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  • Article: May 13, 2021

    Eid marks the end of Ramadan - a holy month of prayer and personal reflection.

    I'm sure it feels strange to celebrate again with Covid restrictions in place.

    But despite the many challenges of the past year, I'm amazed at how we've pulled together as a country - making it clear that we are a nation of carers.

  • Article: May 13, 2021
    By John Baker in Wiltshire Times

    PARISH councillors for Heytesbury, Imber and Knook are being urged to set up a new working party to look at future options for more homes in the villages.

    The Parish Council at its extraordinary meeting in February accepted the Wiltshire Council local plan review that stated 25 new homes might be built in Heytesbury and Knook. Imber is largely a deserted village.

  • Article: May 13, 2021
    In New Valley News

    Shock results in the Warminster town council elections included a former Mayor losing his seat and a last minute Independent candidate topped the poll by 200 votes with 13 Conservative seats up for grabs.

    "I was hoping to get elected but this is now a huge vote of confidence in me which I will put every effort into matching," said Paul Macdonald.

  • Article: May 12, 2021
    By Wiltshire Council

    From Terence Herbert, Chief Executive, Wiltshire Council:

    "Following the Police and Crime Commissioner election count on Monday I have taken appropriate legal advice and spoken with the Cabinet Office, Wiltshire Police and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner. There is a clear legal process for me to follow.

  • Article: May 12, 2021

    The Prime Minister has today confirmed an inquiry into their actions during the Coronavirus pandemic under the powers of the Inquiries Act 2005.

    Lessons must be learnt from the mistakes that were made"

    Ed Davey

    This comes after Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey first called for a full inquiry into the Government's actions during the pandemic 13 months ago in April 2020

  • Munira Wilson - Nurses Day 2021 ()
    Article: May 12, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10-16 May 2021 and the theme this year is Nature.

    Research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been a vital for our mental health.

    The Mental Health Foundation told us that websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.

  • Trowbridge Town Council 2021 ()
    Article: May 11, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Another Liberal Democrat led council

    This graphic shows the political make up of Trowbridge Town Council after the 2021 May election by ward. The work now starts to deliver on our plans to make #Trowbridge, a Greener, more Active and more Vibrant Town!

    Of the 18 candidates put forward, 78% (14) were elected to the town council

  • Article: May 11, 2021

    The new leader of Wiltshire Council has been announced. Richard Clewer will take on the role, having previously served as deputy leader.

    Cllr Clewer has been named as the new leader of Wiltshire Conservatives, and as the council is a Conservative majority, this effectively means he will also be the new leader of Wiltshire Council. Cllr Clewer has been a Wiltshire Councillor since the creation of Wiltshire Council in 2009 and was a Salisbury District Councillor before that.

    Deputy leader has been announced as Laura Mayes. A Conservative councillor for Roundway (near Devizes) since 2009, Laura was also cabinet member for children, education and skills.

  • Article: May 11, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    We must rebuild as a fairer, greener and more caring country in the aftermath of Covid.

    Boris Johnson has utterly failed to deliver an ambitious programme

    So it is crushingly disappointing that the Government's plans will fail on every account - still failing small businesses and the self-employed, still not rising properly to the climate challenge and still ignoring millions of people caring for loved ones at home.

  • Liz Webster Wiltshire PCC
    Article: May 11, 2021
    By South West Wiltshire Lib Dems

    The count for the Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner elections was completed on Monday 10 May.

    The results of the first preference votes are as follows:

    • Junab Ali (Labour): 34147
    • Julian Malins (Reform UK): 4348
    • Brig Oubridge (Green): 16606
    • Mike Rees (Independent): 31722
    • Jonathon Seed (Conservative): 84885
    • Liz Webster (Liberal Democrats): 35013