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Fredericks Wiltshire: Business loan fund

Wiltshire Council is working with the Fredericks Foundation and GWE Business West Ltd to deliver loans to viable small or micro businesses denied access to credit through the banking system.

For more information contact:

Terri Stevenson or Tim King on 01793 698023 or email terri@fredericksfoundation.net or tim@fredericksfoundation.net.

Wiltshire Council suggests solar panel caution

Wiltshire Council is encouraging homeowners to consider carefully the long term implications before agreeing to install solar panels on their homes.

Sue Wilkin, senior public protection officer at the council, said although solar panels could bring about savings, homeowners needed to be aware of the long term commitments. There would be a legally binding lease agreement with the company who carried out the installation. Homeowners with a mortgage must advise their mortgage companies of their intentions, because not to do so would be a breach of the terms of their mortgage.

Once agreed the panels must stay, even when the homeowner wants to sell. Anyone wishing to purchase the property would do so subject to that lease. Leases for solar panels were not always the same. Gains to be made from the scheme were not the same with each supplier and small print should be read carefully. Some leases did not provide for repairs which then became the liability of the homeowner.
Some solar panels were self cleaning and others required professional cleaning at regular intervals to remain effective. Some were extremely heavy and unsuitable for certain roof structures.

Sue Wilkin advised: “Schemes such as grants for insulation, solar panels or any other home improvement should be properly looked into before agreement. The companies offering the schemes are businesses, and their primary concern is to make money, and salesmen will not necessarily give people the best advice. If people are unsure, they should talk to Consumer Direct on 08454 040506. If they are thinking of solar panels, and have a mortgage they should talk to their mortgage company before signing up.
Even though people may have legal rights to change their mind for a short time, if they signed up when the salesman called, people may still end up paying some charges if they later don’t go ahead. If people succumb to the salesman’s chat and are then worried, they should take advice immediately before their rights expire.”

Mobile libraries – biennial route review

Wiltshire libraries have four public mobile libraries and one residential homes mobile. Between them they visit over 400 stops in communities across the county. The service offers a wide range of stock, including large print, talking books, DVDs, and children’s titles. Stops range from ten minutes at some locations to two hours in larger communities; the public mobile libraries operate on a fortnightly timetable and the residential home mobile library visits on a four weekly rota.

Every two years these stops are reviewed to ensure they are located in the right place, promoted to the community effectively and new stops added where possible. It is also an opportunity to check library services are provided in the most appropriate way; for example, would some residents be better served by the home library service that comes direct to the customer’s home?

Wiltshire Council will be contacting parish councils in the New Year to help with the route review process. Public consultation will take place from February to April 2012; in the meantime, any suggestions for new stops or new locations for existing ones should be communicated to Rebecca Bolton, outreach services manager on 01225 713706 or email rebecca.bolton@wiltshire.gov.uk New mobile timetables are expected to start on 1 July 2012. Current timetables can be viewed at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries

Proposed Dog Control Orders

Wiltshire Council carried out an informal consultation exercise
commencing in February 2011 regarding the intention to make new Dog Control Orders which will consolidate and make consistent those made by the predecessor authorities.

They propose to formally consult on the following proposals, with a view to bringing in new orders on 1 May 2012:
1. Cleaning up after a dog has fouled
A comprehensive order will be made covering most land in towns and villages to which the public have a right of access.
2. Dog Exclusion
Dogs will be excluded from all enclosed children’s play areas and from areas covered by an existing order.
3. Dogs on Lead
This will not be used generally, except to confirm an area already covered by an existing order.
4. Dogs on Leads, at the instruction of an authorised officer
A comprehensive order will be made covering the same land as would be covered under 1 above. It is not envisaged that this power will be used except where it appears that a dog is not under proper control.
Parish Councils also have the power to make Dog Control Orders and to enforce them using their own officers, subject to certain restrictions.

Principally, those restrictions mean that the Parish Council is not permitted to make orders which contradict those made by the Principal Authority, and it can only authorise officers to
take enforcement action who have attended a training session approved by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Clearly it would be sensible for Wiltshire Council to consider the aspirations of Parish Councils when making orders. However any aspirations need to consider the limited resources which both Wiltshire Council and Parish Councils have to enforce any orders.
Therefore, they will agree to insert specific areas of land into the proposed control orders, over and above the proposals outlined above, at the specific request of a Parish Council relating
to areas where dogs are excluded or where dogs must be put on leads. However, this is on the strict understanding the relevant Parish Council accept responsibility for enforcing these additional areas.

Wilts Council intend for formal consultation to commence on the proposed orders on or soon after 20 January 2012, so that the new orders can come into force on 1 May 2012.

Any concerns should be addressed to:
Graham Steady
Environmental Control and Protection Team
165 Bradley Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 0RD

What matters to you?

This is a survey being run by Wiltshire Council “to help us find out more
about the views of the people of Wiltshire”.

Link

Wednesday 23 May 2012 - Olympic Torch

The Torch will be coming to Wiltshire next year in the lead up to the London Olympic Games.

