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Westbury Area Board Meeting (17/06/2010) - 8168/13229
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 8th June 2010

Westbury Area Board meeting, Paragon Hall, 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start -

Re: Westbury Area Board Meeting (17/06/2010) - 8168/13252
Written by Lee on Monday, 21st June 2010

Report from Ian Cunningham:

[quote="Ian Cunningham"]The chief executive was there

We had 2 last minute meeting items

1) Lafarge closing their concrete kilns
2) new recycling schemes

There was also libraries, and a new medical centre. The meeting overran by more than 1 hour - not chance to talk about trains.

There is however to be a Local Tran Plan Scheme Selection Process. We suggested this as the community partnership meeting and my name was taken as an interested party. Now the area board is setting up a committee.

"The establishment of the Area Boards presents an opportunity for decision on small-scale transport and highway improvement schemes to be taken locally"

So there will be a Community Area Transport Group (CATG). Members will be identified by the Community Area Manager and the Chairman of the area board

I will write (as a resident of the appropriate area) to express interest on behalf of the TWCRP.[/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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