2020 looks as if it will be a promising year. Our county town will be home to a number of events which are important to all residents, from the forthcoming Celebrating Trowbridge day on Saturday, 8th February at the combined locations of the Town Hall, Trowbridge Park and The Civic, to the opening of our greatly enlarged and refurbished Museum which, judging by the designs and plans which I have been fortunate enough to see, will be truly magnificent and provide a unique extension to our town’s cultural heritage.

The plans for Doric Park, which will provide quality playing fields next to the Trowbridge Rugby Club are coming to fruition, and your Town Council will be negotiating with Wiltshire Council to take on many local responsibilities, which we expect to be able to fulfil more effectively to the benefit of all residents. Many of you will be glad to know that at long last progress is finally being made regarding the development of the former Bowyers site, the name of which will be Innox Mills.

On the wider national stage, whatever our views may have been regarding Brexit, a decision is finally being made, so I sincerely hope that we can all put any damaging social conflict the referendum generated well and truly behind us. Please understand that I am not suggesting that we are in for an easy ride nationally, within Wiltshire or within Trowbridge: there will always be challenges and it is our responsibility on the Town Council, working with our staff and in consultation with all our residents, to choose the best paths for the future. I know my fellow councillors are committed to the best for Trowbridge and we will work closely together to continue to develop our services for the close-knit and vibrant community which I know from my tenure over the last several months is so well established.

A Happy New Year to you all and, on your behalf, please allow me to extend thanks to those that provide the services upon which we rely from the police, fire and rescue, social services and the incredible voluntary sector which is embedded in our community.

David Cavill FRSA