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  • 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 5, 2018

    As the cost of going by train is rising yet again, West Wiltshire Rail Users Group are holding a public meeting on January 25th at Bethesda Baptist Church in Newtown, Trowbridge. The speaker will be Guy Watts, described as GWR Fares Implementation Manager.

    The meeting starts at 7.30pm with coffee served from 7pm. All welcome.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018

    Advice to those thinking of using a gym. Walk or cycle to the gym. When you get there, turn around and go home. You'll have had your exercise for free and without complications. If you choose not to take this advice then here's a release from WC touting for your trade:

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    Start a healthier lifestyle at a Wiltshire Council gym in 2018

  • 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.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2018

    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.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2018

    700 homes in the county have been sitting empty for two years or more, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests, show that there are over 200,000 homes across the country that have been empty for six months or more.

    Wiltshire has failed to make use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO), powers given to local authorities to take over properties that have been empty for at least two years so they can be used to stop families being homeless.

    Nationally only 19 of the 247 councils in England and Wales that responded had used an EDMO in the past five years. Of these only six had used one in the past year.

    Comment: At a time when the homelessness crisis is worsening and more and more people are sleeping out in the cold on our streets, it is a scandal that so many homes locally are sitting empty. These homes could be turned into affordable places to live for those that need it across Wiltshire. The Government needs to urgently review the current system which is clearly not working and local authorities needs to be given the powers and resources to bring empty homes back into use.


    Notes

    Full figures by local council can be found here

  • Article: Jan 2, 2018

    Clinical Commissioning Groups including Wiltshire have been carrying out surveys to judge support for changes to the way passenger transport is funded. The questions in the surveys have been loaded to encourage responses which reject the concept of letting people who need non-emergency transport get to hospital for free.

  • Article: Jan 1, 2018

    About 3,500 people receive care at home services from Wiltshire Council, and three quarters of them pay towards the costs. Following new rules introduced in 2016, and with work continuing on assessments of individuals, the amount people are paying has generally increased.

    626 assessments carried out from August '16 to November '17 have resulted in an annualised increase in payments of £1.4million - an average of over £2,000 per person per year.