45:37 PM
Did you know that Swindon once had its own (mini) Cavern Club back when the Beatles were just breaking? http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindons-own-cavern-club (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindons-own-cavern-club)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 15, 2011, 05:48:22 PM
Cotswold show in early July. Win a family ticket. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/cotswold-show-cirencester-park---2--3-july (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/cotswold-show-cirencester-park---2--3-july)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 16, 2011, 03:56:11 PM
Anybody going to have problems with using 2012 with their event next year? You could have the London Olympic organiser's on your back who claim the date belongs to them. Tossers of the taxpayer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13761074 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13761074)

An art event called Great Exhibition 2012 says Olympics organisers are threatening to take it to court over its use of 2012 in its name.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 16, 2011, 04:51:28 PM
Photographers going to Kemble air show this weekend. Win a newly published book signed by Falklands conflict pilot code name Black Buck 1. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/lavish-book-celebrates-50-year-of-the-last-flying-vulcan (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/lavish-book-celebrates-50-year-of-the-last-flying-vulcan)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 22, 2011, 01:22:21 PM
Many people around the world are now saying the regeneration of Swindon's Mechanics' Institution must be given the highest priority. Read the story from the forthcoming July Link magazine and see Daniel in the flesh so to speak at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-building-could-be-listed-amongst-world-greats (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/swindon-building-could-be-listed-amongst-world-greats)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 22, 2011, 06:30:56 PM
Swindon's Renault building designed by Sir Norman Foster becomes a giant play centre from 2 July. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/renault-building-gets-a-playful-new-use (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/renault-building-gets-a-playful-new-use)
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Post by: Muggins on June 22, 2011, 06:52:02 PM
Excellent news and use of building, they kept that one quiet though didn't they?
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Post by: Drone on June 24, 2011, 03:34:05 PM
One of the finest buildings in Swindon. It's great they have found a new use for it.
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 07, 2011, 12:27:11 PM
From Hold the Front Page, former Swindon Advertiser editor Dave King likened his job to a toilet roll
http://www.swindonlink.com/news/former-advertiser-editor-likens-job-to-toilet-roll (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/former-advertiser-editor-likens-job-to-toilet-roll)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 07, 2011, 03:11:07 PM
Urgent public meeting on school provision in Old Town on 13 July. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/old-town-residents-meeting-on-school-provision (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/old-town-residents-meeting-on-school-provision)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on July 07, 2011, 04:08:45 PM
Major changes proposed to speed up traffic on Great Western Way at Bruce Street Bridges. Exhibition on now. Details: http://www.swindonlink.com/news/bruce-street-bridges-to-be-sorted-out (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/bruce-street-bridges-to-be-sorted-out)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 03, 2011, 03:36:56 PM
Why has become more difficult to find key information on #Swindon Council's web site asks Juliet Platt. http://www.swindonlink.com/news/council-6-clicks-to-the-information-you-need (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/council-6-clicks-to-the-information-you-need)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on August 04, 2011, 01:04:16 PM
Swindon Council communications chief hits back at critical comments about www.swindon.gov.uk (http://www.swindon.gov.uk) What's your view? http://www.swindonlink.com/new?s/council-6-clicks-to-the-info?rmation-you-need (http://www.swindonlink.com/new?s/council-6-clicks-to-the-info?rmation-you-need)
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Post by: Muggins 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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Post by: swindonlinkman 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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Post by: Muggins 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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Post by: swindonlinkman 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 (http://www.swindon.gov.uk)
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Post by: concerned_of_Old_Town 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.
Title: Correction to S.106 figures from October 2011 Link Magazine
Post by: Smiler 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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Post by: Steve Wakefield 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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Post by: swindonlinkman 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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Post by: Steve Wakefield 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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Post by: bobwright 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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Post by: Got Signal on September 25, 2011, 06:57:36 PM
Why are the figures different?
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Post by: jennyb 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.
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Post by: swindonlinkman 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/ashfield-land-announces-regent-circus-deal)
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Post by: swindonlinkman 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 (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/ (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 (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 (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 (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 (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/dr-chris-introduces-westlea-kids-to-santa)
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Post by: Bassettina 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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Post by: Muggins on November 10, 2011, 03:16:01 PM
Trouble is it's only once a month and confined to certain areas of Swindon.
Title: Re: On swindonlink.com Now
Post by: swindonlinkman 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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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 10, 2011, 05:49:13 PM
But, we're trying to make www.swindonlink.com (http://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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Post by: swindonlinkman 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/ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b014x4hy/Old_Grey_Whistle_Test_40_Series_1_Episode_7/)
Title: Re: On swindonlink.com Now
Post by: Tobes on November 11, 2011, 06:15:28 PM
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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.

