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  • Article: Mar 10, 2021
    By WC (edited)

    The consultation on the Wiltshire Local Plan review has now ended.

    The council still has many responses to process, so the final figure will rise significantly above the 2,500 currently registered.

    Toby Sturgis (Con), Cabinet Member for Planning, said: "Our Local Plan review consultation had an excellent response from residents, businesses and organisations such as town and parish councils, and I'd like to thank them all for taking the time to share their views in letters, emails and through our online forms.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2021
    By WC (edited)

    From April Fool's Day, Wiltshire Council is ending the 20p car parking fee that motorists are currently charged when they pay for parking via the MiPermit app or text message.

    At the moment, when you want to pay for parking in WC car parks using the MiPermit app or text message rather than coins, you get charged a 20p fee on top of the amount you pay for parking. However, from 1 April, this fee will be scrapped.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2021

    Wiltshire Council has published a report on the recent Melksham bypass consultation.

    The consultation was held between Thursday 5 November 2020 and Sunday 17 January 2021, with 1,018 people responding to the online consultation, and more than 175 email and written submissions.

    The next stage will be a further round of public consultation to inform the Outline Business Case.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2021
    By Chippenham TC

    CTC councillors were unanimous in rejecting the proposition of new housing development in Chippenham. An extraordinary meeting was held to enable Councillors to agree on their formal response to Wiltshire Council's public consultation on its Local Plan Review.

    The Council agreed to inform Wiltshire Council that their case for Chippenham housing numbers and locations has not been adequately made, and is not accepted for the following reasons:

  • Article: Mar 5, 2021
    By WC (edited)

    Instead of acting to improve air quality in the county, Wiltshire Council is whingeing about action being taken in Bath. WC says Bath should be coming into Wiltshire to monitor emissions, instead of relying on Wiltshire Council to do it themselves.

    The CAZ, which begins on 15 March, will see some vehicles that do not meet emission standards charged to enter some parts of Bath. Private cars will not be charged, but some trucks, lorries, vans and HGVs will have to pay a charge to enter the zone.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2021
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council's policy of doing nothing about air quality and hoping it improves of its own accord has worked as far as PM10 in Bradford on Avon goes.

    The air quality in Bradford on Avon has improved, as levels of particulate matter have fallen below the objective set in air quality law that originally led to the town's Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) order, and as a result this part of the order has been lifted. NO2 levels are still dangerously high.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2021
    By Trevor Carbin

    Bradford on Avon has resolved, "At a full meeting of the Town Council 2 March 2021, to reject the Wiltshire Local Plan in its entirety for not only our town, but the whole county. It is not so much a plan, as an allocation of houses in unsuitable places. It lacks vision for the future of our communities and our county.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2021
    By WC (edited)

    From 8 March 2021, concessionary bus pass holders will only be able to use their bus passes from 9:30am on weekdays, but can continue to use them at any time at weekends.

    Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Transport said: "This offer was only ever in place until such time as schools opened up fully to receive all pupils"

  • New barrier on cycle track
    Article: Feb 28, 2021
    By Trevor Carbin

    As well as wasting tens of thousands of pounds on rubbish cycletracks and then wasting more money to take them away again, WC is still behind the times with its policy of impeding cycling.

    The rest of the country, from the PM down, is more progressive. Recent government guidance has emphasised the importance of removing unnecessary stoppers and barriers on cycle roads. WC has responded by erecting unnecessary new barriers on cycle routes - here's a picture of one recently installed on a designated cycle track in Hilperton.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2021
    By WC

    The consultation closes on Tuesday 9 March, and although there will be a further consultation later in the year, people should take this opportunity to have their say about the future of housing, infrastructure and land for employment in their area.

    Toby Sturgis (Con, Brinkworth), Cabinet Member for Planning, said: "We have had an excellent response to the consultation so far, with more than 500 submissions, but with less than two weeks to go until the closing date, we're asking anyone that hasn't already responded to do so by 9 March.