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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

New Mayor for 2021-2022

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council elect our new Mayor

On Thursday 20th May 2021, at the Annual Meeting of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council, Councillor Steve Walls was elected as Mayor of the Town and Community for the 2021-2022 civic year.

The socially distanced meeting was held in St Bartholomew & All Saints Church and was the first in person meeting in over a year, since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

On his chosen charities, Councillor Walls said “I am looking to help those that support people in the town. It has become apparent over the period of the lockdown’s that people require help over many different matters. I would wish to have discussions with groups to see how I could help.”

At the same meeting, Councillor Steve Watts was elected as Deputy Mayor.

We wish them both a successful year. For any Mayoral enquiries please contact enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or call the office on 01793 850222. More information can be found on the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett webpage.

 

Annual Meeting of the Full Council – Thursday 20th May 2021

Residents can view the Agendas for the meeting on the Calendar of Meetings found on the home page.Full Council Meeting Notice Thursday 20th May 2021

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 roadmap announcement

 

Wiltshire Council Covid roadmap announcement logo

 

Public reminded to keep following the rules following Government roadmap delay

The Prime Minister has confirmed there will a delay in the country moving to Step 4 of the Government roadmap, meaning that the majority of the current restrictions will remain in place for the time being.

This means that the current limits on seeing friends and family will remain in place, so the rule of six or two households indoors is permitted, including for overnight stays. Restrictions on meeting outdoors will remain, with gatherings of over 30 people remaining illegal.

Businesses

Businesses that were permitted to operate in Step 3 can remain open, including indoor hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants; indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas; hotels and B&Bs; and adult indoor group sports and exercise classes. Businesses in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry, close contact services, community centres and village halls must continue to have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff for the NHS Test and Trace system, to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

Indoor hospitality must continue to have COVID-secure measures in place, and businesses can only cater for groups of six people or two households. Venues do not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor is there a curfew, but customers will have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Funerals and weddings

Funeral venues are allowed to decide how many mourners they can accommodate, adhering to social distancing rules, and up to 30 people are allowed to attend wakes. The number of people who can attend weddings in a COVID-Secure venue will be determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event. Each attendee must also wear a face covering. Table service should be in place to serve guests and there are restrictions on dancing and singing.

Care homes

From 21 June all care home residents will be able to nominate an essential care giver. These essential care givers will be able to visit the care home resident, even if the resident is isolating.

In most cases, residents who go on a visit out of a care home will no longer need to isolate for 14 days when they return. Residents returning from some higher risk visits out of the care home, such as an overnight stay in hospital, will still be required to isolate. Decisions on risk will be made following a risk assessment by the care home for each visit out.

School residential visits

Also from 21 June, out-of-school settings can organise domestic residential visits for children of groups of up to 30 children. This replaces the current limit of six people or two households.

Book your two COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is the fastest and safest way to protect yourself and others from coronavirus.

The vaccine rollout continues to accelerate quickly and from today (Tuesday 15 June), if you’re aged 23 and over (or turn 23 before 1 July 2021), you can book your COVID-19 vaccines online. Those over the age of 40 should also have the opportunity to bring forward their second dose of the vaccine.

More information and guidance

It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after two weeks in case the risks have reduced. The government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.

More information and travel advice can be found online.

Advice and guidance for local businesses can be found on our website.

Full details of the Government’s roadmap and restrictions in place can be found here.

Wiltshire Council Covid Statistics

Local COVID-19 statistics

As expected, with the easing of restrictions, case numbers have increased recently. Please continue with those same basic behaviours that have been in place for over a year. Keep washing hands regularly or sanitising them, wear a face mask where required, socially distance as much as possible, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test and self-isolate immediately. It’s also important that you get vaccinated when it’s offered to you, and ensure you get your second dose to get even more protection. Having windows open when meeting people indoors is another really simple but effective measure.

 

 

 

Wiltshire Play Your Part poster

May 2021 Election Results

Thursday 6th May 2021 Unitary election results for Royal Wootton Bassett have been published, please click the link for all the details:  https://elections.wiltshire.gov.uk/Home/Election/191

For Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council election results, please click the following link for all the details:  https://elections.wiltshire.gov.uk/Home/Election/192

The Swindon and Wiltshire Police Crime Commissioner result has announced that Jonathon Seed has been elected in the post.

