To The Great Western Hospital
To & From Royal Wootton Bassett
New kissing gates have been installed on the White Horse Way. Walkers can enjoy a style free-walk between Clyffe and Board Town. Our Thanks to Wiltshire Council for that.
We are working with the Parish Council and local farmers to assist in replacing posts and clearing routes and we have obtained some footpath direction signs from Wiltshire county and these are now available for anyone who has noticed where these are missing on footpath routes.
If you are interested in helping to place them or would like further information, then please contact John Hughes via the PC email address: email@example.com.
Finally, we all love our area and enjoy walking the paths, so please help us to keep them clear and usable by either cutting back any minor obstructions yourselves (many of us carry secateurs when we go walking) or reporting them to us via the Parish Clerk.
Please will all walkers and cyclists wear high viz clothing. Clyffe Hill is notorious for bright light and dark shady corners and coming down the hill drivers can be dazzled. A cyclist had cause to swerve from a van too close to him and although luckily was not hit by the van he did untold damage to himself rolling off his bike against the hard stone bank, and where he sat in the dark, slightly dazed he would’ve been hit by the next oncoming vehicle. Even though his helmet was full of vegetation he was, luckily, not concussed at the least he had a dislocated shoulder and at worst a broken collarbone. The bike however will not be going anywhere any time soon!
Mud on the Roads
We are receiving many reports from drivers about dangerous conditions being created by mud being deposited on the roads.
This is not an uncommon problem at this time of year given the weather conditions and the agricultural community working hard in the fields. Unfortunately, the farmers and contractors may well be bringing significant amounts of soil from the fields and onto the road network whilst going about their normal business.
Farmers and contractors are legally obliged to ensure that if their vehicles leave mud, and other deposits, on the road, they clean it up. There is also a legal requirement for them to place out signs compliant with the Traffic Signs Regulation 2016 to warn motorists of the conditions on the road. If they don’t, they could be liable for a number of offences under the Highways Act 1980 and the Road Traffic Act 1988. It is vital for farmers and contractors to know their responsibilities when it comes to leaving mud, and other deposits, on the road and particularly the consequences of not conforming to the law.
Cleaning mud off of agricultural vehicles prior to going onto a public highway should be done whenever possible to help keep the roads safe. Although cleaning mud off agricultural machinery is inconvenient it may not be a defence in law.
There is more advice for farmers on the rural communities pages of the force website: www.wiltshire.police.uk/
Roads- It has been reported that there have been a number of accidents in the Parish. If you are involved in one or are a witness to one please report it to the acging Parish Clerk, guy Rickett who will keep a record for future reference. Meanwhile it is hoped to get a warning sign for the bend between Bushton and Parsonage Farm.
How to report problems on the road potholes etc
If you see a problem on the roads eg. Potholes, blocked drains, litter please take a photo of it and report it on the app. My Wiltshire. If you do not have access to it then report it to the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish would like to maintain footpaths in a good state of repair, so please if you come across any problems such as broken stiles, barbed wire, impassable vegetation, please report them together with the number of it to the Parish Clerk email@example.com who will contact the landowner.
If you wish to have more information about footpaths in the Parish contact Tony Currivan via the Parish Clerk or download a map of the footpaths which you will find here on the Parish Council page below.
We’re Targeting Fly-tippers
Fly-tipping is unsightly and it is a danger to people, wildlife and the environment. So we need the help of our communities to prosecute fly-tippers and keep our county cleaner, greener and safer.
“I would urge anyone with any information about fly-tipping in Wiltshire to report it to us with as much information as possible, and any successful prosecution or payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice will earn a voucher of up to £200 for the person who reported it, and while we want residents to provide evidence if possible, it’s hugely important that people do not try to rummage through or disturb the waste, as this could affect the scene and put people in danger. It is also essential that people do not attempt to confront anyone who is fly-tipping or put themselves in danger in any way. We want to reduce fly-tipping, but public safety is our main concern.
To report fly-tipping in Wiltshire, or to find out more about the campaign, including terms and conditions, go to: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community-environment-wtf.
Rights of Way Map. Please be aware that the parish centred rights of way maps and the online rights of way map are the most up to date working copies of the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way. They are not the Definitive Map and have no legal status. The precise line of a right of way can only be determined by reference to the Definitive Map. These are held on paper at the Rights of Way Offices at County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN and can be viewed by appointment
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