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Sun smiles on Marlborough for 'in Bloom' judging

24 Jul 2019

The sun shone, the temperature soared to near-record levels and Marlborough looked its best for the visit of judges from the Royal Horticultural Society as they toured the town to view the overall floral displays and the range of fifteen 'In Your Neighbourhood' individual entries.  

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Wiltshire Council given 'Good' rating for its children's services

23 Jul 2019 A Correspondent

“Children increasingly receive the help and support they need from the right people at the right time” - that’s the verdict of Ofsted inspectors who visited Wiltshire Council recently to review children’s social care services.

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Merlin Court care home 'requires improvement'

23 Jul 2019

Following an inspection in May, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has given Marlborough's Merlin Court care home the overall rating of 'requires improvement'.

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999 what’s your emergency? Preshute pupils learn how to save lives

23 Jul 2019 Sue Round

Pupils at Preshute Primary have become mini life-savers after first aid training delivered by ex-teacher Louise Worsley of Worsley Training.

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Marlborough & District LINK tea party celebrates new logo

23 Jul 2019 Sue Round

Marlborough & District LINK, the team of volunteers who offer good neighbour help with transport, shopping and other practical assistance, held a special tea party for clients and guests on Saturday (July 20) at Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge.

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St Mary's Primary gets playground funds

23 Jul 2019 Sue Round

A cheque for the Town Council's grant to Marlborough St. Mary’s of £600 towards the second stage of their playground equipment has been presented to the Headteacher, Anne Schwodler.

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World's top Eventers Tim and Jonelle Price awarded recognition by the Town

23 Jul 2019

The World's top equestrian Eventing couple, Tim and Jonelle Price who are based in Mildenhall were awarded with a dedicated momento by Mayor Cllr Mervyn Hall at the start of last night's (Monday, 22 July) full Town Council meeting as recognition for their outstanding achievements.  

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Platinum awards for Wiltshire GP practices supporting unpaid carers

22 Jul 2019 A Correspondent

GP practices in Wiltshire going above and beyond for unpaid carers were recognised at the Carer Support Wiltshire (CSW) Investors in Carers GP Accreditation Scheme Awards at Devizes Town Hall (July 17) - pictured above.

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Pewsey Vale School student’s art work chosen for Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Show

22 Jul 2019 Sue Round

An art work produced by Jessica Blundell, a GCSE Textiles student at Pewsey Vale School has been chosen to be exhibited in the first ever Young Artists Summer Show at the Royal Academy in London.

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Judgement Day beckons for Marlborough in Bloom (tomorrow, Tues 23 July)

22 Jul 2019

Marlborough's success in this year's South West in Bloom competition will be determined tomorrow (Tuesday 23 July) when the panel of RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) judges, accompanied by Lady Emma Fellowes, patron of SWiB, decends on the town to cast keen and experienced eyes over overall the floral excellence of...

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Improvements to Marlborough's infrastructure are not a priority - says Wiltshire Council

The Salisbury Road development of 175 dwellings and a hotel has helped take Marlborough off the list of places in the county that need more new homes - some in substantial numbers - to meet Wiltshire Council's required strategic housing target.  After taking account of house building already planned, the whole Marlborough Community Area only needs 51 more homes by 2026 - 17 of those in the town.

 

It should be added that this requirement is only a minimum - and changes in government policy could at a stroke inflate the required number of new homes that must be built in the county and the Marlborough area.

 

The plan identifies sites in other parts of the county suitable for 'strategic' housing developments to help meet Wiltshire Council's new-build target.  There is however important information for Marlborough in the documents accompanying the new draft of this Housing Site Allocations Plan - which is now out for consultation (see below for details on how to take part in the consultation.) 

 

This information concerns proposed boundary changes, air quality and infrastructure.  It also concerns the bats in the old Marlborough rail tunnel, but they are being looked after.

 

Boundary changes for Marlborough and some of the area's villages can be found here - to enlarge the map click on 'Popup full image'.  Most of the changes are small and take account of new housing developments.

 

A narrative for Marlborough in the draft plan can be read here.  

It includes a strong statement on air quality: "An Air Quality Management Area ('AQMA') has been declared in the town and there are local concerns that development will lead to mandatory limits set by European Directive 2008/50 being exceeded. Measures to improve air quality in Marlborough must be considered."

That statement - with its 'must be considered' - will be of use to campaigners in the town seeking to ensure Wiltshire Council act on the problem.  The government's latest response to the law courts' demand for action on the Directive has put almost all responsibility for improvements onto local authorities.

The section on infrastructure is not at all positive.  It repeats the Wiltshire Infrastructure Delivery Plans (IDP) itemisation of "...specific essential infrastructure requirements that will need to be addressed in planning for the community area."  

These include:  "New site for Preshute Primary School and extension of existing village primary schools to provide additional places - extension of secondary school to provide additional places - provision of additional nursery school places - support development of local primary care health facilities, as most practices at capacity."

But it then gives a judgment on whether these "essential infrastructure" are after all quite so essential - quite blatantly pushing them into the 'long grass' of some unspecified future date:  "However, neither the [Wiltshire Core Strategy] or the IDP identify insurmountable issues to the extent that they would restrict the delivery of the level of housing proposed over the Plan period."  So those 'essential' infrastructure improvements may not happen until after 2026.

In other words, the imperative is to build the houses and the necessary development of 'essential' infrastructure in terms of facilities and staffing for health and education for new and present residents, can wait...perhaps for ever.

As usual, Wiltshire Council make no comment on the traffic and parking in the town which will increase - that is get worse - when the housing and hotel in the Salisbury Road development are completed.  And there is no mention in these documents of the need to upgrade the town's drain and sewage sytems.


The new draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan can be read here.
 

Comments can be made:
- either online
 - or by email using the representation form available here  and returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- or by post in writing to: Spatial Planning, Economic Development & Planning, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN.

Note: copies of all comments (including personal details) will be made available to the public to view and therefore cannot be treated as confidential. Anonymous representations cannot be accepted.
The documents are also available at Marlborough library.

 

 

 

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