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March 16, 2018 2:00 PM Highways England urges drivers to be prepared ahead of nationwide snow forecast

Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys this weekend as the Met Office forecasts further snow. With snow forecast throughout the weekend, gritting teams will be working around the clock to treat roads and keep traffic moving on motorways and major A roads, a spokesman for Highways England said. The Met Office has also issued

March 15, 2018 7:23 AM UPDATE: Swindon set for snow on Saturday AND Sunday

The Met Office has updated its weekend forecast for Swindon with snow now predicted for Saturday and Sunday. It says there is a 60 per cent chance of snow between 6am and 9am on Saturday. Sunday also sees the return of very cold temperatures, with a 'feels like' temperature of -7C. A spokesman for the Met Office said: "High pressure over Scandinavia 14

March 14, 2018 12:00 AM 482 at meeting with fears over houses and proposed travellers' site in Basildon

Almost 500 concerned residents attended a public meeting over fears that a traveller site could be set up near Basildon Golf Course. Basildon Council is set to approve its local plan to go to full council tonight, which includes 53 pitches across the borough to meet its obligation to provide land for travellers. Twelve of the 53 pitches are set to be on a site in London 4

March 11, 2018 11:54 AM Car thief is caught on video jumping into an icy RIVER in botched bid to dodge pursuing police

This is the moment a car thief plunged into an icy river in a botched attempt to evade pursuing police. Helicopter footage shows Christopher King, 38, driving off-road onto grass, before leaving the car and running through the River Cole, near Castle Bromwich, West Midlands. Police tracked down the car after it was spotted within an hour of being reported 4

March 7, 2018 3:45 PM Forecasters say there could be sleet or snow in parts of North Yorkshire

A FRESH yellow warning has been issued for sleet and snow in parts of North Yorkshire. The Met Office says there could be sleet and snow in upland areas, and some lower levels as well, tonight and tomorrow morning. It said some roads and railways were likely to be affected, with longer journey times. However, the specific forecast for York was more encouraging 8

March 5, 2018 12:00 AM Big Cheese Festival guests left feeling cheesed off call for a full refund

GUESTS at a cheese festival who were left disappointed by a lack of the smelly stuff on offer are calling for a refund. The Big Cheese Festival, which was held at Hove Lawns yesterday, has been branded a "shocking experience" by guests, with some saying they counted no more than two cheese stalls. Several social media users said they left the festival 9

March 2, 2018 2:45 PM GENEROUS: Swindon firm offers forklift help to elderly stuck in snow

A WEST Swindon plant hire firm is offering vulnerable residents help to get out of a snow trouble. Generous bosses at Tiger Plant have made one of their forklift trucks available to help clear the snow. Andy Rohrer, who owns the Clearwater Business Park-based company, posted on Facebook: “We have one of our forklifts available today for removing snow at business 1

March 2, 2018 10:02 AM M62 closed amid snow and strong winds

THE M62 remains closed indefinitely from junction 20 (Rochdale) to junction 24 (Huddersfield). We are continuing to work with the military and our partners including Highways England to clear the roads and get people to safety. Several road closures remain in place throughout Oldham and Rochdale and these include the following: · A672 Ripponden Road – Oldham 3

March 1, 2018 4:51 PM Essex County Council and Southend Council say they are well equipped with gritting salts

Southend Council and Essex County Council have assured motorists that they are not in short supply of salt reserves to grit the roads as snow is expected to fall again overnight. Essex County Council assured motorists that they had a fresh delivery of salt yesterday. They added that they are working hard with other boroughs and making good use of the salt barns 11

March 1, 2018 12:33 PM DAVID RENARD'S COLUMN: Planning for Swindon's future

Planning for Swindon’s growth and future prosperity is one of the council’s most important roles and never has this been more important than it is now. Our town has expanded at a rapid rate over the last few decades and with demand for housing continuing to rise, thousands more homes will be built in the borough to cater for the expected increase in our population 8