Melksham has been the centre of much of my work for the last week. Having met recently with the planning officer dealing with the Melksham Link planning application, project manager Paul Lenaerts is completing the work programme to assist the consultants (Nicholas Pearson Associates) to complete the Environment Statement. This will include the results of an archaeological survey that is being carried out. A provisional timetable for the planning application has further consultation in March/April with a decision in June. I n the wider context of the Melksham Link much work is also going on with adjacent landowners to put together a MasterPlan that will deliver funding for the project by creating enabling development. The broad concepts of the proposals are being discussed with landowners and the local community via the Neighbourhood Plan process of Melksham Town and Melksham Without Parish Councils. I am delighted to welcome Bill Gush from Land & Water who has started a 3 month secondment to the Melksham Link project team
On Tuesday night WBCT Council of Management meet at the new venue of the Peterborough Arms.
Also planned for this week are meetings about Wichelstowe in Swindon when it is hoped some progress can be made to work on the Wichelstowe Link project.
As part of my role for Wiltshire Council I attend meetings of the Cotswold Canals Partnership. It was interesting to hear from their project team last week how they are progressing towards completion of their Phase 1A (HLF) restoration and plans for funding Pause 1b which will link this to the national network.
Finally you might like to have a look at a relatively local Canal & River Trust open day at Aldermaston on Jan 31. This is part of a national programme to show how CRT maintain their historic structures https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/winter-open-days-201415/aldermaston-open-days