Wanted: Volunteer flood warden

The recent floods have highlighted the need for a flood warden in our parish.  The Parish Council resolved recently to appoint a flood warden to help coordinate efforts on behalf of the parish.  No volunteers have come forward.  Anyone in our community can volunteer to be a flood warden – there can be more than one if anyone is interested!

It is useful to know that there is further help and equipment available from Wiltshire Council to parishes with flood wardens.

The role of a flood warden is to be the main point of contact in times of flood and to help the parish to be well prepared.  Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency Flood Resilience Team both provide support for this role.  Flood wardens provide a link between the local community, emergency services and Wiltshire Council.  They give real time information about flood conditions in the event of a flood.  There is a network of flood wardens across the region who support each other.   If you are interested in volunteering then please contact the parish Council on clerk@clyffepypardbushton.org.uk If you want to know more then have a look at “Wiltshire and Swindon Prepared” web site .

Next Parish Council Meeting. 18th Sept 2024

The next Clyffe Pypard Parish Council Meeting  will take place in the village hall on 18th September 2024 at 18.30.  For details:  Please contact the clerk (email only) at clerk@clyffepypardbushton.org.uk.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN (EXEMPT AUTHORITY)

The Parish Council has published its audit reports and the dates for exercising public rights to inspect the accounting records.  These are 11 Jun-23 July 2024.  for more details please contact clerk@clyffepypardbushton.org.uk.

Clerk of the Parish Council Vacancy

Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer

Our small parish council has a position for a clerk.  If you have administrative experience and a willingness to learn – this could be you.  A CiLCA qualification would be useful but not essential as training can be arranged.  You will need to respect  confidentiality and be able to give impartial and independent advice to the council.

The successful applicant would be required to attend 4 public parish council meetings a year plus a limited number of extraordinary meetings.  These are normally held at the village hall in Bushton.  Other activity would be home based.

The ideal person will be confident and , most of all, independent.  As the ‘proper officer’ for the parish a small amount of financial management will be required therefore an eye for detail is also important.

Outline of tasks –  Preparing agendas, taking minutes of meetings, answering residents enquiries, ensuring the council financial affairs are in order,  updating the parish website.  The role also includes maintaining and updating parish council policies etc.

Skills – The successful applicant will be the advisor to the council on all matters relating to good procedure, must be an excellent communicator, not afraid to be assertive, and have good IT skills.

Discretion, impartiality and self confidence are key to being a successful clerk.

Hours – on average around 3 hours per week.

The salary for the post will be in accordance with the current National Joint Salary Scale LC1, salary points 7 to 12 and will be calculated pro-rata.

If you have an interest in local government and want to get involved in a part time, but very responsible role, then please do get in touch for more information.

Closing date 1st June 2024

Please email details of your experience, to clerk@clyffepypardbushton.org or call 07754 542722 for further information.

 

Parish Council News

You may have noticed coming down Clyffe Hill that we now have a smart new “Please Drive Carefully” Parish sign. So a big thank you goes to Ian Fraser for designing and organising this.

You may also have noticed at the top of the hill that the Bupton / Lyneham signpost has had a facelift

Soon to be installed for the Whitehorse Way are the Kissing gates which should improve access through the fields.


On which subject you may have heard the unfolding saga of the escaped highland bull, which could be followed on Next Door and U tube. Two cows and the bull were allowed access to Clyffe through a gate having been left open. The two cows were located and returned to the field with the help of several residents equipped with torches but the bull remained undercover until he was found the following morning at North Farm in Bushton – but not before getting his mugshot taken at Applecart Farm on Wood Street.

Though amusing in hind site it could have been very serious had walkers been confronted with this vision in the half light.

PLEASE REMEMBER the COUNTRYSIDE CODE…………………..

NO LITTER…….

NO DOG POO………

And ALWAYS CLOSE GATES after you


You may have noticed the tall posts that have been installed along the Withy bed. These are to take a SID ( speed indicator device ) which will flash the speed limit at anyone traveling too fast. More importantly they will give us accurate information on speeding traffic which can be reported to the authorities for action .

We now need to beg, borrow, or share a SID, which is being actioned.

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Public Rights of Way

Rights of Way Information

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Household Recycling Centres Update

Household recycling centres locations

The booking system for household recycling centres (HRCs) has now ended, and you can visit a site without booking in advance.

Please ensure you respect the teams on site and other HRC users by keeping your distance during your visit.

Staff cannot help you remove waste from your vehicle or help you move your waste while on site – if you have heavy items, please bring a friend or family member to help you lift and dispose of your waste.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms – such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to smell or taste – you must not visit a HRC and you should follow the latest public health advice.

Sites opening days vary. See below for opening times and days when sites are closed. See individual site for location details and scheduled road closures.

Household Recycling Centre (HRC) Opening Hours Days closed

Amesbury             9am – 4pm Tuesday and Wednesday
Devizes                  9am – 4pm Thursday and Friday
Lower Compton   9am – 4pm Wednesday and Thursday
Marlborough        9am – 4pm Tuesday and Wednesday
Melksham             9am – 4pm Tuesday and Wednesday
Purton                   9am – 4pm Tuesday and Wednesday