Parish Council Elections – your chance to be part of the Team

Do you want to make a difference in Holt…?

…….. then here is your opportunity – parish council elections take place on May 4th – there are a number of vacancies to be filled.

Why do it?

Because you can contribute something positive to your village. You can make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our community.  Although Wiltshire Council provides most of the principal services (e.g. education and highways), parish councils, like Holt, can provide local services – from community centres to festivals, and allotments to playgrounds. The job of the parish council is to represent the interests of the whole community, whilst at the same time being seen to provide value for money. We are about to implement the Holt Neighbourhood Plan addressing, in particular, the traffic and parking issues in the village. Understanding and balancing the needs of different groups is an important part of the role of a councilor.

What’s involved?

The council meets monthly (except August & December) – meetings are on Thursday evenings in the Village Hall – an agenda and any reading material is issued in advance. For those who have the time, there are opportunities to be on smaller working groups, being involved with issues such as planning, finance, traffic or village facilities.

Am I the right sort of person?

Almost certainly – yes! No special skills are needed. Essentially you need to be open, honest and objective. Diversity is important – we need men and women with differing backgrounds, interests, ages and attitudes.  Some people work with ideas, while others are very practical, and some prefer administration. Holt Parish Council needs a range of skills to work as a team.

If you think you might be interested, but aren’t sure, please contact Andrew Pearce on 783422 to talk it over. To stand for election, you will need to complete a nomination form, available from Jennie Beale, (clerk@holtparishcouncil.gov.uk; 783029). Forms need to be returned to Wiltshire Council no later than April 4th.

Cheaper rate for swimming at BOA Pool for 13-18 year olds

Swimming for £1.50 for 13-18 year olds
Young people from the Bradford On Avon community area can access the swimming pool at Bradford On Avon at the cheaper rate on Fridays 3.30pm – 5pm and Saturdays 2.15pm – 5pm starting February 20th 2017.
Bradford on Avon Area Board has funded the swimming pool to enable 13-18 year olds to swim at a cheaper rate for a period of time.
Turn up at the swimming pool at the designated time and sign in at reception.
Free Swimming is still accessible during half term and the summer holidays.

Holt Neighbourhood Plan update

Wiltshire Council have taken the decision pursuant to Section 38A(4) of the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act, 2004, to ‘make’ the Holt Neighbourhood Plan. The Holt Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the Wiltshire Council Development Plan and the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan will be given full weight when assessing planning applications that affect land in the Holt Neighbourhood Area. A copy of the Holt Neighbourhood Plan and Wiltshire Council’s post-referendum Decision Statement will be available on Wiltshire Council’s website at: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planninganddevelopment/planningpolicy/neighbourhoodplanning/npneighbourhoodplanareas.htm

Paper copies of the Holt Neighbourhood Plan and Decision Statement will also be available at the following locations:
·        Wiltshire Council Offices at County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN
·        Bradford on Avon Library, Bridge Street, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1BY
There is now a 6 week period within which legal challenges may be made against the decision to ‘make’ the Neighbourhood Plan.

EMERGENCY FLOOD EQUIPMENT

With the onset of Autumn and Winter, and the inevitable wet weather, a reminder that there is an emergency flood kit in the Village.
If we have a period of heavy rainfall and you are concerned that your property is vulnerable to imminent flooding, the kit is housed in an unlocked outside cabinet by Holt Shop.
Please feel free to access the equipment if needed.  To ensure that the flood kit is kept up to date, and available to all at short notice, please advise the Clerk, Holt Parish Council, of any equipment you may have utilised, or replace it in the cabinet once the emergency is over.
Contact details:  Jennie Beale, Clerk, 783029

clerk@holtparishcouncil.gov.uk

Defibrillator

The Parish Council are currently in the process of raising funds to re-site the current defibrillator to make it more accessible. Generous donations have already been pledged and with a little more help we will be able to site another one in the village. If you would like to contribute there are collecting boxes in The Old Ham Tree and and the Holt Superstore.