Latest News in Shrewton
Wiltshire Council has launched a new site called Active Wiltshire that is to encourage people to keep fit and active by providing information on sporting and recreational activity. Take a look and join in!
Shrewton Parish Council approved Minutes for February 2014 are now on line. As soon as they are available the draft of the March minutes will also be added.
Shrewton Horticultural Society has compiled their agenda for 2014 – from talks about flowers to coach trips to gardens to the annual Flower Show. Looks like it has something for everyone! View the Horticultural Society News 2014 here.
The Environment Agency on February 20th, put out an interesting and informative update for Salisbury Plain – with a lot on groundwater.
There will be a lot of training on the ranges during March. Details, including days during 2014 that the Imber Range will be open are included in the March Newsletter.
Everyone is invited to the Parish Council meeting on March 5th at the Methodist Hall at 7:30 – and here is the Agenda.
One major topic is the Public Meeting on March 18th to discuss Traffic Management and the Neighbourhood Plan.
This is also a good opportunity to look at the revised Laundry Plans from 7:00. You can see the plans of 14/01417/FUL online here – there you can add comment to the Planning Department for or against the plans.
The Army Rebasing plan is to be explained at a number of Public Exhibitions from now to April 1st. See the poster for detail. They also have an informative newsletter – and this is the February edition. In addition, a Public Meeting is being convened by Wiltshire Council at the Wellington Academy on Monday 3 March 2014 at 7.00 p.m., so that communities can learn more about the MOD’s plans.
As mentioned before, a Neighbourhood plan for Shrewton could help control the impact on our community and will be relaunched at the Public Meeting 18 March at the School.
Our Flood Warden and a team of volunteers have been doing sterling work with some 6 tons of sand collected, bags filled and delivered. The cost of just the sand and bag is £1.50 – and that is what is asked for on delivery. No profit. Nothing is charged for the work, time and carting the bags around. And the community has accepted and responded to this! Well done!
Our hope is that the worst is now behind us and the flood waters will recede over the coming weeks and those affected can start the long job of getting their homes back. Good luck!
The minutes of the WI meeting in February which looked at heraldry have arrived – along with an invite for the March meeting.
Wiltshire Council produce a Parish Newsletter with lots of local activities promoted. This week they are talking about their Health and Wellbeing Strategy, a new website to help people get active, library memory groups and the first wedding at County Hall, among other things. Follow this link…..
The DRAFT minutes for the Parish Council meeting earlier in February have been added. It is a bit of an experiment as the content is subject to change but hopefully the earlier access to what went on will be of interest.
The Department for Transport and the Highways Agency met on the 24th January to look at improvements to the A303/ A358/ A30 corridor – and here you can see the Draft Press Release. With luck there will be an announcement by the Minister in the autumn.
The message given is the importance – economically, socially and in every other way – of sorting out the A303 in Wiltshire and as soon as possible. However, the biggest hurdle for the Stonehenge area in particular, is that the A303 may not stack up economically against some of the competing routes.
So please promote the scheme with everyone and anyone prepared to listen! Read the STAG blog to keep up to date.
We have some worthy advice from Elston Veterinary Clinic about caring for your pets teeth. Good to know – although getting to the clinic right now will involve a detour.
Salisbury Cathedral is making good use of their Willis Organ with a series of recitals during 2014.
Road closure changes! A couple of weeks ago, I added a message about Road Closures of A360 and B390 Chitterne Road. That was tricky to understand and Sally came to the rescue with clear maps for Phase 1, 2 and 3. Brilliant. Unfortunately they changed the dates. Phase 1 and Phase 3 - both now August. Phase 2 only at night and probably between Feb 24 and March 28 . Updates will be added when things are clearer – so much for early warning! Let us hope drivers take the suggested alternative routes.
The Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living sent in a promotional poster - some excellent services which might be of interest ……
In October 2012, a team was formed to take the idea of a Neighbourhood Plan forward. The notes from all the meetings held are now available here! However, the number of people involved has dwindled – this is meant to be a community plan, not that of a few interested individuals. The relaunch is to take place at the Public Meeting 18 March at the School. You need to be there!
Here is the Shrewton Parish Council February agenda which I hope is of interest. These monthly meetings are open to all. If you feel the Parish Council should know about something or you’d like something to be done that would help our community, then come along, speak up and have your voice heard.
You can also contact the Parish Clerk – useful items are added to the correspondence part of the proceedings.
Click HERE for an update on the public meeting of the 18th March on the Neighbourhood Plan and 20′s Plenty Campaign as details firm up. The Neighbourhood Plan is gaining more interest as the impact of the MOD rebasing and the newly increased housing demands of Wiltshire Council are becoming better known.
With the latest rain it is worth a reminder of information sources and help lines. Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for advice if you have been affected by flooding or use quickdial 0452 for up to date flooding information. Or go online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk for extensive information and advice.
To see the latest message about the flood alert for Salisbury Plain follow the link: Groundwater on Salisbury Plain.
Other contacts are:-
Environment Agency National Customer Contact Centre: 03708 506 506
Environment Agency Incident Hotline: 0800 80 70 60
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on groundwater levels or to report cases of groundwater flooding. Thanks to the Environment Agency for all of this.
You may be wondering when your various bins will get emptied! Wiltshire Council do have a Waste calendar but, maybe to save paper, they aren’t sending them out until March. Grateful thanks to Janice – I thought I must have lost my copy!
