New war-time exhibition open at Lydiard House Museum

  Families looking to immerse themselves in the history of the Second World War over the Easter holidays should head to Lydiard House. A brand-new exhibition, ‘Lest We Forget’, is now open at Lydiard House Museum and explores the Black contribution to the World Wars and the links to Wiltshire. In 1943 the American 101st Airborne division constructed… read more

Swindon Borough Council to install 600 new electric vehicle charging points

Earlier this week, the Council secured more than £2.3m to install up to 600 new electric vehicle charging points, following a successful government funding bid. The network of 7kW charging points will be installed early next year, primarily on residential streets. It’s part of the Council’s priority to support the Borough to achieve the UK-wide 2050 net… read more

Councillors call for Thames Water to answer questions on its performance

Burst water mains, flooding, and sewage being pumped into local waterways are just some of the issues councillors want to question Thames Water about at their next meeting. At Swindon Borough Council’s Scrutiny Committee meeting on Monday (18 March), councillors demanded answers following the severe disruption caused to local residents and motorists following the recent… read more

2024/25 Council Tax bills

From Friday, 8 March, hard copies of 2024/25 Council Tax bills will start to be delivered to Swindon households. From that date, updated information will also be available on the Council’s website to help residents understand the composition of their bill and find out more about the council’s income and expenditure. We’re also encouraging residents… read more

SBC budget approved, with plans to close £32.9 million budget gap

Councillors last night (22 Feb) approved the Council’s budget for the next financial year, which includes plans to close a £32.9m budget gap. A financial health review by the Local Government Association last summer described the Council’s finances as being on a ‘cliff edge’, highlighting how the Council needs to bring its Children’s Services budget… read more

From SBC: an update for housing tenants.

Notice of decision made: Tenants’ contents insurance The Council intends to stop offering council tenants the opportunity to pay for contents insurance as part of their weekly rent from 1 April 2024. The current contract with Aon will end on 31 March 2024. Following this decision, the Council will promote to tenants the importance of… read more

New website lets Swindon residents have their say on plans for Swindon’s future

A new online engagement hub is available to encourage local people to have their say on the Council’s long-term priorities. It builds on a series of community engagement events starting next week and will share Swindon Borough Council’s draft Swindon Plan, which aims to deliver on the administration’s three priority missions for the Borough. Doing… read more

Where does Swindon’s food waste go?

Approximately 200 tonnes of food waste has already been removed from Swindon’s general waste bins since the service rolled out across the Borough, which has saved the Council £30,000 in just two weeks. But what happens to it after it has been collected? Once we’ve collected your food waste, we handle it in the most environmentally-friendly… read more

Council’s finances are on a ‘cliff edge’

Senior councillors will meet on 13th December to discuss Swindon Borough Council’s ‘extremely serious’ financial position. The local authority is currently forecasting a £6.5m in-year budget gap and an estimated £14.1m shortfall for the following financial year (24-25) due largely to inflation and the significant additional costs associated with Children’s Services. And the Council’s Cabinet… read more

Invitation to public event about Swindon’s heritage – 6pm on Monday 27 Nov at UTC Bristol St

Swindon Borough Council invites you to attend a public event about Swindon’s heritage and plans for its future.  This event will be hosted by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Jim Robbins and the Cabinet Member for Heritage, Arts & Culture, Cllr Marina Strinkovsky, and will launch a wider consultation to inform the Council’s future… read more