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  • South West Wiltshire Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - Ellen Nicholson
    Article: May 25, 2022

    South West Wiltshire's Lib Dems have today called on Boris Johnson to resign as the damning Sue Gray report is published and the Partygate scandal comes to a head.

    The local Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of "failing the country" and added that while thousands in Wiltshire made sacrifices, Boris Johnson's Number 10 partied.

    The Liberal Democrats have also branded Conservative MPs supporting Boris Johnson as "insulting local people's sacrifices."

    Today, the Sue Gray report includes pictures of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak together at a birthday party. The report came with a damning line to Boris Johnson's Government saying, "the senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture."

    Responding to the news, Ellen Nicholson LIBERAL DEMOCRAT SPOKESPERSON said:

    "South West Wiltshire has been completely taken for granted. While local residents made sacrifices, Johnson's Number 10 partied. They think it's one rule for them and another for the rest of us.

    "The Sue Gray report is an insult to local people's sacrifices during the pandemic. We have all seen the pictures. It's clear they think they can take the British public for fools.

    "Whilst people in Wiltshire were making heartbreaking sacrifices, we know Boris Johnson's Downing Street was the scene of raucous parties and disgraceful behaviour. It is time Johnson did the decent thing and resigned.

    "The Liberal Democrats increased their vote share in 2019 general elections and came a clear second in the 2021 local elections. At the next election here it will be a clear choice between Boris Johnson's Conservative candidate and the hard working local Liberal Democrats. It is time we restored decency and integrity to our politics and finally get rid of this out of touch Conservative Government."

    Responding to the Sue Gray report, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey added:

    "This report lays bare the shocking failures of leadership by Boris Johnson and shows why he's not fit to be prime minister of our country.

    "Johnson has dragged his entire government through the mud to protect his own job.

    "He didn't care while he laughed and broke the rules while the country was in lockdown. And he doesn't care now when every household in Britain faces eye-watering costs at the petrol pumps, sky-rocketing food prices and massive energy bills.

    "Any other Prime Minister would be forced to resign by a report as damaging as this, yet still Conservative MPs defend the Prime Minister and allow him to cling on."

    The link to the Sue Gray report is here.

    Featured here: South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats call on Boris Johnson to resign | Wiltshire Times

  • Article: Mar 15, 2022
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The very disappointing Environment Agency briefing on the Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd (NREL) this week stating that they may consider allowing NREL a permit to operate the Waste incinerator in Westbury crossed with our letter to the Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP

    The text from our letter is laid out below:

  • Stephen Cooper
    Article: Mar 1, 2022
    Local Wiltshire Liberal Democrats Town councillor in Trowbridge, Stephen Cooper, will tonight urge councillors to condemn in the strongest possible terms the "unjustified and unprovoked" invasion by Russia which has led to war in Ukraine.
    Cllr Stephen Cooper, the town's member for Trowbridge Park Ward, drafted an emergency motion over the weekend condemning" in the strongest possible terms" the unprovoked Russian invasion of its neighbouring sovereign state Ukraine.
  • Stand with Ukraine ()
    Article: Feb 24, 2022
    By Ellen Nicholson
    I woke up early this morning, and saw the first reports of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    The misery of a war, separation of loved ones, uncertainty and heartbreak is heart rendering, not least because this is our soil, European soil and so close to us. Few of us now remember WWII in living memory, but many of us remember the conflicts of the Cold War, the IRA, the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan ... war and conflict seem never ending
  • Johnson ()
    Article: Feb 12, 2022
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Yet another week where the Prime Minister has floundered, and the Country has struggled.

    The week started with a Tory former chief whip urging Johnson to withdraw an insinuation about the Labour leader Starmer refusing to prosecute the serial sex offender Jimmy Savile and saw scenes where Starmer was accosted outside Parliament.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2021
    By Andrew Bryant
    In response to a recent article on the civic dinner in the Wiltshire Times today - Cllr Andrew Bryant penned this impassioned response in the comments section which has since been deleted from the page along with a number of other comments.
    What does it take for people to realise something maybe isn't quite how it's portrayed?
  • Article: Feb 7, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to the inter-connectedness and prosperity of all peoples across our United Kingdom. Which is why we were shocked and dismayed when a local businessperson contacted us to share their new experience of post-Brexit trading.

    Not one of the fishing companies that seem to have stolen all the recent headlines. Nor a company trying to send parcels to France or Italy. This is a company that only sells in the United Kingdom.

