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  • Article: Apr 6, 2017

    Political parties and candidates are not supposed to use Wiltshire Council facilities for propaganda purposes in the run-up to an election, in the period known as 'purdah'. Wiltshire Times readers may have seen a story about a government minister, in collusion with council leader Jane Scott, apparently using County Hall for just such a purpose.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2017

    The green waste collection was provided free of charge in West Wiltshire by the old District Council as a service to the people. Wiltshire Council took a different approach and introduced a fee of £40 a couple of years ago. Above-inflation increases each year since have brought the charge to £44.

    The council is also threatening to disrupt the collections of anyone who doesn't pay up on time.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2017

    Liberal Democrats will contest 89 of the 98 seats in Wiltshire on May 4th. Only one seat is uncontested.

    To see your candidates go to the WC website here

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Wiltshire Council is to stop practical support for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards scheme for young people.

    The Council currently holds a group license which allows School groups and Open Award Centres to deliver all 3 Awards; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Three staff are employed to support the programmes. Participating schools pay a subscription, but in the past the service has been effectively subsidised by WC. This will end on August 31st 2017 when the council's license will be terminated.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is changing the way it delivers services to people in Wiltshire and Swindon who are taken to the Trust's places of safety under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 2007. Two of the three sites currently in operation will disappear.

    The Trust is consulting with service users, carers, families, voluntary and community groups in order to gauge their comments and feedback about the change.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2017

    Over two million people petitioned the government to halt plans for massive cuts to local pharmacy services. Ministers did not listen and pressed ahead regardless.

    The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) have decided to challenge the decision via judicial review. The case will be heard in the High Court next week.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2017

    Closures on the Hilperton to Semington road last year caused a lot of congestion but no obvious improvement in the road surface. So in May Wiltshire Council will have another go.

    Again a road closure is required, however WC say this will only be in effect at weekends,with no work due to take place during the week. Weather dependent, the road will be closed from 7am to 6pm on Saturday 6 May, Sunday 7 May and Sunday 14 May.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2017

    A Holt motor dealer is the first business of its kind in Wiltshire to sign up to a trading standards scheme which ensures customers can be confident they operate in a legal, honest and fair way.

    The Village Green Garage in Holt has signed up to Wiltshire Council's 'Buy With Confidence' scheme, with the business having demonstrated it is committed to good customer service, does not cold call customers, complies with consumer protection legislation and has appropriate insurance.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2017

    A message from our Trowbridge correspondent:


    There are grave concerns that the Trowbridge Birthing Unit may be under threat.

    Trowbridge Birthing Unit delivers more babies than any other locally, aside from the much larger Princess Anne unit.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2017

    The speedwatch scheme has been very successful in Wiltshire, with hundreds of volunteers out protecting their villages with the support of the police. When a speedwatch scheme starts signs have to be put up to warn drivers. WC says it will no longer supply these, so the costs will fall on the local community.