Essential road upgrades will start in October to enable 8,000-home development to go ahead

Major highway improvements designed to facilitate the construction of new housing communities will begin in earnest over the next few months. The schemes are part of a £72m programme of road improvement works which will be taking place over the course of the next few years to ensure vital infrastructure is in place before new… read more

Become a foster carer and change a child’s life

Swindon Borough Council’s hunt for new foster carers continues, with a new campaign being launched this week. The Council is encouraging anyone who has been thinking about fostering, or would like to know more information, to get in touch with its fostering team. There are several different types of fostering, including long-term placements, emergency placements… read more

The rise of the ‘super’ parish council

It has taken nearly half a century, but councillors in Chippenham have again taken charge of recreation and community facilities they were last responsible for in the early 1970s. Read the full news story at

How to keep dogs safe when temperatures soar

We often complain about the sweltering temperatures as humans, but often forget that our pets also feel the heat. At Drove we often get asked how best to keep your dog safe when temperatures are high. Here are a few hints and tips: walk in the early mornings and evenings when it is slightly cooler…. read more

Scam awareness week launch warns of the heartless scammer

The harrowing tale of a woman, Iris, who sold all her belongings and sent £4,000 to her internet love interest, is being used to warn others of the dangers of scams. Scams Awareness Week, which is being launched on Monday (24 June) by Trading Standards South West’s (TSSW) newly-relaunched ScamWise service, aims to provide everyone… read more

Good Outcome From Inspection

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is serving its communities well, it has been confirmed in its first inspection from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary & Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), released today (20 June). HMICFRS has spent the last year analysing data and documents and visiting the Service to assess it against… read more