October News from Councillor Jonathon SeedJonathon Seed-2

“Money makes the world go round” was the catchy ditto of a film that I watched in my youth. However many a true word said in jest also rings true and locally we are truly seeing the effects of local finance on our local lives. Some good and some less good. Local politicians are having to do more with less funding which is fine whilst efficiencies can be made but eventually there must come a point where there is nothing left to cut without seeing the effects on front line services.

Consider our local Police. I sit on the Police and Crime Panel which monitors police performance and holds the Wiltshire Police and a Crime Commissioner to account. At our last meeting we asked searching questions on police manning and what policing we really can expect to see in our local area. Wiltshire Police are doing their best with reduced funding and have reorganised county policing to make it as efficient as possible but they can no longer cover leave, sickness and recruitment gaps so they simply have to factor these in, meaning 40% less policemen on the ground than they would like. However Wiltshire remains one of the safest places to live in the Country and for that we remain grateful.

There is good news in Melksham which is receiving all of the very significant investment committed to the Town by Wiltshire Council. The £7m Oaks Sports Centre is complete, the £200k skatepark is complete, the £500k investment in the market place is a vast improvement and looks grand. The Campus plans were unveiled in October and will be complete by the 2020. Sadly no other market Town will get similar investment and local Councillors have done their job in securing this major local investment.

The theme in all of the above is that your elected local Councillors at whatever level have to do what they can for local communities with the funding available and there are always going to be winners and losers. Our aim is always to ensure that our local area gets the very best deal possible.

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 November Newsletter