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    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    Here's a statement from Network Rail:
    "We have reached the end of the six week project to start preparing the railway line for electrification. We successfully handed back the line, on time, at 05:15 am, on 1 September to First Great Western. The first train to go through Box Tunnel left Bristol Temple Meads at 5:29 am exactly on time.
  • Article: Sep 1, 2015

    Last year Wiltshire Council was confident that fracking would not come to Wiltshire because the geology was not suitable - see the answer to the question from Cllr Chris Caswill below. However the possibilty of fracking in Wiltshire has now moved closer with the consideration by the government of options on four blocks in West Wiltshire. These are OS squares ST95 (Bratton and Bulkington); ST84 (Warminster); ST94 (Codford) and ST85 (Trowbridge and Westbury). Each block has around it a 10km 'potential zone of impact'. At the moment the only impact being considered is on wildlife habitats, and a consultation on this is underway. Here's a statement from WC:

  • Article: Aug 31, 2015

    European Movement has launched a Students Campaign to activate young people up and down the country to campaign for a YES vote at the referendum. With a new website, Twitter account and Facebook site Students4Europe is going to be running Fresher's Fairs in Universities and Colleges across the UK.

    "Young people have their futures in their own hands. This is going to be one of the most important votes and we are keen to get as many students involved as possible. The opportunities of an engaged UK in Europe are huge for the next generation - the threats to their current freedoms and rights if we leave are also significant." said Laura Sandys, Chair of the European Movement.

  • Jane Scott
    Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Congratulations are due to the leader of Wiltshire Council, Jane Scott, on her appointment as a life peer. This is part of the government's decision to increase the number of people in the House of Lords. Here's a message from Jane to WC staff:

    "You may be aware that today David Cameron has announced the appointments to the House of Lords and I am pleased to confirm that I have been appointed as a Life Peer.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Reacting to government plans revealed today that will essentially end support for rooftop solar energy, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner Alasdair Cameron said:

    "From California to China, the world is reaping the benefits of a solar revolution, yet incredibly in the UK David Cameron is actually trying to shut rooftop solar down.

    "These absurd solar cuts will send UK energy policy massively in the wrong direction and prevent almost a million homes, schools and hospitals from plugging in to clean, renewable energy.

    "Of course the feed-in tariff should fall as solar becomes cheaper, but the government clearly plans to remove support entirely. This is politically-motivated, and will take away power from people and hand it back to big energy firms.

    "Instead of championing fossil fuels, the Government should focus on developing the UK's huge renewable energy potential.

    "Policies like this will further undermine David Cameron's credibility on climate change. World leaders meeting in Paris later this year will have every right to call him a hypocrite."

    Consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme | DECC.

    Published by Friends of the Earth Trust
  • fotp
    Article: Aug 20, 2015

    Friends of Trowbridge Park are going to plant a "Riot of Colour" (RoC) border at the back of Court Mills Building opposite the Civic Centre, with bushes, trees & plants that will provide all year round colour. A landscape gardener is guiding FoTP to design and source suitable plants and to prepare the 45-meter long border, in readiness for planting during the last two weeks in October, when adults and children will be invited to adopt a plant or two and then plant them within the border.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2015

    A Referendum on the Freshford and Limpley Stoke Neighbourhood Plan, which covers an area straddling the Wiltshire / Somerset border, will be held on Thursday 10 September.
    The question which will be asked in the Referendum is 'Do you want Bath & North East Somerset Council and Wiltshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Freshford and Limpley Stoke to help them decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'

  • Article: Aug 2, 2015

    Following protests about the impact of high speed roads on the residents of the new estates in Trowbridge, Wiltshire Council has changed its mind and published proposals for a 30mph limit on Leap Gate in the vicinity of Castlemead School, and for 20mph limits on all the residential roads in the area. The original published plans were for 40mph on Leap Gate and 30mph on the side roads.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2015

    Taylor Wimpey have applied to build up to 145 dwellings on land next to Hawkeridge Park. The outline application, reference 15/07071/OUT, includes drainage works, a noise attenuation bund, and associated infrastructure with an access onto The Ham.

    Details on the WC website

  • key_House-of-Lords.jpg
    Article: Jul 30, 2015

    Politicians from across the political spectrum should seize the opportunity to overhaul the House of Lords once and for all, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has said.

    It comes amid the fallout of Lord Sewel's resignation from the House of Lords, which has sparked calls for a shake-up of the second chamber.

    Tim has written to party leaders in the Commons and Lords - as well as crossbench peers - urging them to back the case for reform.

    He said: "Lord Sewel's resignation is welcome, albeit 24 hours too late. But this is not just about one bad apple, it's about a system which is rotten to the core and allows unelected, unaccountable people to think they are above the law.

    "It is yet another sorry reflection of an undemocratic system, and more than ever highlights the Liberal Democrat case for reform. Even the best politicians must be accountable to the public, and the current system of lifetime appointments means that doesn't happen."

    Lib Dem peer Jeremy Purvis last month set out plans for a new UK constitutional convention, as part of a bill which included plans to overhaul the House of Lords.

    And today Tim has written to leaders of all parties in both chambers - including the Labour leadership candidates - calling for them to back the convention and take seriously the case for reform.

    Tim said: "It is hugely disappointing, but not that surprising, that David Cameron and the Tories are still stubbornly refusing to budge on a shake-up in the House of Lords.

    "Calls for a moratorium, or a retirement age just paper over the cracks. Nothing will be achieved until Parliamentarians vote in favour of abolition and reform, something Lib Dems are committed to doing.

    "So, it is left to the Liberal Democrats to lead the overwhelming case to ensure our second chamber is elected and properly accountable to the British people."