October is a month of change both in our weather and our politics. The Party Conference season is over – although the relevance of these political jamborees seems ever less relevant to our local lives here in Wiltshire. Our weather has certainly turned and as you read this in November winter will be upon us with all the seasonal changes that that brings to our everyday lives. Wiltshire Council has also addressed political change and has put a submission, with cross Party support, to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, the body that determines our future political map. This august body has already determined that our Councillor numbers will stay unchanged at 98 in order to support our successful Area Board system. However, there needs to be a redistribution of voters across many Council Divisions in order to make them all within a ten percent equality of each other. This means significant change in many Divisions and very little in others. Only time will tell whether the Commission will accept our carefully crafted local suggestion or impose their own. One aspect we are certain of is that by the spring of next year we will know what the future local government map of Wiltshire will look like.

In our own area of Summerham and Seend the local proposal is for Semington, Steeple Ashton, Keevil and Great Hinton to form a new south Melksham rural Division taking in Berryfields, Broughton Gifford and Bowerhill industrial area. Seend, Bulkington and Poulshot look set to join with Potterne, Erlestoke, Worton, Marston and Coulston to form a new Devizes community area Division. Any individual or Council can put a submission to the LGBCE and if residents are unhappy with the proposals they should do so.

There is also a great deal of other activity in Wiltshire that is for the good of our residents and our future. Regardless of how central government feels there is little doubt that local government is deep into a period of austerity. We have had to make significant budget efficiencies for many years. Central government funding for this financial year was poor and next year looks even worse. However the good news is that Wiltshire will cope even though our belt tightening is reaching the point of showing itself in service delivery. It is during these periods of financial difficulty that some compassionate decisions taken by the Council shine out even more brightly. One such example is the recent decision to allow care leavers a council tax exemption from when they leave care aged 18 until they are 25. This really will help some of the most vulnerable in our society to get ahead after an uncertain start and it is a measure of our local democracy that such decisions can be made in the middle of a period of such austerity.

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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
Via my website
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
Via his own website or Facebook Page Councillor Jonathon Seed.

Contact Wiltshire Council itself on 0300 456 0100 or visit

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