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    Article: Oct 18, 2021

    Back in days of yore when Theresa May was Prime Minister and the Tory Party was squabbling about what sort of Brexit they wanted the issue of any agreement with the EU ensuring it protected the Good Friday agreement which had brought peace to Northern Ireland was front and centre of the issues being confronted

  • Article: Oct 18, 2021
    By Wiltshire Council

    The government-backed Help to Grow Management course is opening the door to growth for Wiltshire business leaders.

    Wiltshire Council have partnered with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) to deliver this programme locally, which includes 50 hours of in-depth training, one-to-one business mentoring and the opportunity for business leaders to grow their business, fast.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2021

    Westbury: A planning appeal over a Wiltshire Council decision to block plans for nearly 70 houses is due to begin this month. The developer, Gleeson Strategic Land, put in the appeal after its plans to build 67 homes on land south of Sandhole Lane in Westbury was knocked back.

    The appeal is due to begin on October 26 at 10am at The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury. There is also the option to tune in to the appeal virtually. The council rejected the plans for a number of reasons including the development being labelled as unsustainable, its location in open countryside and lack of infrastructure.

  • Biss Woods ()
    Article: Oct 17, 2021
    Help Wiltshire Wildlife Trust tackle the nature & climate emergency by undertaking the Big Wild Walk in October.
    From 25th - 31st October, you can fundraise for the Trust and help it's mission to protect at least 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030.

    In honour of their30 by 30 goal, they're challenging you to take on one of the following:

    • Walk 30km over the Big Wild Walk week
    • Walk 30km in three days
    • Walk 30km in one day

    Or stay local with:

    Big Wild Walk | Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

  • General Practice ()
    Article: Oct 16, 2021
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    NHS Bath and Northeast Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG is one of the worst hit areas in the country by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    It comes as many people are struggling to book an appointment with their GP, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    It is absolutely tragic news that the MP David Amess has died today after being stabbed in his Essex constituency.

    By all accounts, David a long serving MP, was widely repsected and kind to all, passionate about animal welfare and his constituents. He will leave many friends, family and colleagues grieving his loss today.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021

    Yes, Meaning, Clear, Clarity, SwedenOne of the less appealing traditions of the Tory Party conference is the speech by the Home Secretary in which ever more draconian sentences are announced for whatever crimes are newsworthy at the time. Pritti Patel didn't disappoint announcing stiffer sentences for people traffickers even though after 10 years in government the number of refugees arriving illicitly by boat continues to hIt new records

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021
    Continue to run through trains from Bristol to Waterloo via Trowbridge
    The Department for Transport has specified that the direct trains from Bristol, Keynsham, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge to London (Waterloo) via Salisbury cease in December (2021). We ask that they continue to run pending consultation and effective ongoing provision.
  • Article: Oct 12, 2021
    In New Valley News

    The Government's National Bus Strategy for England from February 2020 promised £5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links outside of London. Now, Wiltshire Council has outlined its vision to help improve and increase bus use in the county.

    The council said the draft Bus Service Improvement Plan outlines how it will spend funding allocated: more subsidised services, enhanced infrastructure and bus priority throughout the county and improving a flexible demand-responsive bus network in the Pewsey Vale area.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2021
    By Matthew McLaughlin in Wiltshire Times

    Plans for 91 houses in Trowbridge have been unanimously rejected by Wiltshire Council.

    The bid by developer Wainhomes Holdings has previously come under fire from Southview Park residents who raised concerns over the developer using their estate as access for HGV and construction traffic.

    A petition was launched which has since gained nearly 600 signatures.

    At the meeting of the council's strategic planning committee, one resident blasted the developer for not listening to the concerns of residents and leaving the development unfinished.

    Speaking against the bid, Trowbridge councillor, Stephen Cooper said if the access via Southview Park was granted it would force residents to live behind their front doors for years to come.

    A spokesman for the developer said that the site was part of the strategic plan for Trowbridge as well as part of the wider Ashton Park allocation.

    They added that in recommending the bid be rejected, that the council was showing an imbalance in decision as a separate bid by developer Persimmon for Ashton Park had been granted.

    The spokesman concluded that they are aware of the concerns and has put together a traffic management plan to mitigate concerns.

    Wainhomes bid 91 homes near Southview Park refused | Wiltshire Times