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Countrywide - should planning be approved? - 8038/13022
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 18th October 2009

"Txx Sxxxx" has succeeded where other find it so difficult - in uniting Melksham in favour of a planning application  ;D

Background - Countrywide will have to close their current store when the new Asda is built, and have applied for permission to knock down the derelict grain silos next door, and build a new store - adjacent, and on land they already own - a brownfield site.  In doing so, they would keep 35 to 40 jobs in Melksham.

Council Officer Txx Sxxxx's report suggests that the new store if approved would seriously harm the businesses in the toen centre of Melksham and they the company should consider going somewhere else ... Chippenham and Trowbridge have been mentioned, as has the old Wollies store.

It's a very different matter selling "pick and mix" to farm gates (that's the sort of thing you get at Countrywide) ... we can rule the Woollies out - and it's not as if trhe company competes with anyone in town.  I've spoken with a lot of folks and truely they seem to be united in favour of approval.  And I'll be attending the planning meeting too.

Please look at [url][/url] ... there's a "quick vote" on the front page and we would love to get your views

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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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