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.

Christmas waste collections and HRC opening times

Waste and recycling collection dates will not change over the Christmas and New Year period, as waste collection crews will be working as normal on Bank Holidays Monday 27, Tuesday 28 December 2021, and Monday 3 January 2022.
Garden waste collections
will stop for two weeks over this period as normal. The last collections will take place on Friday 24 December and they will restart on Monday 10 January 2022.
Residents can check their waste, recycling and garden waste collection online at wiltshire.gov.uk/WasteCollectionDays
Household recycling centre (HRC) opening times and dates will change over the Christmas and New Year period and residents are advised to check online before visiting an HRC at wiltshire.gov.uk/household-recycling-centres HRCs that normally open on Fridays will be open on Christmas Eve, 24 December from 10am but will close at 1pm. All HRCs will be closed on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 December and Saturday 1 January 2022. Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days.
Christmas recycling messages:
At Christmas time many of us generate more waste than usual. We would like everyone to do their bit by recycling as much of their waste as possible. Our kerbside recycling collection service helps make this easy to do.
In addition to the everyday items people tend to recycle in their blue lidded bin and black box, people can add items including wrapping paper, providing it scrunches into a ball*; cardboard packaging, plastic sweet tubs (up to 5 litres), mince pie foil cases, drinks cans, glass bottles, and Christmas cards without glitter. Local charity shops may be happy to receive donations of unwanted Christmas presents.
It is important that people do not place batteries or electrical items into any of their bins. These items can cause fires in collection vehicles or at waste processing and sorting facilities. These should be disposed of at HRCs instead.
Households with extra recyclable materials such as cans, cardboard and paper can placed these in suitable alternative containers alongside their bin for collection. Flatten cardboard and wash and squash plastic bottles and cartons and put the lids back on as this will help make more room in your blue-lidded bin.
Collection of real Christmas trees:
People who pay to have their garden waste collected can put their real Christmas tree, alongside their garden waste bin on their first collection in January. We will collect your tree for composting, or they can support local charities by paying a small donation to have your tree collected via the Just Helping scheme at https://charityxmastreecollection.com/.
For information about local recycling centres, recycling Christmas trees, collection days and advice on how to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible during the festive period visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling.
*The scrunch test is when you try to squeeze paper into a ball. If it stays in a ball, it is most likely the wrapping paper is made of paper only. If it does not, it is likely the paper contains other materials, which means we cannot collect it for recycling.

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: tazril.tamin@wiltshire.gov.uk 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!

Seagry Road Closure – 16-30 August 2021

Wiltshire Council – Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Closure of: Seagry Road (Part), Sutton Benger (Ref: TTRO 7363)

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to temporarily close to all traffic:
Seagry Road (Part), Sutton Benger; from the property known as The Old Byre, Willowbrook End for approximately 60m in a northerly direction.
To enable: Wessex Water to carry out installation of new sewer main and associated apparatus.
Alternative route: via Seagry Road (unaffected length), B4069, B4122, A429, A429, C166, Scotland Hill, Henn Lane, Seagry Road (unaffected length) and vice versa.
The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.
This Order will come into operation on 16 August 2021 and the closure will be required until 30 August 2021. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.
For further information please contact Stephanie Clark on the behalf of Wessex Water on 0345 6004600.