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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Rudloe walks in February 2019. One of the title pictures, taken on 11th February, shows 'man with theodolite' in Leafy Lane Wood taking readings for a commissioned report. Commissioned report I hear you say (is the rudloescene reader still out there?)! Commissioned by whom? Well, one presumes it can only be from the long-awaited purchaser of the woodland (and meadow) prior to the submission of a planning application for ... (to whom it may concern, I'm still waiting for that phone call). The other picture was taken in Skynet Drive on 24th February.
Two 'Box People' entered Rudloe without passports on 11th February 2019. Said people and yours truly ventured forth on a walkabout around Rudloe, Boxfields and Thorneypits to take in the sights. After the morning's sallying, lunch (or dinner as we call it in Rudloe) was taken at the Quarryman's before setting off to the south.
Let's move on a couple of weeks to Sunday, 24th February and another stroll around Rudloe on a misty morning
The land where the 88-home Bellway development and the Bath ASU commercial development are taking shape (above) is owned by farmer Robert Payne of Colerne. As indicated in the paragraphs below, it seems that the power and wealth that landownership provides trumps any requirement to continue one's calling (i.e. farming).
The maintenance of such strategic gaps as that between Corsham and outlying settlements was a significant plank in local (in the case of our strategic gap) and County strategic planning. The case for their maintenance could be found in Wiltshire Council Core Strategy and in the local case, Corsham Town Council Strategic Plan. I say 'could' as whilst this policy could be found in Corsham Town Council's Strategic Plan 2014-2018, which stated amongst its objectives:"To preserve an undeveloped gap between Corsham and outlying settlements, and between smaller, individual settlements", there is now no mention whatsoever of this objective in the Council's Strategic Plan 2018- 2022. So much for the value of local planning which can be seen to be so much hot air in the face of the power of unscrupulous landowners and speculative developers.
David Gibbons of Corsham, the owner of the land which constituted the strategic gap between Corsham and Rudloe (and shown in the photo above) is, or was, a member of Corsham Civic Society. It seems that the power and wealth that landownership confers trumps any and all questions of civic responsibility. Mr Gibbons' priorities are illustrated through a quote of his on the developer Redcliffe's website: “Redcliffe’s skill and expertise in dealing with the inevitable queries, potential setbacks and problems inspired great confidence and brought the whole thing to a very successful conclusion. We could not have been in better hands". Successful for him maybe but not for the countryside, the local farmer whose crops are now lost to development and the shattered local plans. The Redcliffe estate taking shape on his land will form one part of the conurbation of west Corsham thus despoiling our small market town. As one local wag put it on the 'Welcome to Corsham' sign on the A4: 'Building a new Slough in Wiltshire'.