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  • Stonehenge by Vera Carbin
    Article: Mar 21, 2018

    Because they needed to cancel some consultation events due to the weather, Highways England have decided to extend the formal consultation period on the road scheme until Monday 23 April 2018. This will allow time for rescheduled events in Mere and Salisbury, and for people to respond following these.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    The car park at Wiltshire Council's Monkton Park offices will be closed to the public from 26 March - 12 May. This is to repair damage caused by a lorry driver reversing into one of the pillars at the entrance. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2018

    The council is looking for people to provide accommodation, care and support to vulnerable adults.

    The service is called Shared Lives and the carers involved are people who open up their home and family life to include an adult with support needs. Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life and don't need qualifications or experience, just the right attitude and a willingness to share their lives with another person. They are paid a fixed amount, rather than an hourly rate and have access to preferential tax arrangements.

  • Canal Road clog-up
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    As of next month, anyone wishing to use one of Wiltshire's Household Recycling Centres may be asked to provide proof of entitlement before being allowed in.

    The measures are to stop foreigners and aliens, including people from Swindon, from taking advantage of the tips to dump their rubbish. Anyone who can't provide proof of residence in the county will be asked to take their trash elsewhere.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2018

    The Commonwealth flag was raised at County Hall, Trowbridge, today (12 March) as part of an international celebration of the family of 53 nations who make up the Commonwealth.

    Around the UK, and in many other countries around the world, 1,000 Commonwealth flags were raised at 10am to mark 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth'. Wiltshire Council has always supported the event, which is now in its fourth year.

  • Road with no potholes
    Article: Mar 9, 2018

    It may be getting increasingly difficult to get the potholes filled in, but Wiltshire Council will always be able to find the cash for any data-collection scheme that's going.

    The National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey is used to get information on what a small sample of people in each council area think of local services. The cost to WC of this year's exercise is £8,550. This doesn't include the cost of the time spent by council officers poring and drooling over the snazzy graphs and bar charts.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2018

    Another large housing development on the edge of the town has been refused by WC planners. The outline application by Taylor Wimpey for land between Ashton Road and Green Lane was refused for eight reasons: it would be against planning policy; it would impact protected species; accesses onto Ashton Road were poorly designed; as a site in the countryside it would have to be car-based so was 'unsustainable'; lack of a secondary school contribution; no archaeological assessment; impact on the appearance of the rural location; inadequate provisions for infrastructure.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2018

    In July last year, China announced that as of January 2018 it would no longer accept contaminated western waste, mainly plastics and paper.

    Despite the clear warning, the British government did nothing except express surprise when the ban came into force, trying to portray the Chinese as behaving unreasonably by refusing to take any more of our garbage.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2018

    The redevelopment of the East Wing and Ashton Street sites in Trowbridge will take a step forward after £700,000 was awarded by the government this week.

    The bid was submitted to the Government's Land Release Fund by the One Wiltshire Estate Partnership - which consists of the council plus partners such as health services, Wiltshire Police, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue and the Ministry of Defence, and aims to make efficient use of public sector land, facilities and services.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2018

    An outline application from Gladman Homes to build up to 120 dwellings on land at Wynsome Street has been thrown out by WC planning officers. Details on WC website.

    The applicants can, if they wish, appeal against the decision to the government planning inspectorate.