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Melksham Bypass First Impressions

The initial consultation details for the Melksham Bypass can be found in the following link There is a lot of information provided in the pack that will take some time to digest however an initial read reveals where the issues with this proposal are. 1, The provided documentation does not look at why there is significant car dependency in North Wiltshire and hence why a bypass is needed around Melksham.  All the housing developments around here have car dependency ‘baked’ into the design giving people Continue reading →

Give and Take day Box

Saturday 28 March 11.00am–12.30pm Selwyn Hall, Box A free community swap shopGive something you don’t want and take anything you do Please do give: ● Household items andbric-a-brac● Books, CDs and DVDs● Clothing● Toys, puzzles and games● Garden tools● Sports gear● Baby and toddler equipment● Small items of furniture Please don’t give: ● Electrical items● Toiletries● Pillows and duvets andchild car seats● Sharp or dangerous items● Broken or dirty items Please ensure that all itemsgiven are clean and in goodcondition. Also joining us on the Continue reading →

Travel Survey on Prospect Corsham

There has been much in the news lately about the low levels of cycling and the reasons behind those levels.  Below is a chart that presents the average number of trips and miles cycled between 2002 and 2018. There was a recent traffic survey on Prospect in Corsham just north of the Dicketts Road turning that makes interesting reading as its a gateway into Corsham from the south and leads to Corsham Primary School and St. Patricks Primary School. The results of the survey for Continue reading →

Motherload In Corsham

The film Motherload is playing at the Pound Arts in Corsham on 1st October at 7.30pm.   MOTHERLOAD is a crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Hauling babies via car was not only unsustainable but took the freedom and adventure out of life, and Liz felt trapped. She Googled “family bike” and Continue reading →

Letter to Michelle Donelan

Ref Dear Michelle, Thank you for your response which I very much appreciated.  With respect to CO2 emissions, yes I acknowledge that over the last few years there have been great increases in energy efficiency, coal fired power stations have been replaced with more efficient gas and latterly increased renewable production which has significantly reduced carbon intensity as a scientific fact.  However, any scientific fact has well defined ‘assumptions’ and ‘scopes’ which in this case do not include international shipping, air travel and the embodied CO2 Continue reading →

Michelle Donelan Responds

See previous Letter to Michelle: Dear Richard, Thank you for your reply. I can confirm that the claim you reference in your first line is absolutely incorrect. It is not a government claim that C02 has fallen by nearly 40% since 1990, it is a scientific fact. I would urge you to read the following short brief: . I would also urge you to consider that the 40% is figure is actually rather conservative in its use, given that growing population figures meant that emissions Continue reading →

Carbon Neutral Wiltshire

Notes by Peter Harper, Transcoco March 2019 The Wiltshire County Council has adopted a policy of aiming towards ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2030. My impression is that they are not sure what this means. They appear to assume that ‘carbon-neutrality’ is a single and obvious thing, even if it needs boffins to work out the details. Unfortunately, it isn’t simple and there are many different understandings, so we have to sift through the various possible meanings, hoping perhaps to find one we can all agree on. Continue reading →

Corsham Town Council Cycling Strategy

Corsham Town Council held its first cycling strategy meeting of recent times on Wednesday 15th May.  The councillors acknowledged that the encouragement of cycling had multiple benefits connected with Corsham’s Strategic Plan and the strong desire to reduce carbon emissions.   Whilst a network of separate cycle paths serving Corsham and outwards for commutable distances would be the ideal the following objectives were put forward by the group:   Work with Chippenham Town Council to facilitate a safe cycle route between Corsham and Chippenham. Develop Continue reading →