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Royal Wootton Bassett
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Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council

We honour those who serve

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e: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

t: 01793 850222

e: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

Wiltshire Local Plan

At a Wiltshire Council meeting on Tuesday 18th July 2023 in County Hall, Trowbridge, members endorsed and approved publication of Pre-Submission draft of the Wiltshire Local Plan in line with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulation 12 (as amended) for at least six weeks public consultation.

Agenda, papers and minutes have been published on Wiltshire Council’s website, see following link: –

https://cms.wiltshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=130&MId=14757

The Town Council Planning Committee met on Thursday 20th July 2023 to discuss the proposed 1500 homes to be built to 2038; their location, impact on the town’s infrastructure  and character of Royal Wootton Bassett, and ultimately decide on what work needed to be carried out for the town council to submit a timely response to the statutory public consultation in September.

Decisions from this meeting were to: –
·       Instruct a Planning Consultant to provide professional advice on the soundness and impact of the plan,
·       Consult with National Highways England on the effect of increased traffic to Junction 16 of the M4,
·       Engage in talks with utility companies, such as Thames Water, Wessex Water and Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE), to identify the challenges they face in delivering   their services to the proposed housing numbers and sites,
·       Liaise with Neighbouring Parishes in co-ordinating consultation events.

Wiltshire Council officers have recently informed the town council, that the Local Plan consultation will most likely start in late September, lasting around eight weeks. Local drop-in-person sessions, where residents can ask questions of officers in attendance, and online engagement activities will be happening throughout this time and the Town Council will keep residents informed when and where these will be taking place.

Interested to become a Councillor

National Association of Local Councils are holding a Free Event aimed at the general public to get involved and be interested in standing for election as a local councillor, which for Wiltshire and Royal Wootton Bassett will be held in May 2025.

See below for more details:-

Democracy in Action

14 November 2023 — 12.00 – 13.15

A FREE joint event with the Local Government Association aimed at the general public to get involved with local (parish and town) councils.

Hear about how you can be the voice of your community by standing for election as a local councillor at the May 2024 elections and beyond.

This event will provide a valuable opportunity to learn about the work and role of councillors and the huge difference you could make as a local leader in your area.

A panel of experts, including those who have become councillors at various local government levels, will share their insights, experience, and advice. You will also be able to ask questions, engage in discussions and access the wide range of support available to take action for your community.

Speakers: Jane Biscombe (Weymouth Town Council), Cllr Katharine Keats Rohan (Wallingford Town Council and South Oxfordshire District Council), Cllr Chidi Nweke (Epping Forest District Council) and Virginia Ponton (Local Government Association).

To claim your free ticket, please click here

 

Free Shopping Bag

Come along to our market in Royal Wootton Bassett on Wednesday 23rd August 2023 and pick up a free hessian shopping bag to hold all of your market goods.
Numbers are limited,  first come, first served.

Free shopping bag at Market poster 23 August 2023 10am til 12 noon

Merchant Navy Day – 3rd September 2023

Yesterday, Sunday 3rd September 2023, at 10am on a lovely sunny day, The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Town Crier, Councillor Steve Walls, joined members of the Royal Wootton Bassett branch of the Royal British Legion and members of the pubic, to raise the Merchant Navy flag in honour and remembrance of the sacrifices made by, often forgotten and invisible, but very hard-working Merchant Navy seafarers.

The Mayor, read out the following speech:-

“This year’s Merchant Navy Day is a poignant one. Essentially, today is the day we remember the forgotten or invisible service: the men and women responsible for carrying up to 95% of our island nation’s trade. Regrettably, it is only during times of war that the service enters our consciousness, whether that be the Second World War or the Falkands War. It may be a civilian service, but it ranks on the same level as the Armed Forces because of its critical role”.

Thanks goes to all who attended.

Photo taken on Merchant Navy Day 3rd September 2023Group photo taken on Merchant Navy Day 3rd September 2023 Photo of Mayor and Royal British Legion member taken on Merchant Navy Day 3rd September 2023

 

Great Western Hospital

Great Western Hospitals: Share your ideas on our new urgent and emergency care development

Recently, construction work has started on our exciting urgent and emergency care development, which will see an expanded Emergency Department, and relocation of a number of other services, including assessment units, to create an improved and more joined-up service.

As part of the design process, we want to collect ideas from patients, families and other local people about how we can make these new service environments better.

We will try to respond directly to the respondents needs, wishes and preferences to ensure the building supports every patient’s wellbeing and allows us to provide excellent service delivery.

