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A View from Everleigh – March 2021

THE VIEW FROM EVERLEIGH

Denis Bottomley (CD 852731) writes:

Covid-19 continues to dominate the headlines, with the situation constantly evolving.  Village Area Co-ordinators remain in place and alert to the needs of parishioners as required in the face of an uncertain future.  Key Covid-19 information is posted on the village web site at www.everleigh.org

On Sunday morning,16th May, we intend to walk the parish boundary to commemorate the ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds of Everleigh Parish.  This is an 8 mile hike and is an enjoyable way to promote both community spirit and fitness. Clearly, this event is subject to the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

A national census takes place Sunday 21st March.  The census is a survey that takes place every 10 years and covers all people and households in England and Wales. All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. A letter will be sent to all households from the Office of National Statistics in early March. The letter will include an access code to complete the census online. A paper copy option is also available.

As notified previously, Wilts Council have agreed speed limit changes on Marlborough Road (MR) in Everleigh as follows:

•           MR South:  From the A342 up to and including Coombe Cottages – Reduce to 40 mph.

•           MR North:  From Coombe Cottages northwards – remains 50mph, and extend this zone

         to the KK tank crossing.

Wilts Council have approved Traffic Regulation Orders and have issued a works order to implement change.  We are hopeful that implementation may be completed in the Spring.

Right of Way (RoW) 6 is a route running south west from the village playground on to the Plain.  It is a restricted byeway and as such it may be used as a footpath and a bridleway and is also open to non motorised vehicles including horse drawn vehicles and push bikes . At this time of year the track becomes very muddy and consequently we are examining options to improve the situation, in conjunction with the Wilts Council RoW officer who visited the site on Tuesday 9th February.

The village playground has been closed since last March due to the Covid-19 situation. We intend to reopen it this Spring and are currently looking at the control measures necessary to achieve this.

Wiltshire Council have a clear procedure for reporting infrastructure faults or issues, such as an inoperative streetlight, fallen trees, pot holes or blocked drains/gullies. There are several reporting options: by phone 0300 456 0105; on line at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywilts; or use the MyWilts app on a smart phone. Any resident may report any fault direct; please do not think that this is the sole preserve of the Parish Council. However, if residents need Parish Council support on infrastructure issues then please contact Cllr Kim Wheeler-Mallows Tel: 01264 850303.

Finally, the next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 7pm.  This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom, due to the Covid-19 situation. Everyone is welcome to attend. Instructions for joining this meeting will be available from the Parish Council clerk, Mr Phil Gill, at philip.gill101@ntworld.com.

Guidance on Census Field Operation for Police forces and for Trading Standards

The Office for National Statistics will shortly be carrying out the Census 2021 across England and Wales. Census Day is Sunday 21st March. After this day, in your authority, census officers will be:

knocking on doors following up non-responders  

helping the public with queries  

From 22nd March 2021 our field census officers will be working across England and Wales. We have recruited around 29000 members of staff to carry out home visits.  

All our officers will be carrying official identification cards. The card will have a photograph and the officer’s name. The officers will work through the day to make contact with residents but will not call before 09:00 or after 20:00. 

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Any member of the public concerned that the person on their doorstep is not a census officer can call the number on the critical workers letter that the officer can show them. 

Census officers will never ask for any money or bank details at any point during the conversation with respondents. 

Our staff in the field are classed as key workers. The law allows that where there is a lockdown people can leave their home for work if they cannot work from home. As their role cannot be carried out by working from home, they are allowed to carry out the duties of their role. 

The health and safety of the public and the census field force is of the utmost importance to us. Field force routines in Census 2021 have been planned with the health and safety of both the public and field staff front and centre. All our officers will work in a socially distanced way; they will all be wearing PPE and they will not enter anyone’s home. 

The Office for National Statistics has several important studies and surveys continuing alongside the census (more details here). It is, therefore, possible that an address will be visited by staff working on other surveys too.  

