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Coronavirus - Statement by Warminster Town Council – 17th March 2020

Tuesday 17th March 2020:

Coronavirus - Statement by Warminster Town Council – 17/3/2020

In line with the Government advice, that it is time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others, Warminster Town Council has taken the following decisions.


Civic Centre
The Civic Centre will be closed to the public. 

Hirers are being encouraged to roll forward bookings to
future dates, take a credit note or accept a refund as appropriate.


Town Council
Staff will continue to undertake their duties, working from home where possible.


Pavilion Café
The Pavilion Cafe is to close, and boats will not be available to hire on the lake until further notice.


Play Areas and Skatepark
The Council will continue to ensure health and safety inspections take place. It would be extremely difficult to physically stop people using them, but we ask people to be mindful of Government advice.


Events 

The following events are cancelled -
 Monthly film shows at the civic centre – 

16th March, 15th April, 20th May and 17th June.
 Skatepark Jam – 4th April.
 Community Litter Pick/Great British Spring Clean – 4th April.
 Annual Town Meeting- 6th April.
 The Civic Service – 19th April.
 Spring in the Park – 3rd May.
 VE Day Tea Dance 9th May.


The Council will strive to keep the public toilets open and CCTV operations going.


The Council advises people to listen to Warminster Community Radio (WCR) for the latest news updates on the situation locally and follow the official advice from the Government.


The Council will continue to closely follow Government advice. Any changes in the situation at the Council will be communicated on the Council website and Facebook pages.


https://www.warminster-tc.gov.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/warminstertowncouncil/


If you need to contact Warminster Town Council, telephone
01985 214847 or email: admin@warminster-tc.gov.uk

30mph Speed Limit For Part Of Smallbrook Road, Warminster

Wednesday 4th March 2020:

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984
THE COUNTY OF WILTSHIRE (VARIOUS ROADS, WARMINSTER)
(30MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2020.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Wiltshire Council proposes to make the above Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to revoke The County of Wiltshire (Various Roads, Warminster) (Restricted Roads) Order 2000 and re-enact it, in part, for administrative purposes only and to introduce a 30mph speed limit on the following length of road:
Smallbrook Road - from a point 40 metres east of its junction with Upper Marsh Road and Henfords Marsh to its junction with Southleigh View and Gipsy Lane.
Copies of the draft Orders, plan and Statement of the Council’s Reasons for proposing to make the Orders may be inspected at the offices of Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge during normal office hours. Details of the proposed scheme may be seen at Warminster Library, Three Horseshoes Walk, BA12 9BT between the hours of 10am to 7pm Monday, 9.30am to 5pm Tuesday and Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm Wednesday, 9.30am to 7pm Thursday and 9.30am to 4pm Saturday until 30th March 2020. Documents can also be viewed online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/troconsultations.htm
Comments on the proposal together with the reasons for which they are made should be sent in writing or via the website to reach the Sustainable Transport Group by 30th March 2020 quoting reference LJB/TRO/WARM30
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road TROWBRIDGE BA14 8JN.
6th March 2020.

Warminster Town Council Budget 2020/21

Thursday 30th January 2020:

Warminster Town Council Budget 2020/21

Warminster Town Councillors have unanimously voted to approve the town councils’ budget and precept for 2020/2021.


The precept request is for £1,180,666. The new Band D equivalent charge will be £191.75 per annum. The weekly Band D equivalent will increase by £1.22 per week, that is £63.79 per annum.

The main reason for the increase is the decision by town councillors to take some of the services currently provided by Wiltshire Council, as Wiltshire is unable to fund them at the level. Taking on the services will involve the town council in cutting many grassed areas, management of some hedges/shrubs/shelter belts and trees. It will also involve maintenance of some footpaths, leaf clearance, balancing ponds and litter bin emptying. Also included with be the management of Pine Lawns cemetery and the weekly market.

Town councillors concluded that it would be prudent for Warminster Town Council to increase the sum allocated in the budget for the provision for services to be devolved from Wiltshire Council from £300,000 to £350,000.

Councillor Chris Robbins, Deputy Mayor of the Council said: “The town council has carefully considered what is best for the town and we strongly believe that local control will bring with it local improvements to services. The public consultation has been strongly in favour of the action the town council is taking and we hope people bear with us through this period of transition. Although this is a significant rise in the town councils’ portion of Council Tax, this level of increase will not be repeated in future years.”

Contrasting Weather

Tuesday 28th January 2020:


Contrasting weather. Sunshine in the foreground on the Camp Ground, Boreham Farm, and a stormy sky behind Battlesbury Hill, Warminster. Tuesday 28th January 2020. Photograph taken by Danny Howell.

Warminster Town Council To Take Action To Combat Climate Change

Tuesday 28th January 2020:

Warminster Town Council To Take Action To Combat Climate Change

Warminster Town Councillors have unanimously voted to approve a series of action to help combat climate change. At a meeting of the Full Council on Monday 20th January 2020,
Councillors voted unanimously in favour of:

• Setting up a climate change working group to produce a climate change action plan. This would consist of three Councillors and be open to outside representatives. The working group will report back to the Full Council.


• Conducting a green audit of its activities.


• Taking on a leadership, education and information providing role regarding climate change action.


• Continuing to support the work of Neighbourhood Plan Review Working Group in creating “A Place for the Future”.


