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COuncillor vacancy

Do you want to make a difference in Holt…?
…….. then here is your opportunity – Holt Parish Council has a vacancy!
Why do it?
Because you can contribute something positive to your village.  You can make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our community.   Although Wiltshire Council provides most of the principal services (e.g. education and highways), parish councils, like Holt, can provide local services – from community centres to festivals, and allotments to playgrounds. The job of the parish council is to represent the interests of the whole community, whilst at the same time being seen to provide value for money.  Understanding and balancing the needs of different groups is an important part of the role of a councillor. 
What’s involved?
The council meets monthly (except August) – meetings are on the third Thursday of the month, at 7:30pm in the Village Hall – an agenda and any reading material is issued in advance.  For those who have the time, there are opportunities to be on smaller working groups, being involved with issues such as planning, finance, traffic or village facilities.
Am I the right sort of person?
Almost certainly – yes!  No special skills are needed.  Essentially you need to be open, honest and objective.  Diversity is important – we need men and women with differing backgrounds, interests, ages and attitudes.   Some people work with ideas, while others are very practical, and some prefer administration.  Holt Parish Council needs a range of skills to work as a team.

If you think you might be interested, but aren’t sure, please contact Georgina on 07375 934468 to talk it over or drop an email to

2023/24 Meeting dates

The meeting dates for 2023/24 are as follows:

April 20th
May 18th – Annual Council Meeting
June 15th
July 20th
September 21st
October 19th
November 16th
December 14th
January 18th
February 15th
March 21st

Annual Parish Meeting – TBC – there is a legal requirement to hold this meeting between 1st March and 1st June each year.

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