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  • Article: Jul 22, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2016

    Wiltshire Council has announced that it's officially hot. However there's no need to panic as the following advice has been issued:


    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.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2016
    Auckland, Chris (Elected) Liberal Democrats 421 45.86%
    Halik, David Edward The Conservative Party Candidate 196 21.35%
    Henley, Shaun The Labour Party Candidate 77 8.39%
    Randle, Philip George The Green Party 27 2.94%
    Selby, Simon Paul UK Independence Party 123 13.40%
    Wall, Robert Guy Independent 74 8.06%
  • Article: Jul 5, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Jul 3, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2016

    Today we woke to a deeply divided country. Fear has beaten hope, fiction has beaten fact and our country has been catapulted into the unknown.

    Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I accept.

    An institution that we built, that delivered peace, that promoted equality, kept us safe and opened the doors of opportunity, will no longer play part of Britain's future.

    Already today a thousand new members have joined the Liberal Democrats in a spontaneous act of those who refuse to allow Farage's vision of a bitter Britain to win.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2016

    "This morning with my kids all I could think about was the family who've woken up with their lives changed forever.

    Yesterday a mum, who left home to do her job to serve her constituents, was cruelly and brutally taken from them. Her husband and their children are in my thoughts and prayers.

    When something terrible happens, I feel it. I am not one of those who shies away from emotion. And I, like so many others, am really feeling it today.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2016

    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).