The start date for the final works is still to be confirmed, however it looks like the Cowbridge Footpath will hopefully be finished sometime in April.
Watch out for details of the 'official' launch and for where the path can be accessed.
Today's great reason for recommending Simon Killane to be our next North Wilts MP is his PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF DELIVERY!
In his years as our Wiltshire Councillor, his list of achievements is impressive!
From hundreds of thousands of pounds of grants and investments in our town, to new parks and to the first successful Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan to protect Malmesbury and the adjoining parishes from indiscrimate development. Plus lots more up to government level!
As a voter, this is what I am really looking for in my MP - someone like Simon, who will actually make a difference, both at a local and national level!
For more info and to see what Simon stands for see
One reason why I am Simon's MP Campaign Manager is...Simon works hard for local people!
The General Election is only three months away and yet everything seems to be up in the air, with the Parties being reactionary to every bit of big news that comes along, often seemingly without much thought.
Many people - me included - are fed up with the major parties' politics which just don't deliver!
So I decided that I would do something about making things better myself, rather than just complaining or commenting. So when Simon told me of his plans to become a People's MP, one who works for residents and not the whims of a political party, I decided to help him with his campaign.
So now I am Simon's 'Campaign Manager' for the forthcoming election. Just to say no money is changing hands, I am doing this because I think Simon will make a great MP for us!
After having worked on the successful Neighbourhood Plan which was led by Simon (the first in Wiltshire which will protect our town and neighbouring parishes for years to come), I know that he has local peoples best interests at heart and more than that - he has already got a record of delivery.
Similarly I have been very disappointed by our current MP who gave little support to the Neighbourhood Plan and who at some points actively opposed what the majority of local people wanted!
This is just one achievement though, if you want to know more about Simon, what he stands for or important local news about Malmesbury then please check out his website:
Helping my colleague and friend Cllr. SIMON KILLANE to launch his campaign to be our next local MP, I have been reading about the up coming General Election and have to say I have had my eyes opened to the world of party politics and what could happen at the next General Election in May!
(Clockwise from top left, Northern Irish Assembly, London Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, Scottish Parliament).
What could the next Parliament look like?
It appears that a ‘hung’ parliament is predicted after the General Election, due to peoples deep dissatisfaction with the big current political parties.
It is also predicted that the three main parties will lose seats and the smaller ones, such as the devolution parties, will make large gains.
No one party is likely to have a majority and the consequence is they will have to form a coalition with others.
Despite the recent bigging up of UKIP, the most likely outcome will be one of the two big parties in coalition with the SNP MPs (Scotland) and /or Plaid Cymru MPs (Wales) and/or Northern Alliance (Northern Irish) MPs.
The smaller parties mentioned have a common aim, which is to promote devolution for their own countries, a desire to have more seats and be more influential in Parliament. Nothing wrong with that, but how is it going to work practically in a coalition?
Far fetched? Don't think so, even the parties themselves and the press are talking about it! Quote from SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon: “Of course, perhaps this time Scotland's votes will count. A hung parliament is a real possibility. Scotland could well hold the balance of power in a Westminster parliament with no overall majority”.
Last year, as long ago as 29th October 2014, the columnist George Eaton also saw the writing on the wall and wrote this article in The New Statesmen: In this instance he was discussing what the Northern Irish parties would do:
“ The next parliament looks increasingly likely to be even more divided than the last. After several polls putting Labour and the Tories neck-and-neck, MPs speak of the possibility of neither being able to form a majority (326 seats) - even with Liberal Democrat support.
In these circumstances, the small parties from the rest of the UK would take on a new significance. The Tories are already talking informally to the Democratic Unionist Party (the largest non-English party with eight MPs) about the possibility of a post-election pact.
The SNP, which is likely to return with an enlarged parliamentary party, and Plaid Cymru will increasingly be pressed on how they would act in in another hung parliament. More than at any point since the 1970s, all parties could hope to pocket concessions from the government in return for their support on key votes".
BBC News reported: Plaid Cymru MPs could help decide who takes power after next year's general election, party leader Leanne Wood has told its conference in Llangollen.
Leader Leanne Wood said with Scottish nationalists and Greens they could "re-balance wealth and power" in the UK... Giving her keynote speech to the conference on Friday, Ms Wood said votes for Welsh and Scottish nationalists, as well as Greens, could decide who holds the balance of power at Westminster following the election in May 2015. The independence campaign in Scotland had helped bring about the "demise" of two-party dominance by the Conservatives and Labour, she said.
So, how could this affect Government’s decision making?
