Road Closure Alert - B3098 Westbury Road & Melbourne Street, Bratton. 30th November - 2nd December 09:00 - 16:00
29 November 2020

Road Closure Alert - B3098 Westbury Road & Melbourne Street, Bratton. 30th November - 2nd December 09:00 - 16:00

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Urgent Closure of: B3098 (Part), Bratton

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 30th November 2020, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing, ironwork adjustments, road markings and associated maintenance.

B3098 (Part), Bratton; from its western boundary with Hitchfield Farm to its eastern boundary with Fitzroy Farm.

Alternative diversion route for high sided vehicles: via B3098 (unaffected length), C40, A360, A361, A350, Bitham Park, B3098 (unaffected length) and vice versa.

Alternative route for all other vehicles: via B3098 (unaffected length), A360, A361, A350, Bitham Park, B3098 (unaffected length) and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

These works will commence on 30th November 2020 and are anticipated to be required between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00 until 2nd December 2020. 

This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days. For further information regarding these works please contact Andy Coles (Atkins) on behalf of Wiltshire Council on 01225 730360

Misuse of Footpath MLAV27
24 November 2020
Members of the public are reminded that the footpath (MLAV27) leading from the Plain down to the bridleway (MLAV26) between Market Lavington and West Lavington is designated as a footpath only. Improper use of MLAV27 is rapidly destroying the footpath's surface and should cease immediately.
Designated routes and types of rights of way can be found here

Broadwell Parking - Market Lavington
19 November 2020

Broadwell Parking - Market Lavington

A collapsed drain under the Broadwell parking area has lead to surface damage. Wiltshire Council has agreed to pay for the replacement of the section of drain and repairs to the surface, using their own contractors. This work is likely to be done at short notice.People parking in this area are asked to leave their contact details in their windscreens, in case vehicles need to be moved. Thank you

Market Lavington Community Minded Person of The Year
16 November 2020

As St. Arbucks is closed due to government restrictions, please send your votes to clerk@marketlavingtonparishcouncil.gov.uk stating who you are voting for, your reason for voting for them and your postcode.

Deadline 30th November.

Temporary Closure of: Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington (Ref: TTRO 6817) 30th Nov - 1st Dec.
10 November 2020

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of: Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington (Ref: TTRO 6817)

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:

Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington; from its junction with Parsonage Lane for its entire length.

To enable: Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing and associated works.

No alternative route is available; access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible.

The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order which previously came into operation on 01 October 2020 will now recommence on 30 November 2020 and the closure will be required until 01 December 2020. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order has a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Wiltshire Council on 01225 730360.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

26 November 2020

Urgent Closure of: A345 (Part), Durrington, Figheldean and Netheravon
09 November 2020

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Urgent Closure of: A345 (Part), Durrington, Figheldean and Netheravon

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 10th November 2020, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable KWR Plant Hire to carry out tree works to fell and remove trees adjacent to the highway affected by Ash Dieback disease.

A345 (Part), Durrington, Figheldean and Netheravon; from its roundabout with A3028 / The Packway, Durrington to its junction with Lower Road, Netheravon.

Alternative route: via A345 (unaffected length), A342, A360, A303, A345 (unaffected length) and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

These works will commence on 10th November 2020 and are anticipated to be required daily between 08:30 and 17:00 until 22nd November 2020. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 21 days.

For further information regarding these works please contact Alec Pearson of KWR Plant Hire on 01476 861342.

Area Board Funding available for Devizes area
22 October 2020

Wiltshire Council recognised in its 2020/21 budget the importance of supporting local communities. Despite the financial challenges brought by COVID, the council confirmed that the funding it set aside will still be available for Devizes Area Board to support local initiatives. We therefore have funding for help with capital projects (buildings & equipment), for work with young people (mainly 13 to 19 years old) and a small amount of money for health and wellbeing work with older or vulnerable people. We have had very few applications with a lot of activities suspended due to COVID. However this may be a great opportunity to get ready for when we hopefully can all start again or to something a little different to help support those in our community.

You can find out more about all of these at https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-area-boards

If you want to discuss a possible application, please contact Andrew Jack at andrew.jack@wiltshire.gov.uk or 01225 713109

Online Parish Council Meeting for October
21 October 2020

After many complaints about the risk of injury, when walking along the footpath between Church Street and the Community Hall Car Park in the dark and 3 years of researching options, in a world where regulations seem to change from month to month, the Parish Council has now placed a contract for lighting the path. This will include a back board to prevent light spilling beyond the edge of the path.

Spending was also agreed and contracts will soon be placed for replacing the wall at the top car park by the Village Green, installing a Christmas Tree in the Market Place, and a Speed Indicator Device to be located on Spin Hill.

Wiltshire Council will be working to clear the drains on White Street, to avoid flooding and damage under the road, and are putting up village gateways as a clearer sign that drivers are approaching a built up area. They will also be sent a list of white lines and painted symbols that need repainting.

The way rubbish bins are used is changing. Instead of sweet wrappers, they are being used for dog poo in bags. Because of this the bins are being moved from inside the playgrounds to just outside them.

Urgent Closure of: A360 High Street, Littleton Panell
19 October 2020

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 26 October 2020, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway patching and associated works.

A360 High Street, Littleton Panell;from its junction with C40 Cheverell Road to its junction with B3098 Cheverell Road.

Alternative route: via A360 (unaffected length) - A361 - A350 - Bitham Park - B3098 and vice versa.The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

These works will commence on 26 October 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 5 days between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00 on 26, 27, 29 and 30 October 2020 and between the hours of 07:00 and 22:00 on 28 October 2020.

This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days.

For further information regarding these works please contact Wiltshire Council on 01225 713376

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN  REF:20-21S240

Temporary Closure of Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington (09/11/20 - 10/11/20)
15 October 2020

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of: Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington (Ref: TTRO 6779)

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:

Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington; from its junction with Parsonage Lane for its entire length.

To enable: Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing and associated works.

No alternative route is available; access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible.

The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order which previously came into operation on 01 October 2020 will now recommence on 09 November 2020 and the closure will be required until 10 November 2020. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order has a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Wiltshire Council on 01225 730360.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

05 November 2020

What are Health Improvement Coaches?
08 October 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of the Health Improvement Coaches service which will form part of the new Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub!

What are Health Improvement Coaches?

Health Trainers are changing to become Health Improvement Coaches and they will have a greater focus on supporting mental wellbeing whilst still supporting clients to improve their health.

Do you want support to manage your stress? Do you want to stop smoking?

Are you struggling to lose weight? Has lockdown left you feeling anxious?

Do you lack motivation to exercise? Do you want help to manage your alcohol?

A dedicated Health Improvement Coach can assist clients every step of the way in achieving and maintaining their goals. This will be achieved by providing practical advice and support to change behaviours and improve health and mental wellbeing. They can also help signpost to other services and activities. This free service offers one -to-one support for people aged 18 +.

What is the Health Improvement Hub?

The Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub is our new single point of access for all referrals and questions relating to the Health Improvement Coaches, Healthy Me (child and family weight management service) and Healthy Us – a new group weight management programme which is coming soon!

Self-referrals and referrals from professionals can be made by phone, email or via our website.

SSEN's advice on preparing for winter.
03 October 2020

As we once again find ourselves rapidly approaching what may be an especially challenging winter, SSEN would like to update you on how they can help to you prepare for bad weather and especially power cuts.

