The visionforwarminster.co.uk initiative was launched in 2008. Still at the forefront istening to local ideas, knowledge, and opinion with an independent open mind. Still not representing any political party or vested interest. Still pursuing the original vision now with elected representatives on the town council. Your chance now to join in! We have a breakfast club!
'The town of Warminster has a special setting that is under threat from property developers that only arrive with houses in mind. It has a more important opportunity to attract those who could provide employment. The town now needs to rally again.' says Cllr. Paul Macdonald. 'We need employment as well,' adds Cllr Nick Dombkowski (pictured). 'Localism isn't working if people have to travel further afield to work'.
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In the spring of 2008 a chance meeting saw a convivial conversation lead to two Warminster residents with concerns about the future of their home town launch this website hoping to influence in some small way its future. A lot has happened since then. This is a random selection of images that have appeared. Have fun trying to find out why they were published! This week will see vfw record 20,000 visitors! 'Don't wait,' is a comment. 'Your ideas that exist today need writing as the new vision!'.
An initiative from a fresh face on the town council, Cllr. Katie Fryer, saw MP Dr. Andrew Murrison hold a surgery with town councillors. Fellow town councillor Paul Macdonald, who could not attend, asked if there were any notes that could be published. 'It was very useful' responded Kate. The MP has a good track record of listening pictured!. 'We will need our MP more and more,' says Cllr. Paul Macdonald. More follows next week.
Read the latest hot topic .... The Christmas lights have been switched on. The developers and others have not switched off and the Yuletide period is upon us. It is relied on in the experience of an Independent councillor for the 'eye to be taken off the ball' . Not this year though!
Most local councillors are sitting on a fence that does not exist they say. The 'Core Strategy' safeguarding the future of Warminster should have been published in November. We rely on the current 'District Plan' to protect all that is good about the town and improve it.
Update .... www.wehavesolutions.co.uk petition about councillor expenses has been supported and promoted by two town councillors so far (see below).
It is an issue that will not go away. Warminster Journal 'Whiff' letter to the editor. Former town council Mayor wants to go on the record with his reaction. Others want to do the same. We want to make sure that they understand the import of this action. 'Go on. Do it!' Report them!' (the town council) to the 'standards people'. We continue to listen.
Tonight (Monday 25th) residents of Imber Road saw town councillors Paul Macdonald and Andrew Davis in action debating their concerns. A 'one-way' idea will now be much more than that as Paul's view is supported by the committee. Cllr. Davis agrees that his remarks did show 'disrespect' to the press bench as the meeting was coming to a close when challenged by Cllr. Macdonald.
Saturday 23rd saw Independent town councillors get more comments sitting down and listening, or walking and listening, or cycling and listening around the areas they represent. 'Angry Debate' Warminster Journal front page lead. Standards board mentioned about a former now unelected and local property developer Mayor co-opted up to committee status. 'Do it! Do it!' said a former Warminster Mayor today. 'Go on. Do it!. Refer it to them!' Should the standards people hear about this from Warminster people? (You Say - We Say comment Monday 25th)
'Is there nothing more that you can do' response from locals reading the front page of the Warminster Journal. 'I think that's why people don't vote - they (politicians) do what they want anyway. You won't change things' was another reaction. Not one so far backs the Tory argument that the May election result should not count on the grounds of the performance of the former councillor ....
.... See Hot Topics .... Warminster town council meeting suffers heckling from the public seats. The Warminster Journal, Warminster Community Radio, and members of the public heard a former Mayor 'bully' a new councillor speaking in a council chamber
'I really enjoyed that council meeting. It was almost 'Dickensian' public response expressed afterwards .... comment expressed yesterday by a resident. More about Warminster 'Civic' meeting in hot topics.
Stalwart Chris March (pictured centre) received the Civic Award this Monday. 'Well deserved' is the view of all four Independent councillors.
Since 1991 Chris has offered to work for the town in so many 'civic' ways. Now a leading member of the WETS and the Preservation Trust ... hot topic
On the night when Tories backed their local 'personaiity' co-option there was another issue .... No!! Is the public response to the huge hike in councillor expenses at County Hall. What will they say?
Tory Cllr. Ridout answered a challenge from Warminster town councillor Paul Macdonald to the three Wiltshire Council (paid) members about their hike in their allowances. Cllr. Ridout said she did not agree. She will not take the increase. Unpaid town councillor Paul Macdonald challenged Cllr. Davis and Cllr. Humphries to do the same. They did not answer.
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Hot snippets in hot topics .... Bronze WW1 Statue back on the agenda .... Town Hall and the Town council .... 'Pravda' postscript
Previously .... The unpaid Independent Councillors have been scrutinising how the politics of the town council and the county council are working after their first six months .... Dual hatted local councillors (sitting on the town and the unitary authority) to get yet more of your money ..... Town councillors unpaid .... Warminster Town Council will hear more on Monday .... 'Unelected' back on the town council is on the agenda .... You say - we say updates
The News Story of the Week
The latest Conservative controlled Town Council meeting saw its Tory councillors stand up time after time with prepared written words to defend their action that disregards the rule about a poltical appointment. See latest Hot topic above.
Four of the new councillors were there. One was missing. Councillor Steve Dancey (Independent) represented a public view that what the council was doing in appointing a rejected councillor was against the public interest in this matter.
The Tories said we will carry on and he can now be a member of the council. 'You Independent councllors are welcome to oppose us' was one comment from a committee chairman afterwards.
How should the Independent councillors be treated in the future? Heckled by a committee member or respected?