Life often imitates fiction...  :D

Quote
"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."
"Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."
"But the plans were on display ..."
"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."
"That's the display department."
"With a flashlight."
"Ah, well the lights had probably gone."
"So had the stairs."
"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"
"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."
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Post by: swindonlinkman on November 21, 2011, 05:49:44 PM
Where has all the developer dosh gone from North Swindon? Council leader Rod Bluh to talk on Wednesday about the history of Section 106 and how £14.3 million has been spent. Rumours are he will reveal extra money for the area in response to criticism.
http://www.swindonlink.com/news/what-section-106-rabbits-will-be-pulled-from-the-hat (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/what-section-106-rabbits-will-be-pulled-from-the-hat)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 06, 2012, 01:42:58 PM
Swindon murder on 6 June. Crime scene photos and police appeal for information http://www.swindonlink.com/news/man-murdered-in-rodbourne-area-of-swindon (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/man-murdered-in-rodbourne-area-of-swindon)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 06, 2012, 01:45:36 PM
Could quality of wildlife and Swindon's environment gain more planning committee votes than the interests of people in Oakhurst?

Trust accused of accepting land and money at the expense of long term implications on North Swindon residents http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wilts-wildlife-trust-condemned-for-crest-deal (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/wilts-wildlife-trust-condemned-for-crest-deal)

Crest Strategic Planning to give Tadpole Farm land to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust if Swindon Council agree planning application on 12 June http://www.swindonlink.com/news/north-swindon-could-have-100-acre-nature-park-in-return-for-1700-houses (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/north-swindon-could-have-100-acre-nature-park-in-return-for-1700-houses)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 06, 2012, 04:55:03 PM
Murder pictures update at http://www.swindonlink.com/news/police-appeal-for-information-about-rodbourne-murder (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/police-appeal-for-information-about-rodbourne-murder)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 06, 2012, 04:56:15 PM
National bullying hotline founder exonerated. Charity Commission investigation clears Swindon based charity founder Christine Pratt in 2010 Gordon Brown bullying controversy http://www.swindonlink.com/news/national-bullying-hotline-founder-exonerated (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/national-bullying-hotline-founder-exonerated)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 08, 2012, 01:43:53 PM
4 men held by police on suspicion of Rodbourne murder http://www.swindonlink.com/news/police-identify-rodbourne-murder-victim (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/police-identify-rodbourne-murder-victim)

Oakhurst Residents’ Association chair Paul Exell says report to Swindon Council's planning committee on 12 June covers up too much and decision should be delayed until Ridgeway Farm judgement comes through http://www.swindonlink.com/news/tadpole-farm-plans-just-not-ready-for-consideration (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/tadpole-farm-plans-just-not-ready-for-consideration)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 08, 2012, 04:53:19 PM
Police release picture of Roger Millar who was murdered in Rodbourne on 6 June Police release picture of Roger Millar who was murdered in Rodbourne, Swindon on 6 June http://www.swindonlink.com/news/police-identify-rodbourne-murder-victim (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/police-identify-rodbourne-murder-victim)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on June 15, 2012, 06:19:28 PM
Crest get permission to build 1,695 houses at Tadpole Farm http://www.swindonlink.com/news/north-expansion-at-tadpole-farm-approved-2013-start-a-possibility (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/north-expansion-at-tadpole-farm-approved-2013-start-a-possibility)

West Swindon headteacher heads for classroom role at North Swindon primary http://www.swindonlink.com/news/new-role-in-the-classroom-beckons-west-swindon-head (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/new-role-in-the-classroom-beckons-west-swindon-head)

Hongxin Chinese restaurant in West Swindon to host buffet evening for Macmillan Cancer Care. Tickets on sale now http://www.swindonlink.com/news/tickets-on-sale-for-macmillan-charity-evening (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/tickets-on-sale-for-macmillan-charity-evening)

Your chance to buy shares in a solar farm near Swindon in UK first community owned scheme http://www.swindonlink.com/news/opportunity-to-be-part-of-the-uks-first-community-owned-solar-farm (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/opportunity-to-be-part-of-the-uks-first-community-owned-solar-farm)

Ignore the bad weather predicted for this weekend and visit open garden in West Swindon on 16 & 17 June http://www.swindonlink.com/swindon_scene/west-swindon-open-gardens---16-and-17-june (http://www.swindonlink.com/swindon_scene/west-swindon-open-gardens---16-and-17-june)

Former Swindon resident Nick Dodd says talented future sports stars should consider US college sports programmes http://www.swindonlink.com/news/us-scholarships-could-be-the-way-for-talented-sportsmen-and-women- (http://www.swindonlink.com/news/us-scholarships-could-be-the-way-for-talented-sportsmen-and-women-)
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Post by: swindonlinkman on October 29, 2012, 11:25:09 AM
Haven't been here for months, sorry. Your assistance with two questions requested.

I have in the past posted story headlines in this space. Please comment as to whether you find it useful, or do you pick them up from Twitter and Facebook? Considering critical comments made in the past of such postings, is it appropriate?

We're looking at how the printed version of the magazine should appear online, with particular reference to making it available on iPads and iPhones. Please have a go at the short survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8YK3BV6 (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8YK3BV6)