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Parish newsletter
Week commencing 15 December 2014
Countywide car parking review – have your say
Residents are reminded to have their say as part of a comprehensive review of car parking across the county.
Wiltshire Council is committed to reviewing its car parking policy every four years and we have made every effort to respond to local circumstances and support the development of our towns and villages.
The consultation could see a move away from the current charging for parking based on four bands, to options based on individual car parks or town assessments.
These options will use factors such as usage of car parks, location, as well as looking at the wider economic and environmental issues. This approach gives the council greater ability to manage car parking demand and supply. The review will also consider a number of charging options, including first hour free parking, free after 4pm, Sunday charges, or evening charges as tools to enhance local communities’ ability to use their local services.
John Thomson, deputy leader and cabinet member responsible for sustainable transport, said: “This is a wide-ranging review of an issue which is key to the development of our towns and villages. We are looking at ways to make it easier for the public to pay for their parking through the use of new technology, such as paying by mobile phone instead of using cash, using websites to pay for parking and automatic number plate recognition.”
The consultation will remain open until Monday, 19 January 2015. All documentation will be available on the online consultation portal
Protecting ancient monuments for future generations
The Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site (WHS) management plan provides a long term strategy to protect the ancient monuments for generations to come.
The WHS is globally important for its unique and dense concentration of outstanding prehistoric monuments and sites, which together form a landscape without parallel.
The primary aim of the plan is to protect the site by sustaining its “outstanding universal value”, and to achieve an appropriate balance with other interests such as tourism, farming, nature conservation, roads and traffic, research, education and the local community.
This plan will cover the period 2015-2021. It sets out the significance of the WHS and how the areas of planning policy, conservation, roads and transport, interpretation, learning and community engagement and research will be managed by WHS partners.
The consultation started on Monday 8 December and will continue for a 12 week period until midnight on Sunday 1 March 2015.
The consultation documents are:
• The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan 2015 Consultation Draft
• The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan 2015 Summary Draft
• The response form
Hard copies of these documents can be viewed at all libraries run by Wiltshire Council and at the following locations: County Hall, Trowbridge, Salisbury (27 – 29 Milford Street); Chippenham (Monkton Park) and Devizes (Snuff Street).
In addition the coordination unit will be available to answer questions on the management plan from 10am – 4pm at these locations:
• Tuesday 13 January Salisbury Library
• Thursday 15 January Avebury Social Centre
• Friday 16 January Amesbury Library
• Wednesday 21 January County Hall, Trowbridge
• Wednesday 28 January Marlborough Library
• Thursday 29 January Devizes Library
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Members of the public are encouraged to use the online consultation portal or send their comments in writing to: The WHS Coordination Unit, Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN or email
Written comments must be received by noon on 2 March 2015.
Christmas lunch with firefighters
People spending Christmas Day alone are invited to pull some crackers with Wiltshire firefighters who will be hosting a lunch at County Hall in Trowbridge.
This is a free event taking place at 11am on Christmas Day and anyone intersted should email Call 01225 756 500.
It’s time to SHINE - (Self-Help, Independence, Nutrition and Exercise)
A Shining Success in Wiltshire
SHINE Wiltshire launched on the 24 September and weekly sessions are being delivered on
Wednesday evenings. SHINE gives simple steps to healthier eating and being active.
The team have had a good response on the pilot programme with 7 families and 9 young people registered and engaged in the programme.
A further 4 SHINE Wiltshire programmes are being rolled out in January 2015 across the county.
The team of coaches have been delivering a fun, interactive and informative sessions to families. Telephone: 0300 456 0100  Textphone: 01225 712500  Web:
Anyone interested in making changes and leading a healthier lifestyle should enquire about the following courses.
Spring Term Dates
Monkton Park Primary School
Tuesdays, 13 January – 24 March
Oasis Academy Longmeadow
Wednesdays, 14 January – 25 March
Clarendon Juniors School
Wednesdays, 14 January – 25 March
Manor Fields Primary School
Thursdays, 15 January – 26 March
To download a leaflet with more information please visit Individuals can check whether they, or anyone in their family, is within the healthy weight range by visiting
More information on SHINE Wiltshire can be found at
Local flood risk management strategy ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Flooding is a serious issue in Wiltshire, with extensive flooding in the north of the county taking place in 2007 and 2008, and more recently last December and the first two months of 2014, when over 500 properties were affected.
Wiltshire Council is the lead local flood authority for the county and has prepared a local flood risk management strategy to describe its approach to flooding and how it will work with other organisations.
Wiltshire Council’s local flood risk strategy seeks to:
• Improve knowledge regarding flood risk
• Improve protection from flooding
• Improve resilience to flooding
• Improve the environment
• Improve communications about flooding issues
Wiltshire Council needs its partners to help deliver the strategy objectives. The council is seeking the views of the public, local councils, other organisations and the public regarding the proposed strategy. Telephone: 0300 456 0100  Textphone: 01225 712500  Web:
