Category Archives: Highways and Streetscene

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

Trees in The Midlands

The Parish Council is aware of some concern in the village relating to the future of the trees alongside the Brook opposite the Village Hall. The trees belong to Wiltshire Council. There is one Red Hawthorn which is nearest the junction and three flowering cherry,  which are a non-native, short lived species. The fourth flowering cherry died and was removed some years ago being replaced by a silver birch which also died. The three remaining cherry trees have been examined by an arboriculturalist who has declared them all to be in a state of terminal decline. Cracks, lesions and dead wood can be seen.

The developer of the Tannery was obliged to propose improvements to the junction of the Midlands and the B3107. The initial design involved the loss of the parking spaces alongside the trees.
Following objection by the PC, a re-design was made proposing a parking refuge where the cherry trees now stand. The hawthorn tree will remain and, at the request of the PC, a new stand of trees
will be planted along the verge on the Village Hall side of the road. All of this has been in the public domain for more than a year and was discussed at the village meeting in April 2018.
We hope to have details about the programme for the development in the near future.

ROAD CLOSURE

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

Metro Counts in Holt

Villagers may have noticed that there are 5 metrocount systems that have been positioned at various points along the B3107 in the village. These were requested by the Parish Council to assess the average speed which can inform future potential traffic calming measures and whether we meet the criteria for community speedwatch or speed indicator devices. The results from the metrocount recently positioned on Melksham Road concluded that neither would be applicable.

Results from the recent MetroCount can be found here

Update on Footpath 73

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981- Section 53
Parish of Holt Path No 73 definitive Map and Statement of Modification Order 2016
FOOTPATH 73.  From the metal finger post Bradford Leigh road, C.224,leading in a SW and W direction along a track (0.85 m to 1m width) and then generally NW through the adjoining field (1.5m width)to its junction with FP 31
Inspector’s decision following hearing on 14 March 2018  ROW/3178505
Having regard to matters raised at the hearing and in the written representations I conclude that the order be confirmed …. Helen Slade – for the Planning Inspectorate
Date of order 22 March 2018
This footpath will now be added to the Rights of Way for Holt and available for immediate use. Wiltshire Council & Holt PC will be clearing and installing new stiles or kissing gates.
The decision document can be viewed on:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rights-of-way-order-information-decisions-and-maps

Proposed highway works in Holt

Wiltshire Council contractors will be working in Holt from the 16 March for up to 10 working days.  The footway alongside the Brook opposite the Village Hall will be resurfaced.  This will involve the closure of the west entrance to The Midlands for 2/3 days.  A diversion will be in place using the east entrance.  Access to the Village Hall car park will be permitted.  The footway alongside the Recreation Ground from Ground Corner to opposite the URC entrance will be reconstructed.  This will involve a suspension of parking on that length of the street with 2 way light control.