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Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/5589
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 8th June 2007

Breaking News in Melksham is that Asda, the supermarket chain, is looking to build a large supermarket with 28000 square feet, 250 parking spaces and create 300 jobs on the outskirts of the town at "West Country Farmers" near the railway. Currently, we have a smaller Sainsbury's and a Somerfield in the town itself; the nearest big out of town supermarkets being at Chippenham and Trowbridge.

With planned population growth from 24000 to 32000 in the next 20 years, such a store is well justified.

Re: Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/5592
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 8th June 2007

Looks like Asda are looking to expand across Wiltshire, as they want to open Stores in Amesbury and Chippenham too.

Re: Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/5664
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 14th June 2007

Website about the Melksham proposal:

And the Chippenham one:

and I might as well put the Amesbury link on too:

Re: Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/5668
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 15th June 2007

Thanks for those links, Nick.

I see they'll be at "Party in the Park" on 14th July just like we will (calendar!), and then att he assembly hall the following Saturday to meet local people and listen to aspirations.  It is, very much, worth everyone's while having a complete thought to that whole area of Melksham including the station.

Re: Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/5767
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 20th June 2007

[quote author=Nick Field link=topic=2508.msg5664#msg5664 date=1181837928]And the Chippenham one:[/quote]

The Chippenham plan has been thrown out by North Wiltshire District Council (link below.)

Re: Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/6135
Written by Lee on Saturday, 7th July 2007

Asda is hosting two special events as part of a public consultation exercise for its proposed new multi-million pound store in Melksham (link below.)

The company will have a marquee at Melksham Carnival's Party in the Park on Saturday July 14 from 2 - 10pm.

An exhibition will be held at the Assembly Hall in Melksham town centre on Saturday July 21 , from 10am to 5pm.

Re: Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/10060
Written by courgettelawn on Wednesday, 13th February 2008

I am putting this information here to help Melksham people put pressure on Asda to take responsibility for public transport.

In today's edition (13 Feb) of the Avon Advertsier, p. 6, there is piece on Asda's pledge to provide

Re: Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/10775
Written by Lee on Friday, 14th March 2008

Wiltshire County Council is planning to object to the proposed Asda Melksham store (link below.)

Their grounds are that "the supermarket would be relatively remote from the community it is supposed to serve, as it is so far off to one side of the town, that access by sustainable modes of transport would be very difficult and that the A350 would form a barrier to the site, especially for cycle and pedestrian trips."

Re: Asda comes to Melksham - 2508/10781
Written by courgettelawn on Friday, 14th March 2008

Hilarious!  I like the logic.  Rather than thinking what they could do about it (and get Asda to pay), they would rather object... (not that I think Asda would be good for Melksham, there are some moves afoot to impose one on Salisbury, yuk)

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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