Parish Council News
Update from Age UK Wiltshire Information & Advice service
Hope you are keeping well in these challenging times at the moment.
I hope you don’t mind me writing just to update you with some news from the Information & Advice (I&A) team at Age UK Wiltshire that may be helpful to older residents across the county:
• We are supporting clients to apply for the Wiltshire Surviving Winter Grant this year (in partnership with Wiltshire Community Foundation and Wiltshire Warm & Safe) which, if applying through Age UK Wiltshire, is a one-off grant of £150 (up to £250 for some clients). We can support clients who meet all the following criteria:
• over pension age (client and/or partner)
• have household income (excluding disability benefits) less than £16,190pa OR in receipt of a means-tested benefit
• considered to be in fuel poverty by AUKW– e.g. high heating costs, struggling to afford to heat their home adequately, hard-to-heat homes, significantly underusing heating.
• able to provide evidence of their means-tested benefit and a suitable bank account to pay the money into
• We continue to take applications for our free telephone befriending service and are branching out into other things like telephone book groups, although we now have a short waiting list. We can also refer into free Age UK national telephone befriending.
• We are still supporting clients with Attendance Allowance/DLA application forms which is now done through free telephone appointments and turnaround time for us contacting and completing the appointment is around 2wks or less (with it being backdated to the date of referral to us)
• We continue to offer telephone and email advice and support in the usual areas of advice like welfare benefits for older people, housing options and issues and care and support options.
All of the above can be arranged through our Information & Advice team by calling us on 0808 196 2424 or emailing us [email protected] You can read about our other services on our website here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wiltshire/
Please let me know if you have any queries and would be glad to hear any news from you also! Please feel free to share with any colleagues or contacts that you think may be helpful for.
Rachel Clarke (She/Her)
Senior Project Worker
Information & Advice team
Age UK Wiltshire
Tel: 0808 196 2424 (advice line)
Details on road closures in Dilton Marsh in March 2021 have just been published.
Information can be found under Highways Information - Road closures March 2021.
Details on a temporary closure of The Hollow on 10th March 2021 have just been released by Wiltshire Council and can be found under Highways Information.
Bus pass time restrictions temporarily lifted in Wiltshire from 1 February
From Monday 1 February start time restrictions on Wiltshire Council bus passes will be temporarily lifted, to give people more opportunities to get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments they may have.
Usually, people can only use their bus passes from 9:30am but people will be able to use them at any time until schools fully reopen.
Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: “We don’t want anyone to miss out on their vaccinations, so we hope this helps our older population to get to where they need to go and helps to ease any worries that they might not have been able to attend.
“It will also give them more opportunities to take essential journeys and pick up any supplies they may need.
“I would urge everyone to continue to follow all COVID measures on public transport and do everything possible to keep each other safe.”
Regarding public transport, the government guidance states:
• You can continue using the public transport network if you need to travel for an exempt reason.
• You must wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined.
• Some people don’t have to wear a face covering for health, age or disability reasons.
• You should remove your face covering if asked to do so by a police officer or other relevant person.
• It is important to wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching your face covering.
• If you need to dispose of your face covering, use ‘black bag’ waste bins or litter bins. You should not use a recycling bin.
PARISH COUNCIL VACANCIES
Please check out the Elections page of the website for information on the current 3 vacancies on the PC.
CENSUS 2021 - Please check out the Census pages on the website for a Q&A booklet on the 2021 Census.
Policing Precept - Survey Launched
Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking all residents for feedback on the proposed policing precept for 2020/21.
Today (5 January), PCC Angus Macpherson has launched a survey to collect feedback on policing: what is being done well and where improvements could be made, as well as a proposed increase in the policing element of the council tax.
The suggested increase equates to £15 a year, per household, on a band D property.
This follows a recent national announcement made about central police funding which was based upon the assumption that all PCCs would seek to use the maximum flexibility afforded them by the Government to increase local precepts.
In 2020, Wiltshire recorded the lowest policing precept in the South West. Even with the increase, the band D average for Wiltshire will remain lower than the regional and national average.
