We will be holding a litter pick on Saturday 4 March, as part of the national Great British Spring Clean event. Please meet at 10am at the scout hut. We will be picking up litter along Mill Lane, Melksham Lane and Coombe Lane. Bags and equipment will be provided, but please bring your own gloves if possible.
We are hoping to match the success of last year’s Clean for the Queen, where we collected about 120 bin bags of rubbish.
We have written to McDonald’s and Costa Coffee to ask for their support because their packaging makes up a large proportion of the rubbish we pick up. McDonald’s have donated some litter pickers and hope to supply some volunteers to help our efforts. We have not yet heard back from Costa.
We hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday.
Thank you very much to everyone who responded to our survey last month. We had responses from 104 households, covering 279 people. This is about 1/3 of the village’s population, which is an amazing rate. This shows a great level of engagement with the community, which we hope to foster in future projects.
It was very clear that people value our community, countryside and peace. People were most concerned about the state of the roads and pavements, development issues and traffic problems. There were many ideas for facilities that people would like to see including children’s play areas, various clubs and activities, a community shop and sports facilities.
The next step is to establish a steering group, made up of volunteers from the community. The steering group will consider these ideas and the results of this survey. It will decide what further consultation exercises are necessary and set out what we need to do to make the village an even better place to live.
We have co-opted Claire Johnson onto the parish council.
Claire has lived in the village with her husband, PJ, since April 2011. She has a passion for people and the community and is an active participant in village events. As her ‘day job,’ she works as a client account director within the charity sector. She is always happy to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in.
We are delighted that Claire is joining our team and look forward to working with her.
Thank you very much to everyone who turned up to Clean for the Queen.
We had a really successful morning. About forty volunteers collected about 120 bin bags of rubbish from Mill Lane, Melksham Lane and Coombe Lane. It was a fantastic turnout and a huge amount of litter was cleared.
It was depressing to see how much rubbish had been thrown into the verges and hedgerows. At the same time, it was uplifting to see so many people willing to do something about it.
Thanks also to:
The Friendship Club for the delicious cakes, which everyone enjoyed afterwards
Anne for letting us use the scout hut and making teas and coffees
Wiltshire Council for giving us litter pickers, gloves, vests and bags
The lanes look much better now. We will see how long they stay that way and make this a regular event if necessary.
The first part of the evening will be in traditional style with verbal reports from the council chairman, Wiltshire Council, the police and village organisations, followed by a time for refreshments. The second part of the evening will focus on us breaking into smaller groups for informal discussions and inviting your views on a variety of community topics, in preparations for our forthcoming village parish plan. The meeting will conclude with a plenary to summarise the main issues of concern and to explain how we will take things forward in a parish plan.
Please do come. Your views really matter to us! Please use this wonderful opportunity to say what you think and to help us as a council make Broughton Gifford an even better place to live than it is now.
Wiltshire Council is considering a number of cuts to bus services. As a result, Bus Users UK will be running a number of Your Bus Matters events over the next few weeks to highlight these proposed cuts. They want to encourage residents to come along to have their say and complete the consultation documents.
Bus Users UK is a non-profit organisation which works on behalf of all bus users to ensure that operators meet their needs.
We want to ask you a few questions about what you think about living in Broughton Gifford and what you’d like to see in the village in the future. So we’ve built a short survey that we’d like you to complete.
This is the first step as part of a wider consultation exercise that will help to shape the future of the village.
There are ten quick questions that should take you no more than ten minutes to complete.
We will share the initial results of this survey with you and host an informal discussion about any issues it raises at the annual parish meeting on Monday 14 March at 7:00pm in the village hall. We’ll publish more details about this soon.