SSEN are keen to ensure that the most vulnerable are covered by their Priority Services Register (which is free of charge) and any existing members have updated any new or additional information they may now have. 

Making sure everyone that may need their help or reassurance during a sustained power cut is important to them, as customers are at the heart of everything they do.

Please read the attached leaflet.

Notice of Urgent Road Closure: Enford 29-30th September 09:30 - 15:30
29 September 2020

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Urgent Closure of: A345 (PART), Enford

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 29th September 2020 , the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out Repair sink hole on Northbound carriageway and associated works.

A345 (PART), Enford; from its junction with Fifield, for a distance of approximately 100m in a northerly direction

Alternative route: via A345 (unaffected length) - A342 - A360 - B3086 - The Packway - A345 (unaffected length) and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

These works will commence on 29th September 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 2 days between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 21 days.

For further information regarding these works please contact Pete Woods 07841367764 Wiltshire Council

Notice of Temporary Road Closure - B3098 High Street (Part), Market Lavington 4th - 7th November 19:00 - 06:00.
24 September 2020

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of: B3098 High Street (Part), Market Lavington (Ref: TTRO 6748)

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:

B3098 High Street (Part), Market Lavington; from its junction with Fiddington Clay to its junction with Stobberts Road.

To enable: BT to carry out works in underground structure in carriageway.

Alternative routes:

HGVs: via B3098 (unaffected length) – C40 High Street / Cheverell Road – A360 – A342 and vice versa.

All other traffic: via B3098 (unaffected length – A360 - A342 and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 04 November 2020 and the closure will be required between the hours of 19:00 and 06:00 until 07 November 2020. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Sunbelt rentals on behalf of BT on 0370500792.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN29 

October 2020

ML PC Note: The Transport Department have been advised that the posted diversion route for HGVs is unsuitable. They have been asked to amend the diversion and instruct the contractor accordingly.

NHS COVID-19 App launching this week
22 September 2020

The NHS COVID-19 app will launch in England on Thursday 24 September.

In the run-up to the launch, Wiltshire council is engaging with businesses and venues across the county to provide guidance for those required by law to print and display posters to help users of the app check in and record their presence.

The posters, which display a unique QR code for each setting, can be scanned by the app, which then saves information that can be used to help contact tracers in the event of an outbreak.

Settings that are currently required to keep records of visitors for contact tracing purposes must still maintain their own register to collect the contact details of those who have not, or could not, install the app.

Venues include facilities provided by local authorities and town and parish councils, including town and village halls, leisure centres, libraries, community and children’s centres.

Read more information about which venues in England should display the official NHS QR code poster.

Venues that are required to display the official NHS QR code poster can download and print the QR code posters from the Government website.

For further details on the announcement please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs.

We encourage businesses in our local area to download and display QR code posters to ensure they comply with this latest legislation.

Green Homes Grant Scheme
22 September 2020

Homeowners and landlords can now access funding to pay for the cost of energy saving measures under the new Green Homes Grant scheme and businesses are being encouraged to register their services.

The scheme means homeowners can obtain up to two-thirds of the cost of energy saving measures – up to £5000. Lower-income households could be entitled to claim as much as £10,000 to cover the cost.

Home improvements covered by the scheme include insulation of walls, floors and roofs, installation of double or triple glazing to replace single glazing and low-carbon heating. These measures could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

The scheme supports the council’s Climate Strategy and helps us prepare for the future by protecting the environment and saving money for homeowners through long-term energy savings

Please promote this scheme to your local communities and businesses. Homeowners can get more information and apply at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme. Businesses can find out more and register at https://www.trustmark.org.uk/.

Notice of resurfacing works programmed along Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington 1st - 2nd October 09:00 - 16:00
17 September 2020

Notice of resurfacing works programmed along Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington. The site extents plan can be seen attached.

These works involve repairs to the existing carriageway, the installation of new road markings and the adjustment of surface ironwork.

The works will commence on Thursday 1st October 2020 and will be completed by Friday 2nd October 2020 between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00, however, on occasions they may over run due to uncontrollable circumstances such as plant breakdowns, if weather conditions are unfavourable, or occasionally we discover the need for additional repairs once the work has started. The road will be open as normal outside of these hours.

Due to the nature of the works and the local environment, the works will be carried out within a temporary road closure, to ensure that adequate health & safety is maintained for the contractor & local residents.

Road Markings and Ironwork adjustments may need to be completed at a later date.

The Contractor will maintain pedestrian access for residents for the duration of the works; but depending upon what operation is being undertaken and where it’s being undertaken residents may find that when accessing or egressing from their property in their vehicle, they may experience a delay and have to wait for plant to be moved out of the carriageway. I have suggested to residents that when leaving their property, to allow extra time for any possible delays and when returning to their property, there will be traffic management operatives located at the extents of the works, to speak to them, explain where they live, and they will be able to assist.

There will be points during the material laying process where vehicular access will be restricted as residents won’t be able to drive over the newly laid material, as early trafficking could lead to premature failure, therefore I have recommended to residents that if works are being undertaken in the vicinity of their property to speak to the workforce in advance to ask if there will be any restrictions with regards to access.

Signing will be in place advising that local businesses will be open as usual. A letter drop will be undertaken 2 weeks prior to the works to inform residents of the works taking place.

The contractors would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience these works will cause but trust you will appreciate the necessity for these essential works to maintain Wiltshire's highway network.

Information for Parents and Carers
14 September 2020

Please see attached poster which explains what to do if your child displays symptoms of Covid-19.
If your child does not have symptoms of Covid-19 but has other cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they or members of your household do not need to self-isolate. Your child can attend school if fit to do so.

Lavingtons and Cheverells Benefice - SEASON OF CREATION: JUBILEE FOR THE EARTH
08 September 2020

The Season of Creation is the time when the world’s 2.2 million Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. It runs annually from 1st September to October 4th. The season of Creation unites the Global Christian Family around one shared purpose.

During this season we are delighted to be able to host a series of evening talks which will give an opportunity for people to hear more about the importance of Creation Care.

These talks will be held on zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7.30. Each talk will last about 30-40 mins followed by a time for questions and answers.

9th September Creation Care at the heart of our faith

Peter Harris, Co-founder of A Rocha

16th September Supporting wildlife in our local area

Gary Mantle, Chief Executive Wiltshire Wildlife

23rd September The work of Operation Noah

Darrell Hannah, Chair of Operation Noah

30th September How then shall we live?

Lydia Reese, Diocesan Environment Group

If you would like to listen to the talks

please email mrsannewilson@gmail.com for joining details.

Worship Together - Lavingtons, Cheverells and Easterton Sunday Worship
07 September 2020

During this period of semi-lockdown, when the church buildings are closed for worship, we are holding a Sunday service via Zoom at 10am every Sunday.

This short service will be followed by a time of small group fellowship.

If you would like to join us, please follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2497751

Currently the churches at West Lavington, and Easterton are open for private prayer on Wednesday afternoons, 1 pm to 4 pm, and Sunday mornings 9 am to 12 noon. This leaves 72 hours between open sessions.

Market Lavington is currently closed to allow some maintenance work to be done.

Great Cheverell Church is open every day from 10 am to 4 pm unless closed for cleaning and maintenance.

Please follow the instructions in the church for keeping socially distanced and leave your contact details for “Track and Trace should there be a local outbreak of COVID-19.

