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Input with regard to Asda planning application - 5255/9417
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 14th January 2008

Have a look at this ... I'll be submitting it tomorrow to the District Council. Please let me know of any obvious goofs.

In summary ... it would be wonderful to have Asda, but NOT with the currently proposed access which is NOT oriented towards public transport, cycle or pedestrian (in fact it tries to buy them off as cheaply as possible) and would have considerable negative effects on an already congested road.

Re: Input with regard to Asda planning application - 5255/9442
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 15th January 2008

See feedback:

Re: Input with regard to Asda planning application - 5255/9451
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 15th January 2008

I have been asked where people can see more of the application / make inputs.  West Wiltshire District Council Offices, Bradley Road, Trowbridge (sorry - no copy actaully in Melksham as far as I know!) or via

for very limited data.

Inputs can be made via that web site; the palnning application reference is:


Re: Input with regard to Asda planning application - 5255/9461
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 16th January 2008

A lot of feedback via email, thanks, folks.  Modified / corrected / tuned input now at same URL:


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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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