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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

Supporting the transition to low carbon domestic transport in Royal Wootton Bassett

PRESS RELEASE:

Supporting the transition to low carbon domestic transport in Royal Wootton Bassett

The Town Council, who are already committed to addressing the Climate Change Emergency, fully supported a motion put forward to the Council at a meeting held on 25th March 2021 to explore the possibility of increasing number of charging points for electric vehicles within the town.

The number of charging points currently available in the town is limited. The proposals include investigating whether charging points can be installed in the Town Council owned car parks and to work with Wiltshire Council to increase the number of charging points in Borough Fields and Wood Street car parks. These initiatives would allow residents without suitable driveways or parking to charge their cars.

The proposals also include encouraging Council staff to switch to low carbon transportation options for their journeys to work as well as creating a policy for switching Council owned vehicles to electric vehicles when such vehicles become viable.

The Town Council will be exploring the grant funding available for charging points and once the proposals have been fully investigated it will consult with local residents.

Town Council receive presentation from RWB Sculpture Campaign Project

PRESS RELEASE:

The Town Council welcomed a presentation from the Royal Wootton Bassett Sculpture Campaign Project team at a meeting of the Full Council on 25th March 2021. The group’s aim is to see a new bronze poppy installed on the plinth at Marlowe Way and they proposed that a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) would be created to which the replacement poppy would be donated on behalf of the Town.  The CIO would rent the plinth from the Town Council and raise funds to cover the maintenance of the proposed Poppy and the surrounding area of the plinth.

The Council are supportive of a statue being placed on the plinth and look forward to receiving further information from the group to include full details on the materials of construction and a business plan to cover the care of the statue once installed.

For further information please contact Steve Nash, Town Clerk on stephen@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or 01793 850222 during office hours.

Full Council Meeting Notice – Thursday 25th March 2021

Residents can view the Agendas for the meeting on the Calendar of Meetings found on the home page.

 

Full Council Meeting Notice - Thursday 25th March 2021

Youth Grant Funding Secured

PRESS RELEASE

At Wiltshire Council’s Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board meeting on 10th March, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council were awarded £8650 toward Youth Work for the year. The award will support work in the town which is currently delivered by The Rise Trust charity, which provides Outreach Work supporting young people with advice and information alongside operating Children’s Centres in Wiltshire. The Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett Cllr Nic Hughes said ‘this is great news for our town and crucial for all young people as we start to come out of lock down. The Town Council are match funding this award, so £17,300 will be available to ensure our young people have access to the services that they may need in 2021’.

Members of the Area Board voted unanimously in favour of the application which will see the number of sessions offered throughout the year doubled. Town Clerk for Royal Wootton Bassett Mr Steve Nash said ‘as an ex youth worker myself I recognise the importance of supporting young people and sign posting them to extra support, helping them make the right choices and getting involved in community life, this is a great result’.

The Town Council are currently exploring the option of new activities in the town for young people and were successful in obtaining funds from the Kick Start Scheme to provide some local employment opportunities. Chair Person for the Area Board Cllr Alison Bucknell has also invited the young people of Royal Wootton Bassett to come and meet the board later in the year and discuss their concerns.

For further information please contact Steve Nash, Town Clerk on stephen@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or 01793 850222 during office hours.

Revenue & Resources Meeting – Thursday 11th March 2021

Residents can view the Agendas for the meeting on the Calendar of Meetings found on the home page.

Revenue and Resources Meeting Notice on Thursday 11th March 2021

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council transforms leisure offering.

PRESS RELEASE

Working for the benefit of children, young people, residents, visitors and local businesses alike; – Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council is seeking to transform its leisure offering, with fast paced and exciting changes, commencing from June 2021.

New ideas include opportunities at the much-loved Jubilee Lake, to have survival parties for children, forest schools for local primary schools, boating for families, crazy golf and jobs for young people in the form of Park Rangers.

These outline proposals come just 3 weeks after new Town Clerk Stephen Nash joined the council, who arrived with keen desire to build on Councillors appetite to transform leisure facilities and work to a more commercial way.

To help fund these plans the council has already successfully obtained some of the governments Kick Start Scheme to fund paid youth employment; charging minimal costs to participate in leisure activities; accessing grants; and using ANPR cameras to charge in council car parks for non-residents when parking over a certain length of time.