The office is now open twice a week,

Mondays and Thursdays, from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Rev Marion Harrison can be contacted on 01380 816963

lavingtonrector@gmail.com

Public use of the Village Green
01 September 2020

Villagers are reminded that the village green located above the Community Hall, adjacent to St Mary's church is public open land.  Anyone wishing to congregate there does not require permission from the Parish Council.

Current government Covid-19 restrictions must be taken into account:

You can meet in larger groups for weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies and services, community activities and support groups - which should be limited to no more than 30 people and subject to COVID-19 secure guidelines.

It is otherwise against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host larger groups. This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. The government will be introducing fines for the organisers or those who facilitate illegal gatherings of over 30 people.

If taking part in activities with larger groups, you should take particular care to follow social distancing guidelines. In addition to those guidelines, the following principles should be observed to ensure you meet people in a way that minimises the risk of spreading infection:

  • limit the time you spend interacting with people from outside your household or support bubble to the activity which you are partaking in
  • limit the number of different activities which you partake in succession to reduce the potential chain of transmission
  • group size should be limited to the minimum which allows the activity to take place
  • maintain high standards of hand hygiene
  • if organising an activity, you should carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment to identify actions which could minimise the risk of transmission. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety.
  • you are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
Wiltshire Council’s new website goes live on Tuesday 25 August
25 August 2020

The council’s new website goes live tomorrow with improved security, accessibility and reliability making it easier for our residents to find the information they need. Whilst the site will look different to the current one, the content will remain the same following the first phase of the project.

The new website will be aligned to the gov.uk format to improve the customer experience.

The next phase of the project is to review and rewrite content on the website to reduce the number of pages and ensure residents can find information simply, quickly and easily. By making these improvements the council hopes to reduce demand on customer services staff by ensuring residents can complete transactions easily online.   

The Elisha Field (Opening and Closing Times)
24 August 2020

Following complaints about the confusing closing times of the Elisha Field. Market Lavington Parish Council had discussions with interested users and the volunteers who lock the gates. 

Instead of closing at Dusk, which has multiple definitions and is not easily found, the Elisha Field will close to the public at sunset. 

It will still be available to organisations booking facilities after sunset, but it will not count as open to the public. 

The Elisha Field will continue to open from 8am. 

The editor of the Parish Magazine has been asked to publish sunset times each month. 

The gates are locked and unlocked by volunteers. 

The gates may open early or close late depending on the volunteers hours, but the Parish Council will not guarantee that it will be open, between sunset and sunrise. 

If you are at the Elisha Field after sunset, and the volunteer wants to lock up please leave promptly and treat him or her politely and with respect. 

Sunset times for Market Lavington 

August 22 8.14pm 

August 29 7.59pm 

September 5 7.43pm 

September 12 7.27pm 

September 19 7.11pm 

September 26 6.55pm 

https://sunrisesunset.willyweather.co.uk/sw/wiltshire/market-lavington.html

Courtyard Surgery Flu Clinics
24 August 2020

Courtyard Surgery Courtyard Surgery will be offering appointments once vaccines arrive. If you are in an eligible group you may be offered vaccination when you have Another appointment. 

People in the 50-64 year old group will not be offered vaccination until later in the season.

 Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible as there is reduced seating available to ensure social distancing. 

Please be ready for your injection. 

Please bring a face covering and use the alcohol gel by the entrance. 

A one way system will be in place within the surgery.

Market Lavington Surgery Announces Its Plans for the 2020 Flu Clinics
24 August 2020

This year, perhaps more than ever, it is important that those at risk and the most vulnerable within our community receive a flu vaccination. Market Lavington Surgery has worked hard to provide a solution that allows flu clinics to take place whilst maintaining social distancing and managing the ongoing threats posed by Covid-19.

Clinics will be held at the Surgery on the following dates:

Saturday 17th October Morning

Thursday 22nd October Evening

Friday 23rd October All Day

Thursday 29th October Evening

Saturday 31st October Morning

Thursday 5th November Evening

Friday 6th November All Day

Appointments must be pre-booked. A ‘turn up and wait’ service will not be operating this year.

Vaccinations will be offered in the first instance to the over 65s, as well as to those at risk due to an underlying health concern. If you believe you are eligible for a flu vaccination, please contact the Surgery on 01380 812500 to book your appointment.

Please note, the procedure on the day will be as follows:

  • Please ensure you wear a face mask at all times whilst inside the building. Alcohol gel will be available for your use.
  • Please arrive at your appointment time. If you arrive too early, you may be asked to wait in your car /outside the building until the time of your appointment.
  • On arrival, staff will direct you to a place to wait, in order to maintain social distancing.
  • Whilst waiting, you should remove all outer clothing/coats and roll up your sleeve.
  • All clinical staff will be wearing full PPE and there will be minimal contact with the patient.
  • Once you have received your flu vaccination, you will be asked to immediately leave the building via a separate exit.

The car park at the surgery can get congested during clinics. Please help the smooth running of the clinic by attending on foot, if at all possible. At this stage, vaccinations will not be offered to the general 50-64 year old population (unless you have a long-term health condition). 

Please await a further announcement or invitation from the surgery before calling to request an appointment. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these challenging times.

Urgent notice of road closure: Crookwood Lane, Urchfont 19th August for 3 days
20 August 2020

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Urgent Closure of: Crookwood Lane (Part), Urchfont

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 19 August 2020 , the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wessex Water to carry out mains leak repairs and associated works.

Crookwood Lane (Part), Urchfont; from approximately 85 meters Southeast of the railway bridge, for approximately 50 meters in a southeasterly direction.

Alternative route: via Crookwood Lane (unaffected length) - Stroud Lane - A360 - Broadway - Ledge Hill - Parsonage Lane - Grove Road - B3098 - Blackboard Lane - Crookwood Lane (unaffected length) and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

These works will commence on 19 August 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 3 days. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days.

For further information regarding these works please contact Wessex Water on 0345 604600 Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

REF:20-21S228

Notice of Temporary Closure of: Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington (Ref: TTRO 6683)
18 August 2020

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of: Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington (Ref: TTRO 6683)
Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:
Bouverie Drive, Market Lavington; from its junction with Parsonage Lane for its entire length.

To enable: Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing and associated works.

No alternative route is available; access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible.
The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.
This Order will come into operation on 01 October 2020 and the closure will be required until 02 October 2020. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.
For further information please contact Wiltshire Council on 01225 730360.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
24 September 2020

Notice of Road Closure and or disruption A360 Devizes
15 August 2020

Wessex Water are carrying out urgent repairs to the A360 (Potterne Road, Devizes between Wick Lane and Southgate roundabout) from 13th August to 19th August inclusive. There may be some traffic disruption and they apologise for any inconvenience. Reference: PG107-38289946001

Notice of Road Closure and or disruption Church Street West Lavington (A360)
15 August 2020

Wessex Water will be working in the area of Church Street, West Lavington (A360) from August 21 until August 25, 2020. There may be some traffic disruption and they apologise for any inconvenience. Reference: PG105-38147576001

Temporary road closures on the A345 to remove diseased trees on MOD land
04 August 2020

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), together with our partner Landmarc Support Services and their contractors, will shortly be carrying out essential tree-felling work on MOD land bordering the A345 to remove trees infected with Ash Dieback. The work will start on the 10 August and run through to the end of October.

