Wiltshire County Council was exclusively promoting its Eastern Bypass scheme, which would have been counter-productive and
spoilt the hills above Westbury.
Statements issued by Wiltshire Council, even if they are quite misleading, are reiterated verbatim by local newspapers, at
times presented as if factual news, without quoting the source, whereas statements by objectors to a roads-biased transport
policy are invariably presented as quotes and are usually 'balanced' with an uncritically-repeated contrary statement
obtained from the Council.
Conservatives at County Hall maintain ascendancy by manipulating the media. They control their own Wiltshire Magazine,
which is distributed to all residents with exclusively positive publicity for the Conservativesí plans and activities. Much the same
duds are re-elected with help from their Wiltshire Magazine.
I have lived in this area of the West of England for thirty-five years: Bristol, Salisbury, Bradford-on-Avon,
Trowbridge and Warminster. I think that we all have a right to offer a genuine informed opinion about the
siting of new roads.
I have never owned property on any of the routes through or around Westbury, or have any financial interest in the Westbury area,
or any family that do. I am not fronting the interests of others. I am not in any sort of business,
nor am I involved in any development. I have never bought a home with prospects of the traffic outside it being
reduced for my benefit at the expense of others.
Like most of us I own a car, but I also believe in integrated transport systems.
I walk our Salisbury Plain
Escarpment in West Wiltshire. I want to preserve it.
Our public money should not be wasted, our overall environment not worsened.
We are presenting information and commentary on ways forward for Westbury, with facts which you will not find within Wiltshire
Council's various publicity.
I set up this web-site because I think that it would be a sacrilege to put a road under the Escarpment and through the Wellhead Valley
but also not integrate with the major railway links and industries which are to the west of Westbury.