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  • General Practice ()
    Article: Oct 16, 2021
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    NHS Bath and Northeast Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG is one of the worst hit areas in the country by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    It comes as many people are struggling to book an appointment with their GP, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    It is absolutely tragic news that the MP David Amess has died today after being stabbed in his Essex constituency.

    By all accounts, David a long serving MP, was widely repsected and kind to all, passionate about animal welfare and his constituents. He will leave many friends, family and colleagues grieving his loss today.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021

    Yes, Meaning, Clear, Clarity, SwedenOne of the less appealing traditions of the Tory Party conference is the speech by the Home Secretary in which ever more draconian sentences are announced for whatever crimes are newsworthy at the time. Pritti Patel didn't disappoint announcing stiffer sentences for people traffickers even though after 10 years in government the number of refugees arriving illicitly by boat continues to hIt new records

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021
    Continue to run through trains from Bristol to Waterloo via Trowbridge
    The Department for Transport has specified that the direct trains from Bristol, Keynsham, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge to London (Waterloo) via Salisbury cease in December (2021). We ask that they continue to run pending consultation and effective ongoing provision.
  • Article: Oct 12, 2021
    In New Valley News

    The Government's National Bus Strategy for England from February 2020 promised £5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links outside of London. Now, Wiltshire Council has outlined its vision to help improve and increase bus use in the county.

    The council said the draft Bus Service Improvement Plan outlines how it will spend funding allocated: more subsidised services, enhanced infrastructure and bus priority throughout the county and improving a flexible demand-responsive bus network in the Pewsey Vale area.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2021
    By Matthew McLaughlin in Wiltshire Times

    Plans for 91 houses in Trowbridge have been unanimously rejected by Wiltshire Council.

    The bid by developer Wainhomes Holdings has previously come under fire from Southview Park residents who raised concerns over the developer using their estate as access for HGV and construction traffic.

    A petition was launched which has since gained nearly 600 signatures.

    At the meeting of the council's strategic planning committee, one resident blasted the developer for not listening to the concerns of residents and leaving the development unfinished.

    Speaking against the bid, Trowbridge councillor, Stephen Cooper said if the access via Southview Park was granted it would force residents to live behind their front doors for years to come.

    A spokesman for the developer said that the site was part of the strategic plan for Trowbridge as well as part of the wider Ashton Park allocation.

    They added that in recommending the bid be rejected, that the council was showing an imbalance in decision as a separate bid by developer Persimmon for Ashton Park had been granted.

    The spokesman concluded that they are aware of the concerns and has put together a traffic management plan to mitigate concerns.

    Wainhomes bid 91 homes near Southview Park refused | Wiltshire Times

  • Article: Oct 12, 2021

    Harrowing that yesterday a paper showed that several allegations of sexual assault were made against serving male police officers in Wiltshire over five years.

    The figures obtained by RADAR under the Freedom of Information Act show six sexual assault complaints were made against male Wiltshire Police officers between 2016 and 2020.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2021

    Wiltshire residents can now apply for primary and secondary school places for September 2022 entry, for children starting school for the first time or for children who are moving from a primary to secondary school or from an infant to junior school.

    Applications can be submitted online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk until the national deadline dates of 31 October 2021 for secondary schools and 15 January 2022 for primary schools and infant to junior transfer.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    At the weekend Ed Davey did a fantastic job of taking down the Conservatives over their "cruel" cuts to Universal Credit when speaking with Trevor Phillips on Sky.

    As a former Secretary of State for Energy, he speaks with some authority on rising fuel prices and how to help the poorest through that.

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    Article: Oct 10, 2021

    It will come as no surprise to read that we were not impressed by the Prime Ministers speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday

    Ed Davey summed it up well

    Boris Johnson's speech was the most out of touch display by a Prime Minister in decades, he has created a cost of living crisis which he refuses to fix.