In order to do this safely, we will need to implement a number of static and rolling road closures on the A345 and minor roads in the villages between Upavon and Durrington throughout the duration of the works. These will take place on weekdays between 09:30 and 16:30. Details of specific closures as they occur will be available on gov.uk using the link on the left, on twitter at @mod_dio or on the website one.network. Diversions will be in place and clearly marked.

Trees infected with Ash Dieback present a significant health and safety risk, especially alongside roads, public rights of way and woodland areas used by the public for recreation activities. For the safety of road users, it is therefore necessary to remove the infected trees along the A345 as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns please email nsc@landmarc.mod.uk or call 0800 022 3334.

Yours faithfully

Lt Col Tim Jalland

Commander, South West Training Estate, DIO

Temporary Closure A342 (part), Rushall, Charlton, Wilsford, Marden, Chirton & Urchfont (Ref. TTRO 6667), 14th September - 9th October 8 pm - 6 am.
03 August 2020

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of: A342 (Part), Rushall, Charlton, Wilsford, Marden, Chirton and Urchfont (Ref: TTRO 6667)

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:

A342 (Part), Rushall, Charlton, Wilsford, Marden, Chirton and Urchfont; from its junction with Pewsey Road to its junction with B3098.

To enable: Wiltshire Council to carry out verge and highway remedial works.

Alternative route: via A342 (unaffected length) – A360 – B3086 – The Packway and vice versa.

Alternative route for vehicles over 4.1 metres: via A342 (unaffected length) – A360 – Cheverell Road – High Street – A360 - B3086 – The Packway and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 14 September 2020 and the closure will be required between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00 until 09 October 2020. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Ben Leverett of Wiltshire Council on 07826943272.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

10 September 2020

Temporary closure of Crookwood Lane (part), Urchfont (Ref. TTRO 6664)
30 July 2020

Notice of Temporary Road Closure. 14th - 25th September 2020. Please seek an alternative route during this period. Crookwood Lane (part), Urchfont, (railway bridge).

Three biggest libraries in Wiltshire to open next week
29 July 2020

This briefing note provides an update on the phased reopening of some libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic

Support available for people who use prepayment gas and electricity meters
27 July 2020

A service that aims to help residents live in safer and healthier homes has secured additional funding to provide vouchers to households that use prepayment gas and electricity meters.

The Warm and Safe Wiltshire service is provided by Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

The vouchers are available to those who:

  • Have been affected by the impact of COVID-19, either socially or economically
  • Are at risk of self-disconnection (i.e. they may run out of credit before they are next able to top up for themselves
  • Are struggling financially and find it difficult to top up their meter

Every eligible household can receive £98, with the possibility of a further £49 if they are in particular hardship. All households that take up this offer would be expected to speak to a Warm and Safe energy advisor, who can provide useful advice about budgeting, energy efficiency and income maximisation. For more information people should contact Warm and Safe Wiltshire on 0800 038 5722 or go online.

School holiday activity provision 2020
27 July 2020

Parents looking for summer activities for their 5 - 12 year old’s can now find a wealth of opportunities all in one handy brochure.

Wiltshire Council asked local providers to send details of activities including charges, venues and dates to help parents plot how to keep children busy over the summer holidays.

The activities are aimed at 5 - 12 year old’s and are particularly to help those families with vulnerable children and children of key workers who need support over the summer.

The document is online and people are encouraged to check in regularly as the information will be constantly updated as new providers finalise details of their activities.

Read more

Fit and Fed
27 July 2020

Wiltshire Council are working closely with a local school and partners to continue to run a summer programme to help children stay active during the holidays.

Fit and Fed is a national programme combining sport with healthy food choices, as a response to the threat of hunger, isolation, and inactivity that some children experience during school holidays.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WC will be delivering it a little differently this summer, in partnership with Studley Green Primary School, Selwood Housing Group, The Trussell Trust, Anybody Can Cook and Active Trowbridge, ensuring families on lower incomes and those accessing free school meals continue to receive support during the holidays.

Read more about the programme

St Barnabas Nursery School are now taking applications for new starters ready for September 2020.
15 July 2020

St Barnabas Nursery School are now taking applications for new starters ready for September 2020.

15/30* hours free childcare is available for all 3 & 4 year olds (*subject to eligibility). 2 year old funding may also be available.

Please phone St Barnabas Primary School on 01380 813436 or email admin@st-barnabas.wilts.sch.uk for more information or to book your child's place.

Village Playgrounds Now Open
09 July 2020

All three village playgrounds (The Elisha Field, Broadwell & Hamilton Drive) have been inspected and are now open.  Please adhere to the advice regarding the avoidance of transmission of Coronavirus in the playgrounds.

Your local LINK Scheme needs volunteers
03 July 2020

Link Schemes are community-based, volunteer run charities based predominantly in Wiltshire which aim to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged, elderly or infirm people by providing transport and ‘good neighbour’ services.

Link schemes help to keep local communities connected to vital services, by connecting volunteer drivers (using their own cars), with passengers who have limited access to transport. Depending on volunteer availability, this can involve taking someone to a medical appointment, taking them shopping or providing ‘good neighbour’ services like prescription collection.

A donation is requested from passengers using Link volunteer cars to support the cost of running the service. Each Link scheme is run by a group of local volunteers managed by a local Link Co-ordinator. People wishing to use the service, simply call their local co-ordinator who will endeavour to arrange for a volunteer to carry out the task.

Due to Covid-19, the Link schemes have found themselves suffering from a high level of inactive volunteers because of age and/or vulnerability.

The Link schemes desperately new volunteers.

If you could spare time, or for more information contact 01380 722 241 or linkproject@communityfirst.org.uk

Government guidance update – shielding programme
02 July 2020

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding, taking into account that COVID-19 infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few weeks. This guidance remains advisory.

From Friday 6 July:

  • People who are shielding no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of their household.
  • People who are shielding will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people they do not live with, while maintaining social distancing.
  • People who are shielding can create a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.

From Saturday 1 August, the government is advising people to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Strict social distancing means people may wish to go out to more places and see more people but they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household or support bubble.

From 1 August:

  • Those shielding can visit shops, places of worship and outdoor spaces.
  • People shielding will be able to return to work if they cannot work at home as long as the business is COVID-safe.
  • Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible and in line with their peers.

More detailed guidance will be provided as the changes in advice come into effect on 6 July and 1 August.

Those in receipt of central government provided food boxes and medicine deliveries will continue to receive this support until the end of July if required. Anyone requiring this assistance should register online or call 0800 028 8327 before 17 July.

Stay alert when going out.
30 June 2020

If possible, you should wear a face covering in enclosed spaces e.g. on public transport or in some shops.

This may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with if you are infected but don't have symptoms yet.

Find out more: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home

Wiltshire Council consultation on plans to reopen library services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic
29 June 2020

The notice contains information on a Wiltshire Council consultation on plans to reopen library services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government's current COVID19 restrictions remain in place this weekend
26 June 2020

People are being reminded that the Government's current COVID19 restrictions remain in place this weekend and should continue to take personal responsibility for social distancing.

Following the announcement that many restrictions will be lifted on 4 July, Wiltshire Police is encouraging people to not only continue to follow the current guidelines over the coming week, but also be sensible and responsible with their behaviour over the coming months.

