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  • Article: Jul 29, 2014

    Whether fracking for oil is the answer to future energy problems or the worst thing to hit the country since the blitz is not a question Wiltshire residents are likely to have to confront. Our geology is simply not suitable, although there may be bits of neighbouring Dorset and Somerset where the question arises. Here's a statement from WC from August 2013:

  • Article: Jul 29, 2014

    ... began at 1030 in County Hall with a presentation on the proposed realignment of Wiltshire Fire Brigade and the possible merger with Dorset. Later debates included the question of 'an oyster card for Wiltshire' and a proposal to make the Tory cuts to youth services less damaging.

    1154. A motion from Terry Chivers to return, as a grant to the area boards, money looted from car park users because machines don't give change, was defeated despite a friendly amendment to refer the matter to a scrutiny task group which is already looking at parking.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2014

    Wiltshire Council says normal service should continue.

    Arrangements have been made with alternative suppliers to secure replacements for the local bus services currently operated by Hatts and Bodmans, beginning operation on the morning of Friday 25th July, and therefore resulting in no break of service. Due to these services changing supplier, a new bus registration is required to be submitted to the Traffic Commissioner for each service, and as these will not be approved for a few days the services will in the meantime be free to the travelling public, as it is illegal to accept fares until such time as they are registered.

  • Article: Jul 28, 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 an updated list and a map see WC agenda for the July 29th council meeting. Look at agenda supplement 1 page 25.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with signs removed in the first three months of Bedford Borough Council's Street Clutter campaign
    Article: Jul 28, 2014
    By TC

    Original article Sept 8th 2013:

    The WC cabinet member for highways, John Thomson, wants to remove unnecessary roadsigns from Wiltshire. He's written to parish councils asking them to identify signs which could be removed.

    As well as signs, road markings and street furniture could also be removed. The aim would be, "To ensure that the motorist is not overloaded with extraneous information and to ensure that the county retains its unspoilt rural character."

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014
    By WC

    The route for the Wiltshire stage of the Tour of Britain has been announced.

    Stage 6 of the event will see more than 100 of the world's top cyclists racing through Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Devizes and Pewsey and the villages along the 67.5km Wiltshire route.

    Bradley Wiggins was crowned champion last year and thousands are expected to line the roads through the county following the success of the Tour de France in Britain.

    The Tour of Britain starts in Liverpool on September 7 and will arrive in Wiltshire five days later as the riders tackle a 205.7km stage from Bath to Hemel Hempstead.

    Stage 6 starts in front of Royal Crescent in Bath before heading into Wiltshire at Lower Stoke at 10.40am.

    The race continues along the B3108 to Bradford on Avon at just after 10.50am.

    Spectators can watch the peloton in Silver Street and St Margaret's Street before the teams head for Trowbridge along the A363 and are due to arrive on the outskirts of town at around 10.55am.

    Bradford Road, Stallard Street and Bythesea Road will be closed as the cyclists speed through the town centre and then ride on to Hilperton at 11am.

    Semington and Seend will see the bikers reaching speeds of more than 40kmh on the A361 before reaching Devizes at 11.20am.

    Soon the beautiful Vale of Pewsey will be the backdrop as the riders take first the A342 before turning onto the A345 and onto Pewsey itself, arriving in the town at around 11.50am.

    The peloton will head out of town on the B3087 before finally turning onto the A338 and out of Wiltshire.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2014

    After two summers of incompetence Wiltshire council's hapless contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) has yet again pledged to 'keep on top of' grass cutting in West Wiltshire. They've drawn up what they call a 'plan of action' to put things right over future months.

    Their latest ploy is to send out a leaflet apologising for the shortfall in service and calling on residents to contact them if they are still not satisfied.

    The contractors admit that grass cutting fell behind schedule but say they are 'working hard to put things right'.

    Any lingering problems would be addressed in the next round of grass cutting, the contractor said.

    Philip Whitehead (Con), WC portfolio holder for highways, said: "We have been working hard with Balfour Beatty to address the concerns of residents in West Wiltshire. Any fall in the standard of service provided is not acceptable so we are pleased the contractor has agreed to a plan of action and acted swiftly to put the situation right."

    Balfour Beatty spokesman, Tom Harvey, said: "Despite allocating substantial additional resources to grass cutting, we fell behind schedule in a small number of areas, most notably in West Wiltshire. We take any failure of delivery very seriously and will continue to review the service very closely with Wiltshire Council, deploying additional resources where needed."

  • Article: Jul 14, 2014

    Wiltshire Council is to offer improved rates of pay to some social workers in an attempt to overcome a recruitment crisis.

    There is currently a shortage of experienced social workers, but a glut of newly qualified ones. A quarter of recently qualified social workers are unemployed. So although WC finds it easy to recruit to lower level posts, it can't find enough managers and team leaders.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2014

    Wiltshire Council's "capital assets committee" will meet in closed session next Tuesday (July 22nd) to consider allocating land owned by the council for gypsy sites.

    A general item on the Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document, which is being prepared as part of the County Plan or 'Core Strategy', will be held in open session, but the public will then be excluded for the detailed discussion of individual site options.

  • Article: Jul 12, 2014

    An outline application has been submitted for land at Mill Lane, opposite the entrance to the West Wilts Trading Estate, to be converted to a Business Park. Applicants HPH Commercial say if outline permission is granted they'll then put in separate applications for individual units as required.

    The 15Ha site, currently agricultural, is set to be allocated for employment use in Wiltshire Council's 'Core Strategy'.

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