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  • Article: Jan 5, 2022
    By Trevor Carbin

    The latest application, for up to 269 homes at 'Elm Grove', goes to the Strategic Planning Committee on Wednesday (Jan 12). It'll fill the gap between the Wiltshire Drive estate and the White Horse Business Park, with an access onto the A363. The outline scheme is expected to be approved, despite some local opposition.

  • Article: Dec 27, 2021
    By Trevor Carbin

    The next few months will be a difficult time for Wiltshire's care system. A report to the council's Health Scrutiny Committee explains that Covid, staff shortages, and the usual winter problems such as flu, are causing a crisis.

    Demand for care home places is at an 'unprecedented' level. This has led to the re-emergence of bed-blocking, with scores of Wiltshire residents waiting in hospital with nowhere to go. Where people are able to be discharged, lack of help means over a quarter of them are back in hospital within a month.

  • Article: Dec 21, 2021
    By Trevor Carbin

    Wiltshire Council will be writing to selected residents to offer to help them get solar panels on their roofs, thus saving themselves money on their bills and helping to reduce overall pollution.

    Wiltshire and Swindon councils will enter a contract with a company called iChoosr to run the so-called 'Solar Together' project.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2021
    By WC

    As the rising number of COVID-19 cases is having an impact on the Wiltshire hospitality and leisure industry, WC is planning a further payment of grant funding.

    The grants will be paid automatically to any Wiltshire hospitality and leisure businesses that have previously benefitted from a Restart or Discretionary Restart Grant, subject to eligibility checks.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2021
    By WC

    A resident from Market Lavington who was spotted fly-tipping grass cuttings and other green waste on a public byway has been issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice (FPN) by Wiltshire Council.

    Environmental Enforcement Officers from the council were alerted to the incident and were shown photos of the person taking a green wheelie bin out from the rear of a car and emptying its contents on to a public byway near Market Lavington.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2021
    By Wilts Police

    Wiltshire is already benefitting from a dedicated speed enforcement officer recruited earlier this year to crack down on speeding drivers.

    In the first 9 weeks of deployment the Community Enforcement Officer, jointly funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Wiltshire Police, caught 132 motorists speeding on Wiltshire's roads and has issued fines and prosecution notices totalling more than £6,840.

    This is in addition to a deployment in Inglesham last week where 12 vehicles were caught exceeding the 40mph speed limit in wet and stormy conditions, with one vehicle being caught twice within half an hour and another recorded at 62mph.

    Since coming into office, Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Wilkinson has committed to funding two more Community Enforcement Officers, to bolster these efforts and help make Wiltshire safer.

    Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Wilkinson said: "Speeding is dangerous and time and time again I'm hearing from residents just how concerned they are and this is echoed by our Community Speed Watch volunteers - as a result road safety will be a key element in my upcoming Police and Crime Plan.

    "It will take time for the real benefits of this enforcement action to shine through, but I'm pleased to see that we are already seeing results from deployments and hope to see the additional enforcement officers recruited in the coming months.

    "Prevention is key and we should not wait for another family to grieve a loved one lost to a collision involving speed to take action and as our enforcement capacity increases and creates additional funds through fines and penalties this money will be reinvested in ever more enforcement."

    Currently, the force's enforcement officer uses the latest state-of-the-art, roadside, Home Office approved equipment and works alongside Community Speed Watch volunteers to collate intelligence, developing a targeted enforcement approach across those communities where there are speeding issues.

    Det Supt Chris Hanson, who is responsible for criminal justice and speed enforcement, said: "Speeding can have devastating consequences and I hope that our continued focus on enforcement reassures the community that we are taking this seriously.

    "There is a clear correlation between enforcement of speed limits and a reduction in casualties and we will not shy away from holding motorists to account on the way they drive to make drivers think twice about their speeding.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2021
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council is considering permanently opening Queen Street in Salisbury by barring motor vehicles. The road is currently open for people daily from 10am-4pm and is regularly available for longer periods due to events being held in the neighbouring Guildhall Square.

    The proposal will be subject to public consultation through the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process, which will begin in January. Once this has been completed and any responses to the order have been reviewed, any permanent opening of the road would begin in spring 2022.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2021

    Wiltshire Council is notorious for making short stretches of cyclepaths that don't really go anywhere or serve any useful purpose. Now it's to spend half a million on a route from The Halve to Stancombe Avenue in Trowbridge - a distance of about 300 yards.

    Here's the press release:

    New walking and cycling facilities on Hilperton Road, Trowbridge, will make it easier to leave the car at home

  • Article: Dec 9, 2021

    Wiltshire Council has today (Thursday 9 December) published a robust open letter in response to Bath & North East Somerset Council's (BANES) proposals to restrict heavy good vehicles (HGVs) using Cleveland Bridge in Bath, on the A36.

    The letter clearly sets out Wiltshire's position, and expresses the council's disappointment that, despite BANES' promises for the two councils to work closely together, Wiltshire was not consulted on the proposals.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2021
    By WC

    The WC Cabinet will be asked to release £2.8m funding, to go towards the £2m already in place, to refurbish and redevelop the Melksham House site. The council was unsuccessful in securing funding from the Government's Levelling Up Fund for this purpose, so Cabinet will allocate the additional funding.