Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Lisa and Graham served on the executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2017

Home Accessibility Melksham Diary The Mouth Wessex Chambers Resources Find Us About Us Contact
 
Python, Lua, Tcl, C and C++ training - public course schedule [here]
Private courses on your site - see [here]
Please ask about maintenance training for Perl, PHP, Java, Ruby, MySQL and Linux / Tomcat systems
 
Planning the future of Wiltshire

Background to planning the future - the mechanism

Where will Wiltshire be in 20 years time? Will it grow, and if so how - will development all go into 2 or 3 major towns, leaving smaller towns to loose their significance and hearts? Will development spring up all over the place, or in a new town as I suggested (tongue in cheek) a couple of years ago in Bratton and Edington New Town. And if housing grows, will businesses, schools, shops, leisure medical facilities grow alongside, or will those be centralized giving need to increased travel and transport needs. Will such extra facilities be underdeveloped, leading to a worsening of services, or thought through ahead of time so that they're on stream when needed? And will the character of our towns and city, and our villages and countryside, be retained ... or will we become just like every other set of towns and cities across the land with individuality stifled? And how will all this effect carbon footprint / global warming / sustainability / quality of life?

The Regional Spatial Strategy has laid down the broad brush strokes of development for the next 20 years, and that provides for major grown West of Swindon, and in North and West Wiltshire. And now Wiltshire Council is starting to put flesh onto those bones, looking further as to where the growth that is planned will go in this area. There's a consultation on the Core Strategy going on at the moment - some documents were published for public comment on 31st October, and there are public displays in most towns over the next month, at which the public are invited to look at posters and make comment. In each town, a forum to discuss the plans is held in the evening after the meeting, and full consultation inputs are to be made by 5 p.m. on 31st December.

The core strategy will be drawn up more closely next year, comment will be invited as to whether the process has been fair, and a government inspector will then look at the plans and hold a formal public hearing into them prior to the strategy being adopted.

Does it matter what the strategy says and how it is arranged?

Yes, it does - very much. The draft strategy calls for ...

A "significant level of economic and housing development where higher order facilities and services exist" in Chippenham, Trowbridge, and the area to the West of Swindon.

"Sufficient new development to consolidate and develop their service role" in Market tows (their spelling mistake!) which are listed as Calne, Corsham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Tidworth/Ludgershall, Warminster, Westbury and Wootton Bassett

"Development only to support their existing service centre role for a rural hinterland" for smaller towns and larger villages (no list given)

"Development restricted to accommodate the local housing need" for small villages.

Looking at their "Market Town" strategy, the plans read very much as if the spatial planners see their futures as dormitory settlements, with jobs and facilities going in to Chippenham, Trowbridge, West-of-Swindon. That may suit some of the town - but it does not suit what the people of Melksham want. How can I be so sure? Because the spatial planners recently suggested that the new Countrywide store be built in Chippenham or Trowbridge, rather than in Melksham - moving some 35 to 40 jobs from the town; everyone objected, and the vote that's been running on the Chamber of Commerce Web Site has - as I speak - attracted 50 votes to have the new Countrywide store in Melksham and just one to send Countrywide packing.

If we don't want to have to fight the strategic developers for every single employment opportunity - every chance of improved local shopping, transport and parking - every chance of facilities for our young people to have something to do of an evening other than a pub crawl ... then we should make strong inputs into the process at this stage and we should continue to do so. The current size and setup of Marlborough, Malmesbury and Melksham are radically different, and their futures should be very different too. The planner's ideas might be right in line with the Marlborough folks - but they are out of step with Melksham and we should not all be lumped together.

Where do we go from here

The core strategy consultation tour display comes to Melksham on 26th November and (uniquely) will be in a mobile unit in the Town Centre - initial feedback when I asked "where in the town" is "Outside Peacocks". I will be attending, and I suggest that others do too.

