Parish Council Vacancies

Two vacancies have arisen on the Parish Council.  The formal notices are attached. Please contact the Clerk for further information.

A303 repairs and closure

The A303 will be completely closed between Mere and the A350 overnight from 8pm to 6am on weekdays until 9th October. Diversions are signed, none of which direct traffic through the valley. The link to Highways England’s letter of explanation is given below. We have urged them to warn vehicles strongly to stick to official diversions (which do not include the Hindon Road) rather than taking short cuts.

A303 Willoughby Hedge surfacing work and Deverills underpass repairs

Covid-19


What you can and can’t do – updated on 14th September.


The Parish Council has also set up a community self-help arrangement to help see us all through the crisis. We are likely to need to maintain this extra level of support to each other for the foreseeable future, because this is not going to be a short-term challenge.

The purpose of this initiative is to help each other – not just the most vulnerable – because we all may need some sort of help over the next few months, even if we are lucky enough not to fall ill. The closure of some businesses, the disruption to shopping and services together with the partial closure of schools to some year groups is presenting people with all sorts of new difficulties. This is already a notably friendly and neighbourly place to live and between us we have an amazing collection of skills, talents and contacts. There is lot that we can do help each other not just survive but thrive through this strange spring and summer that lies ahead of us.

The kind of help we are thinking about ranges from making a phone call to a neighbour to dispel the isolation blues, to shopping and collecting prescriptions on behalf of those who find themselves needing to be isolated at home.

At the village level the coordinators are:

Kingston – Ted Flint: , 844507

Brixton – David Croot: , 840944

Monkton – Bridget Beattie: , 844884

If you are worried, or need any help, please do contact one of these coordinators.

Please keep looking out for each other!


Useful information

From the Government

From the NHS

From the Police

From Wiltshire Council

From Mere surgery

Luke Piper Art Exhibition 21-27 September

Local artist Luke Piper will be showing his Planet Paintings, painted during lockdown this year, at Penhill Barn from September 21st to 27th, from 11am to 3pm daily. Penhill barn is located on the valley road just outside Monkton Deverill heading towards the A350. The location code is Google Maps 4RH6+P8 or what3words heaven.nurses.bucket.

As John Piper’s grandson and Edward Piper’s son, Luke continues a long family artistic tradition. Email Luke to book a time slot:

 

Wiltshire Council Area Board Boundary Review

Following the Electoral Review of Wiltshire Council, Electoral Divisions for the May 2021 elections no longer align to the boundaries for the Council’s 18 Area Boards, which are based on Electoral Divisions. It has therefore been necessary to agree new Area Board boundaries for implementation in May 2021 so a set of proposals for Area Board boundaries has been drafted to be consulted upon.

The consultation will run from 10 September – 31 October 2020 on the Draft Recommendations of the Electoral Review Committee for Area Board boundaries to take effect for May 2021.

Online surveys have been prepared for people to respond to the proposals. The survey relating to Warminster Area Board is here.

Final Recommendations will be considered by Wiltshire Council on 24 November 2020.

Volunteers needed!

Your local Link Scheme needs you. Demand is growing and the scheme urgently needs new volunteers. Our local service is centered in Mere and covers all the Upper Deverills villages.

Dog Fouling

The vast majority of dog owners are caring, responsible individuals but there are still some who do not clean up after their pets. Whereas incidences of dog fouling on our roads and verges here in the Upper Deverills are few, there have been some recent reports of mess being left on private borders, driveways and […]

Dog walking in our countryside

Parish Council Meetings

Meetings are normally held in Upper Deverills Village Hall, Kingston Deverill. However, because of the restrictions imposed as a consequence of the Coronavirus situation, meetings will be held online until further notice. The agenda is published a week in advance. It can be accessed on the agenda and minutes page and it is posted on village notice boards.

Online meetings take exactly the same format as a conventional meeting but will use the Zoom web-based conferencing platform. Meetings will be controlled by the Chair, as usual, with the Clerk assisting with the technology. On a computer screen the individual Councillors and the Clerk will be seen and heard. Visitors who have been asked to contribute will also be seen and heard. Members of the public may, as usual, be ‘present’ having also joined the meeting via the web application. They will not be able to be heard, except when the Chair allows Public Question Time prior to the start of meeting-proper for no longer than the customary three minutes.

Instructions for joining meetings via Zoom are given on the agenda and can also be obtained from the Clerk: ; 01985 844385.