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  • 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.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2018

    WC has been allocated more than £8.5m from the Government to pay for the construction of the Yarnbrook to West Ashton Relief Road.

    The funding will pay for the additional ecological protection, design and construction costs. This includes improvements to the A350 road layout adjacent to the site. The funding will enable the delivery of the housing allocation at Ashton Park on the edge of Trowbridge.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2018

    For most employees of Wiltshire Council the annual pay review is negotiated by the National Joint Council (NJC) which comprises the national employers and the three recognised trade unions, UNISON, Unite and GMB.

    The national employers have proposed a two year pay award, including new arrangements to cope with minimum wage legislation.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2018

    The WC 'cabinet' has agreed the charges following a rigged consultation. The official WC release is below, with grammatical and other errors corrected. When reading it bear in mind that:

    1. The approval levels are high because people were threatened with consequences if they didn't give the right answer.

    2. There may not have been 'inflationary' increases but there have been other non-inflationary increases.

    3. 'Harmonise' means rip off.

    4. The 'other funding opportunities suggested' by respondents to the survey have all been ignored.

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  • Article: Jan 23, 2018

    A planning application has gone in to Wiltshire Council for a range of predators to be scattered around the courtyard area at Longleat. They range from crocodile to angler fish and great white shark to harpy eagle, as well as a giant venus fly trap.

    The models will have realistically moving parts and will be able to interact with visitors - you can make the venus fly trap shut by throwing a ball into it, and you can get spat at by the spitting cobra.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Wiltshire Council has admitted that the costs of introducing the charges would be high, so it will firstly "Explore the possibility of an asset transfer / service delegation of the facility to the local community before 3 September 2018. If not possible, introduce the proposed pay and display parking charges and season ticket charges to mitigate the cost of operation. (Operation - MiPermit only)."

  • Article: Jan 12, 2018

    WC wants to save money on buses, so is gradually cutting back on the more costly services. In the most recent round of cuts the following have gone:

    Devizes town taxibus.

    70 A and 72A Swindon to Marlborough evening service.

    Marston Meysey taxibus.

    25A Wilton.

    C2W Woodford Saturday service.

    52 Bourton to Warminster.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2018

    An application for change of use of the Westfield Road pub, which has been closed for some time, has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. It would be turned into a convenience store with a flat above and with five houses to the rear of the site.

    More details on WC website here

    Update Jan 9th - application now permitted.

  • Article: Jan 3, 2018

    The government has recently announced that the restriction on increases to the police part of the council tax is to be eased this year. This could mean a reduction in the rate of cuts to the force, though we will be paying via our council tax bills. By paying more locally we're also indirectly funding other parts of the country which get higher grants from central government. A consultation, which won't affect the decision to make the increase, is underway.