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  • Article: Jul 17, 2020
    By ACA

    A message from A350 Corridor Alliance:

    Wiltshire Council remains set on its perverse course of greenfield development and undesirable road building. This is a council that has never indulged in rational planning, where housing needs are considered together with the social and transport problems of neglected town centres. It has consistently pursued its bizarre road ambitions through whatever means irresponsible central government provides - Local Enterprise Partnerships, Housing Infrastructure Fund etc. The processes are entirely unaccountable (central government now takes no interest in how public money is spent or whether there is any value for money) and devoid of any process of public consultation.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2020

    Trowbridge councillor Stewart Palmen will present a petition to Wiltshire Council next Tuesday. You can read about the problems caused by the siting of the current crossing, and sign the petition, here.

    According to the complex WC constitution, this petition has sufficient signatures to be presented to Council, but does not reach the threshold for debate.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2020

    Residents in Wiltshire are being urged to get tested for coronavirus as soon as they experience symptoms

    Regional testing sites, open seven days a week, are at Wroughton park & ride in Swindon and Beehive park & ride in Salisbury. In addition, a mobile testing unit will be at County Hall's Mortimer Street car park in Trowbridge several days a week as of 13 July - initially it will be available from 13-16 July, then for six days from 19 July.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2020
    By WC (edited)

    After a decade of broken promises, poor old Melksham has had its campus delayed yet again.

    The inadequacy of the council's finances mean it's been kicked another year into the future, with no certainty that anything further will ever happen.

    Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: "We're obviously disappointed that we can't proceed as originally planned, particularly after the fantastic progress the project has made in the last year.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2020
    By WC (edited)

    Following last week's announcement by government on additional emergency funding for local authorities, Wiltshire Council's administration thinks this has reduced the chances of issuing a default notice.

    On 2 July, the government said local authorities would receive an additional further £500m in a non-ring fenced grant to cover expenditure. The government also confirmed that it will introduce a new income loss scheme that will pay a percentage of all lost income from sales, fees and charges. This, together with the council's own measures, means reserves are not expected to be exhausted.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2020

    Wiltshire Council has announced a plan to prioritise walking and cycling in the centre of Salisbury.

    The People Friendly Salisbury project will see several streets in the centre of the city prioritised for walkers and cyclists, but only between certain times of the day, and with some vehicles still allowed.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2020
    By WC (edited)

    TransWilts Community Rail will be working to improve facilities and the car park at Melksham station.

    This new project will see the lease of the council-owned Station Approach car park to TransWilts, who will make changes to the car park to improve the facilities, including installing a café, and extending the parking areas. It will also introduce parking charges.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2020

    New Wiltshire Council leader Philip Whitehead has taken the axe to the complex and expensive administration system built up by his predecessor Jane Scott.

    In making a bold step in the right direction, Cllr Whitehead has cut the number of Cabinet members from nine to eight, whilst the number of Portfolio carriers has been reduced from 14 to 10.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2020

    In local and national government percentages are often used as a form of deception. But WC found itself on the receiving end of dodgy statistics for a change as the innumerate media picked up on a 300% increase in Covid cases, which was actually based on such as small number as to be meaningless.

    Here's the official WC explanation.

  • library
    Article: Jun 29, 2020

    Wiltshire Council is desperate to save money, so doesn't want to re-open libraries on July 4th as allowed by the government.

    So it'll spend July 'consulting' with residents, and will then very very slowly start resuming some kind of library service.

    However the council will drag its feet as much as possible and even the most ambitious option in the 'consultation' is a pale shadow of what could be achieved with a less negative approach.