With a desire to sustainably offer more enrichment and opportunities, Councillors warmly welcomed these new proposals at Thursday Night’s Amenities meeting, unanimously voting in favour of plans to be moved forwards at a pace.

Chair of the Amenities Committee Cllr Sue Hughes said;
‘After a dark 12 months we now have an exciting opportunity to sustainably offer so much more to everyone, which will improve quality of life, business opportunity, active lifestyles and enrichment’.

Town Clerk, Mr Steve Nash said;
‘This is a great opportunity for the council and for local residents, the projects will not only generate income for the council but will also provide some local employment opportunities for young people.’

For further information please contact Steve Nash, Town Clerk on stephen@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or 01793 850222 during office hours.

Census 2021

CENSUS DAY IS SUNDAY 21ST MARCH 2021. 

Please view the below videos if you have accessibility or self identification concerns about census day.

Accessibility Video

Self Identification Video

Wiltshire Libraries Census 2021 support service

Wiltshire libraries will be providing a support service  to support you with your enquiries relating to Census 2021. The closest locations to Royal Wootton Bassett, contact numbers,  & email address are listed below:

  1. Chippenham Library, Timber Street, SN15 3EJ, Tel 01249650536

Email: libraryenquries@wiltshire.gov.uk

2.Devizes Library, Sheep Street, SN10 1DL, Tel 01380826190

Email: libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk

Being Forces friendly ref Census 2021 podcast for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces for 1 day to 22 years  those on the panel and hosting were

  • Hosted by Neil ‘Jacko’ Jackson (Director DRM). https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-jacko-jackson-ma-fcmi-49b7191b/
  • Office for Veteran Affairs  (Representative: Damien Paterson (Deputy Director)
  • Cobseo Representative: Gen Sir John McColl (Chairman, Cobseo)
  • ONS Representative: Kerryanne (Census Engagement Manager – Veteran)

The episode is now live and can be found here: –

On Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/beingforcesfriendly/episode-11-the-veteran-question  (just click on this link on your phone or computer and listen)

This podcast discusses the issue of veterans taking part in Census 2021, for both male & female veterans, veterans can be a person who served one day in the Armed Forces or 22 years. The discussion outlines the vital importance of ex forces personnel taking part in the Census 2021 which is the first ever Census to ask a question about service in the Armed Forces. The data it gathers will give organisations like these and HM Government the best data map of veterans across England and Wales, and enable service provisions in terms of health, employment, benefits, and support. The county of Witshire has a large serving and ex services community, and it is vital that veterans identify as such in the Census 2021, all data gathered by the Census is anonymised and personal details are released after 100 years. The mapping of and provision of those who have served in this Census is the largest ever data gathering of data regarding this community, and this data informs planning and provision of services at the national scale. For veterans to be recognized and supported it is vital to complete your Census

For more information please click on poster below to download a copy of Your Questions Answered leaflet.

To find out what is going to happen please click for more information.

 

Census is Coming Postcard Page 1

Wiltshire NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

The Wiltshire Diabetes Prevention programme is a free service for people who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Programme is a behaviour change programme where people learn about, diet, physical activity and strategies to improve their overall health, all aimed at reducing their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Normally, people access the programme through their GP however, due to the pandemic  and the subsequent pressure that our GP practices are facing, for a limited time the programme have enabled a self-referral option via the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk Score’ – a check list of questions that can determine a person’s risk factors – This has also enabled the programme to become more accessible to people within the area.

The risk tool can be accessed via the link https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

For more information click here

Wiltshire NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Notice

 

Hedging at Showfield park

Residents who live near to or have travelled by Showfield park may have noticed a temporary wooden fence with green netting being erected along its Fairfield frontage, this is in anticipation of hedging being planted and gates installed. The temporary fence will provide protection to allow the hedge to grow and establish, whilst the gates will continue to give access to council vehicles, as well as safeguard local showman George Scarrott & Son’s Family Fun Fair and visiting circuses’ ability to book out Showfield for the town’s residents enjoyment.

Showfield is a large open space and is vulnerable to unauthorised parking. After much deliberation at Full Council on 8th October 2020 and 10th December 2020, the council decided the most cost-effective preventative measures to put in and maintain, with the least impact on residents and the environment, would be to plant hedging and install gates.

In the long term, to minimise the visual effect on the area, the council will ensure the hedge grows no more that the height of the 1 metre gates.

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