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Wiltshire Council advice and information about Coronavirus

Please be aware of the following restrictions whilst using the boardwalk, at the beautiful Whitebridge Spinney in Laverstock.  There is no cycling permitted on any part of the boardwalk, dogs should be on leads and please clean up after your dog, as you should in any public area.  We are trying our best to avoid too many signs in such a lovely rural setting, but may have no choice following numerous complaints of cyclists and dog fouling.  It’s a beautiful spot - please respect it and look after it.
Laverstock Village Hall
Due to the Coronavirus epidemic we are following Government directives and, as such, the Village Hall  is now closed until further notice.
Long term flood risk assessment for locations in England
Use this service to find out:

  • the probability that a location will flood
  • the possible causes of flooding
  • where to find advice on managing flood risk
Old Sarum & Longhedge Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Update.

How to join
LFPC Privacy Notice
The Council encourages applications from local community based, ‘not for profit’ or charitable organisations  e.g. voluntary groups, societies, clubs (including new start-ups), sports clubs, youth clubs, playgroups, and community projects.
Note: The application form is in Word Document format and will be downloaded to your download folder.

See the Old Sarum Community Website and newsletter  here.
What to do in case of flood?
Click here.
In spite of the lockdown, which has resulted in the cancellation of the last three Council meetings, the business of the Council has continued. All major decisions of the Council have been made by an email vote and duly recorded.
A table of these decisions can be viewed here.
If any member of the public would like more information please contact the Parish Clerk.
Parish Newsletter May/June
The current lock-down regulations prevent our volunteers delivering a printed copy of your newsletter.
A Special Community Issue is on-line below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Council Tax & COVID-19

To support people as much as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the council has confirmed that no resident or business in Wiltshire will have to pay council tax or business rates until June 2020 if they are struggling.

Any resident wishing to defer paying their council tax in April and May 2020 can contact the council and this will be arranged. Those payments will then be taken in February and March 2021 instead, as council tax is normally only collected over the first ten months of the financial year.

People should call 0300 456 0109 or email to request the deferral – these will be taken at face value and there will be no vetting of anyone wishing to defer payments for April and May 2020.

For those who choose to defer, payments will resume in June 2020 and will be taken over the 10 months from June 2020 to March 2021. For those that pay annually, they can still do so at Those that make manual payments can also continue to do this if they wish, but they will need to contact the council if they want the April and May payment break.
Working age residents who benefit from the current Council Tax Support Scheme will receive an additional reduction to their bill in line with the government’s hardship fund criteria. Those households eligible for this reduction will automatically be re-billed.
Parish Meetings have been cancelled due to the current health warnings.
Revised meeting dates will appear here when the situation has improved.
Our Parish Plan outlined the need for the following action:
"The Parish Council will continue to secure representation from the four              communities and will seek further ways to improve its association with them for example by rotating  the venue of Parish meetings."

Future Parish Council meetings will be held at Old Sarum         Community Centre, Hampton Park (Greentrees School) and Laverstock  at River Bourne Community Farm on a rolling programmed basis.

Residents can address the council with any concerns for up to 3  minutes before the meeting proper starts.
Details of meetings and agenda are to be found on our

Planning Applications

The PC is providing a table which lists the Planning Applications that have been referred to the Parish Council for their opinion. Applications are generally considered by a team of three
Councillors, but may occasionally be referred to the whole Council. Full details may be viewed on the Wiltshire Council website.
The RESPONSE is the view of the Parish Council and will be considered, along with other consultations, by Wiltshire Council, who will make the decision.

Area Boards

Giving power back to the people
What is an Area Board?

The Area Boards are a new way of working to bring local decision making back into the heart of the community. They are a formal part of Wiltshire Council that try to find solutions for local issues such as road repairs, traffic problems and speeding in villages, litter, facilities for young people and affordable housing.

People who work with the 18 Area Boards include councillors, community area managers, democratic service officers together with one member of the council’s top decision making committee, the cabinet. It also includes the local NHS, fire and emergency services, police, town and parish councils, community area partnerships and many other groups.

By working in partnership with local communities, the council can achieve so much more than it ever could on its own. We hope this will lead to better services, better communities and a better quality of life for everyone in Wiltshire.
Area Board meetings have been cancelled for the time being.

Details of future meetings will be shown here when known.

Application for a chemist at Old Sarum has been rejected on appeal.

You will see that the application has been refused at appeal. That should make Boots, Lloyds, Rowlands etc very happy. But not the residents of Old Sarum and Longhedge.

Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus
Click here for details

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Government advice for

Advice on small business COVID-19 related grants is available here
List of Newsletter Advertisers

Laverstock and Ford Parish Council regrets that, in accordance with Government instructions, all Play Areas are now closed, from 24th March 2020 until further notice.
Play Area Equipment is not sanitised and will not be inspected for safety for the duration of the closure. Laverstock and Ford Parish Council will not accept liability for anyone who accesses the Playground.
For further information or to report any issues, please see contact details on the main signs.

Local Trails
See the  trail guides for Laverstock, Hampton Park and Old Sarum.  
Enjoyable local country walks.

St Andrew's Church
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