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Asda in Melksham - 'minded to approve' - 7944/12847
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 11th January 2009

The planning application for the site close by the railway came up last Thursday.  In brief, the District Council's officers recommended rejection but the planning commitee was overwhelmingly in favour.  As the commitee isn't actually allowed to decide against certain government policies, it now has to go to a higher authority.


There is scope for some of the arguments against that government will put to be countered by a better public transport / green approach, and by having more life on "that" side of the A350 which includes the station.  At the cost (to Asda!) or a section 106 which is no more that the current one, and a couple of percent on their investment, the train service could be secured, a repoprt that answers more questions well put to government ... and it would gain Asda business as the have said they are looking to traffic from the railway (but we doubt it would be significant until the service was more appropriate)

Re: Asda in Melksham - 'minded to approve' - 7944/12924
Written by Lee on Thursday, 26th March 2009

The planning application for the Asda store in Melksham has overcome its final hurdle after the secretary of state

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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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