Tarmac has announced the date for the demolition of its Westbury site's 400 foot chimney. Weather permitting, it will be brought down by controlled explosion on Sunday 18th September at about 06.45: the exact time will be announced nearer the date.
Cement production at the site ended in 2009. The distribution operations at the site remain unchanged.
The MET office has issued a level 2 heat alert, which means there is an 80% probability of heatwave conditions between now and 6pm on Thursday (21 July) in parts of England, including Wiltshire. There is also a high chance a level 3 alert could be issued as very high temperatures are likely for two consecutive days.
Wiltshire Council wants to introduce charges for using the county's tips in the 2017/18 financial year. Before that, in September this year, there will be a permit system for people bringing in waste in vans or large trailers. There will be no charge for the permits at this stage, but there will be a limit of 12 visits per year.
There's still no sign of the previously granted licenses being implemented. WC officers are however preparing themselves for any activity. Their approach seems to be that any planning applications would expect to be allowed, and opposition to fracking is something to be managed and neutralised. The following report does however give a useful precis of where we are at the moment, and where we could be in a few years time.
Following the resignation of Cllr Keith Humphries from his position as a member of cabinet, Jane Scott has announced the appointment of Cllr Jerry Wickham as the cabinet lead member for Health (including Public Health) and Adult Social Care.
Keith has tendered his resignation due to family commitments.
The decision by Wiltshire Conservatives to charge charities for using the Household Recycling Centres was 'called in' by Independent councillor Chris Caswill, with the backing of a dozen other opposition councillors.
A special meeting of the Scrutiny Committee was called for June 21st to consider the call-in.
The Basic Broadband Commitment scheme has been designed to provide support to the homes and businesses that are unable to receive broadband speeds in excess of 2 megabits per second (Mbps) and who will not be benefitting from the superfast broadband rollout.
The scheme was previously referred to as the Universal Service Commitment (USC).