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.
Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.
January 2020 - the first litter pick of the new year took place on Sunday 5th January. The title photos show some of the ubiquitous McDonalds, and associated, detritus in Bradford Road and nine green bottles, not standing on the wall but extracted from the bramble patch on the Bradford Road opposite Skynet Drive.
The following photos illustrate the absolute folly of allowing clueless (or perhaps artful?) local officials to make planning decisions on our behalf. The 7.5-metre high, 67-metre long steel-clad monstrosity now blighting the landscape and views here is supposedly the home of Corsham Science Park. However, it will be seen from the hoarding that the units are simply for let to anyone who might have the remotest connection to science. This was simply a speculative proposal by an entity called the Masrich Pension Scheme whose principal schemer was and is Chris Watt of Wellow. This was no grand science project, but simply a money-making scheme for the principal involved and one which would not be countenanced on his home territory.
The Wiltshire Landscape Character Assessment (2004) states that views (of the Marlborough Downs, the Clay Vale and Salisbury Plain) from Rudloe were "important" and that new commercial developments should use low-lying brownfield sites. So a high-level, greenfield site was proposed for this speculation and our local councils (Box and Corsham) rolled over and supported it and then the planners at Wiltshire Council gave it the green light. Local councillors Philip Whalley (Corsham) and Sheila Parker (Box) who were members of the Northern Area Planning Committee both voted in favour of the development - an outrage, a catastrophe for our environment. The photographs in the gallery below illustrate the views which have been lost and which cannot now be recovered by this or future generations. And what have we been given? This absolute bloody blot on the landscape.