  • Local Planning explained ()
    Article: Nov 19, 2020
    By Stewart Palmen in Trowbridge Nub News
    Want to know how local planning works, here's a comprehensive article by the leader of Trowbridge Town
    Stewart Palmén
    unpicking all the facets.
    There's been lots of discussion about planning applications in Trowbridge recently and with this a lot of confusion regarding who actually decides what to gain planning permission.
  • Article: Oct 27, 2020
    By Stewart Palmen in Trowbridge Nub News

    Stewart Palmen Leader of Trowbridge Town Council

    IN the very near future, we, in Trowbridge, will hear if we are gaining any funding from our bid to the Government's Future High Street Fund. So I thought it would be useful to look at what this fund is exactly and what it could do for Trowbridge. Again in a simple question and answer format.

    What is The Future High Street Fund"

    The fund is £1 billion that the Government has allocated to help regenerate the high streets of towns across the UK. The local County Council have had to apply for the funding, so, in our case, it was Wiltshire Council who have applied and not the Town Council although we have supported the bid.

    How many places will it help?

    Well, one hundred towns/cities made it through the first stage of the bid and have all submitted final bids

    Will all the bids get the same amount of money?

    Wicker Hill and all of Fore Street to be pedestrianised

    The funding will be allocated depending on the strength of the bid so some will get more than others and some could get nothing.

    How much did we go for?

    The average, assuming all bids were equally valid, would be £10 million. But we believe the case for Trowbridge is very strong and to achieve all we want to achieve, we have asked for £23.85 million.

    Are there any other places in Wiltshire applying?

    Yes. Wiltshire Council initially put forward bids for Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge. Chippenham did not make it past the first stage but Salisbury and Trowbridge are still in the running.

    Town Hall and The Old Market Building to be reworked

    What type of things will the money go towards?

    There are four "theme" areas we are trying to address with the funding. These are:
    1) Better movement and legibility at the town centre gateways
    2) A unique and culture-and-leisure-led offer
    3) A resilient and diverse high street
    4) Unlocking good growth

    Sorry, that sounds like waffle. What does it mean?

    Ok, let's unpack each one a little

    1) Better movement and legibility at the town centre gateways

    Potential Castle Place redevelopment

    This involves further pedestrianisation of Fore Street and Wicker Hill and improvement of the road system together with more sensible signposting for both pedestrians and vehicles (wayfinding). Improvement of the River Biss area giving us a lovely riverside walk from the train station to St Stephen's Place making it a real asset to the town.

    2) A unique and culture-and-leisure-led offer

    Town centres now, more than ever, need to provide more than just retail outlets and become more 'experiential'. So we are planning to invest in the refurbishment of Trowbridge Town Hall (opening up the Ballroom etc.) and encouraging it's links with The Civic. Also reactivating nearby vacant properties to create Artisan Market type space in the old Market Hall (formerly a Weatherspoons pub).

    3) A resilient and diverse high street

    We need to achieve a more compact and vibrant high street by relocating existing retail units in Castle Place to vacant shops along the high street. We will never again need the level of retail we used to have because so much of our shopping is done online or via large supermarkets. We will also encourage conversion of units to facilitate a wider range of shops moving into the area and convert empty upper floors to residential through a programme of grants. We will also create some guidance for uses that are needed or wanted in the high street to steer how the town needs to develop to ensure sustainability.

    Three Town councillors promoting the Future High Street Fund Bid back in January this year

    4) Unlocking good growth

    A comprehensive redevelopment of Castle Place to include a large leisure facility, residential, co-working spaces and a small retail element. Potential location for the Chamber of Commerce also being considered. We have to face it as it is. Castle Place is unlikely ever to be full of retail outlets again. It is better to relocate some of those businesses to the vacant units in the Fore Street, etc, and use that space by the Park used as outlined above. I also think this helps unlock for Wiltshire Council funding for a Trowbridge Leisure Centre which we have been promised for so long.

    So that is a very brief overview.

    This article was published in Trowbridge Nub News https://trowbridge.nub.news/n/trowbridge-town-council-leaders-articles-what-is-the-future-high-street-fund-and-how-can-it-help-trowbridge34

  • Article: Oct 16, 2020
    By Chris Hoar
    A little post about Boris Johnsons threat today to quit trade talks with the EU and crash the UK out with a no-deal (Australia) come January:
    1 - The chances are this is bluff to appear tough to the extremist Brexiters before he caves in to EU demands and then goes on to claim a "great victory".