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  • Article: May 25, 2016

    Today the Electoral Reform Society and leading universities are pleased to announce the launch of 'A Better Referendum' - a new online democratic tool to create a more informed EU referendum debate.

    Many believe the EU debate has so far been focused too much on personalities, so we are working to ensure there is a vibrant and lively debate about the EU looking at the issues: from health and education to the economy and immigration.

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    Article: May 25, 2016

    Wiltshire Conservatives have decreed that charities must pay if they want to take their waste to Household Recycling Centres. Up to now the service has been free. Those most affected are charites with shops where unsaleable donated goods have to be disposed of.

    The fee will be £44 for six visits per year, or £70 for up to 12 visits. Some schools and housing associations will also be expected to pay.

  • Article: May 20, 2016

    Just Debate was launched in November 2014 with the publication of simple, short and impartial articles helping young people understand politics. The site grew over time and eventually secured a large investment to help strengthen their brand and vision.

    Here's a message from co-founder Benjamin Fisher.

  • Article: May 18, 2016

    A statement co-signed by dozens of influential figures from across the West Country has been launched by Britain Stronger in Europe.

    "The South West of England is renowned for its independence of thought and action.

    "UK membership of the European Union has given the region an unparalleled chance to develop and prosper. Individuals and organisations in our region have benefited from opportunities for trade, regional development, educational investment, and the framework for co-operation which the European Union has offered.

  • Article: May 18, 2016

    Wiltshire Council Conservatives describe their cuts to services for young people as 'successful', This is because money is being saved, and the council can claim credit for anything communities do to make their own arrangements, or in WCspeak:

    "This is in line with the council's priority to enable communities to do more for themselves."

  • Article: May 15, 2016

    Asda have submitted a planning application for a filling station at their Melksham store. Although this would be good news for motorists as Asda tend to be cheaper than their rivals when it comes to fuel, adjoining businesses have expressed concern at the loss of parking spaces on the site.

    Here's what Asda's agents say about the plans:

  • Article: May 15, 2016

    A planning application for 40 retirement apartments on the Seymour Road site has gone in to Wiltshire Council.

    You can see the details on the WC website here


  • Article: May 14, 2016

    It was calculated recently that the UK's swifts need 11,000 new nest places created for them every year just to survive at their present population level, because changes to the existing building stock eliminate their old nest places.

    A petition asks the government to make new housing more wildlife friendly by introducing a conservation points system for new builds.

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    Article: May 12, 2016

    The Licensing Act 2003 (Her Majesty The Queen's Licensing Hours) Order 2016, is proposing to extended some licensable activities on 10th and 11th June.

    Below are a few details about the proposed Order:

    (1) the extension only applies to premises in England and Wales;

    (2) The Order will extend the current permitted licensed activity from 11:00pm and extend it until 01:00 hours. So, for example, if a premises is authorised to sell alcohol and provide entertainment until at least 11:00pm this will be extended until 01:00 hours.

  • Article: May 8, 2016

    The European Movement UK launches on May 9 a concerted effort to mobilise up to six million potential Remain voters, with turnout a key issue in the June 23 referendum. Its mobilization campaign is being launched on Europe Day (May 9), which marks the anniversary of the declaration that led to the creation of the EU.

    Believing that there is a silent majority of voters inclined to stay in the EU, it has established a wide range of campaign groups aimed at persuading special interest voters to register and cast their vote.

    "There is a danger that pro-Europe voters assume Britain leaving the EU just can't happen and so don't bother to vote. They could sleep through the whole thing and wake up to find Britain has left the EU on 24 June," said Laura Sandys, chair of the European Movement UK.

    Founded in 1947, the European Movement UK is the longest established campaigning group for British membership of the union. It has branches across the country and 10,000 followers. Former LibDem leader Paddy Ashdown is its President.

    It has created several special interest groups for the referendum with appeal to over six million voters including Students for Europe, Environmentalists for Europe, Irish For Europe and Creatives For Europe. More details are below.

    Each campaign represents a demographic group that could prove crucial in deciding whether Britain stays in or out of Europe. They have their branding and set of messages appealing to the specific issues of interest to each group.

    "There is a kaleidoscope of people out there who may see faults with the EU but who appreciate the good that membership has brought us and want us to stay in the European Union" continued Laura Sandys, "the key is to get people registered to vote and then mobilise them on 23 June."

    Laura is a former Conservative MP for Thanet South,