If you have any questions about the 2021 census work being carried out in your authority, please phone the Partnership Team on 01329 447434. More information is also available at www.census.gov.uk, or you can email 2021Census.LA.Liaison@ons.gov.uk 

THE VIEW FROM EVERLEIGH – Feb 2021

Denis Bottomley (CD 852731) writes:

Covid-19 continues to dominate the headlines, with the situation constantly evolving.  Village Area Co-ordinators remain in place and alert to the needs of parishioners as required in the face of an uncertain future.  Key Covid-19 information is posted on the village web site at www.everleigh.org

Wilts Council have advised against litter picks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as this is not an essential activity.  Consequently, we have taken an early decision now to cancel our litter pick planned for Saturday 6th March. The situation will be reviewed again later in the Spring. Our Autumn litter pick remains scheduled for Saturday 23rd October.

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Census 2021 – Your questions answered

Hi Town and Parish Clerks, please find this PDF which answers a lot of common questions for your parishioners in regard to the Census.

My request is that you forward this to your mailing lists, and ideally post it to your websites and share via your social media as well. 

Many of you are doing that already, and it is fantastic to see the materials and messaging across City, town and village social media and websites, however there are gaps, and there are town councils that are still not sharing any materials about the Census. 

The Census drives decisions at national & local government levels , the higher our participation in Wiltshire, the better represented we are in terms of decisions about investment in our county. 

Thank you for all of your help and participation. 

Jonny Corbett

Census Engagement Manager| Wiltshire

Office for National Statistics

Wiltshire News : 23rd December Update

View this email in your browser 23 December 2020 Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert

Following today’s Government announcement (23 December) Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert.

All of the areas around Wiltshire will be in Tiers 3 or 4 from 00.01am on Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day). Please do not travel to these areas.

Keep playing your part by following the Tier 2 restrictions, stay local and shop local to protect our local population. Full list of Tier 2 restrictions The latest Government advice on Christmas

Wiltshire remains in Tier 2 which means you can form a Christmas bubble with two other households on Christmas Day only.

Please remember: You can only be in one Christmas bubble Your Christmas bubble should not include people from more than three households Do not form a Christmas bubble with anyone from a Tier 4 area Stay local and do not travel to higher Tier areas Only see your bubble on Christmas Day. Do not stay overnight. Meet outdoors where possible Ensure indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible Make space between members of different households wherever you can  Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds You must not visit another household if you, or anyone in your household, is feeling unwell or self-isolating. Keeping your Christmas bubble as small as possible and keeping celebrations shorter than usual can help stop the spread of Covid-19. Where possible, you should stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area, meaning your village or town.

We know this news would have come as a big disappointment to many of you who were looking forward to seeing some more family and friends over the Christmas period. However, it’s vital we follow the guidance and continue playing our part to keep the virus under control here in Wiltshire. Hopefully next year we can all have a merrier Christmas. Read more Sadly, Wiltshire COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in the last week, so please keep playing your part to keep each other safe. Christmas and New Year waste and recycling changes Waste and recycling collection dates will change over Christmas and New Year. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
There will be catch-up collections on Saturday 2 January and Saturday 9 January 2021.

Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks over this period. The last collections will take place on Thursday 24 December and they will restart on Saturday 9 January 2021.

All collections, including garden waste, return to normal from Monday 11 January 2021.

All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days. Please remember to book a slot online before visiting a household recycling centre. Check your collection dates Our services at Christmas

The opening times of our facilities and services will vary over Christmas and New Year.

On Christmas Eve, many council services will be closed. All services and facilities will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Full list of opening times of our hubs and services Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains in place for those who may need additional support.

