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County Hall Trowbridge Wiltshire

I speak at County Hall in Favour of Solar Farms

This afternoon I spoke at County Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on the absolute need for Solar farms on low grade agricultural land in addition to rooftops to meet energy security and climate goals in Wiltshire. As the lead administrator for Zero Chippenham on the Community Rooftop solar scheme i’m doing everything I can to facilitate the […]

Feather Footed Flower bee on Lungwort

Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan Referendum 23rd May 2024

On Thursday 23rd May 2024 there is a referendum in Chippenham for the Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan with the question Do you want Wiltshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plans for Chippenham to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area? Chippenham residents will have the choice of voting Yes or No. For transparency, as […]

Artisan Quarter

Union Road and Artisan Quarter

For the last nine months i’ve been working with independent businesses in the newly formed Artisan Quarter of Chippenham. The Artisan Quarter forms the triangle between the Brunel Railway arches, the top of New Road to Octoprint, and the border of John Coles Park and Marshfield Road. The initiative has been ground up from businesses. […]

Rowden development at Patterdown

Showell Development Site objection

One of the reasons I became a councillor in Chippenham was to try and prevent the ongoing environmental destruction around Chippenham through cumulative large scale development. Where i’ve failed to prevent the development, i’ve tried to push for the highest possible sustainable construction standards. So I once again experienced that sinking feeling when I saw […]

Island Park Trees Chippenham

Island Park Motion

I was pleased to receive unanimous support for my motion to try and protect the historic trees on Chippenham’s Island Park against potential future development. Here is my motion.. it was unanimously supported at Full Council Wednesday 21st June 2023. To write to the Chief Executive at Wiltshire Council requesting any future development which adjoins […]

Warm room motion

Warm Rooms Motion

I was pleased to jointly present a motion with fellow Independent Councillors to make Chippenham Town Hall reception a warm room for residents struggling to heat their homes through the difficult cost of living crisis in the winter of 2022. Perhaps surprisingly it received considerable opposition from some councillors and was narrowly voted through by […]

Westbury Incinerator Campaign

Letter to Robert Jenrick opposing Westbury Incinerator

I’ve signed a joint letter with fellow Chippenham Town Councillors* voicing our opposition to the Westbury incinerator, in support of Westbury Town Council. We’ve asked the Secretary of State to overturn the decision made by Wiltshire Council.   The Rt. Hon Robert Jenrick MP Secretary of State Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government 2 […]