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Management of Byway grass, and cutting of south/stock field hedge

In order to promote the diversity of flora and fauna, the Parish Council will keep the majority of the Byway grass uncut for 2022. We will however cut 2 narrow, straight paths along the entire length of the byway on the north and south sides. Weather permitting, these will be cut in May and again in late August. In addition, we will cut 4 diagonal paths to link the 2 straight paths. The entire grass area of the Byway will be cut in October, to encourage wildflowers the following year, after seeds have set.

One-third of the length of the south/stock field hedge will be cut each year – rather than the entire length as was done this winter.  This is in accordance with RSPB guidelines which suggest diversity in the size of hedgerows, rather them all being a uniform height.


Picnic Bench Survey

The results from the recent survey by the Parish Council on whether to provide a picnic bench on the land south of Firs Road, commonly known as the Byway, are as follows.

Option 1 – Not in Favour. 20%

Option 2 – Bench outside the play area. 53%

Option 3 – Bench inside an extended play area. 27%

124 responses in total.

The Parish Council will now open a dialogue with Wiltshire Council who own the land, to determine the way forward and understand any legal matters that will need to be addressed.

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Parish Profile 2022

The Parish Council is seeking residents’ views on updating the Parish Profile which was generated in 2013.

Are there any areas that you think need updating or do you think there new areas that need to be added?

If so, please send your views to the Parish Council using the contact us details on the website.

You can view the current page by clicking on “The Parish Council” and selecting Parish Profile from the drop-down menu

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Planning Application 6 Firs Road

The planning application for the development and provision of public open space on land at 6 Firs Road, has been updated.

The Parish Council encourages residents to provide their views to Wiltshire Council.

The consultation closes on 30/01/22. Details are here: