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  • Youth Services Consultation
    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Wiltshire Council's proposal to spend a lot less money on youth services in the county has generated a strong reaction from young people themselves and from opposition councillors.

    A task group set up to examine the cabinet's scheme has now produced its report, and has suggested a number of ways in which the financial cuts could be made less damaging.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Nearly 10% of children starting school in Wiltshire will not be attending their first choice primary school this September.
    Letters are going out to parents of 5,211 children this week informing them which school their child will attend this autumn.

    The figures for Wiltshire have remained similar to last year with 91 per cent of children given a place at the first choice school, five per cent at their second choice and one percent at their third choice or lower.
    Sending out the school choice letters is part of the work the council carries out to ensure schools are prepared with the varying numbers of children coming through the system each year.
    Teams at Wiltshire Council prepare forward plans by looking at birth rates and new housing developments to assess how they will affect school figures in the future. Expected parental preference and other circumstances are also factored into the equations. If needed, additional classes or extensions are created at schools where forward planning predicts a rise in numbers.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Wiltshire Council's strategic planning committee has today (April 16) approved applications for more than a thousand new homes.

    The larger scheme is on the northern edge of Chippenham, between the B4158 Malmesbury road and the B4069. This is an outline application for 750 houses plus employment land, a local centre, a primary school and a new link road. The applicant is the 'North Chippenham Consortium'. Planning officers recommended permission despite objections from the parish councils and over 100 residents.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    A huge solar farm near Melksham has been refused by Wiltshire councillors. The 80Ha scheme was proposed to cover parts of Snarlton, Tanhouse and Sandridge Farms.

    It would have the capacity to generate up to 44MW of electricity which would be fed directly into the grid. The applicants claim the proposed installation could serve 11,000 UK homes - the equivalent of a town like Melksham - though this figure is disputed by CPRE.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2014

    An application to convert the Mash Tun in North Bradley to a private house has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. Details

  • Wiltshire Core Strategy
    Article: Apr 14, 2014

    The messy process of getting a planning strategy in place in Wiltshire is approaching endgame. A consultation on the 'Core Strategy' started on April 14th and continues for 6 weeks. After this there will be a period for the planning inspector who's running the process to consider the results of the consultation, then the Strategy will come into force.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2014

    The rights of staff employed by council contractor Balfour Beatty have been "ripped up and thrown in the bin," claims Wiltshire's Liberal Democrats. This comes after the company informed unions they were no longer welcome and that in future they would negotiate with staff internally and not honour an agreement previously in place with the council. 300 workers who transferred to Balfour Beatty after the award of the £25 million contract last June have as a result lost collective bargaining power and vital support.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2014

    The planning inspector looking at Wiltshire Council's 'Core Strategy' has told the council to remove a reference to safeguarding a route for the Westbury Eastern bypass. The scheme was previously thrown out by another inspector in 2009, but despite this WC Conservatives were hoping to smuggle it back in. Instead of the specific reference a general policy to improve the A350 corridor has been allowed to be retained, but this makes it unlikely that any Tory schemes to resurrect the bypass would be successful.

  • Angus Macpherson
    Article: Apr 4, 2014

    PCC Angus Macpherson held his most recent Meet the Commissioner event in Chippenham in February. The notes of this meeting and the presentations given by the Deputy Chief Constable and Mark Davey, from Youth Adventure Trust, are at: http://www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/Meet-the-Commissioner.aspx

  • Article: Apr 4, 2014

    An outline application has been submitted for land at Mill Lane, opposite the entrance to the West Wilts Trading Estate, to be converted to a Business Park. Applicants HPH Commercial say if outline permission is granted they'll then put in separate applications for individual units as required.

    The 15Ha site, currently agricultural, is set to be allocated for employment use in Wiltshire Council's 'Core Strategy'.

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