Ernie Clark. Hilperton Division, Wiltshire Council.

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A public meeting is to be held at Hilperton Village Hall.

Tuesday September 27, 2005
The Community Counsultative Group has selected Hilperton for their next meeting.

All theStaverton items were discussed last Thursday.

Sunday September 25, 2005
On 23 September, I posted the result of the planning committee meeting, but the story seems to have 'fallen off' the site. Accordingly, I have posted ba shortened version below.

Three Staverton items will be discussed this evening.

Thursday September 22, 2005
Two highly controversial applications within Staverton will be discussed tonight.

I have asked for them to be brought to the committee "In the interest of wider public debate", so it will be interesting to hear the justification for these schemes from the WWDC officers.

The celebrations at Paxcroft Mead will commence at 12 noon.

Tuesday September 20, 2005
The official opening will be performed by The Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mr John Bush, commencing at 12 noon.

A new review could spell the end for smaller forces.

Saturday September 17, 2005
The latest review of policing could be the death knell for our local police force, as smaller forces are likely to be merged in the interest of greater efficiency.

It would seem that the Wiltshire Constabulary will be joined with Dorset and possibly Hampshire, as well.

Full council at WWDC only narrowly voted to remain part of the SWRA.

Friday September 16, 2005
The South West Regional Assembly (SWRA) is an un-elected body that includes local authorities and business interests amongst its membership.

The government is intent on gifting more powers to regional assemblies, despite the recent referendum results in the north of England which roundly showed that the voting public have no faith in the assemblies.

More payphones are under threat in this area.

Thursday September 15, 2005
British Telecom has published its latest list of payphones in West Wiltshire that it would like to either remove totally or downgrade to 'cashless'.

There will be a special WWDC planning committee meeting next week.

Wednesday September 14, 2005
Yet another special meeting of the district council planning committee has been called. It will take place on Thursday 22 September at 7.00pm. with registration for public speakers closing at 6.55pm). The venue, as normal, is the council chamber at Bradley Road.

In what must be a unique situation every appplication to be considered has Persimmon as the applicant.

The ongoing saga, has taken yet another twist.

Monday September 12, 2005
As you are no doubt aware, the route etc. of the relief road through the Hilperton Gap received planning permission from WWDC earlier this year.

Linked in with this, however, was the housing scheme known as the East of Trowbridge Development. This project is being led by Persimmon Homes (who else?) and would see 550 new houses being built south-west of Paxcroft Mead.

There will be a meeting of the full council this Wednesday.

Sunday September 11, 2005
A meeting of the full council will be held on Wednesday 14 September. It will take place in the council chamber at the council offices located in Bradley Road, Trowbridge.

The Tory group leader Graham Payne wants a mass resignation.

Tuesday September 06, 2005
Tory group leader Cllr. Graham Payne has proposed the following motion for the next meeting of West Wiltshire District Council to be held on 14 September.

"This Authority, being mindful of the parlous financial state of the West Wilts Primary Care Trust, views with grave concern the closure of the Community Hospital at Bradford on Avon and the continuing threat to the remaining facilities in Melksham, Westbury and Trowbridge and Warminster.

On behalf of the residents of West Wiltshire, we propose a vote of 'No Confidence' in the PCT Management Committee and call for their immediate resignation en bloc."

The extension is due to open, on time, this week.

Sunday September 04, 2005
The Mead Primary School on Paxcroft Mead, Hilperton is holding a grand opening of their new extension on Friday 9th September with a family BBQ planned for the evening.

An appeal date has been set for the proposed pub.

Friday September 02, 2005
With the full support of Trevor Carbin and myself, the district council planning committee has refused two applications for a pub and flats on land at Paxcroft Mead local centre. These will now go to an Inquiry before a government inspector on 7th February 2006.

The Inquiry starts at 10am and will be in the council chamber at the Bradley Road offices.

RAW is a touring scheme to bring theatre etc. to villages.

Thursday September 01, 2005
RAW receives funding from all four district councils in Wiltshire, with additional funding from Wiltshire County Council and Arts Council England.

When I held the Arts Portfolio at WWDC it was one of the schemes which I felt represented a real return on the money which WWDC 'invested' in it.

Cllr. Content seems to be a little confused.

Wednesday August 24, 2005
In response to a recent piece in The Wiltshire Times, I wrote the following letter to them.

As it wasn't printed last week I presume that it has been 'spiked' and so I reproduce it below.

Local residents concerned at speeding and use by HGV's.

Sunday August 21, 2005
Many people are becoming more and more fed up with the speed, volume and type of traffic using this road.

Below, is a copy of a recent update which I issued.

An application for land along Whaddon Lane has been refused.

Friday August 19, 2005
Parish councillor David Tucker had applied for a change of use of agricultutal buildings to domestic storage (reference 05/01085).

There is only one Paxcroft Ward item on the agenda.

Thursday August 18, 2005
The only local item to be considered is located on Paxcroft Mead.

WWDC is being re-organised again!

Tuesday August 16, 2005
In 2003, the District Council elections were fought under new boundaries. It would seem that the next ones (in 2007) will again have new Ward boundaries.

The review, under the banner of the government Boundary Committee, starts now with a so called consultation phase. During this anyone can say how they think the District should be divided up and how many councillors there should be.

Paxcroft Mead and Staverton residents may be in for a surprise.

Saturday August 13, 2005
Two planning applications lodged this week, may cause consternation to local residents.

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