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270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/7443
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 6th September 2007
Re: 270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/8011
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 4th October 2007
Here is another article on this, the plans have been dbated by Melksham Town councillors:
Re: 270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/8019
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 4th October 2007
It's a sensible place to add housing, I suspect .. but you have the perennial issue of developers looking to cram on as many houses as they can with as few facilities as they can get away with.
Re: 270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/9656
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 25th January 2008
This is due to be debated by WWDC next week:
Re: 270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/9831
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 1st February 2008
The plans have been rejected by councillors:
Re: 270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/9894
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 5th February 2008
WCC and WWDC clash over the plans:
Re: 270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/10104
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 15th February 2008
Now Wiltshire County Council has revoked its own planning permission:
Re: 270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/11307
Written by Lee on Friday, 4th April 2008
A public inquiry is to be held into the scheme (link below.)
Wiltshire County Council has launched a last-ditch attempt to force through its plans for the George Ward School in Shurnhold by appealing to the planning inspectorate.
Re: 270 Houses for George Ward site - 3891/11852
Written by Lee on Thursday, 24th April 2008
Melksham is to get a new multi-million pound secondary school to replace the ailing buildings at the existing George Ward School (link below.)
The school will be built on land within Woolmore Farm to the south east of the town.
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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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