Potterne Parish Council – report from the Parish Clerk (published in the March Parish Magazine)

You will see elsewhere in this magazine, that the Parish Council are advertising for a Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer. This is because after 3 years in post, I have decided to step down in order to spend more time with my family, especially my 1-year old granddaughter. If anyone thinks they may be interested in the role and would like more information, then please contact me.

At the last meeting of the Parish Council held on 5 February, Cllr Hunt-Grubbe reported on the January meeting of Devizes Area Board. The full minutes of that meeting can be found on the Wiltshire Council website (bit.ly/2P4wo4M) but some of the highlights are:

  • A video was shown to the meeting regarding the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner precept consultation. Under the current formula, Wiltshire Police have the third lowest funding per head of population in England and Wales (later in the February Parish Council meeting, Cllr Cuthbert reported that the policing element of the council tax will go up by £10 per year for the average band D property).
  • Wiltshire Council are changing the way they collected waste, moving to comingled collection for recycling. Under the new system, glass and textiles will still go in the black box and anything else recyclable will go in the blue lidded bin.
  • Warm and Safe Wiltshire provide free phone-based energy advice and support, home visits and the fitting of simple energy saving measures and funding for home improvements (if eligible).
  • During a report on the climate emergency and Wiltshire Council, it was noted that Friends of the Earth had found Wiltshire Council to be the best performing local authority in England and Wales, however there were still many improvements to be made.

In addition to the above, Cllr Cuthbert reported that Devizes Area Board have awarded grants for Potterne: £2,700 for the Youth Club Worker and £2,500 for the Pop-Up Youth Café. The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have updated on the time frame for the new health centre – work is likely to start in the first or second quarter of 2021.

Our new MP Danny Kruger has given his maiden speech in parliament and this can be found on his website (http://bit.ly/2SRBu5x).

Cllr Mann updated the meeting on the traffic calming proposals submitted to Wiltshire Council. The suggested changes to speed limits in the village are not being progressed at the moment but we do have approval to proceed with Speed Indicator Devices (SIDS) and village gates. We are meeting with Wiltshire Council to decide on the best locations and we have already agreed to contribute £10,000 toward cost of traffic calming. The Parish Council will continue to negotiate with Wiltshire Council on the traffic calming issues and are also looking at pedestrian safety, protection of Porch House and safety at the A360/Potterne Wick Junction.

One planning application was considered (20/00738/VAR – a variation to the conditions to the original application for the development of the land rear of 57 Highlands) to which the council had no objections. It was noted that the application for 12 High Street (19/11234/FUL) was approved with conditions by Wiltshire Council.

The spate of recent bad weather has caused various problems with fallen trees, flooding, mud of roads and potholes – to name just a few. Did you know that all these of these issues can be reported online to Wiltshire Council? Simply google MyWiltshire or go to: bit.ly/2UW4vzP.

The Parish Council are still considering which assets in the village should be nominated as “Assets of Community Value”. Communities can ask Wiltshire Council to list certain assets as being of value to the community. If an asset is listed and then comes up for sale, the right gives communities that want it 6 months to put together a bid to buy it. This gives communities an increased chance to save much loved shops, pubs or other local facilities. Parish councils or local community groups can nominate both privately and publicly owned assets which meet the definition of being an Asset of Community Value. Further information can be found on the Wiltshire Council website: bit.ly/2SMZpTO

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 4 March 2020, 7.30pm in Potterne Village Hall.

Meetings of the Parish Council usually take place on the first Wednesday of the month. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings and can speak on any of the items on the agenda during the ‘Open Session’. If you would like to be included on the mailing list for the agenda and minutes, please complete a consent form (this gives us permission to store your personal details) available on our website (bit.ly/39LAZkf) or email the Clerk.

Agendas and minutes to all Parish Council meetings can be found our website: www.potterne.info

Liz Starling – Clerk to the Parish Council

clerk@potterne.info  01380 725658



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