Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.
Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.
Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!
Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.
Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/
It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.
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The Feast of St Nicholas, 6th December 2020, brought the December litter pick to the highways and byways of Rudloe (and a little beyond). Lockdown ended on 2nd December so we just had to follow the Tier 2 rules for our initial gathering. The title picture shows the chimney at the Bradford Road side of Pickwick Quarry.
Once again, a baker's dozen (Dave, Jan, Lorraine, Meg, John P, Gordon, Rod, Madeleine, Derrick, Rob, Brian, Mike and yours truly) 'gathered' (see above) for the December litter pick. And in this 'Time of Covid' a Private Eye cartoon from this week's edition is apposite ...
Brian and yours truly (along with Rob for part of the way) formed the Bradford Road/CORM121 (right of way)/Bath Road 'team' and between us we must have picked up around a dozen discarded masks. The cartoon reminds me of the situation a few years ago when Sainsbury's, and other supermarkets, introduced the more substantial,10p, plastic bags in an effort to reduce the 'throwaway bag' mentality. But (some) people continued to discard the 10p bags - see the 29th January 2016 article here: 29th January 2016 article (page down about half-a-dozen times).
The initial planning application (13/05724/OUT) for the Dickens Gate development stated: "In summary, the accident record along the local highway network over the three year period does not indicate any particular highway safety issue within the area considered. It is unlikely that the prevalence of accidents on the local highway network in the vicinity of the site will be materially affected by the proposed development." Famous last words.
The installation of a Toucan crossing at the Bradford Road/Skynet Drive/Rudloe Estate junction, now in November/December 2020, is odd for two reasons. The first is the timing - why now? The second is why here? There has been a need for decades, by the residents of Rudloe Estate, for a crossing at this point. A number of accidents, some serious, have occurred here. It appears that the coming of the crossing has been hastened by the construction of the Dickens Gate development, but with just 88 homes compared with Rudloe Estate's 250, this may be seen as yet another example of Wiltshire Council's negative attitude towards Rudloe Estate.
In view of the long-overdue requirement for this crossing, it may seem strange to ask the question, why here? But now, with the approaching development of 168 homes at the ex-RAF Rudloe No. 2 Site in Westwells Road, there will be a requirement for pedestrians from this new estate to access the school and bus stops in the Bradford Road and Leafy Lane. Where will this crossing be installed? In order to avoid two crossings (e.g. Westwells Road, Park Lane), it seems that the only option is somewhere in the vicinity of the mini-roundabouts at Rudloe Fiveways.