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  • Article: May 23, 2018

    Wiltshire Council isn't very good at fixing potholes, so councillors Brian Mathew and Steve Oldrieve are making a modest suggestion to improve matters. This motion went to the council meeting on May 22nd::

    Notice of Motion No. 7 - The Use of Plastic Waste in Road Repairs, Re-Surfacing and Construction

  • Article: May 18, 2018

    Plans for radical changes to the waste and recycling collections have been shelved by WC. (See previous article).

    The good news though is that we'll be able to recycle a wider range of plastics.

    From 30 July residents will still use their black box for glass, paper, cans and textiles, but the blue lidded bin will take plastic pots, tubs and trays and drink and food cartons as well as plastic bottles and cardboard.

  • Article: May 7, 2018

    Wiltshire Council's Conservative administration wants to increase the number of houses they've allocated for the Trowbridge side of Elizabeth Way from 205 to 355. They say it's to make more efficient use of the land. The proposal will be agreed by the WC 'cabinet' on Tuesday May 15th.

    The proposal is part of the Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document.

  • Article: Apr 29, 2018

    Wiltshire Council Conservatives have announced that free waste collections from village halls, social clubs etc will cease this summer.

    As of July 29th the halls and clubs will have to pay commercial rates for waste disposal.

    The change is part of the council's plan to become more commercial and less service-minded in the way it operates. Of 106 venues affected six are used mainly for public meetings so will be charged for collection only. The remainder produce waste for which a charge for collection and disposal will be made.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2018

    The Public Sector Executive reports that Wiltshire Council's Conservative administration has been found to be at fault in the way it tried to make cuts to people's care packages.

    An investigation by the ombudsman found the council was using illegal methodology, and wasn't even bothering to follow its own procedures in this and, presumably, other cases.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2018
    By WC

    About 350 families have failed to get their first preference school place in Wiltshire, with over sixty not getting any of their three preferences

    However this means that 98.8% of children have been offered one of their three preferences for this September with 93.4% being offered their first preferred school.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2018
    By WC

    Clean-up work is beginning in Salisbury after the recent nerve agent attack, to bring the potentially contaminated sites back into safe use.

    This follows the continuing handover of sites from the police investigation to recovery operations, including The Maltings, the cemetery, Zizzi and the Ashley Wood compound. In total nine sites, three of which are in the city centre, have been identified as requiring some level of specialist cleaning.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2018

    You need to renew your garden waste collection subscription by 15 June if you want to continue receiving the service.

    Existing customers receive a reference number by email or post. They can use this number to renew their subscription online or by phone.

    Residents can sign up any time during the year, but those already receiving the service should make sure they renew by 15 June to avoid any interruption.

  • Helen Belcher representing the Lib Dems at the Wiltshire BBCRadio Hustings at Steam Swindon 010617 (Trixy Alberga)
    Article: Apr 15, 2018

    Helen Belcher was re-selected as the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Chippenham at a packed meeting in Melksham on April 12th.

    She was chosen by party members from a shortlist of three, winning the vote convincingly. Helen Belcher had contested the seat in the 2017 general election and on being re-selected said: "It is a huge honour and privilege to represent the party in Chippenham again. The next general election campaign starts now, and it's great to have an energised local party who are ready for action. Conservative cuts are decimating both our local services and our NHS and schools. Both Conservatives and Labour have moved to extreme positions. It's time to reassert a clear, strong Liberal voice in Parliament."

  • Article: Apr 10, 2018
    By Trevor Carbin

    The unjustified decision to close Oxenwood and Braeside was called in to the scrutiny committee by Wiltshire councillors. It was considered at a special meeting on Tuesday April 10th. The Conservatives used their majority on the committee to reject the appeal. Although the call-in didn't change the decision it did at least give members of the public the opportunity to speak and to hear the debate - an opportunity which was denied to them when the decision was made by the WC 'cabinet'. Agenda