Friday, 13 January 2017

Bradford on Avon Neighbourhood Plan Consultation (Regulation 16)

Wiltshire Council is formally consulting on the proposed Bradford on Avon Neighbourhood Plan which has been submitted by Bradford on Avon Town Council. The consultation starts on Monday 16 January 2017 and responses must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 27 February 2017.

Following this consultation the comments received will be passed to an independent examiner, to be appointed by Wiltshire Council, who will consider the representations and determine if the plan should be put to a community referendum.

Where possible, please provide any comments using the Consultation Portal.  Alternatively an editable representation form can be downloaded from the Supporting Documents section, and completed forms can either be emailed to or sent by post to:

Spatial Planning Team
Economic Development and Planning
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN

Paper copies of the Bradford on Avon Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents, along with paper copies of the representation form are also available at the following locations:

Wiltshire Council
Monkton Park
SN15 1ER

County Hall Trowbridge
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN

Bradford on Avon Library
Bridge Street
BA15 1BY

Bradford on Avon Town Council
St Margaret’s Street
Bradford on Avon
BA15 1DE

Pre-Submission consultation (Regulation 14)

Bradford on Avon Town Council, as the qualifying body, consulted on the draft Neighbourhood Plan in spring 2016. Details relating to that consultation can be found on the following website:

Designation of the Bradford on Avon Neighbourhood Area

Wiltshire Council formally designated the Neighbourhood Planning Area on 18 November 2013.   The designation was advertised on the councils website and notification sent to the relevant bodies. A copy of the decision is available from:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Wiltshire Council Spatial Planning team on Tel: 01225 713223 or email

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Tickets On Sale - Shark in the Park!

Shark in the Park
Friday 21st April 2017
1:30pm and 3:30pm
St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope –
but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!?  

A fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) 
on 3 exciting adventures.

From the creative team behind ‘The Hairy Maclary show’ - see all 3 of Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark in the Park’ books live on Stage!

Tickets £10/£8
Family Ticket £32

Available Now from the Wiltshire Music Centre 01225 860100

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Water supply improvement work in Newtown, Bradford-on-Avon — Progress Update

Wessex Water
Claverton Down Bath BA2 7WW Telephone 01225 526000

3 January 2017

Dear Customer,

Water supply improvement work in Newtown, Bradford-on-Avon — Progress Update

As you are probably aware, we are currently improving the water network in the area, and are currently replacing water mains between Belcombe Road and Newtown, Bradford-on-Avon.
Unfortunately, due to the discovery of an old drainage culvert, not shown on historical Council records and the need to excavate carefully due to the close proximities of listed properties, our current road closure needs to be extended to complete all necessary work safely.
We will however, be replacing a section of this culvert with a new piped equivalent on behalf of Wiltshire Council, to help reduce the risk of future disruption.

How will the work affect you?

This letter is notification that our current road closure which is in place between Sandy Leaze and the junction with Wine Street, will now remain in place until 10 February 2017.
Similar to existing circumstances, this road closure will restrict access to through traffic only. Safe access to properties located within the extent of this road closure will be maintained at all times, although short delays may be experienced while access is made safe. Emergency access will be maintained at all times, together with refuse collection access to help minimise disruption.
The alternative diversion route will continue to be clearly signposted and, unless access to properties within the extent of each closure is required, these diversion routes must be used at all times.

There may be some noise disruption (Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm) while we complete the work as quickly as possible.

What should you do?

You don't need to do anything. You can continue to use your water supply as normal unless we tell you otherwise.

Anything else you need to know?

If you have any questions please call our customer services team on 0345 600 4 600 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, emergencies at other times). Alternatively, there's plenty of advice online including frequently asked questions and help from our web chat team.

We apologise for any further inconvenience caused by our essential work,

Yours faithfully

Paul Hobbs
Wessex Water

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Temporary Closure and Suspension of One Way Restriction UC Woolley Street (part) Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire Council
Section 14(1) and Section 14(7) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Closure and Suspension of One-Way Restriction;

UC Woolley Street (part) Bradford on Avon
UC Woolley Street (part) Bradford on Avon

THE WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on Friday 13th January 2017, the following lengths of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing, hand patching and associated works:

a) UC Woolley Street (part) Bradford on Avon; from its junction at UC Kingsfield to its junction at B3107 Holt Road.
b) UC Woolley Street (part) Bradford on Avon; from its junction B3109 New Road to its junction with Kingsfield.
And that the One-Way order on the following length of road to be temporarily suspended:
c) UC Woolley Street, Bradford on Avon; from its junction with B3107 Holt Road/ Woolley Street in a north easterly direction for a distance of approximately 80m.
Alternative route:
a) Via – Woolley Street (north) (unaffected length) – B3109 Springfield – B3107 Holt Road and Vice Versa.
b) Via – B3107 Woolley Street (south) (unaffected length) – B3107 Silver Street – A363 Market Street – A363 Masons Lane – B3109 Mount Pleasant – B3109 New Road.
The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs throughout the works period.