Responses to the consultation are requested by the end of December. You can read the strategy and make your views known online at the Wiltshire Council website
The results of the consultation will be reported to the council’s cabinet when the strategy is considered for adoption early next year.
Renew & repair grant
We have to date received around 70 applications for the government repair and renew grant which was for home owners who flooded last winter. If you know of anyone who was flooded last winter (between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014) and either installed, or was thinking about installing, measures to make their property more resistant or resilient to flooding, there is still time to claim. The deadline for applications is the 28 February.
More information about whether you are eligible to apply can be found on our website
Further help for flood victims
Wiltshire residents and businesses who suffered flooding last winter have been offered further financial support.
As a result of requests from councils including Wiltshire Council, the government has announced that it intends to extend the eligibility period for certain schemes to cover the entire 2013/14 financial year.
The package of support comes from the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs.
Around 500 homes were flooded in Wiltshire last winter. The schemes being extended are:
• Council Tax Relief Scheme, supporting councils to provide council tax rebates to residents whose homes were flooded.
• Business Rates Relief Scheme, supporting councils to provide business rates rebates to businesses whose premises were flooded.
• Severe Weather Recovery Scheme (communities’ element) to support local authorities with the costs associated with impacts on local communities.
• Repair and Renew: which provides grants of up to £5,000 for flooded homeowners and businesses to improve the resilience of their properties; and
• Business Support Scheme, providing hardship funding to businesses affected by the floods.
Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for flooding, said: “This is excellent news for those residents and businesses who were badly hit by flooding last winter and particularly those who suffered from the exceptional rainfall in September. Hopefully this additional financial boost will help them with their continued recovery.
“The council works with residents, businesses, parish councils and other agencies on flood prevention throughout the year, and helps manage the emergency response during flooding. We fully understand how devastating flooding can be, and appreciate the importance of all support from national and local government, both practical and financial.”
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Surplus Furniture Available in the New Year
Wiltshire Council is holding a final number of donation sessions for partners and local charitable organisations, offering surplus stock from recent building closures for reuse.
These will take place during the week starting 26 January at the Browfort Offices in Devizes.
There will be 4 sessions for interested parties to attend.
Stock is still coming in, so even if you/your organisation has been to previous donation sessions, there will be new stock.
As before, the maximum number of organisations allowed onsite for the session will be limited in accordance with Health & Safety requirements.
Anyone planning to attend must register an interest femail to
Access to the session will be based on a “first come first served” basis. All those registered will receive email confirmation which must be brought along on the day for access.There is no admittance without it.
Those attending will be invited to select and remove items on the day of the final session only for reuse within their organisation. People are advised to bring adhesive labels and pens to mark items for removal.
Please note that the stock is only available to partners of Wiltshire Council and charitable organisations.
Tisbury leisure centre – Kids for a quid ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Our Christmas holiday programme for children will run from Monday 22 December until Saturday 3 January, with all activities just £1 per child (apart from art and craft which is £2). From Wii and board games, bouncy castle, football, roller discos and morning madness – there is something for everyone.
Booking for all activities is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.
Please note that the centre will be closed on bank holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. May we take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – and thank all our customers for their continued support throughout 2014 and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.
For a copy of our current programme, more information about any of our classes, to book a place or details concerning any of our other activities, please contact us:
Reception, tel: 01747 871141, e-mail us at or visit the website Follow us on Twitter@TisburyLC or find us on Facebook.
Key opportunities to improve personal and business impact ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
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Visit our adult learning website to access a wide range of opportunities to learn and gain qualifications
Gain valuable IT qualifications with flexible attendance
IT flexi-sessions (available in Trowbridge and Salisbury) allow you to fit your IT learning around your commitments. Attend for just a couple of hours or longer if you prefer and work at your own pace towards gaining an IT qualification. If you’re already a proficient IT user and just want to gain accreditation for your existing skills then we offer the option for you to simply access our IT Centre to sit the tests.
►NEW: Ask us about Bronze, Silver and Gold IT flexible learning packages, where the price is dependent on the package you choose.
►NEW: Excel bite-size sessions - £30
Bite-size sessions are a great option for busy people. They’re short, targeted training sessions where you get to focus on a specific topic that you’re struggling with, without spending time on topics that you don’t want or need to know about. There’s a beginners bite-size too for new or inexperienced users, which will give a solid foundation knowledge of Excel basics. Bite-size sessions are trainer-led with a good mix of demonstrations and practical exercises to consolidate your learning.
Bite-size topics - choose one or more from the following:
