Free Event on Friday April 12th at the Ramsbury Memorial Hall.
Free Event on Friday April 12th at the Ramsbury Memorial Hall.
Wiltshire Council is currently engaged in a consultation with the Local Government Boundary Commission, and proposed changes will affect Froxfield.
Put simply, Wiltshire County is further broken into ‘divisions’ and we are currently included in Ramsbury and Aldbourne and represented at the council by James Sheppard. Our village interests are also represented by Parish Councillors at the Marlborough Area Board and the Marlborough Community Area Transport Group.
However, the Boundary Commission is proposing that Froxfield Parish should now be aligned with those of Bedwyn and Burbage and included in the newly-named Pewsey Vale East division.
This would have a significant impact on the way Froxfield is represented both at the local level and at Wiltshire County. We would have a new Councillor and be incorporated into the Pewsey Area Board and Pewsey CATG.
This link: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/14518 leads to an interactive map showing the existing boundary — where Froxfield has links to the villages north of the A4 — and overlays proposed new boundary, which would see Froxfield linked with The Bedwyns to become part of the Pewsey Vale East district.
Councillor James Sheppard attended the meeting of the Froxfield Parish Council on Monday night (last night) and reported that he was unhappy with this situation and did not want to ‘lose’ Froxfield from his remit. He explained that the new division boundaries are intended to ‘even out’ the numbers of people represented by each councillor. However, they take no account of the historic connections of the areas concerned.
Most significantly, the new boundary division would mean that Froxfield would no longer have its Parochial and Local Authority boundaries in sync. We are in the Diocese of Salisbury, as part of the Whitton Benefice which also includes Ramsbury, Axford, Chilton Foliat, Baydon and Aldbourne, and with this proposed move, we would lose our historical county administrative links to these and the other northern villages.
Furthermore, Froxfield Parish Council has been working for a number of years with the Marlborough CATG to achieve a better design of the A4 through the village to reduce speeding. Currently, we are on the CATG priority list for action and surveys of the road at the village entrances as well as the area in the centre at the junction of Brewhouse Hill have been completed. All this progress might well be jeopardised by a move to a new area, governed by new priorities and with different budget restraints.
James Sheppard revealed that Wiltshire Council has a special meeting on March 25th where councillors will dedicate the entire meeting to discussing and debating the proposed division changes.
Froxfield Parish Council will object to the change of boundaries in the strongest terms. However, individual submissions can also be made and will have an impact on the decision-making process.
We would encourage all Froxfield residents to follow the link: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/14518 to view the interactive map and then follow the link to make their objections to the boundary changes.
Alternatively, email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Correspondence relating to the review – and consultation responses can be addressed to:
Review Officer (Wiltshire)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England 1st Floor, Windsor House,
50 Victoria Street,
Although we have until April 15th to submit our thoughts on the changes — doing so in advance of March 25th will definitely help our case when this is debated at the Wiltshire County Council.
Froxfield Vice Chair
The Marlborough Area Board currently covers the parishes of Aldbourne, Avebury, Baydon, Berwick Bassett, Broad Hinton, Chilton Foliat, East Kennett, Froxfield, Fyfield, Marlborough, Mildenhall, Ogbourne St. Andrew, Ogbourne St. George, Preshute, Ramsbury, Savernake, West Overton, Winterbourne Bassett and Winterbourne Monkton.
The Pewsey Area Board currently covers the parishes of Alton, Beechingstoke, Burbage, Buttermere, Charlton and Wilsford, Chirton and Connock, Easton, Grafton, Great Bedwyn, Ham, Little Bedwyn, Manningford, Marden, Milton Lilbourne, North Newnton, Patney, Pewsey, Rushall, Shalbourne, Stanton St Bernard, Upavon, Wilcot, Huish and Oare, Woodborough and Wootton Rivers.
We’re taking the plunge and entering this free competition for the first time and we hope as many of you as possible will help to ‘do your bit’ be it picking up any stray litter, adopting one of the new planters or helping to do a bit of weeding or tidying.
The competition is being run by Wiltshire County Council and there are a few small cash prizes, but at the end of the day, it’s all about us taking some pride in our little corner of Wiltshire!
We were able to secure the help of the Community Payback team who strimmed alot of the weeds, nettles and brambles in November and December 2018. Once this was done, it enabled the tree surgeons access to assess the trees.
Some of the more urgent work to the trees, some of which were quite diseased and others very overgrown was completed in January 2019.
Action for the River Kennet (ARK) brought their volunteers and a few residents from the village helped with restoring the banks of the stream on 3 Saturdays in January/February 2019. This was done to improve the flow of the stream, which in turn cleans the silt and improves the quality of the water allowing invertebrates to establish and spawn. Wooden stakes were driven into the river bed to allow bundles of hazel branches known as faggotts to be placed in between them along the banks. These were then infilled with branches which channels the water creating a better and more sinuous flow.
The next step on Saturday 30th March 2019 is the exciting bit…………….. the planting of the marginal species such as sedge and flag iris which will soon take hold and cover the faggotts. This will create a lush bank of flowers to attract insects, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. There has already been sightings of a kingfisher, egrets and yellow wagtails.
As the year progresses, there will be more work including the creation of a dipping pond for children with a boardwalk and platform plus screening along the roadside with hedging. It might look a bit barren now, but hopefully this time next year, it will be a place to wander through and admire.
It’s a bit sparse at the moment, but please keep checking back for new dates and events throughout the year. If you have anything you would like to see on here or have any photos, news or events to announce, then please do get in contact – Froxfieldclerk@yahoo.com