www.visionforwarminster.co.ukVISION for WARMINSTER will reach even further into the town as we will shortly have a paper edition. It will reach the whole town with your support. For some time we have been concerned that our ideas listening to you fail to reach members of our community who do not have access to the internet. We are also now being asked to add to our coverage of Warminster socially and economically. Hot Snippets will include this.
25 April - After nearly four decades of voting Conservative, Simon Burn of Warminster Web, explains why he won't be supporting the Tories on 7 May. CLICK HERE
A click on hot snippets reveals now ... Thank you said with flowers ... Newcst ommunity campaigner 'confident' reply ... Six grand too grand camera question ... Woodmead what next question answered ... later ... Hire hike at civic centre ... A power to power a clock ...
25 April - A big question needs to be asked. If two elected town councillors, Cullen and Fryer, neighbourhood plan group members, now support local resident Tracy Scott to oppose a key part of its work why was it in the plan in the first place? WE will ask them.
24 April - HIGH NOON in The Avenue as UKIP man backs anti-road campaign. CLICK HERE
'Better than I could possibly have expected turnout' says novice campaigner Tracy Scott. 'Is this the avenue to getting the whole neighbourhood plan right' says veteran campiagner Paul Macdonald
22 April - 'A little bit sneaky' says the newest community campaigner hot topic exclusive now
21 April - Mayor Andrew Davis makes public apology at meeting CLICK HERE
Town councillors and former councillors are interested in being there ... The Avenue 'new road' protest action day. Friday at 12 noon.
A click on hot snippets ... Three Horseshoes three hours update ... new vfw community leaflet on-line ...Controversial plan on show at Avenue School ... on the way The would-be MP hustings vfw questions
19 April - In hot snippets ..... How much free car parking will Warminster town centre have in 2016? Residential streets only.
18 April - Two years work on the draft Neighbourhood Plan ... at almost the same time the Scob ... and six years of the Core Strategy ... unpaid town councillors and others workload ... hot topics to follow this week
2,000 strong Wiltshire Council Hopper Bus petition latest updates from Independent councillors hot topic
A click on hot snippets reveals latest ... New Young Regency Face left ... Quality monthly news ... Thumbs-down to Romany plan ... Councillors public 'question time'
16 April - Ten pledges specific to Warminster being drawn up for would-be MPs. The future of the cottage hospitals is first. A River Wylye controversial planning 'Happiness and Beauty' decision. After today's 'cycling 'surgery' Cllr. Paul Macdonald adds reviving government support for shops and pubs in the town and 'where will the jobs be provided for Warminster'.
14 April - Consultation count down. Working group announce the details of a new chance to take a look. Princecroft School on Friday 24th April at 2pm. Update - 16 April - 'Disappointment' being expressed Click on Neighbourhood plan revealed.
13 April - 1200 houses latest. Wiltshire Council seek the views of residents. Town sets up a 'working group'. Town councillors Macdonald and Cullen successfully insist that it includes the whole town to make sure developers come clean about the overall impact. Click on hot topics.
... and this is a huge story locally so where are the local journalists question? WCR' was there at the press table
12 April The most important meeting of the year for the Town Council. Residents who freely want to question their town councillors on any matter that relates to their town can do so. First the Mayor and then councillors have to reply unlike the frustration of regular council meetings. It is the annual parish meeting on Monday 20th April.
Also Latest Hot Topic Now
11 April - First Saturday of the general election proper and two candidates almost stand 'toe to toe' in the town centre. 'Warminster could become the key political battleground' says a seasoned political campaigner. Matthew Brown (left) and Andrew Murrison (right) were in the Three Horseshoes Walk
A click on hot snippets reveals ... ''George Formby would have been pleased' ... 'Fence-Warming party ... Flood Resilience Cash ... ' later away from the parish pump ... vfw will feature more than civic updates
Town councillors to put their heads together at a professionally run workshop. The government still class them as members of a parish council. Can they take over 'austerity led' Wiltshire Council work. 'More than a parish council? I remember the days of the Urban District Councils' hot topic NOW
A click on hot snippets reveals ... MP opposed gypsy plan .... 'Glaring mistakes' ... Councillors clock-watching ... Green bins redundancy
9 April - Nominations close at 4pm for the general election. Latest - It is a five horse race with only one also-ran back at the gates - ten pledges they could make for our town in ten days time - Will they agree?