o Beginners bite-size
o PivotTables/charts
o Conditional formatting
o Advanced filters
o Forms
o Cell, worksheet & workbook protection
o Logical formulas (IF, AND, TRUE)
►NEW: Computing for absolute beginners - 2 hours per week for 5 weeks
Price: £54 (*Concessions - £27)
Get ready! This is the first step for those who are very new to computers – a course that will give you basic computer confidence and get you enthusiastic to learn more! You’ll learn how to use a mouse, send an email and much more. There’ll be no tests or exams, just an opportunity to overcome any IT fears and develop some useful IT skills in a small, supportive group environment.
►NEW: Improving computer confidence - 2 hours per week for 5 weeks
Price: £54 (*Concessions - £27)
Steady does it! You’ve got some basic IT skills and are keen to learn more? This next-stage course is perfect for those who are ready to develop further computer skills that will include some word-processing, emailing, browsing & searching the internet safely, and much more. Continue to improve your computer confidence and knowhow in a relaxed and friendly environment.
►NEW: Learning to love your iPad - 2 hours per week for 3 weeks
Price: £32 (*Concessions - £16)
Got a lovely iPad but don’t know much about what you can do with it? On this course we’ll show you some great things that people mostly use their iPad for, including looking at Apps and how to download them, checking your mail, reading books, watching films, and much more.
* Concessionary rates apply to learners aged 19 or over on 31 August of the academic year in which their course begins who have lived in the UK/EEA for the previous 3 years and are in recept of JSA, ESA or other eligible benefits. Contact us to see if you qualify.
Developing wellbeing to build resilience Friday 19 December Trowbridge
Personal resilience (or being able adapt to stressful situations) is a skill that can be learned and developed to improve capacity to deal with constantly changing situations in the workplace. This workshop shows staff Telephone: 0300 456 0100  Textphone: 01225 712500  Web:
a variety of tips and techniques to help learn how to recover quickly from setbacks and adversity, and to respond positively when the demands of modern day life become challenging. It’s also about feeling respected and valued in the work that you do.
Please ensure that all training (where possible) is booked via SAP and that manager approval has been authorised via SAP.
Effective business writing - Monday 12 January (am), Trowbridge
This half-day workshop is suitable for anyone looking to develop or improve their written communication skills within a day-to-day business context e.g. e-mail and letter structure and format, grammar, being concise, selling ideas.
Effective report writing - Monday 12 January (pm), Trowbridge
For those looking to improve or develop business report-writing skills e.g. structure and format of formal reports, executive summaries, proposing recommendations.
Advanced communication skills - Monday 12 January (am), Trowbridge
Good communication skills are the foundation for significantly improved dialogue and relations between colleagues and customers and vital for working more effectively towards achieving positive outcomes so this half day workshop should be a ‘must attend’ for all those who know that communication is the key.
Building effective business relationships - Monday 12 January (pm), Trowbridge
This half day workshop explores the nature of effective business relationships and how to develop strong and sustainable partnership working, with internal and external stakeholders. It will help you to understand the key drivers and potential barriers to ensure that your working relationships enable you to achieve your goals and deliver successful outcomes.
Courageous conversations - Wednesday 14 January, Salisbury
One of our most popular workshops and a must for anyone who needs to have these conversations where emotions run high and opinions differ – “[The trainer is excellent] and I now have a better understanding of how both myself and others react in a courageous conversation, so that I can keep the dialogue going!”
High impact presentations and public speaking - Friday 16 January, Trowbridge
A new workshop and a must for anyone who wants to make an impact when presenting or public speaking. This workshop looks at how you can control those nerves, handle questions and deal with the unexpected, structure a presentation to hold people’s attention and how to make a presentation with a lot more energy and impact. “This was the single best piece of training that I have received at Wiltshire or any other Council. It was brilliantly put together, delivered its messages superbly and had the right balance of teaching useful skills and challenging ideas."
Managing projects - Friday 30 January, Trowbridge
This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview or refresher of the planning, processes and potential problems encountered when managing a project. You will also be able to take the opportunity to continue to gain a recognised ILM qualification. “Excellent - indispensible skills and brilliantly taught!
Bookings and information:
To book your place and get further details on the full range of personal and business development workshops available, please contact Judith Cooper by phone on 01225 712732 or email
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What’s on
Singalonga Productions are delighted to announce that Disney's Frozen is the new Singalonga must-see, and it is rolling into City Hall, Salisbury, on Thursday, 19th February 2015. It's the most popular comedy-adventure to hit the big screen this year and, with the fairydust of Singalonga added, you are guaranteed a great time. Come on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen and put an end to her icy spell. Tickets are selling fast so call our Box Office on 01722 434434 to book yours today.
If you would like to promote an event in your area to staff and the wider public why not use the events calendar on our website. You can find the link to the calendar on the home page under “What’s on”.
Check what else is on at City Hall in Salisbury:
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The latest news from the council is available on the full news listing pages of the website.
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Melksham Our Community Matters

