Watercress Walk

13 Feb 2018

Watercress Walk through Luccombe Mill and the path running through Wessex Water land is CONFIRMED as a Public Footpath with immediate effect. 

New Library Service

04 Jan 2018

New mobile routes for North and South Mobile libraries will commence from 12th February 2018.

Stay Safe Online

20 Dec 2017

DO YOU FEEL SAFE ONLINE? Anyone over 60, or 18+ registered disabled is eligible for online safety advise. The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust - Home Security...

At the time of writing this report, Wiltshire Council has just held one of its full council meetings in County Hall. This is the time when all 98 Wiltshire Councillors get together to debate key issues across the county.

This week we discussed the Annual Report of the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service. I spoke during this item and sought for more detail from the Fire Authority on the relative performance of the service, in responding to 999 calls but it was reassuring to hear about the great deal of preventative work they complete. It must however be appreciated that we both Dorset and Wiltshire are rural counties with slow roads. Equally, we rely on retained fire fighters within our communities and therefore from the initiation of a 999 call through to arrival at the scene of an incident within 10 minutes, is a challenging target. Nevertheless, the performance is improving. We each however need to ensure we do everything we can to protect ourselves and reduce the risk of harm. Our fire service offers surveys and advice and can be contacted on the freephone number 0800 0382323.

At the same council meeting we also had a really uplifting presentation from a family from Syria who had been relocated into Wiltshire and they described how the people of the county had welcomed them and continue to help them. All now have a very good grasp of English and they brought their newly born daughter along together with their other daughter. To add to this, they are completing further education at local colleges alongside the work that some have secured. Wiltshire Council leads the way in the country for the manner in which many refugees have been relocated and over 80 people now reside in our county.

Representatives of all of the villages along the B3098 recently met at Edington and received a presentation from a highways freight specialist. He advised us all that the results of a bidding process, to have the B3098 assessed for the freight usage, was imminently awaited. This could be of significant importance in potentially reducing some of the larger vehicles using the road. The group however all agreed that speed in places is an issue and agreed to continue working together on this.

In the meantime, if you have an issue, please feel free to make contact either through my email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or my home telephone of 01380 870476 or mobile 07980 701617 if you have any issues and need my help.

Jerry Wickham
Wiltshire Councillor for Ethandune (Coulston, Edington, Bratton, Heywood, Hawkeridge and Dilton Marsh)

Twitter: @JerryWickham
Website: http://jerrywickham.org/