'Town Park asset transfer' under coalition government Localism Act powers. Wiltshire and Warminster Town Council dealings. 'We want to save this' say Independent Councillors. Do you agree?
Easter HOT SNIPPETS shortly reveals ... Thank you ... Save the Tea Hut ... 'Extremely concerned' letter about car parks asset transfer ... More late localism for Plan
Will the real 'Master Plan' please step forward?
1200 not 900 homes 'outcry' takes centre stage as another 'exclusive' working group looms large. Town planning meeting on Monday.
A click on HOT SNIPPETS reveals ... Don't lose your 'Vote 2015' ... Car parks discussion 'clamped' ... 'AAAAA' The latest acronym ... Local 'hustings' meeting ... Hopper Bus Petition .. and more previously but still current
You are asking 'Why does it have to be the Shadow Community Operations Board?'
An independent hot topic will follow after more of you have taken a look. The 'Scob' reported to the unitary authority 'Area Board' since its formation. Can you let us know what sense you make of their work? And the Neighbourhood Plan consultation.
The Wiltshire Council SCOB driving forward the future of Warminster? We will show their work to you online. Does our town have a real choice? Wake up is the call!
Hot snippets updated ... RUH Hopper petition ... Inspector goes police cadets next ... Town council to tackle dog fouling ... New welcome to visitors to Warminster ... And Mayoral outburst against Cllr. Paul Maccdonald
23 March - Town future - Who pays for it? Exclusive hot topic
HERE It is in black and white. No council 'pot of money for Warminster campus'. Developers' cash from a town centre 'regeneration project' is the way forward for a 'Shadow' group.
20 March - DUAL- PRONGED threat to town's hospital? HERE
Can the last officer to leave Warminster police station please extinguish the blue light CLICK HERE
Neighbourhood Plan process criticised - in 'You Say - We Say' - Another idea fails out of favour with a town councillor - 'Sacrilege' says Nick Dombkowski (Ind) in Neighbourhood plan revealed above
Free parking continues to disappear into the annals of history as Wiltshire Council looks to off-load its problem un-profitable car parks including the ludicrous meter at Fairfield Road.
'Paltry pennies off for the first hour in one car park so far and no further progress.' says outspoken Independent Cllr. Paul Macdonald. 'Usual report from consultation leading us to the answers they wanted but is there a sting in the tail?'
17 March - Now in public sight. Council approves the next steps without any debate of its contents including this new road. Click on 'Neighbourhood Plan Revealed' above for the first ... or visit council offices to see it at the consultation launch at 4pm on Thursday
9 March - Read the VFW letter The Warminster Journal refused to print. It concerns the neighbourhood plan. CLICK HERE
9 March - VFW letter in Wiltshire Times highlighted double standards from Wiltshire Council's section 215 order policy. CLICK HERE
NEIGHBOURHOOD plan kept under wraps until very last minute. Too embarrassing? .... CLICK HERE
3 March AMATEUR planners' threat to demolish library and tranquility of The Avenue ... ... and if that was not enough .... broke and impotent Wilts Council 'High Street Scaffold' eyesore ... leaflet ready
LEGAL Action looms large over Spurt Mead. Click HERE
GENERAL ELECTION coming to Warminster. Churches Together will stage a public election meeting at Christchurch on Weds 8 April. The hustings will be chaired by the suffragan Bishop of Ramsbury Rt Rev Ed Condry.