Bringing you all the latest news and updates from Melksham Area Board

The contents of these articles have been produced by Melksham Area Board/ Wiltshire Council.

Olympic legacy delivering health improvements
Olympic legacy delivering health improvements Wiltshire Council is in top band of local authorities creating a lasting legacy of fitness, physical activity and healthy living, according to a new report. People living in the county also live longer than most other local authorities, and Wiltshire is also classed as one of the least deprived places in the UK. The new read more... (

Preparing for flooding
Preparing for flooding Residents who know their homes are located in places that are naturally at risk of flooding,are being urged to prepare for wet weather inthe coming months. Around 500 homes were flooded in Wiltshire lastwinter. The latest three-month outlook from the Met Office suggests it will be wetter than average until the end of January, with read more... (

Funding for computer equipment
Funding for computer equipment If you are looking for computer equipment to help people get online, learn how to send emails or use the internet to help them in their everyday lives then Wiltshire Council’s Wiltshire Online project may be able to help. The Area Boards and Wiltshire Online are now inviting bids for funding to help people make read more... (

An opportunity to improve your business writing skills
An opportunity to improve your business writing skills Do you find it difficult at work to write emails, letters, marketing material or web updates that are really clear, concise and fit for their purpose? Do you spend too much time playing around with wording, trying to get the right tone, message and impact? Then the ½ day Effective Business Writing workshop will be read more... (

Author Talk – Dan Cruickshank: Wiltshire Manor Houses
Author Talk – Dan Cruickshank: Wiltshire Manor Houses Dan Cruickshank is a well-known art historian and BBC television presenter with a special interest in the history of architecture. He was most recently seen on BBC2′s Adventures in Architecture, for which he wrote the accompanying book. He was also a guest on the BBC series To The Manor Reborn, which featured Avebury Manor. Dan read more... (

Car parking in Wiltshire – online consultation now live
Car parking in Wiltshire – online cosultation now live Have your say – online consultation Wiltshire Council is currently consulting with all residents, Parish and Town Councils, interest groups and businesses on its new Car Parking Strategy. The Council has made no decisions at this stage and would like to hear your views on a number of options being considered. Local surveys can be read more... (

Help the Wilts & Berks get £50,000 to turn a landfill site into a wildlife trail
Help the Wilts & Berks get £50,000 to turn a landfill site into a wildlife trail The Studley Wildlife Trail is one of six projects in the ITV South West (East) region that have qualified for the chance of winning £50,000 in the Peoples Millions competition run by ITV and BIG Lottery. The aim is to restore the canal by the Biffa landfill site at Studley Grange, between Royal Wootton Bassett read more... (

British Cycling’s Ride Social
Ride Social is Britain’s biggest social cycling community, helping you get together with like-minded cyclists and ride your way. The Ride Social website, powered by British Cycling, lets you organise your own bike rides using your favourite routes. Share your ride for local cyclists to join and before you know it you have your own read more... (

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As we draw to the end of another year we have the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved this year and look forward to the challenges ahead. 2014 started with the dreadful and consistent rain that produced such severe flooding in Wiltshire and as the Council Cabinet Member for flooding I was heavily involved in dealing with both the flooding at the time and the aftermath. For individuals who suffer flooding of their properties the effects are devastating and last for months. Whatever our place in the flood alleviation process we all must work together to try to prevent future flooding of houses and businesses. This means individuals doing all that they can to protect their own properties as well as Councils at different levels taking measures and investing in plans, schemes and strategies to help prevent flooding. Clearly this is a matter to reflect on and for us all to help those who were flooded in the spring and autumn of this year.

