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Sainsburys Submit Melksham Store Expansion Plans - 7979/12913
Written by Lee on Thursday, 19th March 2009

Plans to extend Sainsburys in Melksham have been submitted to West Wiltshire District Council (link below.)

Re: Sainsburys Submit Melksham Store Expansion Plans - 7979/12916
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 22nd March 2009

Melksham has seen significant growth in recent years, and is planned to expand further, dramatically.  The current Sainsbury's has been very busy to the extent that it's detracted from the experience of shopping there, and that is in spite of the fact that many locals have driven along the A350 corridor to the Tesco in Trowbridge or to the Sainsbury's in Chippenham for their major grocery supplies.

So the supermarket expansion you're seeing - Lidl opened a couple of months back, Asda approved and now Sainsbury's application - is a natural one; yes, the current economic times may be slowing down the expansion but I still see a plot just up the road from where I live being converted from low density (one house) to high density, a new school going in just up the road on green fields, further green fields with outline permission for 750 homes now looking for detailed permission for the first tenth, and new outlines being sought for the old school site.

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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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