Cllr Pat Aves
Melksham Town Councillor for Melksham Forest
29 Ingram Road, Melksham, SN12 7JH
01225 700633 (landline)
07804 653208 (mobile)
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."
Article: Jun 24, 2011
Melksham has a new Town Councillor, elected on Thursday.
In a stunning victory, Pat Aves (Lib Dem) received 47% of the vote, beating Labour into third place (19%) and the Conservatives in second (32%).
Speaking after her victory was declared Pat commented "I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen by the people of Melksham Spa to represent them on the Town Council. There is much that I would like to see done in our community and I will be working hard for our town and our area".
Article: Jun 22, 2011
In a staggering u-turn, the County Hall Conservatives have agreed to the demands of Melksham people, and agreed to locate the new Community Campus in the town centre rather than at Woolmore Farm.
Local Lib Dem Jon Hubbardsaid "We've been fighting the Conservatives plans for almost a year now. It's taken my petition of over 2000 signatures, two consultations, countless town and council meetings, and a town poll, but finally the Conservatives have been forced to listen.
Article: Jun 6, 2011
Local Campaigner Pat Aves is holding her next Melksham litterpick on Thursday 16th June, at 6pm on Hazelwood Road (meet near Cedar Close).
Please come along to help clean up Melksham, and meet the Lib Dem candidate for the town council election on the 23rd June. Phone 01249 652602 for more info.
Pat is a Melksham local, who has campaigned for the town centre Library and Youth Centre, and against Conservative Plans to move it from the town.
Melksham overwhelmingly votes against the Conservative plans to scrap the town centre Library and Youth CentreArticle: Jun 1, 2011
The people of Melksham have voted overwhelmingly against the Conservative plans to scrap the town centre Library and Youth Centre.
94% of the vote was against the propositionto move the Library and Youth Centre out of the town centre. More people voted in the Poll than voted for most of the Councillors that represent Melksham and it's surroundings, demonstrating the strength of feeling on the issue.