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  • Article: Dec 5, 2019
    By Trevor Carbin

    The North has a Powerhouse, the Midlands has an Engine, and now our bit is to become a Gateway. The Western Gateway will stretch from Gloucestershire to The Gower and from Swansea to Salisbury, taking in Cardiff, Newport, Bristol and Bath.

    Wiltshire Council Conservatives have agreed to shell out £20,000 to fund a commissariat to get the scheme going. The government is putting in £400,000. Much more money will be needed in future years, though WC will review the situation next year to see if the Gateway is worth bothering with.

  • Article: Dec 3, 2019
    By Trevor Carbin

    Wiltshire Council is to sign up to a national database which allows checks to be made on applicants for taxi licenses. At the moment it's possible for someone who has had their license revoked or suspended in one part of the country to move to another local authority area and start again. By joining the register, which is held by the Local Government Association, checks can be made on applicants. Having a record of misdemeanor elsewhere wouldn't necessarily prevent someone from being given a license in Wiltshire, but it would weigh heavily against them.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2019

    In the election for Wiltshire Council Jo Trigg, Lib Dem, got 622 votes whilst the Tory got 455. This is a Lib Dem gain from Con so good news for Trowbridge and Wiltshire!

  • 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 4, 2019
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council's Conservative administration has slapped charges back onto the park and ride service in Salisbury. This is because they think the support for the city following Novichok is no longer needed.

    So it's back to the usual price of £3 return per person at the five park and ride sites - Beehive, Britford, London Road, Petersfinger and Wilton.

  • 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCC0DIlEQSI&t linked to a parliamentary petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/272167 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.