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  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Wiltshire Council is to stop practical support for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards scheme for young people.

    The Council currently holds a group license which allows School groups and Open Award Centres to deliver all 3 Awards; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Three staff are employed to support the programmes. Participating schools pay a subscription, but in the past the service has been effectively subsidised by WC. This will end on August 31st 2017 when the council's license will be terminated.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is changing the way it delivers services to people in Wiltshire and Swindon who are taken to the Trust's places of safety under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 2007. Two of the three sites currently in operation will disappear.

    The Trust is consulting with service users, carers, families, voluntary and community groups in order to gauge their comments and feedback about the change.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2017

    Over two million people petitioned the government to halt plans for massive cuts to local pharmacy services. Ministers did not listen and pressed ahead regardless.

    The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) have decided to challenge the decision via judicial review. The case will be heard in the High Court next week.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2017

    Closures on the Hilperton to Semington road last year caused a lot of congestion but no obvious improvement in the road surface. So in May Wiltshire Council will have another go.

    Again a road closure is required, however WC say this will only be in effect at weekends,with no work due to take place during the week. Weather dependent, the road will be closed from 7am to 6pm on Saturday 6 May, Sunday 7 May and Sunday 14 May.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2017

    A Holt motor dealer is the first business of its kind in Wiltshire to sign up to a trading standards scheme which ensures customers can be confident they operate in a legal, honest and fair way.

    The Village Green Garage in Holt has signed up to Wiltshire Council's 'Buy With Confidence' scheme, with the business having demonstrated it is committed to good customer service, does not cold call customers, complies with consumer protection legislation and has appropriate insurance.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2017

    A message from our Trowbridge correspondent:


    There are grave concerns that the Trowbridge Birthing Unit may be under threat.

    Trowbridge Birthing Unit delivers more babies than any other locally, aside from the much larger Princess Anne unit.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2017

    The speedwatch scheme has been very successful in Wiltshire, with hundreds of volunteers out protecting their villages with the support of the police. When a speedwatch scheme starts signs have to be put up to warn drivers. WC says it will no longer supply these, so the costs will fall on the local community.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2017

    The main road through the village has a problem with inconsiderate drivers. This has persisted despite a speedwatch team operating for some time. Now WC is to install a raised table on Bratton Road just south of its junction with East Town Road, along with a pair of speed cushions south-east of the Orchard Close junction.

  • Housing
    Article: Mar 3, 2017

    Towns such as Melksham, Westbury and Calne have experienced unplanned greenfield development in recent years because the administration at County Hall couldn't organise a five year supply of developable land for housing.

    Now, two months before an election, it's been announced that the land supply figure has jumped up to 5.73 years in North and West Wilts, so the crisis - which with competent management would never have happened in the first place - is over.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2017

    A message from '38 degrees'

    The NHS maternity unit in Trowbridge could face closure. [1] It'd mean pregnant women having to travel to Bath to give birth. Theo lives in Trowbridge and had her two children at the unit. She wants other people get the same care she did, so she's started a petition to make sure the unit stays open.

    The plans are in their early stages and NHS bosses say they want to hear what people think before they go ahead. A huge petition, delivered to NHS bosses at their meeting next week, would prove people are against the plans. It could convince them to take them of the table.