The News Story of Last Week
Over 100 residents saw their Independent councillor Paul Macdonald (left) united with other councillors like Andrew Davis (right) once again listen to local opinion and successfully deliver strong planning grounds that the Redrow plan for Dorothy Walk should be thrown out. See hot topics
Read impartial reports of the town council meeting on Monday night in the Warminster Journal and Wiltshire Times. On sale now. Also on the internet at websites including www.dannyhowell.net
Read CLLR Steve Dancey's objection to the Redrow Development 'contiguous' with the Minster Church and Dorothy Walk. HERE
p.s. The town council meetings are very interesting these days. The next one on Monday 18th is a meeting of the full council. We are there to listen to comments from the public for three minutes each which will be minuted.
Can the 'Bohana Bird' use its left wing at all and fly off towards a communications course or is it an endangered species because it can only look to its right wing? ... You say... We say updates
Its not just the 'wild west' planning issue .... It is a milestone! It is a listed monument! Its importance to Warminster is now a moving subject. It has stood the test of tme! It is a symbol!
What lies behind the planning applications .... More twists and turns than the River Wylye ... The Boreham Road applications have been temporarily withdrawn .... the question we are being asked is what next?
In other topics awaiting updates ... Cllr. Paul Macdonald reinforcing the efforts of Cllr. Nick Dombkowski have both successfully highlighted the need for a welcoming drop-in centre for the homeless and the increasing number of people struggling to avoid the poverty trap to a town council committee
Update .... Tory town council says let us all work together with the new voice of public opinion and then bring back their leader at a meeting on Monday night .... UNELECTED BACK ON THE TOWN COUNCIL AS A CO-OPTED MEMBER despite his rejection by the electorate ignored and now ignored doubly by his party members on the council. A case of the unelected in full support of the unelectable as Tony's Cronies vote him back into position of influence. CLICK HERE
'Out with the Old in with the New' is well known but why in Warminster is it now 'Out with the New in with the Old' - Cllr. Paul Macdonald tenders his protest 'very uncomfortable' resignation from a working group chaired by an unelected co-opted member.
Hot Snippets .... Queensway Rec has another improvement delivered by 'lead' town Cllr. Paul Macdonald after a conversation with unitary councillor Andrew Davis with more now to be achieved .... Cllr Nick Dombkowsi is encouraged by those coming forward to support the 'community garden project .... Cllr. Jamie Cullen will ask to chair the first meeting of the town council 'Youth Council working group' this month .... The town council budget is under threat from the LibDem/Tory coalition government and the county council.
Town council decision to safeguard the River Wylye from housing encroachment at Boreham and Bishopstrow parish boundary rejected by the landowner, their development company, and now a public relations company, as the local press reveals news of a planning application. Boreham Road 'NDO' saga goes on now as a fully blown commercial money making project.
NEW Warminster bus service ups charges by 85 per cent overnight. See HERE
Independent Councillors in Warminster are eagerly awaiting an announcement from the Planning Mninster who has promised to publish guidelines to sort out a confusing void between current district plans coming to an end , the 'Localism agenda. and the anouncement of their replacement 'core strategies' which has seen a housing developers rush to Warminster and Wiltshire. More will follow
In the summer all four independent town councillors were out and about on their 'mobile surgeries' on Saturday last week using their bikes or 'shank's pony' and once again the Lakeside Pleasure Grounds featured heavily in their casework as well as the state of the roads. Pictured are councillors Jamie Cullen and Nick Dombowski being asked yet again why the only boat being enjoyed by regulars who travel miles is a seagull! Updates from issues raised will appear regularly as we deal with the casework. This Saturday (27th July) the pedaloes were available along with a bouncy castle for the children to jump up and down with joy at the news!
The four seasons of the year are celebrated by our town in many different ways. This autumn it will be the Warminster Carnival.
Our summer is always welcomed in during July by enjoyable school fetes. Several were held today in Warminster.
One was enjoyed by four generations of a family (pictured left) with a long history of their family attending St. John's School along the Boreham Road.
The school fete enjoyed a 'Yippee! I have got a big box' youthful exclamation to a treasure hunt prize from toddler Eleanor as she skipped away on a pefect summer day .... presented by the the head teacher ..... more is being added to 'Thirsty' One degrees in town events 2008 - 13.
Most viewed topic this year ....
'Boreham Crossroads NDO - R.I.P. Thanks to Steve Dancey and Paul Macdonald' - extensive commentary - http://www.dannyhowell.net/2013/06/boreham-crossroads-ndo-rip-thanks-to.html
Town Council votes to withdraw from the Boreham Road Neighbourhood Development Order project .... Independents Steve Dancey and Paul Macdonald honour their election pledge. Supported from the wings by Nick Dombkowski. See TALES FROM THE RIVER BANK HERE
And even earlier this year....
MP BACKS TOWN HALL BID - Town Council should react with his words 'echoing in their ears' - Click Here
Housing ... Housing ... Housing ... Where is the talk about employment? Steve Dancey is striking a real chord with the public with 'Some thoughts on the planning proposals - Top down & so much for localism' Click here
REDROW PLANS MUST BE DERAILED click here
The Meadows four seasons protest song and poem by the 'Minstrel of the Minster' .... 'Past the old Minster Church, through the old fashioned track' .... read in hot topics
visionforwarminster.co.uk Independent candidates overwhelmingly endorsed on Thursday 2nd May 2013
ELECTION SUCCESS - Paul Macdonald, Nick Dombkowski and Steve Dancey all ELECTED in Warminster East. Jamie Cullen ELECTED in Broadway ward
Town Council outrageous double-page spread in the Warminster Journal - CLICK HERE
'We need our very own town core strategy' will be a strong element of the revised Vision for Warminster - Awaiting the county core sgtrategy verdict - Vision 2013 - 18
We are currently updating other pages. If you would like to add to the following pages they will appear in the next couple of months ... useful website links .... shop local .... down at your local .... useful names and numbers .... councillors inflation busting allowances and expenses