Current Notices

VACANCY

Clerk/RFO to the Parish Council

Keevil Parish Council has a vacancy for Parish Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).

This is part-time role is vital to the efficient working of our Council. You will be responsible for:

  • managing the Council’s finances;
  • preparing meeting agendas and supporting papers;
  • attending and providing regulatory advice at meetings;
  • taking minutes and completing administrative actions arising;
  • the upkeep of the Council’s notice board and web pages.

Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills are essential, as are the personal qualities of integrity, discretion, and impartiality. You will be a good communicator, well organised and self-motivated, and confident with basic accounting, record-keeping, scheduling and correspondence.

You should be able to demonstrate a successful track record in administrative roles with financial responsibilities; a working knowledge of Parish Council procedures and/or public sector administration, whilst desirable, is not essential as training will be made available, and your development will be supported.

Equally, we don’t mind if you don’t live in the Parish, but we do hope you will be demonstrably interested in the workings of our village community, and willing to ‘go the extra mile’.

  • Hours are currently 5 hours per week (although this is being reviewed and may be more) and we can be flexible in how hours are worked, subject to fixed deadlines and meeting dates.
  • Apart from attending meetings, you will work from home. The Council normally meets bi-monthly in the evenings, although this may be more frequently when necessary.
  • Starting salary will be based on skills and experience, in line with current NJC Local Government Services pay scales.

A full job description is here Clerk Job Description October 2021, or available from the Chair of the Council. You can find out more about our community on the village website keevilvillage.com

Please apply with your CV and a covering letter that addresses the above aspects to:

Geoff West, Chair, Keevil Parish Council 01380 870425 geoff@keevilpc.com

Keevil Parish Council are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community

VOLUNTEER ROLES

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator

Civil Emergency Volunteer

Keevil has had an active Neighbourhood Watch scheme since 1987 and in 2008, following encouragement from Wiltshire Council, a Community Emergency Volunteer was appointed by the Parish Council to draw up and maintain an Emergency Response Plan. Paul Lenaerts took over the role of Keevil NHW Co-ordinator from James Banfield in 2001, and Dave Bouault the latter role – both have worked closely together for the past 13 years because there is a lot of synergy between the two roles.

Both David and Paul have now decided to stand down so the Parish Council would like to invite interested residents to put their names forward for both these impending vacancies. The duties are not onerous and further details are available on request.

If you are interested in volunteering for either post, please contact Geoff West, Chair, Keevil Parish Council 01380 870425 geoff@keevilpc.com.

47 Regiment Royal Artillery Watchkeeper RPAS activity

October 2021: AIRSPACE CHANGE PROPOSAL ACP-2021-006 STAGE 1 ENGAGEMENT LETTER

Following successful trials during the spring and summer of 2021, 47 Regt RA are now seeking a more permanent Airspace Change to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Operations of Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) from Keevil Airfield: details in the stakeholder engagement letter here: ACP-2021-006 Airspace Users Engagement Letter – STAGE 1b

This is the first of seven stages, and is purely to consider the five high-level draft design principles – feedback on the wider proposals will come later in the process once greater detail has been developed.

Documents, details and timeline of the Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) are available on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Airspace Change Portal: the ACP ID is ACP-2021-006.

The deadline for feedback on the  draft Design Principles is Friday 19th November.

See the village website for other Airfield activity updates.

OUR COUNTRY CODE

The Country Code item comes from the Rights of Way Group, a working party formed via the Parish Council following a petition from a large number of villagers, with a view to making some paths around the village and across fields more accessible.

The group thought the best way to start things was to try and educate regarding the difficulties our farmers have when walkers stray off designated footpaths, and have created a simple guide to help you 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. Be sure to close gates properly.
  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, and in sight at all times.
  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.

ROAD CLOSURES

None currently notified directly to the Parish Council. 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.