You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk 
It’s open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Those who require help with tasks such as picking up food and other essentials, should ask friends or family or order online. If they do not have family, friends or a support network that can help, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub and request help. Need some mental health support? Below are all the numbers you’ll need.  North Team – 01249 468500 South Team – 01722432555 West Team – 01249 706611 Emergency Duty Service for out of hours and weekends – 0300 456 0100 (Option 7 then ​1 for Adults) 0300 303 1320 – Avon & Wilts mental health care provider (24/7) 0808 196 3382 – NHS ‘GoodSam’ 01380 724833 – Richmond Fellowship Mon-Fri 24 hours Check the opening times Government grant to help people stay safe, keep warm, and fed this winter

We have been awarded over £1 million from the Government’s £170 million national COVID Winter Grant Scheme, to help ensure as many vulnerable people as possible in the county are warm and fed this winter.

The aim of the scheme is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run up to Christmas and over the winter months during the pandemic by helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials, such as heat and electric, to ensure they are warm and safe.
 
People eligible for a grant will be identified by the relevant organisation responsible for distributing the different elements of the grant scheme. Read more Merry Christmas

Finally, we would like to say a huge Merry Christmas to you all from all of us at Wiltshire Council.

2020 has been a very challenging and tough year and we really appreciate all the support and patience that you’ve shown in following the guidance we’ve put out in relation to COVID-19.

Throughout this difficult period it’s been heartwarming to see the whole county come together and make sacrifices, in order to keep one another safe.

Have a lovely Christmas break and we will see you all in 2021. High Alert Tier: Wash hands regularly, wear face coverings and make space Want to change how you receive these emails?
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Christmas Waste & Recycling Dates

Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks over this period. The last collections will take place on Thursday 24 December and they will restart on Saturday 9 January 2021, for those households that were due a collection on Friday 8 January.

All collections, including garden waste, return to normal from Monday 11 January 2021.

Only Amesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Purton will be open from 10am-1pm on 24 December. All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days. People will need to book a slot online before visiting a household recycling centre.

Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Waste, said; “This has been a difficult year for our collection crews who kept working throughout both lockdowns and I would like to thank them for their dedication in keeping the collection service running.

“The Christmas and New Year period is a very busy time for our waste contractors, with lots more waste and recycling to collect than normal. The team will work tirelessly to collect all the recycling and waste generated and to get collections back to their normal schedule by Monday 11 January.

“This Christmas we would like everyone to recycle as much as they can including wrapping paper which scrunches into a ball and doesn’t bounce back*, cardboard packaging, plastic sweet tubs, mince pie foil cases, drink cans, glass bottles and Christmas cards without glitter or plastic decorations can all be recycled. Local charity shops may be happy to receive donations of any unwanted Christmas presents.”

Additional recyclable material such as cans, cardboard and paper can be placed in suitable alternative containers alongside your bin.  Flatten cardboard and wash and squash plastic bottles and cartons and put their lids back on as this will help make more room in your blue-lidded bin. 

It’s really important that people do not place batteries or electrical items into any of their bins as these have caused fires in the collection vehicles and at waste facilities.

People who pay to have their garden waste collected can put their real Christmas tree out alongside their garden waste bin on their first collection day in January so that we can collect it for composting, or they can support local charities by paying a small donation for a charity to collect. This is done via the Just Helping scheme at https://charityxmastreecollection.com/

For information about local recycling centres, recycling Christmas trees, collection days and advice on how to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible during the festive period visit wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling

*The scrunch test is when you try to squeeze paper into a ball and it doesn’t stay scrunched – this indicates that it contains other materials as well as paper which means we cannot collect it for recycling.

Police Appeal – 2 car collision near Collingbourne Ducis

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We’re appealing for witnesses after a man died, and two further people were hospitalised, after a two-car collision near Collingbourne Ducis last night (16/12).

The driver of a Nissan X Trail – a man, from Poole – was taken to Southampton Hospital, with serious, life-threatening injuries, where he sadly died. Our thoughts are with his family, who are being supported by specially-trained officers, at this time.

A passenger in the same car, a 56-year-old man from Salisbury, was also taken to Southampton Hospital, by air ambulance, after suffering a suspected heart attack at the scene. He remains in hospital.

