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  • Article: Sep 11, 2017

    When Lafarge was operating in Westbury there were concerns about potential pollution from the chimney affecting the health of the population. Now similar questions are being asked about the Northacre incinerator.

    Here's a message from Friends of the Earth:


    "In 2015 Wiltshire Council gave planning consent in principle for the building of a "Renewable Energy Plant" (incinerator with electricity generation) at Northacre, Westbury. This waste disposal plant will burn mixed Wiltshire waste (paper, cardboard, food waste and mixed plastics) which have been converted into a pelletised "fuel" at the adjacent Hills Waste plant in Westbury. The Westbury "Renewable Energy Plant" is awaiting construction.

  • Article: Sep 11, 2017

    An outline application for what's described as a new hotel resort including a water park and business conference facility, submitted by Longleat Estates, has been approved by Wiltshire Council planners. It's for an area south of the Warminster bypass at Tascroft Farm.

    The site will include an 'immersive animal experience', and it will be necessary to rearrange the local footpath and bridleway network.

  • Article: Sep 11, 2017

    Wiltshire Council's Conservative cabinet is looking to resort to Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology for use in residents' parking zones. A vehicle equipped with the kit would be able to whiz down the road checking parked cars as it went, stopping to ticket any cars lacking a permit. The £40,000 cost of the equipment would, the council hopes, soon be recovered in fines.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2017

    Cash-strapped Wiltshire Council wants to make more money from car parking, and has come up with a number of possible ways to do this. These include:

    - Applying an 'inflationary' increase of around 10%

    - Charging for Sundays and Bank Holidays

    - Charging in those car parks which are currently free

    - Increasing season ticket prices

  • Article: Sep 5, 2017

    A report to the WC cabinet (agenda) shows a deficit on the current account of nearly four and a half million pounds. Council officers say they hope to have the accounts back under control by the end of the financial year, preferably without having to raid the reserves yet again.

    The main red areas are:

  • Article: Aug 30, 2017

    In August 2016 Wiltshire Council introduced a new system of charging for adult care which resulted in many people paying more for the services provided by the council.

    About 3,500 people are potentially hit by the changes. However they first have to have an assessment of their financial circumstances, with assessments being done annually thereafter. By early July though only about 600 assessments had been completed. So in this case the council's internal slowness and incompetence is working to the benefit of its customers!

  • Article: Aug 29, 2017

    Newland Homes have applied to Wiltshire Council for permission to build 88 homes at Station Road. The site north of the railway line is allocated for housing and a previous permission was given to Persimmon for a 102-dwelling development, which they then chose not to build.

    Details on WC planning website here.

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    Article: Aug 26, 2017

    Figures released by South West Ambulance Service Trust show a steady increase in the amount of call-outs in Wiltshire.

    For the four-month period April to July 2017 SWASFT responded to 22,522 incidents in the county. This is an increase of 3.69% compared to the previous year. Broken down to daily figures this shows the Trust is responding to, on average, 185 incidents per day. This compares to 168 incidents per day for the same period in 2014.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    "Statement regarding the Place of Safety provision in Swindon and Wiltshire

    Following an extensive consultation on improving the provision and quality of Places of Safety suites, we recently published a paper on the consultation outcome.

    Since then the Trust has noted a number of concerns raised and decided to review further comments from stakeholders. The Board will formally consider the consultation outcome and Trust decision at its next meeting on the 27 September and announce its conclusions shortly afterwards.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Wiltshire Council has applied to itself for permission to redevelop the site opposite County Hall on Bythesea Road.

    The proposal is for, "Outline application for proposed mixed use development comprising the demolition of all existing buildings on site and redevelopment to include the provision of up to 690m2 of retail floor space (Classes A1, A2 and A3); up to 1,100m2 of restaurant/public house floor space (Classes A4 and AA); up to 54 residential apartments (Class C3); new health facility (Class D1) of up to 4,000m2 floor space; a new leisure centre (Class D2) with up to 1,800m2 floor space with provision of an energy centre within the proposed leisure facility. Provision of associated vehicular access, car parking and service vehicles access. Creation of new footpaths/cycleways across the site, new riverside walkway, public amenity space, new landscaping, removal of existing trees and replacement tree planting. Provision of new pedestrian footbridge across the River Biss, along with steps on the eastern side of River Biss to connect into the existing riverside footpath."