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Melksham Area Board Meeting (26/05/2010) - 8137/13182
Written by Lee on Thursday, 6th May 2010

26 May 2010 - Melksham Area Board meeting, Seend Community Centre - 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm with tea/coffee from 6.30 pm -

Re: Melksham Area Board Meeting (26/05/2010) - 8137/13204
Written by Lee on Thursday, 27th May 2010

Report from Eddy Watts:

[quote="Eddy Watts"]Just back from the Area Board. Some interesting topics but poorly time managed. Sarah Howes gave a brief presentation on the Young Peoples Issues (CAYPIG) and touched on transport issues and mentioned the station and other issues that MCFG are working on. I didn't attempt to raise issues there as I thought I would be able to speak at item 6. However, the speeding and road issues (item 6a) went on and on and the Chair would not allow anything else to be raised under item 6 unless it was very urgent and also if it could have been raised before the meeting by e-mail. Hence I did not get to speak. I did raise my hand to ask a question about future public services and leisure but the Chair looked at me several times and ignored me. Essentially the Councillors and invited guests did 80% plus of the speaking! Maybe at the next Area Board we should ask to present the TransWilts under Local Issues or even Partner Updates.[/quote]

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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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