Wilts news 23/5/2022


20 May 2022
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Recycling and garden waste collections affected in some areas

Unfortunately due to an ongoing staff shortage affecting our contractors, some blue lidded bin and green waste recycling collection services have not been deployed today, 20 May.

This will affect some properties in Chippenham, Melksham, Calne, Derry Hill, Lacock, Gastard, Lockeridge, West Overton, Avebury, Lyneham, Corsham and Easton.

If this disruption affects you, please leave your bins out over the weekend and they will be emptied as soon as possible.

Apologies for the inconvenience, we really appreciate your patience.

Have your say on proposed changes to parking charges

This is your last chance to have your say on proposals to increase charges in Wiltshire Council car parks.

The consultation, which closes on Monday 23 May, includes a general increase on parking charges in all Wiltshire Council car parks; new charges in Castle Combe car park; and the removal of the exemption from car park charges for Blue Badge holders. There are no proposals to change on-street Blue Badge parking arrangements.

The proposals, which were agreed at our budget-setting meeting in February, follow the strategy set out in our Local Transport Plan.

Find out more and have your say now

Support in place for Ukrainian nationals

If you joined us earlier this week for the online webinar on Ukraine, thank you, we hope you found it informative. 

If you couldn’t make it, you can watch the recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel.

Central Government has also posted some frequently asked questions regarding the Homes for Ukraine scheme which are helpful if you’re considering signing up.

Watch recording of online webinar now
New Pool-Pods installed at some of our swimming pools

We’re installing Pool-Pods across our leisure centres, making swimming pools more accessible for disabled customers and anyone who may struggle to access swimming independently.

Pool-Pods have already been installed at The Vale in Pewsey, Marlborough Leisure Centre and Devizes Leisure Centre, with further installations due at Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, Olympiad Leisure Centre, Trowbridge Sports Centre and The Activity Zone in Malmesbury by March 2023. They will also be installed at the new Melksham Community Campus, which is due to open later this year.

Pool-Pods provide dignified and independent access for swimmers who find it hard to get in or out of the swimming pool, such as wheelchair users, older adults, pregnant women and those with limited mobility. Unlike a traditional pool hoist, the user can independently control the operation, using a specially designed wristband, without the need for a pool attendant’s intervention.

We have a number of different leisure memberships to suit your needs, so what are you waiting for, join up today!

Find out more about the new Pool-Pods being installed in Wiltshire swimming pools
Children try out new cycling and walking facilities in Trowbridge on walk to school day

School children from three primary schools in Trowbridge have been celebrating safer walking, cycling and scooting routes to and from school along Hilperton Road on a special walk to school day event earlier this week.

We’ve recently completed work on a new walking and cycling scheme on Hilperton Road in Trowbridge, which enables children from around the area to make safer, journeys to school and from school on foot, or by bike or scooter.

The scheme offers segregated facilities for all pedestrians and cyclists, as well as several new, safer crossings plus a new cycle track. It helps to link to the Trowbridge cycle network, making it easier and safer for cyclists to get around the town and leave their cars at home.

Find out more about the road safety education services we offer for children
Council’s ‘critical friend’ involved in key projects in 21/22

A key function of Wiltshire Council, a ‘critical friend’ that holds the council’s Cabinet to account, has published its annual report – with the group involved in a number of key items throughout the year.

The council’s Overview and Scrutiny system, made up of a number of non-executive councillors, ensures that council decisions are taken on sound evidence and are in the best interests of you, residents of Wiltshire. It is selective in what it looks at so that it can add value to the most important services provided by the council, its partners and contractors.

You can get directly involved in the process by attending committee meetings, submitting a question before a meeting or giving notice to make a statement on an item on the agenda.

If you want to be part of shaping the future work programme of Overview and Scrutiny, you can send suggestions of issues that could be investigated by emailing committee@wiltshire.gov.uk or contacting the supporting team on 01225 718052.

Cllr Graham Wright, Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee explains more about their work
Find out more about Overview and Scrutiny
North Wessex Downs Walking Festival 11-26 June

Book now for the North Wessex Downs Walking Festival kicking off on 11 June.

With 28 walks across the area there are opportunities to discover wildlife, history or culture, follow an accessible trail, visit a working farm, enjoy a family picnic or simply soak up the views from the top of the downs. Walks are led by friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring their favourite places alive for walkers.

Events include family-friendly walks in Savernake Forest, on a working farm near Wilton and at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve in Marlborough. There is also a wheelchair-accessible cruise with optional walking on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Find out more about the walks and book now
A303 Stonehenge project

National Highways South West are touring Wiltshire communities in their ‘chatty van’ to allow you to ask questions about the project and find out more.

You don’t need to make an appointment, just turn up and say hello.

More information about the A303 Stonehenge project including date and locations of chatty van
Keep up to date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing ‘Wiltshire’ into the search box.

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