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withdrawn next month.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 Most of the trains withdrawn have been very busy and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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Download: How GP practices are working now FINAL[37] (699 KB)

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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Download: Stock up your medicine cabinet (3 MB)
30mph speed limit sign

SID ( Speed Indicator Device)

The information/data below and attached has been downloaded from the “NEW” permanent Speed Indicator sign in the village, it provides a useful guide to the average and excessive speed of vehicles traveling through Firsdown 

For the first 4 weeks, the incoming direction is towards the A30, and for the next 3 weeks until today (15th October 2021), the incoming is towards Great Croft.

The headlines are:

1.      Max (depending on direction) average speed is 28.61mph (slightly lower than for the other SID locations).

2.      Max speed is 64/71 mph depending on direction. We have seen similar speeds on the other SID. Our SID will detect vehicles as far as the farm gate position, around house 120 Firs Rd, in the A30 direction.

3.      There are some vehicles coming round the bend from Great Croft at over 60mph. Although this seems to be mostly evening time, on 16th Sept a vehicle was logged coming from the Great Croft direction at 65.52mph at 1346 in the afternoon.

4.      85% of vehicles are traveling under 33mph.

5.      Approximately 65 vehicles per hour pass the sign in either direction.


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Download: Firs Road SID 280821_151021 (881 KB)
grass silage harvest transport

Grass Cutting (Roman Road-BOAT)

Grass cutting in the field known as the BOAT/Roman Road has been delayed due to fuel shortages, but we are now hoping that the field will be cut in the two weeks following the 22nd of October, Winter hedge cutting is also being scheduled ( Hedge cutting season runs to the 28th February )


Firsdown Parish Council ( Picnic Bench )

Firsdown Parish Council would like to know your opinion regarding installing  a Picnic Bench in or on a newly extended part of the Children’s Play Area ( Park )

We would like you to click on the  link underneath and simply answer one of three questions

Please do take the time to answer our survey your response is important to us

Thank you

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Firsdown Parish Council ( Extra-Ordinary Planning Meeting ) Thursday 16th September

RE: 6 Firs Road Firsdown SP5 1SF: Consultation – PL/2021/07895

There will be an Extra-Ordinary Planning Meeting to be held at Winterslow Village Hall

Below is a link to the relevant planning page – click on the Documents tab for the full suite of documents

The meeting is in the Main Hall from 19:00 – 21:00, “All Are Welcome”



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Download: Agenda Ex Ord Sept 2021 (116 KB) Download: DRAFT Ex Ord FPC Minutes Sept 2021 (83 KB) Download: Appendix to EX Ord FPC Minutes Sept 2021 (202 KB)

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Firsdown Parish COuncil

We need a new Parish Councillor —could you be the one?
YOU could help keep Firsdown Parish a vibrant, good place to live.
YOU could be in at the ‘grass roots’ helping make things happen.
YOU could get views about local issues brought to the attention of the powers that be.
You need to give up just six evenings per year – in return, you will receive the satisfaction of helping our community.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and a British subject or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union and must satisfy at least one of the following:
• be a local government elector for the Parish of Idmiston.
• have, during the whole of the previous 12 months, occupied land, or other property in the parish, either as owner or tenant
• have, during the whole of the previous 12 months, had your principal or only place of work in the parish.
• have resided in the parish during the whole of the previous 12 months.
The Parish Council normally meets on the first Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 7.15 pm in Winterslow Village Hall

See attached documents for more information


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Download: Gen Haig We need you Firsdown Election notice July 2021 (114 KB) Download: APPROVED Co-Option policy July 2021 (163 KB) Download: APPROVED Co-option person spec and application July 2021 (109 KB)

Are you interested in becoming a Community Journalist?


Is looking to build a team of community journalists – could this include you?

There is no requirement for experience, they can help with any skills and equipment you may need. All you require is an interest in what is happening locally around you and a willingness to learn.


They will be running regular workshops for everything involved including:

  • Web Publishing and Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • MS Office 365 (Work, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Writing for Journalism
  • Legal workshops
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Lighting
  • Audio Recording
  • Video/Audio Editing
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Social Media

We are looking for people interested in reporting on the following topics:

  • News
  • Sport
  • Entertainment & Arts
  • Local History
  • Lifestyle
  • Opinion

If you are interested in finding out more, please go to or email


fire engine

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are looking to partner with individuals and organisations who are in contact with or visit vulnerable people across Wiltshire to provide referrals into our Safe and Well Teams. The attached leaflet sets out why referrals are important to DWFRS, some risk factors to look out for, and how to make a referral to us. Early intervention with at-risk vulnerable people allows us to prevent fire deaths and serious injuries caused by fire.

Our Safe and Well Visits are completely free of charge. We supply and install free smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide alarms. We also provide fire retardant bedding, spray, extension leads, heater loans, arson-proof letterboxes, and deaf alerts where required.  We have several resources on our website and the following links provide some more information on what a Safe and Well Visit is together with the option to make a referral.


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Download: SnW CHARLIE A5 4 Page Leaflet Jun21 WEB (2 MB)