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Royal Wootton Bassett
Town Council

We honour those who serve

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council

We honour those who serve

t: 01793 850222

e: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

t: 01793 850222

e: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

Wednesday Market

We are pleased to announce that the Town Pantry will be returning to our market, this coming Wednesday 9th September 2020, so you can stock up on your environmentally goods. Jo will be welcoming customers from 8.30am until 4.30pm.

Our market traders are always pleased to see their regulars and are happy to meet and serve new customers. May we kindly remind all who visit our market to abide by the government guidelines of social distancing and wearing of masks where appropriate.

Please shop local, to ensure the market and High Street remain a vital part of our community.

UPDATE ON TOWN COUNCILLOR VACANCY – SOUTH WARD

The Electoral Services Team from Wiltshire Council have confirmed they have received 10 valid requests to hold an election for the current vacancy on the South Ward of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council.

Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received by the Returning Officer then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)(Postponement of Elections and Referendums)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place and the vacancy will remain unfilled. The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

Please note that as 10 valid requests have been received to hold an election to fill the vacant seat, the Town Council cannot fill the seat by co-option.

VJ/VP 75 Day Commemorations on Saturday 15th August 2020

VJ/VP Day 75, on 15th August 2020 commemorates and pays tribute to those many millions of men and women at home and abroad that gave and lost so much to ensure, and enable us all to enjoy the freedom we share today.

Royal Wootton Bassett branch of the Royal British Legion are planning the following events to commemorate the day: –

10:20 Assemble at the war memorial, High Street

10:45 Short prayer by Rev Canon Jane Curtis

10:50 Exhortation follow by wreath laying

10:58 Last post

11:00 2 minutes silence then the Kohema

11:03 Owen with the “CRY FOR PEACE “

11:05 Bells ring to mark the end of the war, 75 year ago.

We would like to remind all to abide by government guidance on social distancing  and would recommend wearing off masks, unless it is not possible to do so as stated in the government guidelines.

The Town Crier, Owen Collier has pre-recorded his ‘Cry for Peace around the World’ for all to view.

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Old Court Play Area

 Royal Town opens castle themed accessible play area

Mayor, Cllr Nic Hughes, Mayoress, Cllr Sue Hughes and Town Crier, Owen Collier opened a new accessible, castle themed play area in Royal Wootton Bassett on Thursday 13th August, designed to enable children of all abilities to be able to play together on the same equipment.

The new scheme at Old Court park Royal Wootton Bassett (next to Noremarsh Junior school), offers a red and yellow multi play castle, complete with flags featuring the town’s Royal crest.

Less obvious to the casual passer-by however, are the range of design features there to provide challenge and accessibility to children who have a variety of needs and abilities.

These changes include; varying access points; wide and slim slides; narrower gaps between steps on rope bridges; contrasting colours on safety handles; shade; and a supportive swing; – all there to enable children with different needs, to play on the castle together.

The socially distanced opening, follows on from 2 years of research by the Chair of Amenities, Cllr Sue Hughes who worked closely with local families, children, schools and a playground specialist, in order to learn what changes could help.

Funded by around 80% in grants and made of recyclable materials, the Mant Leisure play area was built by Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council with a view to offering residents a low cost and eco-friendly enhancement for their children.

Chair of Amenities Cllr Sue Hughes, said:

“Working together with families, the community and Mant Leisure, has enabled us to shift the way we look at play equipment for our town’s children. One which will last beyond the life of what we have built here and extend across our play areas. The time everyone has given has made a very real difference.”

Mayor, Cllr Nic Hughes, said:

“I’m proud to open this play area not just because its new or even because of the opportunities it offers to all our children, but because once again it shows how well our wonderful community works together to enhance the lives of everyone within it.”

Young dignitaries will be able to explore and enjoy their new realm at Old Court Play Area from Thursday 13th August.

Mayor & Mayoress opens Old Court Play area

New equipment at Old Court Play Area

Town Clock – Old Bank Antiques

Smith of Derby will be attending the town clock above the Old Bank Antiques shop on the High Street on Tuesday 18th August 2020 to begin the refurbishment funded by Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council.

The refurbishment will include automatic controllers installed, which automatically adjusts the time for daylight savings and British Summer Time.

Wiltshire Council have issued Smith of Derby a pavement licence for the use of a cherry picker to gain access.

The Town Council would like to say a special thanks to Jon White, for allowing Smith of Derby access in order for the works to go ahead.

Town Clock by Old Bank Antiques

Latest news on opening of Libraries & Leisure Centres

Please see notices below on Wiltshire Council’s news on re-opening of Libraries & Leisure Centres throughout the County.

 

Notice on Leisure Centre Openings Library Openings Page 1 Library openings Page 2

Cemetery Improvement Scheme

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council engaged Amelio Group to carry out the scheme of  improvements to the town cemetery in Downs View. The works included: improvements to the existing access, enlarging the existing parking area to allow turning, creating an additional parking area with a grass reinforcement system and new footpaths incorporating steps and handrails.

The works are now completed. We would kindly request that no parking on the new spaces created outside the bottom gate in Downs View, to allow the grass to grow.

We hope that visitors to the cemetery like the changes that have been made.

Please see press release and photos below:

Press Release Page 1 Photo New path at Downs View Cemetery Photo of new path at Downs View Cemetery
Photo of new disabled bays at Downs View CemeteryPress Release Page 2

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