The driver of a Ford Ranger, a man in his 50s, from Salisbury, was taken to Salisbury District Hospital with minor injuries.We’re appealing for anyone who was in the area, especially those who may have dash cam footage, when the collision happened around 6.15pm on the A338 between Collingbourne Ducis and Collingbourne Kingston, to get in touch.

We believe a driver of a HGV was just ahead of the collision, who may be unaware of the incident that unfolded, and could be a key witness to our investigation.

The road was closed while emergency services attended the scene. It remained closed until 4.30am while collision investigators assessed the scene and the road was made safe and clear of debris.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to police, is asked to call 101 and quote log 218 of yesterday.

The Courier – December 2020

The December edition of The Courier, the magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis,
Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston is now available to view/download online.

The COURIER Office, and Editorial address for contributors:
c/o 4 Sunnyhill, Collingbourne Ducis, Marlborough SN8 3EP
Contact Details:
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The COURIER is the Magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis,
Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston. Items for publication are most
welcome but may have to be edited if space, etc, demands.

All items published solely express the views of their author and are copyright of
the COURIER unless otherwise stated. Whilst every care has been taken,
no responsibility can be accepted for statements made by the advertisers.
The deadline for February copy is 6.30 pm on 18th January 2021.

Wiltshire in Tier 2 Restrictions – Useful Information

From Wiltshire Council :

Wiltshire confirmed to be in Tier 2 ‘high’ category from 2 December

The Wiltshire Council local authority area has been confirmed to be in the Government’s COVID-19 Tier 2 ‘high’ category, which will replace the national restrictions on 2 December.

This is a different Tier that the county was in prior to the current national restrictions and it means from 2 December:

  • People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must also not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including in a garden or public space.
  • Businesses and venues can remain open in a COVID secure manner, other than those which are closed by law.
  • Pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as restaurants.
  • Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
  • Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to provide table service only. In premises which sell alcohol, they need to close between 11pm and 5am with some exemptions, and stop taking orders after 10pm
  • Education settings remain open
  • Council services such as leisure centres and libraries will be able to open their doors to the public again. Leisure centres are due to open on 3 December and a date for libraries to reopen will be confirmed in due course. 
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
  • Household recycling centres will remain open for pre-booked visits
  • Outdoor street markets will be able to sell full range of items, not just food 
  • Places of worship remain open, but people must not attend or socialise in groups of more than six people while there, unless there’s a legal exemption.

More information can be found on our COVID-19 tier news story

Take a look at the Government Tier webpage

National restrictions 

National restrictions continue to run until Wednesday 2 December, at which point the Tier 2 restrictions will replace them.  See GOV.UK guidance on the restrictions.

The national restrictions mean everyone in Wiltshire must stay at home and may leave only for a limited set of reasons, including:

  • to shop for basic necessities including food and medicine
  • for education (schools, colleges and universities) and childcare
  • for work, if you cannot work from home
  • for exercise and recreation outdoors with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
  • for all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
  • to provide care for vulnerable people
  • you should avoid travelling in or out of your local area and look to reduce the number of journeys you make.

To reduce social contact, certain businesses and venues will close. There are also new restrictions around weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals.

See our response to the new restrictions.

#WiltshireTogether

With new national restrictions in place, it’s important we find ways to keep our spirits up and ensure we have fun whilst complying with the new guidance. So we’ve put together a list of ideas you might wish to try either on your own or with members of your household or support bubble. Give them a try, and let us know how you get on. You can tag us in your social media posts using #WiltshireTogether

Icon for pdf #WiltshireTogether Things to do to keep your spirits up [7.23MB]

Shielding latest

Updated guidance has been published for those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.

Health advice and information

If you have Coronavirus symptoms, you need to get tested as soon as possible:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate) until you get your result. Anyone in your support bubble must also self-isolate until you get your result.

For more information on symptoms and how to book a test visit: NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Government’s winter plan

When national restrictions come to an end, the tier system will return. On Thursday we should know what tier Wiltshire will be in after 2 December.

