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We hope the site helps you to find the information you need on the Town Council, Amesbury, and its surrounding area. Do feel free to send your comments or questions to us and we will do our best to help you further.

 

Amesbury is situated 8 miles north of Salisbury, with Salisbury Plain further to the north. The town is surrounded by an ancient landscape. The parish boundary of Amesbury encompasses the Neolithic site of Stonehenge - a world heritage site which attracts over a million visitors a year.

 

Amesbury is steeped in history. It is an older settlement than Salisbury, founded in 979 when an Abbey was built.

 

Over the past 30 years the town has seen major housing developments to the south, with Kings Gate the most recent, still under construction.

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Urgent Closure of Church Street (part) Amesbury (24/05/18)

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Urgent Closure of Church Street (Part), Amesbury

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 24 May 2018, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Ringway to carry out replacement of pedestrian footbridge.

Church Street (Part), Amesbury; from its junction with Stonehenge Road for a distance of approximately 190m in an easterly direction.

Alternative route: via Stonehenge Road – C42 Woodford Valley Road Normanton Down House North to Stonehenge Road West Amesbury – Woodford Valley Road C42 Lake House Corner North to Normanton Down House – C42 Woodford Valley Road Junction with Chine Road North to Lake House Corner – Entrance Salterton Hill Salterton North C294 to The Bridge Upper Woodford – High Post Road – A345 – Church Street (Unaffected length) and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs and access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible throughout the works period.

These works will commence on 24 May 2018 and are anticipated to be required for 15 days. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 21 days.

For further information regarding these works please contact Emma Biggs (Wiltshire Council) on 01225 713225.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

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Mayoral Speech

At his end of year Service of Celebration on Saturday 14th April 2018 the Mayor of Amesbury, Councillor Andrew Williams gave the following speech:

This year seems to have flown by,

There have been many exceptional moments and I have some very interesting and fond memories of this year.

At times it has been very frustrating, in particular with the History Centre. It has felt like picking up the pieces from misled ideas and bad advice. But I feel truly satisfied that this council has now taken the correct legal advice and improved its financial commitment to the project. It is very easy for people to sit on the sidelines and cast criticism, but you cannot move anything forward without the correct foundations in place, and this has been done.

During my term I have done many things from opening school gardens and presenting prizes, far too many to mention.

I particularly recall my trip to Belgium with a group of friends to commemorate Passchendaele, the 3rd Battle of Ypres. Myself and the Mayoress laid wreaths at the Menin Gate Memorial to remember those men, and in particular those from Amesbury, who gave their lives during WW1. The next day I laid a wreath during a ceremony at the new Passchendaele memorial, over 600 men from Wiltshire lost their lives at this battle. During this visit we met with the Deputy Mayor of Ypres and presented her with framed prints of Canadian troops marching through Amesbury and also past Stonehenge, which she found very interesting. History doesn’t always highlight the significant role that this area played during the first world war.

The Mayor’s charity I chose for this year was the Amesbury and Boscombe Down Link Scheme. This wonderful group of volunteers give up so much of their spare time helping others get around to important appointments like the hospital and doctors.

Raising money for the Link Scheme wasn’t my only aim, the other was to raise their profile, for one thing they are always in need of is extra volunteers to help with those important journeys.

My fund raising campaign started with a parachute jump with The Red Devils. This was a truly memorable occasion and a great honor to jump with part of the Army’s best. Also, we held a truly memorable Gala Dinner at Antrobus house, which was a great occasion. Thank you to everybody who supported me with these events.

About 18 months ago I started to look into the Town’s sporting facilities. It was clear from a report produced by Wiltshire Council that the town was seriously lacking in sports facilities. 

A sports forum group was formed to drive things forward and to date we have made progress.

The facilities at Boscombe Down haven’t been used for some 3 years or more and funding was required to refurbish the artificial pitch. After many meetings, and with help from Wing commander Vin Thomas and representatives from the Football Association a feasibility plan was established, with the prospect of some very serious backing for the project. There has been a delay of late with various rumors regarding the site, but it is understood that we are back on track and hope to bring this project through to its fruition in the near future.

Also, with regard to Rugby, myself and Phil Monk met up with the Royal Artillery Rugby Team some 18 months ago, to see if they could assist in starting an Amesbury Rugby Club. The backing of the Army has really helped establish the club with some great coaches and players. Along the way we met somebody who really took this project to another level, Duncan Souster, who is now the Chairman of the club, and is doing a great job. This summer the club is hoping to introduce touch rugby and possibly rugby for junior levels.

