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Road Closure 5th September – 28th October 2022

From Monday 5 September, the MOD section of Winterslow Road that crosses Porton Down Ranges will be closed to all traffic from the junction of the A30 to Blackbarn Road between the hours 10:00 to 15:00.

The road will be closed Monday to Friday (inclusive), until (and including) Friday 28 October. It will not be closed at weekends

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Pitton Community Shop-Update

Pitton Community Shop – update

During March and April the Pitton Community Shop Steering Group organised a community survey and held two public meetings to review the potential for the creation of a community shop in Pitton. The group promised to keep everybody in touch with the survey results and any ongoing plans.

We are pleased to announce we received an overwhelming positive response to keeping a shop in Pitton village.

The main details from the survey results are shown below:
 167 households responded, representing 343 people. The response rate for Pitton was 64%.
 156 felt that it was important to have a village shop in Pitton.
 139 felt it was very important to have a Post Office in Pitton.
 Pitton residents said they were more likely to use the shop more frequently (daily or 2-3 times a week).
 As expected, Firsdown and Farley residents were more likely to use the shop once a fortnight or occasionally.
 97 said they would use the shop on both weekdays and weekends.
 Opening hours between 8am and 6pm were the most popular.
 The most popular products to sell were newspapers/magazines, greeting cards/wrapping and local produce – followed by bakery, meat and dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables. Several commented that a modern farm shop style, well-stocked with fresh produce, would encourage them to shop more locally.
 Postal services were seen as by far the most important service followed by prescription collection. 76 gave support for a tearoom and coffee shop.
 Most people surveyed do not have regular food deliveries to their homes. However, there was little difference in the level of importance placed on the shop and post office between those who had deliveries and those who did not. This suggests that deliveries do not remove the need for local convenience shopping.
 Most respondents travel into Salisbury for their main weekly shop so the average round trip for a main weekly shop was 11.6 miles. Some cited supermarkets for convenience shopping, while others mentioned the One-Stop at Laverstock, the Winterslow shop or the BP garage – with an average round trip of 7.7 miles.
 62 expressed an interest in buying shares and 61 in volunteering in the shop. People also offered to make donations, help with fundraising and/or provide a loan.
 10 offered to provide professional advice or services and/or to join the steering group.
 The age range within households reflects the village demographic. There was good support for the project across the age ranges with a similar number of responses from adults over 65 (151) and adults under 65 (158).

We are now moving forward to create a legal entity which will be a Community Benefit Society. The initial committee members of the CBS will be the existing Steering Group members who will be responsible for reviewing potential locations and for developing a business plan detailing the funding, share offer, establishment and operational plans for the shop.
We will then hold a public meeting, around late summer/early Autumn, at which the business plan, location, funding requirements and details of the share offer will be presented for discussion.
This will be followed by a share offer. Then the members of the management committee of the CBS (or board of directors) will be elected at an AGM attended by those who have purchased shares. An important factor in the rules of a CBS is that voting is based on one vote per shareholder i.e. votes are not counted by number of shares held.
If you would like a copy of the full survey results please contact Brian at .
Please address any other questions to any member of the Steering Group being; Brian Cudby, Ken Howard, Rachel Morrison, Lorna Taylor, Cliff Whitley and Lyn Whitley.
Pitton Community Shop Steering Group – May 2022

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Notice of Vacancy Firsdown Parish Council

MAKE A CHANGE BECOME A COUNCILLOR

Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for election. Make a change and become a councillor.

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Download: Notice of Vacancy_Firsdown_20_May_2022 (111 KB) Download: Election Request Form (14 KB)
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NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL PARISH (ELECTORS) MEETING

TO THE PARISHIONERS AND COUNCILLORS OF FIRSDOWN
You are cordially invited to attend Winterslow Village Hall on
WEDNESDAY 4th MAY 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

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Download: Notice & Agenda for Annual PM meeting May 2022 (21 KB)
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Pitton Community Shop

Two public meetings to discuss the plans for a community shop in Pitton have been held.

The slides from these meetings are available for download,attached

It is not too late to complete the survey which has been provided to each household in Firsdown. The closing date is the 5th of April and returns instructions are on the survey. If anyone needs an additional survey, please contact Firsdown Parish Council.

