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Cllr Ian Thorn

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Cllr Ian Thorn

Lib Dem group leader on Wiltshire Council Wiltshire Councillor for Calne Central Calne Town Councillor for Central

9 Roundhouse, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0BE

01249 816351 (landline)

07779 293169 (mobile)

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  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    The almost 16,500 people who protested the Conservative Run Wiltshire Council proposals to close the counties outdoor education centres will be celebrating today following a proposal to save the service.

    "I hope the Cabinet have learned many lessons here. The original closure of both Braeside and Oxenwood was announced behind closed doors at a Cabinet meeting last March. The time allowed for expressions of interest was too short. Staff were not properly consulted. All of that was wrong. Many people have worked hard including my Liberal Democrat Councillor colleagues to get us to a better place unlike the Labour Councillors who couldn't be bothered to attend key meetings.

  • LED Street Light
    Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Cllr Ian Thorn

    Over the years Wiltshire Council has rejected Liberal Democrat Councillors calls for the Council to invest in LED street lighting. LED lights are cheaper, better and environmentally friendly.

    Sadly, our words fell on deaf ears until now.

    Currently just 3% of our County's our 45,000 existing lights are LED. Lighting Wiltshire's highways, car parks and amenity spaces costs‎ £1.9m a year. Electricity costs rose by 7% last year alone.

  • U-turn
    Article: Nov 19, 2018

    Reacting to the ‎news of Wiltshire Council's last minute U-turn to drop Sunday car parking charges due to start this Sunday, Leader of the Opposition and Lib Dem Group Leader on Wiltshire Council Ian Thorn said,

    "I'm delighted that Wiltshire Council's Cabinet have finally seen sense. These Sunday parking charges were a terrible idea.

  • Sunday parking charges graphic
    Article: Nov 2, 2018

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats have launched a County wide petition to force a full Council debate and vote on controversial new car parking charges.

    The new charges for Sunday and Bank Holiday parking in Wiltshire Council car parks will be introduced from 19th November in the run up to Christmas.

    The Lib Dems hope to get 5,000 signatures on a petition calling for the charges to be dropped. If successful, that will force a full debate and vote on the charges at the next meeting of Wiltshire Council in the New Year.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    In Calne Central FOCUS, November 2018

    Calne Central's Ian Thorn has described the increases in car parking charges, including introducing charges on Sunday's and Bank holidays, as a massive slap in the face for local residents and businesses. "This can only have an impact on our already hard pressed businesses, tourists and shoppers to the town,' said Ian. 'In Calne we are lucky that the town council provides funding for two hours free parking in the Church Street car park. Whether they will able to extend the funding for Sundays and Bank holidays is another matter.'

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    In Calne Central FOCUS, November 2018

    Thank you to the hundreds of residents who completed our State of Calne survey. The big issues will be no great surprise: traffic congestion, housing, potholes and a lack of shops and community facilities in the town centre.

    Proposals to build retirement flats in the centre of town and possibly 57 flats on the site of the Co-op will do nothing to bring shops and community facilities. It's important that local residents speak out on these proposals. On pot holes, Wiltshire Council doesn't currently budget to repair potholes unless it's given a government grant to do so.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    In Calne Central FOCUS, November 2018

    Cllr Ian Thorn has backed the campaign to oppose a planning application submitted by Churchill Retirement Living off the Pippin. "I'm in favour of specifically designed homes for the elderly if the demand can be proved. However this proposal is far too large, doesn't provide enough parking, or enough space for shops and undermines the Masterplan the Town Council have been working on for some years."

  • County Hall, Trowbridge (Robert Cutts (pandrcutts) at https://flickr.com/photos/21678559@N06/26911210273)
    Article: Oct 25, 2018
    By Cllr Ian Thorn
    Dear Editor,

    At this month's Council meeting Wiltshire Liberal Democrats raised both our County's preparations for Brexit and tangible recognition for our armed forces and blue light services.

    Predictably both of our proposals were backed by the Lib Dem Councillors and opposed by the ruling Conservatives. However one voice was totally silent, Labour's. The reason was simple. None of their Councillors were there.

    This is not the first time when Labour have "disappeared" on important issues. They failed to show up to the key meeting that would have forced a review of the Conservative's decision to sell off the County's Outdoor Education Centres at Braeside and Oxe‎nwood.

    Perhaps Labour Councillors feel a longer lunchbreak and beating the traffic home is more important than speaking up for Wiltshire's residents. Perhaps they feel that pressing the Tories to act on key issues is a waste of time. If so, then we Liberal Democrats disagree fundamentally with them.

    Holding Wiltshire's Conservative leadership to account and putting forward constructive, alternative proposals is the responsibility of an effective Opposition. We provide that. Labour clearly does not. No doubt residents will remember this when they cast their votes in 2021.

    Yours sincerely,

    Councillor Ian Thorn,

    Leader of the Opposition and Lib Dem Group‎on Wiltshire Council

  • 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.