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  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    In line with national planning policy, the council prepares and maintains a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). The SHLAA is an essential part of the evidence base for the preparation of Development Plan Documents (DPDs, now known as "Local Plans") in terms of providing information on potential sources of housing land. It is an 'open book' listing parcels of land which landowners and agents have submitted to the council for assessment. The SHLAA sites have no status in planning terms and should not be viewed as specific allocations of land for future housing development.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Wiltshire Council is part of the national pay bargaining process in which the National Employers represent councils across the UK.

    The recognised unions (Unison, GMB and Unite) have a mandate to take "discontinuous action" over the 2014 inadequate pay offer for staff.

    Despite negotiations and meetings to try to find a way of resolving the dispute, and the making of a revised offer, no agreement has been reached.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2014

    The Fire and Rescue Service is currently consulting on proposals to save money by either co-operating more closely with the Dorset Fire Authority, or by merging completely with it. In fact, given the financial position, the two options of closer working are clearly not viable, leaving merger as the only realistic option, and the one which will be seen to be overwhelmingly favoured when the consultation ends.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2014

    Dear Editor

    Recently my attention at Wiltshire Council has turned from the failures of its major contractor - Balfour Beatty - to the more pressing matter of adult social care. Through the steady and focused work of a Scrutiny task group, grass cutting, road maintenance, etc has noticeably improved. Whereas we are now starting to see more and more heart rending failures, at times involving cruelty and neglect, in the provision of social care to the most vulnerable in our community.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    West Wiltshire's first major wind power application has been submitted. It's for an 86.5 metre high turbine at Thoulstone Farm in Chapmanslade, near the Dead Maids junction of the A36. The application from Clearwood Energy Ltd is likely to be controversial as there is some local opposition to the concept of wind turbines. It will also test Wiltshire Council's confused approach to wind power.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2014

    The government has announced the closure of its travel planning website 'Transport Direct'. It says the site is no longer needed as other sites are now available.

    Transport Direct was launched in 2004 as the first journey planner to cover England, Scotland and Wales. In the past few years, the government has worked with transport operators to make timetable data freely available to web developers. As a result, a number of journey planning websites have emerged, offering similar services to Transport Direct, such as:

  • 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.

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