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  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Dear Editor

    The fate of Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority is now close to its inevitable conclusion. In the current climate of austerity, there was to be a revenue shortfall of over £4 million to be overcome if effective fire cover was to be maintained across the county, and large scale redundancies and fire station closures were to be avoided. The only logical way forward was a carefully researched and costed proposal for a merger - or combination - with Dorset Fire Authority.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Wiltshire Council has received a planning application to cease the existing Farmer Giles Farmstead visitor attraction business in Teffont, to demolish buildings, the car park, and other associated paraphernalia, and erect a single detached dwellinghouse on the site.

    The application has the approval of Teffont parish council and is recommended for permission by WC planners. It went to the Southern Area Planning committee on October 16th... Agenda.

  • Staveroton Christmas flood
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Following criticism of its complacent approach to keeping roadside drains clear, Wiltshire Council in a note to councillors claims to have improved its performance. The number of gully-gulpers has been increased from only three to only six. The council also blames the 'rural nature' of the county as a reason for drains silting up. They suggest that people should clear drains on the roads themselves if they're careful. Here's the full message from WC:

  • Article: Oct 18, 2014

    ...here.

    These figures are for the financial year 2013/14. There were elections in May 2013, so those with small allowance figures are those who were not re-elected and only served one month of hte financial year. Likewise incoming councillors' figures are for eleven months. The figures also include allowances paid to co-opted members of some committees.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2014
    By WC

    Following the vicious cuts to the county's youth services imposed by Wiltshire Conservatives, the new cheaper system is taking shape with meetings between young people and community leaders taking place.

    The meetings are setting up the Local Youth Networks (LYNs), which will co-ordinate youth activities and encourage young people to be involved.

  • Northacre
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Northacre Renewable Energy Limited is seeking the views of local business, community leaders and residents in relation to their plans to build a renewable energy centre on land between Hills Northacre Resource Recovery Centre (Northacre RRC) and Arla Foods Westbury Dairies at Stephenson Road, Northacre Industrial Park, Westbury.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Cash-strapped Wiltshire Council hopes to make money by selling advertising space beside local main roads. WC has submitted planning applications to itself, with the help of an agency from Halifax, to erect signs on eighteen roundabouts including on the A350 around Melksham and Semington, the A361 Hilperton Drive, and the White Horse Business Park.

  • First Great Western train
    Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Network Rail have announced that works will be undertaken in summer 2015 around Box and Bath to enable the electrification of the Great Western line from Paddington to Swansea.

    This will cause 6 weeks of disruption for rail users, from July 18th to August 31st, with bus replacement services and reduced timetables for trains from Bath, Bradford, Trowbridge, Westbury, Warminster, Chippenham and Melksham. Through routes that use these stations will also be affected such as trains travelling through Salisbury from the South Coast to Bristol and Cardiff.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2014

    An application to develop land east of the A350 on the edge of Westbury has been submitted by Robert Hitchens Homes. The site would extend from Bitham Park to the railway line, opposite the already permitted site at The Mead on the other side of the main road.

    The application would also involve a new roundabout access from Trowbridge Road; a new emergency/cycle and pedestrian access from Coach Road; open space; drainage works and ancillary works.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2014

    Wiltshire Council's failure to get a planning Core Strategy in place means that developers are being allowed to build large greenfield developments on the edges of the county's towns. Robert Hitchins Limited are celebrating after winning an appeal against WC's refusal last year of their application to build 125 houses on land at Calne. Although the site is outside the town policy limits, where development would not normally be allowed, planning inspector Paul Dignan said that because the council had not demonstrated a five-year supply of sites for development he was obliged to allow the appeal.

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