All posts by Neil Baker

Midlands Junction

With effect from Monday 19th July parking restrictions will come into force in the lay-byes on both sides of the road. Parking will be limited to 30 minutes with no return within 2 hours Monday-Saturday 8am – 6pm. Signs will be placed on the grey posts already in situ. This is being done to help ensure available parking for shop customers..

Due to an error at installation, further work is required to reduce the height of the shelter before fitting seating, backing and roof. Unfortunately the Parish Council have not been advised as to when this will be done.

Extraordinary full council meeting 29 march 2021

A Full Parish Council Meeting will be held by Zoom Video Conference on Monday 29 March at 7.30pm to discuss and propose a formal response to Planning Application 21/01207/FUL, The Old Coal Yard, Station Road

Change of use of land from storage and distribution to commercial use to allow for the manufacture of candles and scented products (part retrospective): the demolition of a storage building: the provision of a new standalone building: the extension of an existing building to provide manufacturing, storage, office and laboratory floor area as well as staff welfare facilities, the provision of staff parking: associated works. If you wish to join the meeting click the following link

Parish Council elections 6 may 2021

Nominations have now opened for prospective Councillors to register their application for Holt Parish Council. The current edition of Holt Magazine provides details of Council Structure and Duties. This is an opportunity to influence how the local precept is used to improve conditions in the village for residents. Recent examples are providing financial support to the Luncheon Club, The Youth Club, and contributing to the costs of improving the junction at the Tollgate. Also liaising with Wiltshire Council to improve the pavements through re surfacing and we must mention plans for trees following the removal of those on Ham Green.

If you meet the following eligibility criteria then you can apply:

Section 79(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act”) provides, unless disqualified a person is qualified to be elected and to be a councillor if they are a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or an EU citizen and on the day on which they are nominated and, if there is a poll, the day of the election they are 18 years of age or over and:

 a) on that day they are and thereafter continues to be a local government elector for the area of the authority; or

 b) they are during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in that area; or

 c) their principal or only place of work during that 12 months has been in that area; or

d) they have during the whole of those 12 months resided in that area; or

e) in the case of a member of a parish or community council have during the whole of those 12 months resided either in the parish or community or within three miles of it.

Further information is available from the Parish Clerk on or Tel 07818 025 676. In addition if you wish to speak with a current Councillor to assist in your nomination or obtain further information on the role this will be arranged by the Clerk.


To enable Gas Transportation Co Ltd to carry out excavation to lay new gas main to new development the road will be closed at The Midlands (Part), Holt ; from its junction with The Elms for a distance of approximately 20
metres in an easterly direction.
Alternative route: via The Midlands (unaffected length) – B3107 The Street and vice versa. The notice can be viewed here and the indicative plan here

Parish Council Meeting 21st May

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held by telephone conference on Thursday 21st May at 7.30 pm. If you wish to raise any issues at the meeting then please contact the clerk on Similarly if you just wish to “listen in” please contact the clerk who will provide you with details of how to join the conversation. The Agenda may be viewed here



Road Closure – The Star – 31 July 2019

Wiltshire Council Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Temporary Closure of: The Star (Part), Holt (Ref: TTRO 6049) Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic: The Star (Part), Holt; from property known as 315 The Star for a distance of approximately 60 metres in south westerly direction. To enable: Wessex Water to carry out telemetry and calibration checks on chambers. Alternative route: via The Star (unaffected length) – Station Road – B3107 – Ham Green – Gaston and vice versa. The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. This Order will come into operation on 31 July 2019 the closure will be required until for one day. 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 Martyn Elliott (Sun Traffic) on 08451230111. Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN


The B3107 Forewards Common to Holt Road will be closed on Monday 25th March and Tuesday 26th March for carriageway resurfacing. A Diversion will be in place and vehicles will be routed when leaving Holt to Bradford on Avon towards Staverton and then right at the traffic lights towards Forewards Common

Police Report – Stranger Danger

Parents Urged To Speak To Their Children About Stranger Danger Following Incidents In Bradford-On-Avon
We are urging parents to speak to their children about the dangers of speaking to strangers following two incidents in the town.

On 16 January, we received a report that a 10-year-old boy had been followed by a vehicle in the St Laurence Road area.

The vehicle is described as black with tinted windows and a fairly new model. The driver is described as a white female with long dark hair. The front seat passenger was a white man.

Three people were sat in the back of the vehicle and they are reported to have got out of the vehicle in Culver Road and followed the boy.

The first person is described as a white female, aged approximately 25, 5 ft 3 inches tall, with light brown hair worn in pigtails with green ties. She was wearing a pink short-sleeved crop top, black jeans and pink or silver Nike trainers.

The second person is described as a white female, aged approximately 27, 5 ft 5 inches tall, with blonde hair in a ponytail and wearing a black top, beige jeans and carrying a grey or brown handbag.

The third person is described as a white man, aged approximately 32, 6 ft tall, of large build, with dark brown short hair. He was wearing a ‘Guinness’ t-shirt, a black leather jacket and Puma tracksuit bottoms.

In a separate incident, which is believed to be unrelated, two 12-year-old girls were approached by a man on their way to school as they walked in the Mount Pleasant area shortly after 8am on 15 January.

This man is described as white, with shoulder length brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a brown leather jacket, brown trousers and a black cap.

Community coordinator PC Charly Chilton said: “We understand the nature of these reports will cause some concern within our local community and we would like to reassure residents that we are continuing to conduct regular mobile patrols in the town as a result, especially at school opening and closing times. If you see our officers out and about please chat to them and share any concerns.

“We are fully investigating both reports which we do not believe are related at this stage and we would urge anyone who either recognises those involved from the descriptions we have been given, or anyone who saw either incident, to please call police on 101.

“We would also urge parents of the importance of talking to their children about the issues of strangers and their associated danger – please monitor their own fear and be careful not to alarm your children. Ensure they know who, when and where to get help.

“It’s important to stress that no attempts have been made to injure children or get them into a car but we do want people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to 101, or 999 in an emergency.

“There may well be a perfectly innocent explanation to these incidents, and if you are either the occupant of the vehicle, or one of those people described, please contact us so that we can complete our enquiries.”


Message Sent By

Katie Bond (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)