It comes as the latest statistics show that a total of 224 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued in Wiltshire between 27 March and 24 June but none have been issued since 31 May.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said: "A number of incidents nationally, including the situation at the beaches on the coast in Dorset, have highlighted the requirement to emphasise the continued need for us all to be sensible and adhere to social distancing.

"I know the media has been reporting the Government's latest announcement, that we will soon see pubs and restaurants reopen and will be able to spend more time with friends and loved ones.

"However, it is important to note that this lifting of restrictions does not happen until 4 July, so the current situation remains the same - the same restrictions are in place as they were last week and the week before.

"The Government has made it clear that we will only be able to enjoy these new freedoms if we are responsible with them. If cases begin to rise again, then we could very well see ourselves back in lockdown, so I urge everyone to use personal responsibility and behave in a way which will keep us all safe."

Read full story: https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/…/People-reminded-to-contin…

NO Campfires or Barbecues
26 June 2020

Never light open fires in the countryside unless in a safe designated area. A small open fire can quickly get out of control especially when conditions are dry https://www.dwfire.org.uk/safety/safety-outdoors/bonfires-and-garden-safety/

Hot weather warning
24 June 2020

Public Health England has today issued a heat warning encouraging vulnerable people to take care during the exceptionally hot weather forecast this week.

People ‘shielding’ indoors from COVID-19, older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young children are all more vulnerable from the higher temperatures.

Advice for keeping healthy:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, everyone is at risk of dehydration in hot temperatures, but babies, children and older people are particularly vulnerable.
  • Stay cool indoors: open windows when the air feels cooler outside than inside; shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight; move to a cooler part of the house, especially for sleeping.
  • Slow down when it is hot: exertion heats up our bodies so plan any strenuous activities (e.g. exercise, gardening) outside the hottest time of the day, typically 11am - 3pm.
  • Cool your skin with water, you could use a cool wet sponge or flannel, cool water spray, cold packs around the neck and armpits, or a cool, wet sheet.
  • Stay connected and listen to the weather forecast, knowing the forecast can help you plan ahead and adapt what you’re doing.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, protect yourself against the sun’s radiation and keep yourself cool by wearing thin cotton clothes.
  • Eat smaller meals, more often.Cold salads and fruit are the perfect summer foods.

For more information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke visit NHS Choices.

Garden waste renewals
24 June 2020

Since sending out garden waste reminders we’ve had more than 36,000 sign ups and over 32,000 of those have been completed online.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic garden waste collection renewals were delayed this year, but customers can renew their garden waste subscription if they wish to continue to receive the service. The cost of having garden waste collected will be £50 per bin for the year.

Current garden waste subscriptions were due to expire on 30 June 2020, but customers should continue to present their bin to be emptied on their usual collection day with their current 2019-2020 red sticker until they receive a new one. Garden waste bins displaying a red 2019/20 bin sticker will continue to be emptied until 31 August.

Once people have renewed, they will be sent a letter within three weeks, containing a new garden waste bin sticker.

People can renew or sign up to receive garden waste collections at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/gardenwaste People don’t need to contact us if they do not wish to renew.

Wiltshire Council joins Countryside Climate Network to help tackle climate change
24 June 2020

Wiltshire Council has today (Wednesday 24 June) become a founder member of a newly-launched network to promote the voice of the countryside in climate change discussions.

The Countryside Climate Network aims to ensure that the voice of rural knowledge and experience on climate action is listened to in Westminster, and asks that rural councils are an active participant in transforming the national economy into one that saves, rather than harms, our environment.

The network brings a voice on climate change to the two-thirds of the country who live outside major towns and cities, and calls for investment, such as the government’s delayed £100bn infrastructure fund, to be targeted at rural areas.

The council is also working closely with the Local Government Association (LGA) and the County Councils Network to develop a tool that measures the council’s levels of carbon emissions.

The tool will create a standard, comparable measurement for all councils in the country, which can then be used to baseline carbon emissions and report on them regularly, as Wiltshire seeks to become carbon neutral by 2030. The trial of this new system is expected to begin later in the summer.

The Countryside Climate Network has been established by UK100, a network of local leaders that campaigns on climate change. The 21 councils represent 14.3 million people in total, a quarter of the population (25%) and two fifths (41%) of England by area. The group is chaired by the Leader of Cambridgeshire Council, Cllr Steve Count. To find out more about the Countryside Climate Network, please see: www.uk100.org.

Opening certain businesses and venues from 4 July
24 June 2020

The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that all businesses and venues can re-open from 4 July 2020, except for the following:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play
  • Spas
  • Nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • Swimming pools including water parks
  • Exhibition or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business who run the venue

Cafes, restaurants and shops that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside, will still be permitted to open.

To support the NHS Test and Trace, businesses are being asked to keep a temporary record of their customers and visitors for 21 days. Many businesses will have a booking system but for those who do not have such facilities, the government will soon be issuing details of a system they can use that complies with data protection legislation.

Urgent road closure, Kings Road (part), Market Lavington 23rd to 25th July
23 June 2020

Please download notice below.

Today (Monday 22nd June) is closing date for local Discretionary Grant scheme
22 June 2020

The closing date for applications for a local Discretionary Grant is 5pm on Monday 22 June. Applications should be made via the online application form. They will then be reviewed and assessed with grants being paid from 22 June onwards.

This new fund is aimed at small and micro businesses that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to COVID-19, have ongoing fixed property-related costs and occupy property or shared office space with a rateable value below £51,000.

A one-off grant worth £5,000 will be awarded to eligible businesses to help them cope with the challenges presented by COVID-19. Eligible businesses include:

  • small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces such as mills, units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
  • regular market traders with fixed building costs such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed and breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief who would otherwise have received Small Business Rates Relief

Full guidance for applications, FAQs and the online application form are available at: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19-grants

Registration service resuming face to face appointments
21 June 2020

Wiltshire Council's Registration Service has now recommenced face-to-face appointments for the registration of births at its Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge offices.

We are in the process of contacting all parents whose children were born in Wiltshire but have been unable to register their child due to the lockdown restrictions.

There is an inevitable backlog of Wiltshire births to be registered so we are asking people to bear with us. We will contact people to make appointments so there is no need for people to call. Appointments cannot currently be made online. In accordance with registration guidance at this time, all babies born outside of Wiltshire will need to register their child in the district where the birth occurred.

From Monday 22 June the council will be able to arrange notices of marriage or civil partnerships for couples whose appointments were cancelled during lockdown. People should email ceremonies@wiltshire.gov.uk and we will then contact them to make an appointment. Appointments cannot currently be made online. New notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments can be made from 1 July 2020.

No date has been announced by Government as to when any ceremonies can recommence.

Read more: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/birth-registrations-recommence

Business Recovery Pack and Toolkit available for businesses across Wiltshire
21 June 2020

Wiltshire Council have launched a COVID-19 Business Recovery Pack for businesses reopening their premises.

The pack contains a round-up of government guidance, helpful tips on how to implement the guidance and safety advice posters and social distancing floor spots for businesses to use to keep their staff, customers and visitors safe.

These resources have been created to support businesses across the county as they adapt their premises to provide a safe and welcoming experience for customers. They also complement additional signage being used across Wiltshire high streets to encourage people to follow social distancing guidelines.

