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  • Article: Jul 5, 2017

    An application to build a "Continuing care retirement community" on land north of Grovelands Way has been submitted to Wiltshire Council.

    The development would include a 48 bed care home, 46 extra care apartments and facilities, 39 affordable extra care apartments and facilities, 45 retirement bungalows/chalet bungalows, a medical centre and pharmacy, the relocation of a children's play area, a recreational and flood compensation area and biodiversity protection/enhancement of County Wildlife Site, all with associated access roads, parking, infrastructure and raising of ground levels by 500mm.

  • Article: Jul 4, 2017

    Wiltshire's PCC has launched his new Community Action Fund. The fund has been created to benefit local communities and £40,000 has been earmarked for this year, to share between projects that meet the criteria.

    The Commissioner is looking to boost initiatives which will help him meet the key priorities in his Police and Crime Plan, through projects which demonstrate:

  • Article: Jul 3, 2017

    Newland Homes are asking for permission to put 82 houses on the old West Wilts District Council site.

    Details on WC planning website here. You have until July 27th to comment.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2017

    An application to demolish the old Co-op and to build a new Lidl foodstore has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. Anyone wishing to comment has until July 21st. You can see the details on the WC planning site here.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    The non-emergency patient transport service run by Arriva has been criticised by the Bradford Area Seniors Forum at its recent meeting in Holt. Here's an extract from their report:

    "Among issues raised that are not specific to Holt were concerns about potential cuts to pensions and pensioner benefits and, as the Forum has heard elsewhere in Wiltshire, more horror stories about the appallingly unreliable non-emergency ambulance service provided by Arriva Transport Solutions Ltd (the operator contracted by Wiltshire NHS CCG to provide this service for patients living in Wiltshire).

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Council leader Jane Scott has announced changes to the way the council is managed. The new structure will see the number of corporate directors increased from three to four. Details below. The aim of unifying health and social care, which has been much discussed over the years but with little progress, is to be encouraged by the adult social care post being jointly funded by WC and the NHS. The structure will see an additional cost to the taxpayer of 0.5 FTE.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2017

    The Wiltshire Online programme is designed to provide a fibre broadband service to those premises that commercial providers consider to be financially non-viable - about 40% of the county. The council's approach is designed to deliver fibre broadband to the greatest number of premises for the budget available.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2017

    What(ever) next? Here's a message from Stephen Dorrell, Chair of the European Movement.

    ………………………………….

    "At the beginning of the General Election campaign Theresa May said she was seeking a mandate to negotiate her sort of Brexit; the result denies her that mandate.

    The Prime Minister's version of Brexit was set out in the Conservative election manifesto; it said that sovereignty was a red line, and concluded that Britain must withdraw from both the Single Market and the Customs Union. In doing so it threatened our economic interests, and funding for our public services.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2017

    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

  • Article: Jun 2, 2017

    The NHS in the Wiltshire area could lose scores of staff as a result of Theresa May's extreme version of Brexit, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

    42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research. This means, forexample, that an estimated 150 NHS staff are at risk of leaving the Royal United Hospital including 14 doctors and 45 nurses.

    This could create a million pound bill to re-hire doctors and nurses from the EU after 2019, due to Theresa May's plans for a £2000 immigration skills charge for each doctor, nurse and health worker brought in from abroad.

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an immediate guarantee that all EU nationals in the UK, including those working in the NHS and social care, can stay after Brexit.

    Liberal Democrat candidate Trevor Carbin said:

    "Our hospitals in depend on doctors, nurses and other support staff from the EU. But many are now planning to leave because of the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

    "We must guarantee their rights to stay here immediately to prevent a damaging exodus of these skilled and hard-working people. Our NHS, and the care we all rely on, would suffer without them.

    "The NHS is far too precious to be damaged by Theresa May's decision to pursue a UKIP-style Brexit.

    "The Liberal Democrats will resist Theresa May's extreme Brexit and would give the people the final say, with the choice to remain in the European Union if they don't like the deal on offer."


    Notes

    1. More than half (55.6%) of the 10,000 doctors from the EU working in the NHS are now considering leaving the UK because of the referendum result, according to a survey conducted by the General Medical Council (link)

    2. Survey data suggests that up to 26,500 members of NHS staff from the EU could leave the UK as a result of Brexit (link)

    3. Full figures on the number EU nationals by local NHS trust and estimates of those considering leaving the UK because of Brexit can be found here

    4. The Liberal Democrat manifesto commits to immediately guaranteeing the rights of all EU nationals working in the NHS and social care. (link)