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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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Bus pass consultation

Closing date 26 September 2014
News from Wiltshire Council:
A consultation has been launched about possible changes to the bus pass scheme, which
operates across Wiltshire.
Like all local authorities, Wiltshire Council faces significant financial pressures which are likely to increase.
We have to make savings to help deliver our priorities of protecting vulnerable people, boosting the local
economy and bringing communities together. As part of this process we are undertaking a review of free
bus travel before 0930 by elderly and disabled bus pass holders.
The options considered are to change the Wiltshire Bus Pass scheme so that passes could only be used
after either 0930 Monday - Friday or after 0900 Monday - Friday. It is a legal requirement that they can be
used all day at weekends.
Because of legal requirements and lead times, the earliest date that any change could be made is 1 April
2015 and the decision must be made by Cabinet on 11 November 2014.
To find out more and take part in the consultation, visit the Consultation Portal
There is a downloadable fact sheet and links to separate online survey forms for individuals and organisations.


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Consultation extended on garden waste collections
Wiltshire Council Consultation now closes 1 October 2014.
News from Wiltshire Council:
There’s still time to have your say on the proposed changes to the kerbside garden waste collection service.
More than 11,000 people have already responded giving their views on what is proving to be
one of the most successful consultations Wiltshire Council has ever run.
A number of parish councils have asked us to extend the consultation period to enable people that may have been away over the summer to have their say about the proposed changes to the garden waste service. We currently deliver a fortnightly non-chargeable kerbside garden waste collection service to those residents that request the service.
But we need to make savings and we are considering three options for changing the kerbside garden waste collection service to achieve this.
No decisions have been made yet and the council’s cabinet will discuss the consultation response and
the three potential options for change in November.
The proposed changes are:
1. A three month suspension of the non-chargeable kerbside garden waste service with no collections
taking place in December, January and February.
2. A five month suspension of the non-chargeable kerbside garden waste service with no collections
taking place in November, December, January, February and March.
3. To introduce a chargeable kerbside garden waste collection service instead of the current non-chargeable service.
Residents are asked to pick the one option which best meets their needs.
You can find out more information and contribute to the consultation:
• Online by visiting the council’s website and following the link to public consultations
• Online at your local library.
• By picking up a leaflet from your local library, leisure centre, council office or town council office.
Consultation documents and information are available at
Should you have any further questions you can contact the council by emailing or by telephoning 0300 456 0102.
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An eagle-eyed resident reports:

Can you believe it, they have started installing Superfast Fibre Optic Broadband in Steeple Ashton! I saw the BT Team in the High Street recently, so I stopped and asked them if the hole in the road was a start. They confirmed that within 3 months we will have joined the modern world!

You can get more information from:

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Wiltshire Council Draft Proposals for Revised Settlement Boundaries

Wiltshire Council is in the process of holding an informal consultation with Parish and Town Councils over revising settlement boundaries for many of the towns and villages in Wiltshire. A ‘settlement boundary’ is a dividing line between areas of built/urban development and non-urban or rural development – the open countryside. Other than in circumstances, as permitted by other policies within the Wiltshire Core Strategy, development will not be permitted outside the defined settlement boundaries. The settlement boundaries may only be altered through the identification of sites for development through site allocations and neighbourhood plans.

The last revision to our village boundaries was in 2004 under West Wilts District Council. This current review will happen in 2 stages and will result in the boundaries being up-to-date for the purposes of the Core Strategy plan period up to 2026.

So what does this mean for Steeple Ashton? Stage One of the process 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. One site in Steeple Ashton has been identified by Wiltshire Council for possible inclusion in this stage of the process.

