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Patient Transport Survey: 16 October – 10 November 2017  Updated 17th October 2017
Clinical Commissioning Groups across the South West are seeking views from patients on how they can provide fair access to NHS-funded non-emergency transport.
The survey is open from Monday 16 October – Friday 10 November 2017.
The aim of the survey is to help inform the development of a consistent approach to eligibility for NHS-funded patient transport. Patient transport is a non-emergency service offered to people who cannot get to their hospital appointments because their health condition impacts on their ability to use routine transport (cars/trains/buses/taxis/wheelchair taxis).
National eligibility criteria were set in 2007, however these have been subject to variation in local interpretation, agreed exclusions and the way that eligibility is applied. The aim of the Clinical Commissioning Groups is to ensure that NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport is provided in a fair way for all those who need help getting to hospital appointments. 

Click Here to complete the survey.


Parish Newsletter - 17th October 2017

Wiltshire Council receives golden recongnition for support of armed forces -
Council finalists for national award -
Helping you Stay Well this Winter -
Warminster HRC closed temporarily for works -
Just over a month left to have your say on waste strategy -
Plan to reduce anti-social behaviour in Salisbury -

Parish Newsletter - 9th October 2017

Celebrate the official opening of the new Devizes Community Hub.
Calne Community Hub and Library celebrates a year of success.
Warminster HRC to close temporarily for works from 11 Oct.
Wiltshire celebrates Libraries Week 9-14 October.
Free family activities are coming to Melksham.

We want your views on waste strategy.
Wiltshire Safeguarding Adults Board newsletter.

Parish Newsletter – 2 October 2017
CleanUpWilts: Wiltshire-wide litter campaign launched.
Parking charges consultation now live.

Council speaks with residents about the challenges it faces.
Marlborough HRC closed temporarily for works.
New Devizes care home officially open.


ANNUAL RETURNS  Updated 29th September 2017

Annual Return for year ended 31st March 2017 and period for exercise of public rights.
CLICK HERE to view the Annual Returns for year ended 31st March 2017.

PURTON & GREEN GABLE SURGERY PPG   Updated 9th October 2017

PPG  Newsletter no 37 October 2017

Next Information Evening – Monday 30 October 7.30 – 9pm
Would you accept an organ from someone if you needed it?  To quote Malcolm Watters, South Central Regional Lead for Organ Donation ‘Nearly 500 people across the country sadly died last year while waiting for a transplant.  At GWH there were nine organ donors in 2014/15 but this dropped to just four between April 2015 and March 2016.  The organs from the four deceased donors helped nine patients on the transplant waiting list. Signing the Organ Donor Register is only half the solution as a major obstacle is gaining consent of a person’s family after their death. Many families have refused consent for donation even though their relative carried a donor card. It is important for a donor to sit down and discuss their decision and feelings with those closest to them.’

Our next Information Evening will be on the subject of Organ Donation. This is a subject which some find difficult to think about while others are so grateful that it exists.  Our speakers are Dr Mark Yeates, Anaesthetic Consultant and Clinical Lead for Organ Donation and Allison Salmon, Specialist Nurse Organ Donation and it should be and interesting and informative evening.
As usual tickets will be needed for this, though there is no cost.  Tickets are available from Purton Surgery.
Possible changes to NHS Prescribing Guidelines  
There is currently an NHS consultation on whether some items should continue to be routinely prescribed.  These include medicines without good evidence for efficacy, medicines which are potentially dangerous when misused by patients and also medicines where there are cheaper, but still highly effective alternatives.  Some of these medications are easily available over the counter at relatively low cost to the patient, eg paracetamol. This is being led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country.
Vintage Tea Party, Saturday 27 January 2018
We will be holding another Vintage Tea Party on Saturday 27 January 2018 when Breeze will once again be playing for us. Reserve the date!

Sheila Fowler


Victim Support      Updated 14th August 2017

Victim Support is an independent charity offering free, confidential support to people of all ages affected by crime.
Our service is free and confidential and is delivered by our highly trained team including specialist caseworkers. We have built up good working relationships with a huge network of partner organisations to ensure we can also access any help that may be required outside our own expertise. 
If appropriate we can work with the parents, carers, teachers, support workers and interpreters to ensure support is available to everyone regardless of any perceived disadvantages or personal difficulties. 
Click Here for an Agency Refferal Form.




Come and see the newly installed information board at The Dingle in Purton.
The Dingle is a public open space area accessed along the track to Purton Cricket Club at Church End.
This new board provides visitor information including some history of the area and a map.
The Dingle is rich in wildlife, flora and fauna,
This project was made possible by Community Grant Funding from the Royal Wootton Bassett & Cricklade Area Board. 

