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Warminster Town Council Approves Budget For 2017 - 2018

Tuesday 17th January 2017:

Warminster Town Council approves budget for 2017–2018

Members of Warminster Town Council have prepared and debated the proposed budget for 2017–2018 over the course of four meetings, with the final budget being approved at Full Council on 16th January 2017.

With the transfer of assets to the Town Council from Wiltshire Council, costs to manage these have involved increased expenditure. The table below gives an indication of just some of the annual costs to the Council of having taken on the Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park) and its public toilets and the public toilets in the Central Car Park.

In order to provide sufficient funds to cover this significant additional expenditure the new budget has been set at £552,612, representing an overall increase of 5.86% (£35,287). For Band D properties this amounts to an annual contribution of £93.81, which is an increase of £6.64 (7.62%). The weekly contribution for Band D will be £1.80 as compared to £1.67 last year.

It is evident from feedback from residents that the improvements to the park and taking on the public toilets have been warmly welcomed and it is hoped that Council Tax payers will understand the need for this level of increase to enable the maintenance of these assets to be carried out to a high standard.

The Council has prepared and saved earmarked reserves to carry out some of the investment work required in the park and have spent £50,000 on work needed immediately such as:

repairs to the paddling pool, 

repairs to the play equipment and subsequent painting,

repairs to the lake,

rebuilding the bank to the Swan River,

reinstating the putting green,

and creating a composting area.

However, there is still much to do to achieve the standards of facilities in the park that users would like to see.

Future plans include assisting with the provision of a new skate park, for which funds in the region of £200,000 will need to be raised, and re-establishing the tennis courts in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association who should assist with match funding. These will cost £128,000 for a major upgrade.

Mayor Councillor Paul Macfarlane said: “There are exciting times ahead for the park, but needless to say these improvements will come at a cost. We hope our residents appreciate the need to ensure that the town has sufficient funds to develop and improve this wonderful asset.”

A Gong At Ashwood Care Centre, Warminster

Sunday 15th January 2017:

 A gong in the foyer of Ashwood Care Centre,
Gipsy Lane, Warminster.

 Photographs taken by Danny Howell
on Sunday 15th January 2017.

Regal Court, Warminster

Sunday 15th January 2017:

 The rear (west facing side) of Regal Court,
Weymouth Street, Warminster.
Photograph taken by Danny Howell
on Sunday 15th January 2017.

The East Side Of Battlesbury Hill, Warminster

Sunday 15th January 2017:

 View over the Camp Ground (Boreham Farm),
Boreham, Warminster, to the east side of
Battlesbury Hill. Morgan's Drove on the right.
Photograph taken by Danny Howell
on Sunday 15th January 2017.

View Through The Beeches Trees Of Temple's Plantation, Boreham, Warminster

Sunday 15th January 2017:

 A view through some of the beech trees
of Temple's Plantation (Primrose Wood),
Boreham, Warminster.
Photograph taken by Danny Howell
on Sunday 15th January 2017.

Memorial Service At Sherrington For Bert Imber

Saturday 14th January 2017:

A memorial service for Bert Imber, who passed away on Saturday 31st December 2016, aged 92, will be held at the Church of St. Cosmas and St. Damian, Sherrington, on Friday 20th January 2017, commencing at 3.30 p.m. Donations are being collected for Codford Surgery and Sherrington Church via Barker & Courtiers, 52 Bond Street, Trowbridge, BA14 0AS. Telephone 01225 752637.

Charmaigne At Warminster Conservative Club

will be performing live
Warminster Conservative Club,
Prestbury House, 1 Prestbury Drive,
Warminster, BA12 9LB
Saturday 14th January 2017.
Doors open at 7.00 p.m.
Show starts at 8.45 p.m.
Raffle during the interval.
Admission: Members £3, Guests £4.
For further details:
Telephone 01985 217895

Wrong Jovi At Prestbury Sports Bar, Warminster

Wrong Jovi 
play live at 
The Prestbury Sports Bar, 
38 The Close, Warminster, BA12 9AL 
Saturday 14th January 2017. 
Doors open at 8.00 p.m. 
Free admission.

Wrong Jovi are the UK’s newest and finest 
tribute to rock legends Bon Jovi. 
Described by tribute band expert 
(Channel 4’s The Convention Crasher) 
and TV celebrity Justin Lee-Collins as 
“the best Bon Jovi tribute band in the world”, 
Wrong Jovi features some of the UKs finest 
professional musicians. With a set list crammed 
 full of sing-along anthems, live favourites 
and rarities, audiences are guaranteed the 
ultimate Bon Jovi experience.

Featuring Ally Ward (X Factor, The Singer 
Takes It All and Britain's Got Talent) aka 
Jon Wrong Jovi on vocals, Wrong Jovi have 
one of the UKs most talented front men 
leading the band through some of rock
 'n' roll's most legendary songs. Ally is backed 
by some of the UK's most highly respected
 musicians. Founding member Mark Harding 
provides Richie Sambora's fiery guitar lines,
backing vocals and even lead vocals on occasion. 
Simon James (David Bryan) on keyboards 
and backing vocals, Giuliano Ianarelli 
(Hugh McDonald) on bass and backing vocals 
and Rhys Kirkman (Tico Torres) on drums 
complete the lineup.

Warminster Town FC v. Malmesbury Victoria

Football fixture ~

Toolstation Western League Division One:
Warminster Town FC welcome Malmesbury Victoria to Weymouth Street, Warminster, BA12 9NS, on Saturday 14th January 2017. Kick-off at 3.00 p.m. There will be a collection bucket at the game for Jamie Mines.

 Warminster Town FC squad for the match:
G. Kitley, L. Graham, P. Farrell, K. Shinn,
D. Jordan, H. McFerran, J. Miluk,
E. Mortimer-Taylor, T. Welch, G. Butler,
S. Clift, J. Ferguson, F. Allen, M. Robinson.