URGENT PLEA FOR MORE LITTER PICKERS
In view of the departure of three of our litter pickers, the group keeping Corsley clean and tidy is now too small to keep going alone. So to those who feel aggrieved that so much litter is thrown onto our verges and lay-bys, could we ask for more help for about an hour a month?
We meet opposite the Royal Oak at 10am on the first Saturday in the month. For more information, please ring Cath Aylesbury on 832603.
Thursday 28th September, Corsley Reading Room
Doors open at 7 pm, film begins at 7.30 pm
Viceroy's House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India where, in 1947, Lord Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. The film's story unfolds within that great house with the Mountbattens living upstairs whilst downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. A great cast is led by Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten and Gillian Anderson as his extraordinary wife Edwina. Gurinder Chadha has directed a heartfelt and very personal drama about the partition of India, which shows both the stunning beauty of the country and the people as well as the tragedy when religion and politics collide.
We're also hoping to show a short film to start the evening – with a Corsley theme!
Refreshments and licenced bar
Tickets £6 either on the door on the night or from Acres Supply
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)
Operation Christmas Child
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Since 1990, more than 146 million children in over 150 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.
Shoeboxes, leaflets and labels will be distributed at the church services on October 1st and 8th. The filled shoeboxes will then be collected at services on November 5th and 12th. The leaflets that accompany the shoeboxes detail what can be put in the shoeboxes. The shoeboxes are then distributed across the world to areas where they are most needed.
Some homes in Corsley now able to receive superfast broadband!
By the end of 2018, most residents of Corsley will have access to a much improved broadband service. For most homeowners, this means at least 24Mbps and for some, even better speeds of up to 80Mbps!
23rd June — Deep Lane
Power to the much anticipated box at Deep Lane/A362 should be laid by September, with cabinet installation and commissioning following shortly after. Early indications are that customer orders from those to be served by this cabinet may be able to be taken service providers by end September/early October.
23rd June — St Margaret's Church
It is hoped to have a date for the power upgrade to the St Margaret's Church cabinet soon (hopefully during July), with installation and commissioning happening soon after.
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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