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.

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 and we will promulgate more details in due course.

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.

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.

The Wilts Police Rural Crime Unit have conducted several successful joint operations with the MoD Police and RMP.  Wilts Police also report a welcome trend for reduced crime in our local area in October 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.  Results are as follows: Overall crime down 16%;  Violence with injury down 52%; and Burglary down 45%. Crime for last December was also 9% less than in December 2019.

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.

A perennial issue is illegal dumping of rubbish and fly tipping on Salisbury Plain.  These eyesores are really irritating and demonstrate a lack of respect for our scenic environment. Please report any sightings to “Plain Watch” (Tel: 01980 674700), part of the Control Room at HQ Salisbury Plain Training Area. Reports can also be submitted to Wilts Council My Wilts app.

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.