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.

Cost of Policing Consultation

Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has launched a consultation on the cost of policing for 2016/17.

He proposes adding £3.12 a year for a band D property onto the council tax, which would raise an additional £769,000.  He says that he needs to make savings of £2.7m to £3.5m.

You can see his proposals and respond to his consultation at http://www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/Transparency/Policeandcrimeelementofcounciltax2016-17.aspx.  The consultation ends at 10am on 2 February.

Roundponds Community Benefit

We have received the community benefit from the developers of Roundponds solar farm, which is £56,000.

We will consult widely with the community about what its priorities are and how the money should be managed and spent. We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to have their say.

We will be meeting shortly to discuss how best to run this consultation. Watch this space for more details.

In the meantime, please contact us or speak to any councillor if you’d like to discuss this further.

London Plane Tree

We believe that we need to remove the London Plane Tree that is opposite the Bell.  It is a beautiful tree and we don’t want to lose it, but it is damaging the houses near it. So we don’t think we have a choice. We will plant some new trees to replace it, in more appropriate places.

There is a preservation order that currently protects the tree and we will apply to Wiltshire Council to remove it. If you would like to comment on this, then please contact us.