Wiltshire Local Plan Review

Wiltshire Council is  reviewing the Wiltshire Core Strategy (adopted January 2015), which sets
out planning policies for the development and use of land in the county over the period to
2026 and is used in the determination of planning applications. Referred to as the Wiltshire Local Plan Review.

Wiltshire Council are seeking your views on the scope of the review and the issues the Council should
consider in planning for the period to 2036. The review will involve the preparation of a
Joint Spatial Framework with Swindon Borough Council. At this stage, no decisions have
been made on the future locations for growth and development.

How to comment
The consultation runs from 9:00am on Tuesday 7 November 2017 until 5:00pm on
Tuesday 19 December 2017.

All the consultation documents and supporting evidence are available on this link:

Copies of the consultation documents can also be viewed during normal opening hours at
the Council’s main offices at Monkton Park (Chippenham), Bourne Hill (Salisbury), County
Hall (Trowbridge) and at all Wiltshire Council libraries.

Comments can be returned via the following means:
 Online via the Council’s dedicated consultation portal:

 By email using the representation form available on the web site and returned to
spatialplanningpolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk; or

 By post in writing to: Spatial Planning, Economic Development & Planning, Wiltshire
Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN.


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Parish Circular Walk Inauguration Sunday 1st October 2017

Despite the forecast of poor weather for the Inauguration of the Firsdown Circular Walk, there was a good turnout of residents and the weather stayed fine for most of the walk.

Nigel Walsh spoke briefly about the circular walk describing how two other parishes, Pitton and Alderbury, have established circular walks in place with another two due for completion at The Grimsteads and Downton. It is intended to expand and establish more signed and waymarked circular walks at other parishes of Southern Wiltshire with the help of local volunteers.

County Councillor Chris Devine declared the walk open and Mary Read, Firsdown’s oldest resident of the original hamlet, cut the ribbon.

Mary described moving into Firsdown when it was part of the Winterslow Parish and building their own bungalow in 1953, the year of the Queen’s Coronation. This was coincidentally the same year that Sir Edmund Hillary conquered the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest. So Mary and John Read appropriately named their home Everest.

The walking party completed the circuit in good time an four of us continued up to Figsbury and back along Monarchs Way.

“Firsdown Paths Group” will be organizing further regular walks around the circuit with the option to go on to Figsbury or Winterbourne Earls in the future. This will be a great way to combine enjoyable exercise through our beautiful parish with meeting up with neighbours.

“Firsdown Paths Group” and the Parish Council would like to thank all who turned out despite the ‘inclement weather’ and for Chris Devine and Mary Read giving us their time to open the walk.

Founder Members of Firsdown path Group

Nigel Walsh, Geoff Heard & Sam Esser

Firsdown Paths Group

Firsdown Circular Walk Official Opening 

Firsdown Paths Group are proud to announce the official opening of the circular walk ranging from 2.5 to 5 miles,

The official opening takes places on Sunday 1st October at 2 pm and starts from outside the Play Area at the South end of Firsdown

All are welcome so please do try and support by meeting everyone on the 1st October

Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control 

The Firsdown Music Festival – FirsFest 2017

Firsfest 2017 was a great success enjoyed by everyone a few images from Saturday 19th August

“The Twelfth Firsfest Music Fayre was held on the 18th and 19th August in Firsdown. A careful selection of music was well received by an enthusiastic audience and included a variety of Bands some of whom have become popular regulars. The Friday weather started none too promising but in the end, both days stayed fine.

  The Fayre was conceived by Graham Wright and the late Richard George as a means of bringing the community together in a village which is otherwise lacking facilities. A laudable target and one which has been well achieved in that many friendships have indeed been created. The provision of bar facilities, catering and car parking has been staffed by volunteers from Firsdown and surrounding areas. Lighting and Sound is in the hands of highly experienced personnel. The organisation of Firsfest has now come full circle in that the Chairman of the organising group is a member of the George family.   2018 beckons. “


Broadband News

Ultrafast Virgin Fibre network
Thanks to a campaign by the local community, the “Community Network Build Scheme” has successfully hit its 25% sign-up target set for the Test and Dun Valley area.



New Park Bench for Firsdown

Firsdown Parish Council

Would like to say a Big Thank you to Rory Dible and  Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in donating a lovely new Park bench for the community

Local Parishioners including  Nigel Walsh and Parish Council Members Helen & Brian Edgeley helped to install the bench


This Summer Keep your shed and garage secure

Residents are being warned to keep sheds and garages securely locked following a number of incidents in the local district.

Firsdown Paths Group

Wiltshire Council has frozen the clearing, repairing and maintaining budget, of the county’s 3600 miles of Rights of Way with the exception where there is a danger to life and limb.

FIRSDOWN now have a small group of volunteers to clear and maintain our paths.

A Big Thank You To All

We now have all the results from the Great British Spring Clean.

Our thanks to all those that took part and the support of idverde that provide much of the community equipment.

Thousands of Wiltshire residents took part in more than 140 litter picking events for the Great British Spring Clean this weekend.

From 3-5 March 142 events were held across the county as more than 3,200 volunteers of all ages took part with 3025 bags of rubbish collected a total of 18 tonnes.

The events followed and exceeded last year’s success of Clean for the Queen to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in which Wiltshire was second only to London in the amount of litter collected. Last year 1,500 volunteers took part in more than 70 litter picks with 14 tonnes of rubbish collected.

Wiltshire Council supported communities by helping them register their events on the Great British Spring Clean website for the weekend and delivering litter picking equipment where required. Wiltshire Council contractor Idverde collected all the bags of litter in a one-off collection following the events.


Since the last Firsdown Council Meeting in April the following has been completed

  1. The bridleway crossing the Roman Road beyond Gorden Peters bungalow has been cleared westward at Gordon’s request and eastward to the point where the Monarchsway turns left into the field, near the Mobile Phone Mast.
  2. The Monarchsway footpath down the dip and up to stables next to Clearway garage has been cleared.
  3. The vegetation on the other side of the A30 where the Monarchsway crosses inside the kissing gate has been cleared.
  4. Waymarking posts have been installed at intervals along the circular walk (along the Roman Road and across the top field to the A30 bus shelter area) and on the Monarchsway to clarify both routes to visitors, walkers, and new Firsdown residents.
  5. A recycled post has been installed at the junction of the path from Gorden Peters bungalow and the Roman Road with his permission.


Clear all Parish Rights of Way from play area north to A30, perhaps beyond if we can get volunteers. Play area east to Dunstable needs to be agreed. We hope to discourage wheeled traffic from exercising their rights by keeping the path at pedestrian width.

  1. As volunteers we have no obligation to clear the Roman Road (Byway Open to All Traffic) and bridleway for traffic and horses and intend to keep those routes clear only for walkers.
  2. Install a recycled post next to the play area to attach a circular walk finger sign.
  3. Replace the stile on the “Monarch’s Way” where it crosses the fence just down from the mobile phone mast and opposite side with a galvanised gate and a couple of steps.