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  • Article: Nov 24, 2020
    By WC

    More businesses could benefit from financial support from the government's new Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.

    This cash injection comes after Wiltshire Council received £10 million of Government funding. This new grant scheme is a discretionary scheme that will help those businesses required to close, or that have been severely affected by the national restrictions and are outside of the business rate system.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2020
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council will be broadcasting its second live public COVID-19 update next month, to provide the latest information and to answer residents' questions.

    The broadcast takes place on Tuesday 8 December at 5pm.

    Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council Terence Herbert, and Director of Public Health Kate Blackburn, will help guide people through the latest information and regulations.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2020
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council has taken the decision to scrap People Friendly Salisbury.

    The decision follows a meeting with Salisbury City Council where they refused to support the scheme. Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID). has also requested the scheme be suspended.

    Given the lack of support from the city council and the Salisbury BID, Wiltshire Council is unable to continue with the scheme.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2020
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council has received £681,000 from the second tranche of the Department for Transport's (DfT) Active Travel Fund to progress cycling schemes in the county.

    The award is less than the £908,000 that the council originally bid for, and so to establish which schemes to take forward, WC is holding a consultation on the options, and on the first tranche of temporary schemes, which are already in place.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2020
    By WC

    Wiltshire Council's winter maintenance team are ready to keep the county's roads running.

    After the end of every winter, council teams service 26 gritting vehicles, amend and test gritting routes, and develop closer working arrangements with parishes and other agencies.

    The council has more than 13,000 tonnes of salt in stock strategically placed throughout the county in six storage sites. It also has weather stations that provide real-time information and assist in producing accurate forecasts to ensure gritters are sent out at the right time.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2020

    Wiltshire Council has created an updated community pack of information to support communities during the pandemic and the current national restrictions.

    The council previously created a community pack in March, and with Individuals and community groups continuing to provide support across Wiltshire, the council has again collated all the key information in one place.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council has launched its local COVID-19 contact tracing partnership, with the aim of contacting positive cases quickly and slowing the spread of the virus.

    The council's local service will support the NHS Test and Trace service, which is not very good. It will step in when the national team is unable to reach a person in Wiltshire who has tested positive.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2020

    £7 million of Government funding to support businesses has come to Wiltshire Council.

    This new Local Restrictions Support Grant is aimed at those businesses required to close due to the national restrictions which started on 5 November.

    One-off grants will be awarded to eligible businesses to support them during the four-week closure and help them with the ongoing challenges presented by coronavirus. Eligible businesses include those

  • Article: Nov 10, 2020

    If you're a child who will be two years old on or before the 31 December 2020, then your parents may be able to apply for 15 hours free childcare.

    The funding is for up to 15 hours childcare a week (38 weeks a year), and can be used at nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. It may also be possible to stretch the free hours over 50 weeks of the year. Parents do not have to take up the full 15 hours straightaway, they can just claim for a couple of sessions a week.

  • ALDC
    Article: Nov 9, 2020

    Power is taken away from local areas. Planning Policy will be set by the government in Westminster. It will ignore the needs and wishes of local people.

    Fewer affordable homes. Developers may only need to provide affordable homes when building 40 or more houses. Currently they have to provide it when building 10 or more, in most places.