Sutton Benger

Proposed Weight Limit on B4069



Wiltshire Council proposes to make the above Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to introduce an 18 tonnes weight restriction for heavy commercial goods vehicles (except for access) on the B4069 – from its junction with B4122 at Draycot Cerne, Sutton Benger for a distance of approximately 6.5 miles (10.5km) to its junction with A3102, Lyneham.

Weight limit map

Weight limit map

Copies of the draft Order, plan and Statement of the Council’s Reasons for proposing to make the Order may be inspected at the offices of Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge during normal office hours. Details of the proposed scheme may be seen at Lyneham Library, Memorial Hall, Lyneham between the hours of 2pm – 7pm Monday, 2pm – 5pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10am – 12pm Saturday until 11th July 2016. Documents can also be viewed online at (external link)

Comments on the proposal together with the reasons for which they are made should be sent in writing or via the website to reach the Sustainable Transport Group by 11th July 2016 quoting reference HKB/TRO/LYNE.

Download the Weight Limit Order Proposal

Clerk’s Report: May 2016

Notes from the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council (PC) held on Wednesday 11th May.

Six Councillors, the Parish Clerk and 2 members of the public attended the meeting.

Cllr E Pope was re-elected as Chairman and Cllr K Smedley as Vice-Chair.


  • Annual Maintenance of the additional Gossip Area, adj. to 1 Queens Close, to include grass cutting and strimming was approved for 2016-17
  • The outstanding Community Grant of £500 from 2015-16 was approved for payment to the PCC for maintenance of the churchyard
  • Approval was given for a contribution of £1,000 to the maintenance of the churchyard from the 2016-17 budget

Planning Applications

Consideration was given to 3 planning applications:

  • 16/03301/TCA: Gate Cottage, High Street, SN15 4RE – No Objections
  • 16/03211/FUL: Old Post Office, 26 High Street – Support
  • 16/03977/TCA: 11 Chestnut Road, SN15 4RP – No Objections

Community Emergency Plan

Cllrs E Pope and H Parry-Jones agreed to complete Wiltshire Council’s Community Emergency Plan.

Highways and Transport

Following no response to Cllr P Jones’s repeated requests for information on the re-surfacing of the High Street, the Clerk was asked to draft a letter to the Associate Director of Highways and Transport.

Crossing on the High Street – Cllr P Jones measured the visibility along the High Street to identify a possible site for a High Street crossing at the Seagry Road junction. It is planned to carry out our own informal pedestrian count to assess feasibility.

Flowerbed on the High Street – Wiltshire Council have advised that, as the flowerbed is “entirely within the adopted Highway”, it is not possible to complete a Community Asset Transfer. The Clerk was asked to draft a letter to the Highways Dept. requesting urgent repairs to the dry stone wall.

20mph Chestnut Road – the Speedwatch group have been asked to include this in their scheme.

Next Parish Council Meeting

The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is Wednesday 8th June 2016 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

Councillor Vacancies

There are 2 vacancies for Parish Councillor. Please contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk on 07757 351584 / contact the Clerk for further details and an Application Form if you would like to join our team.

“Second Saturday” Church Building Maintenance Mornings

Sutton Benger Church

Sutton Benger Church

Following on from the hugely successful recent graveyard clean up Saturday mornings, it has been decided to also regularly hold “Second Saturday” Church Building Maintenance Mornings, to carry out a number of essential jobs on the fabric of the building.

The first of these mornings is planned for Saturday 9th April 2016 (with further ones planned for every 2nd Saturday of the month).

Your historic church building needs you: volunteers are welcomed to join us – tools will be provided, or bring your own. Basic DIY skills and enthusiasm warmly welcomed!

The maintenance day will run from 8 until 12 – stay for as little or as long as you can – refreshments will be provided.

Annual Parish Meeting – 13th April 2016

All residents of Sutton Benger Parish are invited to attend your Annual Parish Meeting Wednesday 13 April 2016.

Along with an update from the Parish Council and other village organisations, there will be presentations by:

  • Meril Morgan, Arts Development Officer, Wiltshire Council – Ideas for an arts project within the village using the Arts Funding (£24,000) received from Redrow’s Park development
  • Daniel Everett, Flood Drainage Engineer, Wiltshire Council – Details of the flood mitigation works in Seagry Road and on the High Street.

An informal social session rounds off the meeting when you will be able to enjoy some Cheese and Wine.

The Date: Wednesday 13th April 2016
The Time: 7.45pm
The Venue: Sutton Benger Village Hall

Contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk for further details on 07757 351584 or via the contact form.

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Clerk’s Report: February 2016

Notes from the Parish Council (PC) meeting held on Wednesday 10th February.

Four Councillors, the Parish Clerk and 2 members of the public attended the meeting.


A Community Grant of £100 was approved for the Sutton Benger Rugby Football Club towards the provision of new goalposts.

Planning Applications

Consideration was given to planning application – 16/100506/TCA at 3 Manor Farm Drive.

The PC resolved to make no objections to the application.

New Councillor

Mr Malcolm Bines was co-opted onto the Council – he was warmly welcomed by all present.

Defibrillator (Wellesley Arms)

The new cabinet has now been installed and the PC has now taken up responsibility for and maintenance of this Defib.

Crossing on the High Street

Following a disappointing response from Wiltshire Council who have put the matter on hold – it was decided to look into carrying out our own informal pedestrian count before committing expenditure to a formal one (which will cost approx. £1,000-£1,200).


It was agreed that Cllr Pope would liaise with the NDP’s Flooding & Drainage Group prior to the PC updating its Flood Plan.

Annual Parish Meeting

The Council will be inviting Meril Morgan, Wilts Council Arts Development Officer to make a presentation at the APM on the S106 Arts Contribution of £24,000 awarded to the village.  If you would be interested in joining a small team (4-5 people) to discuss possible Arts Projects for the village please contact the Clerk.

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Wednesday 13th April 2016 starting at 19:30.  This will be your chance to get an update from village organisations, including the Parish Council, about what has happened in the last 12 months and their plans for the future.  There will short presentations with ample opportunity to ask questions during the meeting followed by light refreshments and informal discussion afterwards.

Next Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council meeting will be on the Wednesday 9th March in the Village Hall starting at 19:45

Clerk’s Report: December 2015

Parish Council Latest News from Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk – December 2015

There is no Parish Council Meeting in December but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy….

Salt Bin – We have purchased a new high-capacity salt bin to ensure that the village has adequate supplies before the weather deteriorates.  It has been installed at the Village Hall on the left-hand side of the entrance (where the old recycling bins used to be).

B4069 Weight Restriction –Wiltshire Council is considering the implementation of a permanent 18 tonne weight restriction (except for access) for the route from Draycot Cerne to Lyneham.  However, prior to any final decision being taken, it has been decided that an informal pre-consultation process should take place, to ensure that there are no issues with the proposal and the Parish Council (PC) were asked to comment by 6th January 2016.  We have fully supported the proposal.

Draycot Cerne Chapel – Work was completed in early December 2015 on the new roof for the Draycot Cerne Chapel of Rest.  The result of the hard work by a small team of volunteers that set up a charity to repair and maintain this important and much loved, albeit abused feature of the DC community.

Many people don’t realise, but when the tiles were stolen from the roof, it became apparent that the chapel and graveyard is owned by the people of the village. It was given to the village in the late 1800’s. In the past it has always been maintained by village residents on a voluntary basis and since the early 1980s this has been done almost entirely by Rueben Couzens, to whom we are indebted.  The PC were pleased to support the repair of the roof by granting the Friends of Draycot Cerne Chapel £500 under the Community Grant Fund.

New Benches on the Rec – The PC has purchased two new benches costing £1,128, which are now installed on the Playing Field.  The benches were donated to the Sutton Benger Village Hall as part of the playground renovation project.

Arms Farm – the Appeal was Dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate on the 11 December 2015.

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Vacancies – there are currently 4 vacancies on the PC and it would be great to have some new Councillors to join us.  If we cannot fill the vacancies there is a danger that Wiltshire Council may have to make direct appointments of people (from outside our community) as parish councillors.  Please contact the Parish Clerk for more information or tel: 07757 351584.

Overgrown Hedges –Land owners (including Wiltshire Council) and occupiers are required by law to trim any hedge or grass next to a road, footway, cycle way or public right of way where the growth is preventing the passage, or affecting the safety, of the highway user, including cyclists and pedestrians.  Report an Overgrown Hedge, Verge or Footpath to:

Wiltshire Council Highways / Street Care Service – 0300 456 0105


Or via the MyWiltshire app – available to download at both the App Store (for iPhones and iPads) and from Google Play™ (for Android phones).

The next Parish Council Meeting is on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at the Sutton Benger Village Hall, commencing at 7.45pm.

We would like to Wish You All A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!