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Royal Wootton Bassett
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We honour those who serve

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council

We honour those who serve

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New National Restrictions from 5 November

The UK Government has new national restrictions from 5 November, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

These new measures have been carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work

Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the LCAL Very High restrictions between now and Thursday.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

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Please download the NHS App to keep updated on the latest guidance from Thursday 5 November.

There is separate additional guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection

Please by working together it is hoped we can protect our communities, our most vulnerable and our NHS.

RBL Poppy Appeal in Royal Wootton Bassett

Royal Wootton Bassett’s branch of the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal stand by the Town Hall on Saturday 31st October raised over £1000, despite the inclement weather. They would like to thank everyone who purchased a poppy.

Regretfully, because of the new restrictions brought in by the UK Government to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the planned poppy stand for this Saturday, 7th November is no longer able to go ahead. It is hoped all that have bought a poppy wear them with pride to show their support for the Armed Forces community.

Bevirs Law mark Town Clerks long service to Royal Wootton Bassett

Bevirs Law mark Town Clerks long service to Royal Wootton Bassett

Bevirs Law are to plant an Oak tree on Marlowe Way this autumn, in Royal Wootton Bassett to mark the 30+ years of service given to the town by recently retired Town Clerk, Johnathan Bourne.

Mr Bourne who retired this July from his long-standing role, will have his service recognised with the planting of the Oak Tree as a gift, for which all costs will be covered by Bevirs Law in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Johnathan Bourne who had been looking forward to taking a step away from the day to day work of a busy town council, will now carry his understanding of the ins and outs of council business over to his part time role as a tutor for De Montfort University, where he can pass on his experience and wisdom to the next generation of council officers and future executives.

Ground staff on the Town Council have visited the site close to the location of the Poppy to ensure that the tree planting will ensure that any future replacement will not be disturbed by the commemorative Oak tree.

Councillor Nic Hughes, Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett said: “This gift seems a very fitting tribute to Johnathan as both the positive impacts of his service and this tree should be with us for many years to come. I and the whole Town council wish Johnathan a long and successful retirement, and would like to thank Bevirs Law for this kind and thoughtful gesture”.

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 of  celebrating  his  calm professionalism, public service and untiring commitment to his duties”.

Photo of Johnathan Bourne, retired Town Clerk

Proposed Traffic Regulation Order Consultation

Please see press notice below in respect of proposed Traffic Regulation Order amendments for Garraways, High Mead and Roebuck Close which is open to consultation. Please see the notice on how to reply to Wiltshire Council with your comments. Closing date is 16 November 2020.

The documents related to this proposal are as follows:

Press Notice
Order Amendment
Reasons for Amendment
Map of proposed restrictions – Garraways
Map of proposed restrictions – Garraways, High Mead and Roebuck Close

Press Notice on public consultation for proposed traffic regulation order amendments for Garraways, High Mead and Roebuck Close

Manor House

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council purchases Manor House.

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council is pleased to announce its recent purchase of the Manor House from Wiltshire Council, which is located next to Royal Wootton Bassett Police Station. The Town Council’s focus is to re-develop the building to make it an essential part of public services for the future to come.

The building was once used by the Quartermasters Regiment in the Second World War, home to Cricklade and Wootton Bassett Rural District Council, Social Services and The Magistrates Courts.

Having spent the last decade as individual offices, the Manor House will undergo re-development which will provide a new Town Council office with a purpose built Council Chamber, and much needed dedicated community space with storage, an exhibition room and facilities for youth services.

Plans are now being created by professional architects which aim to deliver a modern, efficient and greener building.

Councillor Nic Hughes, Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council said:

 “Manor House is a major investment for Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council, which will offer a multi-functional facility to our staff and our residents.  The space available in the building will allow us a huge amount of flexibility in the services that we can offer and provide a real Community Hub for our townsfolk.”

Pavement Parking: options for change

The UK Government are keen to hear views from the public about some options to help local authorities to tackle the problem of pavement parking.

The Department of Transport have identified 3 options for consideration and kindly request members of the public to respond via an online survey, download the response form and email, or to email directly.

For more information on the consultation and to access the survey or form, please visit the Government website.

The closing date for the consultation is Saturday 22 November 2020.

Wiltshire Council Library – Boroughfields

Wiltshire Council are continuing their phased approach to reopening libraries in the county. From Monday 21st September 2020 Royal Wootton Bassett, Westbury and Melksham libraries are open and, on 28 September, Malmesbury library will open. To find out more on services provided please click on the following link:

Click for opening times.

Whilst the toilets are closed in the library, visitors can use the town council run public toilets which are located behind the dry cleaners in Boroughfields.

Wednesday Market – 23 September 2020

We announced the Town Pantry return to our market but have recently learnt from Jo that she has secured a unit in Apsley House and so her last day on the market will be this week on the 23rd September, with their normal trading hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm. We wish her well for the future, though she will be missed on the market. Please visit the Town Pantry facebook page for their latest news.

Our market traders are always pleased to see their regulars and are happy to meet and serve new customers. May we kindly remind all who visit our market to abide by the government guidelines of social distancing and wearing of masks where appropriate.

Please shop local, to ensure the market and High Street remain a vital part of our community.

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