And you can also check the Mobile Library timetable on line too.
On the joyous subject of water, I asked the Environment agency for information on the ground water levels at the Tilshead borehole. I’ve taken that and added information so you can see Groundwater and Till river flows on when the Till flows – and no surprise, the river flows when ground water is high! But it does appear that the flow starts when the level reaches about 88m and dries up when the level falls back below 83m. Given that the level is at 99.74m right now, we can confirm the river is a torrent! Well, I found it interesting! It might help us get a better view of when flooding seems likely and more positively, when the danger is over.
Shrewton’s flood warden, Den Parrett has received new information from the Environment Agency - and here is the Flooding from groundwater 22 January note from them. It covers a large area – of which Shrewton is a part – and it is clear that the waters will not recede any time soon, particularly with the rain expected over the next few days. The second page gives links and contact details for information – make a note of them if you have not already! Take care out there.
The Parish Councillors wish to let people know that a small increase will occur in the Council Tax this year, 2014/15. An explanation can be seen here.
With the current issues of flooding and road closures, you may be interested in getting regular updates – if so follow @WiltshireWinter on Twitter or visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/civilemergencies/emergencynotices for any road closures or services affected by the weather. The information is updated daily and this will continue until things quieten down again. Let’s hope that’s soon.
The latest notice of training exercises plus some byway repair work for February can be found on the MOD Newsletter February 2014. The current one for January can also still be seen on the MOD Newsletter link from the “Useful Links” page. Good way to find out what the booms are all about!
Make a note in your diaries to come to a series of talks called Shrewton Shines remembers World War 1 by Colonel Christopher J Newbould CBE, a local resident and an expert on World War One Battlefields. He will be giving three different presentations at the Primary School, Tanners Lane, Shrewton. See the Diary for details of the presentations on the 23 January, 28 February and 20 March.
We have early notice of Road Closures of A360 and B390 Chitterne Road during February and March. Tricky to understand the wording but it affects the main road as it leaves Shrewton towards Devizes and Chittern AND the two roads after they divide. That should cause issues for some of us – so check those dates and times and plan some alternative routes.
This site is intended as politically neutral but a recent Press Release from our MEP Julie Girling is about raising funds for flood victims – you might be interested in that!
Wiltshire Council produces an informative Newsletter for Town And Parish Councils which includes numbers for you to contact Wiltshire Council should you wish to do so.
Shrewton Cricket Club has been considering a move to help their ambition of progressing to a higher level of league cricket. They are holding a public meeting on the 31st January for you to see and comment on their plans – these are the Plans for Shrewton Cricket Club. Go along and have your say!
It has been raining! Ground water levels have naturally responded and the Tilshead borehole has risen 7 metres in the last seven days! That has taken them from around 90m on New Years day to 97.44m on the morning of the 7th. A Flood Alert for Shrewton and the surrounding area was raised on the 3rd. And you might have noticed that the river started flowing on the 5th as groundwaters rose above the river bed – see recent years here. Last year the levels rose to about 20cm of the record 99.88m recorded some years ago – and flooding was very close for some residents. So we have just TWO metres to go!
Please help everyone by letting the Council know of any blockages and clear them up if they are your responsibility. And please check the Shrewton.com pages here. The environment agency gives details of all warnings and alerts as well as advice on avoiding and preparing for flooding and, if necessary, cleaning up after.
Please help! Doug Clifton is doing a local resident survey Stonehenge Local Resident Survey for his dissertation which focuses on the impacts to local residents of the developments at Stonehenge between 2009-2013. You might just have an opinion! It has been retweeted by Amesbury and South Today and is getting some good responses. Everything will be passed to English Heritage.
The new Stonehenge Visitor Centre opened on the 18th of December and visitors now must park at the new centre. All splendid. Until the carpark fills up that is. Then the visitors queue up on the road from the A303 to the centre – along with residents of Shrewton and nearby trying to get home, shop or make visits! Notes expressing the irritation felt are arriving, comments made on the STAG page on this website as well as the blogs for STAG and WiSBAng with pictures of the holdups.
The Salisbury Plain Twitter handle #modontheplain now has over 400 followers and if you’d like to follow them, then go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio. This Twitter feed gives regular updates including firing times (including long firing weekends), low flying aircraft and noise, control of dogs, access issues, public safety, nature, conservation and issues relating to the Army Basing Delivery plan. There is also a newsletter which is regularly added to this site – see MOD Newsletter January 2014 for the latest news – looks like they will be VERY busy!
Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, has been getting out and about. A letter outlining plans for meetings has been sent to the Parish Council – and that includes a link to his web site where notes from past meetings as well as more details can be found.
You will be pleased to hear that the Range Opening Information line (01980 674763) is to be kept open. If you do need information, this is the number to call. It was the low number of calls that prompted the review – so don’t hold back!
One of the duties of the Parish Council is to review and make comment on planning applications. No doubt you are aware of the planning applications for the old Laundry and old School recently. An opportunity for you to take a look at these planning applications is given by the council – the next one at 7:00pm on Tuesday 7th January 2014 (yup, 2014 is coming soon!). This will review the application for a change of use by Maddington House. The Parish Council meeting happens immediately afterwards at 7:30 – you are most welcome to stay on for that if you’d like – this is the Agenda for January 2014.