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Town and parish elections

Statutory notices published for uncontested town & parish council elections

The electoral statutory notices for the town & parish areas that are uncontested have now been published on the Wiltshire Council website.

Each of the uncontested areas will fall into one of these scenarios:

  • The parishes are uncontested and have enough candidates to be quorum.
  • Where no nominations were received the election will have to be  re-run within 35 days from 6 May 2021 on an date to be decided by the Returning Officer. We will confirm the exact day as soon as possible.
  • Some nominations were received but not enough to make the parish council quorate, so the election will have to be re-run to fill the vacant seats within 35 days from 6 May 2021, on a date to be decided by the Returning Officer. We will confirm the exact day as soon as possible. In this scenario, those individuals that had submitted valid nominations are elected unopposed.   
  • No nominations were received by some parish wards, but there were nominations in the other wards that make up that parish council to be quorate, and therefore the unfilled seats can be filled by co-option by the new Parish Council.

For more information please visit If you have any additional queries please email or call 0300 456 0112.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) case confirmed in Wiltshire

Stakeholder briefing statement to download (PDF)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) case confirmed in Wiltshire

As you may well have already seen, the UK Chief Medical Officer has today (5 March 2020) confirmed further cases of COVID-19 infection in the UK, bringing the total number of cases to 115.

Three of these cases are residents from Wiltshire who became infected whilst in Northern Italy. The individual is getting all necessary support from relevant agencies.

Public Health England, the council and local NHS colleagues are working closely together to respond.

Public Health England is currently contacting people who may have had close contact with the confirmed case. Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure that any risk to them is minimised and the wider public is protected.

Based on current evidence, Coronavirus COVID- 19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

There is a lot going on nationally to ensure we are prepared to manage this risk and locally, we have tried and tested plans in place which means we are prepared to deal with a whole range of


Whilst the confirmation of a case in the county will undoubtedly increase people’s anxiety, it’s important to remain calm but vigilant and take necessary steps.

The best action we can all take is to ensure we continue to have good personal and hand hygiene, which includes:

· Giving your hands a good wash with soap and water is the most effective action you can take (but hand gels can be a good substitute).

· Maintaining personal hygiene when coughing or sneezing is also important – use a tissue rather your hands and then throw it away.

· It is good general practice to use cleaning wipes to give your keyboard, desk, phone etc. the once over on a regular basis.

Anyone who is concerned about their health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do on the Government’s website at coronavirus-information-for-the-public

The advice for anyone who is experiencing a cough or fever or shortness of breath, is to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

People are asked NOT to turn up at their GP surgery or other health services (e.g. hospital).

If people have trips planned, they should follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice.

To stay up to date with the national situation and response and any advice PHE is giving you can visit their website. Alternatively, you can follow the Department for Health and Social Care on Twitter- @DHSCgovuk

I will keep you up to date with local developments.

Tracy Daszkiewicz Director of Public Health Wiltshire Council

Road Closures Will Affect Much Of Salisbury On Saturday 29 June For Armed Forces Day

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Please find message below from Wiltshire Council about significant travel disruption in Salisbury on Saturday 29 June 2019.

People are being advised to avoid driving into Salisbury, leave their car at home and use alternative transport on Saturday 29 June, as many roads will be closed for the Armed Forces Day parade taking place in the city.
The main Armed Forces Day National Event is taking place a Hudson’s Field in the city from Friday 28-Sunday 30 June, and as such many roads in the Hudson’s Field area will be closed all weekend, though residents and carers will have permits to allow them to their properties, and emergency services will have access.
However, on Saturday 29 June, as well as the road closures around Hudson’s Field, roads in Salisbury city centre will be closed for logistical and security reasons from 6am until 2pm for the military parade, which begins in the centre of Salisbury. This will affect many businesses and residents in the city, as vehicle access to their home or business may be restricted; this includes parking and deliveries.
It is also anticipated that there will be long delays for motorists in and around the city, so the advice is: please do not drive in Salisbury before 2pm on Saturday 29 June unless you really have to.
Please note that there is no charter market being held on Saturday 29 June – it is being held on Friday 28 June instead, though other shops and businesses in the city will be open as usual.
If you are visiting Salisbury by car but not for Armed Forces Day, please use the park and rides; if you’re visiting Armed Forces Day by car, please use the appropriate car parks, as signed as you approach Salisbury.
There are alternative travel arrangements in place, including shuttle buses to the parade and buses to Hudson’s Field. To find out more about the buses available, and other alternative transport, please see:
Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “We are honoured that Salisbury has been chosen to host the Armed Forces Day National Event, and we are looking forward to the military parade through the city on Saturday 29 June, which promises to be a spectacular occasion.
“However, due to the road closures that we have had to implement for security and logistical reasons, many roads in the city will be closed on Saturday 29 June and there will be long delays, so I would urge people not to drive on this day unless they really have to.
“There are less than two weeks to go, so please make alternative arrangements and use the buses and other forms of alternative transport available.
For a full list of road closures, please see; or to find out more about the parade, please go to
Message Sent By
Zara Hughes (Police, Commnications Officer, Wiltshire)

