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.
Her Majesty's 90th birthday Celebration Coins
This year our Queen will become the only British sovereign to celebrate her 90th birthday - ever.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, a brand new coin has been issued - The Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Silver £5 Coin - and you can purchase one through the Parish Council for your collection.
The coin features a specially commissioned 90th birthday portrait on the head, designed by Luigi Badia. The reverse features an oak wreath and crown symbolising long life and the House of Windsor with EIIR at the centre.
Struck in sterling silver, your coin will arrive in a wooden presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
With a worldwide edition limit of just 2,500 the parish council has secured a limited number and you will need to act quickly to ensure you can get one of them.
Briar Leaze Planning Application has been submitted to Wiltshire Council
Green Square have now submitted their application for planning consent to Wiltshire Council for approval.
The planning application is on the page we set aside for this Green Square saga together with two plans of the Briar Leaze area for you to peruse. One from the plans provided by Green Square and one
extracted from the Land Registry. The plans, as submitted, do seem to be taking land that belongs to the village hall, a registered charity, in order to accommodate the planned development. Whilst the area disputed is relatively small, the courts are often beset with boundary disputes for far less. The village hall committee, I am led to believe, is of the view that Green Square are quite blatantly using land within their plans that belongs to the village hall without request, negotiation or recompense and will be defending their property. Please view the two sections of documents and form your own opinions. Click here.
Briar Leaze reports now can be found under the 'Village' tab on the menu above.
Annual Parish Meeting
Around 60 parishioners gathered at the Benson Hall to hear Chair of the Parish Council Pete Szczesiak outline the main issues that concern the village currently. First topic was the Neighbourhood Plan and Peter Alberry encouraged everyone to vote in the referendum that took place in late March.
Broadband, or the lack of it, was discussed at length. There are ongoing approaches to BT, four questions have been asked in the House of Lords, connection speeds recorded throughout the village that demonstrate the very poor service but all to no avail. Pressure will be maintained but another idea proposed that could be successful is to have a broadband service connected to the village hall, as a Community Access Point, which would then transmit a signal around the village.
John Reis gave a very interesting potted history of St Swithin's church, which dates to the late 11th century, although even earlier saxon walls were found recently. It is a wonderful little church and benefits from excellent acoustics, something which ought to be taken advantage of more in the future. Dwindling congregations mean that it will have to evolve to meet the needs of a 21st century community. Philip Bromiley has now been rector for 10 years and he made a plea to the audience that he did not want to be the last vicar. He stressed that the church was there for everyone and reminded us of some of the other work that carries on in the village, such as T4ALL and Little Fishes.
Next up was the thorny question of how traffic should be controlled through the village. Many incidents have been reported in recent months and there are now genuine concerns for people's safety, eroding verges and disintegrating pavements. New village signs are soon to be installed and a new 40 mph speed restriction from Goodenoughs corner will be considered, as will the creation of pinch points. Two possible locations were mentioned, in front of the village hall up to the junction of Briar Leaze to slow vehicles entering and exiting the village and the second is at a suitable point near White's House and Rosemary Cottage. Temporary cones may be utilised to test the effectiveness of such plans.
It was heartening to see such a good turn out and a very positive meeting was held.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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