The display, which is open to the general public, is followed by a consultation discussion / forum for invited community group representatives only. And (based on experience and talking with people when I went up to Chippenham last night), invitations are very tightly drawn ... I gave my details to a Wiltshire Council Officer who told me that I should attend the public display and add post-it notes onto the displays. It's unlikely that I'll get an invite, as they were looking for community representatives who would make positive inputs (a.k.a. rubber stamp their plan?) rather than people who run/represent businesses in the area. In the car park outside, Lisa and I met up with one of the prospective MPs on his way in. He's been selected by a major political party and has a good chance of winning the Chippenham seat, but I understand that even he was told that the display, and not the forum, was the place for him. I wonder if they relented and allowed him an input [Update - I understand he WAS admitted] - I would certainly welcome inputs from all of our candidates for MP on the subject of Melksham's future. I will be asking for a formal invite to the discussion and I suggest that others do so too

The Grand Kingdom of Wiltshire

We watched a video about the plans and process, and I was struck by the words of Andrew Cunningham, of Wiltshire Council. "We want to control the development ..."

Ah. He's given the game away.

It shouldn't be a question of controlling. It should be a question of helping and facilitating development, surely. Of generating the right conditions for new housing, businesses, leisure facilities, etc, to be built in logical places and to preserve the history and environment and to improve the quality of life. So - if you like - he and his officers should be making it easier for things to move forward in the way that fits what the people of the county want, and not trying to impose planning decisions and policies to manipulate developments so that they are lords and masters of the Kingdom of Wiltshire.

Footnote

the public comments - ChippenhamThis displays on show in Chippenham are "not yet on line" though much of the core strategy stuff is - links to that here - and there were no copies to take away, So we, the public, were limited at this stage to reading what was on the wall and commenting without taking it away and giving it further thought, and I can't reproduced too much detailed text here without transposing it from pictures I took. You'll see from the picture here that the opportunity to add anonymous comments was being taken up and there is a more serious ability to make inputs via forms / email

Some of the "postit" views ...

You talk about sustainable transport here. Yet the only transport change you actually show is a link road. This is hardly sustainable.

What confidence can we have in this proposal when Market Towns is spelt "Tows"

Your total for Chippenham doesn't add up

Difficult to comment as no specific information

Why are we taking waste to South Wales

I'll reserve my comments for the Melksham road show, and for when I have listened a bit more


