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  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Work will start on 29 September to build a new "state of the art" adult day care centre at County Hall.

    The new facility will open in 2015 and be located on the ground floor in the space behind the library. It will replace the current day centre in Ashton Street, Trowbridge that is seen as being no longer fit for purpose.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Trowbridge Area Board at its meeting on September 18th heard an update on the Innox Riverside Development from Angus Horner, Managing Director of Prorsus. He explained that the intention was still to build out the original scheme, planning permission for which was granted on appeal. This will include the cinema and restaurants as well as the supermarket. Morrisons have now taken on the overall responsibility for the development.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    The Care Quality Commission has published a report by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, on Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. The report says that the Trust must take significant steps to improve the quality of services provided.

    The full report is on the CQC's website at http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RVN

  • Article: Sep 15, 2014

    At 2pm today (15 September) the Independent Police Complaints Commission issued the following statement to the media:

    The IPCC is investigating the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Patrick Geenty, an inspector and a detective constable from the force in relation to the way they dealt with complaints lodged in 2008 and 2009. Those complaints had been about the way the force handled allegations of sexual abuse.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Trowbridge councillor Jeff Osborn has written the following letter to the media:

    "A few weeks back, becoming concerned at delays in getting action from Wiltshire Council departments on behalf of my residents, I wrote a general letter to the local press. In this I cited that often when I raised a matter needing attention, the reply would be that unfortunately there was a "capacity issue". Basically this meant that there was not sufficient staff to attend to all demands from councillors and public. This can be explained by the rolling series of redundancies, with more to come.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2014

    Wiltshire Council hopes to make £178,000 next year by making children pay more for their journey to school. It will do so in three ways - by increasing charges for over-16s, by bringing in charges for transport to the grammar schools in the Salisbury area, and by withdrawing the free transport provision for pupils who have to change schools when they move to a different catchment area.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2014

    Westbury is to have two months of upheaval with the repairing and resurfacing of the A350 from one end of the town to the other.
    Work starts at the end of September between the Bitham Park roundabout and the Market Place when traffic will be restricted to one lane controlled by traffic lights. Then on Monday 27 October that same stretch of road will be closed for four weeks while carriageway reconstruction and drainage repairs take place. The work will also involve resurfacing of the carriageway, footway & kerbing works, replacement of road markings and the adjustment of ironwork including drain covers.
    Work will then begin on patching the route from the Market Place through to the roundabout with Laverton Road at Chalford. This will entail 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 (25 November to 28 November).
    The work, which will cost more than £300,000, should be completed by 28 November with contractors working weekends to ensure the work is finished on time.
    People living along the route will receive letters two weeks before the scheduled start day. Residents will be able to get access to their homes but may sometimes face delays if plant has to be moved. Signs will be in place advising that local businesses will be open as usual.
    Work has already started on alerting heavy traffic about the diversion around the town - this goes via Southwick. Advance warning notices will be on major roads as far away as West Lavington, Melksham and Warminster to ensure motorists are aware of the closures.
    The road closures are essential to ensure the new road surface is fully set. Traffic management operatives will be at the extent of the closures to help monitor access and give motorists assistance

  • Article: Sep 3, 2014
    By Trevor Carbin

    Following complaints about WC's short sharp summer 'consultation' on green bin charges, the council has now agreed to extend the time period for people to respond until the end of September.


    Wiltshire Council wants to charge you for garden waste collections. In West Wiltshire these have always been free since being introduced by the old District Council. WC is now doing one of its famous 'consultations', offering three options as below. One WC tactic is to split the vote by having two non-charging options.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2014

    Figures published by West Wiltshire Rail Users Group show a steady increase in the numbers of people using local stations. For example in Trowbridge passenger figures went up from 779,000 in 2012 to 790,000 in 2013. Westbury went from 454,000 to 467,000 and Warminster from 352,000 to 355,000. The introduction of the improved Westbury to Swindon service means figures are likely to increase again in 2014.

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    Article: Aug 23, 2014

    It takes a bit of nerve to grow in the middle of the A361, even if you are protected by a bollard. Under the Balfour Beatty contract we can perhaps expect more exotic vegetation spreading over the roads of Wiltshire ...

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