Current Notices

New Equipment for the Banfield Recreation Ground

The Recreation Ground is managed by Keevil Parish Council, including responsibility for the play equipment.

One of the two children’s springies needs replacing after many years of service and a few repairs. Rather than replace it with another springy, the Parish Council would like to take the opportunity to seek the views of residents, to see if they would like to see an alternative piece of play equipment installed.

There are a number of suppliers of playground equipment online, and while any purchase would have to follow procurement policy, such websites might offer a few ideas. The replacement cost for a new springy would be about £1,000.

If you would like to make a suggestion for a new item of play equipment then please contact Cllr Rob Kevan: rob@keevilpc.com – ideally before Christmas if we need to take into account any difference in budget.

S137 Donations

One of the few ways small Parish Councils such as ours can support and invest in our communities is through donations made under what is called 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.

The budget for the 2022-23 financial year is £550, and we will decide how the remainder is spent at the next Parish Council meeting on 9th January 2023. We have already received suggestions from parishioners in favour of St Leonards Church and the Parish News, and Alzheimer’s Support (based in Trowbridge), as well as a request from St John’s Ambulance.

In the last financial year 2021-22, the following donations were made:

  • Keevil Village Hall £100 (£250 has been donated this year towards the sound and lighting improvements)
  • St Leonard’s PCC £150
  • Keevil Parish News £100
  • Wiltshire Air Ambulance £100
  • Wiltshire Citizen’s Advice £50
  • Royal British Legion (wreaths) £25 (£50 donated this year)
  • Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust £25

At the same meeting in January we will also approve the budget for FY 2023-24 and are keen to hear villagers’ thoughts on donations for April 2023 onwards, especially for any other new projects that may benefit from funding, so we can set the right budget for the year.

So whether as part of an established village group or you have a new village project in mind, get your proposals and costings in before Christmas so that the Clerk and RFO can include them in the budget that is presented to Council. Contact Sarah Dow, Cllr & Interim Clerk: sarah@keevilpc.com


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, by the War Memorial.


Part-time Vacancy

CLERK/RFO to the Parish Council

We are looking for a part-time Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) to support the smooth running of our Parish Council. The main responsibilities include:

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

Keevil has a vibrant, active community, and we’re ideally looking for someone local who is interested in village life and would enjoy getting involved. In return we offer:

  • Access to full training, including support of CiLCA qualification if desired;
  • Average of 6 hours per week, with flexibility in how they’re worked subject to fixed deadlines. Apart from attending meetings, you’ll work from home;
  • Salary based on skills, experience and qualification in line with NJC Local Government Services pay scales SCP 7 -12. Currently this range is £10.63 – £11.73 per hour, to be updated once 2022-23 national pay awards finalised.

A full job description is available here: Clerk Job Description
If you think you might like to join our team, you can send a CV and covering letter, or just phone for an informal chat to start with, to:
Alex Goodwin, Chair, Keevil Parish Council
07836 355503 | alex@keevilpc.com


47 Regiment Royal Artillery Watchkeeper RPAS activity

June -August 2022: KEEVIL AIRFIELD AIRSPACE CHANGE PROPOSAL ACP-2021-006 CONSULTATION

Consultation events for the Keevil Airfield Airspace Change Proposal that is seeking to enable the Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft from Keevil Airfield have now been completed, but the consultation itself remains open until 24th August, so there is still plenty of time to have your say. And please do take the time to submit your feedback – all responses are really important so that the Civil Aviation Authority can fully appreciate how the local community feels. Details and how to comment on the proposal are on the previous Buzz post. You can see comments that have given permission to be made public here

See the village website for other Airfield activity updates.


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.


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. 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.


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.