And Mr Macpherson warned that if the policing part of the precept is not increased next year, Wiltshire Police would need to find savings of more than £3m and would have no alternative but to reduce staff undertaking essential services.
“In normal times an increase in contributions will be felt by our communities but after this year, I realise this increase will be felt more keenly than ever before,” added Mr Macpherson.
“The pandemic has bought additional new challenges for all – it is evident the effect impacts all corners of our community. As well as the physical impact, I know the economic impact has affected many.
“The decision to ask for your support for a £15 per year increase has been a difficult one – and one that I would not make if there was an alternative. But there isn’t.
“Simply put, your agreement to this increase will mean Wiltshire Police will be able to continue to maintain and improve our essential, frontline, services.”
The extra £15 a year funding, or £1.25 a month, means that Wiltshire Police will recruit 46 additional officers for Wiltshire in 2021/22. The Force is also on track to recruit this year’s target of an additional 65 police officers by March 2021.
This will take officer numbers to 1,050 - the highest number of Wiltshire Police officers in six years. The additional 46 officers in 2021/22 would see officer numbers rise to 1,096 by March 2022.
Mr Macpherson added: “We need to keep up the investment in order to continue with progress. We are the lowest-funded Force in the South West and I believe Wiltshire Police is delivering significant value for money.
“Our police service does a tremendous job, against ever-changing demand, in keeping crime low and providing the service you demand from your police service.”
The consultation is open from Tuesday 5 January to Tuesday 2 February.
Further information can be found in the PCCs 2021 Policing Precept video.
Westbury Area Board has commenced work on the post Covid-19 recovery plans for the area. Notes of a recent meeting have been posted in the Covid section of the website, please do take a look.
Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 - Urgent Closure of: B3099 Clivey (Part), Dilton Marsh
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 7th December 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.
B3099 Clivey (Part), Dilton Marsh; from the County Boundary with Somerset to its junction with Red Pit.
Alternative route: via B3099 (unaffected length), A36. A3098, B3099 (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 7th December 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 5 days between the hours of
07:00 and 19:00. 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
For the accompanying map please check the Highways page on this website.
The government is beginning to issue information on the census, which will take place in March 2021.
Please head over to the new Census 2021 page on the website to find out more.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
A representative from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has been in touch with the parish council to explain how they can help communities become more resilient in the event of a prolonged power cut.
They talked through their Priority Services Register that residents who may need extra support during a power cut can sign up to. Those eligible to join the Priority services are:
• Those dependent on electricity for medical home care e.g. Kidney dialysis machine/ventilator
• Those who have a chronic illness or short-term medical condition e.g. recovering from a major operation
• Those who are disabled
• Those who have special communication needs e.g. blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing
• Those who have children under five years old
• Those who are over 60 years old
To register with the priority service, you can call FREE on 0800 294 3259 from a landline or mobile. Or 0800 316 5457 from a textphone. Or use the website https://www.ssen.co.uk/Home/
If you would like a Priority Services leaflet, please contact Dilton Marsh parish council on: Email: [email protected]
To report all power cuts and emergencies call 105
The Parish Council has received notification of an urgent road closure of the A350 in Westbury.
Further information can be found under Highways Information.
The PC next meets on Thursday 18th February 2021 at 7.00 pm via Zoom.
The agenda and joining instructions can be found under the Agenda page of the website.
Planning applications for consideration at the February meeting:
21/00068/FUL Cowards Farm, Brokerswood, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4EQ Erection of a 2 bedroom log cabin for principal person of agricultural business
20/11097/FUL Fairwood Lakes Holiday Park, Fairwood Road, Dilton Marsh, BA13 4EL Provision of Managers House with Shop/Office with Living Accommodation over, Replacement of Cafe with Clubhouse, Provision of Spa Building. Re-planning of approved Lodge area and extension to provide an additional 22 Lodges including the replacement of touring pitches.
Please note that an extension has been sought from WC to enable a response to be resolved at the March meeting.