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  • New Footpath Walk
    Article: Feb 20, 2017

    Cllrs Oldrieve and Hubbard have put a motion to tomorrow's council meeting calling on WC to do more to look after the county's decaying footpath network.

    For the background see the recent article on this website.

    They say:

    Our county is fortunate to have a significant network of historic and useful footways and right-of-way. This network provides a wonderful opportunity to support the council's key objectives for individual wellbeing, and it provides an economic benefit to the county for tourists to walk our unique landscapes. It is to be regretted that over the life of this council the quality and access of those rights of way has significantly reduced due to the poor upkeep and lack of sufficient budget to meet residents' expectations for maintenance. Voluntary groups have been stymied of designated funding due to the freeze on spending caused by the financial crisis at Wiltshire Council restricting the amount of work that they are able to undertake. The statutory requirement of landowners to maintain rights-of-way has not been robustly enforced by the council.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017

    A motion to be debated at tomorrow's council meeting calls for WC to take action against Single Use Plastic (SUP). Cllrs Chivers and Clark say, "it is time for Wiltshire to take a lead on this issue." They point out that half of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away, and that one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.

  • Plant Sale
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    It's commonplace in Parliament at question time. "Does the Prime Minister realise how wonderful she is and how much we all love her?" "Thankyou for that positive contribution - here's a nice little ministerial job for you."

    Now it's come to Wiltshire. Tuesday's agenda includes a total of 38 questions of which 18 come from Conservative councillors. Compare this with what happened in the equivalent meeting in February 2016 (14 questions of which none from Conservatives), February 2015 (21 questions of which 3 were from Conservative Cllr Graham Payne and 18 from opposition councillors), and February 2014 (15 questions of which none from Conservatives).

  • Article: Feb 19, 2017

    Many new housing estates are not designed to cope with bin lorries. Because they're also not designed with adequate parking arrangements the problem for waste collection vehicles is compounded. Some new properties are so cramped it may even be difficult to find somewhere for the inhabitants to store their wheelie bins and black boxes. So Wiltshire Council is producing a document advising developers how to avoid such problems in future.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    An outline planning application for what's described as a new hotel resort including a water park and business conference facility has been submitted by Longleat Estates. It's for an area south of the Warminster bypass at Tascroft Farm.

    The site would include an 'immersive animal experience', and it would be necessary to rearrange the local footpath and bridleway network.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2017

    If you walked all of Wiltshire's footpaths, bridleways and byways you'd have travelled 3,850 miles - equivalent to walking to Istanbul and back. In fact walking to Turkey might be easier because according to the Ramblers less than half of Wiltshire's network is easily passable. Some routes are blocked by barbed wire, many stiles and gates are in poor condition, and signposts have rotted away due to neglect.

  • Canal Road clog-up
    Article: Feb 7, 2017

    Wiltshire Council's 'Cabinet' has agreed to allow one more day per week opening of the Household Recycling Centre (HRC) in Canal Road Trowbridge over the summer. Previous cuts had led to difficulties for users of the HRC and massive queues on Canal Road at peak times. Although not provable, the suspicion is that an increase in fly-tipping was linked to the restrictions.

  • college
    Article: Jan 31, 2017

    The first part of the town to get a reduced speed limit will be College Road and surrounding residential areas. This follows the work done more than a decade ago to get the speed humps and the 'Home Zone' designations.

    Details on WC website

  • Yarnbrook
    Article: Jan 30, 2017

    The site would be at the junction of Westbury Road and Phillips Way, opposite Platinum Motors. There would be a twelve-pump filling station including four for HGVs, along with a Budgens store and a coffee shop.

    Details on WC planning website

  • Opinion poll: Jan 29, 2017
    Should Wiltshire Council increase Council Tax by 5%?