Ernie Clark. Hilperton Division, Wiltshire Council.

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The 23 February meeting of the full council should be interesting.

Friday February 18, 2005
Whilst there is nothing too exciting on the agenda (other than setting the level of Council Tax for the next financial year!!) there are a number of questions, and notices of motion, that should see some lively debate, and interesting explanations from council officers.

'New' planning applications have been lodged for local items.

Saturday February 12, 2005
There is an increasing trend for 'deferred' or 'refused' planning applications to be re-submitted under a new reference number.

WWDC appear to have decided on a date just four weeks away.

Thursday February 10, 2005
At a WWDC Cabinet meeting last night, it was stated that the planning application may be back before the planning committee on 11 March.

Interesting developments about the Gap road.

Sunday February 06, 2005
BBC Wiltshire Sound was not allowed to record the debate last week, I have still not received a reply about the 'plagiarised' Pegasus document, and our MP is looking into the gagging of local councillors.

WWDC planning committee made an unexpected decision on the road.

Saturday January 29, 2005
At their meeting on Friday 28 January the planning committee decided to defer a decision on the application to build a road through the Hilperton Gap.

Play 'Spot The Difference' and win money for charity.

Monday January 24, 2005
I have received, on consecutive days, two documents. One from the district council (the 'minutes' of the 'closed briefing session' held on 13 January) and the other from Pegasus Planning Group (Further statement on behalf of the applicant)dated 6 January.

On reading the second item, I found myself with a feeling of 'deja vu'.

What are the developers doing at The Marina?

Saturday January 22, 2005
Two planning applications, made this week, seem to be duplications from last year.

Why the council cannot install 'repeater' speed limit signs.

Friday January 21, 2005
The County Council refuses to install repeater 30 MPH signs along either Marsh Road, Hilperton or New Terrace, Staverton.

The agenda for the 27 January planning meeting is now available.

Wednesday January 19, 2005
The meeting will be held at the council offices at Bradley Road, commencing at 7.00 pm. Anyone wishing to speak must register between 6.30 and 6.55.

Public meeting dates announced.

Monday January 10, 2005
The Rail Passengers Committee has announced the dates for various meetings to discuss the rail routes between Devon & Bristol to Waterloo via Salisbury.

A 'briefing note' has now been produced by WWDC.

Monday January 10, 2005
To confirm earlier postings on this site the District Council meeting to decide the application has been arranged for Friday January 28th at the Civic Hall in Trowbridge, commencing at 7.00 pm.

There will also be a 'closed to the public' meeting held at the District Council on 13th Jan at 7pm. This is, according to WWDC, "to allow an exchange of information between Members and Officers." The leader of the council has denied that this meeting is intended to steer members towards making the 'correct' decision later this month.

If you haven't registered for my e-newsletter, here it is anyway!

Wednesday January 05, 2005
District Council news from Ernie Clark, your Independent district councillor.

Not so much a news item, as an advert!

Tuesday January 04, 2005
'Hilperton Presents' will be staging Sleeping Beauty at Hilperton Village Hall at the end of January.

Two dates confirmed for meetings about the proposed road.

Friday December 24, 2004
Details of the WWDC planning committee meeting to discuss the Persimmon application, to build a road across the Hilperton Gap, have been confirmed. It will be held on Friday 28 January at Trowbridge Civic Hall, commencing at 7.00 pm.

In addition an informal 'closed to public' meeting of the WWDC planning committee has been called for Thursday 13 January.

Two local applications were decided.

Saturday December 11, 2004
The application for five new houses as an extension to the Newlands Homes development in Marsh Road (04/01972) was given permission, but not before I had tried to secure a commuted cash sum to help maintain the planned play area. Two of the new homes will have to be 'affordable houses'.

The application to build in Whaddon Lane (04/01686) was refused. My proposal gave four grounds ranging from highway issues to the siting of the proposed building and its relationship with the surrounding area. I was somewhat surprised when Trevor Carbin spoke against me (i.e. in favour of the new house) as we normally have very similar views on planning matters.

An exhibition of the relocation proposals will be held next week.

Wednesday December 08, 2004
Pegasus Planning Group (the company that seems to deal with all the Persimmon planning applications in this area) have announced an exhibition to be hosted by the rugby club and their agents, Caldecotte Consultants.

Three appeals have been lodged against recent planning refusals.

Wednesday December 08, 2004
Developers have, as expected, lodged appeals against three of the recent refusals handed out by the district council planning committee. Rather than work with your local councillors, and Parish Council, to find a mutually beneficial solution the developers would rather suffer the delay and cost implications of going to appeal; or are they trying to frighten the district council by dangling the spectre of costs over WWDC?

The formal planning application has now been lodged.

Saturday December 04, 2004
A planning application has been lodged with the district council. The recently signed Section 106 agreement actually removed the requirement for the pub to be provided, and so it's fair to say that there are some shenanigans going on here!

Both were considered by Hilperton planning committee last night.

Wednesday December 01, 2004
The planning committee of Hilperton Parish Council met last night. Amongst the applications considered were these two proposals.

Hilperton Parish Council to discuss new plans.

Thursday November 25, 2004
The revised plans for Blue Hills will be discussed by Hilperton Parish Council next week.

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