Our elected member on Wiltshire Council is Councillor Jonathon Seed (Conservative), who represents the Summerham and Seend division. He is also Portfolio Holder for Flooding. See his full details here, including attendance records, register of interests, and committee appointments.
OCTOBER NEWS FROM COUNCILLOR JONATHON SEED
Wiltshire Council does not shut down for the summer but there is a pause in political activity for the month of August. Committees tend not to sit and it gives Members and officers a chance to take a break. The Executive of the Council continues to govern and we manage to achieve this without any great scenes of anguish from our members or challenges in the Courts! Perhaps if our members of Parliament faced the same challenges as our Councillors in delivering daily services to the people that elected them they would face reality a little more readily!
Another interesting comparison between Wiltshire and Westminster is that we both elected a new leader at a similar time. In Wiltshire our new leader, Philip Whitehead, has quietly and firmly taken up the reins of local government without fuss and with a new Cabinet drawn from across the County. Philip has held two cabinet appointments (Highways and Finance) and is well prepared for his new role. His predecessor has gracefully held back from involvement in County Hall and the transition of power has been pretty seamless and without fuss. Again there is a lesson here for Westminster.
Many residents are expressing increasing concern at speeding in their communities. The first check that needs to be done is whether this concern is reflected by the evidence of speeding. A device called a metro count is installed at the request of the local town or parish council and this measures speeds at a specific and agreed point over a set period of days. If the results produce evidence of genuine speeding then addressing the issue can be achieved using a range of measures including Community Speed Watch, Speed Indicator Devices or police enforcement. Which of these is employed will depend on the evidence produced by the Count. So if you have concerns about speeding in a particular area of your community you should contact your local parish council and they will assess the problem and address the issue with Wiltshire Council.
Finally, another success for Wiltshire Council is the declaration by Friends of the Earth that Wiltshire tops the league of Councils in Climate Friendly credentials. This is being driven by a passion by the new leader and his administration to genuinely address climate change and move to reduce carbon emissions in the County. In addition the Cabinet of Wiltshire Council recently approved a detailed and effective air quality strategy. All this is a measured determination to make the environment that we live in both greener and safer.
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.