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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


t: 01793 850222


Webinar to be prospective councillor

Prospective candidates and agents webinar; Wiltshire Unitary, and Town and Parish Elections – Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 5pm

Residents considering putting themselves forward for the upcoming elections on 6th May can join Wiltshire Council’s election team today at 5pm for briefing webinar to find out all you need to know if you are thinking about being a candidate or agenda in the upcoming Wiltshire Unitary and town and parish council elections.

Click on link for more information and how to access the webinar on Microsoft Teams.


Amenities Meeting – Thursday 25th February 2021

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

Amenities Meeting Notice on Thursday 25th February 2021


Press Release:

Royal Wootton Bassett have had a double success in the last few days which they hope will benefit their local residents enormously. The Council have now been confirmed as sole trustee of the Memorial Hall in the town which is run for the benefit of community groups and is currently being used by Health Services. Chairman of the Revenue and Resources Committee Cllr Steve Bucknell said ‘this is a great step forward for us and we are already looking at making some improvements to the hall and to potentially recruitment a Caretaker’. The hall is very popular in the town and had previously been run by volunteers who have now handed it to the Town Council to provide events and activities.

The councils second success has been to obtain funding from the Department for Works and Pensions via the Kick Start Scheme which will provide the council with funding to take on 4 new members of staff for the council on a six month contract, at no cost. The grant will also provide additional funding to provide recognized training and equipment for these staff for up to 25 hours per week. Mayor of the council Cllr Nic Hughes said ‘this is great news for us especially at this time when people are losing their jobs. The funding will allow us to take on local people who may need re-training in the hope that we can turn these posts into full time positions with the council so we will be providing some additional local employment.

Royal Wootton Bassett have recently employed a new Town Clerk Mr Steve Nash who applied for this funding and who has already been discussing new opportunities with Councillors and staff which will benefit the town. Mr Nash is keen to meet with local residents and business people to ensure they are receiving the support they need.

For further information please contact Steve Nash, Town Clerk on or 01793 850222 during office hours.

Former Mayor & Councillor Chris Wannell


On Friday 26th February 2021, Christopher Wannell will be taking his last journey on his vintage fire truck, Martha.

Due to the covid restrictions only 30 family and close friends can be allowed to attend the church. We know so many residents admired Chris and would like to pay their respects therefore please find below the route we will be taking Chris on for his final journey. (Please also accept our sincere apologies for any traffic delays caused by the slow moving convoy of 4 vintage fire appliances).

The cortege shall begin at Chris and Audrey’s home at 12.30, on leaving there it will drive slowly along Nore Marsh road and onto Stoneover Lane for 12.34. Continuing to Marlowe Way for 12.38. We will reach the town hall at approx. 12.45 where the cortege will make a left down station road for a short pause outside the fire station. At New road we shall turn right and drive to the far end and back onto the A3102 towards the High Street, finally arriving at St Bartholomew’s Church for 13:00.

If you do wish to pay your respects to Chris please do feel free to line this route but please be courteous of the social distancing rules.

We are sorry that not everyone will be able to attend the service and convey the families sadness that we cannot include all of the people that Chris loved so much. However please do find below the link to Johnson and Daltrey’s Youtube Page who will be streaming the service live and also recording the service and burial.

Johnson and Daltrey Funeral Directors – YouTube

Johnson and Daltrey Funeral Directors on behalf of The Wannell Family


26th February 2021


Chris joined Wootton Bassett Parish Council in 1972. This was the year of the transformative Local Government Act and for Wootton Bassett this meant transformation from Parish to Town. This was not the only change of name that Chris was to see for his town.

In the late 1970’s, he was instrumental in modernising the lake which was re-designated as Jubilee Lake in honour of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. During the late 1980’s and throughout the 1990’s he was a driving force behind the Christmas Light’s Scheme.

Of course, from 2007 to 2011 he stood, like so many of us, to pay our respects to fallen service personnel being repatriated through our town. In 2011 Chris was there to see another change of name, this time to receive “Royal” letters patent.

Chris was an active member of the Council, 41 years in total, Wootton Bassett’s longest ever serving Councillor.

It was a standing joke that it would take him hours to walk from one end of the High Street to the other. He would stop and talk, but more importantly listen to those who needed help, or just wanted to pass the time of day. Chris had a finely tuned political instinct founded on a detailed knowledge of what was important to the people of the town.

Whether Parish, Town or Royal his achievements on the Council were too many to adequately cover in these few lines. He was Mayor twice, but even this is as nothing against his greatest achievement, that of being a passionate, advocate of the town he loved and the people he so ably represented.

Chris, we will miss you.



9th February 2021

The Town Council was sad to be informed yesterday of the sudden death of one of its longest serving former councillors and twice Mayor, Chris Wannell. A record of his contribution towards the town will be posted at a later date. In the meantime the town council sends its condolences to Chris’s family.

The town’s motto, agreed by councillors when the name of the town was changed, is very apt at this time: We Honour Those Who Serve.

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council


Full Council Meeting – Thursday 11th February 2021

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

Full Council and Town Hall and Trust Charity Meetings - Thursday 11th February 2021

Planning and Revenue & Resources Meetings – Thursday 28th January 2021

Residents can view the Agendas for the meeting on the Calendar of Meetings found on the home page.Planning and Revenue and Resources Meetings Notice for Thursday 28th January 2021


Full Council Meeting [Extraordinary] – Tuesday 19th January 2021

Residents can view the Agenda for the meeting on the Calendar of Meetings found on the home page.Full Council Meeting [Extraordinary] Notice for Tuesday 19th January 2021

Wiltshire Local Plan review consultation

The consultation into the Wiltshire Local Plan review, and separately the Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan, will run from Wednesday 13 January 2021 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

Wiltshire Council has to allocate sufficient land to satisfy housing and employment needs up to 2036, and is seeking the views of local communities and stakeholders to see if the suggested distribution of numbers across the county is correct, and which of the proposed sites are most suitable.

Feedback during this review consultation will help to shape the draft Local Plan, which will be finalised later in 2021. It will then be used to guide decisions on whether future planning applications for housing, infrastructure and land for employment can be granted.

As COVID restrictions mean that face-to-face events will not be possible during this review, the council is holding a series of online events for people to find out more about the Local Plan. The online event Planning for Royal Wootton Bassett will be held 7pm to 8pm on Tuesday 19th January 2021. Click on update on how to sign up for the event and to find out more about the Local Plan and the Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan.

Covid-19 Latest Update

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The Prime Minister announced on Monday 4th January 2021 that England would be in National Lockdown for the next six weeks starting from midnight. See poster below for more information.

You can visit the GOV.UK website by clicking on the below poster too.

For local support, please visit community support page and/or Wiltshire Council support page.

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