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 →

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 →

A week is a long time in Climate Change Politics

Suddenly Climate Change is on the political agenda and there is real pressure on government, big business and the fossil fuel industry. Many conditions have come together to bring about the last weeks action, but the catalyst of this is down to one person, Greta Thunberg. It’s difficult to believe that she only started her campaign last August 2018 outside the Swedish parliament but this is how these things happen. The last weeks action by Extinction Rebellion has done more to advance the issue of Continue reading →

Reduce Climate Change by investing in Walking and Cycling

Wiltshire Council has recently declared a Climate Emergency and so Transcoco has decided to propose a number of changes that could be done to address this issue. The following proposal is for a realignment of Wiltshire Council’s transport spending so that it prioritises Walking and Cycling. Why Transport CO2 emissions in the UK are generally going down because many of the old Coal and Oil fired power stations are being closed. But Transport is the only sector where CO2 emissions are going up. This is Continue reading →