• Working in Partnership with the Warminster Area Board and Wiltshire Council on their climate change agenda/actions.


• Striving to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.

The three Town Councillors that were nominated to be part of the working group were Councillors Denis Brett, Steve Jeffries and Tony Nicklin.


Councillors also noted a report that contained other suggestions and ideas that could be discussed by the working group.


Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Brett said: “ I am delighted that there has been such a positive response to the report and the recommendations from the public and from Sustainable Warminster. I look forward to working with my fellow councillors and members of the public to turn these
ideas into positive actions. As a first step the Council has agreed (at the same meeting) to switch to a renewable
energy supplier for Council buildings.”

Fowler BB1 Traction Engine At Boreham Farm, Warminster

Tuesday 28th January 2020:


The photograph above shows a Fowler BB1 steam engine in use at Arthur Bazley's Boreham Farm, Warminster, during the 1920s. It replaced a Fowler K7 ploughing engine, No.15279, and another Fowler engine, No.15278, purchased by Arthur Bazley in 1919.

Does anyone, by chance, have any pics of the Fowler K7 ploughing engine, No.15279, or the other Fowler engine, No.15278, purchased by Arthur Bazley in 1919, during the time they were at Boreham Farm, Warminster?

Some Mobile Library Stops For 3rd January 2020 Are Cancelled

Thursday 2nd January 2020:


Wiltshire Library Service have apologised in advance for the South Mobile Library being cancelled on Friday 3rd January 2020, due to staffing issues. The stops affected are: Sutton Veny; Heytesbury; Chitterne; Tilshead; Codford; Upton Lovell; Wylye and Hanging Langford. Wiltshire Libraries say they are very sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

A New Poem From Leo Aylen Of Bishopstrow

Wednesday 1st January 2020:

Danny Howell writes Leo Aylen, of Bishopstrow, has sent me his latest poem:

2020
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This precious stone set in the silver sea —
This gross tyrant’s plaything. His serpent-vile           
Tongue dupes his feeble subjects to agree 
With banishing truth for ever from this state
Where he now reigns as Emperor of Lying,
While cringing cronies wheedle “A just Fate
Keeps the poor poor. Best leave them to their dying.” 
No! It’s England that’s died. Irishman! Scot!
Help! You’ll shatter the tyrant’s chains for sure.
Even the Welsh may bin his fascist rot.                     
Help us, brave Celts, as you have done before.
March south. Set us self-shackled English free 
From this truth-obfuscating tyranny.

A View From Battlesbury Hill, Warminster, Across The Wylye Valley To Great Ridge Wood On Christmas Day 2019

Wednesday 25th December 2019: 


A view from Battlesbury Hill, across the Wylye Valley, to Great Ridge Wood - in hazy sunshine on the afternoon of Christmas Day 2019. Photograph by Danny Howell.

A Watery Scene At Corton On Christmas Day 2019

Wednesday 25th December 2019: 


Sundial Farm, Corton. Partially-flooded field adjacent the winterbourne and Gipsy Lane, Corton, in the Wylye Valley. Photograph taken by Danny Howell on the afternoon of Christmas Day 2019.

Groundwater Flooding Can Be An Issue In Warminster

Monday 23rd December 2019:

Warminster Town Council have issued the following notice about groundwater flooding ~

Groundwater flooding can be an issue in Warminster. Groundwater levels in parts of Wiltshire are currently higher than average for this time of year, and although there is not expected to be an immediate risk of groundwater flooding, it is important that people are prepared.

Groundwater flooding can cause significant damage to property. It is difficult to predict when and where groundwater flooding will occur, but Warminster Town Council works with the Environment Agency and Wiltshire Council and its volunteer flood wardens to ensure Warminster is as resilient as possible when dealing with potential flooding.

It is important that people are prepared, so they know what to do in the event of a flood, and that they are signed up for Environment Agency flood alerts. Anyone in groundwater flood risk areas should be wary of an increased risk of flooding in Warminster this winter.

Warminster Town Council has a supply gel-sacks (an alternative to sandbags, that swell up after contact with water) that it can issue to residents in an emergency. Warminster’s flood plan is available on the Town Council website, as are contact details for Warminster’s and volunteer flood wardens.

See also 

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/civil-emergencies-flooding 
and 
https://flood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk/warnings

Bus Left Early From Stonehenge School

Wednesday 11th December 2019 ~

Liam Barnett writes:

At around 2.53 p.m. the coach that collects students from Stonehenge School and drops them off in Shrewton left way too early, which caused a couple of students to miss the bus, since they were just leaving lesson. I told the bus driver to wait on these pupils and he just completely ignored me, even though he should of, since it wasn’t even time to leave. (If it is any help he was the bus driver that is on your main page). I think it is completely wrong for him to do this and it should be dealt with accordingly.

Wren House Vintage Christmas Craft Fayre, Warminster

Wednesday 20th November 2019:


Vintage Vintage Christmas Craft Fayre
at
Wren House,
32 Vicarage Street, Warminster, BA12 9JF
on
Saturday 23rd November 2019
11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Warminster Christmas Market & Christmas Lights Switch-On 2019

Saturday 16th November 2019:

Warminster Christmas Market
and
Christmas Lights Switch-On

Saturday 30th November 2019