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  • Article: Nov 6, 2017

    An outline application for the development of a rail-served slab track manufacturing facility including offices and a laboratory, with a concrete batching plant; provision for storage, handling and transfer of raw and finished product; reconfiguration of the existing rail sidings; use of the existing site access onto the A350 and use of existing on-site roadways, has been submitted to Wiltshire Council.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Wiltshire Rural Music School needs​ ​your​ ​vote​!

    WRMS has made an application to the Aviva Community Fund to support their flagship project 'Music​ ​on Your​ ​Doorstep'​, in Holt. They're competing for funding with over 6000 other community groups and charities. Only the projects with most votes will become Aviva finalists and then a panel of judges will decide which projects receive funds.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2017

    In response to a question from Marlborough councillor Nick Fogg WC has admitted it's looking at other councils who have introduced collections of residual waste on a three-weekly rota:

    "Wigan Council and some of the Greater Manchester waste collection authorities have introduced three weekly (sic)* collections of non-recycled waste. East Devon District Council now collects non-recycled waste every three weeks and North Devon District Council is carrying out three weekly collections of non-recycled waste on a trial basis. The council will monitor the impact of these service changes and ensure that this is reported to members when considering any future changes to the waste and recycling collection service for Wiltshire residents."

  • Article: Oct 8, 2017

    Hills Waste Solutions aren't running our Household Recycling Centres any more. FCC Environment have been given the contract for the management of the nine HRCs which are owned by the council.

    FCC Environment and Wiltshire Council plan to carry out a phased programme of site improvements during October, November and December. Each site will be closed for between one and two weeks.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2017

    Following appointments to the top tier of Wiltshire Council's management structure, there's now to be a new structure for the second management tier.

    The Council says:

    "The proposed structure will see associate director posts changed to become 'service director' posts to more accurately reflects their responsibilities. To ensure there is a senior level focus on two of the key areas we must focus on over the next few years housing, and education and skills new posts with specific responsibility for these key areas have been created." (sic)

  • Article: Oct 2, 2017

    Wiltshire Council has received an application to convert The Carpenters Arms in Roundstone Street into 8 single bedroom flats with secure cycle parking and a bin storage area.

    The applicant is Velvet Developments Ltd of Devizes.

    Details on WC website

  • Article: Sep 29, 2017

    The 'consultation' on the options to review car parking charges in Wiltshire is now underway. It can be found on the WC website and provides an opportunity for people to feedback their views on a number of proposed options.

    Wiltshire Conservatives have threatened to cut bus services if they don't get their way on increasing parking charges. They're also considering other means of getting money from motorists such as parking bay sensors, automatic number plate recognition for residents' parking zones, static cameras outside schools and body worn cameras.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2017

    Universal Credit may in itself be a good thing, but the incompetent way it's being implemented by the government is causing hardship for many people. Here's a message from the Trussell Trust:


    Universal Credit was designed to simplify a welfare system and make work pay for people, which we welcome. However, the roll-out has caused significant problems, with delays of six weeks and more to payments. Such delays can plunge people into crisis and foodbanks across the country have reported an increase in the number of emergency food supplies being issued, which corresponds with areas that have introduced Universal Credit.

    At The Trussell Trust, we constantly seek to highlight and challenge the circumstances that lead to people using foodbanks in the UK. In April we issued an Early Warnings report, giving a series of informed recommendations to ease the transition.

    The Trussell Trust is now calling for a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit so that these problems can be fully addressed.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2017

    Hilperton thinks Wiltshire Council has failed the people of West Wiltshire when it comes to allocating land for more housing. Here's the parish council's response to the consultation on the WC housing allocations plan:


    Hilperton Parish Council is of the opinion that the Wiltshire Council (WC) Draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan is unsound for the following reasons:

  • Stonehenge by Vera Carbin
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    The Transport Secretary has announced the preferred route for the A303 Stonehenge, Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme.

    It follows the public consultation Highways England (HE) held earlier this year and marks a major step forward in the plan to rebuild this section of road.

    HE say they've analysed over 9,000 consultation responses which, along with further studies and assessments, have influenced the route decision. The scheme includes a twin-bored tunnel at least 1.8 miles long through the World Heritage Site, and revised junctions with the A360 and the A345. It also includes a northern route for a Winterbourne Stoke bypass.