With the rapid spread of Coronovirus that is going to accelerate in the coming weeks, we as a community will need to think about the more vulnerable in our parish and how we can support those who may be on their own and may need extra help if they become ill. So please check in on any vulnerable family, friends and neighbours. Sometimes just helping them with their shopping and checking they have everything they need can make a big difference. If you know someone who is self-isolating, contact them by phone or text to check that they are ok. If you are self-isolating yourself and are on your own, please make sure you have let family, friends or neighbours know so they can offer help if needed. But please follow the health guidelines in order to protect yourselves and prevent the spread of the virus.
Wiltshire Council has produced a COVID-19 Community Pack which contains useful contact numbers and websites for advice, etc. Please click on this link.
If you are self isolating, you are not alone. There is a number to call if you need help.
01225 809265. Email: email@example.com Please see leaflet:
Other useful websites are as follows:
OPEN LETTER FROM WILTSHIRE POLICE - CORONOVIRUS
Road Closures affecting Seend
23rd April – 9am-3.30pm Seend High Street will be closed to traffic between Bollands Hill and Seend Fork This should be for just one day. This is for road resurfacing. PLEASE NOTE, as with other times, the day and details are liable to change, so please just look out for the signs.
Community Governance Review – Seend Parish Council urgently needs your support!
The Community Governance Review is a process to provide an opportunity to review and make changes to governance arrangements to town and parish councils. This is to ensure that they continue to be reflective of the identity and interest of local communities, and that they are as efficient and effective in their governance as can be. There are two CGR schemes affecting Seend Parish. Details of both can be found on Wiltshire Council’s website.
http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-cgr Just follow the links to see the Schemes.
The second stage of the Community Governance Review has now been completed. We hope many of you will have completed the online survey. http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-cgr and click on the online survey link.
The next stage will be the formal consultation. These will take place in May when the draft recommendations will be made. Dates for these consultations will be put here when known.
Boundary Change: The first (Scheme 11) is a request from Melksham Without Parish Council to move the existing boundary between Seend Parish and Melksham Without Parish to follow the Kennet & Avon Canal further eastwards from Melksham Park Farm to the drain running northwards towards Carnation Lane to encompass all the farmland north of the canal and the BRAG (Bowerhill Residents Action Group) canalside picnic area. We have mentioned this in the January issue of Spotlight.
Our full submission:
Submission from Giles Wood Landowner:
Number of Parish Councillors: The second (Scheme 83) is about the number of parish councillors who sit on Seend Parish Council. There has been a request from a single resident for this to be reduced from 11 to 9. They believe a fewer number would improve local democracy.
Seend Parish Council Response –
Metro Count, High Street, Seend - Results
Click on link for results
Comparison of Metro Counts between High Street and Sells Green
SEEND NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
All residents are urged to respond to the Seend Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Documents: Please click on the link below to take you to their website:
HOW TO REPORT A PROBLEM AFFECTING THE VILLAGE
For any highways, rights of way, environmental or any other issues affecting the village, please contact the Clerk, or you can report the problem directly to the relevant department at Wiltshire County Council by using their MyWiltshire on-line reporting service.
Copy and paste the link into your google search bar to find out how to report an issue using the My Wiltshire on-line reporting system, and follow the guidelines. If in doubt please contact the Clerk.
For further details click here:
HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING CENTRE, MELKSHAM
CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN
Winter Opening hours (1 Nov-31 March) 10am - 4pm - Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun
Summer Opening hours (1 April-31 Oct) 9am-4pm - Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Full Details of All Recycling Centres Opening Hours
SEEND COMMUNITY BUS
Please click on the link below for the current timetable.
Mobile Library Visits - January–September 2020
Seend The Lye 09.40-10.00
Seend Cleeve 10.05-10.25
Bulkington The Well 11.05-11.30
Monday 6th January Monday 3d Feb
Monday 2nd March Monday April
Please click on the link below for a summary of the recent Village Appraisal.
PCSO 6039 Janet Gould
All Wiltshire Police Enquiry Offices Have Temporarily Closed Following New Social Distancing Advice
All Wiltshire Police enquiry offices have been temporarily closed in a move to protect both the public and our officers and staff.
The decision has been made following the latest Government advice on social distancing and staying at home as part of the ongoing fight against coronavirus.
However, we want people to be reassured that they will still be able to contact us through a variety of means, including the 999 emergency and 101 non-emergency numbers, our website, and using the yellow phones positioned outside our enquiry offices.
The temporary closure will also include the police desks within the front counter services at our shared premises at Monkton Park, in Chippenham, and Bourne Hill, in Salisbury.
At the moment, the Wiltshire Council enquiry offices at these sites will remain open as a necessary contact point for vulnerable people.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Swindon and Wiltshire Angus Macpherson said: "The Government advice is clear - all non-essential social interactions need to stop, and one way that we as a police force can help with that, is by introducing these temporary closures.
"Footfall at our enquiry offices has fallen dramatically in recent days, and there are a number of other, more appropriate ways that people can contact the police at this time.
"Calling us or visiting the Wiltshire Police website is safer for everyone. Not only will it keep the public safe, but it will allow us to redeploy those staff who usually work on a front counter, to a more critical role."
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: "I want to reassure people that this is a temporary measure and I hope people will see that we have made this decision for very practical and safety-conscious reasons.
"This will not impact our visibility in your communities. Our police stations are still running as normal, and you will continue to see our Community Policing Teams out and about on patrol and responding to 999 and 101 calls.
"I want to thank you all for you continued support for Wiltshire Police. These are unprecedented times, and I know there will be challenges and uncertainty ahead, but we are committed to providing the very best service to the communities of Swindon and Wiltshire."
Anyone who has a pre-arranged, essential appointment at a police station can attend as normal, but use the yellow phone outside to alert an officer or member of staff.