The current and simple coalition between the Conservatives and Lib Dems has often been divisive, each party trading off their own parties policies and aims in exchange for power. Remember Lib Dem, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his party’s support for the Conservative policy to raise university fees, which have in fact made so many of our young people unhappily in debt for thousands of pounds? A bad ‘compromise’ selling out on a Lib Dem principle, which showed that party political power meant more than the wishes of the people it represents!
So, with a wider coalition of one of the big parties and the SNP and other smaller nationalist parties - just how are decisions going to made? Whose party manifesto and policies will bite the dust in exchange for influence?
Will our party political MP, currently James Gray Conservative, actually be able to represent YOU in parliament, as well as SIMON KILLANE could as your People’s MP? After all, Simon would not have to agree to toe a party political line or to vote for a coalition stance he disagrees with?
So this is one big reason why I am personally supporting Simon to be our next Peoples MP.
The Peoples MP
click here (or copy and paste this link http://www.makingwiltshirebetter.co.uk/what-is-the-peoples-mp.html ).
There is a great team of local people who have been working with experts to come up with the first inclusive plan to boost the already good economy of the Town.
After many months of hard work by this group of retailers and others, we now have an Action Plan for the Town to make what is already really good even better.
Town Team Membership is free and there are different levels of involvement, which range from full involvement to just receiving updates. All details on the website.
Click here for a direct link to the Action Plan page.
As many people are aware, Wiltshire Council have had a public consultation about car parks, including those in Malmesbury, which ends today.
Information has been made available about Malmesbury's Car Parks and I feel strongly that residents should put forward their views when the opportunity arises such as here. So, I have made my own analysis of the figures (to the best of my mathematical abilities!) and have come up with alternative charging schemes. Here it is below, if you want to have a look at it !
As is often said, some suggestions may fly whilst others are not taken up. Mine is only one opinion I hope out of many submissions by local people and we will find out what action Wiltshire Council will be taking later on in the Spring.
The first public presentation about Riverside happened at Malmesbury School last Wednesday evening at the Wiltshire Council Area Board Meeting!
Riverside is the name of the new 'campus', principally a building which will be of multi purpose community use, but will also allow Wiltshire Council the opportunity to bring access to some services here in Malmesbury.
It will be located in the old youth centre (Cotswold House) in Gloucester Rd, next door to the Co-Op Supermarket. This is the building with the skatepark attached to the back.
Exciting times ahead!!! Plans are currently being drawn up and the aim is to have some open days at Riverside in the near future!
We have been lucky with the weather so far this winter, nothing too extreme (fingers crossed this will continue). However, it's very unlikely we will miss out on snow or ice between now and the Spring.
As someone who ALWAYS seems to slip over even if there is only a hint of ice, I was really pleased today when Malmesbury Town Council posted the message below.
I have copied the post here as it has some useful hints and a link to Wiltshire Council's website re road gritting and snow clearance and with a map to show where this will happen.....
"You may have noticed new green salt / grit bins around town. The Town Council has purchased a dozen of these and they are in addition to the yellow bins which are provided by Wiltshire Council.
Both types of bin contain rock salt. This is provided for residents' use to treat roads and pavements when the need arises. Here are usage tips from Wiltshire Council:
There is more information from Wiltshire Council about road gritting and snow clearance here."
Our local Wiltshire Councillor SIMON KILLANE has announced that he wants to be a new kind of MP for North Wiltshire at the next General Election. This is fantastic news!
After the HUGE SUCCESS of 90% of 2,000 people voting for the Malmesbury Area Neighbourhood Plan in our Referendum - a project led by SIMON - I can only wish him the same success with his MP Campaign to be The People's Representative.
SIMON is using CROWD FUNDING to support his campaign and has said he will not accept any individual donation of more than £1,000 and his accounts will be transparent.
He says there should be NO LARGE DONATIONS and NO PARTY POLITICS for an MP who wants to really represent the wishes of local people.
Click on his website for more information (here is a link or copy and paste into your browser):
I don't know anyone who doesn't have an opinion on parking in Malmesbury!
Wiltshire Council are currently consulting on a Car Park Review for Wiltshire including Malmesbury.
I attended a workshop on Tuesday along with other local people to discuss what we thought were the real issues re parking and what impact of car park charges were having on the town and parking. Essentially the revenue from the car parks must pay for maintenance and also apparently a contribution to the bus service.
Several scenarios were talked over including the first hour free option, until it was pointed out that a free car park was likely to mean a permanent traffic jam in Malmesbury High St.
Wiltshire Council have come up with options and there is a short simple multiple choice kind of page where anyone can put their view.
This is a great opportunity for people to have their say about the parking and the consultation closes on 16th January I believe, so still a fair whack of time.
So, click here to make your comment about parking in Malmesbury! Or search Parking Review Malmesbury on the the Wiltshire Council website - AND HAVE YOU SAY!