Wiltshire Council Parish Newsletter – December 2018

The latest Parish Newsletter from Wiltshire Council is available here


Parish Newsletter – w/c 10 December 2018

Dedicated team to help rough sleepers ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

A dedicated team who help rough sleepers change their lives around have played a big part in reducing the numbers of people living on Wiltshire’s streets.

The Outreach Workers are part of a wider initiative by Wiltshire Council to work closely with those sleeping on the streets.

Tackling Rough sleeping is a priority for Wiltshire Council which wants to provide appropriate support to improve health and wellbeing.

In the last couple of years there had been an increase in the number of rough sleepers with a range of overlapping and multiple disadvantages, such as addiction, poor physical and mental health and offending histories.

In 2018 the council bid for funds from the national Rough Sleepers Initiative and was granted £312,245 for 2018/19 and £305,491 for 2019/20.

The money has been used to:

  •   recruit a Rough Sleeper Team with five outreach workers, one of whom has a mental health specialism, and a rough sleeper prevention officer
  •   provide eight- bed winter accommodation in Trowbridge which includes overnight support, due to open in December
  •   offer six high level support bed spaces for long-term rough sleepers with complex needs
  •   provide 10 beds at Alabare Place, Salisbury, and 10 winter spaces at Unity House in Chippenham, and eight severe weather provision places
  •   fund 15 private lets for rough sleepers and £10,000 for personal budget requests to help unlock barriers in securing accommodation

Following our recent rough sleeper estimate carried out in November, 22 Rough Sleepers were recorded compared to 31 the same time last year.

Awards ceremony for Healthy Schools Programme ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

Twelve schools which have recently achieved Wiltshire Healthy Schools status were recognised at a special event on Thursday 6 December at County Hall.

At the event, schools were presented with a special plaque marking their achievements.

The programme recognises schools that have provided evidence to show how their provision supports the health and wellbeing of their pupils.

Schools can work towards bronze, silver or gold levels to achieve Wiltshire Healthy Schools status. To be recognised they need to meet a range of standards based on local and national priorities.

Currently 91 schools have Wiltshire Healthy Schools at bronze, silver or gold level. A total of 144 schools are taking part to achieve the award.

The multiagency group granting the awards includes Wiltshire Police, school health nurses, school representatives and Wiltshire & Swindon Sports Partnership. The council and agencies support the schools as they work towards the standards.

The local programme supports schools and provides information on key actions that can be taken as well as providing training. The progress of schools is monitored, including the positive impact on the health behaviours of young people.

Further information about our Healthy Schools Programme can be found at

Mid-December deadline for interest in the development of two Gypsy and Traveller sites ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

Parties interested in taking over two Gypsy and Traveller sites in Wiltshire to provide much needed redevelopment for residents have until 14 December to put forward expressions of interest.

Dairy House Bridge and Oak Tree Field in Salisbury need major investment to renovate old buildings and amenities and address problems with drainage.

This July Wiltshire Council agreed to an option that reflected the approach taken by other councils, including Somerset, Bucks and Hampshire, to sell the sites to new owners that can invest to improve conditions and take on current residents’ rental arrangements.

The decision taken at cabinet follows extensive consultation with site residents, in a survey and face-to-face meetings.

The expressions of interest will close on 14 December. The informal tender pack will be available from 21 December and the deadline for informal tenders will be 1 February 2019. Only those parties who have submitted an EOI will be allowed to submit a formal tender.

Interested people can contact Colin Scragg of Carter Jonas, email (01225 747268).

Cardboard Christmas Tree Challenge ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

Families are getting into the festive spirit this year with Wiltshire Council’s Cardboard Christmas Tree Challenge at children’s centres and libraries across Wiltshire.