4 Feb - The owners of Warminster's Fox and Hounds have bought the Bell and Crown and plans to re-open the pub in a couple of months. More soon
4 Feb - Wiltshire Council gives go-ahead for Gipsy Lane 'social' housing scheme.
9 Jan - Neighbourhood plan claptrap emerges on the front page of the Warminster Journal - we mentioned their barmy road scheme in November CLICK HERE
25 Jan - Steve presses MP to help town's poorest 10 per cent. CLICK HERE
23 Jan - Spurt Mead applicants gain outline planning permission from Wiltshire Council. Shame on the 'Spurt Mead FIVE' CLICK HERE
18 Jan - Warminster Town Council voted 'in principle' to take on ownership of the park.
5 Jan 2015 - GIPSY LANE DEVELOPMENT recommended for approval by county's myopic planning department CLICK HERE
9 Dec - Warminster's DSG sold to Babcock for £140m short term gain but long term pain. CLICK HERE
11 December. Town resident Michael Heaton has launched an online petition asking for action to be taken on the High Street Scaffolding. To sign CLICK HERE
Pictured above - Warminster's town hall hill in Edwardian times. All buildings in good repair!
10 December. Market Place upgrade 5 years on - road too dangerous so cyclists use the pavement. CLICK HERE
8 December. Town councillors oppose homes plan off Grovelands Way. CLICK HERE
SHOPPING Mall owners may want to close part of town centre at night CLICK HERE
WEDS 26 Nov .. Wiltshire Council can't or won't do anything about the scaffolding in the High Street. CLICK HERE
. DSG to be sold off to Babcock in crazy short-termist move that will prove costly in the long term and may threaten soldiers' safety. CLICK HERE
Much more this Wednesday .... Near £1 million request from a Warminster 'Trust' hot topic.
.... And on what appeared to be a very quiet interlude during the proceedings at the Warminster Town Council meeting the draft budget 'increase of 1.3 per cent' introduced by the town clerk at the behest of the Mayor Cllr. Andrew Davis heard almost nothing from town councillors.
And another Insight about the Monday night 'town council shambles' .... Councillors turn their backs on their electorate .... Cllr Steve Dancey ignores criticism to make a point (See hot topics)
TONIGHT Monday 17 Unreasonable Conservative led councillors unite as a group to exclude your independents from a meeting in which they have a material interest as ward councillors. CLICK HERE
Waking up on Tuesday to what happened on Monday 17th 'Blocked Gullies Debate' blocked by cabinet member 'Yes Minister Style' with a little used procedural move after having delivered his crafted reply 'rubbishing' several times Cllr. Paul 'Batchelor' meaning to say 'Macdonald' .... other 'sympathetic' councillors denied the right to speak .... more about this .... and more revealing insights will follow
TREVOR Carbin selected as Lib-Dem candidate for 2015 election in S W Wilts (See hot topics)
Sunday's Post .... IS there a back-door attempt to change the recent council decision taken on settlement boundaries?
Conservative town councillor Rob Fryer has requested that the town council meeting on Monday reviews the position of the neighbourhood plan working group (NPWG) in the light of that decision. Some draft NPWG papers released as part of the council agenda are only sent to councillors accompanied by the instruction they are not for copying! Whatever next? We do know the rules. Read more HERE
Sunday 16th November ... At a full town council meeting tomorrow should councillors show 'good-neighbourliness' to the tiny parish of Bishopstrow .... who should be in the 'pecking order' for a new fund of cash .... the 'vote of no confidence in Wiltshire Council' resolution .... as the councillors also deal with a complaint against a 'dual-hatted' councillor .... and look at their budget for next year .... and if that was not enough irrespnsible dog owners and the WW1 'Gold Project' .... the future for youth services in the town .... and taking the town park off of the hands of the Wiltshire Council .... 'We invite you to have your three minutes say' say Independent Councillors Nick Dombkowski, Paul Macdonald and Steve Dancey.