This closure notice comes into effect on 13th January 2017, for a maximum of 21 days; however it is anticipated the work will take 1 day to complete. This will be between the hours of 09:30 – 15:30. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

For further information regarding these works please contact Terry McKenna (Atkins) on 01225 730360 daytime or urgent out of hours 0748 401644 (Tarmac)

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
SD 21/12/16

Monday, 19 December 2016

Western Intercity Express Programme - vegetation clearance and management

 De-vegetation programme that will be carried out between now and summer 2017

Why do we need to undertake this work?

The works required are part of a larger scale project to clear and maintain lineside vegetation in preparation for the new Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains, which are due to be introduced onto the Western Route shortly. We need to make sure there is adequate clearance on both sides of the track so that the new trains are not damaged when travelling on non-electrified lines.

What are the works involved?

The vegetation clearance is to take place in the areas highlighted on the map below. It will involve stripping trees and vegetation by 8m or to the boundary fence, whichever is the lesser, from the outer running rail. Any third party trees that are affected will either be removed, reduced in height, or have their branches cut back, after agreement has been sought with the relevant railway neighbour. When work is to take place from third party property a land access agreement will be signed and records kept.

How we will manage the impact on the environment?

We recognise that all vegetation removal needs to be carried out sensitively to avoid unnecessary damage to flora and fauna. Our overall aim is to create an 8m wide grassland habitat that will support a diverse range of flora and fauna but pose a much lower risk to the operational railway. Ecological desktop and site based surveys will be carried out prior to works commencing along with pre start checks and briefing talks by the cutting teams. The teams have also undergone ecological awareness training. In all instances, if there is any concern about damage being caused to a known habitat then works will be halted until we can be certain that it is safe to proceed.

When will the work take place?

The initial vegetation clearance started in November 2016 (in rural areas) and will finish in the summer of 2017; however, as this is work is being carried out in several different areas, residents will not be affected for the whole period. Subsequent maintenance works will be carried out until March 2019 when the program finishes and the new rolling stock enters service. Most of the work will take place during the week, between the daylight hours of 08.00-17.00. When there is a requirement to work during the night, a separate letter will be sent to the affected residents detailing the times and exact location of the works. We will aim to send this out 2 weeks in advance.

If you have any questions regarding this work, or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss this in person, please feel free to contact me.

Kindest regards

Lily Exton
Community Relations Manager | Network Rail
Western House | 1 Holbrook Way | Swindon | SN1 1BD
Internal: 085 82759 | Direct Line: 01793 389759 | Mobile: 07710 960864

24 hr Network Rail National Helpline 03457 11 41 41

Delivering a Better Railway for a Better Britain
@NetworkRail    #BetterRailway 

Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas & New Year Town Council Office Opening Hours

The Town Council office will be open as normal 
from Monday 19th until Thursday 22nd December 9am - 12.30pm

On Friday 23rd December the office will be open between 9am - 12noon

The Town Council office will be closed 
between Saturday 24th December 2016 and Monday 2nd January 2017

The Town Council office will be open as normal 
from Tuesday 3rd January 2017
9am - 12:30pm

We would like to wish both residents and visitors 
every good wish for Christmas and the New Year

Thursday, 8 December 2016

2017 Fresh Start Calendar Planning

2017 Fresh Start
Calendar Planning

Bradford on Avon Town Council invite all organisers of town events to come along to an informal drop-in networking opportunity for community groups, voluntary organisations, churches, nurseries, local businesses and indeed anyone planning events in 2017.

Please come along and share with us your exciting plans!

Wednesday 11th January, 10 til 4
St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon

We would also like to hear from people involved in community gardening projects as the town will be entering the 2017 South West in Bloom Competition and we would like to build up a portfolio of photographs to submit as evidence.

Representatives from various organisations will be on hand to offer advice and information.

If you are unable to attend on the day and would like to have your event included in the town calendar please email:


Bradford on Avon Town Council

01225 864240