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.

 

My Wiltshire App

The My Wiltshire App is available to members of the public wishing to report a problem – e.g. a street light that isn’t working, fly tipping, a pot hole, etc.  It can be downloaded from the Wiltshire Council website and is very easy to use.

If you would prefer to report things to me, I am still happy to pass your request to Wiltshire Council.

GREEN WASTE BINS

Until recently all green waste bins supplied by Wiltshire Council in West Wiltshire were 240 litre capacity, however, the new bins now being supplied are 180 litre in line with the size of  bins in other parts of the County.  The charge for green waste collection is the same for all sizes.  The reduction in the size of the bins is not shown on the Wiltshire Council website when ordering a new one.

Wiltshire Council offer Holt Neighbourhood Plan for Consultation

I a major step forward, the Holt Neighbourhood Plan has entered its final consutation stage.  Details of the consultation may be found at http://consult.wiltshire.gov.uk/portal/spatial_planning/np/holt_np/holt_neighbourhood_plan.  Following this consultation, the comments received will be passed to an independent examiner, to be appointed by Wiltshire Council, who will consider the representations and determine if the plan should be put to a community referendum.  The consultation ends on 28 October 2015.

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