Tuesday 11th Wiltshire Council parking review will do nothing to restore Warminster town centre's vitality and viability or solve residents' parking problems, says cllr Steve Dancey Click HERE
CO-OP plans to transform Victoria Road eyesore with new shops. ClICK HERE
Monday 10th Selwood again 'respectfully' asked to go back to the drawing board over plans to build at Fairview against unanimous local opinion .... Bungalows are the answer say Councillors Macdonald, Dancey and Dombkowski .... Galvanised hot topic
Sunday 9th Claims that a 'Warminster Disaster' faces the River Wylye are growing. 'Where is the Environment Agency when it is most needed' appeal letter being prepared by 'tree-hugging' campaigners
Last week .... Friday 7th A very high flooding risk which could easily be alleviated by gully emptying still suffering from lack of action. A Warminster town councillor has lodged a motion of 'no confidence' about Wiltshire Council. See Hot topics
Thursday 6th Cllr Nick Dombkowski wants a new set of safer bins for children's play areas ... more follows on Saturday 22nd November after he reports his findings
Wednesday 5th Exclusive Planning application for the empty car dealership site at Victoria Road has been submitted by Co-op. Scheme includes retail and dwelling units. Steve Dancey reveals more on Tuesday
MORE Breaking News- Warminster's East Street Esso Garage ( sometimes known as Wall's Garage) to be closed for three months for refit.
And More .... Comment about councillor expenses in 'You Say - We say'
Sunday 2nd November .... The Warminster 'Centenary Remembrance Day Service' at the War Memorial in the Portway next Sunday will not be supported by the military with a marching band at 3pm. Salisbury Royal British Legion steps in. Is it time to hold our service at 11am in future? Hot topic (and hot topic below)
Friday October 31st .... Wiltshire Councillor allowance latest update ... Cllr. Christopher Newbury remunerated £25,166.36, Dual-hatted (town and unitary) councillors Andrew Davis rewarded with £19,246.13 and hard working ward member Cllr. Pip Ridout gets £16,900.69p.
KIPPERS come home to roost! UKIP unveils candidate to face Andrew Murrison in May 2015's General Election. Click HERE
We will leave these images to reflect the marvellous effort that is made by Warminster during the Carnival season. Please look below as well.
WARMINSTER CARNIVAL 2014
28th October .... Information published on the Wiltshire Council website shows that Cllr. Fleur-de-Rhe Philipe allowances 'Grand Total' was £30,565.32p and Cllr. Keith Humphries were £33,201.57p for 2013-14
27th October .... Two area board councillors now bank in excess of £30,000 each year .... 23rd October .... Whopping £50,000 increase in our local unitary (all Tory) councillor income finally revealed for 2013-14.
visionforwarminster.co.uk first headlined the issue in Councillor Allowances 2011 (menu left).
19 October Steve ends his long career in journalism with a party Click HERE
17 & 18 Oct ... 1914 - 2014 shock news. Army band to lead the Remembrance Day parade will be missing ... 'Oh what !!' says one 20-year-old who has marched as a 'beaver, cub and scout' behind the band .... Local councillor is talking to locals .... hot topic HERE
Wednesday 15 Oct - 'Stand United' Rallying Call Hot topics are appearing Click HERE
EMERGENCY (EXTRAORDINARY) TOWN COUNCIL
Councillors Steve Dancey, Paul Macdonald, Nick Dombowski, and Andrew Davis, after the huge public turnout supported by the words of Cllr. Sue Fraser recommended that a settlement boundary must now be as tightly drawn around the town as possible and will see Home Farm, Spurt Mead, the town park, football ground and Tynings outside the 'limits of development'.
The Western Urban Expansion will also have a significant buffer between it and the bypass put through against opposition again led by Cllr. Pip Ridout supported by 'Independent' Cllr. Cullen and a brace of others. Steve's thoughts on the meeting HERE
Tuesday 7 October - PIGEON Problem.... pigeons have reared their ugly heads again and have been causing chatter at the town council's town development committee. Is there a mystery 'pigeon feeder' ? CLICK HERE
Wednesday 17 September .... WILTSHIRE COUNCIL WHITEWASH - Unitary council will take no action over Spurt Mead Outrage unless the public state they are wrong. No sign of the 'let it rip' housing policy around Warminster ending until after the General Election? CLICK HERE
COALITION GOVERNMENT to push on with sale of Warminster's skilled workforce as DSG is going for a song in a panic privatisation. CLICK HERE
14th August - Town councillor finds drugs during town centre litter-pick ... CLICK HERE.