Wiltshire Council, like the rest of our community, recognises the challenging economic climate in which we are operating and a future where we expect central government cuts to our local government funding for years to come. In these circumstances we also need to reflect and to defend all that we have that is positive here in Wiltshire and that means acting to maintain the front line services that our communities and residents care about. There is much good news in this sphere. Our ground breaking campus programme continues to develop apace and we have managed to preserve all of our leisure centres and libraries as well as opening new ones and for longer hours. This is very good news for our residents of all ages ranging from the young people who benefit from free swimming during the school holidays to older members of our community who can access our excellent library service which is often the only extensive source of large print books available to them. We also look forward to Broadband being rolled out to 97% of our county, our roads being put into a better state of repair than most of our neighbours and continued delivery of decent services to the vulnerable members of our community.

So as 2014 draws to a close we can reflect on the troubles, achievements and indeed the commemorations of the year, including the extensive WW1 recognition throughout the County and Country. We also look forward to 2015 as a year when our national Government submits itself for Election in a General Election and where there will be many local challenges to be met. I very much look forward to joining with those who lead in our villages to address the local challenges that arise in Summerham and Seend in 2015. In the meantime as your Wiltshire Councillor I would like to wish all those who I have the privilege to represent on Wiltshire Council a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jonathon Seed
Member for Summerham and Seend
Wiltshire Council Tel. 07770 774463

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Melksham Our Community Matters

Bringing you all the latest news and updates from Melksham Area Board

The contents of these articles have been produced by Melksham Area Board/ Wiltshire Council.

Wiltshire Sports Award 2014
Wiltshire Sports Award 2014 Athletes, sports clubs, volunteers and coaches across Wiltshire were recognised for their exceptional achievements at the fifth Wiltshire Sports Awards on October 22. The 2014 Wiltshire Sports Awards were jointly hosted by Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Health Improvement Panel, and Wiltshire and Swindon Sport and sponsored by Landmarc. The prestigious event, hosted by former England rugby read more... (

Have your say on the Community Child Health Services!
Have your say on the Community Child Health Services! The NHS and Wiltshire Council would like to hear your views on local children’s community health services such as school nursing and speech and language therapy.

County wide car parking review – have your say
County wide car parking review – have your say Residents will be given their say as part of a comprehensive review of car parking across the county. Wiltshire Council is committed to reviewing its car parking policy every four years and we have made every effort to respond to local circumstances and support the development of our towns and villages. The consultation will launch read more... (

Spotlight – Wiltshire Exchange Scheme
Spotlight – Wiltshire Exchange Scheme You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it, and now you have the chance to join the Wiltshire Exchange Scheme. This works by mutual credit, in which friendship networks create value by exchanging goods and services. LETS – Local Exchange Trading Systems or Schemes – are local community-based mutual aid networks in which people exchange read more... (

SHINE – weight management programme for children
SHINE – weight management programme for children SHINE, Wiltshire Council’s healthy weight management programme for children aged 7 – 11 years old is being launched in four venues across the county in January 2015 following a successful delivery of a pilot project in Trowbridge. SHINE stands for Self Help, Independence, Nutrition and Exercise and aims to help children and their families make read more... (

Wiltshire Council’s Positive Activities for young people register of service providers is now open
Wiltshire Council’s Positive Activities for young people register of service providers is now open If your organisation would like to be considered to provide opportunities for young people aged 16 – 19 in Wiltshire then you will need to register with the e catalogue of providers for youth provision that it has now reopened – below is the link for groups to register

HELP NEEDED! Wiltshire Manorial Documents Register
HELP NEEDED! Wiltshire Manorial Documents Register The Wiltshire Manorial Documents Register project is in urgent need of volunteers to help with checking catalogued records and cataloguing unlisted manorial material within collections held at Wiltshire and Swindon Archives. The majority of records will be in Latin prior to the 18th century, so a knowledge of Latin will be an advantage, although we read more... (