If you have used the Emergency Department, Same Day Emergency Care, Children’s Emergency Department, Acute Medical Unit or Surgical Assessment Unit in the last 12 months, please spare a few minutes to complete the following survey: https://gwh.formstack.com/forms/uec_services_patient_2023.

If you have any questions, please email gwh.wayforward@nhs.net or visit https://www.gwh.nhs.uk/wfp/developments/expansion-and-co-location-of-urgent-and-emergency-services/.

Photo of Great Western Hospital

 

Skatepark for Royal Wootton Bassett

Over the last few years there has been a consistent demand for a skatepark in Royal Wootton Bassett, however, finding a suitable location for such a facility has proven difficult. Parks and green spaces are valued by the people of the town; accessible, safe and well-maintained playgrounds and parks are seen as important for young people, and there is a demand for a greater choice of activities; in particular a skatepark or wheeled sports park.

Having a skatepark in the town has been an ambition of the Town Council for many years. The commitment is demonstrated in the Neighbourhood Plan 2017-2026, which seeks to provide opportunities for young people through additional informal leisure facilities such as skateparks. The Neighbourhood Plan is currently being reviewed and the commitment for such a facility is being strengthened.

Chief Officer, Mark Hopkins, set up an initial skatepark workshop on the 12th May 2023 where Councillor Steve Walls, Town Council officers, interested residents and skateboard enthusiasts, met to discuss what is required to plan, design and build a skatepark in Bassett, and to provide a general update. An initial survey has been completed to look at all the land currently owned by the Town Council including all our parks, but unfortunately concluded no site was suitable given the strict requirements of suitability of a site, and the distance from housing.

As a group we are now looking to engage with the community to create energy and excitement for a skatepark as well as looking for potential funding and grants, and to identify a suitable site; whether this is new land the Town Council can acquire or working with developers to include a skatepark within a future development.

By working together, this could easily become a reality for our town.

If you take part in wheeled sports and would like to be involved, especially at the point that we start to work on designs for a skatepark, please contact the Town Council on enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or via our contact form

Consultation on changes to GWR ticket offices

Great Western Railway [GWR] are consulting on proposals to move ticket office staff into other areas of the station where they can help more customers, as transactions from ticket offices drop below 15%.

Swindon and Chippenham stations will both be effected.

Swindon Station:-
Proposed changes – Oct 2023-Jun 2024
Colleagues move closer to customers in other locations at the station to support and assist with ticket purchases.  Reduce open windows.
Proposed changes – Jun-Sep 2024
No changes proposed
Proposed changes – Sep-Dec 2024
Ticket Office windows close

Chippenham Station:-
Proposed changes – Oct 2023-Jun 2024
Colleagues move closer to customers in other locations at the station to support and assist with ticket purchases.  Ticket Office windows close.

The consultation finishes on Wednesday 26 July 2023.

To find out more and on how to comment, please visit their website.

 

 

 

Draft Wiltshire Design Guide

Wiltshire Council are asking for residents views on a draft guide that, if formally adopted, will help to ensure that future developments in the county are consistently of a high-quality design.

The draft Wiltshire Design Guide has been structured around the ’10 characteristics of good design’, as described in the National Design Guide, and if adopted will be used as a supplementary planning document.

A consultation is now under way and runs until Monday 31 July 2023.

Wiltshire Council will also be hosting an hour-long information webinar to talk about the draft guide in more detail. The webinar, which is open to all, will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19 July 2023.

A drop-in-event will be held on 26 July from 10am to 5.30pm, an Urban Designer will also be available in person to answer any questions on the draft guide at County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JQ.

Love Parks Week

This year, Love Parks Week runs from 28 July to 6 August 2023.

This annual campaign celebrates parks, green spaces, and the dedicated volunteers and workers that look after them all year round.

These vibrant, living spaces bring communities together and provide an opportunity to connect with nature in the heart of our cities, towns, and neighbourhoods.

Please see Park Bingo sheet that we thought the children might enjoy playing in one of our parks.

If you wish to download a copy to print, please click on image.

Park Bingo Item to find sheet

 

Council Meetings – Thursday 20th July 2023

Please see notices below:-

Residents can view the Agendas and Supporting Documents for the meetings on the Council Meetings calendar found on the home page.

Town Hall and Trust Charity Meeting notice for Thursday 20th July 2023 Planning Notice for Thursday 20th July 2023 Full Council Notice for Thursday 20th July 2023

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