The Parish Council has been advised that the three horse chestnuts standing on Ham Green are affected by a disease (bleeding canker) and need to be removed primarily on safety grounds. The Council has reluctantly agreed to this and intends to replant the area with one or more native trees. The Wiltshire Council arboricultural officer has approved this action. A flyer is being distributed to all homes in the village on 12/14 July giving more details. Following reports by two separate tree surgeons, an expert was engaged to make a recommendation on the best course of action. His report may be seen here. The expert will be available to answer questions at an open meeting of the Council at 7pm on 25 July in the Village Hall.
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 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.
The Audited Accounts have been published on this website on the Finance Page
The Parish Council will be walking all the footpaths in the Parish between June and September 2019 – A Map of all our Footpaths and definitive description can be found on the footpaths page, along with previous survey results.
Take part in Clean Air Day 2019 on Thursday 20 June
Holt Parish Council are supporting Clean Air Day 2019 and encouraging everyone in Holt to do at least one thing to help improve air pollution in the local community.
Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions. But there are lots of simple things we can all do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health.
You can help in lots of ways, from raising awareness of air pollution with friends and family, leaving your car at home for the day, turning your engine off when sat in traffic or using chemical-free cleaning products.
More information on how you can get involved can be found on the Clean Air Day website:
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
|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)
HOLT PARISH COUNCIL
You are hereby notified that there will be a Planning Committee meeting of Holt Parish Council
at United Reformed Church Hall On Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 7.00pm
To accept apologies for absence
2. Declarations of interest
To receive any Declaration(s) of interest under The Relevant Authorities (Dis-closure pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 made under s.30(3) of the localism Act 2011 and under the Code of Conduct adopted by the Parish Council.
3. Planning Applications
Parish Council Reference 1
Planning Application Number 18/11218/FUL
Type of Application FUL
Date to comment 1 January 2019
Parish Council Meeting date 9 January 2019
Address The Coach House 386 A Ham Green Holt BA14 6PZ
Description of Work Proposed ground first floor extensions and alterations.
Members of the public are welcome to attend
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION If you would like to take advantage of a five minute per person time slot to address the council or committee, please contact the clerk (details below) or attend the meeting 5 minutes prior to the commencement and advise the clerk that you wish to speak.
Tel 01225 783335 email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following has been received from Wiltshire Council on 15 November 2018
Older person’s standard Wiltshire concessionary bus pass
Information about the renewal of bus passes
From 01 January 2019, not all bus passes will be renewed automatically. This is because there are approximately 20,000 passes in circulation that have not been scanned on a bus prior to renewal, indicating that the pass has not been used. In these cases, the passes will not be automatically renewed.
If your pass is not automatically renewed but you would still like to receive one to use in the future, please contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100 and we can arrange for your new pass to be issued.
Wiltshire Council regrets that any charges which may occur on bus journeys are non-refundable.
The Parish Council will meet at the Village Hall on 15th November 2018 at 7.30 pm to discuss the proposed funding for Financial Year 2019/2020 and set the Parish Precept for submission to Wiltshire Council