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  • Article: May 2, 2016

    The Cloth Road Art Trail got off to a cracking start yesterday at Trowbridge Town Hall - please do come along to see the exhibiting artists.

    The Town Hall is open 10am-5pm every day of the trail including Bank Holiday Monday (open 10am-4pm on Sunday - last day 8 May)

    There are also a further sixty or so sites to visit across West Wiltshire and neighbouring parts of Somerset from Poulshot to Norton St Philip.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2016

    "On Thursday you will have your chance to have your say over who you would like to have as your Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.

    If you want to make our communities and streets safer then please give me your vote on Thursday the 5th of May.

    If you want more of the same with the worst record for solving robberies and burglaries. If you are happy that there are 156 less Police here than six years ago. If it is okay that in some places violent crime and vehicle crime is on the rise. Then back the dire record of my Conservative opponent or don't bother to vote at all.

    Many former and current Police Officers are supporting me and my practical programme to cut crime and make Wiltshire a safer place.

    They agree with me that we need more and better equipped Police on the street making our neighbourhoods and town centres safer. I'll pay for this by cutting bureaucracy and "management".

    They know that I'm on the victims' side. Criminals should confront the real impact their crimes have on people and communities. That is how you start to create reformed and responsible citizens. The profits from their crimes should be used to help victims.

    These former and current Officers back my desire to focus on the cyber-crimes of on-line bullying and grooming of vulnerable children, identity theft and fraud.

    They also recognise that effective policing comes with working closely with responsible citizens, community groups and charities.

    I will boost Neighbourhood Watch and Farm Watch and work closely with the RSPCA to combat wildlife crime and animal abuse.

    I believe our drug laws need to be reformed and rooted in science, not out-dated prejudice.

    Visible policing and vibrant communities deter crime and protect our vulnerable neighbours of all ages.

    If you agree with me and these many retired and current Police Officers, then I ask for your vote on Thursday.

    If you would like to know more, make contact or support my campaign then find me on Facebook at Dr. Brian Mathew for Police and Crime Commissioner -

    Wiltshire and Swindon, or e-mail me at the address below. If you would like a window / car poster get in touch and I'll send a couple to you.

    If you would like to have your say on Police and Crime then please go to my survey and answer a few questions and add your comments. You can do this at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/THH2BDQ

    You can also see and hear all of the Candidates including myself debating the

    PCC elections for Wiltshire and Swindon at BBC Radio Wiltshire go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03scdkr

    Make change for the better happen here on Thursday the 5th of May by giving me your first preference vote.

    Thank you

    Dr Brian Mathew

    Liberal Democrat Prospective Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

    PS Elections in Wiltshire are won either by the Lib Dems or Conservatives. A vote for Labour or UKIP helps the Tories. In part, that is why the 2015 Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Chippenham Tina Johnston is also backing me."

    Prepared by Stephen Walls, Election Agent, Liberal Democrats 17 St Marys Place, Chippenham SN15 1EL

  • roundabout
    Article: Apr 29, 2016
    By Trevor Carbin

    Residents and councillors have criticised Wiltshire Council over its handling of the construction of a new roundabout for the Kingston Farm development at Holt Road in Bradford.

    The original plan as explained by WC Highways didn't involve a full road closure despite that being the developers' preference. Then with no more than a week's notice and without telling anyone WC put up signs announcing a 20 week closure.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2016

    Taylor Wimpey are submitting an application tomorrow (Apr 29th) to build new homes on land off Ashton Road, Trowbridge.

    Their agents say: "The proposal is for up to 250 new homes, with vehicle access off Ashton Road. There would be significant public open space, a new wooded area, cycling & pedestrian links as well as financial contributions to improve local facilities and infrastructure. Hedgerows will be retained, bio-diversity enhanced & there will be increased tree planting on site, as well as 'dark corridors' for bat flight-paths."

  • Dragon
    Article: Apr 24, 2016

    A Tory government left to its own devices would never introduce legislation to clean up our bit of the planet, to protect wildlife, to reduce CO2 emisions, to keep our seas healthy and to encourage recycling and renewable energy. Here's the FoE perspective on the EU referendum:


  • Article: Apr 18, 2016

    In Wiltshire over 400 children will not be attending their first choice primary school this September as parents find out the results of applications.

    Parents who applied online are finding out today (18 April) which school their child will attend in September. This year 8% of parents didn't get a place at their first choice school.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2016

    Wiltshire Council's Strategic Planning Committee has this morning approved applications from the army for 917 homes in the south of the county as part of the rebasing programme.

    The other item on the agenda - the masterplan for development of over 1000 homes on the west of Warminster - was deferred for further work to be done.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2016

    Enterprising villagers in Heytesbury have arranged to hold a debate in the village on the European Union referendum ahead of the vote in June. The event will be chaired by Elinor Goodman, former Political Editor for Channel 4 News. Speakers will be Vince Cable for 'In' and Bernard Jenkin MP for 'Out',

  • Dog Bin in Ashford (Jeremy Adby)
    Article: Apr 5, 2016
    By WC

    From tomorrow, (Wednesday, April 6) it is a legal requirement that all dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland have their dogs microchipped and registered on a recognised database.

    The owner of an unchipped dog which comes to the notice of the authorities will be given 21 days to comply and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.

  • Jeff Osborn with resurfaced College Road
    Article: Apr 4, 2016
    By Trevor Carbin

    Trowbridge town and Wiltshire County councillor Jeff Osborn died last week.

    Lib Dem group leader Glenis Ansell said: "On behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group - we are saddened by the news of Cllr Osborne's death. His immense determination was all too obvious during recent meetings when it was clear that he was unwell. Regardless of his health he kept up his fight for the people he represented. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Helen and the family."