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  • Article: Jul 4, 2022
    In Wiltshire Council (edited)

    Wiltshire Council Libraries are encouraging families to take part in this year's 'Gadgeteers' themed Summer Reading Challenge which aims to inspire children to read as much as they can.

    The challenge encourages 4 to 11 year olds to read six or more library books (including eBooks) during the summer holidays and receive rewards along the way.
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    Article: Jul 4, 2022

    Chair's message

    It's been a very successful time for the Liberal Democrats overall, with the local and regional election results being tremendously positive for the Liberal Democrats and showing great dissatisfaction with the Government.

    Overall, Liberal Democrats have gained 224 councillors. This is fantastic - and it's important to recognise the different areas where our gains were made. We've gained in places like Kingston-Upon-Thames - but also taking over in Kingston-Upon-Hull. We've gained in Scotland (30% gain in councillors) - but also London. We've not only gained in rural areas but also cities and towns such as Woking and Gosport. We won from both Labour and the Tories - and so it is important to ensure we are not monolithic in our approaches to winning further seats. We have gained 3 more majority councils and taken control of many other areas, including Hull City Council - winning it from Labour.
  • Article: Jul 4, 2022
    In Wiltshire Council (edited)

    Waste collection services have been seeing disruption in recent weeks, but the council is working hard to make improvements

    Wiltshire Council has thanked residents for their patience amid the ongoing recent service disruption to waste collection services, which is due to a severe staff shortage at its contractor, Hills Municipal Collections.
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    Article: Jul 3, 2022

    Fans of the Netflix series "Stranger Things" will know it centres on an "up-side down world that parallels our own

    Despite Mr Johnson being out of the country for most of the week the Conservative Government continues to show it is living in a parallel universe

    First we had the story that the Prime Minister wanted to spend £150000 building a tree house in Chequers for his son. Inevitably he didn't plan to use his own money ( a friendly donor was being lined up) but isn't there something rather inappropriate about wanting to spend the price of a small house in many red wall seats on a 2 year olds plaything. In the end security issues killed the idea not embarrassment

  • Lib Dem Summer Draw ()
    Event: Jul 7, 2022 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Buy tickets for the Lib Dem Draw

    The Lib Dem Draw is a great way to donate to the Liberal Democrat cause, and you could win one of our tremendous prizes to boot. Tickets cost just £1.00 each.

    We will draw the prize winners for the Summer 2022 draw at 8:00pm on 7 July 2022.

    Support South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Jul 2, 2022
    By Wiltshire Council (edited)

    The disruption to waste collection services is due to Hills Municipal Collections having failed to find the staff needed to fulfil their obligations.

    The council is prioritising the lucrative green bin collections, so normal recycling collections are up to three days in arrears.

    People are advised to leave their bins out if they are not collected on the scheduled day. Residents are also encouraged to only report a missed bin collection if it is unemptied more than three days after the scheduled collection day.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2022

    I was pleased to see yesterday's pledge to increase defence spending by 2.5% of GDP, however await to see the reality of this promise. The reality of the past few years is that to often promises for funding or manifesto promises have later been discarded by Johnson's Government.

    Research by the Liberal Democrats shows that:

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    Article: Jun 30, 2022

    "It took them a long time, it was very expensive. But what it bought in the end, with the defeat of the of the dictators, particularly of Nazi Germany, it bought decades and decades of stability, a world order that relied on a rules-based international system.

    The words of our Prime Minister when explaining the importance of facing down Russia in support of Ukraine

  • Article: Jun 30, 2022

    They always come in with big ideas and plans, then a couple of years later they disappear in the next shuffle of the bureaucrats. Here's the announcement...

    Following the passage of the Health and Care Act 2022, the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board (BSW ICB) will be formally established from tomorrow, Friday 1 July.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2022
    In Swindon Advertiser

    WILTSHIRE Police is to be placed in special measures next week, it has been revealed.

    The force is one of six to be judged as failing and in need of special help.

    It comes after a recent inspection by the body responsible for police forces, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

    The reasons why it has been placed into special measures, officially known as 'engage', is not known, but it is expected to become clear after the full report of the HMICFRS inspection is released next week.

    But the news that the county's police force, which serves more than 700,000 people and covers an area of more than 1,300 square miles, was confirmed to this newspaper by both Wiltshire Police and the region's Police and Crime Commissioner.

    The intervention to move Wiltshire Police to 'engage' was welcomed by Philip Wilkinson, PCC for Wiltshire and Swindon.

    He said: "My role as PCC is clear: to be the public's voice on policing, to scrutinise, challenge and support Wiltshire Police to provide an effective, efficient, policing service which meets the needs of its communities and to hold Wiltshire Police to account for the service it provides to the public.

    "I am aware of, and welcome, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) intention to provide closer scrutiny to Wiltshire Police further to their recent PEEL (Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy) inspection, and their intention to move Wiltshire Police to the 'engage' phase of scrutiny.

    "We remain in close contact with the Inspectorate and I will be able to make a more detailed statement once the inspection report has been published in full."

    Asked whether he would use his power to replace chief constable, Kier Pritchard, Mr Wilkinson added: "My position is clear - I have confidence in my Chief Constable to deliver any necessary changes highlighted in next week's report. Working together, we have developed, and put in place, remedial plans to answer concerns highlighted.

    "My focus as PCC is to continue to work closely with the Chief Constable, to provide scrutiny and challenge and to support Wiltshire Police in its positive response to HMICFRS's report and position. Together we will ensure the necessary resources to provide reforms and improvements to satisfy the inspectorate as well as Wiltshire's residents."

    Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Wiltshire Police added: "We welcome the support this approach will offer and we will fully engage with the process.

    "We remain focused on ensuring we continually improve and are able to deliver the best possible service to our communities.

    Wiltshire Police to be moved to special measures next week | Swindon Advertiser

    "Our full inspection report is due to be published next week, at which that stage we will be able to provide a fuller response on our plans to tackle the areas of concern."

    Six of the 43 police forces across England and Wales are in the 'engage' phase, HMICFRS confirmed to The Guardian.

    This is the highest number of forces in the engage phase simultaneously.

    As well as Wiltshire, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and the Metropolitan Police forces are also in engage.

    It was revealed on Tuesday that 14 new failings were uncovered at the Met in an inspection.

    In its most recent report, from 2019, the PEEL report deemed Wiltshire Police good in all three areas - Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy.