A couple of weeks ago the directional markers (we could perhaps call them ‘arms’) disappeared off the Eastcourt road junction signpost. The PC had received an offer (which it accepted) by a local (non-Hankerton) resident to replace them at cost plus a charity donation, and it was assumed that he had taken them to start work. It now transpires that this was not the case. Someone else has taken them.
It matters because the lettering would have been re-used on the new arms.
If anyone reading this has the old arms:
If they have them because they intend to make replacement arms, that’s wonderful but please just identify yourself to the PC, so we know.
If they have them for firewood in the winter – could we please have the letters back.
The Environment Agency has been investigating illegal waste sites in central and Northern Wiltshire. Waste and scrap metal is being burnt and illegally processed, causing environmental damage, creating a fire risk and health hazard. If you are getting waste removed by a waste carrier, or a tradesman is getting rid of waste for you, make sure you understand your waste duty of care to stop your waste falling into the wrong hands.
ask where they will get rid of your waste
check their waste carrier’s licence
get a receipt for the waste they are removing
If they can’t give you any of this information, don’t give them your waste. Don’t pay cash and refuse unexpected offers to take waste away.
I am glad to announce we are re-starting the Hankerton Velo Wednesday social rides.
Rides will be easy and at a pace that fits with the whole group. If you are looking at getting into cycling or just want some fresh air and exercise, then this is the perfect opportunity. The ride is social and assuming all are happy to do so, each ride will have a cafe stop. The first ride will be a flat 44km ride around the waterparks to get people back into the swing.
If you would like to join us, then please do. Start time is 9:30 from the Bus Shelter, and the first of the restarted rides will be on Wednesday 21st July.
New information was recently submitted by the applicant, JBM Solar, in relation to the proposed industrial-scale solar farm and battery storage development near Upper Minety (planning reference 20/03528).
Wiltshire Council’s stated consultation deadline is 19 Jul 21.
This further information is being reviewed within the Hankerton Parish Council.
Residents of Hankerton Parish wishing to express their views privately on this application may do so by email to the Parish clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alternatively, comments may be made directly to Wiltshire Council via the Planning Portal (https://development.wiltshire.gov.uk/pr/s/ ), where the numerous representations submitted by members of the public last year can still be viewed.
This matter will form part of the agenda at the Parish Council meeting on Mon 5 Jul.
We visited Hankerton in glorious weather and the Wiltshire countryside looking its best.
Our first stop was Follyfield. We found the housing area clean and tidy and no sign of litter. Gardens were fine with some very well managed and colourful. We thought the conversion of the no-longer-in use BT red telephone box for the village defibrillator, a good idea. The red box was immaculate.
We moved on to the bus shelter which includes a plaque dedicated to the memory of a villager who died in the war and an excellent map showing the many footpaths around the village. The bus shelter was immaculate and the Noticeboard content current. We walked along several of these paths and found them open, easily accessed and litter free. We saw no dog fouling anywhere in the village.
The North aisle of the church doubles as a Village Hall and from the Village Report much village activity is centred here, including Parish Council meetings, club events and weekly coffee mornings. The churchyard was well looked after and the conservation area on the North side of the churchyard was in line with a trend to set aside parts of churchyards for flowers, grasses, insects and mammals.
There is a small outdoor amenity area with limited equipment. Grass was mowed and the area looked tidy. In due course an up-grade in play-ground equipment for younger children is planned for this area. The upgrade will be very welcome in the village. We noticed the clearing of ditches as part of the village effort to off-set run off from the fields.
The useful small businesses workshops a mile or so to the North of the village centre were tidy, well signed and litter free.
The village website is a source of lots of local information including a Parish Council section. The social and activity clubs and Church also have pages with all the relevant information needed to keep residents informed and to be able to participate in activities.
I got sent something by the community policing team that I thought others might find useful. The message itself is a bit too long to include the whole thing here but the YouTube video from a farmer covers pretty much everything more effectively anyway !
Interesting fact though : “According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), between March 2000 and March 2021 cattle have killed 98 people in the UK. 22 were members of the public and the rest were farmers or farm workers.”