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Pewsey burglaries - Police appeal for witnesses

25 Apr 2019

  Police are appealing for witnesses after a car and jewellery were stolen during a series of burglaries in Pewsey.Four homes at three buildings in the town were broken into in the early hours of Thursday 18 April 2019.A large amount of jewellery was stolen, as well as a black BMW...

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"'Coke Pipes' on sale to all in Marlborough Market" - a concern raised at the Council meeting

25 Apr 2019

  At Tuesday's meeting of the full Town Council (24 April) Cllr Nick Fogg raised the issue of 'coke pipes' being on sale from a stall in Marlborough's regular High Street market, and he was particularly concerned not just about the availability of such drug-taking equipment but that these pipes were...

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Wires crossed over future of Marlborough's Red Telephone Boxes

25 Apr 2019

At Tuesday's meeting of the full Town Council (24 April) Councillors voted to take over Marlborough's four red telephone boxes and turn them into attractive and ornamental displays, but leave one still operational as a phone box.  However, there was confusion after the vote as to which box would remain...

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Play equipment taken away from Rabley Wood View playground

25 Apr 2019

Early on Tuesday morning (23 April) workmen moved in and started to remove the play equipment on which many of the children bought up in this area of the town had spent many happy hours.  

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Award-winning folk artist Rachel Newton to perform at a Marlborough area village

25 Apr 2019 A Correspondent

Singer, harpist and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year 2017, Rachel Newton, will visit Collingbourne Kingston, near Marlborough (May 10) to perform tracks from her latest release WEST, with new material and favourites from her back catalogue.

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The changing NHS: another attempt to treat more people away from hospitals

25 Apr 2019

When NHS hospitals are full to overflowing, it may seem a case of upside down logic to call for them to be - in headline terms - 'shrunk'.  But that is the call clearly implied in the NHS Long Term Plan that was issued in January.

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Looking to find your dream home in the Marlborough & Swindon area? Check in with Kirstie & Phil…

25 Apr 2019 A Correspondent

Channel 4’s popular property programme Location, Location, Location is coming back for a new series - it's twenty-third! - and are planning to come house hunting in the Marlborough and Swindon area.

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Natural Climate Solutions

25 Apr 2019 Professor Dave Waltham

  Over the past two centuries we’ve added as much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as it already contained, and the amount should have doubled.  However, the concentration has gone from just below 0.03 per cent to just over 0.04 per cent - about half the increase expected! 

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St John’s rocket cars blast off to regional final

24 Apr 2019 Sue Round

St John's Year 7 Design and Technology students finished the Spring Term by trialling the model rocket cars they had designed as part of a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) competition called Race for the Line.  

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Local company recognised for national best practice in The Parliamentary Review

23 Apr 2019 Sue Round

TimeFinders - a company with its origins in Aldbourne and which provides senior life services - has been recognised as Best Practice Representative 2019 in The Parliamentary Review.

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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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