[link] to forum page on this topic
(written 2009-11-07, updated 2009-11-08)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
Z402 - Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  [4738] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - my final Presidents report - (2017-05-10)
  [4672] Annual review of Melksham Matters for Chamber of Commerce AGM - (2016-05-15)
  [4399] The Campus in Melksham - name, logo, and livery choice - (2015-01-18)
  [4278] Future Swindon - Westbury train services. At current level into the future? - (2014-05-25)
  [4170] Herman Miller coming to Melksham - the Chamber of Commerce is briefed - (2013-09-10)
  [4164] Melksham Market - every Tuesday - (2013-09-03)
  [4151] Tell me a bit about Melksham - (2013-08-10)
  [4103] Questions from children about Melksham Campus - (2013-05-26)
  [4097] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - Report for AGM, 21st May 2013 - (2013-05-21)
  [4046] Over a hundred welcoming businesses - Melksham Town Centre - (2013-03-17)
  [4041] Report on the last year - Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Melksham Without Parish Council - (2013-03-11)
  [4014] Costa Coffee in Melksham - is it a good idea? - (2013-02-22)
  [4002] Images of Melksham you havent seen before - (2013-02-13)
  [3987] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - join us in our future - (2013-01-21)
  [3948] Quiet little town? Advanced Technology Centre? - (2012-12-08)
  [3889] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - whence in 2013 and beyond? - (2012-10-12)
  [3880] Chamber of Commerce - looking forward in Melksham and in Wessex - (2012-10-04)
  [3867] The difficult interface between the business, council and voluntary sectors - (2012-09-19)
  [3850] Bus times - Chippenham Station to Melksham, with London connections - (2012-08-25)
  [3818] Making things happen - litter and ASB and lost dogs in Melksham - (2012-07-25)
  [3812] The Melksham News - July 2012 - Part 1, Campus and Chamber of Commerce - (2012-07-22)
  [3787] Melksham Pride - the Chamber of Commerce, and the future - (2012-06-29)
  [3768] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - looking to our future shape. Pivotal meeting next Tuesday - (2012-06-19)
  [3767] How well do you know Melksham? - (2012-06-17)
  [3752] Melksham Visitors Map - Bus routes and train lines to and from the town - (2012-06-04)
  [3751] Public transport for international arrivals into Melksham - (2012-06-04)
  [3748] Not everyone has a computer - 9 more ways to learn about the Melksham Campus - (2012-06-03)
  [3739] Go green - business seminar in Melksham - (2012-05-21)
  [3732] Ten more visitors to your premises every day? - (2012-05-14)
  [3714] Just 12 winners? Or 371 or more? Town Centres. - (2012-04-30)
  [3710] Encouraging business in Melksham and its neighbourhood - keep business local?? - (2012-04-27)
  [3706] An exciting Chamber of Commerce AGM - sound like an Oxymoron? - (2012-04-25)
  [3700] Why do people use chains rather than independent traders? - (2012-04-18)
  [3697] Events in Melksham - read all about them, and tell us about yours - (2012-04-15)
  [3696] Melksham government and business organisations - (2012-04-14)
  [3693] Wiltshire Business Support Service - (2012-04-11)
  [3682] Melksham Business Newsreel - (2012-04-03)
  [3677] Some advise for guest speakers at meetings - (2012-03-31)
  [3672] Melksham Train Service - please support the TransWilts case for regular trains - (2012-03-25)
  [3663] Changing shops and organisations - Melksham, the last and next five years - (2012-03-21)
  [3627] Meeting Report - Tuesday 21st Feb - to Melksham Chamber of Commerce from Shadow Community Operations Board - (2012-02-27)
  [3598] Melksham Civic Awards - report and pictures - (2012-01-29)
  [3560] Melksham, Month by month through 2011 - (2011-12-23)
  [3527] Melksham - changing times, an opportunity for the future - (2011-11-23)
  [3496] Melksham - Business to Business Speed Networking - build ahead for 2012 - (2011-10-26)
  [3495] Looking forward - Chamber of Commerce has 2012 and beyond on the agenda - (2011-10-26)
  [3492] Upcoming events in and about Melksham - more dates for your diary - (2011-10-22)
  [3481] Some thoughts in answer to some Melksham Campus questions - (2011-10-14)
  [3475] Havant - Shop Frontages. - (2011-10-12)
  [3470] Currently pictured in Melksham - (2011-10-09)
  [3438] Melksham to become a part of Trowbridge? - (2011-09-13)
  [3427] What is on the Melksham Agenda? - (2011-09-09)
  [3423] 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 12? - (2011-09-07)
  [3420] Making best use of the new enthusiasm for Melksham - (2011-09-05)
  [3383] Are people who walk into Melksham being asked to subsidise parking? - (2011-08-09)
  [3380] Melksham Jelly - An Occasional Office for Home Workers - (2011-08-06)
  [3343] Summer Sunday Train Service Starts - Swindon Chippenham and Melksham to Weymouth - (2011-07-03)
  [3340] Summer Sunday Timetable - TransWilts Trains - (2011-06-30)
  [3334] A lesson from the sporran market? - (2011-06-25)
  [3325] The Olympic Torch, and Melksham House - (2011-06-14)
  [3307] Melksham Community Radio launches - (2011-05-28)
  [3299] Presidents Report to Melksham Chamber of Commerce, 24.5.2011 - (2011-05-24)
  [3279] Letter to The Editor - (2011-05-06)
  [3275] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - grows to appoint new Press Officer. Welcome. Sam - (2011-05-02)
