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  • cycletrack
    Article: Nov 9, 2020

    This is the government's radical plan for encouraging and funding better infrastructure to get more people more active.

    The document starts with a gushing introduction from the Prime Minister Mr B Johnson, which says all the right things except that the sentence, "… this document aims to kick off the most radical change to our cities since the arrival of mass motoring." gives away the main problem with the government's strategy. It's very urban based, and says little about rural areas.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2020

    The government is spending billions on creating a 'Major Road Network' (MRN) across England to complement the motorway and trunk road grid, and Wiltshire Council wants to be in on the road-building action.

    Although perilously short of money, WC is spending £660,000 on a feasibility study. The government will pay the rest of the £2m cost.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2020

    Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Royal Wootton Bassett and Westbury libraries will continue to offer an order and collect service and bookable computers, just as they have done recently.

    From Monday 9 November Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster libraries will also be offering an order and collect service and bookable computers. Those libraries will be closed until then.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2020

    Wiltshire Council has been instructed by the government to support businesses in the county affected by the new national restrictions.

    Grant funding will be made available for businesses required to close. This includes:

    • properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, will receive grants of £1,334 per month or £667 per two weeks
    • properties with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000, will receive grants of £2,000 per month or £1,000 per two weeks
    • properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, will receive grants of £3,000 per month or £1,500 per two weeks
  • Article: Nov 5, 2020
    By WC

    You can have your say on the proposed A350 Melksham bypass, and the 18 different route options being considered.

    Wiltshire Council wants a new bypass to take the A350 around Melksham, and is seeking the views of residents, businesses and other stakeholders on the progress so far, and the various proposed route options.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have condemned the Conservatives' "reckless" attitude to animal welfare and food standards, following votes on the Agriculture Bill in the House of Commons today.

    Conservative MPs voted down Amendment 16B, added to the Bill in the House of Lords, which would have forced the UK Government to ensure that British food and animal welfare standards are maintained in any trade deals.

    The Liberal Democrats argue that the Government's actions risk seeing the UK flooded with poor quality food if ministers "slash standards in a bid to secure new trade deals."

  • Article: Nov 4, 2020

    The HRCs will remain open in lockdown2. Use the online booking system to book a slot.

    All kerbside waste and recycling collections will also continue as usual.

    Slots are available to book seven days in advance at

    The rules are:

    • Do not visit an HRC if you have COVID-19 symptoms
    • Please visit at the time you have booked and do not arrive beforehand.
    • Make sure that you bring your proof of Wiltshire address (a driving licence, council tax bill or utility bill - a printed or electronic version is fine).
    • Site staff will check registration plates upon arrival - people will need to arrive in the vehicle specified in the booking;
    • Anyone turning up without a confirmed booking will not be allowed in;
    • People wishing to cancel or amend a booking can do so via the link received on their confirmation email.
    • Only bring to site what you can safely unload yourself. Site staff need to social distance so cannot help.
    • Observe social distancing and keep at least a two-metre distance from others at all times.
    • Wash your hands before you leave home and after your visit.
  • Article: Nov 1, 2020

    From Guy Fawkes Day, new restrictions for Wiltshire will mean everyone must stay at home and may leave only for a limited set of reasons, including:

    • for education (schools, colleges and universities)
    • for work, if you cannot work from home
    • for exercise and recreation outdoors with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
    • for medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
    • to shop for food and essentials
    • to provide care for vulnerable people
  • Article: Oct 28, 2020

    An application to tack another 240 houses on a greenfield site on the edge of Melksham has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. The area is outside that prevously allocated for housing, but the council's inability to provide a five year land supply for housing effectively gives developers the right to build on such sites.

  • cild
    Article: Oct 26, 2020

    Following pressure from the Lib Dems Wiltshire Council has agreed to fund food over the half term.

    To help keep them honest and to make sure this applies to Christmas as well, please sign the petition



    This comes as the national government shows signs of weakening in the face of public pressure, with arguments by Conservative MPs against the feeding of children failing to convince.