View the Government’s planned approach to ending the national restrictions on 2 December: GOV.UK: Government’s COVID-19 winter plan

Cases

Type of dataCase rates
Total number of cases in Wiltshire4,673
New cases in Wiltshire in the last 7 days674
Rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire in the last 7 days134.8
Rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire in the previous 7 days105.8
Rate of cases per 100,000 in England in the last 7 days240.7

You can find up-to-date information about the latest number of COVID-related deaths in the Wiltshire Council area at GOV.UK.

Hospitalisations

DateCOVID-19 positive patients in hospital beds
24 November 2020121
17 November 2020115

You can find more on the hospital admissions by trust level.

Schools

DateCOVID-19 casesNumber of school settingsNumber of pupils self-isolating
17 November 202055442,895
9 November 202037271,101

We are seeing transmission outside of school and not within the school community.

Care homes

DateNumber of care homes with COVID-19 cases in last seven days
17 November 202022
9 November 202015

In the past seven days 22 care homes in Wiltshire have had positive cases and the majority of these have been staff members. Very few care homes have seen onward transmissions of COVID which demonstrates the effectiveness of infection prevention and control measures.

COVID-19 Community Pack

We have created an updated Community Pack of information to help support communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current national restrictions:

Icon for pdf COVID-19 Community Pack [2.39MB]  (last updated 18 November)

Within it you’ll find a list of key contacts, resources and information in one place, which we hope you can share with your community to support each other as much as possible during this time.

Community Groups Directory

The communities of Wiltshire have risen to the challenge of COVID-19 throughout the year to make sure people are supported through this very difficult time. We have collated all the community groups we have identified so far in our Icon for pdf Community Groups Directory [668.51KB], which also contains a link to details on local food banks. This directory is updated regularly so please ensure you are using the most recent one. The date it was last updated can be found on the front cover.

In the time available we have only been able to collate this directory and therefore this is not an endorsement of the groups listed but it is for you to decide what use you will make of the offers of support at this time.

If anyone uses a community group and has concerns about the response/practice please inform us by emailing areaboards@wiltshire.gov.uk giving the clear reasons for your concern. The council wants to ensure that everybody can access the support they need. If you make contact with a group and they cannot help or you do not get a response within the required time-frame, then please do not hesitate to contact the council by emailing areaboards@wiltshire.gov.uk and we will ensure you get the support you need.

COVID-19 Community groups map

Take a look at the community groups map. It shows the general location of the community groups featured in the directory. You can use the search box towards the top left of the page to find a particular location. To find out what services each group are offering, the area they cover and contact details, just click on a red star. Some groups cover a wide area so it is worth checking neighbouring locations as well.

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

Following the introduction of new national COVID-19 restrictions our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains in place for those  who may need additional support.

You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk . It’s open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. 

Those who require help with tasks such as picking up food and other essentials, should ask friends or family or order online. If they do not have family, friends or a support network that can help, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub and request help.

Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub staff can:

  • Connect you with local community groups who can assist you with your support needs – please see enclosed information with useful local contact details
  • Resolve any issues with the delivery of medication from a pharmacy
  • Give you ideas for staying physically and mentally well

But they cannot:

  • Give professional health advice
    – In an emergency please dial 999
    – For all other medical advice please go online to NHS 111 online  wherever possible, or if you do not have access to the internet dial NHS 111

Competition time!

Do you love writing?

Maybe you’re more of a crafty person and enjoy making things?

Perhaps creating posters is more your thing?

If you’re aged four to 18 we want to hear from you!

Wiltshire Council is launching a competition to encourage young people to share their creative flair during lockdown.

Poetry, short stories, posters or creating your own face covering are all part of the competition

The competition launches today (18 November) and we will be sharing entries as they come in on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Final judging will take place early December when there will be prizes for the winners for the four categories.

