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  • Vaccinations ()
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Following some confusion and uncertainty around the vaccination programme the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a new website for vaccination queries from the public.

    Questions about the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in our region can be answered by visiting https://www.bswccg.nhs.uk/latest-covid-19-updates.

  • White Horse of Westbury
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Over 120 people have responded to the Environment Agency objecting to an application submitted by Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd, alongside local residents, local councils, the Westbury Gasification Action Group/No Westbury Incinerator, Local Liberal Democrats and the local MP.

    Most responses to the operating permit application contain strong objections saying it will increase air pollution, harm public health and lead to an increase in heavy goods vehicle traffic using the A350 and local roads, Ellen Nicholson, SW Wiltshire's Lib Dem spokesperson also pointed to the recent test case linking air pollution to death in the case of 9 year old Ella Kissi-Debrah.

  • From the Chair
    Article: Jan 14, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Calling all Green Liberal Democrats… Let`s change the world!

    Hello all,

    I have a `gut-feeling` that this year, 2021, could be a major turning point for our fortunes as a group and, therefore, if we play our cards right, it could lead to a turning point for the Party, too. But this will only happen if we all grab hold of the opportunities in front of us and move forward in lock-step.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021
    By WC (edited)

    Due to COVID-19 all Rights of Way and Countryside volunteering has been cancelled, so a backlog of blockages and poor maintenance is building up.

    Meanwhile Wiltshire Council is asking landowners to keep public rights of way as clear as possible during 2021.

    Having been through almost a year of restrictions, people have been using local places to walk for exercise, and residents are regularly informing the council that pathways are blocked.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021

    I tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday.

    Lib Dems will continue to fight for healthcare workers' rights

    But the Government have decided to axe all sitting Fridays until the end of March, meaning dozens of Private Members Bills will effectively be shut down.

  • House building ()
    Article: Jan 13, 2021

    Wiltshire's Conservative administration is proposing massive housing estates in and around the county's market towns and villages. The formal consultation on this starts today.

    The administration has previously lost control of the planning process by not having a five year land supply, so the balance of power has tilted heavily in favour of developers.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2021

    It is completely unacceptable that parents have received woefully inadequate food parcels in place of free school meals.

    The Secretary of State must urgently investigate this situation.

    The amount of food parents have received to feed their children is not anything like enough to provide an adequate, nutritious lunch every day.

  • Inadequate food ()
    Article: Jan 12, 2021
    By Niki Hinman in Gazette and Herald
    Yet again the debacle of free school meals raises its head.
    Wiltshire Liberal Democrat's have joined with a Marlborough catering firm to condemn inadequate food packages for children.
    Leader of the opposition, Cllr Ian Thorn said 'The school meals debacle continues.
    "It's a disgrace to provide such meagre portions, after a long battle to secure FSM. The government has allowed private companies to make money by undercutting meals for hungry children.'
  • The Weekly Whip
    Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Over the past year, Liberal Democrat MPs have tabled a number of Private Members' Bills that would make important changes to help build a fairer country, tackle deep-rooted inequalities and ensure a more effective response to the Covid pandemic.

    Eleven key Liberal Democrat Bills were due to have "Second Reading" - the next stage of their progress through Parliament - over the next three months.

  • Wiltshire Police ()
    Article: Jan 12, 2021
    By Wilts Police

    Wiltshire and Swindon's Police and Crime Commissioner is asking residents for feedback on the proposed policing precept for 2020/21.

    Conservative PCC Angus Macpherson has launched a survey to collect feedback on policing: what is being done well and where improvements could be made, as well as a proposed increase in the policing element of the council tax.

    The suggested increase equates to £15 a year on a band D property.

    This follows a recent national government funding announcement which was based on the assumption that all PCCs would increase precepts.

    Mr Macpherson warned that if the policing part of the precept is not increased next year, Wiltshire Police would need to find savings of more than £3m and would have to reduce staff.

    The extra £15 means that Wiltshire Police will recruit 46 additional officers in 2021/22. The Force is also on track to recruit this year's target of an additional 65 police officers by March 2021.

    This will take officer numbers to 1,050 - the highest in six years. The additional 46 officers in 2021/22 would see officer numbers rise to 1,096 by March 2022.

    The 'consultation' is open from Tuesday 5 January to Tuesday 2 February.

    Further information can be found in the PCCs 2021 Policing Precept video.