Purton Institute and Village Hall Charity have joined forces with “Give as you Live” which allows donations to be generated via online shopping. Free to join, thousands of retailers and easy to set up  Take a look and find out more and support your local charity. 


COMMUNITY ACTION FUND       Updated 5th July 2017 

The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched his new Community Action Fund. The fund has been created to benefit local communities and £40,000 has been earmarked for this year, to share between projects that meet the fund criteria.
The Commissioner is looking to boost initiatives which will help him to meet the key priorities in his Police and Crime Plan, through projects which demonstrate:
an increased participation from communities who engage with, and promote community safety, helping to keep their community safe, or projects which demonstrate a reduction in rural crime in communities.
Applications are currently being sought from organisations working within the voluntary or community sector (including Town and Parish Councils).The closing date is Friday 11th August 2017.
Further information can be found on the Commissioner’s website: Any assistance you are able to provide in promoting this fund and informing contacts you may have in the voluntary and community sector would be much appreciated.



A big thank you:
The third season of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme is well underway with volunteers up and down the country going out to visit their squares. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to promote the NPMS over the past two years, we now have over 1100 volunteers taking part as well as a network of 20 NPMS Mentors. Lots of our volunteers report having heard about the scheme via their parish council so we are very grateful for your hard work.
Results from 2016:
Our latest newsletter is available:
The NPMS dataset is freely available via the NBN Atlas.
More help please:
There are still lots of squares available for surveying so we would be hugely grateful if you can use your communication channels to promote the scheme again. The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available:
We particularly need to promote the scheme in remote areas, so if you know any groups that like to spend time in remote places then please do pass the message on.
A reminder of who we are and what we need:
This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. The scheme will recruit and support volunteers to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.
Once again thank you for your continued support, if you have any questions then please do get in touch.
Hayley New
NPMS Volunteer Coordinator
Direct Dial: 01722 342743
Ext: 8227 Mobile:  07388 531605
2nd Floor Brewery House, 36 Milford Street, Salisbury SP1 2AP



The Lydiard Link and Purton Age Concern are seeking volunteer drivers.
Click Here for more information.


POST OFFICE UPDATE  Updated 24th May 2017

Good news, from Tuesday 6th June 2017 we will have a temporary Post Office Service in the form of a mobile van.
Location : Purton Village Hall Car Park, Station Road  Time : 10am to 12 noon
Commencing : Tuesday 6th June 2017 and then will be in situ every Tuesday thereafter from 10-12
This service will work alongside current proposals for a more permanent solution.

BRADIES CONNECT  Updated 16th March 2017

Your bookable shared taxi service. For more information CLICK HERE.

BUS SERVICE.  Updated 13th March 2017.

Changes to bus service 53 linking Lydiard Millicent, Purton & Cricklade with Swindon from 3rd April 2017.
CLICK HERE for the new time table.


CLICK HERE to find out if you're eligible.


Wiltshire Council today agreed a budget which will prioritise vital frontline services and continue investment into key areas despite reductions in government funding.
The council currently spends almost £1bn each year on more than 350 services. Spending plans agreed today focus funding on the council’s key priorities to protect those who are most vulnerable, boost the local economy and empower and support communities to do more for themselves to help them to be even stronger and more resilient.
Members agreed to invest £131.5 million in capital projects focused on the local economy, building more homes, health and wellbeing centres and community hubs and road improvements.
£38.7 million will be invested in the economy and transport, £3.7 million in broadband, £6.4 million in campuses and community hubs and £40.9 million in housing. The ongoing commitment to invest in highways will see £24 million spent on road and bridges repair and maintenance in 2017/18. The budget also safeguards the commitment to Military Civilian Integration and creating and protecting jobs across the county.
There will also be an additional £150,000 allocated to area boards to use on pavement repair and creation. This can be used to target local schemes where repair is needed to improve the local environment.
This year the Government Settlement Funding Allocation to Wiltshire Council has been reduced by 17.6% from £86.71 million to £72.31 million.
To help continue to meet the business plan priorities and deliver services, particularly in adult social care, the council agreed to raise council tax by 1.99% and raise the Social Care Levy by 3%.
Despite these funding changes there is a projected shortfall in next year’s budget and savings of £13.331 million have been found in order to balance the books.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said in a speech at full council today that the business plan set four years ago to protect those most vulnerable, boost the local economy and work closely with communities to encourage and enable them to do more for themselves had been the focus for the council and it had achieved a great deal.
She added: “We have faced challenges as a result of the reduction in funding from central government and the increasing demand for some of our key front line services; particularly adult care and children’s safeguarding and waste collection and disposal.
"We have learnt to drive an environment that encourages innovation and change as the norm, so that we can overcome these challenges and, wherever possible, maintain the services that really matter and make the difference that’s needed. We place people at the heart of all we do and together we take action to do what’s right for Wiltshire with the resources we have.
“Whilst there will be more challenges ahead – I know that this council is both well-equipped and ready to meet those challenges. And, to keep its focus on what really matters – the people that we serve.”
Over the last five years the council has had one of the lowest national increases in council tax and Wiltshire continues to have one of the lowest council taxes.
To read Baroness Scott’s speech in full go to
Notes to editors:

