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    Article: Jul 28, 2017

    Following on from yesterday's story, here's an update on the future of waste in Wiltshire:

    1. Changes to the way recyclables are collected will be introduced next summer. Glass only will go in the black box. Other recyclables will go in the blue bin. Some additional materials such as plastic containers and tetrapacks will be collected. Both bins and boxes will be collected together so there will be changes to collection days.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2017

    There are dangers for British agriculture and for consumers as the UK government attempts to do trade deals with the world. Those dangers include undercutting by cheap imports and relaxation of animal welfare standards. Here's a Lib Dem press release. Please excuse the chicken jokes.

    Fox running into trade negotiations like a headless chicken - Farron

  • Article: Jul 23, 2017

    A report by auditors KPMG has identified what it called 'significant gaps in the control environment' of the council's computing systems.

    In a report for next Wednesday's Audit Committee they say: "We consider that your organisational controls are generally effective overall. However, there are significant issues identified in the General IT controls over the Authority's financial system (SAP) and the Revenue and Benefits system (Northgate)."

  • Article: Jul 14, 2017

    A series of information events, as part of a 'consultation' on a draft plan which sets out where the next round of housing estates will be built, is being held across Wiltshire this month.

    The events at Trowbridge, Salisbury, Chippenham and Devizes will focus on the draft Housing Site Allocations Plan which sets out how to meet housing needs up to 2026. The 'consultation' lasts until 5pm on 22 September.

    Here's a link to the consultation page on the WC website:

    Housing growth is a government priority and all local authorities have to identify sites for development. Much of the housing growth for Wiltshire has already been delivered or identified and the proposed plan brings forward further sites.

    The draft plan also reviews existing boundaries around many of Wiltshire's settlements.

    The Wiltshire Core Strategy, which was adopted in 2015, sets the framework for the plan.

    Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for planning said: "I'd encourage people to inspect these draft proposals and share their views by attending an event or filling in the online consultation. I'm looking forward to hearing what people have to say as we work together to ensure Wiltshire has sufficient housing for our local communities into the future."

    The draft plan and accompanying documents are available for comment on the council's website. They are also available at the council's main offices (Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge) and Wiltshire Council libraries. As part of the 'consultation' there will be four public exhibitions from 12 noon to 7pm on:

    • 17 July Chippenham Neeld Community and Arts Centre
    • 19 July Salisbury Guildhall
    • 24 July Devizes Town Hall
    • 26 July Trowbridge, County Hall

    Once the 'consultation' is complete the feedback will be considered by cabinet and full council before the draft plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent inspector. The inspector will consider the responses as part of the examination and issue a report indicating whether the plan can be adopted.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2017

    The times you can call Wiltshire Council or visit reception desks will be cut by an hour a day from Monday 7 August. As usual when it makes a cut to a public service, the council brazenly claims the service will be improved because of the cut. In this case it says the cut will "ensure calls can be answered more efficiently and .. direct more resources to the busiest times".

  • Article: Jul 5, 2017

    An application to build a "Continuing care retirement community" on land north of Grovelands Way has been submitted to Wiltshire Council.

    The development would include a 48 bed care home, 46 extra care apartments and facilities, 39 affordable extra care apartments and facilities, 45 retirement bungalows/chalet bungalows, a medical centre and pharmacy, the relocation of a children's play area, a recreational and flood compensation area and biodiversity protection/enhancement of County Wildlife Site, all with associated access roads, parking, infrastructure and raising of ground levels by 500mm.

  • Article: Jul 4, 2017

    Wiltshire's PCC has launched his new Community Action Fund. The fund has been created to benefit local communities and £40,000 has been earmarked for this year, to share between projects that meet the criteria.

    The Commissioner is looking to boost initiatives which will help him meet the key priorities in his Police and Crime Plan, through projects which demonstrate:

  • Article: Jul 3, 2017

    Newland Homes are asking for permission to put 82 houses on the old West Wilts District Council site.

    Details on WC planning website here. You have until July 27th to comment.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2017

    An application to demolish the old Co-op and to build a new Lidl foodstore has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. Anyone wishing to comment has until July 21st. You can see the details on the WC planning site here.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    The non-emergency patient transport service run by Arriva has been criticised by the Bradford Area Seniors Forum at its recent meeting in Holt. Here's an extract from their report:

    "Among issues raised that are not specific to Holt were concerns about potential cuts to pensions and pensioner benefits and, as the Forum has heard elsewhere in Wiltshire, more horror stories about the appallingly unreliable non-emergency ambulance service provided by Arriva Transport Solutions Ltd (the operator contracted by Wiltshire NHS CCG to provide this service for patients living in Wiltshire).