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  • Article: Nov 28, 2014

    The town council's development committee will meet on December 2nd to consider its response to Wiltshire Council's parking consultation. TTC would like to take over the management of the council-owned car parks, pointing out that the previous round of changes by WC were so badly managed that they actually resulted in a drop in income despite higher charges. TTC would be looking for a more sensible management regime, and would also like to see residents' parking schemes for many residential roads around the town centre.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2014

    Mears Care Limited, who provide a 'Help to Live at Home' service for Wiltshire Council, have been severely criticised by the Care Quality Commission. A follow-up inspection was carried out by the CQC in August, after their previous inspection in June identified serious failings.

    The latest CQC report says that although there was some improvement between the two inspections, standards were still low, and some of Mears' clients were suffering because of the poor service they were receiving.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2014

    ... but it'll take slightly longer than expected to finish the work. The last day of roadworks should now be Sunday (30th)

    Work started at the end of September between the Bitham Park roundabout and the Market Place. Then on Monday 27 October the road was closed while carriageway reconstruction and drainage repairs took place. The work also involved resurfacing of the carriageway, footway & kerbing works, replacement of road markings and the adjustment of ironwork including drain covers.
    Work on patching the route from the Market Place through to the roundabout with Laverton Road at Chalford entailed a day's closure of Haynes Road on 24 November, and another four days closure between Haynes Road/A350 roundabout and the junction with Laverton Road.
    The work, which cost more than £300,000, was due to be completed by 28 November.

  • November primroses
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Between now and the general election in May I'll attempt to keep a record of events, thoughts and activities relevant to the campaign and its peripheries.

    Thursday 28th. As we'd reserved two days for the SN15 hearing but finished it in one, today became a day off, apart from a meeting at Melksham police HQ this evening and delivering some leaflets this morning.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    ... has been granted a license by Wiltshire Council after a Hearing today. The club will trade under the name of 'SN15' at 17 Station Hill Chippenham. The old Karma had its license revoked after a long catalogue of problems with noise and anti-social behaviour associated with the club. The new company has no connection with the old management, and has been given a long list of conditions it will have to keep to in order to keep its license, not to cause a nuisance to neighbours, and not to cause more work for the local police.

  • Petition: Nov 25, 2014


    When West Wilts District Council gave planning permission for the Hilperton gap road they imposed a number of conditions, in an attempt to safeguard as much as possible the amenity of surrounding residents. These conditions included a requirement for the speed limit to be 40mph. Wiltshire Council now wants to ignore the original resolution and impose a 50mph limit. Higher speeds create increased danger for pedestrians crossing the road. The also create a significant noise nuisance - the sound of traffic going at 50mph is considerably greater than that from 40mph, and would make life unpleasant for anyone with a property bordering the gap.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2014

    Today Wiltshire Police launched a counter-terrorism awareness campaign explaining the role the public and businesses can play in combating terrorism.

    The increase in the UK terrorism threat level to 'Severe' in August this year warns us that there is an increased need to be vigilant and for everyone from law enforcement, and businesses, to the public to work together to keep safe.

    Action by businesses and members of the public can prevent terrorism in Wiltshire as members of staff in local businesses are often the first people to spot signs that something is wrong.

    Wiltshire Police work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to protect Wiltshire from terrorist threats.

    This week Wiltshire Police Counter Terrorism Security Advisors, Licensing Officers, Firearms Licensing officers and the Rural Crime Team will be engaging with local businesses; shopping centres, bars, pubs and clubs, firearm clubs and the farming and agricultural community.

    With the aim to heighten awareness of the threat from terrorism, provide advice around the reporting of suspicious activity or behaviour, working with farmers and businesses to ensure that fertilisers and chemicals are stored securely.

    Police say the key message is to continue with the personal safety measures we should already be taking. In particular, please:

    • Remain alert to the danger of terrorism
    • Report anything suspicious to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321
    • If your information doesn't relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact your local police on 101.

    If you suspect it, report it. Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them - your information could save lives.

  • 2010 hustings in Warminster (warminster people)
    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Trowbridge churches (CATA) will be organising an Election Hustings in Trowbridge on the Thursday evening one week before election day, that is Thursday 30th April. This is your chance to hear and interrogate the five (so far) candidates. It's likely that other hustings will be arranged at other towns and villages - watch this space for details.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Cash-strapped Wiltshire Council hopes to make money by selling advertising space beside local main roads. WC has submitted and permitted planning applications to erect signs on eighteen roundabouts including on the A350 around Melksham and Semington, the A361 Hilperton Drive, and the White Horse Business Park.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2014

    As drivers, we cause more deaths, injuries and damage in the UK than all the massed ranks of thugs and muggers and murderers and vandals and terrorists combined. Wiltshire Police are trying to stop us doing it. Here's their message:


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