Our elected member on Wiltshire Council is Councillor Jonathon Seed (Conservative), who represents the Summerham and Seend division. See his full details here, including attendance records, register of interests, and committee appointments.
JUNE NEWS FROM COUNCILLOR JONATHON SEED
COVID continues to dominate but we are learning to live with the restrictions on our daily lives. We are lucky that here in Wiltshire the number of cases has been mercifully low but every death from any cause, including COVID, remains a personal and family tragedy. Many of us are also lucky that we have been able to enjoy the readily accessible stunning Wiltshire countryside and also enjoy our gardens during lockdown. Furthermore the gardens that I have seen have never looked better than they do now with all the extra care and attention that they have been getting during lockdown.
Another lesson that we are learning during the pandemic is that we do not have to travel to meet face to face in order to have meaningful discussions. Many people who would have been unsure about conducting a virtual meeting have rapidly mastered the mysteries of Zoom and Teams. The first few zoom Parish council meetings that I attended would not have been able to fit the members of the public in virtual attendance into their usual meeting rooms and it is good to see this new-found interest in local democracy. Virtual meetings may well be something to consider again when the nights draw in and the weather worsens and people are much more likely to attend a virtual rather than a physical meeting on a cold, dark and wet winters night.
Wiltshire Council has also held its first virtual Council meeting and this worked well apart form the failure of the electronic voting method. Melksham Area Board community meetings have been well attended and we are also holding virtual Area Planning Meetings. However the news from the Council is very gloomy in financial terms. Like central government, local government spending to look after people and services during the pandemic has been high. Sadly we will see the stark effects of this high spending on services during the coming months and years. Changes and efficiencies are being made but inevitably there will have to be cuts to services in the medium term.
Changes have also been made to democratic representation and elections. My own Police and Crime Commissioner election has been postponed until May next year but I remain determined to fight that election. Government has also legislated against any other elections or By Elections before May 2021 and this includes both Wiltshire Council and Parish Council vacancies. Parish Councils can however co-opt for a vacancy – provided residents do not call for a By Election!
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 www.jonathonseed.com
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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)
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.