April News from Councillor Jonathon SeedJonathon Seed-2

The Budget setting Council took place in County Hall last month and the result was that the proposal for an increase in Council Tax of 5.99% was overwhelmingly approved by the Council. There was very little opposition to the proposal with only a tiny part of the financial settlement being debated at all. It was clear from the debate that Councillors voted for this with some reluctance because they recognised the difficulties that such an increase could cause residents. However the Councillors were persuaded that the severe cuts in central Government funding left them with little choice but to pass the budget proposed by the administration of Wiltshire Council. The result will be a maintenance of most of the front line services that the Council delivers albeit with some small changes. This reflects less on over £20million efficiencies which Wiltshire Council has had to make this year but more on the juggling act that those administering your Council Tax have had to perform. We simply have had to get used to doing more with less whilst at the same time asking Town and Parish Councils to help by taking over some services.

Last month locals and local communities had to manage their way through some of the most severe weather that we have seen for many years. The bitter cold and isolation experienced because of the drifting snow gave us a taste of managing for ourselves. The great British community spirit really did shine through in many of our local areas with many of those with four wheel drive vehicles readily offering their assistance to those more vulnerable members of the community. This was in addition to people walking to offer help where help was needed. Many old people were helped for the first time through social media messages asking for individuals to be checked and the value of town and village Facebook pages really became apparent. At times like this it is worth every community taking a look at its community emergency plan and updating on how severe cold weather can be addressed by people pulling together. This does not need to be a major planning exercise but could be something as simple as just jotting down who needs help in very severe cold weather and who can and will help in these circumstances.

Last month also brought the terrible tragedy of the nerve agent poisoning to Salisbury and all our thoughts are with those who suffered in the appalling crime. The incident showed that we can never really escape the difficulties of our modern world, however far removed that we may seem from the centre of political and cosmopolitan activity. However the incident also gave us much to be proud of in Wiltshire with our Police service and its members responding magnificently to the challenge. Other services and local government partners also responded in an exemplary manner not only in the immediate handling of the incident but in the longer term reassurance of a concerned local community. All of this ranged from the heroic actions of individuals on the day through strong local community leadership to individuals just providing a cuppa for those on duty through this dreadful time.

All in all a great example of the stuff that our County is made of.

If you need to contact me I am always happy to help, all the ways you can get in touch are below:

Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Email: jonathon.seed@wiltshire.gov.uk
Via my website www.jonathonseed.com
You can also Like and Follow my Facebook Page Councillor Jonathon Seed.

About Wiltshire Council

Whilst the Parish Council is the first tier of local government, the second tier (and only other in Wiltshire) is the unitary authority, Wiltshire Council. Keevil and the villages of Bulkington, Great Hinton, Poulshot, Seend, Semington, and Steeple Ashton form the electoral Division of ‘Summerham and Seend’.

October 2017: Read the Introduction to the new 10 Year Plan for Wiltshire in this Challenges and Opportunities presentation: Challenges and opportunities ahead meetings – Sept18 (lbv3)

Your elected member on Wiltshire Council is Councillor Jonathon Seed (Conservative), who represents the Summerham and Seend division. He is also Portfolio Holder for Flooding and Military Covenant. See his full details here, including attendance records, register of interests, and committee appointments.

You can contact Councillor Jonathon Seed by:
Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Email: jonathon.seed@wiltshire.gov.uk
Via his own website www.jonathonseed.com or Facebook Page Councillor Jonathon Seed.

Contact Wiltshire Council itself on 0300 456 0100 or visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk

There is a full list of Wiltshire Councillors here, plus all associated information.

Highway Newsletter from Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste:
Cllr Wayman’s February 2018
Cllr Wayman’s November Newsletter