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Wiltshire Council Considers Temporary Staff Move To Melksham - 8123/13165
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 20th April 2010

From Wiltshire Council:

[quote="Wiltshire Council"]Council considers temporary staff move

Council staff could move to the George Ward School site in Melksham when refurbishment works starts on council offices next year.

Cabinet is being asked to approve a proposal to move employees to the school site when major refurbishment works start at its administrative buildings in Trowbridge and Devizes, when it meets on Tuesday (April 20).

George Ward School pupils will vacate the site and move into the new Melksham Oak Community School in July this year.

The George Ward site would allow staff from county Hall and Browfort to be relocated at the same time. This would enable building work to be completed in two phases over two years.

The refurbishments, which will start in early 2011, form part of a three-year

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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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