For more information contact communications on 01225 713370/713115/713116. For out of hours contact 07747 007340
The rising costs of adult social care due to increased demand and complexity of cases was recognised by government in 2015 when the social care levy was introduced.
On 15 December 2016 the DCLG announced local authorities can bring forward planned three year increases totalling 6% to two years to 3% in 2017/18 and 2019/19 with no levy in 2019/20. This was to reflect the significant pressures faced by care providers up and down the country.
The council draws its funding from two main sources – local taxation and government grants.
The council’s funding for 2017/18 comprises three elements – the first two making up what is referred to as Wiltshire’s Settlement Funding Allocation (SFA).
This is the government’s calculation of what the council’s spending should be compared with other councils across the country.
The SFA is made up of the revenue support grant and the baseline funding – also known as the business rates retention scheme. The third element is ring-fenced grants only to be spent in specific areas including the dedicated schools grant, public health, and Better Care Fund.



We are advising you of our de-vegetation programme that will be carried out between January 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 area highlighted on the map Click Here to view map. 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. 

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 


Purton Parish Mugs £1.50 each - contact office for more information 
Purton Parish Council mugs £1.50 each - contact 01793 771066 for more info

PIANO TUNER Updated 20-10-2016
Purton Institute and Village Hall Charity are looking for someone who would be willing to tune the Village Hall piano free of charge twice a year. Please contact The Parish Council Office on 01793 771066

AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND Updated 16-9-2016
We are today launching this year’s Aviva Community Fund and we very much welcome applications from community groups in your constituency. 
The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as supporting the elderly, health & wellbeing and community sport.  Last year we had over 430 separate winners and this year is bigger and better than ever with over 800 awards up for grabs.  
Please do let community groups in your constituency know and encourage them to apply. 
Applications can be made until 11th October via this link and winners will be announced in January.  

CLICK HERE to see the briefing note.

AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 2016 – if you wish to report a power cut you can ring 105 which will take you direct to the relevant supplier for an update and to report.

The application for the designation of Purton Parish as a neighbourhood area from Purton Parish Council can be viewed at
Comments can also be made by email  For more information Click Here 

Wiltshire CIL is an organisation which offers support and guidance to those in receipt of a Direct Payment (those needing support/care in their own home who receive money from Wiltshire Council Social Services to employ their own staff). Part of our service is to provide an online facility for employers to find their staff (known as Personal Assistants or PAs). The facility is called a PA Register.
We have recently launched a brand new PA Register website and would like to reach out to both PAs and employers so that they can register themselves with the hope of finding a suitable employer/employee match if necessary.
Those needing support in their own homes who live in rural communities can often find recruitment a challenge. Therefore, we were hoping that you would place the attached poster on your Parish Council display board within your local community to publicise this free online facility.If you have any questions or queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone – 0300 1233 442 or by email . Click Here for more information.

In Wiltshire we will always protect the vulnerable and we want to offer support to help refugees. We have been monitoring the international situation whilst proactively planning both the short-term and long-term actions for us to provide help.
We have been examining the implications for Wiltshire, including the impact upon health, housing, education and the economy and will work closely with our partners to ensure we are fully prepared to welcome refugees. We will work with the Government to play our part, ensuring that any refugees who come to Wiltshire are given the support they need to become self-sufficient.

We want to thank all those people from our communities who have been doing what they can to offer help – we would urge them to get in touch with international aid organisations such as the Red Cross (, Unicef ( and Oxfam (

Revised opening times for the Household Recycling Centre are 10am until 4pm Thursday through to Monday. Closed all day Tuesday and

The above will come into force on 13th July 2015. For more information about Household Recycling Click Here to see Wiltshire Council's Link to Household Recycling Centres

Livestock electrical tape – owners of livestock sometimes place white electrical tape along the boundary of their property to ensure animals don’t get out. Please note that this electrical tape can be dangerous to people with heart pacemakers if they get too close to the tape when out walking. If such tape is found on public footpaths, or anywhere else where it could cause a danger please report the exact location to the Parish Council.

Various items of lost property are regulary handed in to the Parish Council Office, if you have lost an item give the office a call on 01793 771066 to see if it has been handed in.

If your Black Box needs replacing or if the lid has been damaged please call 0845 6032085 for a replacement. Delivery time for a new Black Box to be delivered is up to 2 weeks.

