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The Wiltshire Assembly - 7977/12909
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 18th March 2009

A new body, formed last autumn (part of going unitary?)

The Assembly is a new body, which met for the first time in October 2008. It aims to be the main place where Wiltshire organisations come together to decide what needs to happen in order for Wiltshire to build a bright future for itself.

The Assembly will strive to be, both, a lively forum (meeting twice a year), and an energetic network, continuously working to bring about change which will keep Wiltshire in good shape. It will also keep up-to-date by regularly gathering news about issues, trends and opportunities in the County, and sharing this widely to help project planning and decision-making.


Re: The Wiltshire Assembly - 7977/12911
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 18th March 2009

A link particularly worth noting from the Wiltshire Assembly page is "The Impact of the Credit Crunch in Wiltshire"

This report, written by George Bright, former principal of Wiltshire College and Chair of the West Wiltshire Economic Partnership, is very positive regarding the case for an improved TransWilts service.

Quote from Page 25:

[quote]An important issue about sustainable and accessible transport was made by a number of businesses and their representatives. The basic point was made by a very successful engineering business:

link to index of articles

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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