Ernie Clark. Hilperton Division, Wiltshire Council.

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Wiltshire Council news from Ernie Clark

Your Independent councillor for Hilperton.

The draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan proposal for the Hilperton Gap was discussed on the 3rd April at the Civic Centre, Trowbridge.

The inspector has said that, amongst other people, he will accept the Hilperton Neighbourhood Plan chairman, a representative of the Hilperton Gap Action Group, Hilperton Parish Council, and Trowbridge Town Council to speak. The various developers will no doubt add their opinions too. The result of the public inquiry will be known later this year.

A three-month consultation on how WC can prevent homelessness and help those who are homeless find a home began recently. Wiltshire Council is asking for views on its new strategy which sets out priorities and actions to work with those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, to help them secure and keep a good home.

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The Licensing teams of Wiltshire and Swindon Councils alongside Wiltshire Police successfully launched the Ask Angela campaign last October enabling those who feel vulnerable in pubs and clubs to discreetly approach staff and request assistance in Swindon and Wiltshire. Available at participating venues throughout the county, the ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing customers with a non-descript phrase they can use to gain assistance from staff members in order to be separated from the company of someone with whom they feel unsafe due to that person’s actions, words or behaviour.

Popularity of dating apps means more people might find themselves in difficult situations. The Ask for Angela campaign aims to make people feel safer in these situations.

Wiltshire Council’s Licensing team are working with licensees to promote the scheme delivering the posters advertising the service to venues across the county. These will be placed in the toilets of establishments, so as to be discreet.

A list of Wiltshire participating venues has been added to the WC web pages, this will be updated regularly.