 

Oak tree planted for retired Town Clerk

PRESS RELEASE

Bevirs Law planted an Oak tree on Marlowe Way on Tuesday 27th April 2021, to mark the 30+ years of service given to the town by retired Town Clerk, Johnathan Bourne.

Mr Bourne who retired in July 2020 from his long-standing role had his service recognised with the planting of the Oak tree as a gift, for which all costs were covered by Bevirs Law in Royal Wootton Bassett and a commemorative plaque kindly donated by ASF Signs.

The socially distanced ceremony was attended by Johnathan and Deborah Bourne, Sonyia Woolnough, Partner at Bevirs Law, the Mayor Nic Hughes and Mayoress, Sue Hughes, Grant Larking from ASF signs, Michelle Temple, Administrative Services Manager and members of the Town Council Grounds Team who helped plant the tree.

Sonyia Woolnough Partner at Bevirs Law said:

“I have been very privileged to work with Johnathan for many years and thought that an oak tree would be a fitting way to celebrate his many years of calm professionalism and public service. I am grateful and pleased that the Town Council gave permission for the oak tree to be planted.”

 

Times up for faulty clock

PRESS RELEASE

As many may have noticed, the clock situated on Old Bank Antiques has been missing for some time. The clock was removed in August 2020 by Smith of Derby Clockmakers for repair, but unfortunately, a further COVID-19 lockdown delayed works.

The Town Council is pleased to announce that the clock has now been reinstated in its rightful place. A new automatic controller and internal LED lighting has been installed to ensure accurate and well-lit time-keeping well into the future.

Originally installed by the Wootton Bassett Town Trust in 1970, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council have looked after its maintenance ever since. The Town Council says “It is fantastic to see the clock fixed. It has been a part of the High Street for many years and it is wonderful to think it will remain in place for many years to come”.

Photo of town clock

Photo of Town Clock

Jubilee Lake duck with hook in its beak

It has been reported to the Town Council that one of the ducks at Jubilee Lake has a fishing hook stuck in its beak. Unfortunately our staff have not been able to identify it at present. Could we ask that if anyone else sees this bird that they immediately ring the office on 01793 850222 or ring the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999 so we can get the bird helped.

May 2021 Local Elections

Unitary, Town & Parish, and Police and Crime Commissioner election candidates confirmed (9 April)

The election candidates for unitary, town & parish and Police and Crime Commissioner have been confirmed. As the number of valid candidate nominations for Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council exceed the number of vacant seats; North Ward 7 seats, East Ward 3 seats, South & West Ward 6 seats, a poll for each ward will take place on 6 May 2021.

The statement of persons nominated for Swindon and Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner election can be found on the Police and Crime Commissioner election page.

The statement of persons nominated for the Unitary election can found on the unitary elections page.

The statement of persons nominated for the town & parish elections can found below:-

Royal Wootton Bassett North Ward: Page 1 / Page 2

Royal Wootton Bassett East Ward: Page 1 / Page 2

Royal Wootton Bassett South & West Ward: Page 1 / Page 2

More information on the upcoming town & parish election can be found on the town & parish elections page.

Royal Wootton Bassett electoral boundary line has changed as part of the recent Community Governance Review and comes into effect for these May elections. Click to view map.

Content from Wiltshire Council

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

PRESS RELEASE:

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh today.  Prince Philip was a true servant of our great nation who served this country with distinction and nobility.  Husband to our Queen, Prince Philip was a devoted father who was a central figure in our Royal Family and our Nation’s life.   We also acknowledge the huge number of Charitable Groups that the Prince was a patron of over the years and the positive impact that his association had on their activities.  In Royal Wootton Bassett, our motto is “We Honour Those Who Serve” and the Duke of Edinburgh is fully deserving of our honour for his support for our Monarchy.  On behalf of the people of Royal Wootton Bassett, the Mayor, Nic Hughes, and the Mayoress, Sue Hughes, wish to convey to Her Majesty The Queen our deepest sympathy.

From Monday the Town Council front Office will be open with a book of Condolence to be signed and small gifts can be left also. People wishing to leave floral tributes can leave them under Town Hall.

Wiltshire Council’s news on the recent passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. For more information such as condolence books, black ribbons, dress code, tributes and local events please click here.

Sainsbury’s Recycling Bins – Update

Update:

New recycling bins to be installed in Sainsbury’s Borough Fields carpark on 10th April 2021.

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