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.

 

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

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

Queensberry Footbridge, 2055 – Replacement Works

Church Street, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7EU

Our 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.

Wiltshire Council

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

Urgent Closure of High Street, Amesbury

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 26 April 2018, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Tarmac to carry out carriageway resurfacing and associated works.

High Street, Amesbury; from its junction with Salisbury Street to its junction with A345 The Centre.

Alternative routes

South diversion route: via A345 – Salisbury Street.

North diversion route: via Church Street – Stonehenge Road – A303 – A345 – Salisbury Street.

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 26 April 2018 and are anticipated to be required for 1 night between the hours of 19:00 and 00:00. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days.

For further information regarding these works please contact Terry McKenna (Atkins) on 01225 730360.

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

Ref: SH/MAR2018

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/

 

Amesbury Foodbank is opening in the Amesbury Community & Visitors Centre on Flower Lane from Monday 5th February.

When you face a crisis, which can happen to any one of us, it is vital that you can access the support you need as soon as possible. That’s why we are now available to give out Food Parcels to people holding a voucher every week day from 2-4pm. In addition we hold further information on other services of support and are happy to chat about these over a cup of tea or coffee if you would like. Lucy Duffy the Foodbank Manager says “This is an opportunity to get the help needed without travel cost and in a welcoming environment where volunteers are trained to provide signposting in a professional and confidential manner”.

A big thank you to the Town Council and shop staff for enabling us to help others.

Please note if you would like to donate Food there is a collection point at Amesbury Tesco. If you need help from us you can get a voucher from welfare services such as Wiltshire Council, GP Surgery, CAB, School, Children’s Centre and Housing Association – see our website for more details salisbury.foodbank.org.uk

A303 Stonehenge Amesbury to Berwick Down Public Consultation: Extended to Monday 23rd April 2018

We had to cancel two of our planned consultation events at Mere and Salisbury due to severe weather. To allow extra time to hold these, we have extended the formal consultation period until 23:59, Monday 23 April.

The new event at Mere will be held at Mere Lecture Hall, Salisbury Street, Mere, BA12 6HE, 14.00 to 20.00, Friday 13 April 2018.

The new event at Salisbury will be held at St Paul’s Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QW, 11.00 to 17.00, Saturday 14 April 2018.

What’s this all about?

This is about Highways England’s proposals to upgrade the A303 past Stonehenge between Amesbury and Berwick Down to a dual two-lane carriageway.

In September 2017 we announced the preferred route for the scheme following a public consultation in early 2017.

Since then we have developed the scheme further and would now welcome your views on our proposals.

Why is the scheme needed? The section of the road past Stonehenge currently experiences double the traffic it was designed for, and flows are even higher during the summer resulting in major delays on the A303 and rat-running through local villages.

What’s the plan?

The scheme is approximately 8 miles (nearly 13km) long and comprises the following key elements:

  • A bypass to the north of Winterbourne Stoke with a viaduct over the Till valley
  • A new junction between the A303 and A360 to the west of and outside the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site, replacing the existing Longbarrow roundabout
  • A twin-bore tunnel at least 1.8 miles (2.9 km) long past Stonehenge
  • A new junction between the A303 and A345 at the site of the existing Countess roundabout

How do I get involved?

Come along to one of our public information events to meet the project team, ask questions and view more details of our proposed scheme. 

 Let us know your views

The consultation runs until 23:59 on Monday 23 April 2018 and is open to everyone. We look forward to hearing your views. You can respond:

  • Via our scheme website: www.highways.gov.uk/A303Stonehenge/consultation
  • By emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • By posting your response to Freepost A303 STONEHENGE CONSULTATION

If you wish to phone us, please call 0300 123 5000

The Mayor of Amesbury, Cllr Andrew Williams presented 2 Community Awards for 2018 to Brian White and Mick Pattenden.

Brain White was given his Community Award for his service to the Amesbury Cricket Club:

- Brian joined Amesbury C.C. in 1965, and has thus been a member for more than 50 years.

Brian captained Amesbury C.C. during the 1980’s and 1990’s, and has acted as; Committee member, Treasurer and Fixture Secretary to Amesbury C.C. during his 50 year association with the club.

Brian has looked after, prepared and maintained the cricket square since the 1990’s at Bonnymead Park, initially with a pull along roller, then a single drum roller, and finally with an ex-road roller affectionately known as “Herbie”.

- Brian has looked after the new cricket square at Centennial Park since its inception in 2013, with the use of “Roger” the roller.

The upkeep of both cricket squares, is a time consuming and regular commitment, which involves winter maintenance and preparation, in order for things to be ready for the summer months of playing on a true surface. The actual marking out of the wicket, and boundary is a regular summer job, with games being played at the rate of three or four a week, during the peak of the season. On average that works out at a time commitment of more than 10 hours every week.

Brian has always encouraged everyone to play the game of cricket, with an emphasis on the younger generation.

- Brian still receives the same “payment” as when he offered to help in the first place; - “For the love of the sport and for the Cricket players of Amesbury”.

 Mick Pattenden was given his Community Award for:

- years of work for The Royal British Legion, he regularly picks up the collection boxes around the area and counts the money. This he has done for many years and has received a National Award for work with The Royal British Legion.

- selling poppies at Remembrance Time and is a regular attendee in the parade.

- regularly litter picking in the Butterfield Down area.

 

The new cemetery now official known as Stockport Avenue Cemetery, Amesbury, was consecrated by the Bishop Edward of Ramsbury.  The ceremony which involved consecrating all corners of the plots and an official signing.

 

Contact Amesbury Town Council

Amesbury Clerk, Amesbury Town Council,
2 Flower Court,
Flower Lane,
Amesbury,
SP4 7JE

Phone: 01980 622999
Email: amesburyclerk@btconnect.com

 

The Bowman Centre: 01980 623700
Email:bowmancentre@hotmail.com