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Swindon hospital given poor rating for food hygiene

Great Western Hospital given poor rating for food hygiene Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The company that provides food at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon has been given just 1 star out of 5 for it's food hygiene. The Food Standards Agency gave the contractor Carillion the poor rating for how it stored food and recorded temperatures. The Department of Health said "urgent action" is needed. In response Carillion say they are already making changes including retraining staff.

Waste removal expected to start in next few days

The Environment Agency will carry out the removal work Credit: ITV News West Country

Work is expected to begin in the next few days to remove rubbish from Averies recycling in Swindon. The Environment Agency will carry out the work after the the firm failed to respond to enforcement notices. Three thousand tonnes of waste have been smouldering for nearly a month, causing problems for residents who live nearby. The work to remove the rubbish will allow firefighters to tackle the blaze more easily.

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Environment Agency to begin removing Averies waste

The Environment Agency will begin removing waste from Averies Recycling in Swindon 'as soon as possible' after the firm failed to respond to enforcement notices.

We intend to use our powers to remove waste from the site to allow Wiltshire Fire and Rescue services the space to extinguish the fire.

Environment Agency contractors will start work as soon as possible .

We are using our powers because the operator has failed to respond to previous enforcement notices.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

Averies ordered to remove waste today

Three thousand tonnes of waste have been smouldering for nearly a month Credit: ITV News West Country

The Environment Agency has ordered Averies Recycling firm in Swindon to start moving burning waste from the plant today.

The Agency will send in their own contractors if removal doesn't begin Credit: ITV News West Country

The work to remove the rubbish will allow firefighters to tackle the blaze more easily.

Three thousand tonnes of waste have been smouldering for nearly a month, causing problems for residents who live nearby. The Agency says they will send in their own contractors if the removal doesn't begin today.

3000 tonnes of waste at recycling plant removed

The fire has been burning since July 21st. Credit: ITV News West Country

Works starts today to move 3000 tonnes of material out of a recycling plant that's been on fire for three weeks.

The Environment Agency has ordered the owners of Averies Recycling in Swindon to remove some of the waste so that firefighters have space to tackle the fire properly.

Burning waste plant ordered to remove 3000 tonnes

The Environment Agency has ordered the owners of a recycling plant that's been on fire for more than three weeks to remove some of the waste - so that firefighters can tackle it properly.

Crews have been at Averies Recycling in Swindon since the fire began - but haven't had enough space to work properly. 3000 tones of material will start being moved tomorrow.

The full statement from Swindon Borough Council can be found below:

"Using their enforcement powers, the Environment Agency has ordered Averies Recycling (Swindon) Limited (ARSL) to remove a total of 3,000 tonnes of waste from their Marshgate site in Swindon. Averies Recycling (Swindon) Limited (ARSL) will need to begin to remove the waste tomorrow. The Environment Agency will continue to work as part of a multi-agency response to this incident, with Swindon Borough Council and other partners, to make ARSL take action and remove the waste. As the operators of the site, ARSL has the responsibility to remove and pay for the waste to be removed from the site to allow Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) sufficient space for the fire to be fully extinguished."

– Swindon Borough Council

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Neighbours of Swindon waste tip fire speak out

The fire at the Averies site continues to smoulder Credit: ITV News West Country

Businesses operating near to a fire in Swindon say smoke has made working near impossible.

Fire crews have been at Averies Recycling Centre since the fire started almost three weeks ago. It has not yet been extinguished.

James Brown owns a garage next to the site says it has been a disaster for local businesses..

Rival firm asked to help with waste tip fire

The smoke from the Averies waste tip fire Credit: ITV News West Country

Another waste disposal company has been called in to help with the aftermath of the fire at the Averies waste site in Swindon which continues to burn. Fire crews continue to damp down the pile of rubbish but some estimates suggest the fire could continue for months.

Now Hills Waste Solutions has been contacted by Swindon Borough Council and the Environment Agency to help.

The company issued the following statement:

"Hills Waste Solutions has been contacted by Swindon Borough Council and the Environment Agency to provide a solution for the disposal of the waste material from the Averies site in Marshgate, Swindon. Hills, in common with other reputable waste treatment operators in the region, has commercial facilities that can safely process and dispose of waste material. At this stage we are unable to say which facility would be used if Hills were to undertake this work."

– Hills Waste Solutions statement

Record numbers take part in Swindon Pride parade

Record numbers take part in Swindon Pride parade Credit: ITV News West Country

Record numbers turned out in Swindon today for the 7th Gay Pride event. Around 300 people paraded through the town before a festival was held in the Town Gardens. Emergency services got involved in the march, with rainbow flags flown at Gablecross Police station for the first time. it was also flown at one of the town's biggest employers Nationwide.

"Bring the community together to celebrate that everybody's different. To show what a diverse community we have among us. Hopefully the event educates people to show that we're just one community and we should all just try and get on."

– Jo Sharp, Chair of Swindon & Wiltshire Pride
The emergency services got involved in the parade Credit: ITV News West Country
Around 300 took part in the parade in Old Town Credit: ITV News West Country
Swindon pride event parade ended at the Town Gardens Credit: ITV News West Country
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