Tick tock test your smoke alarms this clock change weekend
Tick tock test your smoke alarms this clock change weekend As the clocks change for the winter this Sunday (26 October), Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is reminding householders of the importance of having working smoke alarms. Station Manager Damien Bence, from the community safety department, said: “The cold winter weather has already arrived, which means people are lighting fires, switching on their central heating read more... (

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Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson today (Monday 6 October 2014) launches a major consultation with farmers, land owners and others who live - or earn their living - in rural Wiltshire.
Regular consultation with the people of Wiltshire and Swindon is a key requirement of the PCC.
A quick and easy-to-complete survey goes live today on the Commissioner’s website:
It has the backing of the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
Mr Macpherson said: “Wiltshire is a rural county and we should think of it in those terms.
“In other words the policing of the rural community should be part of mainstream policing.
“My aim with this consultation is to find out what is worrying the agricultural community because they make up a large proportion of our county.
“If they say they do not feel secure then that raises a question as to whether we are spending our money properly and whether the balance is right between the spending on urban and rural policing.
“Wiltshire Police has a responsibility to protect and support all the people who live in Wiltshire and Swindon and to give them advice on how they can support themselves and each other through schemes such as Farm Watch, Horse Watch and Community Messaging which we are currently rolling out. .
“This consultation also offers an opportunity to remind those living in particularly isolated areas about the importance of locking up their equipment and ensuring it is security marked.”
CLA South West Director John Mortimer said: “This is a major, and very welcome, initiative from the Police and Crime Commissioner which the CLA wholeheartedly supports.
“Neither the police nor the Government will ever get a clear picture of the true extent of rural crime if people do not report all criminal activity in our rural communities and that, in turn, will affect the funding available to carry on the fight against rural crime.
“We hope this questionnaire will help both Wiltshire Police and those who live and work in the countryside to arrive at a better understanding of the issues from every perspective and we will certainly encourage our members to take part in the survey.”
Melanie Squires, South West Regional Director of the NFU, said: “With more than 80 per cent of the Wiltshire and Swindon land area managed by commercial farm businesses, rural crime is a very real and significant concern for our members.
“The often remote location of farm holdings; the high value of agricultural equipment, materials such as fertiliser, diesel, feeds and produce, alongside the range of business diversification enterprises hosted in rural areas, makes these businesses a target for opportunistic or organised criminals.
“The emotional and financial cost of rural crime can take a heavy toll on the rural community – whether it be theft, arson, criminal damage, intimidation or environmental crime such as hare coursing or fly tipping.
“We welcome the release of the Rural Crime Survey which will enable our police force to understand the needs of farm businesses and their diversified enterprises in order to improve services and we look forward to welcoming Mr Macpherson to report his findings to our members at our annual open meeting in December.”
The survey closes on Friday 14 November.
Paul Deal
Communications Officer

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

London Road



SN10 2RD

Phone: 101 ext 720 2234

Mobile: 07866 375061

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Melksham Campus Update

Planning permission has now been granted for a new sports facility near the Melksham Oak community school which will house both Melksham football and rugby clubs. This is a major milestone as the relocation of these clubs is necessary to enable development of the campus at the site of Melksham house. The pitches and stadium are expected to be completed and ready to use by July 2015.

Invitations are now out for contractors to submit tenders for building the campus. These should be received by mid-November, with building work expected to start in February / March 2015.   The Campus building is expected to be completed by September 2016. And the old swimming pool will be demolished in early 2017 making way for additional car parking.

There are currently seven Campus developments imminent in Wiltshire with more to follow. Of those seven, Melksham is by far the largest.


It is also interesting to note that at the campus, there will be opportunities for volunteers to help run the centre, and also there may be scope to recruit apprentices.


Following on from the flooding which took place on 18th September the Parish Council have been working with Wiltshire Council on a series of actions to see whether there are any infrastructure issues (e.g. broken or blocked pipes) which impeded the drainage of water and also to put in place emergency provision should we be faced with a sudden volume of water in the future.

