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The 2018 flu season: locally 2,400 have already had their jabs

17-11-2018

There has been quite a lot of chat in the national media about delays with this year's flu vaccination programme and people have been asking marlborough.news why the jabs are later than usual.  So what is the situation in Marlborough?

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Rev Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy inducted at Uxbridge

16-11-2018

55 people from Rev Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy's Marlborough congregation went to Uxbridge on November 13 to attend his “Institution and Induction” to his new role as Team Rector covering the town's churches of St Andrew’s (Anglo-Catholic) and St Margaret’s (which is an evangelical charismatic church).

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Small Talk Saves Lives - talk to a fellow passenger on the platform if you feel they may be at…

16-11-2018

Swindon & District Samaritans are encouraging commuters at local train stations to act if they notice someone who may be at risk.  The Small Talk Saves Lives campaign, launched by Samaritans in partnership with British Transport Police (BTP), Network Rail and the wider rail industry, is emphasising how each of us has...

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Very quietly the NHS for our area is once again being reorganised

16-11-2018

For one or two moments we'll stop worrying about A&E waiting times, staff shortages, the numbers of fit patients stuck in hospital beds...  Instead we will try to understand how and why the NHS in Wiltshire is being reorganised - again.

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Elaine’s Travel wins top travel industry award

15-11-2018 Sue Round

Elaine’s Travel was awarded Agent of the Year at the travel industry awards, sponsored by Carrier, at an Oscar styled ceremony held at the Natural History Museum in London last night, November 14.

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Armed robbery at Aldbourne Post Office

15-11-2018

A man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery at Aldbourne Post Office on Wednesday afternoon (November 14). WITH UPDATE.

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Ramsbury Primary leads the way to improve reading standards in schools

15-11-2018 Sue Round

Ramsbury Primary School has been designated by the Department of Education as one of only thirty two English Hub schools across England.  English Hub schools are some of the best performing schools in the country and they will support other schools in the teaching of phonics and reading.

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Resurfacing work in The Parade

15-11-2018

Part of The Parade - the area around the central parking - is to be resurfaced by Wiltshire Council on Wednesday, November 21.

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Local celebrity to turn on Marlborough’s Christmas lights

15-11-2018 Sue Round

Paul Martin of BBC’s ‘Flog it’ fame will turn on Marlborough’s Christmas lights on Friday November 30 at 6.30pm.  Paul, who lives near Devizes, is no stranger to Marlborough.  He lived and worked in the town from 1995 to 2000 when he owned The Table Gallery in Kingsbury Street.

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'Ghost of Machines' play to a 'ghost' audience in Bristol dreamed up by 'ghosts of a machine' (otherwise known as…

14-11-2018

"It was surreal" said Manton's Nick Whant, bass player with Ghost of Machines after playing to a near-empty Exchange in Bristol on Tuesday night (6 November) last week. 

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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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