Reporting problems to Wiltshire Council

We wanted to tell you about the My Wiltshire App, in case you weren’t aware of it.

The app allows you to report problems to Wiltshire Council including issues with potholes, pavements, fly tipping, rights of way, lighting and much more.

We have used it to get the pavement repaired outside the Reading Room and Willow Crescent and to fill in some potholes along The Street and Melksham Lane.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can report problems online at https://pages.wiltshire.gov.uk/report.htm.  Otherwise let us know and we’ll do it for you.

The app works with Apple, Android and Microsoft devices.  You can get it by clicking on the appropriate image below.

Download My Wiltshire app from the Apple App Store

Download My Wiltshire app from Microsoft

Get My Wiltshire App from Google Play

Great British Spring Clean

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.

Broughton Gifford Survey

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.

You can read a report on the survey’s results at https://goo.gl/lD9Q32.

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.

Watch this space for further information.

Welcome to Claire Johnson

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.

Footpath 18

Wiltshire Council has restored the entrance to footpath 18.  This is the footpath at the end of the Common on the left as you leave the village towards Stonar.

Many people had commented that the path had become impassable because of the mud and flooding.  It is certainly much easier to use now.  Thank you to Wiltshire Council for their work.

Tony restores benches

Tony Cooper, our village caretaker, has restored two of the benches on the Common; George Hiscocks’ bench and the Jubilee bench.

He’s done a superb job and the benches are now good as new.

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Tony does this work on a voluntary basis for the good of the community and we are very grateful to him.

 

Clean for the Queen Report

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.

Here are some pictures from the morning.

 

Annual Parish Meeting 14 March 2016

The annual parish meeting will take place on Monday 14 March 2016 at 7:00pm in the village hall.

You can find the agenda at http://goo.gl/6WBJtW.

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.

Your Bus Matters

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.

The events are being held at:

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You can find more details of the events here.

The Wiltshire Council consultation closes on 4 April 2016.  Over 8,000 people have responded so far.  You can find the consultation here.

 

Please fill in the BG survey

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.

Please fill in the Broughton Gifford survey, which you can find at http://goo.gl/hUww3O.

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.