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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:

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Speed Indicator Device ( Top of Firs Road ) December 2021

Data Retrieved from the sign between 4th and 16th December 2021

The graph below shows the average speeds over a 12 day period

Incoming represents cars from the A30 driving into Firsdown

Outgoing is leaving Firsdown toward the A30







Average speed (mph)



Max recorded speed (mph)



Total vehicles during the period



The speed at which 85% of vehicles were traveling below (mph)





Christmas waste and recycling collections and Household Recycling Centre opening times

Waste and recycling collection dates will not change over the Christmas and New Year period, as waste collection crews will be working as normal on Bank Holidays Monday 27 December, Tuesday 28 December 2021, and Monday 3 January 2022.

Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks over the festive period. The last collections will take place on Friday 24 December and they will restart on Monday 10 January 2022.

Residents can check their waste, recycling and garden waste collection online at
Waste collection calendar – Wiltshire Council.

Household recycling centres

Household recycling centre (HRC) opening times and dates will change over the Christmas and New Year period and residents are advised to check online before visiting: Household recycling centres (HRCs) – Wiltshire Council.

HRCs that normally open on Fridays will be open on Christmas Eve, 24 December, from 10am but will close at 1pm.

All HRCs will be closed on Saturday 25 December, Sunday 26 December and Saturday 1 January 2022.

Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days.


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CTSW-Community Transport South Wiltshire

CTSW is an established Salisbury charity that focuses on providing door-to-door transport for people who would otherwise find it difficult to get out and about.

A huge factor in reducing the quality of life for elderly and disabled people is not being able to get around. Many cannot afford taxis or reach buses and have no other means of transport available.

CTSW provides a lifeline and helps relieve the loneliness and isolation of those unable to get out and about from their homes. CTSW makes it possible for them to do the things that most of us take for granted, trips to the shops, an appointment at the hairdressers, the doctors or simply visiting family and friends.
Without CTSW, many people would be confined to their homes. The majority of people we help are elderly, frail, or disabled, we always endeavor to help anyone in genuine need.

CTSW operates a variety of scheduled ‘Shopper Bus’ routes, within Salisbury and surrounding rural areas, no route is the same each day. Most routes are weekly.

All our services are personalised, we collect you from your home, help you on the bus and make sure you are secure in your seat.

For more information refer to the attached leaflet or contact details are listed below

If you are interested in using our Shopper
Buses or any other service we provide,
pick up the phone and speak to one of our friendly staff who will be pleased to discuss your needs.
Call CTSW on 01722 414 566


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Download: CTSW - 2. Shopper Leaflet v4 (1 MB)

Wiltshire Public Transport Cuts, December 2021

Through trains from London to Trowbridge and Bradford-on-Avon are being
withdrawn next month. The direct service to Warminster is being reduced to
just one a day. Other service reductions by both South Western Railway and
Great Western Railway next month effect Tisbury, Grateley, Salisbury, Dilton
Marsh and Westbury. Most of the trains withdrawn have been very busy and
offer through journey opportunities, journey time choices and crowd-busting
capacity into Clapham Junction and Waterloo, into Bath Spa and Bristol, and
on journeys within the county. For example, seven services are lost from
Salisbury to Warminster and on via Westbury, each day.

There has been no consultation on the changes. and a strong letter of
protest has been sent formally by Wiltshire Council amongst many other
complainants, who see this as a perverse step. It’s an odd thing to do at a
time when people should be encouraged to use greener public transport in
lieu of private cars where appropriate. With Wiltshire’s Bus Service
Improvement Plan looking to improve connections from the buses (which
provide a lifeline in many of our parishes) into our trains, it’s not much
good if the trains people want are not there!

If this affects you even at this 11th hour please write to your MP. There is
a template letter at .

There is also, a petition running at  We have over 6,000
signatures already and the depth of feeling is being noticed.

We only found out about the cuts from deep inside a document from another
area, about plans for 2023 which said services from our area would be gone
by then and were not up for discussion! A Freedom of Information answered
last month, last month shows an internal decision on minimal data and has
large sections redacted.  They would appear to refer to other services under
the threat, but we don’t know which they are. Whilst there ARE services that
could cease to run, it would be a dangerous precedent to allow them to go
without local input – so even if you and your parish are not directly
affected by this current cut, please consider signing to help us avoid an
easy precedent being set for the culling of train and bus services at the
behest of “Whitehall”.

There’s much more information available online at
and an up-to-date (well, yesterday!) summary at .

And, thank you, for giving this matter your attention.

* Co-ordinating on behalf of six rail user groups
* Vice Chair Melksham Transport User Group


Information on how your GP practice is working now

Your GP practice has been open throughout the pandemic with everyone working hard to continue to
provide services.

Attached is a leaflet providing you with more information on how GP Practices are working today


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Suggestions for your Medicine Cabinet

Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?
Painkillers Rehydration Salts? take a look at the attached leaflet for more information


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