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"Avoid Town Centre" Warminster Roadworks Signs To Be Taken Down - 6915/11512
Written by Lee on Saturday, 12th April 2008

Signs advising motorists to avoid Warminster town centre because of roadworks are due to be removed after numerous complaints from shopkeepers (link below.)

Mark Brassington, owner of Jacqueline's Restaurant and Tearooms in the High Street, expressed his frustration over the signs after poor trade from roadworks carried out last year almost drove him out of business.

The signs explained that Morrison, a utility service provider specialising in water, energy, power and communications, were carrying out gas mains repair work until May 2 and advised motorists to avoid the town centre.

After complaints from local shopkeepers, plans have been made by Wiltshire County Council to take down the signs on the advice of Warminster Town Council.

Mr Brassington claimed his business lost more than

Re: "Avoid Town Centre" Warminster Roadworks Signs To Be Taken Down - 6915/12517
Written by Lee on Saturday, 7th June 2008

Controversial roadworks through Warminster, which have caused misery for many businesses in the town, will be in place for another year (link below.)

A meeting with local businesses has been called after plans were revealed for phase two of the town centre improvement plans.

The work, to start on June 29, will see certain parts of the High Street closed and many routes made into a one-way system.

Delays are expected with traffic being diverted through Fairfield Road, avoiding more commercial areas 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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