Community Notices

ROAD CLOSURES

Notice 09 February 2024

Planned closure on Wick Lane at Mere House 18-19 March

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Urgent Closure of: Keevil (part), Keevil
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 18th March 2024, the following length of road shall be closed to
all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway reactive patching and
associated works.
Keevil (part), Keevil; for a distance of approximately 50m either side of the property known as Mere House, Keevil.
No alternative route is available; access will be maintained for residents and businesses althoughdelays are likely due to the nature of the works.
The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.
These works will commence on 18th March 2024 and are anticipated to be required for 2 days between the hours
of 07:00 and 19:00. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days.
For further information regarding these works please contact Wiltshire Council 01225 713376

Notice 29 January 2024

UPDATE to planned closure at 9 Main Street on 12-16 February

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Closure of: C218 (Part), Keevil (Ref: TTRO 9215)
Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:
C218 (Part), Keevil; from its junction with Hobbs Hill to outside its property known as No.09 Main Street.
To enable: Scottish and Southern Power Distribution to carry out connection and associated works.
Alternative route: via C218 (unaffected length) – C233 – A361 – C218 (unaffected length) and vice versa.
The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.
This Order will come into operation on 12 February 2024 and the closure will be required for 5 days. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.
For further information please contact Scottish and Southern Power Distribution.
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

You can see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing ‘Wiltshire’ into the search box.


S137 Grants & Donations

One of the ways small Parish Councils can support and invest in our community is through donations or grants made under what’s known as S137 expenditure (section 137(4)(a) Local Government Act 1972). The amounts are not fixed (although there is a limit), but they must be for initiatives directly relevant to the interests and benefit of the Keevil area or any part of it and some or all of its inhabitants.

Your last opportunity to ask for a donation in the CURRENT financial year will be the meeting of 4th March 2024 – please send any requests to the Clerk no later than Monday 26th February: sarah@keevilpc.com.

At the meeting of January 2024 we also approved the budget for FY 2024-25 (see papers here) and have made allowances for other community projects that may benefit from support funding, so do let us know if there is something you wish to be considered: contact Sarah Dow, Parish Clerk: sarah@keevilpc.com


Activity on land beside and to the rear of the Pump House on Main Street

Update 18 June 2023

The Parish Council is aware of speculation about the likelihood of a future planning application to build on the site of the disused barns on land behind the pump house on Main Street, and can understand the concerns of some villagers. At present, although undoubtedly it is a possibility, no such planning application has been made. We do, however, have the governance in place to respond to any and all applications in a fair, balanced and consultative way.
Last September 2022, Keevil Parish Council adopted a Planning Policy based on the core principles of the Village Design Statement (2003) and the majority outcomes of the more recent Village Survey (2019). In the survey, respondents agreed that future development must be in keeping with the existing landscape and character setting. They also agreed with the renovation or change of use of existing buildings and recognised the need for smaller and more affordable homes. As with all such matters, there is a balance to be struck between conservation, heritage, and meeting future needs.
As we communicated last week, the Parish Council liaises regularly with our Unitary Councillor regarding planning matters, and has been in contact with him and other stakeholders on this particular matter throughout. We said we would keep villagers informed of further information when it is received – at this point there is nothing concrete to add to what we all already know.
At the Annual meeting of the Wiltshire Association of Local Councils last week, three Keevil Councillors heard how villages can best approach the possibility of development, however small, and it came across loud and clear that working with property owners and planning officers sees better outcomes – Poulshot being just one example.
As a Consultee, the Parish Council must continue to deal with fact and not rumour and assures villagers that the governance provided by our agreed Policy and public forum consultation at meetings is best placed to guide us in our responses.

Dr. Alex Goodwin, Chair alex@keevilpc.com 18 June 2023

Update 08 June 2023

The Parish Council is aware of concerns raised by parishioners about the change in access beside and on the agricultural land to the rear of the Pump House on Main Street.

Councillors have liaised throughout with our elected unitary authority member and other key stakeholders, including accompanying Cllr Seed on a site visit, and we will continue to do so. The parish council is also working with Case Officers in the Planning Department regarding any possible anomalies between the approved planning application and work carried out to date. We will keep the village informed of any further information when it is received.

You can read documents from the original planning application and the Case Officer report here.

