An application has been submitted by Network Rail to rebuild and extend both platforms. The impetus for this is the introduction of replacement train units on the route. According to NR:
"The electrification of the Great Western Main Line ...permits the introduction of electric multiple units (EMU) and the replacement of DMUs (Class 165 and 166) on suburban services in the Thames Valley. The DMUs are then to be released to the South West in order to help deliver increased capacity in the Bristol and Exeter travel to work areas as well as on the Cardiff - Portsmouth service group which has experienced significant growth."
According to Wiltshire Health & Care (WHC), which manages Trowbridge Minor Injury Unit (MIU), not enough people are getting injured in the area to justify keeping the unit staffed overnight.
In a report paradoxically entitled, "A proposal for a secure, sustainable and consistent Minor Injuries Unit service for Wiltshire", WHC explain that only 2.3 people visit on average per night, and some of these are sick rather than injured. This means each visit costs £117, compared with £21 during the day, when people can get injured more efficiently.
Additional information has been added by the applicant for the proposed housing , you can view it on the Wiltshire Council Web site.
At a meeting of the Hilperton Gap Action Group it was decided that there was no information that materially changed the group's views against the application and a further response on the application will be sent by the group.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published a technical consultation on the 2017/18 local government finance settlement. The consultation closes on Friday 28 October 2016.
Local authorities will as usual be capped at a 2% increase in Council Tax, with councils which deal with social care, such as Wiltshire, being allowed 4%. Any authority wishing to go higher would have to hold an expensive referendum.
It's been reported that South Western Energy, who were offered exploration licenses by the Government on a 20km square of land in the Trowbridge - Westbury - Warminster area, will not be accepting the licenses. They say they might want to come back if the economics change, though as Wiltshire doesn't seem to be a good area for gas or oil extraction this is unlikely to happen.
Corsham councillor Alan MacRae has been recommended to be removed from certain positions of responsibility following a WC internal hearing.
The hearing established that Cllr MacRae improperly disclosed confidential material he had obtained in his position as a councillor.
It decided, "That Cllr MacRae's actions were in breach of the Code of Conduct by failing to maintain high standards in public office and that by these actions he improperly conferred a disadvantage on another person and so failed to abide by the Nolan principles of Leadership."
A campaign by residents of Castlemead in Trowbridge to improve road safety on the new road is gaining momentum, with their petition reaching 460 signatures in just over two weeks.
They say Leap Gate has become a dangerous place to live, especially for children and the elderly. It is totally inappropriate for HGVs, cars and motorbikes to speed along a narrow road through the heart of two densely populated housing estates. Their message and a link to the petition below...
On Monday we start work to transform the Severn Tunnel. The 130-year old structure will close for six weeks from 12th September - 21st October 2016 to allow us to install electrical equipment that will ultimately power the new Hitachi electric trains.
The new fleet of electric trains will mean faster, quieter, greener, more reliable journeys between London and the Thames Valley, Cotswolds, South Wales, West Country and South West.
Just a few months into the financial year Wiltshire Council has announced an overspend of £8,300,000 on the revenue budget. Managers have been told to repair the damage before the end of the financial year. Should they not be able to do so then the council's dwinding reserves will have to be raided again.
Wiltshire Council has agreed to a 20mph speed limit through the village. This follows a consultation which attracted no objections to the scheme, though a couple of residents did suggest extending the limit further along Dinton Road from the proposed beginning of the limit at Middle Ground. The council say this isn't possible at the moment but could be considered in future.