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  • Article: Mar 1, 2017

    Figures released today show 4% of Wiltshire children - about 200 people - will not be able to attend their first choice of secondary school from this September. About 50 children didn't get any of their first three preferences. Parents who applied online are finding out the decision today. The results of online applications are available at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php. The numbers of parents applying are also up on last year as the number of children increases. There were 4,621 applications received this year - 99 more than in 2016. Applicants have until Wednesday 15 March to accept the offer. The right to an appeal is open to anyone who has not received one of their preferred schools. Further information is also available at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions .

  • Young people
    Article: Mar 1, 2017

    If you're aged 11 to 18 and would like to put the world to rights here's how you can start. WAY is holding an open meeting in County Hall Trowbridge, 4.30 to 6.30pm on Tuesday March 28th.

    You can find out how to have your say, meet your local member of the UK Youth Parliament, and give your views on the county's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

    To confirm your place: judy.edwards@wiltshire.gov.uk or 07900 759830

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    A budget amendment from the Lib Dem group to get an extra hour's opening at Household Recycling Centres, paid for by reducing the amount spent on expensive conferences, was defeated by the administration.

    An amendment from the Conservatives to use the savings iidentified in the Lib Dem budget for spending on pavements, with £150,000 being delegated to Area Boards, got cross-party support and was accepted. The budget as a whole, with its 5% council tax increase, was passed.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    A motion debated at Wiltshire Council's February meeting called for WC to take action against Single Use Plastic (SUP). Cllrs Chivers and Clark said, "it is time for Wiltshire to take a lead on this issue." They pointed out that half of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away, and that one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.

  • New Footpath Walk
    Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Cllrs Oldrieve and Hubbard put a motion to February's council meeting calling on WC to do more to look after the county's decaying footpath network.

    For the background see the recent article on this website.

    They said:

    Our county is fortunate to have a significant network of historic and useful footways and right-of-way. This network provides a wonderful opportunity to support the council's key objectives for individual wellbeing, and it provides an economic benefit to the county for tourists to walk our unique landscapes. It is to be regretted that over the life of this council the quality and access of those rights of way has significantly reduced due to the poor upkeep and lack of sufficient budget to meet residents' expectations for maintenance. Voluntary groups have been stymied of designated funding due to the freeze on spending caused by the financial crisis at Wiltshire Council restricting the amount of work that they are able to undertake. The statutory requirement of landowners to maintain rights-of-way has not been robustly enforced by the council.

  • Plant Sale
    Article: Feb 21, 2017

    It's commonplace in Parliament at question time, and now it's come to Wiltshire. The agenda for the February council meeting included a total of 38 questions of which 18 came from Conservative councillors. Compare this with what happened in the equivalent meeting in February 2016 (14 questions of which none from Conservatives), February 2015 (21 questions of which 3 were from Conservative Cllr Graham Payne and 18 from opposition councillors), and February 2014 (15 questions of which none from Conservatives).

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Many new housing estates are not designed to cope with bin lorries. Because they're also not designed with adequate parking arrangements the problem for waste collection vehicles is compounded. Some new properties are so cramped it may even be difficult to find somewhere for the inhabitants to store their wheelie bins and black boxes. So Wiltshire Council is producing a document advising developers how to avoid such problems in future.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

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

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

  • Article: Feb 8, 2017

    If you walked all of Wiltshire's footpaths, bridleways and byways you'd have travelled 3,850 miles - equivalent to walking to Istanbul and back. In fact walking to Turkey might be easier because according to the Ramblers less than half of Wiltshire's network is easily passable. Some routes are blocked by barbed wire, many stiles and gates are in poor condition, and signposts have rotted away due to neglect.

  • Canal Road clog-up
    Article: Feb 7, 2017

    Wiltshire Council's 'Cabinet' has agreed to allow one more day per week opening of the Household Recycling Centre (HRC) in Canal Road Trowbridge over the summer. Previous cuts had led to difficulties for users of the HRC and massive queues on Canal Road at peak times. Although not provable, the suspicion is that an increase in fly-tipping was linked to the restrictions.