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Cllr Brian Mathew

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Cllr Brian Mathew

Wiltshire Councillor for Box and Colerne

The Old School, Yatton Keynell, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7BA

07771 607983 (mobile)

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  • Brian Mathew selection
    Article: Nov 5, 2018


    Local Liberal Democrats have chosen Dr Brian Mathew as their prospective candidate to be North Wiltshire's next MP.

    The result was declared at a packed members meeting at Kington Langley Village Hall on Saturday 3 November.

    The announcement came after Dr Mathew and his opponent Alistair Fernie had spoken to and answered members' questions. The meeting was the climax of a month long, intensive campaign

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018

    In the next day or so, North Wiltshire Lib Dem Party Members will be getting their invitations to come to meet and chose from the two approved Parliamentary Candidates battling it out to be selected to fight the next General Election. The Members meeting will take place at 1.30 pm on Saturday 3rd November at Kington Langley Village Hall. There members will hear from both candidates who will also answer questions. The ballot will close after this and votes counted. The result will be announced at the end of the Local Party AGM taking place at the same venue while the ballot is being counted. Members will also get details in their mailing as to how they can apply for a ballot paper to vote for their preferred candidate if they cannot get to the meeting. The two battling it out for the nomination are Alistair Fernie and Dr Brian Mathew.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2018
    In Colerne FOCUS, September 2018

    The issue of heavy goods vehicles driving up and getting stuck on Tutton Hill is to be discussed again at the Colerne Community Area Transport Group Meeting in September.

    Cllr Brian Mathew along with Colerne parish councillors has been trying to get the issue resolved by having weight and width restrictions imposed on vehicles attempting the climb. "This is the only way that the police can be empowered to take any action once an HGV is spotted on the route, which is so narrow at the top that even ambulances can have problems", said Dr Mathew.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2018
    In Colerne FOCUS, September 2018

    Emma Hucklebridge's campaign for a new post office in Colerne following the closure of the old post office is going to become reality in Mid-October.

    Emma who owns and runs Colerne News where the new post office local counter service is to be based is to be congratulated for her determination to bring a post office back to Colerne. "Contrary to some popular opinion she will not be making much out of the venture, but she believes that she can help serve the village and that this is the right thing to do.

  • Article: Sep 13, 2018
    In Box FOCUS, September 2018

    The Box Flood Wardens' group has been successful in its application for funding from the SEPD Resilient Communities Fund (£1,188.60).

    The group will be meeting to discuss the grant in October with the Wiltshire Council Flood Officer and putting proposals to Box Parish Council over their suggested roles, as these will be determined by the level of insurance cover that Box Parish Council is prepared to provide.

  • Article: Sep 13, 2018
    In Box FOCUS, September 2018

    The Rising Sun Memorial Community Interest Company have been granted the chance to purchase the site of the old pub from Wiltshire Council.

    The campaign to keep the site open for all to visit was launched late last year when over a thousand (1,085) residents and well wishers signed the Change.org petition to keep the site open as a place of rest and reflection, as well as a memorial, to the events of December 4th 1957.

  • 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."

  • Cllr Brian Mathew
    Article: May 22, 2018

    Tuesday's Council meeting saw the Lib Dems propose a motion to start a feasibility study into using waste plastic to repair our county's roads. This both environmental and economically beneficial motion has been passed to the overview and scrutiny committee to assess its use in Wiltshire.

    Cllr Brian Mathew proposing his motion argued that while, "parts of our planet are starting to drown under a sea of waste plastic, and with UK waste plastic no longer going to China for recycling, we have to find another way and find a use for this material here at home. What is less known is that it is already underway in the UK. And if this was extended to all local Authority areas, a productive use for as much as 60,000 tonnes of waste plastic could be found each year in UK roads."

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    At the end of an at times fractious day discussing the budget, the full council meeting ended with cross party agreement to support Dr Brian Mathew's motion to assess the feasibility of scaling up the 'Shared Lives' programme in Wiltshire. This will now go to the next cabinet meeting to establish how this can go forward. There is a potential for a real 'win-win' here for both adult social care in Wiltshire and serious savings for the Council's budget.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2015

    Following news of Tesco's challenging financial situation it has been revealed that they have stopped the proposed development in Royal Wotton Bassett but still intend to develop a new store in Calne, although no dates have yet been given indicating when this will happen.

    Wiltshire's Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that local residents views have been considered and that Royal Wootton Bassett's historic town centre will now be protected but are calling for the land to be offered to another group that could contribute to the Towns infrastructure and not let it be held in a Tesco Land Bank.