Steeple Ashton Parish Council will be holding a Planning Issues Only Meeting on Monday 1st September at 7.30pm in the Skittle Alley of the village hall to discuss our response to the draft revised boundaries. All are welcome to this meeting and there will be opportunity for you to make comment. You can find out more information online at

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August is a relatively quiet month in general Council terms but it can be busy in some areas of business and particularly in Libraries and Leisure services, both of which are part of my Cabinet portfolio.  I therefore take the opportunity to get out and about and visit some of the 31 Libraries and 23 Leisure centres in Wiltshire.  This is a great opportunity to talk to people as they use the facilities and to chat to staff about what is going well and perhaps not so well in their services.   I always come back with a list which is not universally popular with senior managers but that is life and one of the purposes of my getting out on the ground is to see how things are and what we can do better.  I always also  come back with renewed and great admiration for our hardworking Council staff who really want to deliver the very best service that they can to the residents of Wiltshire and that is why being able to have a straightforward conversation with their Cabinet Member is so important.
Events and issues carry on locally over the summer and Steeple Ashton seems to have a great deal going on at the moment.  There are the issues of the Kindergarten and Pavilion moving forward as well as the future of the Newleaze Play Area being gripped by the ever efficient Parish Council.  We also need to keep an eye on developments in the village as well as looking at the roads, vegetation and pavements.  I am shortly to walk all the pavements in the village with members of the Parish Council to see what Wiltshire Council might be able to do to improve the walking surfaces.  However all this needs to be balanced against funding and conservation restrictions but we will try to improve what we have.
Summer is also a great time to catch up with locals at local events.   I attend any local political events that I can and really enjoyed the Summerham Conservative lunch attended by 90 people in Keevil and at which I joined in a question and answer session with the local MP and a local Peer as well as having a jolly lunch and raising funds for the local Branch.    Many people do not want to support political events and so I also make an effort to attend fetes and local events whenever I can and they are always a great opportunity to pick up news and views.  Each event is different but they all seem to get through the pocketful of change that I bring along to spend on the local produce and car boot type stalls, not forgetting other essentials like food, beer, cider and ice cream!      Over the summer I also produce my annual summer In Touch leaflet letting people know what I have been doing as their local Councillor.  I do this through a network of local helpers many of whom are not at all political but are happy to help deliver a few leaflets in their village for an hour a year.  I am always on the lookout for more helpers so if you can help then please do let me know on either  or by telephone on 01380 850696.
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Capture of parking flyer

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***NEW *** Service T1 (Trowbridge Town Service): The Trowbridge town network has been re-designed and from 31 August 2014 a new T1 service will replace Services 236, 260 and 263.  

The T1 will operate every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, with a number evening journeys provided as well. It will operate in and around Trowbridge, providing journey opportunities between Lower Studley, Upper Studley, Studley Green, Hilperton and Hilperton Marsh.  It will run alongside Services 234 and 265 which will continue to provide journeys connecting Trowbridge with Bath, Frome, Chippenham and Salisbury (amongst other places). Adult journeys on Service T1 will cost £1.50 single (75 pence children, £1 young people / students). A map showing the route of Service T1 can be found at under Journey Planning / Maps / Bath & Wiltshire / Trowbridge Town Network.

 Capture of First Bus


 Capture of bus map




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The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter handle #modontheplain. This account now has over 1000 followers.  If you’d like to follow us go to:


Cadets from Dyfed & Glamorgan ACF, Hants & IOW ACF, Merseyside and Northumbria will be conducting their annual camps on the Plain during August.

Royal Wessex Yeomanry will be carrying out an Armoured Exercise in Challenger 2 Tanks on the Centre and East areas over the weekend 8th – 10th Aug.

The roads into Imber village will be open from 1600hrs on 21st August until 0800hrs on 2nd September. The public are reminded that there is no access to the buildings in Imber village which during this period will be being used by the military for training.

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at .


Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 2nd, 5th, 7th.

Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil


AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle:   Nil

Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 8th – 31st Inclusive (Summer Close Down Period)

Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th. Summer Closedown - 18th - 25th. 30th, 31st.

Mon, Wed & Fridays – Bulford Ranges are live until 1800hrs for operational training.

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.


Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.


Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.

This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2014 are as follows:

Event                                                  Open                                              Closed

Summer                                  1600hrs Thurs 21st Aug      to             0800hrs Tues 02nd Sep.

Remembrance Service          Sat   08th Nov   Convoy from Warminster gate at 1000hrs.

Christmas & New Year           1600hrs Thurs 18th Dec     to             0800hrs Mon 05th Jan.

1.   Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.

2.   Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.



If a crime is taking place e.g: hare coursing call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.



for Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

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