The actions currently underway are:

  1. The drainage system around the pub and Coach Barton will be investigated by a remote control camera.
  2. The drainage system around the Old Rose and Crown will be investigated.
  3. The drainage system around Ashton Common will be investigated.
  4. The drainage system in part of Acreshort Lane will be investigated.
  5. The drains throughout the parish will be cleared of debris.
  6. An A0 size map of the parish has been requested, so that a picture can be put together of which houses were flooded and how the water entered the property. This can then be used to identify properties where sandbags could be of help in an emergency situation.
  7. The loan of a GPS data logger has been requested from Wiltshire Council.
  8. A request has been made for the provision of sand and sandbags which would be stored by the Parish Council for use in an emergency situation.
  9. Wiltshire Council has offered to assist us in drawing up a flood plan.
  10. A representative from the Parish Council will attend the operational flood working group run by Wiltshire Council.
  11. Councillor Jonathon Seed and Danny Everett, Drainage Engineer from Wiltshire Council will attend the next main meeting of Steeple Ashton Parish Council on Monday 3rd November.
  12. Steeple Ashton Parish Council will discuss creating a Flood Plan and appointing Flood Wardens at their next main meeting on Monday 3rd November.

It should be noted that Riparian owners (owners of land adjacent to a water course) have a duty to maintain their ditches and accept flow from their upstream neighbours and pass it on to their downstream neighbours.

As noted above, the next main meeting of Steeple Ashton Parish Council will be held on Monday 3rd November starting at 7.30pm in the skittle alley (using the side entrance on the left hand side of the building). You are welcome to attend part or all of the meeting. There will be an opportunity to ask questions or put forward ideas relating to the flooding.


On October 14th the village had a visit from the ‘Parish Steward’, plus a couple of helpers. The focus of the day was to ensure that the drains are clear of debris and also that the pavements are sprayed with weedkiller. So, the debris has been cleared from the top of the drains, but some of the drains are blocked and this will be addressed by a tanker visit. As mentioned above, more extensive investigation is in hand at known problem spots. If you notice that a drain is not working, then please let me (Lynda) know ( or phone 871461.

Litter Bins

A few months ago I mentioned the Wiltshire Council’s ‘Any Council Litter Bin Will Do’ campaign. The message is a simple one.  Whether dog waste, litter, cigarette butts or chewing gum; put it in your nearest council litter waste bin.

It has been noticed that some people have been putting their bagged dog waste into some of the council provided household waste bins in Coach Barton. The residents in Coach Barton do not get their bins emptied in the same way as the majority of us. They have to black sack their waste, so the dog waste is not being collected and is just left in the bottom of the bin. So, please do not use these household bins for dog waste.  If there is no nearby litter bin, take it home and dispose of it in your council provided household waste bin.


Planning applications are considered at Parish Council Meetings and Planning Issues Only Parish Council Meetings. There is an Open Forum for members of the public to comment on planning matters prior to their consideration.



Dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate: 14/04344/FULLand North West 6 Holmeleaze, Steeple Ashton Appeal ref: APP/Y3940/A/14/2221004

Change of format from a 2 bed bungalow to a 3 bedroom bungalow with garage.


New Plans:


14/08970/TCA - 19 Bartletts Mead, Steeple Ashton BA14 6HF - Conifer hedge to end rear of garden - Section fell to ground level - hedge has become too large for location would like to replant with a different species

14/09537/FUL - Land North West of 6 Holmeleaze, Steeple Ashton - Change of format approved under W/13/00152/FUL to re-arrange ground floor interior living space with additional loft conversion.


Monday 3rd November: Main Parish Council Meeting

Monday 24th November: Planning Issues Only Council Meeting

Monday 15th December: Main Parish Council Meeting

Meetings are held in the Skittle Alley of the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Planning Issues Meetings are held only if required.

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE (2 St. Mary's School, High St.)

This is open to the public three times a week (Monday and Tuesday 2.30pm - 3.30pm; Wednesday 10am – 11am) or by appointment. The telephone number is 01380 871461.

Lynda Beaven, Clerk to the Parish Council. Tel:01380 871461 email:

For information the non-emergency POLICE CONTACT NUMBER is 101

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Don't forget it's the Steeple Ashton Parent & Toddler Group Jumble Sale on Saturday 18th October. We welcome any donations of jumble, or perhaps you could donate something for the raffle or even make a cake. It's an ideal time to clear out all those cupboards in time for Christmas!

Doors open at 10am and entrance is 50p. Please come along to support this event; proceeds will be split between the toddler group & the Rec. Group (St Mary's Sports Pavilion & Hall).

Donations to Hazel Hawkes at 11 Common Hill or taken to the Village Hall from 8am on the day. Hazel Hawkes: 01380 870742

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On Monday 1st September Steeple Ashton Parish Council discussed their response to the draft revised settlement boundaries.

