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Widespread use of 'Drug wipes' by Police leads to a big increase in drug driving arrests

20-02-2019

Police in East Wiltshire have described the number of arrests made in relation to drug driving in the area in recent months as ‘disappointing’.  Police are now able to ascertain that a driver is driving under the influence of drugs through the introduction and widespread use of drug wipes.

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Merchant's House granted a further seven year lease at a peppercorn rent

20-02-2019

At Monday evening's meeting of the full Town Council Councillors voted overwhelmingly to renew the lease of The Merchant's House for a further seven years.

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An impassioned plea for freedom & justice: Ben Okri to be Marlborough LitFest 2019’s Golding Speaker

20-02-2019 A Correspondent

This year Marlborough LitFest celebrates its tenth year - bringing authors, discussion and events to the town from 26-29 September.   They have announced their first major booking: this year’s Golding Speaker is the Man Booker Prize-winning author, Ben Okri.  

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Claire Perry MP on Honda's 'devastating decision'

20-02-2019

Devizes MP Claire Perry issued the following statement following Honda's decision to close its manufacturing operations in Swindon:

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Rabley Wood View development: Developer promises 40% 'affordable housing' but no replacement play area for at least two years

19-02-2019

At a public 'drop in session' prior to the main Town Council meeting last night (Monday 18 February) the future for the controversial Rabley Wood View development was outlined by Laurence Clarke, Land Acquisition Manager for the Developer Green Square Group.

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Marlborough Youth Football Club get 'Bags of Help' equipment for the Youth Centre courtesy of Tesco and the Town Council

19-02-2019

Tesco Marlborough and the Town Council have come together to provide much-needed new equipment for Marlborough Youth Football Club's site at the Marlborough Community & Youth Centre at Salisbury Road Recreation Ground.  

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Marlborough Rugby: Skill, grit and togetherness see Marlborough against unbeaten Newbury on The Common

19-02-2019 Charlie Webb

Marlborough  26 - 24  Newbury   Newbury Blues travelled to the Common as firm favourites.  Unbeaten all season, the Blues provided formidable opposition for Elisi’s men.  Marlborough who narrowly beat league strugglers Witney last week knew the importance of this tie in their push for a promotion spot.  The reverse fixture at...

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Area crime update - 11-17 February

18-02-2019

  Below are details of the latest crimes committed in Marlborough and surrounding villages.  If anyone has any information as to these offences please contact the Police on 101,  or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111Area:  AveburyType:    Drug OffenceTime/Date: 11/02/2019   10:30Details:      Avebury, High Street   -  Male suspect...

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Oscar putts in the effort to win Marlborough Golf Club’s Junior of the Year award

18-02-2019 Sue Round

At a Presentation Evening held at Marlborough Golf Club earlier this month thirteen year old Oscar Oliver was named Junior of the Year 2018.  Oscar was presented with the Robert Hill Trophy and a voucher for £100 to be spent on golf equipment or coaching. 

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Chief Examination Invigilator - St John's Academy

18-02-2019

Chief Examination Invigilator     Casual contract depending on exam requirementsSalary - £9.78 per hour   We need an experienced manager looking for a casual post, which requires working throughout the school year.  You will work closely with our Exams Officer to deploy our team of invigilators, plan for exam sessions and take the lead...

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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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