Read more: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/business-recovery-pack-and-toolkit-available-for-businesses-across-wiltshire

The COVID-19 Business Recovery Pack and toolkit can be downloaded online.

Time to renew garden waste collections
21 June 2020

Households that pay to receive garden waste collections have been sent an email or letter this week inviting them to renew their subscription by 14 August. New customers can also sign up to receive this service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic garden waste collection renewals were delayed this year, but customers now need to renew their garden waste subscription if they wish to continue to receive the service. The cost of having garden waste collected will be £50 per bin for the year (no increase).

Current garden waste subscriptions were due to expire on 30 June 2020, but customers should continue to present their bin to be emptied on their usual collection day with their current 2019-2020 red sticker until they receive a new one. Garden waste bins displaying a red 2019/20 bin sticker will continue to be emptied until 31 August.

Read more: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/time-to-renew-your-garden-waste-collections

Council tax payments resume for those who deferred
21 June 2020

Residents who decided to defer council tax payments as a result of COVID-19 have been reminded that payments are starting again this month.

In March, we gave all residents the option to defer paying council tax in April and May to help ease any financial pressure they were under at the time. In total, more than 5,800 households took up this offer.

For those who pay via direct debit, this will automatically be taken from their bank account. Otherwise, people should pay in accordance with the various payment methods shown on their bill. If anyone is still struggling to pay at the present time, they should contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0109 or email counciltax@wiltshire.gov.uk to discuss the options available to them.

Read more:http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/council-tax-resumes

Health Trainers - Devizes and surrounding communities
17 June 2020

As we move through these strange times, the health trainer service has still continued. We have found that many of our clients have wanted to wait rather than continue the sessions on the phone. Some have also wanted to wait because their priorities have changed for the time being. All completely understandable given the situation.

Many of the health trainers across the county have been redeployed to support the needs of Wiltshire residents in different ways. However we are now looking at ways to support the residents of Wiltshire through the Health Trainer service moving forwards.

We have made some changes to the ways in which we can hold the 6 sessions with our clients. Rather than face to face, we will now be offering support via phone (video calls or voice calls). We all hope that once it is safe to do so, we can revert back to seeing people face to face. 2 separate posters to highlight this are attached. HT Poster During Covid & Smoking Poster

Health Trainers support anyone aged 18 or over to improve their lifestyle health. We concentrate on five key areas: healthy eating and weight management, physical activity, reducing or stopping smoking, sensible drinking and practical steps to support emotional wellbeing. We also signpost to other services and activities where appropriate.

Health Trainers work with clients for up to six one-hour sessions, supporting them to achieve their goals, build healthy lifestyle habits and maintain the changes. Referral can be through professionals, such as yourselves, by completing the referral form attached and returning it to either health.trainers@wiltshire.gov.uk or WCOUNCIL.healthtrainers@nhs.net or clients can refer themselves using our online referral form. The local health trainer will then be in touch to book a first appointment within five working days. There is no charge for our service.

If you would like to get in touch with us directly, then I have included both mine and Lise’s details below. We are happy for direct contact to be made.

The generic contact details are email: health.trainers@wiltshire.gov.uk and Tel: 0300 003 4566

Many thanks and we look forward to working with you all soon

Deb and Lise

Health Trainer Referral Form

Deb Griffin

Health Trainer

Public Health

Tel: 07810757092
Email: deborah.griffin@wiltshire.gov.uk

Lise Griffiths
Health Trainer
Tel: 07423 662278
Email: Lise.Griffiths@wiltshire.gov.uk

Web: www.wiltshire.gov.uk

Covid-19 Healthy Lifestyle for Older People
17 June 2020

Wiltshire Council have created a healthy lifestyle guide that is aimed at older people during COVID-19 whilst social distancing measures are in place and more time is being spent in their own homes.

The guide can help with healthy eating, as well as the importance of hydration and physical exercise, and how this will all contribute to preventing the risk of falls during this time of social distancing, and also in the future.

If you or your organisation would like hard copies of the summary leaflet to distribute to older people who may find them useful, please contact Richard.Rogers@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Work to clear trees infected with ash dieback on Salisbury Plain
09 June 2020

In January, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) hosted a meeting with MOD stakeholders at Tidworth, to outline the work that Landmarc and DIO have to undertake to clear ash trees infected with dieback disease. This work is required to ensure we can keep Salisbury Plain as a 'safe place to train' for the military, as well as for the tenants who live and work here and the public who visit for recreation.

The first phase of work has been undertaken and completed at Ashdown Copse, near Tidworth, and we are now moving into the planning stage for phase two. The work for this summer and through to the end of March 2021, will take place at Warminster Ranges, Heytesbury and Norton Plantation, Imber, Erlestoke and Bratton and a large number of roadside trees found across the Plain. Dates and timescales still have to be confirmed but the table below illustrates when work may be undertaken:

Location

Proposed Timing

Warminster Ranges

July 2020

Imber

August/September 2020

Erlestoke

August/September/October 2020

Roadside Trees

September onwards 2020/2021

Ashdown Copse

September 2020 only

Heytesbury

January – March 2021

Norton Plantation

January – March 2021

Following tree felling work, a programme of site reinstatement and replanting will take place. This will start at Ashdown Copse this winter and then in winter 2021 in the woodlands we fell later this year. All work is being carried out under approved felling licences issued by the Forestry Commission and consent from Natural England and Historic England.

When we move to specific locations, further information will be published online to provide details on work proposals, operational timescales, track and road closures and access arrangements.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or require any further information, please contact Landmarc's National Service Centre on 0800 0223 334 or email nsc@landmarc.mod.uk

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub
05 June 2020

The Wellbeing Hub continues its work to support vulnerable individuals as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Following further information from the Government’s Shielding Helpline and analysis of recent contact rates which indicate a reduction in demand, the hub’s opening hours will change with effect this weekend (6 June).

The Hub will now operate Mondays to Fridays, from 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

We will continue to monitor demand for the hub and will ensure that our services are commensurate with need, both now and in the future. If anyone requires urgent support outside the hub opening hours, an emergency contact number is provided on the hub’s out of hours message for people to use.

Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) – you can now book online
05 June 2020

Online bookings have opened for trips to household recycling centres (HRCs), so people can now to book a visit to any of Wiltshire’s 10 HRCs, up to three days in advance.

Because of the need to limit people on site to ensure social distancing, in recent weeks there have been long queues at Wiltshire’s HRCs. These have been well managed, but this is not sustainable in the long term, so we have implemented an online booking only system.

From Monday 10 June, people can only visit a HRC with a pre-booked slot; anyone who turns up without a booking will not be allowed to access the site. Staff on the gate will check registration numbers against a list of bookings.

Other changes from Monday include:

  • Stanton St Quintin site will reopen, so all 10 sites are open.
  • All sites will revert to their usual summer opening times.
  • Sites will be able to accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles and, at some sites, asbestos once again.

Changes to ensure social distancing on site remain in place, so only one person can get out of each car, staff cannot help to unload waste, and trailers or vehicles 3.5 tonnes and over will not be permitted.

There are around 10,000 available booking slots across the 10 sites each week, and new slots are added every 15 minutes over the working day, so people should have plenty of opportunities to visit their local site.

Until Monday, sites are still operating the postcode entry system and operating at reduced hours. To find out more about the new booking system, please read our FAQs, or make a booking online.

