Chippenham-Calne cycle path under threat

UPDATE 28th March – Wiltshire Council has agreed to fund the path for 5 years so the petition has worked for now. see http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/chippenham-calne-cycle-path Using the following link to access the petition site https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/174/602/091/keep-the-calne-chippenham-cycle-path-open/?taf_id=61746431&cid=fb_na The North Wilts Rivers Route is a 16km shared use cycle and pedestrian path established in 2000 by North Wilts DC. 7km is owned by eight different private landowners and leased to Wiltshire Council.The leases are all due for renewal on 1st April 2019 and the non-renewal of the leases and Continue reading →

10 March 19 – Litter Picking the Lanes

Members of Transition Corsham were out on the Lanes between Corsham and Chippenham on 10th March, litter picking. Easton lane and the road from the Thingley crossroads at the A4 to Lacock have suffered in recent years from persistent littering. Easton Lane is currently closed to traffic due to the Hunters Moon development so its an ideal traffic free litter picking target. The other lanes have wide verges and are also safe to pick. A total of 14 people were involved who collected at least Continue reading →

Give and Take Success

Thank you to one and all, for your brilliant efforts to enable Give and Take in Box to be a great success. Masses of stuff arrived and went out again along with crowds of people. We took £70 in donations to cover costs of Hall hire and printing, and £52 from selling leftover items. The GIVE AND TAKE event works because so many people help to carry tables, set up the stalls, keep order and then dismantle and ship unwanted items away to charity shops and recycling. Continue reading →

Wiltshire Council declare a Climate Emergency

Wiltshire Council, a Unitary Authority, declared a Climate Emergency yesterday after more than an hour of debate The Executive had initially turned down the proposition of going carbon neutral by 2030, but the motion was eventually passed by 36 to 32 with lots of abstentions. The campaign was led by the Lib Dems who have 20 seats on the Council, compared to the Conservatives 68. This outcome shows clearly the importance of having a number of members of the public give passionate, supportive speeches at Continue reading →

December litter pick

Our festive December litter pick went well despite the rain, we had over 20 volunteers including a number of children and we all looked very festive in our Christmas jumpers and hats! Councillor Ruth Hopkinson and Helen Belcher, whose working to be the Lib Dem MP for Chippenham, came along to help. We managed to litter pick parts of Bradford Road, Park Lane, Valley Road, Furzehill, Station Road, around the Campus and Pickwick Roads, Meriton and Springfield Recsto name but a few. As well as Continue reading →

November litter pick

November’s litter pick went well with over 35 people, including Cllr Steve Abbott, children, parents and a staff member from Heywoods Prep School and a lady who recently turned 90 years of age proving you’re never too old to litter pick! Despite rain initially, we collected 20 bags of rubbish plus 5 bags of recycling.  The highlights were a pair of socks, a full (!) nappy, a pair of trousers, a packet of prawn crisps and 8 unopened cans of strong cider!  Areas covered included Continue reading →

Why is active travel important for health

Active Travel is a form of transport of people and sometimes goods, that only uses the physical activity of the human being for the locomotion. The most known forms of active travel are walking or cycling.  Daily physical activity is hugely important for maintaining health  and inactivity directly contributes to one in six deaths in the UK. The recommendation from the chief medical officers (CMO) of the UK is clear: all adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of Continue reading →

A re-balancing of our travel system is needed.

Some key messages when developing a healthy local transport strategy include:  physical inactivity directly contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and costs £7.4 billion a year to business and wider society  the growth in road transport has been a major factor in reducing levels of physical activity and increasing obesity  building walking or cycling into daily routines are the most effective ways to increase physical activity  short car trips (under 5 miles) are a prime area for switching Continue reading →

Just joined 20sPlenty

We have just registered the 20mph campaign with the national 20sPlenty organisation.  Similar groups in Wiltshire would be: Atworth, Bradford-on-Avon,  Dilton Marsh, Lockeridge, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Purton, Salisbury, Shrewton, Winsley and Turleigh.  There are a number of areas that are already 20mph including Biddestone, Melksham and parts of Chippenham. Our local MP Michelle Donelan is also interested in 20mph speed limits and you can complete her survey here  We need to improve Corsham’s public realm and encourage active travel.  This will lead to health and well-being benefits, Continue reading →