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  • Article: Jan 26, 2021

    Wiltshire Council has reopened the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG, also known as Discretionary Payments) to help businesses in the county.

    The grant has been reopened for new applications only, or for those who had previously applied before November 2020. Any business that has already applied for an ARG since November does not need to reapply as they will, if eligible, receive any further payments automatically.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2021
    By WC

    Residents and businesses are encouraged to find out more about the consultation on the Future Chippenham distributor road route options by attending an online public webinar next week.

    Taking place on Thursday 28 January 2021 at 11am, the live webinar will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams.

    People interested in attending can register via Eventbrite Once registered a link will be sent to access the webinar.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2021

    With buses largely empty anyway this step is overdue - and why make people wait another week? Anyway here's the WC announcement:

    "From Monday 1 February start time restrictions on Wiltshire Council bus passes will be lifted.

    Usually, people can only use their bus passes from 9:30am but people will be able to use them at any time until schools fully reopen."

  • Article: Jan 22, 2021
    By WC

    Applications for the Christmas Support Payment (CSP) close on 31 January.

    This lump sum grant of £1,000 is for 'wet' pubs that derive less than 50% of sales from food and were established before 1 December 2020.

    Pubs that were already successful through the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) have been contacted to receive the payment, but any pub that has not already applied for the LRSG needs to apply before the deadline or they will miss out.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021
    By Lib Dems

    Today (19th Jan) Liberal Democrat MPs supported amendments to the Trade Bill, aiming to ensure that future trade agreements meet the UK's high standards of animal welfare. The Conservatives voted to reject these amendments.

    The government rejected amendments to strengthen the new Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC), including one requiring the TAC to consider human health, as well as environmental and animal welfare when assessing new trade deals.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021
    By WC (edited)

    At a time when most Parish Councils are keeping their precept down in consideration of the hard times being faced by many residents, Wiltshire Conservatives are bunging another hundred quid on your Council Tax.

    That's £15 by the Police and Crime Commissioner and 5% by Wiltshire Council. The exact increase will depend on what band you're in.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021

    Wiltshire Council's Conservative administration has lost control of planning by not having a five-year land supply. Another big development, which would probably not have been allowed otherwise, is set to be approved by the Strategic Planning Committee on Wednesday January 27. Agenda.

    Melksham Town and Melksham Without Councils have objected, as have many local residents.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021
    By WC

    It's generally accepted that drivers are perfectly entitled to shout abuse at other road users if they want to, though if a pedestrian were to walk down the street doing the same thing they'd be taken away.

    WC wants to stop drivers insulting highway workers, and have joined an anti-abuse club. Here's the press release:

  • Article: Jan 18, 2021
    By WCA

    Here's a message from Wiltshire Climate Alliance. The councillor referred to represents Nadder and East Knoyle.

    "Bridget Wayman is a Wiltshire Council Cabinet member who leads on Roads and Transport for the Council. For several years she has been retweeting ridiculous stuff that she finds on climate denying websites. This cannot be allowed to continue, and we must do all we can to get rid of her. At last, the Gazette & Herald has highlighted this. Wouldn't it be great if we had an avalanche of comments on their website explaining how ridiculous this is and how unacceptable it is that she still holds a cabinet position. Here is the LINK to the relevant page of the Gazette & Herald - Its very easy to register and leave a comment!"

  • Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Town, parish and county elections happen every four years on the same day, so as Wiltshire Council has to pay for the county elections anyway, no charge has been made to the parishes for theirs. This system was inherited from the local District Councils.

    Now WC's Conservative administration wants to make the parishes pay. The decision will be made at the cabinet meeting on February 5 and then confirmed by the full council on Feb 23.