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Hello, I am Alan Hill and I have been representing Calne South and Cherhill Division since Wiltshire became a Unitary Authority in 2009. Before that I was a Councillor on North Wilts District Council; I have been a Calne Town Councillor for 15 years...
I am a great believer in communities; I think the power of people working together to achieve a common objective is an enormous, largely untapped resource. I believe the role of a Councillor is to help local people to achieve their objectives either collectively or individually wherever possible. Wiltshire Council is a big organisation and an experienced Councillor is often able to direct someone who has a problem, to the appropriate part of the organisation where they are able to obtain help or advice.
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Alan's Recent Projects
Calne Campus Project
7 or 8 years ago when I was Chairman of Calne Area Board I was able to persuade Wiltshire Council that Calne should be one of the towns to have a Campus, and I led on the project until it’s recent conclusion. As a result, about £6.5M worth of development has taken place in Calne, including improvements to the Beversbrook sports and community facility, incorporation of the Calne Community Hub into the refurbished library building, and the refurbishment of the Leisure Centre that was completed in November 2020.
Road Safety on the A4
In Quemerford there is a housing estate of 69 houses on the south side of the main A4 road. Unfortunately, when the estate was created there was no footpath along the south side of the A4 so anyone wanting to walk to the local Primary School, local shops, or into Calne had to cross the busy road. Residents asked whether it was possible to get a zebra crossing installed so that they could cross the road safely, particularly at busy times when they need to get children to school or collect them.
Following investigation, Highways officers advised that it would not be possible to install a zebra crossing on the A4 at that location; however, after more research, I realised that it might be possible to create a footpath on the south side of the A4 if the necessary funding could be made available. Following some cajoling, officers agreed that funding could be made available to install a footpath on the south side of the A4 to link into the existing footpath network closer to the town. This work was eventually completed and the photograph shows a local Mum and her children who no longer have to cross the A4 in Quemerford.
In order to further enhance road safety in this busy area, I was also able to arrange for the installation of a Speed Indicator Device as shown in the second photograph.
Air Quality issues
It has long been recognised that there are Air Quality issues in the centre of Calne, particularly along parts of the A4 and there is data to show that there are points where the levels of poisonous Nitrogen Dioxide gas exceed Government limits.
About five years ago I was able to get an Air Quality Management Area established in the centre of town in an attempt to control and restrict pollution. It is acknowledged that Nitrogen Dioxide comes from internal combustion engines and that the larger the engine the more pollution it causes. It is therefore recognised that vehicles, particularly HGVs passing through Calne town centre have to be controlled in some way if we are to have any chance of reducing pollution, in particular bringing Nitrogen Dioxide levels below Government limits.
Calne Area Board has established an Air Quality Task Group, which I have led, that has created an Air Quality Management Strategy in an attempt to deal with this situation. Recent data has shown that levels are generally decreasing in Calne and some of the previous exceedance points are now within Government limits. This improvement has been helped by work I have done over several years with Hills waste management facility at Lower Compton to persuade them to invest in the construction of a cross-site road and the implementation of a Traffic Management Plan that ensures that the majority of their HGVs do not have to pass through the town.