The competition is split into age groups of ages 4 – 7, 8 – 11, 12 – 15 and 16 – 18

For younger primary age there is an opportunity to create a poster on our template on how to keep 2m apart. Older primary children can write a poem or short story based on “2021 is going to be …”

Secondary age children are being encouraged to get crafty and create a face covering and share their pictures or write a story or poem along the same theme “2021 is going to be….”

The full details are available on our COVID lockdown competition page including a competition entry form which must also be filled in. 

Recommendation to postpone events for the remainder of 2020

Given that we continue to see outbreaks of COVID-19 across the country, Wiltshire Council is strongly recommending that local businesses and event organisers postpone or cancel events (that aren’t exempt in the government regulations) that are planned to take place in the county for the remainder of 2020. Please read Icon for pdf this letter [557.41KB] from Wiltshire Council’s Chief Executive for more information.

Self-isolation – you could be entitled to COVID-19 Test and Trace support payment scheme

We all have to work together and follow the guidance as we look to keep COVID-19 under control in Wiltshire. We know that when people are told to self-isolate this can increase financial pressures at an already difficult time.

If you are required to self-isolate, a £500 payment is available if you are working and on a low income and will lose money because you cannot work from home.

If you are self-isolating because you’ve come home from another country this does not mean you are eligible, you must have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS to qualify, as well as the other criteria detailed below.

To receive this payment, you must:

  • have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after Monday, 28 September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
  • be a Wiltshire resident
  • be employed or self-employed
  • have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating
  • be receiving at least one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Pension Credit
    • Housing Benefit
    • Income Support
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • income-based Employment Support Allowance
    • Working Tax Credit.

Please visit our COVID-19 Test and Trace payment support scheme webpage for more information and how to apply.

It is now the law to self-isolate when instructed to do so

Self-isolating when instructed to do so is vital to keep COVID-19 under control in Wiltshire. You are now required by law to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you don’t comply with these requirements, they may result in a fine of a least £1,000 and up to £10,000 for a repeated or serious offence. This also applies to employers who do not allow employees to self-isolate. These news regulations only apply in England.

NHS COVID-19 App launched  

The NHS COVID-19 app is now available and is part of a large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service.

The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can download it via the App Store or Google Play.

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you’re visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres. 

Here’s a video which explains how the process works.

Wiltshire’s Contact Tracing Service

Wiltshire’s local tracing partnership is our local COVID-19 Contact Tracing Service which seeks contact people who have tested positive for COVID-19 but for whom NHS Test and Trace have been unable to reach. Our contact tracers use local methods to contact cases and give them the advice they and their households require as well collecting contact details for people they have been in contact with.

With robust contact tracing we can work to ensure any potential exposures to the virus are identified, gathering information on where people may have been in the days prior to a positive test. It also means individuals can be provided with the appropriate self-isolation advice.

If you are contacted by the test and trace service, or you receive a call or text from our COVID Contact Tracing team at the Council via 0300 4560100, please adhere to the advice and self-isolate if you are advised to do so.

More information can be found on our local test and trace news story

Gemma Brinn from our Public Health team explains more in this local test and trace video

COVID-19: Public health advice and guidance for your business and employees

We have produced a Icon for pdf COVID-19 – Public health advice and guidance for businesses [385.14KB] to provide businesses and employees useful advice and guidance to support them as much as possible. Within it is a range of resources including symptoms step-by-step guides, advice on car sharing, guidance on staying safe outside of work, and a lot more. If you run or own a business please feel free to share far and wide.

Urgent Closure of: C259 (Part), Everleigh

Update from Wiltshire Council

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Urgent Closure of: C259 (Part), Everleigh
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 10th November 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 reactive patching.


C259 (Part), Everleigh; from the Tank crossing for a distance of approximately 75m in either direction.
Alternative route: via C259 (unaffected length) – A338 – A342 – C259 (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 10th November 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 1 day 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 Helen Pickett 01225 713376 Wiltshire Council