The garden waste scheme commences on 15th June. After which collection of the green topped wheelie bins will require registration and the payment of a £40 annual fee. Register for your bin by following this link. Garden waste bins will be emptied fortnightly, except for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period.
The Mobile library visits Compton Basset fortnightly and is there between the hours of 11:00 and 11:20.
Bank Holiday Mondays are taken as the exception and no visit will be made until the next Monday that they are due to visit. For more details please visit http://tinyurl.com/Compton-Library
Village Phone Box
The phone box, once the property of BT, has, like so many around the country, fallen into disuse with the advent of the ubiquitous mobile phone. It was sold to Compton Bassett and it is now the property of the village. It is being used as a resource facility for the benefit of the village generally.
Its primary use is as a lending library where parishioners may borrow and lend books free of charge. It is also as a central place to find documents of relevence to village life i.e. The Neighbourhood Plan.
In neighbouring Hilmarton Parish Church Hall the monthly Moviola screening.
The Parish Council held a special meeting with Green Square at the village hall Thursday 30th July. As it is a parish council meeting it was open for any to attend who may have an interest.
The draft minutes are displayed on the Parish Council section of this site as a record or the meeting for your perusal.
Listening from the sidelines one could not avoid the conclusion that GreenSquare has very much underestimated the anger and frustration that their propsals are generating throughout the village and greatly over estimated the support and agreement their consultations had gained. It also seemed that GreenSquare are quite intent on diplayiong an arrogant disregard of our neighbourhood plan!
The neighbourhood plan is currently with the planning inspector and in the final stages of carrying the full weight of the law. It states that we are prepared to allow development of up to seven extra houses and yet with that knowledge in mind, GreenSquare are proposing that phase one will carry nine extra properties immediately exceeding the plan. Unless of course stages 2, 3 and more are going replace with less than they take down. It was also suggested that after phase one was completed they are expecting the village to then urge them to return amid adulation on some palm strewn pathway to sweep through and override the plan completely.
I don't think anyone would deny that at some point in the future all the current properties will require replacement, but I left with the feeling that compromise is not anything that is on GreenSquares mind. I also felt that any further consultation would contain questions carefully scripted to demonstrate only support and not a true reflection of opinion.
I came to the meeting with an open mind but left feeling very disturbed by what I saw and heard. I think, no matter what, the only outcome GreenSquare anticipate is the 48 houses they started out to build and they expect to find a way to sweep any opposition aside or render it irrelevant.
The first ever annual parish meeting was held on Tuesday 5 May 2015 in the Benson Hall. The public meeting is a statutory requirement and an opportunity for members of the community to express views in an informal event. The majority of the evening was taken up with presentations by the Community Police Service, a Calne tourism plan to promote visitors to the A4 corridor from Bath to Hungerford, and the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. For the most part this was very interesting; however the downside was that it impacted on time to discuss any local issues. It was a well attended inaugural meeting and no doubt will be adapted to allow for a little more local discussion next year.
Broadband for Compton Bassett
Compton Bassett has sought an ally in the House of Lords in the battle to achieve a reasonable broadband speed for homes in the village.
The Lib Dem peer, Lord Nigel Jones of Cheltenham has tabled four questions now on our behalf in the Lords “To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use Compton Bassett in Wiltshire as a pilot test case for installing superfast Broadband in rural areas due to its special and unusual challenges.”
He has agreed with our assertion that it is quite ridiculous that today, in 2015 many of the village homes cannot get broadband at all whilst those who are lucky enough to get any cover at all can typically achieve speeds of less than 2.0 Mbit/s.
Lord Nigel Jones of Cheltenham
As long ago as 2007 over half the population across the country had already got broadband running at speeds in excess of 4.6 Mbit/s. The equipment to bring proper high speed broad band to the village terminates just over a mile from the southern reaches of the village and the ducting is believed to come right up to the village itself.
Under current rules, Wiltshire Council has already gained funding and upgraded the exchange at Quemerford from which half the village gets its service and so Compton Bassett is deemed to have been upgraded commercially, preventing further investment at this stage. The council is currently going through procurement for phase two funding to consider communities that have been upgraded commercially but who are not able to access a superfast service. Any result for this funding application will not be known until June of this year.
Lord Jones has requested an answer to his question within two weeks, before parliament is broken up for the next elections. Full story Gazette and Herald
Benson Hall Events
Compton Bassett Village Sign
Thanks to all who kindly donated towards the oak post – the post and sign will be going in between the tree behind the memorial bench on the corner of Briar Leaze and the end of the hedge sometime in April, as soon as the post can be ordered.
A social evening was held on Friday 27th February for those interested to have a sneaky preview of the new village sign over a glass of wine. A small donation towards the cost of the wine and the 6 metre oak post support for the sign was asked for from thise who wanted to. Giving everyone the chance to “own” a bit of village history.
The sign was erected 29th April 2015 and is a fine spectacle as you approach the hall.
Compton Bassett took part in “Operation Harness” in January where Wiltshire Police held a County wide Speedwatch event. Our “bit” took place on 20th January between 1 and 3pm where Pete Szczesiak & Peter Alberry accompanied by 6 Police Officers monitored traffic in Compton Bassett. We could see the car bonnets dipping as soon as the motorists became aware of the significant police presence – so we only recorded a single speeding event during the 2 hours of checking.
So Speedwatch is taking off again – we have the laser camera until the end of February – so we’d like to build a data base of speeding vehicles throughout the day over the course of February, particularly mornings and evenings, so that we can us the information to lobby for reduced speed limits as recorded in the Compton Bassett Neighbourhood Plan. We have 8 trained volunteers so far with a number of others applying for training later this year. If you’d like to be involved please e-mail email@example.com.
Together we can make a difference.
With the season of good will soon upon us our thoughts are turning to perhaps our families, or our friends, those with whom we enjoy our time.
Maybe we can cast the odd thought in a different direction, to those who may seem to many to have so much and yet have nothing. There are many, even within our own village, who may be facing a Christmas that is not how they would like it to be.
Those in need of help are old and young, rich and poor. In fact, need knows no boundaries. Often what is needed most is just to know that someone somewhere cares enough about them to notice. Wiltshire Good Neighbours is there to help with filling in a form, dealing with benefits or healthcare plus loads of other services and help or just to befriend someone when they need it. They have expanded their service to cover all the villages surrounding Calne. If you need their help, or know someone who does, please give them a call on 07557 922029.
An Appeal on Behalf of Wiltshire Age UK
The New Non Emergency Number is now live in our area!
101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police - when it’s less urgent than a 999 call. 101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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