Parish Council Update

From Robin Tjolle – Parish Council Chair (

This month’s Parish Council meeting took place before the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II and our thoughts are with the members of the Royal family and all those across the Country and the Commonwealth who mourn her loss.

There was another really strong turnout for our meeting in September and thanks to those who were able to come along. This month we received a presentation from Conrad Energy who were discussing their plans for a battery energy storage site in neighbouring Minety parish. As always, the PC is keen to reflect the wider views, but from those present, a number of concerns and objections were raised primarily about safety. So if you have any particularly strong views either way to this battery storage development (PL/2022/04524) please let the PC know or contact Wiltshire County Council direct. As well as the usual items, a resident raised a question about footpaths and how to best keep them clear for the use of all residents and the PC also thanked all those involved in improving the road surface by the Church, which looks great. Following this success discussion moved on to possible solutions to improve the surface behind Hillwell –so watch this space!

Following the recent article in the Grapevine regarding the Amenity area, the Cllrs wished to point out that there had been no feasibility study which found that the area was too small to be a play area, and to clarify that a play area was still a viable option for the amenity area. The Grapevine has kindly agreed to correct this.

The PC also debated the installation of a flag pole by the memorial Bus Stop so that we can mark National events in the future – costs are being gathered and a decision will be made at our next meeting. Finally the PC is also keen to further the number of wildflower areas across the village following the pilot this summer – so hopefully more of these beautiful flowers will be popping up next year.

The next PC meeting will be on 7th November and we look forward to seeing as many that can make it then.