Duncan Hames, MP for Chippenham - Town must have central, well-staffed post office (From This Is Wiltshire)
Duncan Hames, MP for Chippenham - Town must have central, well-staffed post office
12:10pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Latest News
Last week brought a major breakthrough in my campaign with the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership to bring regular train services back to Melksham.
I’m delighted that First have been able to secure, from Network Rail, a timetable for the new TransWilts service.
It is a goal we’ve been working towards for some time, which has been made possible by a grant to Wiltshire Council from the coalition government. I’m confident that, when it starts, many people will use this service and prove its worth.
It was also wonderful to hear so many stories of great GCSE and A-level results. I’d like to congratulate our local schools who have bucked the national trend by improving on last year’s results and have set new records for the number of pupils achieving top grades.
Taking advantage of the good weather, I spent most of last week visiting towns and villages around our part of Wiltshire, talking to residents about how we can build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life. I knocked on doors in Staverton, Cepen Park, Chippenham, Paxcroft Mead, Upper Westwood, Neston and Melksham, listening as local people told me about the issues that are most important to them.
A public meeting in Melksham aired concerns from staff, their union and residents, about the future of the town’s post office in Church Street. For my part, I have told Post Office management I am determined that we should have a post office in Melksham town centre that is sufficiently well-staffed to continue to provide the services that local people rely on.
From Tuesday, you’ll be able to have your say on changes to Wiltshire Council’s core strategy. The latest round of the consultation will run until October 9 and you can participate by visiting http://www.wiltshire. gov.uk/wiltshirecorestrategy examination Perhaps the most significant moment of my last week will turn out to be watching the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen’s harrowing reports of what appears to be a chemical attack on civilian-populated areas in Syria. Clearly, crimes against humanity such as this are beyond the pale. Less obvious is how best the international community should respond.
My next surgeries are at the Paxcroft Mead Community Centre, on Saturday, between 9am and 10.30am and at Melksham Town Hall on September 7 between 10am and 11.30am.
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