  [3272] Melksham Car Parking - current charges and limits - (2011-05-01)
  [3249] Events - Spring and Early Summer 2011 in Melksham - (2011-04-17)
  [3246] Melksham - the way forward. 26th April, Well House Manor - (2011-04-13)
  [3217] Vandalism and riot from the minority - the effect - (2011-03-28)
  [3214] Melksham Campus - any last minute inputs from Melksham businesses? - (2011-03-26)
  [3193] Melksham Campus - what, why, questions, concerns and how you can input - (2011-03-04)
  [3188] What proportion of the British Workforce still works a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, week? - (2011-03-01)
  [3173] What is the Melksham Chamber of Commerce? - (2011-02-18)
  [3172] On consultations, car parking, and Melksham town centre - (2011-02-17)
  [3162] Keep your business customer-friendly! - (2011-02-09)
  [3141] Wiltshire Rail services - a golden opportunity - (2011-01-21)
  [3117] Opportunities for Melksham - new businesses in the town - (2011-01-01)
  [3113] Trowbridge and Melksham to Chippenham - more roadworks, even slower journey over the winter - (2010-12-30)
  [3088] Melksham - two many councils? - (2010-12-16)
  [2995] A river in Melksham is not just for boaters. - (2010-10-11)
  [2982] Travel, Transport and Tourism - A vision for Melksham, 2026 - (2010-10-03)
  [2959] A Melksham news roundup - (2010-09-18)
  [2957] Welcome to Countrywides new Melksham store - (2010-09-15)
  [2932] Getting into and out of Wiltshire towns .. a.k.a. Car Parking? - (2010-08-23)
  [2891] Wiltshire Council ask how they can help businesses - (2010-07-27)
  [2883] Melksham Oak - photos of the new community school - (2010-07-22)
  [2872] Moved - Melksham Lorry Park - (2010-07-15)
  [2867] Cycling in Melksham, and looking forward - (2010-07-11)
  [2853] Transport in Wessex - today and into the future - (2010-07-04)
  [2837] Lorry Parking in Melksham - (2010-06-29)
  [2827] Melksham - a gem in Wiltshire - (2010-06-26)
  [2782] Tell the Melksham Chamber or you only have yourself to blame - (2010-05-26)
  [2779] The history and future of Melksham Chamber of Commerce - (2010-05-25)
  [2770] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - Presidents report to AGM - (2010-05-19)
  [2725] How do our tactics help us meet the strategy, for the greater good? - (2010-04-16)
  [2683] Car Parking in Melksham - (2010-03-18)
  [2666] Random thoughts on Melksham Town Planning and development - (2010-03-08)
  [2640] How is your tax pound spent? - (2010-02-18)
  [2594] Melksham Area - your community view is sought - (2010-01-23)
  [2568] Forums for your Melksham and open source discussions - (2010-01-09)
  [2546] How well do you know Melksham - a quiz for Christmas - (2009-12-21)
  [2544] Vision for Wiltshire - (2009-12-20)
  [2540] Rock and hard place .. and the relaxing right one won - (2009-12-18)
  [2531] Melksham - new Tuesday Market - (2009-12-09)
  [2521] Melksham Market - Tuesdays, 09:00 to 14:00 - (2009-12-01)
  [2514] The road show has been - where now? - (2009-11-27)
  [2508] Community Area Partnership - inaugural AGM - (2009-11-20)
  [2487] Melksham Forum - (2009-11-01)
  [2465] Melksham Town - asleep or awake? - (2009-10-21)
  [2459] New Web Site for Melksham Chamber of Commerce - (2009-10-18)
  [2437] Wiltshire Unitary News - Chamber of Commerce Intelligence - (2009-10-04)
  [2328] Melksham - no trains, no southbound buses through the town - (2009-08-08)
  [2289] pre-Inaugural briefing - Melksham Community Area Partnership - (2009-07-15)
  [2288] Wiltshire Community Area Partnerships - (2009-07-15)
  [2260] Important - the future of Melksham / Chamber of Commerce - (2009-06-28)
  [2220] Melksham Traders - where do we go? - (2009-06-05)
  [2194] Melksham Business Map - Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Information and Town Council - (2009-05-21)
  [2181] You cannot please all of the people all of the time - (2009-05-14)
  [2119] Make your business a DESTINATION business - (2009-04-05)
  [2111] Business Networking for Melksham - 23rd April - (2009-04-01)
  [2095] Blue Ridge and Melksham Chambers of Commerce - (2009-03-21)
  [2043] Confidence, Customer Service and Tourism in Melksham - (2009-02-15)
  [1987] One Cheer for Local Democracy - Asda in Melksham - (2009-01-11)
  [1979] Looking forward, in Melksham, in 2009 - (2009-01-05)
  [1934] Lidl opens in Melksham - (2008-12-11)
  [1904] Ruby, Perl, Linux, MySQL - some training notes - (2008-11-23)
  [1892] Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry - (2008-11-17)
  [1881] Wiltshire Council says - part 1 - (2008-11-13)
  [1880] Melksham Chamber of Commerce, or the FSB - (2008-11-12)
  [1792] All the pieces fall into place - hotel and courses - (2008-09-10)
  [1748] Hotel room prices - Melksham, Wiltshire - (2008-08-11)
  [1642] Summer! - (2008-05-15)
  [1633] Changing a screen saver from a web page (PHP, Perl, OSX) - (2008-05-06)
  [1507] Comments on proposed Asda Superstore for Melksham - (2008-01-14)
  [1504] Flooding by Asda-s proposed new supermarket - (2008-01-12)
  [1476] Shopping for Christmas and looking forward - (2007-12-17)
  [1432] Wiltshire County Council - Budget Consultation - (2007-11-15)
  [1429] Remembrance day - inside a church and inside the day - (2007-11-11)
  [1250] Business speed networking - a place tonight! - (2007-06-28)
  [1223] Asda opening large new store in Melksham - (2007-06-08)
  [717] A customer service company - (2006-05-11)


