Summary of election results

The Labour Party has won control of Swindon Borough Council, gaining 10 seats following yesterday’s Borough-wide election. Of the 19 seats up for election this year, 11 seats changed hands with the Labour Group taking 10 from the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats gaining the vacant seat in Wroughton and Wichelstowe, which was previously held… read more

Skate Park proposal survey update

The EGPA committee reviewed the results so far of the proposed skate park survey that was launched in March, to see if there was a local appetite for a skate park for kids, and whether a portion of the grassed area at Castle View Road would be a suitable location. The results were polarised with… read more

Getting ready to vote in May’s local elections

Any residents wishing to vote in the Borough and Parish elections on Thursday, 4 May need to make sure they’re registered to vote by 17 April. Voters normally only need to register once, but they will need to register again if they’ve changed their name, address or nationality. Voters will need to bring an accepted… read more

Council’s Cabinet to discuss proposals to close unprecedented budget gap

Proposals to spend over £130m on services to support vulnerable children and adults in Swindon will be discussed by councillors next week (1 Feb). Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve a proposed overall budget of £166.4m for the next financial year (23-24), approximately 80 per cent of which has been allocated for… read more

Supporting people to vote in the 2023 English local elections

The government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. From 4 May, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections. This will apply to: Police and Crime Commissioner elections UK parliamentary by-elections Recall petitions… read more

2023 review of parliamentary boundaries

There is currently a stage 2 review of the parliamentary boundaries in this area which includes Chiseldon. The current proposal would remove Chiseldon from the South Swindon constituency where Sir Robert Buckland is our MP. It would then create a new constituency of East Wiltshire where elections would be held for an MP for that… read more

Independent review of Council to be discussed by Cabinet

Swindon has the building blocks required to fulfil its potential and ambitions and these would be the envy of many places, according to an independent review of Swindon Borough Council. The comments were published in a Local Government Association (LGA) corporate peer challenge report, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (20… read more

Government’s £150 energy rebate scheme

The Government recently announced that council tax payers in Bands A to D would receive a £150 payment to help with energy bills – this will not be taken off council tax bills but will instead be given as a separate payment. There will be a number of checks that need to be made before… read more