Potential Travel Disruption: Milford Mill Rd closed for 6 weeks from 3rd April.
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Temporary Closure of: C336 (Part) Witherington Road / Barford Lane, Aldberbury and Downton (Ref: TTRO 5184)
Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic: C336 (Part) Witherington Road / Barford Lane, Alderbury and Downton; from its junction with Tunnel Hill to its junction with B3080 High Street / Lode Hill. To enable: Eurovia to undertake works for carriageway resurfacing, surface dressing and road markings.
Alternative route: via Shute End – Southampton Road – A36 – A338 – B3080 The Borough / High Street and vice versa. The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. This Order will come into operation on 6 March 2018 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required until 8 March 2018.
It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.
The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months. For further information please contact Steve Hawkins (Eurovia) on 07834503477. Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
- New mobile library visits to Alderbury. Click here for details.
ALDERBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Caring for Alderbury and Whaddon
As I write this article with more snowfall due, I hope that by the time you read this the weather forecast is much more optimistic about the spring weather arriving, bringing with it warmer temperatures and some sunshine!
March meeting – key themes:
- · Village Maintenance
- · Two new pieces of play equipment at the Recreation Ground
- · Great British Spring Clean up
- · Allotments available
- · ‘Fun in the Sun’ dates for this summer
The speed of traffic travelling along Southampton Road continues to be a concern for a number of residents. To help combat this, the parish council has joined an initiative run by the Southern Area Board to have a ‘speed indicator device’ (SID) put up in various locations in the village several times a year, on a rota with other local parishes. Most recently the device was up for less than a day and was tampered with to prevent it from working. This is the second time that this has occurred and it has been reported to the local police team as criminal damage. If you see anyone tampering with this, or any other equipment within the village, please report it via 101 to the police.
Following the recent snowfall, the levels of grit in each of the bins around the village has been reviewed by a councillor and arrangements will be made to replenish them.
We have been notified by Wiltshire Council that the parish steward will not be working in the parishes for the next few weeks, as he will be helping to fill potholes which have either been created, or even made worse by the recent weather.
Two new pieces of play equipment at the Recreation Ground
Thank you to all of the residents who responded to our request for feedback, either directly to me or via the Alderbury residents facebook page. Out of the options given, a zip wire was the favourite, followed by a basket swing. At the March parish council meeting, cllrs decided that both of these pieces of equipment will be installed at the Recreation Ground, together with new wet pour surfacing to match in with the existing equipment.
Great British Spring Clean Up
Unfortunately this event had to be postponed due to the recent snow. At the March meeting Cllrs agreed to rearrange it to Saturday 24th March and those who had kindly volunteered to help, would be contacted to see if they could help on the new date.
Allotments available at the Southampton Road site
There is still some availability for allotments at the Southampton Road allotment site. If you are interested in having an allotment and would like to find out more information and arrange a viewing, please contact me as a first step.
Free ‘Fun in the Sun’ sessions for children aged 5 – 11 years old – again this year!
These sessions, which have been very well attended in recent years, will be held again this year at the Recreation Ground in Alderbury during the summer holidays. The sessions which are ‘free’, are run by qualified coaches for primary school aged children and will include a range of sports. The four sessions will take place from 12.30 – 2.00pm on Tuesday 31st July, Tuesday 7th August, Tuesday 14th August and Tuesday 21st August. The sessions will still take place even if the weather is against us, as they will be held in the village hall.
Future Parish Council meeting dates for 2018 (7.30pm, St. Marys Hall, Whaddon):-
Annual Parish Meeting - This year there will be an opportunity to have a display table for village clubs and organisations to promote what they do, to encourage residents to get involved. If you would like to have a display, please contact me by Tuesday 1st May so that I can make the necessary arrangements. Together with short reports from the parish council and unitary councillor, Richard Britton, there will be a presentation by the Fire and Rescue service this year. Alderbury is outside of the ’10 minute’ response time from Salisbury station and the service will remind us what we can do to help protect ourselves and our properties.
We currently have a vacancy for a new parish councillor to join us. If you would be interested in getting more involved and helping with new projects and initiatives as part of the parish council, please let me know. It may be useful to attend a meeting to see how they run and what types of themes are discussed. Have your say on local issues!
Alison McGowan, Parish Clerk
News from Wiltshire Council…….
* Mobile library visits to Alderbury (from 12th February 2018) *
Eyres Drive every 4 weeks on Thursdays 10am – 10.20am
Alderbury and West Grimstead Primary School, Firs Road every 4 weeks on Thursday 1.45 – 2.20pm
Village Hall every 2 weeks on Saturdays 9.30 – 11.00am
Introduction of proof of address scheme at Wiltshire’s household recycling centres.
From 9th April 2018, residents visiting the sites may be asked to provide a proof of address in order to use the household recycling centre. This must show that the visitor lives in Wiltshire as these sites are funded by Wiltshire Council for residents to deposit household waste.
Acceptable examples of identification include (digital versions are acceptable):
· Driving Licence
· Council tax bill
· Utility bill
· Van or large trailer permit if you are visiting the site in this type of vehicle.
False claims of Telephone Preference Service:
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.
- There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
- You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
- Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Alison McGowan, Parish Clerk
About our Village
Alderbury & Whaddon benefit from schools, a Village hall and social club, two rural pubs, a police station, a church, a post office and a village store. There is a working village forge, which continues to this day, although others nearby have gone.
Alderbury & Whaddon are two small adjacent villages lying on a hill in beautiful unspoilt countryside three miles to the south-east of Salisbury, in the southern tip of Wiltshire. With a population of about 2,000, this quiet rural backwater belies a thriving and long-standing community with a strong sense of identity. There are a number of footpaths around our villages, please click here to download a map of the local designated footpaths.