Dr. Alex Goodwin, Chair alex@keevilpc.com 08 June 2023


New Parish Clerk

I am pleased to announce that Keevil Parish Council has a new Clerk/RFO.

At its meeting on Monday 5th June, the Council unanimously approved the recommendation of it’s Personal Committee that Cllr Sarah Dow be appointed to the post. The recommendation was made following a formal interview process in which the candidate demonstrated that she had all the essential and desired criteria necessary for the post, alongside the outstanding practical demonstration of these skills in her present role as interim Clerk.

In line with statutory requirements Sarah will undertake the role for the first year unremunerated and will step down as a Councillor.

The Council are delighted with this excellent appointment that will support continuity for the Council moving forward.

Dr. Alex Goodwin, Chair alex@keevilpc.com 08 June 2023


Keevil Airfield activity

Updates and information can be found here on the village website.


DOG WALKERS…

Like many rural villages we have a perennial poo problem and, whilst additional notices help a little, there are times when the actions (or non-actions) of a tiny minority undoes all the good that the vast majority of our dog walking community conscientiously do every single day. We talked about this at the March and May parish council meetings, and here’s where we’re at:

POO BINS = MIXED WASTE BINS

Wiltshire Council treat all bins as MIXED WASTE – so you can put bagged poo in any of the Litter Bins. With this in mind, Wiltshire Council have agreed to move one of the two bins on the footpath by the Banfield Recreation Ground to the beginning of Towmead Lane, and supplied us with some notices for the bins that might help make it clear that bagged poo is ok.

POO BAG SCHEME

We’ve also been in touch with Steeple Ashton about their poo bag scheme, which they say seems to have helped to improve things, although the problem’s not been entirely eliminated. It’s run by a co-ordinator and volunteer network who each have an area to look after and refill with bags, with financial support from the PC. Would the Keevil Dog Walking community like to run a similar scheme?

Thoughts, ideas and suggestions about any of the above very warmly welcomed, get in touch with Alex, Geoff or Sarah


OUR COUNTRY CODE

The Country Code item was created by our Rights of Way advisory group, to try and educate villagers about the difficulties our farmers have when walkers stray off designated footpaths, and so that walkers can enjoy our village and the surrounding countryside, whilst remembering to be considerate to other villagers and the farmers whose land you are crossing.

RESPECT EVERYONE

  1. Be considerate to those who work on the land. They depend on it for a living.
  2. Be aware of others who are enjoying walks in the village and countryside.
  3. Please leave gates AS YOU FIND THEM.
  4. Follow local footpath signs, remembering to keep to pathways. The field you walk through is pasture for cattle and should not be trampled over.
  5. Be careful in fields containing livestock, mindful of the gates and fences that hold them. Don’t disturb or frighten them. Cows could be in calf or turn aggressive.

RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

  1. Keep your dogs on a lead whilst walking around the village, don’t let them wander into other peoples garden. Keep them under strict control whilst in fields.
  2. Don’t let your dog worry any livestock.
  3. Take care to clear up their poo, around the village roads and verges and in particular in fields. Livestock grazing in these fields can pick up serious infections if they eat this. It is not okay to think you don’t have a responsibility just because you are out in the middle of a field.
  4. Take any litter home with you. Discarded waste can harm livestock and seriously damage plant life.

A PLEA FOR CONSIDERATE PARKING…

Our village roads are overstretched by modern parking needs, plus tradesmen, visitors and deliveries, particularly around Pyatts Corner, Stocks Green and Martins Road where many homes have little or no off-road parking of their own, and slender verges are easily damaged.

If you have space for vehicles on your property, please use it whenever possible. If you’ve no choice but to park on the road, be considerate of neighbours, wheelchairs, disabled scooters, buggies, and of visibility safety, especially with high or wide vehicles.

Highway Code 243 states no parking on a bend, within 10m of a junction, in front of a property entrance or by a school entrance, on pavements, or anywhere that limits emergency vehicle access.

Thank you to those residents who have already tried to be more mindful about parking, and to those who have written to the Parish Council, it is appreciated.


Proclamation of His Majesty King Charles III

In Keevil, the Parish Proclamation of the new King was read by the Chair of Keevil Parish Council, as First Citizen of the Parish, at 6pm Sunday 11th September 2022, by the War Memorial.