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URCHFONT DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP WILL BE RUNNING A TRAINING SESSION IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON FRIDAY 11th OCTOBER 6pm TO 8pm

If you would like to take part for the first time or to have a refresher course sign up now.

Please contact: Nicky Mitchell nicolajmitchell@me.com or 07940 288256

From 22nd September Alison Taylor 01380 840394


 

CPRE BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION 2019

We have been informed that Urchfont has now WON the medium size village category in the Second (County) Round, well done to all those who contributed time and effort to make the Village look at its very best.

1st        Urchfont (Kennet)                                          91 points

2nd       Hindon (South Wilts)                                     89 points

3rd  =    Great Somerford (North Wilts)                     87 points

3rd  =   Whitley (West Wilts)                                      87 points

Bratton (West Wilts) secured 1st place in the Large Village Category and Ansty (South Wilts) in the Small Village Ctegory.

Presentation of awards to Urchfont were by the Lord-Lieutenant on Sunday 15th September 2019 in and around Urchfont Village Hall between 11.30am and 12.15pm. 

 

(Updated 12th September  2019)

 

URCHFONT POND - ALGAE - WARNING

Having sought advice from the Environment Agency on 23rd April 2019, the Parish Council were informed that new samples indicate that in addition to the very visible and relatively innocuous red algae the pond water also contains potentially harmful BLUE / GREEN ALGAE. This algae can be potentially harmful to humans, wildlife, pets and birds. This is an earlier than expected repeat of the algae problems  the Pond in 2018.

Warning Notices have been placed around the Pond advising the public to avoid all contact with the water, in the event that contact is made then you should wash your hands / exposed areas thoroughly as soon as possible and if necessary seek medical advice. Pets must not be allowed access to the water or to drink from it. Swallowing the water or algal scum can potentially cause stomach upsets, skin problems or more serious health effects. Again, seek medical advice if necessary.

It is a sensible precaustion for you, your children and your pets to avoid any contact whatsoever with the scum and the water. 

An Open Public meeting was held on Thursday 30th May 2019 to discuss the problem, gain information from long term residents on what was done to clean the pond in 1995, possible solutions now and to highlight the possibility of disruption in the Village when works are undertaken.  The situation was then discussed at the Parish Council meeting on 12th June 2019 and budget / project decisions taken to move the clear up scenario forward as soon as possible. Click HERE to see the slide presentation given at the open meeting on 30th May together with those presented to the Council on 12th June 2019.

Works began today (25th June 2019 to try to improve the Pond situation, a pump and aerator have been installed (you can see air bubbles rising to the surface by the Pond Wall) which will operate 24/7 for about 18 months and Siltex / good bacteria applied to the water to help improve the water quality. However, at this point the WARNINGS stated above still apply.

Despite an apparent improvement in the water quality of the pond as a result of the introduction of aeration systems and other algae reduction methods, the latest samples show that the potentially harmful blue / green algae is still present above the levels which will allow removal of the warning signs. Please contine to heed the warnings around the Pond until otherwise notified.

This article will be updated as further progress is made.

(Updated 25th September 2019)

 

 

PROW PUBLIC ENQUIRY - URCHFONT FOOTPATH 52 (NOT 51)

The Decision Notice has now been received from the Planning Inspectorate following the public enquiry held on the 24th to 26th April 2019. The Decision is that 'THE ORDER IS NOT CONFIRMED', the full details of the Inspectors report can be seen HERE. Wiltshire Council has confirmed that it will not be launching an appeal against this decision.

(Published 24th June 2019)


 

CLEANING UP THE COMMUNITY - STONEPIT LAY-BY

A group of Urchfont Parish councillors and  members of the local volunteer Rights of Way Group have spent this morning cleaning up  Stonepit lay-by and surrounding area in Urchfont. They have been joined by a number of the local householders. The area was in need of attention generally, but even more so because of the impending CPRE Best Kept Village competition judging.

The litter bin in this location is constantly being filled up and overflowing due to it being used in part for household type waste arisings instaed of just litter and dog waste.  It is also noted that a lot of litter misses the bin and ends up in the bushes behind. The Parish Council has taken the opportunity to install a larger bin in this location in addition to the existing bin, but would ask that it is not used for household waste which should be deposited in your household wheelie bins. PLEASE PICK UP ALL LITTER AND DOG WASTE - MAKE SURE IT GOES INTO THE LITTER BINS PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE.

(Published 13th May 2019)


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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