BT has delayed the rollout of Digital Voice – their new home phone service that is delivered solely over the broadband network. They had planned to switch off the analogue network in December 2025. They now say that they “underestimated the disruptive impact the upgrade would have on some of our customers. With hindsight, we went too early. We recognise that we have more work to do on getting back-up solutions in place when things disrupt the service like storms and power cuts. We got this part of the programme wrong and we are sorry”. See here for full details. This link may also be of help.
The Parish Council has been calling for such a re-think for some time and we are glad that this has happened. However, BT were trialling the system in two places, one of which was Salisbury – which included customers in Brixton Deverill, who have already been switched over. We have asked for clarity of their situation in the light of this pause in the programme, particularly in the event of a power cut. We are also pressing government and providers for a workable mobile network, which this development will call for.
Living in a place of great natural beauty, we are very fortunate to share the valley and the surrounding downs with a rich variety of flora and fauna, some of which are scarce elsewhere. In January a number of folk got together to form the Upper Deverills Wildlife and Conservation Group. Its purpose is to share a love of nature and take practical action to study, conserve and rebuild natural habitats and reverse the current frightening decline in species.
For all the details see Wildlife and Conservation Group.
The Village Hall page on this site has been refreshed and updated with information and a list of events. See here or under the Village Hall tab on the main menu.
Wiltshire Council has now published its Climate Strategy: Wiltshire Climate Strategy
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has now been purchased with Parish Council funds. It will be positioned on the outside of the Village Hall, whose committee will take responsibility for it, and will be in place by the end of the month.
The household waste collection days for nearly all Wiltshire properties will change from Monday 28 February, as Wiltshire Council seeks to make the rounds more efficient.
This change will only affect the general household waste collections – there is no change to recycling or garden waste collections, which will still take place on their usual day for all residents.
To help residents with the change, every household will receive a personalised information letter that explains how their collection day will change and what they need to do. They’ll also have a hanger label placed on their general household waste bin on their last collection under the old schedule that will give them more information. Letters will start landing on doormats from 31 January and during the following two weeks, while people will start to see the hangers on their household waste bins from 14 February.
Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Waste, said:
Changing the waste collection day for nearly every household in Wiltshire will enable us to make our rounds more efficient, help reduce our carbon emissions and save more than £1.5m over the next five years.
While we’re making these savings, our waste contractors, Hills, will maintain the current number of collections staff, as there are a number of vacant positions that will now not be filled.
This change only affects what we call residual waste, which is essentially the general household rubbish bins, and not the recycling or garden waste collections – these collection days will stay the same across the county.
From 31 January and for the following two weeks, all households will receive a letter that explains the changes and details their new collection day, so people don’t need to do anything until they receive their letter.
We look forward to these new rounds helping to reduce our carbon emissions and deliver value for our residents.
To find out more about waste collections, people should go to: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/waste