In their first year the men’s team reached the final of the Dorset and Wilts shield, and narrowly lost by one point to Puddletown after extra time, a great achievement for their first year. Two weeks ago the club fielded a ladies’ team for the first time. Their opposition was Basingstoke. Amesbury won 46 – 12.

The highlight of my year as Mayor was last weekend’s event, The Freedom of The Town parade. Amesbury Council decided to give the Freedom to MOD Boscombe Down to commemorate 100 years of the RAF, and a special thanks to all those involved on that day.  

I would like to say thank you to all the Councillors and staff for your support over the year, at times it has been strenuous. It is clear there are pressing needs for the future of the town, but with a willing approach I am sure we can meet the demands of this rapidly expanding town. 

Finally, if you know anything about me, you will know how I am willing to try and make a difference. Certainly I have always admired people who go above and beyond and achieve greatness. In particular, one of my idols wrote:

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.

Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.

Impossible is potential.

Impossible is temporary.

Impossible is nothing."

-- Muhammad Ali.

 

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Temporary Closure of: A345 Salisbury Road (Part), Amesbury (15/05/2018 - 22/05/2018)

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of: A345 Salisbury Road (Part), Amesbury (Ref: TTRO 5308)

Notice is hereby given that Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic: A345 Salisbury Road (Part), Amesbury; from its junction with South Mill Road for a distance of approximately 500m in a southerly direction.

To enable: Tarmac to undertake highway resurfacing work including installation of road markings and associated works.

Alternative route: via A345 (unaffected length) – A303 – A360 – A36 – A345 (unaffected length) and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 15 May 2018 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required daily between the hours of 09.30 and 15.30 until 22 May 2018. 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 where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Jedd Gittins (Atkins) on 01225 730375.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

10 May 2018

To view the details of the Location Plan please click here

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Temporary Closure of: A345 (Part), Amesbury and Durrington (14/05/2018 - 17/05/2018)

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of: A345 (Part), Amesbury and Durrington (Ref: TTRO 5307)

Notice is hereby given that Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:

A345 (Part), Amesbury and Durrington; from its junction with A303 to its junction with A3028.

To enable: Wessex Water to undertake works to install new water main.

Alternative route: via A345 (unaffected length) – A342 – A338 – A303 and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 14 May 2018 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required nightly between the hours of 19.00 and 06.00 until 17 May 2018. 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 where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Tony Shead (Wessex Water) on 07920281907.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

10 May 2018 

To view the details of the Location Plan please click here

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Queensbury Footbridge - Replacement Works

Queensberry Footbridge - Update

Wiltshire Council contractors are preparing to start the footbridge replacement works week commencing 14th May and are expected to be completed by 15th June 2018.

 

There will be 2 x 1day full closures from 7.30am whilst a crane is positioned on the highway. Advance Notice and Information Boards will be positioned on site.  Dates are still subject to change but have provisionally been programmed for the following:

- 24/05/2018

- 07/06/2018

 

SSE contractors have temporarily removed the 2no. telegraph poles with overhead lighting on the eastern side. These will be reinstated following the completion of the replacement footbridge installation works.

 

Queensberry Footbridge, 2055 – Replacement Works

Church Street, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7EU

Wiltshire Council contractors are preparing to replace the above footbridge with site works starting 30th April 2018 (1st week of May).

The bridge replacement works are then expected to take 3 weeks to complete and SSE Contractors will be on site in advance of our works to temporarily remove overhead cabling.  During the works pedestrians will be temporarily diverted onto the main highway bridge and traffic will be managed under 2-way temporary lights.  We will require 2 x 1day full road closures to take out the existing footbridge and install the replacement footbridge. The closure dates will be advertised on site in advance and a diversion route will be implemented.

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Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day - Monday 12th March 2018

Once again Amesbury took part in Commonwealth Day on Monday 12th March 2018 by raising the Commonwealth Flag in the Central Car Park.  Thank you very much to those who attended the event and to the pupils of The Stonehenge School for attending.  

If you wish to find out more about Commonwealth Day please visit - http://thecommonwealth.org/

 

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Amesbury is located in southern Wiltshire, eight miles north of Salisbury on the A345. It sits in the River Avon valley on the southern fringes of Salisbury Plain.

Historic Amesbury The Home Of Stonehenge...

" Recent discoveries confirm that Amesbury is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Britain and has been home to people since just after the end of the Ice Age."