The Litter Pickers are no more...
It is with regret that, due to lack of any volunteers stepping forward to act as contact/organiser for the Corsley Litter Pickers, Cath Aylesbury has decided to hang up her picker and hi‐viz jacket after 10 years of sterling service to the village. The Corsley Litter Pickers are therefore no longer meeting for their monthly, hour‐long clean‐up of our village.
If you feel inclined to take up the reigns, please contact the Editor.
Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches
Saturday 18th November
10am – 12 noon
47 High Street, Chapmanslade
Hosted by Sue and Andy Fear
Annual General Meeting
7.30 pm, Thursday 23rd November
Corsley Reading Room ‐ Main Hall
What a lovely day we had!
We had a bumper Bank Holiday Show this year. Thank you to all those who helped and came along on a record‐breaking good‐weather day.
We have put money aside for donations but our main focus is to put on a great show for our Centenary in 2018, an opportunity for local groups to have a stall and make money for themselves, as many did this year.
The Corsley Show Charitable Trust has been established which means we do not have to make donations all in one fell swoop once a year. The nitty gritty will be discussed at our AGM, Details of how to make applications for donations will be publicised in The Bridge magazine after that.
In the meantime, we have a few items of lost property: 1 bracelet; 3 water bottles; 1 2/3yr-old hoodie; 1 pair sunglasses; 1 sunglasses case, 1 cuddly toy and 1 Pokeman baseball cap. I am happy to say we found a home for some car keys, a mobile phone and a rucksack!
The accounts for the 2017 Show are now available here. Those members attending the AGM are asked to bring a copy with them if possible. Those members whose email addresses we have will have received a copy via email.
For more information ring Jenny Rutty 01373 832418
The 18 tonne weight limit on the A362
Proposed weight limits in Western Wiltshire and the A303/A350 junction
The proposed weight limits for Corsley, Maiden Bradley and Chapmanslade are environmental weight limits. As a direct consequence of implementing these environmental weight limits, the council's consultants forecast an increase in right turning HGV movements at the A303/A350 junction. Without significant improvements here the increase in HGV movements would have a detrimental impact on road safety.
The Government has a long term commitment to creating a new Expressway to the South West. The A303/A350 junction falls within the section between Chicklade Bottom to Mere. The long term proposal for this section includes a combination of on-line and off-line widening to create a dual carriageway throughout the section and includes a bypass around Chicklade and a grade‐separated interchange would be introduced at the A350.
At a time when resources are under increasing pressure it would seem profligate to spend public funds on design, land acquisition and implementation knowing that there was a commitment for a more comprehensive scheme at the A303/A350 junction. Highways England will soon be considering potential improvements for the next round of the Road Improvement Strategy. During the consultation process the council has highlighted the wider importance of improvements to the A303/A350 junction.
Chapmanslade Parish Council has asked for a 7.5T weight limit to be implemented ahead of other weight limits in Western Wiltshire (ie Maiden Bradley and Corsley Heath). Our response hasn't changed and remains that due to the likely re-assignment of HGV traffic, a 7.5 tonne weight limit for Chapmanslade is likely to increase the HGV traffic through Maiden Bradley and/or Corsley Heath, both of which have similar issues with HGVs as Chapmanslade. Therefore, a weight limit that is made in isolation in Chapmanslade (or indeed either of the other two aforementioned settlements) is considered to be inappropriate.
Excerpt from Wiltshire Council email
The 40mph speed limit in Corsley Heath
In relation to your suggestion for a lower speed limit on the A362 at Corsely Heath I can advise that in October 2009 DfT Circular 01/06 'Setting Local Speed Limits' was adopted as the basis for the Council's speed limit strategy. The circular requested that Highway Authorities complete an assessment of existing speed limits on 'A' and 'B' Class roads and implement any amendments by 2011.
The review of speed limits was completed in late 2009 and the findings of the review were circulated to all Parish Councils in December 2009 in the form of a CD entitled 'peed limit review A and B class roads'. The A362 at Corsley Heath was assessed as part of this review and the existing 40 mph limit was confirmed to be correct and appropriate. The assessment sheet for the A362 is attached for information.
It should be noted that Circular 01/06 was superseded in January 2013 by Circular 01/2013, however the criteria for 30 and 40mph limits remains unchanged.
I would advise that it has previously been agreed by the Council that speed limits on 'A' and 'B' class roads would not be subject to re‐review unless substantive environmental change, such as new frontage development, has occurred. Unless changes have occurred on the A362 since the review the council would be unable to consider the reduction of the speed limit through Corsley Heath to a 30mph as requested.
I accept this was probably not the response the PC were wishing for but I hope the above information is of use to you.
Wiltshire Council lorry watch scheme — briefing note
Reference: telecon Jasper/Hutchinson (7th September 2017)
Mr Hutchinson is the Senior Trading Standards Officer for Wiltshire Council responsible for the Lorry Watch Scheme. The official scheme works as follows:
*Can lead to prosecution at this stage.
The vehicle registration numbers (VRN) are put through the Police IT interface with the DVLA and currently this is an issue. They only have sufficient capacity to cater for the existing official schemes. The police have been looking for a volunteer to input the data for all the schemes in Wiltshire for over a year. Unsurprisingly one has not been forthcoming, it is a considerable amount of work and needs an individual to be employed to carry out the task.
Corsley Lorry Watch will be submitting their sightings in a pilot scheme to establish access to the official scheme. Separately, the Parish Council need to apply to the Police and Crime Commissioner for resolution of the data input issue. This is a resource issue and will not be straightforward.
Corlsey Parish Council (Streetscene)
Even more homes in Corsley now able to receive superfast broadband!
The Court Lane area (Lyes Green) are now able to order high‐speed broadband. This triangular area, two sides of which being Court Lane, is now live. This is the first deployment of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) in the village. This technology is also under consideration for some other areas of the parish with speeds of up to 300Mbps being achievable.
The cabinet at Deep Lane has, once again, been delayed. More news on progress is expected w/c 30th October.
The cabinet at St Margaret's church has now been installed. It is in the latter stages of commissioning along with updates at the exchange. It is expected that orders will start to be taken around the end of October.
For local updates visit Corsley Broadband Project
Reporting grounds, cleaning and local highway issues to Wiltshire Council
To ensure issues are addressed it is vital that reports are made through the ‘MyWiltshire’ system – accessed either by:
If using the website or Apps, you can upload a photograph for a more immediate and accurate assessment of the priority need.
What can I report?
- Bus shelters
- Car parks
- Council furniture and signs
- Dead animal in the road or on the verge
- Dog mess
- Footpaths (pavements) and kerbs
- Grass, weeds, hedges and shrubs
- Materials on road
- Mud on road
- Needles and syringes
- Oil/debris on the road
- Pedestrian crossing
- Public toilets
- Public litter bins
- Public right of way
- Roads, drains and manholes
- Salt bins
- Street lighting
- Street litter and sweeping
- Traffic lights
These services now depend entirely upon active reporting and follow-up
Don't expect things to be fixed
if YOU don't report it!
Want to find out about roadworks?
Click here and choose ‘Interactive Roadworks Map’ to view the current status of all roadworks being carried out by the Council and the utility companies (e.g. gas, electricity, water).
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