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  • Article: Sep 9, 2021
    By Lib Dems

    The five local Conservative MPs (Donelan, Gray, Glen, Kruger, Murrison) chose to break their promise to the electorate and voted for a 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance.

    The changes, which go against the Conservative manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2021
    By WC

    Wiltshire Council has started an engagement exercise on its emerging Climate Strategy, which sets out how the council - and Wiltshire as a whole - can tackle climate change over the next five years.

    The engagement runs until 11.59pm on Sunday 17 October, and people can comment on the draft strategy document, and attend a number of online and in-person sessions to find out more.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2021

    The count for the Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner elections was completed on 20 August 2021 and the result declared. Philip Wilkinson has been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.

    91,553 votes were cast in total, though 83.4% of people did not vote.

    Result on WC websit

  • Article: Aug 25, 2021

    People across the county have offered help to those fleeing Afghanistan.

    Wiltshire Council is making plans to welcome a small number of families to Wiltshire as part of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) which started in April and was in place before recent events made the situation more urgent.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2021

    Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site is delighted the High Court has today held that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps acted unlawfully when granting permission for a dual carriageway and short tunnel through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS).

    The judge found that the Secretary of State unlawfully failed to consider less damaging ways of relieving the existing A303. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee and others have repeatedly called for a longer tunnel so as to protect the whole of the WHS. Just days before the judgment UNESCO's Committee warned that if the shorter tunnel goes ahead, then Stonehenge might be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger next year.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2021

    Wiltshire Council has ended its online booking system for visits to household recycling centres (HRCs).

    There are ten HRCs in Wiltshire; each site has different opening times and some can take different types of waste, so people are advised to check opening times and what they can take to their local HRC before setting off. There may be queuing at peak times.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2021
    By RUH

    The Prime Minister has announced that Covid-19 restrictions are set to end in England and life will soon return close to normal, with people's judgement being key in learning to live with the virus.

    Step four of the government's roadkill out of lockdown is expected to start on Monday 19 July 2021, subject to a final review of the data on Monday 12 July 2021.

    The news comes as a significantly high proportion of the population are vaccinated against Covid-19 to significantly weaken the link between infection and severe disease and death. The government says this means that the country can learn to live with Coronavirus without the need for the stringent economic and social restrictions which have been in place since March 2020.

    But the pandemic is not over. Cases are currently rising as are hospitalisations, and deaths, and they will rise further as society opens. So we are being asked to remain vigilant, make informed decisions and act carefully and proportionately to manage the risks to ourselves and others.

    The new phase of the government's response to the pandemic moves away from restrictions on everyone's day to day lives and towards managing Covid-19 by advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.

    You can read the Covid-19 response: summer 2021 guidance in full on the government's website

  • Article: Jul 8, 2021

    A significant victory in the campaign to Save Furlong Close has been won, thanks to a major concession by the charity Hft in judicial review proceedings in the High Court.

    Hft (which owns and runs the residential community at Furlong Close, which is home to 34 vulnerable, learning disabled people) has agreed to Consent Orders in the High Court, confirming that it has withdrawn its previous decision to close down the residents' long-term home. In the same Orders, Wiltshire Council has confirmed that it has taken no decision to stop commissioning care at Furlong Close.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2021
    By WC

    Wiltshire Council has released a video that depicts the route of the A350 Melksham bypass.

    The video shows the route in the landscape, including the four new roundabout junctions and their locations. The video includes other features such as the viaduct over the River Avon, a bridge that carries the bypass over the Wilts and Berks Canal, four bridges over the Clackers and Forest Brooks, plus drainage ponds and other measures to reduce flood risks.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2021
    By WC

    Wiltshire Council's plans to make savings on special needs education have taken another battering as the cost of their new school at Rowde has escalated. Here's the WC release:


    People will soon be able to have their say on designs to create a new school build for SEND pupils which will provide much needed additional spaces.