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Tottenham House development plans: it's the new buildings that are stirring up objections

17-02-2018

The planning applications for the restoration of Tottenham House and for the extensive developments on the estate that surrounds it, have raised fears among local residents about the scale of new building that is planned and its effect on surrounding villages.

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Police appeal for information after Marlborough burglary

16-02-2018

Police would like to hear from anyone who could help following an unsuccessful burglary attempt at a business in Marlborough on Monday of this week (12 February).   

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Marlborough Rugby youngsters achieve call-up to England squad

16-02-2018

Two of Marlborough Rugby Club's up and coming young players have been selected for the England Under 18s squad to tour France this coming Summer.

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Electrician Team Leader - Marlborough College

16-02-2018

  Electrician Team Leader     An excellent opportunity has arisen for an Electrician Team Leader to lead our existing small team of Electricians, undertaking appropriate repairs, maintenance and improvements in a variety of interesting College buildings, set in a pleasant environment. Ideally, you will come from a multi-site background with experience of electrical...

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Yet more of the High Street's independent retail sparkle is extinguished - Lighting of Distinction to close after more than…

15-02-2018 Sue Round

Lighting of Distinction, with its vast range of lamps and light fittings as well as all things electrical from toasters and kettles to radios and clocks, will close no later than May.  Following hard on the heels of East it is the latest casualty in Marlborough’s High Street.

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Future of the Three Horseshoes in Burbage

14-02-2018 Gary Rawlinson

Sirs,  You are correct in saying that any new owner of the Three Horseshoes in Burbage could seek to run the business down and that permission for 'change of use' can be given if it can be shown that the pub is unviable (Wadworths are selling the Three Horseshoes, Jan...

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Brexit tales: disguising EU funding

14-02-2018

  Next month Brexit will be a year away - how have we got to this position?  Partly it is simply a matter of the British Government's failure to acknowledge and explain the benefits the EU has brought us over the years.It is still happening.  Claire Perry MP sends out a...

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An invitation to join the Raspberry revolution...in Marlborough

14-02-2018 Geoff Brickell

Marlborough's first 'Raspberry Jam' is being held on Sunday, March 4 - part of worldwide celebrations to mark the sixth birthday of the Raspberry Pi mini computer. 

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Marlborough in Bloom 2018 - going for gold again

14-02-2018 Sue Round

Having achieved Gold in the 2017 Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘South West in Bloom’ competition this year’s Marlborough in Bloom Committee are not going to rest on their laurels.  

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Dates for your diary: rail services suspended as electrification work approaches Newbury

13-02-2018

The electrification of the line from Paddington as far as Newbury - but no further - means temporary closures of the line between Pewsey and Theale with train services from and to Pewsey and Bedwyn suspended for various four-day, mid-week periods during the year. 

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Marlborough is among the most expensive places in the UK to buy a house

Marlborough is one of the most expensive places in the UK to live, when compared to average wages.

That’s according to figures from the National Housing Federation - the body that represents housing associations - and a little leg work by Marlborough News Online.

The NHF today (Tuesday) published a list of the 62 ‘most expensive’ places to live in the UK, relative to average wages.

Although properties might cost less than those in London, when compared to the average wage properties in those 62 Local Authority areas were less affordable, according to its report, Rural Housing: Countryside in Crisis.

The report focussed on four main areas which, said the authors, are “making our rural areas increasingly unaffordable for many”: house prices, the prevalence of second homes, fuel poverty, and an ageing population.

South Buckinghamshire was found to be the most expensive place to live, with the average house costing £563,032 – just over 20 times the annual wage of £27,903.

The Cotswolds - which borders the northern boundary of Wiltshire - was at number two, with an average house price of £344,614 - slightly more than 19 times the average wage of £18,075.

At 37th on the list, house-hunters - especially the young - might breathe a sigh of relief that Wiltshire finds itself mid-table, with an average house price of £242,967 - 12 times the average wage of £20,129.

But that fails to take into account the disparity in the housing market between different Wiltshire towns.

According to figures from property portal Rightmove, the average house price in Marlborough is £309,445 - the third highest in the county after Box and Malmesbury - while in Pewsey the average house costs £285,013.

And although they are much harder to find, the latest salary figures from the Devizes constituency - which includes Marlborough and Pewsey - seem to peg the average wage at around £24,000.

That would put Marlborough 24th on the list, with a house price to wages ratio of 12.8.

And typically a couple with a 20 percent deposit (just under £62,000 for that average home), stable employment prospects, and good credit rating could be offered four times their joint salary by a mortgage lender - leaving them around £50,000 short if they both earn the average salary.

By comparison, the cheapest places in the county to live are Tidworth (£148,571), Westbury (£168,892) and Warminster (£169,636). The average house price in Swindon is £165,658.

See the full report at http://www.housing.org.uk/publications/browse/rural-housing-countryside-in-crisis/

What will my £309,445 get me?

Assuming you have £309,445 to buy a house at Marlborough’s average price, here are some properties at which you could be measuring for curtains today.

Ironmonger LaneIronmonger LaneFive Alls CourtFive Alls CourtThe GreenThe Green

A two bedroom semi-detached house in Ironmonger Lane for £295,000 with Humberts

A three bedroom terraced house at Five Alls Court for £285,000 with Carter Jonas

A two-bedroom terraced cottage on The Green for £285,000 with SLCA

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