Parish Council news for February 2015

B3980 – The county council have given notice of plans to do extensive repairs to the B3980 this summer from Westbury to Lavington.

Speedwatch – We are looking for volunteers to join our small band that help keep speeding through the village down please contact our co –coordinator on  831029   if you can spare a little time, it’s not too onerous as we share the speeding device with other villages in the area.  Full training given, hi viz jackets provided.

Village Litter Pick  21 March 9.30 am – Meet in the Church car park. Volunteers needed so please come and help keep our lovely village tidy. The more of us that turn up the easier it is to cover the village. Grab sticks bags and high viz jackets provided. See you there.

Annual Parish Council Meeting  20 April – Advance warning for you to put in your diaries more information next month.

Dog Owners – with Spring around the corner, the cows will soon be out in the fields again. Please pick up your dog poo as cows would prefer not to have their dinner polluted.

Planning – various tree works to The Filberts 5 Lower Road

Next Parish Council Meeting – 9 March in the Parish Hall. All meetings open to the public.


Edington Housing Needs Survey

Last year your Parish Council conducted a Housing Needs Survey in order to inform the development of a new village plan for the years ahead.

The response rate of 47% was really good for a survey of this nature and has given your Parish Council sufficient information to develop plans for the future. The survey includes parts of Bratton, including Bonnie Park, which lie within the Edington Parish boundaries. The main outcomes of the survey are:

1) The village comprises 92% of owner occupiers, with 4% socially rented and 2% rented from a landlord ( figures are approximations);

2) 75% of the population have lived in the village in excess of 10 years. The age group is largely in the 45 + age group;

3) 75% of the respondents are in favour of new homes in the village, with 58% supporting new starter homes for the young and a significant number in favour of social rented accommodation. There is no perceived demand for large, expensive developments.

The full survey results are available on the Wiltshire Council web-site and on the Edington Parish web-site.

Thank you to all those who took the time to complete the survey and help the Parish Council in formulating the future for your village.

Eric Mitchell

Chair, Edington Parish Council