The Parish Council makes small grant awards twice a year to support local clubs and organisations which provide services that help residents in the Parish of Purton. Applications are considered twice yearly, February and June. If you are involved with a group that could do more for local people with the help of an award from The Parish Council , please contact The Parish Clerk for an application form or CLICK HERE to download a form.  

With the advent of autumn we will inevitably see wetter weather and a greater risk of flooding. Wiltshire Council is reassuring residents it is doing all it can to be ready for any adverse weather. The Council has doubled from three to six, the number of gully tankers emptying road gullies, empting all the gullies on the A roads at least once by the end of December, and all the B.C and unclassified gullies being emptied by the end of March 2015. Wiltshire Council will continue to empty road gullies following heavy down pours when gullies get blocked by soil and detritus washed into the systems from adjacent fields. The Council understands the damage and distress caused by flooding and works with the local communities through the Operational Working Groups on improving drainage and on flood alleviation schemes. Whilst the Council does do all it can to alleviate flooding we do encourage residents to look at their properties with a view to considering large volumes of water impacts. This would include ensuring private gullies are clear and empty, that water flow systems are not obstructed and being prepared for flood prevention, such as having sandbags ready. If residents thinks a gully is blocked superficially, with leaves or grass, they can with care on highway, clear it themsleves. If a blockage is not easy to clear it can be reported to Wiltshire Council by telephone on 0300 456 0105 or on line at or using MyWilts app on a smart phone, where you will receive updates.

The CSW or Community Speed Watch began monitoring traffic along The Fox. More and more traffic now use The Fox as a through route from Purton into Swindon, and with this has come a noticeable increase in speed. The role of the CSW is to monitor traffic and report any speeding vehicles to the police who will then take appropriate action. On average there were over 118 vehicles per hour, of these 5.5% were travelling at a speed in excess of 36mph with the fastest travelling over 45mph. Over 13% were travelling between 31mph and 35mph. This means that nearly 1 vehicle in 5 was technically speeding. The role of the CSW is not to be vigilante but by our presence slow traffic down.  If you would like to volunteer please telephone 01793 772646 or email

Cyber bullying is one of those modern day risks affecting young people - a kind of electronic bullying. This website provides some support and guidance to help parents and families deal with this type of bullying. Click Here to see website.

There are vacancies at Upper Pavenhill Allotments. For further information please contact  Robert Glare 07510 208217  or Geoff Simpkins 01793 772008.

Have you tried using the Community Phone Box that stands outside Purton Library? In the last six months over 180 calls were made from it (an average of one per day), and it was used 500 times for the internet. The phone box can be used to make free local phone calls, and to view information on the screen about the community with details of events going on or useful information. You can access the internet within 100 metres of the phone box and this will be listed on your device as Purton WIFI. One phone call per day? Come on, I’m sure the community can make more use than this of the facility.

Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing (over 22,000 a year). Part of the mission of DrugDangers is to spread awareness about drug abuse of prescription drugs. Their website offers free information of a range of drugs and medical products that can cause serious addiction, injury, or even death. Click here to see website.

If you experience any unpleasant odour that you do not recognise and you think that it may be coming from Hills Waste Solutions along Mopes Lane, please contact Hills on 01793 714450 immediately, so that they can investigate and rectify the problem.

Please see the following guides to follow if you find yourself, friend or neighbour in an emergency situation.  Community Emergency, Householders Emergency, and Emergency Guide.

A Memory Loss Video has been launched by Wiltshire Council and is called ‘Living with Dementia’.  It isa very moving video and highlights some of the issues people with memory loss have.  The video will join the other video’s that have already been released as part of the Wiltshire Voices project and will be found at - .
If you want to see the video before it is available on the web site, then it can be found on You Tube -
The subject of Dementia is very much in the public eye with this week's G8 dementia summit which has put the disease into the headlines.

If you witness any inconsiderate parking on double yellow lines and overstaying in time restriction parking bays on a regular basis, you can report these to the Parking Enforcment Officer. The Enforcement Officer welcomesas much information as possible with photos and timings of parking.  The main areas that are enforced is Pavenhill shops layby, double yellow line at the One Stop and Best One and College Road layby.  The Officers can be contacted on 01249 706131 or email


   For more information about the trust click here.

Click Here to view May Public Health Briefing.

For information about rules for Garden Bonfires click on the link


For the latest newsletter please click on the link.

Click on the link for the latest Homes 4 Wiltshire.

Click on the link to find more information and support for Dementia.

There has been some changes to our airport guides, Click Here to see a new section on disabled facilities, special medial assistance, travelling with children and rules surrounding pet travel.







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To contact the Police on non emergency matters call 101, for emergencies call 999

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