Ernie Clark. Hilperton Division, Wiltshire Council.

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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.

This was the first of two high profile events in West Wiltshire.

Tuesday August 09, 2005
If you were one of the other 9,999 that managed to get a ticket for last Sunday, I'm sure that you will agree that the Red Bull event was well worth going to. For those that couldn't attend, an indication of how low the planes flew during the competiton, is the fact that one of the reasons for disqualification was "touching the ground/surface of the water"!! Personally, if I were the pilot of a plane that 'touched the ground' at 200+ mph I would be grateful to still be alive.

The delay in getting out was inevitable if you have 60,000 people at Longleat but, compared to many events, the time spent queuing was minimal.

A decision was reached regarding footpath #2 in Staverton.

Friday August 05, 2005
The only Paxcroft Ward matter on the agenda last night was for the diversion of a footpath, the route of which crosses land which Persimmon wishes to build on.

'Dissatisfied' seems to be the general view.

Thursday August 04, 2005
Wiltshire County Council services came under the spotlight in a People's Voice questionnaire.

Whether any notice will actually be taken of the result is doubtful. After all, our WCC councillors are now comfortably ensconced in County Hall for the next four years.

A 'great success' is claimed, but no cost figures are available.

Tuesday August 02, 2005
The press office at WWDC has released the following information, but no mention is made regarding the 'bottom line' cost to council tax payers.

Whilst the show is un-doubtedly enjoyed by many people (especially the fireworks display), it will be interesting to see how much WWDC staff time has been contributed to it, and at what cost.

There is only one Paxcroft Ward item on the agenda.

Monday August 01, 2005
Although Paxcroft has only the one item for consideration it is, as usual, at the end of the meeting.

This free show is held in Trowbridge town park.

Thursday July 28, 2005
The show celebrates everything that is good about west Wiltshire, and each of the five towns has their own marquee.

A special 'phone hotline will open Monday 25 July.

Sunday July 24, 2005
The hotline will help businesses and community halls take a first step towards applying for a licence, together with contact details at WWDC.

WWDC reached a decision on the PFI scheme last night.

Wednesday July 20, 2005
West Wiltshire Distirct Council decided last night to proceed with a "Private Finance Initiative" (PFI) scheme to build 400 homes for rent in the district. However, out of 44 elected councillors only 26 voted in favour of the scheme continuing.

A surprise Staverton decision.

Friday July 15, 2005
Last night the planning committee at WWDC were consistent in trying to ensure a 'proper' relief road system for the inhabitants east of Trowbridge.

A close vote on the Paxcroft Mead extension development.

Thursday July 14, 2005
A split vote of 5/5 saw the chairman having to use his casting vote against deferral.

Q. How many other people share this view? A. Lots.

Monday July 11, 2005
The following is an e-mail sent to me by a resident of Staverton. It raises some interesting points which, I hope, our County Councillor will take on board.

I have, of course, passed it onto Mr. Batten and Cllr. Content, as requested by the writer.

Exceptionally, there will be two meetings next week.

Wednesday July 06, 2005
Due to having to consider four major applications, as well as the 'usual' business, the WWDC planning committee will meet on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July.

Both meetings will be held at the council offices in Bradley Road commencing at 7.00 pm.

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