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The Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are a political organisation based in Chippenham. We work across and represent the five constituencies in Wiltshire, which include - North Wiltshire, Chippenham, South West Wiltshire, Salisbury and Devizes.

To find more details of our work locally in each constituency please click on the maps below. Or to find out more about the work of our Liberal Democrat group at Wiltshire Council scroll to the newsfeed beneath.

Chippenham constituencyDevizes constituencyNorth Wiltshire constituencySalisbury constituencySouth West Wiltshire constituency

  • Recycling
    Article: Oct 10, 2018

    Lib Dem Deputy Group Leader Cllr Ruth Hopkinson joined local residents in condemning Wiltshire Council's Conservative Cabinet‎'s decision to close the Everleigh Recycling Centre near Pewsey.

    "Wiltshire Council's Conservative leadership has consistently underspent on capital assets and maintenance. The Everleigh Household Recycling Centre is a victim of that short sighted approach.

  • County Hall, Trowbridge
    Article: Sep 25, 2018

    Wiltshire Lib Dems are warning that ‎the Council is heading for a financial crisis.

    The warning comes as papers published at the Council's Cabinet meeting show less than 60% of these savings are being delivered (£15.6m out of a desired £26.7m). Over £7m of these proposed savings are now "unlikely to be delivered". A further £3m can only be delivered "with risks".

  • Oxen/Brae For Sale graphic
    Article: Aug 2, 2018

    Reacting to the news that Wiltshire Council has received bids for its two Outdoor Education Centres, the Council's Opposition Leader and Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Ian Thorn said, "We have fought hard to stop the behind closed doors decision to shut Wiltshire Council's Outdoor Education Centres at Braeside and Oxenwood.

  • Rosemary Brown
    Article: Aug 1, 2018

    It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of former Liberal Democrat councillor Rosemary Brown this week.

    Rosemary was a Lib Dem councillor for 18 years, first being elected to Bradford on Avon Town Council in 1999 when she took over from Minna Gillham. She was elected to West Wiltshire District Council in 2003, along with future Chippenham Lib Dem Member of Parliament Duncan Hames. Rosemary served on West Wilts for six years representing Bradford on Avon South until the council's abolition. From 2009 until last May she was the Councillor for Bradford on Avon North on the newly formed unitary Wiltshire Council.

  • Cllr Josh Charles
    Article: Jul 13, 2018

    Lib Dems in Wiltshire are celebrating following another election victory with the election of Josh Charles to Westbury Town Council.

    The by-election saw the Lib Dems win with over 40% of the vote, ahead of a sitting Conservative Wiltshire Unitary Councillor in second place with Labour trailing in third

  • Article: Jul 11, 2018

    Wiltshire Council this week voted against backing a Lib Dem proposal to advocate a minimum of a 25% canopy of trees be planted in any new housing estate.

    Despite gaining cross-party support, including from members of the Cabinet, the Lib Dem motion to amend the council's core strategy was narrowly voted down by the Conservatives.

    Cllr Pat Aves who proposed the motion was disappointed that it had not been taken forward. Commenting on the decision she said, "This is a sad day for the people of Wiltshire and their future health and well-being. This was an opportunity for the Council, which claims to be for "Everyone", to be genuinely forward-looking and take a lead in promoting and addressing an inspired plan to make life better for all of us, as several other councils have already done."

    "I am especially disappointed in view of the fact that in a recent Freedom of Information request by a leading newspaper, WCC freely admitted to having cut down, 4,778 trees in the last three years. Whatever the reasons they were cut down, justified or not, I know of no plans to replace any of them. A recent experience in which we succeeded in saving a row of poplars in King George V Park in Melksham does not inspire me with confidence," said Lib Dem councillor Aves.

    Cllr Brian Mathew who seconded the motion was equally disappointed he said, "considering that Bristol City Council in partnership with the Woodland Trust are planning to go for 30% tree cover, it's a shame Wiltshire couldn't have been as equally aspirational."

  • Braeside Outdoor Education Centre
    Article: Jun 13, 2018

    The Conservative cabinet this week refused to guarantee the future of Wiltshire's two outdoor education centres beyond December.

    While we are pleased to hear there have been four expressions of interest in the two centres and that they will remain open until December, it is disappointing that the Conservatives have failed to appreciate the need to secure their long-term futures. This means any school looking to book trips for the summer of 2019 have no certainty over their ability to do so.

  • Cllr Eve Silvester
    Article: Jun 9, 2018

    Last night Eve Silvester and the Royal Wootton Bassett Liberal Democrats celebrated their second by-election victory in the town in less than a year.

    The by-election saw local resident Eve Silvester elected to Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council with just over 50% of the vote, ahead of the Conservatives in second place with Labour trailing in third.

  • Cllr Ian Thorn
    Article: Jun 5, 2018

    Proposals to end private pre-meetings of Wiltshire Council Planning Committees between Councillors and Planning Officers were rejected by Conservative Councillors.

    In a recorded, named vote all Conservative members of Wiltshire Council's Scrutiny Committee rejected the proposal. It was put forward by the cross-party Planning Committee System Task Group.

  • Cllr Ian Thorn
    Article: May 24, 2018
    By Cllr Ian Thorn

    The success of the campaign run by Lucy Gomes to reverse the potential closure our County's two Outdoor Education Centres at Braeside and Oxenwood is a great example of "people power". I congratulate Lucy, all those who spoke in support of the petition she organised and presented to last week's full Wiltshire Council meeting and all 16,000 Wiltshire residents who signed it.