Where will the Torch be going?
Wednesday 23 May 2012 - morning
Chippenham
Calne
Marlborough
Royal Wootton Bassett

Only in the towns themselves will the Torch actually be carried by a Torch Bearer and visible to spectators. Between these towns, the Torch will be carried in what might be called the Torch Protection Van (or something like that). So if you want to see the torch, get yourself to Marlborough or Wootton Bassett.

Actual route and timings still to be advised, so this item will be updated when we have more news.

Bonfire Party with Fireworks - Saturday 5th Nov 2011 - Hallam

Bonfire Party with Fireworks - Saturday 5th Nov - Hallam
6pm - Gates Open
6:30 - Bonfire lighting
7:00 - Fireworks

Hallam, Ogbourne St George
Tickets £1
From Lesley Ayres Tel: 01672 841185 & Nicky Irwin Tel: 01793741216

Refreshments to buy including:
Soup, Hot dogs, Mulled wine, Toffee Apples

Downloadable Nomination Paper Pack

As the nomination period has now closed, this is no longer available.

Timetable for Parish Council Elections on Thursday 24 November 2011

Publication of Notice of Election Thursday 20 October 2011

Wiltshire Council has published its Timetable of Proceedings for Election on Thursday 24 November 2011, for Ogbourne St George Parish Council. See below.

The Election will be held in the Village Hall.

The Notice of Election will be displayed within the parish on 20th October 2011. A copy will also be published on the Wiltshire Council website on the same day.

Nomination packs (which give you all the relevant information) can be obtained from these sources:
1) The Electoral Services department of Wiltshire Council, telephone: 0300 4560112, email: elections@wiltshire.gov.uk, or
2) The Clerk Cliff Freeman, 01672 841388. on and after 20 Oct.

Nomination Papers can be received by the Returning Officer from Friday 21 October until the statutory deadline of noon on Friday 28 October 2011. Any completed Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Wiltshire Council, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER.

The Clerk, Cliff Freeman, will have a Register of Electors available, which can be used by prospective Candidates to obtain the electoral numbers of people who subscribe the Nomination Paper as proposer and seconder.

If by the deadline for receipt of Nomination Papers less than 5 validly nominated Candidates are standing for election, then the unfilled seats will have to be filled by a further election on a date to be decided by the Returning Officer. This is because registered have requested that an election be held to fill all vacancies. It will not be possible to co-opt new councillors to any unfilled seats.

Publication of Notice of Election Thursday 20 October 2011
Receipt of Nominations noon Friday 28 October 2011
Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated noon on Tuesday 1 November 2011
Withdrawal of Candidate noon on Wednesday 2 November 2011
Last Date for Registration Wednesday 9 November 2011
Deadline to changes to existing postal or proxy arrangements 5:00 pm Wednesday 9 November 2011
Receipt of New Postal Vote Applications 5:00 pm Wednesday 9 November 2011
Issue Postal Votes Monday 14 November 2011
Publication of Notice of Poll Wednesday 16 November 2011
Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Wednesday 16 November 2011
Appointment of Poll and Count Agents Thursday 17 November 2011
First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers Friday 18 November 2011
Open Postal Votes Wednesday 23 November 2011
Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers 5:00 pm Thursday 24 November 2011
Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Thursday 24 November 2011
Day of Poll 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 24 November 2011
Declaration of Candidates Expenses Thursday 22 December 2011
Dated Friday 14 October 2011
Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Wiltshire Electoral Services, Monkton Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1ER

Wiltshire Police now has a new non emergency number - 101

Wiltshire Police has changed its non-emergency number to 101.

The 101 number is being introduced nationally in phases and on 19 September it was launched across forces in the South West, including Wiltshire.

Although 999 is a well recognised number to report emergencies, the 2010 British Crime Survey found that only half of the public knew which number to call if they wanted to speak to their local police about policing, non-urgent crime and anti-social behaviour.

Wiltshire Police’s Head of Contact Management, Chief Inspector Charlie Armstrong, said: “Changing our non emergency contact number to 101 makes it much easier for people to contact us. It is easy to remember and will be used by all forces across the country by the beginning of 2012.

“We are constantly looking for ways to build on and improve our service to the public and this change is a positive one that we are confident will be welcomed by our communities.”

Wiltshire Police Authority Chairman, Christopher Hoare, said: “The introduction of 101 provides the public of Wiltshire and Swindon with an easier number to remember for contacting Wiltshire Police.

“Calls to 101 are automatically directed to the nearest police force, so I can assure the public that calls from Wiltshire will be answered by Wiltshire Police staff.”

Calls to 101 cost 15p per call, irrespective of how long that call may last. This applies to landlines and mobile phones.

People with hearing or speech impairments are able to use the non emergency textphone number 18001 101.

The 101 number replaces the existing non-emergency number (0845 408 7000) for Wiltshire Police. The 101 number should be used for all non-emergencies such as: reporting a crime, contacting local officers, getting crime prevention advice, making an appointment with a police officer or making us aware of policing issues in your area.

It does not replace 999, which should be used in an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.

To find out more about 101, visit the Wiltshire Police website www.wiltshire.police.uk or look out for posters and flyers that have been distributed countywide.


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