Monday 28th 'A 'Fair View' Gypsy Lane decision at a packed council meeting is 'one of the best that I have seen for years' says Cllr. Paul Macdonald. 'Well-argued public comment from both sides.' Refusal vote. CLICK HERE Now it goes to Wilts Council
Saturday - 'It never rains but it pours yet the roads are awash with water in Warminster' ... Cllr. Paul Macdonald. 'Local people are fed up with telling me about this and nothing happens' ... 'A billion pound business boast' hot topic to follow.
Friday - Hot Snippets ... Portway flooding ... Gullies 'Rain Check' ... Two-hats Humphries 'Humph' challenge from Cllr Paul Macdonald.
Council cuts or money spinner? Garden waste recycling 'Blues versus Greens' hot topic See our original vision view on green issues HERE
SOME thoughts on the Boreham application by Steve Dancey HERE
Thursday Residents, ward councillor Steve Dancey, committee chairman, the MP, and a host of organisations ignored by planning councillors including one from Warminster and one a leading member of a housing association mentioned in the planning report as HAB 'schmooze' wins latest battle at Spurt Mead
LATEST - Spurt Mead - Cllr Steve Dancey unable to speak as all slots have been taken up. Tree-hugging protester Cllr. Paul Macdonald believes that the committee should suspend standing orders to allow Steve to speak on behalf of the ward councillors. Read what he wants to say Click HERE
An e-petition at www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-the-development-of-spurt-mead-warminster.html gains nearly 200 signatures from Warminster residents and former residents in just over 24 hours
Weds 14th May - By-election looms as Steve Welling resigns - see hot topics.
25th April - Redrow give up on one of their planning applications. They are not appealing the refusal at Dorothy Walk. (See below)
Redrow housing plan for the Minster Church and Dorothy Walk 'Church Street/Bath Road' has been refused by Wiltshire council planners. For their reasons CLICK HERE
22nd February Today at 9.30am the public were waiting outside as 'civic pride' is restored to the centre of Warminster in what may go down as a historic moment. Treasured by so many the Town Hall given to the people by Lord Bath's family all those years ago is coming to life again thanks to Sarah-Jayne and Stacey in the aptly named 'Town Treasures'.
30th January 2014 READ Cllr Dancey's letter of objection to the Boreham housing plans HERE
29th January 2014 Warminster's four widely criticised 'Chocolate Teapot Politicians' used their advisory role to support the extremely unpopular development of the Boreham water meadow . It was against the unanimous view of the local ward councillors. It is now with Wiltshire Council. So are over 40 expressions of local opinion. Another deadline will emerge as the community campaign continues on the street.
Will a TV personality and a landowner listen to residents and obey planning policies?
14th January 2014 Holdaway family good name at risk in Boreham and Warminster as a result of hasty application while core strategy remains unadopted. CLICK HERE
Councillors Macdonald and Dombkowski responded to the huge public outcry received about the 'Happiness Architecture and Beauty' approach to building on a 'sacrosanct' Boreham meadow by a TV celebrity, Kevin McCloud, who got the Queen's MBE this month ... Another good name at risk ... see hot topic
See www.dannyhowell.net for local reaction.
Wiltshire Council and Planning Inspector still agree in their core strategy deliberations. We, the town of Warminster, are still a priority for employment. Town council confusion has arrived again. Shop jobs by building more houses. VFW argues that more employed workers that then shop in the town is the answer.
Read CLLR Steve Dancey's objection to the Redrow Development 'contiguous' with the Minster Church and Dorothy Walk. Click HERE
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 an October 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 a position of influence. CLICK HERE'
NEW Warminster bus service ups charges by 85 per cent overnight. See HERE
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 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 ... Top down & so much for localism' Click here
REDROW PLANS MUST BE DERAILED click here
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