The cardboard trees have arrived at the children’s centres and libraries taking part and children and their families will get creative in a bid to create a colourful and unique tree even the elves would be proud of.

All children and their families are welcome to either of the sessions (booking is required for one session and all adults must be accompanied by a child):

  •   Thursday 13 December 10am-11am – The Rise Frogwell Children’s Centre
  •   Saturday 15 December 10am-11am – Trowbridge Library Christmas Hullabaloo (booking required – £1.50 per child)

To book for the Christmas Hullabaloo at Trowbridge Library, contact the library on 01225 716700. There will also be a festive fancy dress competition with a prize for the best home-made outfit and the chance to meet Santa and receive a gift.

The trees will go on display at County Hall in the library, Trowbridge, on 15 December for everyone to enjoy. People can vote for their favourite tree on the council’s Facebook page or by using voting slips at reception.

The winning entry will receive a special prize and a gold certificate. Certificates will also be presented to runners-up.

The winner will be declared on 20 December.

Waste collection days to change over Christmas and new year

Visit our website to view collection days for the festive period and find out about recycling your tree for those subscribed to garden waste collections.

Come and enjoy a magical winter wonderland in Salisbury!

Salisbury’s popular Christmas market and all-weather ice rink winter wonderland experience is now open.

The Christmas market transforms the Guildhall Square with its authentic German market style chalets and festive events. This year there is even more to enjoy with the addition of an all- weather ice rink where skaters can enjoy the real ice whatever the weather.

Both the market and the ice rink are open until Sunday 6 January 2019.

This year’s Christmas offer has been delivered by Wiltshire Council working with Salisbury City Council, Visit Wiltshire and Salisbury BID.

There are 44 Christmas chalets, in both the Guildhall Square and Queen Street, offering a great selection of artisan goods and tasty street food. This year, for the first time, there is also a festive double decker bus bar.

A programme of festive events for all ages is on offer at the rink from a Christmas jumper skating day on 14 December to Skate with Santa sessions from 22 December to Christmas Eve. The rink is also available for private hire and group bookings.

For information and to book online visit

Ice rink themed events

Skate with Santa

  •   Saturday 22 December 2018 10am/11am/3pm/4pm
  •   Sunday 23 December 2018 10am/11am/3pm/4pm
  •   Monday 24 December 2018 10am/11am

80’s DJ Night over 18’s only
 Wednesday 19 December 6pm/7pm

Xmas Party Night over 18’s only
 Wednesday 12 December 6pm/7pm

Wear your Christmas Jumper Day Offer available all day

 Wear your Christmas jumper to skate and save £1 off a mulled wine or bratwurst, Friday 14 December

What’s on ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

If you would like to promote an event in your area to staff and the wider public why not use the events calendaron our website. You can find the link to the calendar on the home page under “What’s on”.
Check what else is on at Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon: and City Hall in Salisbury:

Quick links ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

Area Board information-
All the latest news releases –
A blog for the heritage community of Wiltshire – Community virtual notice boards – Recycle for Wiltshire –
Roadworks –
Tree wardens for Wiltshire –
What’son in Wiltshire- What’sonatCityHall
A blog for Wiltshire’s arts community-

The latest news from the council is available on the full newslisting pages of the website

Everleigh Household Recycling Centre – 8th Jan 2016 and the mystical survey

You may have heard the rumours circulating on Social Media that Wiltshire Council was running a survey at Everleigh Household Recycling Centre on Friday 8th Jan 2016 between 10-12pm.

When we got there at 11:40, traffic was queuing out of the gate and shortly before 12 the gates were shut for a while before two cars drove off (obviously the survey people, which does beg the question, two cars for  two people –  what is wrong with car sharing or parking outside the facility to allow more cars on site?)

Now it seems there is very limited availability/visibility of this survey (as in I can’t find it on line & I’ve not seen a paper copy) but here are the questions that were being asked apparently

Wiltshire Council Household Recycling Survey 1 Wiltshire Council Household Recycling Survey - Part 2

If you have not raised your concerns, it is worth dropping an email or making a call to or ring 0300 456 0102as well as voicing your concerns to your local Parish Council.

It would be worth sending a copy of your email/comments to Cllr Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for Strategic Planning, Property, Waste and Strategic Housing

Hope this helps


Webmaster for Everleigh Village Website (my personal views, not that of Everleigh Parish Council)