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  • gap road sign
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    Contractors will move onto the site on Monday, with completion of the road scheduled for some time next summer.

    The original conditions imposed by West Wilts District Council included a requirement for a low-noise surface and for a scheme to be drawn up explaining how the noise impact for surrounding residents would be minimised. A 40mph limit was also specified for road safety and environmental reasons.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2014

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

    "A particularly dangerous malady appears to have taken hold at County Hall. Whenever, as local councillor, I contact a Wiltshire Council department on behalf of my residents, say with regard to Highways or Planning. I now seem to get the same response.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2014

    WC press release:

    Work to install the largest single-roof local authority-owned solar panel system in the UK on the Northacre Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) in Westbury has been completed.

    The 1,248 solar panels - covering an area equivalent to more than seven tennis courts - will generate 280,500 units (kWh) of electricity each year. This will help to power the mechanical biological treatment process which turns household waste into solid recovered fuel (SRF).

    The benefits of the system will be annual bill savings and income from the feed-in tariff of more than £55,000, as well as annual CO2 emission reductions of 148 tonnes. Over 20 years the savings are expected to exceed £1.5 million, with CO2 emissions reduced by 2,720 tonnes.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2014

    The Mongols terrorised Asia and Eastern Europe in the thirteenth century, and soon their tents could be being pitched in West Wiltshire. WC has approved a planning application for a camp site on part of the old Thoulstone Park golf course.

    Four 'yurts' will be erected, with space provided for up to 40 conventional tents and sites for caravans. The organisers expect the site to be used for weddings and ceremonies, conferences or education camps.

  • Trowbridge Town Hall
    Article: Aug 12, 2014

    "Allunder1Roof" is an exciting week of events at The Town Hall run by Trowbridge Arts Festival in association with The Friends of The Town Hall.

    During the week from 18th to 25th October the Town Hall will become the creative heart of Trowbridge and show its potential as a focal point of the community.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2014

    Wiltshire Conservatives have announced that the free bus pass used by elderly and disabled residents is to be restricted to save money. Currently pass-holders can travel free on most bus services at any time. As of next year bus passes will only be able to be used after the morning peak has passed. A limited 'consultation' is under way with two options being considered - to start free travel on weekdays at either 0900 or 0930. Weekend travel will remain free at all times.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2014

    A total of 41 solar schemes have been proposed in Wiltshire. Some are built, others have planning permission and are awaiting construction, others are still going through the planning process. A few have been refused by Wiltshire planners.

    For a map see WC agenda for the July 29th council meeting. Look at agenda supplement 1 page 27.

  • First Bus
    Article: Aug 6, 2014

    A number of First bus services, particularly affecting the Trowbridge Town Network, will change in the coming weeks.

    Simon Ford, Commercial Manager for First West of England, says: "The changes to Trowbridge's town network are designed to ensure the long term viability of the bus service in the area. The new T1 will offer a good service connecting key parts of the town, and in combination with the existing Service 234 and 265, gives residents a way of getting around and about by bus.

    "Elsewhere the addition of new Sunday and Public Holiday timetables on a number of routes will give more people the chance to travel by bus on these days. These developments are universally positive and we hope that people will find the increased access to buses on these days useful.

    To read the full press release regarding the changes see: http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/bristol_bath/travel_news/news_initiatives/?item=20601&conf=0

    To view or download the timetable booklets for the individual services, see: http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/bristol_bath/journey_planning/booklets/

    Specific changes from 31 August

    Service 234 (Frome - Chippenham):
    · The timetable of this service is being adjusted slightly to facilitate some changes being made to the Trowbridge Town service.
    · The route is also being amended slightly to provide journey opportunities to and from Paxcroft Mead.
    · People who use the service (particular during the evening or on Saturday mornings) are advised to check the new timetables.

    Services 236 (Paxcroft Mead - Studley Green), 260 (Trowbridge - Lower Studley) and 263 (Trowbridge - Studley Green):
    · These services are being withdrawn and are being replaced instead with a newly created Service T1

    ***NEW *** Service T1 (Trowbridge Town Service):
    · The T1 service will replace Services 236, 260 and 263.
    · It will operate every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, with a number of evening journeys provided as well.
    · It will operate in and around Trowbridge, connecting Lower Studley, Upper Studley, Studley Green, Hilperton and Hilperton Marsh.
    · It will run alongside Services 234 and 265 which will continue to connect Trowbridge with Bath, Frome, Chippenham and Salisbury (amongst other places).
    · Adult journeys on Service T1 will cost £1.50 single (75 pence children, £1 young people / students*). * ID required to obtain discount
    · A map showing the route of Service T1 can be found here: http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/bristol_bath/assets/pdfs/journey_planning/booklets/T1%20Leaflet-WEBa.pdf

  • Article: Aug 4, 2014

    Wiltshire's largest festival took place in glorious hot weather from 24th - 27th July. Organisers are expecting to announce a record attendance of over 35,000 people coming to enjoy the fantastic weather and music and arts from all around the world.

    Wiltshire Council staff were on duty to make sure there were no problems. The hot humid conditions made it necessary for extra water provision to be installed. By the end of the second day most of the medical concerns related to sunstroke, insect bites and stings.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2014

    The White Horse Alliance are running a campaign to make the lovely area near the Westbury White Horse into an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Despite rebuffs by government planning inspectors Wiltshire Council is threatening to have another go at getting an eastern bypass for Westbury, which would be driven over those hills and valleys.

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