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  • Article: Mar 14, 2019

    In the council report he's known as 'Adult D'. Let's call him John, because he was a man, and men have names.

    In the winter of 2017 John went to hospital suffering alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Because no support was available he was discharged. He was told to avoid the withdrawal symptoms by continuing his drinking.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019
    By Your WC

    Wiltshire's three new Members of the Youth Parliament have been announced: Aanya Verma (Wiltshire West), Declan Kiely (Wiltshire North), and Heather Newton (Wiltshire East) took up their term of office on 1 March.

    This year five candidates stood for election in Wiltshire.

    The British Youth Parliament provides opportunities for those aged 11 to 18 to use their voice to bring about social change through representation and campaigning.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2019

    The drastic cuts to funding for disability friendship clubs, which Wiltshire Council's beleagured administration proudly announced last month, have now been postponed at least until next year. This follows an outcry from those affected and their supporters. The responsible cabinet member, Jerry Wickham, said: "I very much regret the upset this has caused to the users and staff at the clubs and I extend my apologies."

  • Article: Mar 7, 2019

    Here's a press release about another nasty cut by Wiltshire's Tory administration. It's been issued to counteract what they see as adverse publicity about the community clubs. Note the usual trick of pretending the 50% cut will actually make things better.

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  • Article: Feb 28, 2019

    Recommendations to exempt cars from being charged to drive in the proposed clean air zone in Bath are being made to Bath and North East Somerset councillors.

    The cabinet meeting on March 5th will consider two options for reducing high levels of air pollution in the city, which the Government says must happen 'in the shortest possible time' and by 2021 at the latest.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2019

    Yesterday Wiltshire Council passed a motion acknowledging that there's a climate emergency. Almost everyone in the chamber accepted the reality of runaway climate change, and much of the debate centred around whether or not we should be using big scary words like 'emergency', or doing the usual public sector routine of observing, monitoring, and putting off doing anything useful.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2019
    By Your WC

    The review into Wiltshire's political boundaries has moved a step forward and people are being invited to have their say

    The Boundary Commission has published its draft recommendation which proposes Wiltshire should continue to have 98 councillors.

    The commission has today (5 February) launched a 10-week public consultation on the recommendations that will end on 15 April. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on the new divisions, boundaries and division names.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2019
    By Your WC (edited to remove excessive verbiage)

    The improvement works will start on February 4 to introduce traffic signals at Farmers Roundabout on the A350. The signals have been designed to improve traffic flow and reduce delays. The work should be completed by October.

    Wiltshire Council is working closely with its contractor Dyer & Butler to plan the sequence of work to minimise disruption - although there will be delays as traffic management and lane closures will be required. .

  • Article: Jan 23, 2019
    By Trevor Carbin

    The application from Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd for the "Revision of the layout and design of Advanced Thermal Treatment Facility permitted under consent 14/12003/WCM" went to Wiltshire Council's Strategic Planning Committee on January 23rd, and was approved by seven votes to four. This was despite a large turn-out from Westbury residents opposed to the scheme.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019
    By Your WC

    Your WC has issued a press release about the proposed replacement library in the city. This is because Cllr Brian Dalton and others have pointed out that the new library is to be much smaller than the existing one. The interesting thing about the press release is how the Tories twist words to give an impression which is very different from reality. For example, "no services will be lost" is correct in the sense that there is and will be a library. We're just not supposed to notice the size difference. The real beauty is "The new library ... is the equivalent size of the existing ground floor library space." At first reading that seems OK. However the existing library is on three floors. The quote from the responsible Tory cabinet member repeats the deceit.