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  • Article: Dec 15, 2017

    Wiltshire Council library members can now download eAudiobooks to their compatible devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers, for free.

    You can listen to eAudiobooks on the move or at home and you can download at any time of the day or night at your leisure. There are more than 1,000 eAudiobooks to choose from, and there are more than 3,000 eBooks to download too.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Despite objections from residents Wiltshire Council is to put yellow lines along the road from Green Lane to Huntingfield. This will allow traffic to speed through the development without being slowed by parked cars.

    Objectors point out that this will lead to increased danger to pedestrians, including children going to the local primary school.

  • Article: Dec 7, 2017

    The outline application by Redrow Homes for the development of up to a hundred houses, together with open space, access, landscaping and engineering works on land south of Blind Lane was refused by WC in July.

    Reason for refusal was:

    "The proposed development is located outside of the identified village policy limits for the large village of Southwick and has not been brought forward through a Site Allocations DPD or a Neighbourhood Plan. In addition, the large scale nature of development is considered to be unacceptable and inappropriate on the outskirts of a large village which has a limited range of facilities. The proposal fails to promote a sustainable pattern of development and results in an unwarranted encroachment of the open countryside contrary to Core Policy 1, Core Policy 2 and Core Policy 29 of the Wiltshire Core Strategy and Paragraph 17 of the National Planning Policy Framework."

  • Article: Nov 10, 2017

    The 'Wiltshire Assembly' meeting held on November 9th 2017 heard how the county was planning to deal with them. Schools and houses will be built to cope with the inrush, and the positive effect on local employment was also considered.

    The mass migration is part of the government's Army Basing Programme, with an additional 4,000 service personnel and their families due to move to Wiltshire by the end of the decade. The MOD is investing around £1bn into the programme. 5 RIFLES moved to Salisbury Plain in summer 2016 and further relocations from Germany and from other parts of the United Kingdom will take place in the summer of 2019. These moves will increase the population of Wiltshire by approximately 7,000.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2017

    An outline application for the development of a rail-served slab track manufacturing facility including offices and a laboratory, with a concrete batching plant; provision for storage, handling and transfer of raw and finished product; reconfiguration of the existing rail sidings; use of the existing site access onto the A350 and use of existing on-site roadways, has been submitted to Wiltshire Council.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Wiltshire Rural Music School needs​ ​your​ ​vote​!

    WRMS has made an application to the Aviva Community Fund to support their flagship project 'Music​ ​on Your​ ​Doorstep'​, in Holt. They're competing for funding with over 6000 other community groups and charities. Only the projects with most votes will become Aviva finalists and then a panel of judges will decide which projects receive funds.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2017

    In response to a question from Marlborough councillor Nick Fogg WC has admitted it's looking at other councils who have introduced collections of residual waste on a three-weekly rota:

    "Wigan Council and some of the Greater Manchester waste collection authorities have introduced three weekly (sic)* collections of non-recycled waste. East Devon District Council now collects non-recycled waste every three weeks and North Devon District Council is carrying out three weekly collections of non-recycled waste on a trial basis. The council will monitor the impact of these service changes and ensure that this is reported to members when considering any future changes to the waste and recycling collection service for Wiltshire residents."

  • Article: Oct 8, 2017

    Hills Waste Solutions aren't running our Household Recycling Centres any more. FCC Environment have been given the contract for the management of the nine HRCs which are owned by the council.

    FCC Environment and Wiltshire Council plan to carry out a phased programme of site improvements during October, November and December. Each site will be closed for between one and two weeks.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2017

    Following appointments to the top tier of Wiltshire Council's management structure, there's now to be a new structure for the second management tier.

    The Council says:

    "The proposed structure will see associate director posts changed to become 'service director' posts to more accurately reflects their responsibilities. To ensure there is a senior level focus on two of the key areas we must focus on over the next few years housing, and education and skills new posts with specific responsibility for these key areas have been created." (sic)

  • Article: Oct 2, 2017

    Wiltshire Council has received an application to convert The Carpenters Arms in Roundstone Street into 8 single bedroom flats with secure cycle parking and a bin storage area.

    The applicant is Velvet Developments Ltd of Devizes.

    Details on WC website