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Holt Neighbourhood Plan

A Referendum relating to the Holt Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 24 November 2016  in the Village Hall
The question which will be asked in the Referendum is ‘Do you want Wiltshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Holt to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?                   Two documents will be available for information this week
Monday 17 October 2016: Information Statement
Thursday 20 October: Notice of Referendum
Both these items will be available for viewing on the Neighbourhood Plan page of this website

Annual Footpath Survey

The Parish Council undertake a survey of all footpaths in Holt every year, this ensures that we have evidence of existence and also that maintenance issues are reported to the relevant authority where they cannot be dealt with on a local basis. We will soon be commencing the 2016 walks (see the footpaths section of this website for previous year’s results). If you are a regular walker or would like to explore the wonderful countryside and would be willing to help us please use the Contact the Parish Council tab and we will give you further details of how to participate.

Thankyou

 

Dawes Pond

 

Over a number of years the Parish Council has tried various ways of restoring Dawes Pond to its former glory. Sadly, in spite of considerable effort and expenditure, none has been successful.The problem is two-fold – firstly, stopping leaks and keeping water in the pond and secondly, topping up the water when it gets low. Without going into every detail of what has been tried before, the Parish Council are now advised that fitting a liner is the best solution, together with an electric pumping system for topping up the pond when the water level falls through evaporation. having spent £2000 re shaping and dredging the pond the Parish Council now needs to raise an  additional £6-7000.00 to complete the work. Some of this money can undoubtedly be raised by “matched funding” grants but a substantial part will have to be found from other sources. Opinion is mixed as to whether this is money worth spending but many villagers (and the children of Holt School) have strongly expressed the view that this is an amenity that should be kept and restored.

So, this is an appeal for individuals, local businesses and organisations to make a donation towards the cost. Alternatively there may be those willing to organise a fund raising event/s to help the Council raise the amount required. If the money cannot be raised then, sadly, filling in the pond will remain an option

Please contact the Parish Clerk if you can help.

 

Footpaths

The Parish Council will be walking all the footpaths in Holt over the summer holidays – this is to ensure that they remain open and accessible. The Ramblers are also undertaking a national FPath survey  which you can get involved  in and help report any problems.  Further details of The Big Pathwatch can be found here