All posts by Marsha Nicholson


Following on from our letter as below Michelle Donovan has visited Holt to see for herself the issues relating to the proposed Gladman Development. This visit took in the Tannery, proposed new affordable homes at Star Ground and the Gladman site. Michelle is sympathetic to our cause and has written to the cabinet member reposponsible for planning at Wiltshire Council. Click here to read the text of the letter

The Parish Council has become concerned that some Wiltshire Council departments have been less than critical when commenting on the Gladman proposal. Their comments may be viewed on the planning website. As a result, the Council has written to our MP, Michelle Donelan explaining the situation. Click here to read the text of the letter

PARISH CLERK Vacancy wef 1/9/22 – post now filled

An immediate vacancy for the position of Holt Parish Council Clerk.
We are looking to appoint a self-motivated and highly organised individual with good IT skills and a flexible approach to work who will be able to bring experience to the position. It is part-time, averaging 8 hours per week. Integrity and impartiality are essential to the role in facilitating the operations
of the Council, including as the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO), managing finances and accountancy.
To express an interest and receive a full job description please email the Chair, Phil Game, at

Footpath 31

Just to let you know that we are aware of high barbed wire fence blocking this footpath. The matter has been referred to the Rights of Way and Footpaths Officers at Wiltshire Council who are in contact with the landowners and will ensure that this illegal diversion is rectified. We will keep you updated. If you wish to report it yourself you can do so on the Wiltshire App.

2022/23 Precept

Taking into account the financial hardship felt by many Holt families during the pandemic, the Parish Council has voted to request zero increase in the precept (the share of council tax paid to a parish) for next year. In the face of mounting living costs we hope this goes some small way to helping. We still have a program of community projects and improvements for the village, and the decision not to increase the precept this year is not expected to adversely impact these plans.

A polite reminder

We recently issued a statement about parking problems in the Elms. Upon further investigation Wiltshire Council have confirmed that the road is in fact, part of the public highway. However, it would be considerate to avoid parking in the Elms to allow space for residents and carers. Thank you.

Footpaths 7 & 8 – Advisory information

Information – Footpaths Holt 7 & 8 crossing the field behind the Midlands Industrial Estate.
The field has been ploughed and re-seeded as the grass quality had become very poor, it would be greatly appreciated if walkers could use the perimeter of the field until the grass has had a chance to establish. A gentle reminder to dog owners to pick up and take home dog faeces as these are highly dangerous to cows (& children!).
The definitive rights of way remain as before but would appreciate your co-operation in the short term. The additional fencing has been removed to allow more grazing for stock.

NB: Footpath map can be found on the Footpaths Page of this website