A Space That Could be Reimagined

Walking around Salisbury is an odd experience at the moment, there are some very large empty buildings. The most obvious is the former BHS and Debenhams stores, prime retail spaces that are currently unused. In addition to this is the former bingo hall (Regal Theatre) on Endless street, then diagonally opposite are the former social work offices and at the…

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A Love Letter to Salisbury

Dear Salisbury, You are the place that I was born and grew up, my family have a longstanding history of being Sarumites. I have at times grown tired of you, resented you and even moved away. When I have lived elsewhere, I have felt and seen first hand the passion that people have for their home towns and cities. They…

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Voice of Business Is the Voice of Common Sense

ANOTHER day, another business warning that the plans to make Salisbury more pedestrian and cycle friendly will cost them a fortune. This time it’s the Cathedral View B&B in Exeter Street, where residents’ parking will make way for a cycle lane. The proprietor reckons it will lose him 50% of his takings. Who drew up these plans? Was it in…

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Local Radio a Real Loss

It’s been coming for a while, but the time is almost here. On the first of September, Spire FM will become Greatest Hits Radio. Ever since 1992, Salisbury has had its own local radio station. It proclaimed to be the Spirit of Salisbury and delivered #properlocalradio. Love it or hate it Spire FM has done some great things in this…

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The Death of One Local Business Will be One Too Many

HUSBANDS do have their uses, and this week mine made a valuable contribution to my inner debate about how to unclog Salisbury’s roads. “You can’t predict the traffic patterns of the future based on what’s happened in the past,” he pointed out, “because after this pandemic people will be working from home more. We hope.” Well, I had got so…

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Yet more legal action over Old Sarum airfield

The operators of Old Sarum Airfield are aggrieved. Again. Having failed to persuade a government inspector and a High Court judge with arguments in favour of their development plans, they’re issuing a writ against Wiltshire Council alleging breach of contract. The council, or at any rate its Salisbury District predecessor, flirted with them and led them on, they complain, and…

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Take the through traffic away!

“I’m talking to my tomatoes,” said my husband, as he prepared breakfast in the lovely tree house where we were spending the weekend. That’ll teach me not to interrupt his concentration. Classic “men can’t multitask” territory! And to be fair, he had brought the tomatoes with us from our greenhouse, where he’s been tending them for several weeks now. Anyway,…

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