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Wiltshire Council Services to be delegated locally - 8146/13196
Written by Lee on Thursday, 20th May 2010

From Wiltshire Council:

[quote="Wiltshire Council"]Services to be delegated locally

Pilot schemes for town and parish councils throughout Wiltshire to take over services from Wiltshire Council are to be announced at cabinet on Monday, May 24.

All town and parish councils were sent a questionnaire asking what services they currently provide, and which ones they would like to take over. This is part of the Wiltshire Council commitment to create stronger and more resilient communities.

More than 240 parish councils were contacted and 44 of these expressed an interest to look after additional services. All 16 town councils and Salisbury City Council wish to take on other services.

Dick Tonge, cabinet member for highways, said: I'm pleased we are making progress with these pilots. As they are the first phase of the scheme, we will be concentrating on four services, allotments, public conveniences, public open spaces and play areas.

If they are successful we will be looking at ways of rolling them out across the county. I'm very keen to find ways of delegating services to local councils to make decision making and responsibility closer to the community.

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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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