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Royal Wootton Bassett
Town Council

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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

Cancellation of Bassett In Bloom 2020 – Covid 19 Pandemic

We have received the following announcement from the organisers of the Bassett in Bloom competition:-

Whilst we’re sure our decision will not come as a surprise to our regular entrants, we wish to confirm that it is with a heavy heart that we will not be running Royal Wootton Bassett In Bloom in 2020.

Despite hoping that the situation and associated regulations would ease far enough for us to safely run the competition in a somewhat different but enjoyable manner for our entrants, we do not feel that this point has been reached. More so the need to protect entrants many of whom are 70+ and or shielding would preclude the competition being run in a truly fair, accessible and safe way.

We look forward to running Royal Wootton Bassett in Bloom 2021 in the usual way, but for now, for these and the following reasons we have therefore decided not to run the 2020 competition:

  • Businesses have not been able to open and have been heavily impacted by the change in economy, opening and staffing; – restricting their ability to enter as they would have.
  • Whilst the judging involving the Mayor and MP visiting homes brings company, this would not be possible nor safe at this time, so what would be offered would be a compromise.
  • Despite every effort to reduce risk through planning, social distancing, and PPE we could not remove 100% of the risk of entering the gardens of the entrants and would not like to add risk where people have been shielding, sacrificed 12 weeks to self-isolation to stay safe. More so as we would never know if any judges or organisers are carriers.
  • Exclusion of those shielding – those shielding could not enter and put themselves at risk, so they would be excluded.
  • For entrants with garden centres only just opening a few weeks ago and limited supplies available through other means entrants may not be able to showcase themselves or their gardens to the fullest potential.
  • Whilst residents are able to have up to 6 people a day in their gardens, they are restricted/guided to just one visit. To use that up on judging would preclude them from seeing family members or friends.
  • Though the R value is thought to be between 0.7-0.9 these figures are understood to have been calculated before the mass gatherings and school openings suggesting possible increased levels of infections by July.

 

Cemetery Extension

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council invites tender to complete a scheme of proposed improvements to the town cemetery.

The works include: 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 successful tenderer will be required to facilitate other con-current works by others preparing additional and cremation plots.

Value of contract is £60,000 with closing date of 16 April 2020.

Application through Contract Finder

 

Refurbishment of Old Court Play Area

Calling on contractors, an open opportunity has risen to refurbish Old Court Play Area, SN4 8QY.

The value of the contract is £40,000 with closing date for submission of quote by Monday 10 February 2020. The contract start date is 20 April 2020 to be completed by 22 May 2020.

Further information on what to quote can be found on the contract finder website. Please click the following link: – https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/62dc56fc-fc3a-4ad0-aa56-fde3268efa31

Please apply directly to the Town Council; Michelle Temple on michelle@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or post to 117 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 7AU.

Play Park – Accessible Equipment

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council are pleased to announce that the Tope Swing Chair has been installed in Otter Way Play Park and is now available for use. Please see photo below.

The Tope Swing Chair is the second piece of accessible equipment to be installed, the first is the two seater springer which you will find at the Old Court toddler play area. The Council is also in the process of installing an accessible trampoline in Otter Way Play park and we will let residents know when it is open for use.

We hope that they are enjoyed and greatly used and we welcome feedback from residents.

Local Council Award Scheme Quality Gold

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council has been recognised as an exemplar for best practice having achieved the Quality Gold Award in the Local Council Award Scheme. Of the 10,000 Town and Parish Councils representing millions of people throughout England, your Town Council has become only the 47th to achieve this level of award.

The Local Council Award Scheme was established in 2014 by Her Majesty’s Government in partnership with the National Association of Local Councils and the Society of Local Council Clerks. The scheme was designed to provide a model framework in which local councils are benchmarked for their work using standardised criteria set by the Improvement and Development Board. The awards recognise those who meet and surpass these expectations after rigorous and thorough peer review. All councils are expected to reach the minimum requirements of the Foundation award. 

The Accreditation Panel, an external group of Councillors, Clerks and independent co-ordinators assess each application against the criteria, and if met, will award the following:

  • Foundation Award – A council that meets the minimum standards set by HM Government to deliver effectively to their communities. A benchmark for continued development and improvement. It is the Government’s aspiration that all Local Councils reach this award as a minimum standard.
  • Quality Award – A council that achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and improvement. A council performing above and beyond legal obligations, while meeting all requirements of the Foundation Award.
  • Quality Gold Award – A council at the forefront of best practice and achieves excellence in governance, community leadership and performance management, while constantly seeking opportunities to improve at the cutting edge of their sector. The council must also meet the full criteria for both the Foundation and Quality Awards.

The Accreditation Panel cited with special commendation our Community Engagement, Neighbourhood Planning, Corporate Governance and Financial Management. We’re here to serve you, our community, and work hard to maintain our social media, quarterly Bulletins, Annual Reports and Safe Spaces for all to access. We also find great pleasure in running the weekly market on behalf of the Town Hall Trust and organising the Christmas Lights Event, South West in Bloom and the Civic Awards among many more local events. We strive for best practice in everything we do, and all details of how we operate can be found on our new website launched this September.

The full criteria of what Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council has achieved can be found in the Local Council Award Scheme Guidance on the NALC website.

Local Council Award Scheme Quality Gold

Planning Application 18/02955/FUL, Care Home at Land at Marsh Farm

Planning Application 18/02955/FUL Class C2 66 Bed Care Home with Associated Car Par and Landscaping and Upgraded Access from Hook Road at Land at Marsh Farm, Coped Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 8ER was discussed at the Wiltshire Council Stragetic Planning Meeting on 20th June 2019, the Strategic Committee decided to approve the application. Minutes of the meeting can be found when published on the Wiltshire Council website.

Chairman of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council Planning Committee attended the meeting. Please see below for his statement.

Wiltshire Council’s Traffic Survey Results; Noremarsh Road & Bath Road

‘FOR INFORMATION: Please see Wiltshire Council’s Traffic Survey Results from metro counts undertaken on Noremarsh and Bath Road this year. If you require further information, please use the following contacts:

For Community Speed Watch (CSW) teams and information:
Sarah Holden sarah.holden@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

For other traffic survey information needs to be discussed and approved by the Area Highways Teams:
centralhighways@wiltshire.gov.uk  (Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Melksham, Chippenham, Corsham)
northernhighways@wiltshire.gov.uk  (Calne, Devizes, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Pewsey, Royal Wootton Bassett & Cricklade)
southernhighways@wiltshire.gov.uk  (South West Wiltshire, Southern Wiltshire, Salisbury, Amesbury, Tidworth)

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