Shielding of Extremely Vulnerable People
05 June 2020

At the Government’s press conference on 31 May, the Communities Secretary announced that those advised to shield due to being clinically extremely vulnerable can take initial steps to spend time outdoors.

The updated advisory guidance (available here) now states that a shielded person can go outside once a day with members of their household or, for those shielding alone, with one other person from a different household, if they wish to do so. This is in accordance with evidence that the rate of transmission is much lower outside.

Some important aspects of the guidance remain the same. Apart from going outside once per day, a shielded person should continue to avoid all non-essential face to face contact. This means they should not go to places like supermarkets or to pharmacies.

Accessing Green Space and Exercise
05 June 2020

On Monday 1st June, the Government updated its guidance on accessing green spaces and undertaking exercise safely.

In England, people can now leave their home to exercise and spend time outdoors for recreation with their household or in groups of up to six people from outside their household.

To stay safe, the public must:

• take hygiene precautions when they are outside

• wash their hands as soon as they are back indoors

• keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside their household at all times

• take hand sanitiser with them when they set off in case there are no handwashing facilities

The guidance (available here) includes an updated list of what the public can now do, advice for land managers and landowners, as well as a reminder to respect other people and protect the natural environment.

Further guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England was also published (available here).

People who play team sports can meet to train together, although anything involving physical contact is not allowed. It will also allow parents to accompany their children to coaching sessions carried out on a one to one basis or in small groups.

The guidance reiterates that people should wash their hands frequently and keep equipment sharing to a minimum. Outdoor and indoor gyms and swimming pools, playgrounds, fitness studios and other indoor leisure centres remain closed, except for facilities for training elite athletes. Indoor facilities such as clubhouses should be kept closed, apart from toilets and throughways.

The Cabinet Office’s FAQ document on what the public can and cannot do, and the guidance on staying alert and safe has been updated accordingly.

With the onset of cooler, wetter weather the Government is keen to remind people not to move any planned outdoor gatherings inside.

Latest Government advice on what to do if you have Coronavirus symptoms or if you have been alerted by NHS Test & Trace.
02 June 2020

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test.

Learn more at NHS UK

Support for older residents
01 June 2020

A new 'Active at Home' booklet has been launched by Public Health England today to provide practical guidance for older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The booklet is available to download here. Please encourage people in your community to download the booklet for themselves or share with family or friends that might find it useful.

Schools – booklet to help families return to school
01 June 2020

Schools have been open for children of key workers and the most vulnerable children throughout the lockdown, however as mentioned earlier, the Government has announced early years settings, primary school reception, years 1, 2 and 6 can return from 1 June. Secondary school years 10 and 12 will have some face-to-face contact from 15 June.

For all children, and particularly young children, going back to school with new structures and routines in place is going to feel very different. Schools across Wiltshire are working very hard to prepare pupils for these changes and the council is providing guidance and support where it is needed.

The council’s Schools Team has created a new information guide for parents and carers to support them get their children ready to return. The booklet provides useful advice and tips including:

  • Talk about the positives of going back to school
  • Talk about all the things you have done during the lockdown period
  • Think about ways for them to connect with their friends before going back
  • For younger children explain when this is going to happen i.e. there are so many sleeps before going back
  • Encourage open discussion
  • Start to encourage the number of times your children wash their hands and practise maintaining social distancing
  • Share school information with them to help them prepare for the changes
  • Put a routine in place in the run up to going back – get your child to talk to you about what the routine will look like

The booklet can be accessed online – www.wiltshire.gov.uk/downloads/22821

Financial support for vulnerable households
01 June 2020

Some Wiltshire residents of working age will pay less council tax due to a Government-funded scheme to support people from the impact of COVID-19.

This latest support package from the Government, which is being managed locally by Wiltshire Council, is aimed at working age families who already qualify for council tax reduction but still have to pay some council tax.

There are currently more than 16,000 working age households in receipt of a council tax reduction in Wiltshire, and around 11,000 of those will qualify for additional financial support under this scheme.

The scheme ensures that anyone who qualifies for council tax reduction will receive a further reduction of £150 in addition to their current council tax benefit. The scheme will not put accounts in credit, so those already in receipt of a 100% reduction will not be affected.

It also applies to those who are successful in claiming council tax reduction for the first time who may need some short-term support, before they return to work.

COVID-19 has left some people struggling financially and this extra money will provide support and hopefully ease the pressure for those who are already in a particularly vulnerable situation.

Qualifying households will shortly be sent a new council tax bill for 2020/21 by Wiltshire Council confirming they have been awarded a further reduction.

If anyone has any questions they should call 0300 456 0109 or email counciltax@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Street Markets Re-opening
01 June 2020

Following recent changes to Government guidance, Wiltshire Council run street markets will be open from Tuesday 2 June with stallholders now able to sell their full range of goods.

Social distancing will be in place at each of the markets, and the public are strongly urged to take notice of the signage at each site and ensure they do everything they can to adhere to the measures and keep at least two meters apart from each other and the stallholders at all times.

To keep stallholders and the public as safe as possible a socially distancing queuing system will be in place at each market for each stall. Stallholders will be regularly using hand sanitiser, and cleaning where appropriate, and people are also encouraged to pay via contactless where they can and when it’s available, and should not unnecessarily pick up items and put them back.

A number of stall holders have laid their stalls out differently to have a dedicated entrance and exit and operate a one way system and all have been advised to follow government guidelines around hygiene, regular hand washing and sanitising.

Council officers will be on site to manage set-up and ensure stalls are socially distanced, and arrangements are in place at each stall for a socially distanced queue system.

More information on opening times at each location including FAQs can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community-environment-street-markets.

Chippenham, Devizes, Royal Wootton Bassett and Salisbury markets are not Wiltshire Council-run so please check with the relevant councils to find out about their current arrangements:

Wiltshire Council Parking Enforcement
01 June 2020

The council will be reintroducing parking enforcement at all car parks, and on residential and on-street parking areas in the county from Monday 1 June. All parking permits and season tickets will also restart from this date, and parking wardens will enforce any parking contraventions.

On 25 March, the Government gave NHS and care workers free use of all council parking and this will continue until further notice. However, Wiltshire Council went one step further and suspended all parking charges, including in residential areas, from the 27 March which was to be reconsidered when the Government issued new guidance.

As the Government looks to return to a new normal, it is important we reintroduce parking charges and enforcement to ensure the highways and parking networks are working effectively.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the council’s budget, particularly in terms of lost income, and reinstating car parking charges will help us to continue to support our residents and businesses through these challenging times.

People using car parks should note the following guidance to help keep staff and residents safe and ensure social distancing:

  • Cash will be accepted (change not given) at all car parks, but please pay using a digital permit or contactless if you can. Not all car parks accept contactless payments, but all accept digital permits.
  • Signage will be in place to let people know of the charges and also to remind people to ensure social distancing when using machines or walking in car parks.
  • Where possible, people should park leaving one space or more between cars to aid social distancing. This may not always be possible, but it may be achievable in quieter car parks.
  • NHS workers and care workers must place supporting evidence in their windscreen when parking to be eligible for free stays, such as photocopies of work passes with sensitive information removed, or a letter of evidence on headed paper from their employer.

All valid parking permits and season tickets will be restarted from Monday 1 June with the other charges – with the nine weeks of the suspension period automatically added on to the end of parking permits and season tickets. For example, if a person has a parking permit or season ticket that expires on 31 August, that permit or season ticket will now automatically be extended to end on 2 October, nine weeks later. People do not need to contact the council for this extension; it will happen automatically.

