Wiltshire Recycling Centres

Wiltshire Council household recycling centres ending booking system to return to non-booked visits only

Wiltshire Council is ending its online booking system for visits to its household recycling centres (HRCs), so people will soon be able to return to visiting a site during normal opening hours on an ad hoc basis.

Wiltshire Council is ending its online booking system for visits to its household recycling centres (HRCs), so people will soon be able to return to visiting a site during normal opening hours on an ad hoc basis.

These changes will come into effect from the date that the Government confirms social distancing requirements will be ended, currently proposed to be 19 July, and will be subject to any public health requirements at that time.

The council will plan for the online HRC booking system to stop taking new bookings the week before the return to non-booked visits, so if social distancing restrictions are eased from 19 July, the council will stop taking bookings from 12 July.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Waste, said: “The HRC online booking system was always intended to be a temporary measure, so we could manage the number of people on site at any one time to ensure effective social distancing to keep staff and residents safe.

“We have listened to residents who have shared their concerns about the booking system, and coinciding with the further lifting of national COVID restrictions, we’ve decided to remove it.

“In the next month, so long as Government restrictions are eased and public health guidance allows, people will be able to attend their chosen site at a time of their choosing without needing to book a slot online.

“In order to ensure a smooth transition, and so long as the Government confirms that social distancing will be ended nationally, on 12 July the online booking system will stop taking new bookings, and on 19 July, visits without a booking will resume.

“If the Government decides not to end all restrictions on this date, the dates for returning HRCs to non-booked visits will also change, and we will update with more information on this as soon as we are able to provide confirmation.

“It’s possible that the updated public health guidance may still require some restrictions to HRC operations to keep everyone safe, and we will also confirm this closer to the time.

“I’d like to thank the public for their understanding during these challenging times, and as lockdown continues to be eased and restrictions are lifted, we can now look forward to making it easier for people to visit our HRCs.”

There are ten HRCs in Wiltshire; each site has different opening times and some can take different types of waste, so people are advised to check opening times and what they can take to their local HRC before setting off. There may be queuing at peak times.

For more information and opening times, go to Household recycling centres (HRCs).


How to make suggestions for improved or enhanced bus services in Wiltshire

On 15 March this year the government published “Bus Back Better” a national bus strategy for England, which outlines ambitious reform of how bus services are planned and delivered.
The strategy will deliver better bus services for passengers across England, through ambitious and far-reaching reform of how services are planned and delivered. It will make buses:
• more frequent
• more reliable
• easier to understand and use
• better co-ordinated
• cheaper.

Refer to the attached file for more information

Note the deadline for your comment is Wednesday 14th July 2021


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Do You Need Help to complete the 2021 Census?

Get help from the Census Support Centre on 0800 141 2021

See attached leaflet for more details


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Election of Parish Councillors May 6th 2021

Attached details of the Nominated persons for election as a Parish Councillor ( Refer to Page 58 for Firsdown Parish )


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Download: Firsdown PC Satement_of_Persons_Nominated 2021 (1 MB)
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Election of a Unitary Councillors May 6th 2021

Attached details of Persons Nominated for Election as a Unitary Councillor


Total Attachments: 1

Download: Wilts Council Statement_of_Persons_Nominated 2021 (898 KB)

Notice of Local Elections 2021 ( Parish Councillors )

Firsdown Parish Council


We need new Parish Councillors —could you be one?

YOU could help keep Firsdown Parish a vibrant, good place to live.

Any person interested in becoming a Parish Councillor by standing for election at the forthcoming Local Government Elections on 6th May 2021 should contact the Clerk, Catherine Purves, by phone 01722 712651 or e-mail for more information

Please see attached documents for more information




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Salisbury Community Policing Team Report

Prevention is better than cure

Covid continues to dominate the Policing picture with patrols and enforcement continuing. We now have a Road-Map to exit Lockdown, thanks to an impressive delivery of vaccination by our partners, but wanted to reinforce the message that we currently remain in Lockdown and all the dates provided by the Government are preceded with ‘AND NOT BEFORE’. As much as we welcome projected dates, we all must take responsibility to not book fixed dates for events or gatherings until we are clear that they can be fulfilled. It is vital that we continue to follow the advice from the Government, in line with the scientific advice they are receiving, in order to keep our communities safe and not extend or return to future Lockdown periods.

For more details refer to the attached document


Community Messaging. This is an underused tool but I am encouraging greater use by my staff. One particular function is the ability to map private CCTV systems. The increase in numbers of security systems linked to doorbells is an opportunity that can support investigations. A database that provides the ability to email information that an offence has occurred in an area and we are looking for a person of a certain description, could be the vital link to locate an image nearby on such a camera. Please log in/sign up to Community Messenger and tick the CCTV box to help.

For more details refer to the attached document


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Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Walking in Wiltshire www.walkinginengland.co.uk/wiltshire is the website for you!


With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county, and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.


John Harris said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Wiltshire (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (www.walkinginengland.co.uk)  – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.


With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.


So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

Contact details as follows

John Harris




Parish Council Meeting 3rd March at 7:15pm Zoom Log-In Details

Firsdown Parish Council to be held in on the Zoom conference platform (Meeting ID: 986 7790 5989, Passcode: 758919 or telephone: 0131 460 1196 and follow the instructions) on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 7.15pm


Firsdown Litter Collection

“A litter pick was undertaken today from Firs Close to the Dunstable crossroads, resulting in 2 bags of rubbish. Firsdown Parish Council appreciates that some of this rubbish may have come from traffic passing through our parish, but we ask for residents assistance in keeping our parish litter-free.”