Back to
Making Linux Politically correct
Previous and next
or
Horse's mouth home
Forward to
A better design of mouth
Some other Articles
ourdog is Greyhound, Staffie and Ginger Cake
Remembrance Sunday 2009, Melksham
Brown horses in Melksham
A better design of mouth
Planning the future of Wiltshire
Making Linux Politically correct
Melksham buses to/from Chippenham, Trowbridge, Bath, Devizes, London
Lua Classes - open enrolement
Root is root for a reason!
Friendly Hotel in Melksham, near Bath
4755 posts, page by page
Link to page ... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96 at 50 posts per page


This is a page archived from The Horse's Mouth at http://www.wellho.net/horse/ - the diary and writings of Graham Ellis. Every attempt was made to provide current information at the time the page was written, but things do move forward in our business - new software releases, price changes, new techniques. Please check back via our main site for current courses, prices, versions, etc - any mention of a price in "The Horse's Mouth" cannot be taken as an offer to supply at that price.

Link to Ezine home page (for reading).
Link to Blogging home page (to add comments).

You can Add a comment or ranking to this page

© WELL HOUSE CONSULTANTS LTD., 2017: 404 The Spa • Melksham, Wiltshire • United Kingdom • SN12 6QL
PH: 01144 1225 708225 • EMAIL: info@wellho.net • WEB: http://www.wellho.net • SKYPE: wellho

PAGE: http://www.wellho.net/mouth/2495_Pla ... shire.html • PAGE BUILT: Sat May 27 16:49:10 2017 • BUILD SYSTEM: WomanWithCat