Parishing – the end of local democracy?

The following is a copy of my submission to the Council’s so called “Community Governance Review”. The Council’s proposals run rough-shod over any idea of local democracy. Ironically one of their claims is that it will *increase* local democracy, though they refuse to let us vote on it. I share […]

Swindon Greens Campaign For Better Housing

The housing situation in Swindon is something that affects us all. Whether we are looking for somewhere to buy or rent, or simply affected by the additional strain on local infrastructure and lack of parking from more people being crammed in to existing housing stock. I believe that the council […]

Most vulnerable hit as Children’s Centres set to close

Against all the advice from experts, and despite evidence that says they provide a cost-effective service, it looks like the Council will press ahead with plans to close the remaining children’s centres in Swindon. The Council’s consultation suggests that ‘there has been no obvious impact on social care from the […]

Swindon’s social cleansing

Swindon Borough Council is quietly consulting on an ASBO-like crackdown on certain behaviour in the town centre. It’s the first of a number of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) planned across Swindon. I’m less than impressed. At best it wastes money on unnecessary additional red tape, at worst it criminalises some […]