Garden Waste Collections January 2018

Garden waste collections resume next week, but will be one day later than normal, with a catch up collection on Saturday 13 January.  All collections will return to normal on Monday 15 January 2018.


Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collections

Merry Christmas


There will be no waste or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Your revised collection days will be on:

Household waste: Saturday 6 January.

Black box recycling: Saturday 30 December and Friday 12 January.

Plastic bottle and cardboard recycling: Saturday 30 December and Friday 12 January.

Garden waste: Friday 12 January.

Household waste and recycling collection days will return to normal from Monday 15 January 2018

Garden waste collections will be suspended from Monday 25 December and restart week commencing Monday 8 January 2018. Garden waste collections will be one day later than normal during this week.

You can leave your real Christmas tree alongside your garden waste bin for collection on your first garden waste collection day in January, Wiltshire Council will ensure it is composted.

Household recycling centre opening hours
All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 December, 26 December and 1 January. Check the opening hours of your local centre. 

Firsdown Children’s Play Area

“The Parish Council is considering the replacement of the Roundabout in the Play Area which some have commented is unwieldy and outdated.

  Before doing so we would like to hear comments from Residents particularly those with young children. There will need to be budgetary considerations but your comments will be very much welcomed”


Christmas Winterslow Village Hall

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th December

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Friday 8th at 7:45 pm and Saturday 9th December at 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday 10th December

Winterslow Churches together Carol Service 3 pm


Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

If you want to escape the Christmas rush for a few minutes Firsdown PC  would love to see you at the next meeting December 6th 6:45 pm for Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

A30 London Road ( Winterslow Road East ) Closure

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 18 December 2017, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Tarmac to carry out carriageway reconstruction and associated works.
A30 London Road (part), Winterslow; from its junction with Winterslow Road East to A30 for a distance of approximately 100m in a westerly direction.

See attachments for more details and alternative route


Total Attachments: 2

Download: A30 London Road diversion map (2 MB)


Download: TTRN A30 London Road (part), Winterslow (184 KB)


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; or

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


Total Attachments: 1

Download: Notification Letter (200 KB)

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. “