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Wiltshire Council - "Area Boards are making a difference" - 8100/13120
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 17th March 2010
From Wiltshire Council:
[quote="Wiltshire Council"]Area Boards are making a difference
Area boards have been shown to make a difference to democracy in Wiltshire following a review by the council.
Since they were launched in June 2009, 86 area board meetings have taken place throughout Wiltshire.
More than 5,500 local people have attended meetings and a further 10,000 residents have signed up to their local community area network.
At the recent 2010/11 budget consultation events, 1,161 people had their say about how the budget should be spent.
In autumn 2009 around 1,800 people took part in the Local Development Framework consultations and so far 1,020 people have taken part in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Health and Wellbeing Fairs, workshops and presentations.
Area boards have so far committed
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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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