Refunds can be given to people who no longer need extended season tickets – contact parking@wiltshire.gov.uk for more information.

UK Heatwave plan
01 June 2020

With the very dry and sunny weather conditions this weekend and forecast to continue, Public Health England has updated its Heatwave Plan for England taking into account COVID-19, to help people stay as safe as possible.

The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. Many of those who are at risk of harm from heat are also at greater risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 and may need to spend more time at home than they would usually. Others may need to stay at home because they are self-isolating or recovering from the infection.

We still have much to learn about how COVID-19 affects the body but both heat and COVID-19 infections put a strain on the heart, lungs and kidneys and are linked with inflammation in the body. As a result, people shielding or displaying COVID-19 symptoms are advised to take extra precautions.

For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave.

Government food parcels – opt out
01 June 2020

Those people on the extremely vulnerable shielded list that receive a Central Government food parcel are able to opt out of receiving further parcels should they wish.

Residents to whom this applies, are required to re-register at the Government website www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable. Once re-registered they need to click that they do not need support with food to prevent further parcels. Alternatively, they can call 0800 028 8327and follow the instructions.

Residents will need to have their NHS number to hand to complete the process.

NHS test and trace: how it works
01 June 2020

An overview of the NHS test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

GOV.UK website: NHS test & trace: How it works

Refuse & Recycling collection dates
29 May 2020

New Collection Days in June and July

According to the Wiltshire Council website

Market Lavington: Except The Spring, Grove Rd. (and turnings off it), Canada Rise, the north end of Parsonage Lane, Spin Hill, Ledge Hill, Broadway and Drove Lane & The Clays.  Easterton except Eastcott Common

Household Waste and paid Garden Waste Collection: Friday June 12th and 26th, July 10th and 24th

Blue top Bins and black boxes Tuesday June 2nd, 16th and 30th, July 14th and 28th

The Spring, Grove Rd. (and turnings off it), Canada Rise, the north end of Parsonage Lane, Spin Hill, Ledge Hill, Broadway and Drove Lane & The Clays.  Eastcott Common

Blue top Bins and black boxes Tuesday June 9th and 23rd, July 7th and 21st

Household Waste and paid Garden Waste Collection Friday June 12th and 26th, July 10th and 24th

Frieth

Blue top Bins and black boxes Tuesday June 9th and 23rd, July 7th and 21st

Household Waste and paid Garden Waste Collection Wednesday June 10th and 24th, July 8th and 22nd

Important information regarding your water supply after lockdown
21 May 2020


The lockdown restrictions in place over the last couple of months has meant several business premises have been forced to close which means water within the building plumbing systems will have been left stagnant. This can cause the water quality to deteriorate within the plumbing system in a number of ways:

  • Warming of water
  • Growth of micro-organisms (e.g. bacteria, legionella)
  • Increased leaching of metals found in plumbing (could cause discolouration)
  • Taste and odour from prolonged contact with some plumbing materials

We would like to bring to your attention the steps that should be taken to remove any stagnant water and renew your water supply before your workforce return to work and use the water.

  1. Identify all items that use water within the building (taps, showers, appliances, toilets, urinals, drinks machines, bathrooms, etc) and any water storage (tanks and cisterns). Anything storing water should be emptied and refilled first.
  2. Then gently flush all cold-water outlets individually starting with the tap nearest to where the water enters the building and move systematically to the most distant outlet including flushing toilets. Flush until the water is cool to the touch or the same temperature as the water closest to where it enters the building.
  3. Minimise the potential of creating aerosols by flushing gently, removing aerators, shower heads and any other tap inserts or attachments. Close toilet seat lids before flushing.
  4. If there are any outlets that require servicing or cleaning by an external contractor (e.g. coffee machines, soft drinks machines) switch off the supply to them and do not use until a contractor can visit.
  5. Ensure appliances are flushed and internal filters and softeners are checked to ensure they are flushed and working correctly as outlined in manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Once the cold water has flushed through, repeat the process with the hot water outlets.

If you have a water safety plan for the premises, this should include how to return the building water system to normal following prolonged low/no use.

Complex systems involving chemical dosing systems (eg swimming pools and spa pools) please enlist the services of a professional to service the system and return to normal operation.

For more information please see the link below:

Water UK - Recovering drinking water supplies in buildings and networks after prolonged inactivity guidance document

https://www.water.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/WUK-briefing-note-on-recovering-drinking-water-supplies-in-buildings-and-networks.pdf

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease

https://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/index.htm

If you have any specific concerns or queries regarding your water quality, please reply to this email with your question.

If you have any other enquiries regarding billing or metering, please contact your water retailer who provide your bill.

Kind Regards

Wessex Water Regulations Team

Wessex Water

www.wessexwater.co.uk

Household recycling centres re-opening with postcode entry system on Monday 18th May
15 May 2020

Household recycling centres to reopen with postcode entry system All of Wiltshire's household recycling centres (HRCs), bar Stanton St Quintin, will reopen on Monday 18 May with an easy to use postcode entry system to help limit the number of people on site at any time and ensure social distancing.  Stanton St Quintin HRC will remain closed because parking spaces on site have been significantly reduced and because of the already difficult traffic management issues at the site.  This will be kept under review and in the meantime people should use the Purton, Melksham or Lower Compton sites.  

People should only visit HRCs on the days that correspond to the first part of their postcode. For example, if your postcode starts in BA12, you can only visit the sites on Monday 18 May, Wednesday 20 May etc - see table. 

You can visit any Wiltshire site you choose, so while you are limited by the days you can attend, you can attend any Wiltshire household recycling centre on these days – though please be sure to check the latest opening times before you set off, as many sites will need to operate very differently to previous arrangements.  You may be asked to provide a proof of address in order to use the household recycling centre, so please bring it with you.  

To keep staff and residents safe, there are a significant number of changes in place to ensure social distancing can be maintained at all HRCs, including: Visitors must keep at least two metres from others at all times.  One person per car.  No entry for trailers or large vans over 3.5 tonnes.  Vehicles allowed on site on a ‘one in, one out’ basis.  No pedestrian access.  HRCs cannot accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles or asbestos during this initial reopening phase. Don’t bring recyclable materials that can be collected through the council’s kerbside recycling collection service.

Find out more, including FAQs.

Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus
01 May 2020

People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health.  They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.

“While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on.  “For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.  “Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.” Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.

The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.  Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.

· Details of which services continue to open, as well as how to get in contact, can be found online by visiting www.bswccg.nhs.uk

· For information about local hospital services visit https://www.ruh.nhs.uk/, www.gwh.nhs.uk or www.salisbury.nhs.uk

· Further information on how to stay well throughout the coronavirus outbreak can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.

Wiltshire Public Health Covid-19 advice
15 April 2020

Get the latest advice from Wiltshire Council here http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus


New urgent dental care centres to serve the South West
09 April 2020

A network of 15 centres has been created across the South West for people who need help for urgent and emergency dental health conditions including severe pain and infections.

To read more go to NHS England

Changes to bus services serving Potterne, Urchfont & The Lavingtons
13 March 2020
Waste collection and recycling days
28 February 2020

Add your postcode into the search engine and your collection calendar will be created.  Wilts Council Waste Collection Day