Marlborough's traders being strangled by roadworks chaos - businesses report up to 50% loss of sales
Two weeks ago Wiltshire Council asked Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) to postpone their road works involving temporary traffic lights where the High Street meets New Road and The Parade in order to ease traffic problems in the town. And the road works did indeed stop but all the equipment was just abandoned.
The former social housing in Moffat House on the London Road is to be turned into nine flats - as laid out in a planning application and application for Listed Building Consent lodged with Wiltshire Council. After a brief discussion of the applicaitons, Marlborough Town councillors on the planning committee voted unanimously that they had no objections to the conversion (February 19).
Yet more of the High Street's independent retail sparkle is extinguished - Lighting of Distinction to close after more than thirty yearsLighting of Distinction, with its vast range of lamps and light fittings as well as all things electrical from toasters and kettles to radios and clocks, will close no later than May. Following hard on the heels of East it is the latest casualty in Marlborough’s High Street.
The electrification of the line from Paddington as far as Newbury - but no further - means temporary closures of the line between Pewsey and Theale with train services from and to Pewsey and Bedwyn suspended for various four-day, mid-week periods during the year.
Marlborough Town Council together with Drove Veterinary Hospital have launched a campaign to encourage all dog owners to clean up after their dogs by bagging and binning any dog mess. The campaign is the brain child of Jane Carter, Marketing Co-ordinator and Tracey Churchill, receptionist, at Drove Vets. Jane has previously worked on a similar campaign to help clean up the streets in Swindon.
Police would like to hear from anyone who could help following an unsuccessful burglary attempt at a business in Marlborough on Monday of this week (12 February).
Having achieved Gold in the 2017 Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘South West in Bloom’ competition this year’s Marlborough in Bloom Committee are not going to rest on their laurels.
The weather enjoyed a brief moment of respite earlier this morning (Sunday 11 February) as a new bench overlooking the River Kennet in Coopers Meadow and provided by the Marlborough & District Lions was officially unveiled in glorious sunshine.
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