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Countryside Ranger Post  Castle Hill Country Park

River Bourne Community Farm CIC are recruiting for a Countryside Ranger on a two year Fixed Term Appointment.
Follow this Link for more details.

We currently have 79 volunteers who  between them deliver the 4,200 newsletters every two months, but are short due to residents moving and an increase in new houses.
We need volunteers to deliver newsletters in the areas below. Can you help?
Hampton Park -Drakes Close/Aldworth and Oldfield road area-58 to deliver.
Old Sarum -Roger Way/Henry Lane/Herman Way area-128 to deliver
Longhedge -Any help would be appreciated as the estate grows in size.
Do you have an Older Person’s Standard Wiltshire concessionary bus pass?
Information about the renewal of bus passes
From 01 January 2019, not all bus passes will be renewed automatically. This is because there are approximately 20,000 passes in circulation that have not been scanned on a bus prior to renewal, indicating that the pass has not been used. In these cases, the passes will not be automatically renewed.
If your pass is not automatically renewed but you would still like to receive one to use in the future, please contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100 and we can arrange for your new pass to be issued.
Wiltshire Council regrets that any charges which may occur on bus journeys are non-refundable.
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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.

The next monthly Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 18th February at River Bourne Community Farm 7pm
Residents are welcome to attend.

Old Sarum Airfield Planning Application Appeal
Resumption of Public Enquiry
The resumption of the public enquiry has been rescheduled for Wednesday 13th Feb.  The public are welcome to attend.
Part of Milford Mill Road to close from 2 January for 6 weeks

Milford Mill Road from the junction with Shady Bower to the junction with  Queen Manor Road is scheduled to close from 2 January through to 15 February. This is the continuation of the work to replace the  gas mains in the area by GSN. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible although delays can be expected.
The formal Temporary Traffic Regulation Order and the Indicative Plan can be view on these links.
Read the Parish Council response  on the consultation regarding the electoral boundaries for Wiltshire Council
Pcc Wants To Hear Your Feedback On Local Policing
"Would you be prepared to pay an extra two pounds a month for more police officers?"
That's the question being asked by Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson.
From today , Angus is looking for the views of Wiltshire residents on the proposed average increase of £24* a year to the policing precept.
The policing precept which is collected with your council tax, goes directly to the Police and Crime Commissioner where 98% is allocated to the Chief Constable and the remaining 2% to the PCCs office for commissioned services which includes supporting victims of crime and restorative justice.
Currently, the average Wiltshire household contributes £15.19 per month to local policing, but if residents and local businesses back the proposal then this would rise to £17.19 per month.
Angus said, "Last year, with resident's support, I promised to maintain frontline policing numbers after several years of seeing a decrease. I also pledged to continue investing in mobile technology allowing officers and staff to work in the community.
"This year, if you agree to this precept rise, I will recruit 41 more officers and 2 dedicated cyber-crime staff.
"Cyber-crime continues to be a growing risk in modern society and those who take advantage of the most vulnerable, using technology, are a very real threat.
"If the public supports my proposal, I will allocate funding to two dedicated cyber teams, one focusing on the despicable crime of child sexual exploitation and the other on fraud.
"There will also be a renewed focus on crime prevention using a range of tactics to target those who are likely to commit crime in future."
If the public backs the proposal then additional officers will be recruited to enhance proactive policing and crime prevention.
Angus added, "I've listened to the public when they've said they don't see the police enough, and community policing is an absolute priority for me.
"Some of these additional officers will be placed in response teams to ensure an enhanced focus on building stronger links with the communities Wiltshire Police serves and protects, and others within the cyber teams.
"It's always a difficult decision to increase the precept, but it is necessary if we want more police officers.
"The long distance between our communities puts added pressure on our resources, and I continue to lobby the Government to give Wiltshire a fairer amount of the national funding pot."
The consultation will run until 31st January 2019.

For more information on how to share your views, you can also email or use #AskAngusPCC on social media.

*The £2 a month increase relates to the average band D property. Any increase to the policing precept will be added to council tax bands proportionately. For example, a monthly increase of £1.33 for Band A and £4 for Band H.
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.
The next Parish Council  meeting will be held on Monday 21st January 2019 at Greentrees Junior School
Residents are welome to attend.
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.

Southern Wiltshire Area Board meetings

Thu 31st January  Southern Wiltshire Area Board Whiteparish Memorial Centre 7pm

Salisbury Area Board  (Bishopdown Farm) meetings
Thu 24th January  Salisbury Area Board Alamein Suite City Hall  7pm

 Tree Planting
Thank you to all who helped plant trees in our First World War Memorial Woodland at Castle Hill Country Park.
The woodland planting is now completed.
There will be more tree planting projects for our community orchards, wet woodland, edible hedges and wood pasture on the Country Park in 2019.

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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