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  • Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Here's an article explaining that Wiltshire Council is top of the league when it comes to paying out for pothole damage to vehicles...Daily Mail article.

    And here's a story which may explain why Wiltshire is so bad:

    In one of our villages is a car park belonging to Wiltshire Council. It has gravel surfacing. At the entrance to the car park, where bin lorries turn round, a massive pothole has been created. Local residents have asked for it to be fixed as it has the potential to damage vehicles.

  • 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:

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    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:

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    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.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2017

    Wiltshire Council's 'cabinet' is considering the introduction of parking charges in a number of car parks around the county which are currently free to use. These include Devizes Market Place, the station car park in Melksham, Southwick Country Park, Westbury Leigh and Smallbrook Meadows in Warminster.