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PCC wants your views on plans to increase policing precept by £10

The consultation is open until Wednesday 2 February and you can feedback via the online survey or by emailing
Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Wilkinson, is urging residents to have their say on proposals to increase the policing precept by £10 per year for the average household (band D).
This follows a recent police funding announcement from the Home Office which was based upon the assumption that all PCCs would seek to use the maximum flexibility afforded them by the Government to increase local precepts. A £10 per year increase is a 4.3% increase and equates to an 83p rise, per month, per household, in a Band D property. The proposal includes plans to: Improve the way Wiltshire Police tackles Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) such as training for frontline staff to improve the service victims receive, bolstered digital investigation capability with the introduction of 5 new digital media investigators and dedicated officers and staff to review case files with the aim of improving investigation standards. Increase the number of roads policing officers and collision investigators to improve road safety, drive up enforcement and ensure serious collisions are investigated promptly and to a high standard. Increase the resources available to the child abuse and child internet exploitation teams to ensure that investigations are progressed as quickly as possible and children safeguarded from harm. An extra 62 police officers recruited via the national uplift programme Extra officers Uplift funding and your precept contributions have meant that by March this year, we will have 1,096 police officers and we are on track for Wiltshire Police to have 1,158 police officers by March 2023. Residents consistently ask for more officers – and this will be the highest number of police officers from our lowest figure of 934. While their initial recruitment is funded by Government, their ongoing funding and investment is met by us – met by your contributions. More than 250 new officers have joined the Force since the start of the Uplift programme in September 2019 and a further 200 are set to start in the next 18 months – this includes Uplift officers as well as ordinary recruitment to replace leavers. No alternative Mr Wilkinson said: “This year has been another incredibly tough one with the economic impact from the pandemic still being felt across our communities and I am conscious that any increase will be felt keenly. “The decision to ask for your support for a £10 per year increase has been a difficult one – and one that I would not make if there was an alternative. “Previous precept increases have seen investments in a number of areas including officer numbers, rural crime resources and digital investigation teams. “Given the landscape of Wiltshire rural crime remains a priority for me, in addition to road safety and serious and organised crime, only by investing in our police service and allocating resources effectively can we address the root causes of crime and enforce the law.   “Wiltshire is the fourth lowest-funded force in the country and ensuring we get our fair share from the centre will always be top of my agenda. However, we also need to ensure the funding we do have is used efficiently and focused on the front-line and delivery.” Significant savings Savings of more than £4million will need to be made if the precept is not increased next year, warned Mr Wilkinson and he would have no alternative but to reduce staff undertaking essential services.  “Even with an increase of £10, we still need to find nearly £1.4m of savings, but this is much more doable than the prospect of the savings required if there is no increase at all. “I would have no alternative but to reduce essential services, which would include from within our Community Policing Teams. This would unquestionably lead to a less visible policing presence in your communities and a reduction in service levels. “Remember, together we are Making Wiltshire Safer, so whatever your view or opinion, fill out the survey. If it matters to you, it matters to me and I am determined we will have a police force that Wiltshire needs – and deserves.” The consultation is open until Wednesday 2 February and you can feedback via the online survey or by emailing
Contact Information Zara-Ann Prendergast Campaign and Communications Manager Wiltshire and Swindon OPCC 07586496070

New Government Consultations on Single-Use Plastic

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched two new consultations, both concerned with single-use plastic products and their impact on the environment.

DEFRA wants to know your thoughts on a plan to ban the supply of single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery and polystyrene food and drink containers and also get your views on commonly littered single-use items including wet wipes, tobacco filters and sachets.

Both consultations close 12 February 2022.

Click here to share your views in the consultation to ban commonly littered single-use plastic items in England.

Click here to share your views in the call for evidence on commonly littered and problematic plastic items.

Vacancy – School Crossing Patrol

We are looking for a School Crossing Patrol to join us at Sutton Benger Primary School near Chippenham working 5 hours per week, term-time only.

About the role

This role will involve representing the council on the highway to assist all pedestrians who wish to cross the road outside the school while children walk to or from the site.

All training and uniform will be provided to ensure pedestrians and motorists are safe and traffic is kept moving.

Working hours for this role are half an hour each morning and afternoon all year round during school term time.

About you

We will look to you to want to contribute to and become a valued member of the community and be available to work in all weathers.

You will enjoy working outside and meeting people and be able to build a rapport and maintain a professional approach with children parents and motorists to ensure the smooth operation of the crossing.

Interviews date to be confirmed and will be held at Sutton Benger Primary School.

Hourly rate is £9.25 (pay award pending) x5 hours per week (paid 44 weeks inc holiday pay)

For specific information about this job, please contact Tazril Tamin, Passenger Transport. Email: or Telephone: 01225 713580.

Passing of Tony Gardener

We were sad to hear that Tony had recently passed away.  He was a Parish Councillor for many years and was made an Honorary Freeman of the Parish in 2011. He made a valuable contribution to life in his community and the Parish Council.  He was a true, honest gentleman and an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to his family and friends.

Temporary Closure of Footpaths (Continuation)

Wiltshire Council – Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Closure of: Various Footpaths, Sutton Benger (Ref: TTRO 7578)

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all users:

A) Footpath 8 (Part), Sutton Benger; from its junction with Footpath 34, Sutton Benger to its junction with Barrington Court;
B) Footpath 9, Sutton Benger; from its junction with Footpath 34, Sutton Benger to its junction with B4122;
C) Footpath 12, Sutton Benger; from its junction with Seagry Hill to its junction with Seagry Road;
D) Footpath 18, Sutton Benger; from its junction with Seagry Road to its junction with B4069.

To enable: Wessex Water to carry out construction of new sewer.
Alternative route: via an alternative route using Public Highway. The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This closure which was due to expire on 01 October 2021 will now continue in force until 01 April 2022 or until completion of the works, whichever is earliest. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order has a maximum duration of 06 months.
For further information regarding this closure or for details of the diversion route please contact Darran Shaw 01443449200 or the Senior Rights of Way Warden, Stephen Leonard on 07771721255.
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Find the long since Hidden Stile!

Since the Covid pandemic started, we are happy to report that more and more of you have been discovering the footpaths and bridleways around the Parish. Thanks to the good cooperation between the Parish Council, landowners and volunteers, many of the stiles and footbridges have been replaced or repaired. In the last month you may have noticed the prolific growth of undergrowth around the stiles and some footpaths and bridleways. A campaign is under way to clear the worst of the excess growth to ease access, whilst respecting that these are also wildlife and flora habitats. The maintenance and clearing of these rights of way is an ongoing task, so please be patient if we have not got there yet.  Do let us know if you spot any issues on your rambles. .

See if you can spot from the photos where the recently cleared stile on footpath 13 near Draycot Park Farm is. Why not go and find out if you haven’t ventured this far afield yet and tick off Draycot Cerne and Kington Langley from your bucket list! Please take great care on the pavement alongside the B4069 to get there. 

Rights of Way Map

Above all, please remember that the rights of way mainly traverse  farmland, so please keep to the paths to avoid damage to crops and grassland and please please take your litter and dog poo home with you. It can cause serious disease in livestock and is very undesirable when accidentally trodden in.

Go and enjoy rambling!