Wiltshire Council October Newsletter 2022

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Cost of living support

We’re coordinating information on what community facilities and services are being provided in the county, to support you through the cost of living challenges.

We’re also producing an interactive map so that in a few clicks you can quickly find what warm spaces and community food providers are available in your local area. We’re aiming to have the map on our website by the end of this month.   More information on what we’re doing to support you through the cost of living challenges      
Stay safe this Halloween

If you are celebrating Halloween this year, we hope you have a spook-tacular time, but stay safe.

Please be mindful and respectful that not everyone in our community will be taking part.

Wiltshire Police has some great advice on how to stay safe when trick or treating and has also designed a poster for residents who don’t wish to take part.   Tips on how to stay safe when trick or treating this Halloween   Download the no trick or treating poster      
Pest control
As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, it’s not only us who might want to stay indoors in the evenings.

To help prevent rats, mice, squirrels and any other unwanted visitors letting themselves in, here are our top tips: Ensure any holes or gaps in the outside of buildings are filled inMake sure rubbish is stored in bins with the lid shut downPlace any compost bins on patio slabs or small wire meshEnsure bird feeders are removed at night and ideally use a pole to hang feeders in an open space away from overhanging trees or shrubs and clear up spilt food regularly If you hear noises or suspect you have unwanted guests don’t ignore it, email pestcontrol@wiltshire.gov.uk  or give us a call on 0300 456 0107.   More on the pest control support we offer      
Be wary of cold callers and scammers

Please be wary of cold callers and scammers that are looking to take advantage of the current cost of living challenges.  

Our advice is to not engage with any businesses which cold call you either at the door or by telephone. Some businesses operate in a less than ethical fashion, using ‘hard sell’ tactics to get a sale, and these traders usually target more vulnerable members of the community.

Examples of previous scams in Wiltshire include companies selling alarm systems, solar panels, roof repairs, loft insulation and gardening services. Legitimate businesses would not put a resident under pressure to buy a product or service quickly.   More information and advice on how to avoid being a victim of a scam       Reducing your food waste

Recycling all you can is great, but the best thing you can do with your waste is to reduce it. Not only does reducing cut down on waste, it also cuts down on your bills.

Did you know that up to 50% of the rubbish we throw away can be composted? Find out more about composting, including how you can compost food at home.

We’ve also collated some great tips on our website on how to reduce food waste and help the environment.   Start reducing your food waste now      
Search for local planning applications

You can search for current planning applications, past decisions, appeals and issued enforcement notices on our website.   Search for local planning applications now       Household Recycling Centres to switch to their winter opening times

From Tuesday 1 November, the opening hours of all 10 of our HRCs will change from 10am to 4pm on each day that they’re open. Currently they’re open from 9am.

As per previous years, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Stanton St Quinton HRCs will be closed for an additional day a week, so will not be operating on Thursdays and Fridays. The opening days of the other centres will remain as they are.

All of these temporary changes will take effect from 1 November and last until 31 March.   Household recycling centres opening times      
National Care Leavers Week
This week is Care Leaver’s Week and the aim has been to reflect on the ongoing challenges that care-experienced young people face as they begin their independent lives.

We’ve been promoting the great work our staff to do to support care leavers on our Twitter and Facebook pages all week.   Read our Care Leaver Promise      
Clocks go back this weekend

Great news – we get an extra hour in bed on Sunday!

Just a reminder that the clocks go back at 2am on Sunday 30 October as we switch back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).       Keep up to date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing ‘Wiltshire’ into the search box.
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