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New Wiltshire Council Chief Executive - 8076/13080
Written by Lee on Friday, 12th February 2010

From Wiltshire Council:

[quote="Wiltshire Council"]New council chief executive starts job

Andrew Kerr started as Wiltshire Council's new chief executive yesterday (February 10) and immediately set about meeting staff.

His arrival will strengthen the work of the new council to deliver high quality, low-cost services for local people. He will use his wealth of experience to build on the progress made by the authority in its first year.

Re: New Wiltshire Council Chief Executive - 8076/13086
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 1st March 2010

We're seeing many changes at many levels through Wiltshire Council, especially in the heirarcy that sits on top of public transport / rail, and also runs much of that operation.  Should this be read by any of the folks involved (!) ... may I wish anyone retiring all the very best for the future, welcome newcomers, and say how much I look forward to continuing to work with our friends who remain, and with whom we enjoy a very good working relationship.

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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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