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  • Article: Feb 11, 2016

    The Salisbury Journal has thrown its weight behind the campaign to stop Wiltshire Council doing a Beeching on the county's buses - see http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/14269556.CAMPAIGN__Journal_says_stop_bus_cuts_before_it___s_too_late/?ref=eb

    For the positive solution to providing buses in a rural area see http://option247.uk

  • Stonehenge by Vera Carbin
    Article: Feb 10, 2016

    Councillor Ian West has submitted an alternative plan to the Stonehenge tunnel.

    Here's what he's written to Highways England:

    ...........................................................

    "I am the local councillor for the villages just to the west of Stonehenge including Winterbourne Stoke and Shrewton which are particularly affected by the lack of a dual carriageway past Stonehenge.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2016

    Wiltshire Council's strategic planning committee meeting on Wednesday February 10th considered applications for over 1100 homes on green field sites.

    They were: 500 houses at Barrow Farm Chippenham; 175 at Salisbury Road Marlborough; 450 at Spa Road Melksham.

    Planning officers recommended approval subject to conditions and legal agreements for the Melksham and Marlborough sites, but refusal for the Chippenham application, though in this case the developers have already appealed on the grounds on non-determination.

  • Gap housing
    Article: Feb 10, 2016

    Developers want to build 210 homes on land in the Hilperton Gap. The proposal would include a range of family homes, both market and affordable.

    A public exhibition has been arranged by developers Barton Willmore for:

    TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2016

    3PM - 8PM

    AT THE FIELDWAYS HOTEL, HILPERTON ROAD, TROWBRIDGE, BA14 7JP

  • Article: Feb 5, 2016

    After 68 years of existence Wiltshire Fire Brigade, more recently known as the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, ceases to exist at the end of March.

    In its place will be a merged service - Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

    The last meeting of the old Wiltshire Fire Authority will be on March 31st at 1030am.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2016

    Wiltshire Council Conservatives have announced their intention to increase the WC element of the Council Tax by 3.99%, the maximum allowed by the government. It follows several years without an increase as a government 'freeze grant' encouraged councils to keep tax levels down. This grant has now ended.

  • Hilperton Driving School car
    Article: Feb 1, 2016

    There are currently no driving tests available to book at Trowbridge and Westbury Driving Test Centres (DTCs), with the possible exception of cancellations which are booked pretty much as soon as they become available, and there is a 12 week wait at the next nearest DTC in Chippenham. For people hoping to get on the road this adds costs, makes it more difficult to pass the test following any unsuccessful attempts and has a negative effect on people's ability to travel and get to work and educational establishments.

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    Article: Jan 31, 2016

    A government consultation on fracking in areas including Wiltshire has just closed. It was a secretive consultation, "sent out to licence holders and representative bodies with a particular interest in this matter and the management of the specified protected areas", according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

  • Grey Squirrel
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Wiltshire Council Conservatives are trying to balance the books by imposing pestilential fees for pest control.

    The biggest percentage increase is for cockroaches, where the removal fee goes up from £120 to £200. To get your squirrels dealt with will cost you £120 (50% increase), and if you have ants in your bedrooms the cost is £100 (18%). There are also hikes in the rates for wasps, cluster flies, fleas, and bedbugs. And if you want the council to exterminate your rabbits they'll charge you £95 per hour.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Residents who pay for their green bins to be collected by Wiltshire Council will be charged an extra £2 next year, and those who take their stuff to the Household Recycling Centres may be asked to pay for the privilege.

    The proposed budget for 2016/17, which involves total cuts to services of £25million, has been published online.