In stage one of the process, Wiltshire Council has drawn up draft revised boundaries around the village within which development/ extensions may be permitted. In several instances, the draft revised boundary has reduced the scope for development, leading to some back gardens on the edge of the village now being outside of the settlement boundary. Stage two of the process will at a later date identify potential sites for housing which may be currently outside of the boundary, but could provide additional housing to help meet the Core Strategy housing requirement. You can find out more information online at

Our responses to stage one included asking why the settlement boundary had been drawn so close to some properties and whether this would affect any permitted development rights. We are also seeking clarification as the ongoing process does not seem to be understood.

To zoom in on the map below use the CTRL and + keys. To zoom back out use CTRL and -


Steeple Ashton Draft Settlement Boundary

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Many of us have dogs and the countryside is a great place to exercise them, but it’s every owner’s duty to make sure their dog is not a danger or nuisance to farm animals, wildlife or other people.   By law, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals, therefore dog walkers should keep their dogs on their lead at any time of the year when near farm animals, particularly during lambing times, or in fields with calves. However, it’s really important to be aware that there will circumstances when this could prove to be the wrong advice.

So what should you do? Keep calm and carry on?

If you find yourself in a field of suddenly wary cattle, move away as carefully and quietly as possible, and if you feel threatened by cattle then let go of your dog’s lead and let it run free rather than try to protect it and endanger yourself. The dog will outrun the cows and it will also outrun you. Those without canine companions should follow similar advice: move away calmly, do not panic and make no sudden noises. Chances are the cows will leave you alone once they establish that you pose no threat.

If you walk through a field of cows and there happen to be calves, think twice; if you can, go another way and avoid crossing fields.

(Advice obtained from

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Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is led by local GPs. We plan and pay for the majority of NHS services that you use across the county.  Over the next five years, we know that demand for NHS services in Wiltshire will continue to increase but the money we have available to spend on these services will not increase at the same rate. 

Modern advances in healthcare are helping people to live for longer than ever before which is a cause for celebration. However, this does mean that the demand for NHS services from the over-65s is expected to increase significantly over the coming years.  As a result, the CCG needs to adapt the way we provide NHS services so that they better meet the needs of our ageing population.

How will we meet this challenge?

 The CCG has developed a Five Year Plan to enable us to respond to this challenge. Our plan sets out how we can continue to provide high quality but affordable health services in Wiltshire between now and 2019. We won’t be doing it alone either. Our key partners like Wiltshire Council, GP surgeries, local hospitals and other NHS providers are vital to the success of the plan. 

It will mean some major changes to the shape of health care services in Wiltshire. Our vision is that health and social care services should support and sustain independent living and as the organisation responsible for designing and commissioning those services, we are keen to make them both affordable and the best possible for local people. 

Our model for the future of health care in Wiltshire is based on three key principles:

1.    Encourage and support Wiltshire residents to take on more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing

2.    Provide fair access to a high quality and affordable system of care for the greatest number of people

3.    Provide less care in hospitals and more care at home or in the community

To achieve these aims we will need to change the way in which we spend our budget.  We will:

1.    Spend more money on health education and prevention to help people take more personal responsibility for their health and wellbeing

2.    Spend more money to improve community care and increase the range of services provided in a local setting

3.    As a result, we would need to spend proportionately less money on providing bed-based care in hospital 

We are going to split Wiltshire up into 20 clusters of approximately 20,000 people. Each cluster will have an integrated team of GP surgeries, community nurses and therapists together with social worker support which will work together to ensure that we have a more joined up system of health and social care.

How can you get more involved?

The CCG has already been carrying out a wide-ranging consultation about our Five Year Plan across the county and this has included public meetings, outreach events, and presentations to a variety of organisations.  You may have been involved in one of these events?

Over the next few months the CCG will be giving presentations at the 18 Area Boards across the county.  Each Area Board is planning a health fair with lots of different stalls for you to visit followed by presentations from the CCG and Wiltshire Council about our plans for improving health and social care.  To find out the date of the Health Fair in your area please visit

(Melksham Area Board: Wednesday, 15th October, 2014 7.00 pm Proposed venue: Assembly Hall - Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES)

We hope you can join us for your local Area Board Health Fair but if you are not able to attend then you can find out more about the CCG’s plans at

If you’d like to talk to someone at the CCG then you can email or call 01380 728899

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