Landmark joint venture signed for 2,750 homes at Wichelstowe

A joint venture agreement has been signed between Swindon Borough Council and Barratt Developments to bring around 2,750 homes to the 250 hectare Wichelstowe development to the south of Swindon. Combining the strengths of both the public and private sectors The new joint venture company will combine the strengths of both the public and private sectors to create a high-quality … Read More

Councillor David Renard’s Advertiser column, 18th January 2018

Councillor David Renard, Leader of the CouncilThe announcement of the temporary closure of Sandalwood Court provoked strong criticism this week, and rightly so. Councillor Ford defends Sandalwood Court My Cabinet colleague Brian Ford has been at the forefront of opposition to the closure of the mental health ‘place of safety’ and it is a position myself and other politicians fully … Read More

Robert Buckland MP Welcomes Manufacturing Expansion News

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, has welcomed the news that UK manufacturing output is expanding at its fastest rate since early 2008 Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that Britain’s factories enjoyed healthy growth in November as the sector notched up its seventh consecutive month of expansion. Manufacturers’ expectations for the year ahead point to output and … Read More

An update from Robert Buckland MP on East Walcot

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has been dealing with reports of anti-social behaviour in East Walcot. The Adver reported on Friday that people living in the area had spoken of a surge of anti-social behaviour in recent weeks. Robert said: “I have been in contact with local residents and Wiltshire Police this week about this issue. “I have held meetings … Read More

Councillor Renard’s Swindon Advertiser Column, 11th January 2018

Resolutions. They are at the forefront of many people’s minds at the start of a new year. For some, losing weight will be a goal, for others it could be giving up smoking. Dry January is also another popular initiative. But imagine setting yourself the goal of turning your life around. The dozen or so people who have committed to … Read More

Robert’s Weekly Adver Column 11th January 2017

Parliament has returned this week following the Christmas and New Year Recess. It has been a busy few weeks over the festive period and a welcome opportunity to spend more time in Swindon, talking to fellow residents, attending local events and meeting with local businesses and charities. I particularly enjoyed my visits to Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Chiseldon Primary … Read More