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Download: Pitton Community Shop v1 (2 MB)
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Recycling collections to resume from 21 March

Recycling collections to resume from 21 March

Hills Municipal Collections and GMB Union have confirmed they have reached an agreement, which means the waste collection strike has now concluded with immediate effect, and our recycling collections will resume next week.

Our contractor Hills Municipal Collections has confirmed those workers that were on strike will return to work on Friday 18 March. Therefore, our kerbside recycling collections will resume as normal from Monday 21 March.

Please put your blue-lidded bins and black boxes out on your scheduled day from Monday 21 March. Due to the recent disruption there may still be slight delays to the collection due to the higher volumes of materials we expect, so if your recycling containers aren’t emptied on your scheduled day please leave them out, and they will be collected as soon as possible.

You will still be able to leave additional recycling that has mounted up during the disruption; please leave any additional recycling materials in non-black bags or containers (such as plastic crates) next to the recycling bins and the crews will collect them.

Hills Municipal Collections and GMB Union have confirmed they have reached an agreement, which means the waste collection strike has now concluded with immediate effect, and our recycling collections will resume next week.

Our contractor Hills Municipal Collections has confirmed those workers that were on strike will return to work on Friday 18 March. Therefore, our kerbside recycling collections will resume as normal from Monday 21 March.

Please put your blue-lidded bins and black boxes out on your scheduled day from Monday 21 March. Due to the recent disruption there may still be slight delays to the collection due to the higher volumes of materials we expect, so if your recycling containers aren’t emptied on your scheduled day please leave them out, and they will be collected as soon as possible.

You will still be able to leave additional recycling that has mounted up during the disruption; please leave any additional recycling materials in non-black bags or containers (such as plastic crates) next to the recycling bins and the crews will collect them.

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Update on disruption to waste services: recycling collections suspension extended

Due to further industrial action confirmed by the GMB Union, we have made the difficult decision to extend our suspension of recycling collection services until the week of 4 April. This does not affect household waste or garden waste collections, which will continue.

The GMB Union, which is in dispute with our contractor Hills Municipal Collections, has confirmed they will be striking until at least 2 April.

This means that recycling collection services won’t resume until the week of 4 April, and not the previously stated 21 March. Please do not put your blue lidded bins and black boxes out until your next collection day from 4 April onwards.

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Winterslow LINK desperately need a volunteer Coordinator

The Winterslow Area LINK Scheme, in common with all the Wiltshire LINK schemes, is a locally run good neighbour service.  The actual area covered by our scheme includes the villages of Firsdown, Pitton, Farley, Lopcombe Corner and the Winterslows.

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Download: Co-ordinator Job Spec 2022.02 (3) (1) (16 KB)
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Crime Stoppers Community Ambassadors Programme

The Community Ambassadors Programme is designed to increase awareness of Crimestoppers
through partnerships with businesses, public authorities, charities, and other agencies. Acting
as our Ambassadors, they enable us to spread the word about how we can help protect the people,
places, and communities that matter to you.

Crimestoppers is an independent
charity helping communities
to ‘Speak up. Stay safe.’

 

More Information attached

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Download: Community Ambassadors Leaflet (2 MB)
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Important waste industrial action update: temporary suspension of recycling services

Information from Wiltshire Council

Some Hills Municipal Collection workers are currently taking strike action, and this is due to continue until 18 March.

As a result, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend mixed dry recycling (blue-lidded bin) and glass (black box) collections between 7 and 18 March. If you have already put out your blue-lidded bin and black box for collection, please take them back in until your next scheduled collection date.

We will collect additional recycling on or after 21 March, in your blue-lidded bin and black box. Alternatively, you can take waste that will not fit in your bin to any of our household recycling centres.

Put your household waste and garden waste bins out on your scheduled collection day.

Please note: this change does not affect your general household waste or garden waste collections. During the industrial action period please continue to put your household and garden waste bins out by 7am on your scheduled collection day. If you’re not sure what day your collections are, visit the calendar page on our website and enter your postcode. If a household or garden waste bin is not emptied as scheduled, please leave it out and it will be emptied the following day, where possible.