The past month has been a busy period for Wiltshire Council with a mix of good news and more difficult issues to deal with.  All these issues need careful management because at the point of delivery it is the residents of Wiltshire who are affected.  Whatever the issue the politicians and officers of the Council do their utmost to deliver the best possible service, but increasingly with diminishing resources.

A difficult issue has been the provision of education for children with special educational needs and disabilities.  Schools in the north of the county are already at full capacity and more space is needed as it is anticipated numbers will rise by an additional 70 places in this area alone by 2026.  Wiltshire Council is committing significant investment into the scheme to ensure pupils have schools which have sufficient space to meet their needs into the future.  A consultation is being run and people are being asked for feedback on three options:

  • Develop a single school
  • Develop two schools
  • Develop/continue three schools in Chippenham, Trowbridge and near Devizes

The results of the consultation will go back to Cabinet for any further action.

On a brighter note the Council is doing its utmost to help with the provision of more homes and to solve the problem of rough sleeping in the county.  A plan has been approved for an extra 22 dwellings at the Southview Park site in Trowbridge, where 28 council homes are already being built.  This latest addition to the county’s affordable housing stock is extra to the 158 homes which the Council already pledged to complete by 2020 with an investment of £30.5m.  They will be occupied by residents from Wiltshire Council’s housing waiting list.  Another success at attracting targeted Government funding has been the injection of over £300k to help to resolve the problem of rough sleepers in the County.  These are people with complex needs and the new funding will help both the Council and their agency/charity partners to help the more vulnerable in our society.

After a difficult few months, Keevil Parish Council has had its Annual Meeting, delivered its annual report and elected its Chairman and Vice Chairman.  All of this is voluntary work which takes a great deal of time for a few public spirited volunteers and we all ought to be very grateful for what these worthy souls do for our community.

Jonathon Seed-2

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