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  • Article: Nov 5, 2019
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council has been allocated £75 million from the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to support the growth of Chippenham.

    This will pay for a new road to the east and south of Chippenham, linking the A350 at the northern and southern ends of the town, as well as improvement works at J17 on the M4.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2019

    If you want to travel from Bradford on Avon along the Winsley bypass on the evenings of 13th or 14th December, then you won't be able to, because it'll be closed for resurfacing.

    If, like a good motorist, you decide to obey the diversion signage you'll be sent through Bradford, Staverton, Hilperton and Trowbridge and onto the A361 to Beckington, then up the A36 to Limpley Stoke, then back up to Winsley. A total distance of 20 miles or so.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2019

    A consultation back in the summer raised objections to some of the proposals for more yellow lines at various sites around the town. So plans for more lines in Adcroft Drive, Victoria Road and Osborne Road won't go ahead.

    Those in The Conigre, Eastbourne Gardens, Hornbeam Road, Silver Street Lane, Keates Close, Langford Road, Hyde Road, St John's Crescent and The Moldens will go ahead with amendments.

  • Torky
    Article: Oct 25, 2019

    "Many under 18's have strong views on climate change but they are struggling to have their voices heard.

    "Please click on this link to see a 2-minute video linked to a parliamentary petition The song is a green version of Billy Joel's 'we didn't start the fire', and the petition is for the Government to consult with focus groups of young people when creating climate change policy.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2019

    Falling funding and declining birthrates mean times could get difficult for primary schools over the next few years, especially those in rural areas where there are even fewer children.

    Wiltshire has about seventy schools with fewer than 120 pupils, most of which are supported by the local authority, though some have opted for national control as academies.

  • Gritrs
    Article: Oct 22, 2019
    By WC

    24 new gritters will be taking to the roads of Wiltshire this winter.

    Wiltshire Council has leased the fleet ready to tackle any fresh 'Beast from the East' or any other bits of weather with stupid names..

    As well as up-to-date technology, the fleet is fitted with low emission engines.

    The gritters will be stationed in depots across the county.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2019
    By LGA

    The Local Government Association and The Daily Telegraph report that the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been named Britain's best stargazing spot, after being recognised as an official dark sky reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The IDA recognises areas which have "exceptionally starry skies," and this is the first time a full area in the UK has been granted the status. The managers of Cranborne Chase spent more than a decade working to meet the criteria required, working with residents, councils, highway departments, businesses and schools to ensure outdoor light was only used "when it is strictly needed." The area's director, Linda Nunn, noted that Wiltshire Council, which administers two-thirds of the area, "has already agreed to upgrade its street lighting" to help.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2019
    By Trevor Carbin

    WC admits that its current website is "difficult to navigate and is unstable".

    Anyone who's attempted to use it would probably agree. WC claims their proposed new website will be simpler, quicker and easier to navigate, with less clicks to get the information needed. This will improve customers' experience, and make things easier for staff.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019
    By Trevor Carbin

    Wiltshire Council planners have kicked out a speculative proposal made through agents Heynes Planning to build up to 85 houses on the Southwick Road on the edge of North Bradley.

    Reasons for the refusal include the fact that the development would be outside the village policy limit, would detract from the urban area, and lacked any infrastructure or affordable housing provision. There was also a lack of information on ecology and heritage.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2019
    By Trevor Carbin

    Michelle Donelan has the worst record amongst Wiltshire's MPs when it comes to climate-related votes, according to The Guardian. She's also the only one to have taken money from climate baddies - "Michelle Donelan received a donation with a value of £2,500 from EDF Energy. She also received a donation with a value of £3,000 from Airbus Operations."