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  • Article: Aug 7, 2018

    An application for demolition of the existing farm buildings, construction of 227 dwellings, a new vehicular access, public open space, landscaping, drainage and other infrastructure works at Bugley Barton farm goes to the Strategic Planning Committee on Wednesday August 15th.

    Previous applications on the site back in the '90s were refused by the then District Council, which had a policy of maintaining a buffer between the town and the bypass. However since then Wiltshire Council has allocated a large swathe of land to the west of the town for housing.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2018

    Bath and NE Somerset council have been told by the government to do something about air pollution in the city, so they're intending to implement a Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ).

    In 2012 a scheme to close Cleveland Bridge to lorries was rejected by the government after an appeal by Wiltshire Council, and in 2014 Bath looked at the feasibility of a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in the city.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2018
    By Your WC

    Here's an update* from your WC:

    Interested parties will be invited formally to register their interest in Braeside and Oxenwood as going concerns when the two sites are placed on the market.

    As part of this process any prospective buyer will need to ensure they meet the requirements for the sites to continue and to be viable as places for outdoor education.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2018

    As part of the ongoing operation into the Amesbury poisoning, specialist teams are now undertaking precautionary testing of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance station, emergency vehicles and kit worn by responders involved in the initial response to Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess.

    The process is designed to ensure no contamination has taken place. The risk of this is low, however it is essential that no chances are taken and this is why the work is taking place.

    To ensure the specialist sampling teams are able to complete their work unimpeded, the Air Ambulance base in Semington will close from 5pm today (Weds 1 August 2018). During the course of the work, the Air Ambulance will also be subject of precautionary sampling and will be unable to fly.

    During the period the helicopter is unable to fly, the charity's paramedics and doctors will remain fully operational providing critical care in Wiltshire by using Rapid Response Cars. The cars have the same specialist medical equipment as the helicopter.

    At the conclusion of the work the results will inform what if any, wider remediation work needs to take place.

    Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills, who is leading the response to the incident said: "We are very aware that this news might cause some concern to our communities. The work we are undertaking forms part of the wider ongoing response to the incident and is the next logical precautionary step in the process. This highly precautionary activity is focused on ensuring that we take all steps necessary to consider any remediation activity which may be necessary in the longer term to further reduce any residual risk."

    Chief Executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance David Philpott said: "As is normal procedure when our helicopter is unable to fly, our paramedics and doctors will respond to emergencies in Rapid Response Cars, providing critical care to patients. We are incredibly proud to provide a lifesaving service in Wiltshire and surrounding counties and thank everyone, including our colleagues at neighbouring air ambulances, who will offer support in the short term."

  • Article: Jul 11, 2018

    Wiltshire Council's Health Scrutiny Committee met on July 11th in County Hall. The main items on the published agenda were an ombudsman's report into the bad and unlawful treatment given by WC social services to a disabled client, and the results of a Care Quality Commission investigation which exposed the inadequacy of the county's Health and Wellbeing Board.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2018
    By WC

    Free parking will be implemented in Amesbury from today. Both Wiltshire Council-run car parks in the town will be free from midday onwards Monday - Friday and all day at weekends, until further notice.

    All council-run car parks in Amesbury (Central and Church Street) and Salisbury will be free from midday on weekdays, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. The five park and ride sites that serve Salisbury will continue to be free.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2018

    Wiltshire's Get Active holiday sport programme offers young people a range of opportunities to keep active this summer, with activities being delivered across 61 venues.

    • Sport Camps in athletics, basketball, cricket, dance, football and tennis.
    • Fun in the Sun - Weekly multi-sport sessions taking place in 27 locations across Wiltshire.
    • Inclusive sport days - adapted sport opportunities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
    • Free swimming - available during some public swimming sessions at Wiltshire Council, Places for People and community managed leisure facilities.
    • Camp Activate - Multi-activity programme operating from WC leisure facilities.
    • Intensive swimming - available at specific centres, intensive swimming sessions provide the opportunity to increase water confidence and develop new skills.
  • Article: Jun 29, 2018

    Two new energy tariffs were launched this week offering a choice of green and affordable deals by supplier Our Power supported by Bath and North East Somerset Council and Bath & West Community Energy.

    The new scheme, called Our Power In B&NES, offers locally-generated renewable energy to residents through a collaboration with not-for-profit energy supplier Our Power and local community business Bath & West Community Energy.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2018

    Wiltshire Council's Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document is set to be approved by the WC 'cabinet' on Tuesday. The formal consultation stage, where representations were invited on the soundness of the Plan, ended on 22 September. Three thousand three hundred and seventy comments were received.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2018

    Questions have been raised by local organisations about the closure and the phoney consultation* currently underway.

    Details in the Environment Committee agenda see supplement 2.

    The Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) were set up by the pre-2009 councils as a service to the public. The different ethos of Wiltshire Council means they're now seen as commercial liabilities. The first one to close will be Everleigh near Pewsey. The site has been run down in recent years and is now the smallest in terms of tonnage of material received and number of visits, so Wiltshire Conservatives have decided to close it.