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Welcome to our newsletter giving news from Box Parish Council for the month of . . .


Highway Issues.  Cllr Hill reported on the Corsham Area Transport Group meeting.  The request for a new One Way Sign on The Ley was discussed and we unanimously agreed to pay the 25% contribution of £75.  The reason for a new sign, is due to vehicles going the wrong way down the one way system, making it unsafe for other road users including walkers and school children.The new sign should help people understand where the one way system starts, it is a confusing system, as both the entrance from the A365 and the exit onto Bulls Lane are two way. 

Metro Counts. We are waiting for the results of the Lorry metro count on the A365 and the metro count in the Ley.

Road Closure. There will be a part closure of Quarry Hill and Boxfields Road on 13th March until 3rd May for the installation of cables.

McColls Lorries. After writing to them regarding the traffic problem caused by their lorries parking on the A4 by a bend, we have been informed that work will be starting in March.  We will be contacting them again for an update if work does not commence by the end of the month.

Neighbourhood Plan.  The Box Parish Neighbourhood Plan will be an opportunity for residents to have their say about Box Parish and how they want to see it evolve over the coming years.  A steering committee is now in place and has met twice. In the coming weeks more information on the process as well as questionnaires will be circulated to residents.

Bus Shelters.Chris and Joel are busy painting the bus shelters, it is a shame that some have already had graffiti drawn on them.

Finance:   Lease for the Car Park in the Market Place.  The parish council lease this car park from Wiltshire Council.   We are in discussion with them regarding the renewal of the lease, they have made a couple of changes since the last one was signed, and the major one is that we must repair the boundary walls at the entrance.  Our concern is that they do not know who owns the walls, we are checking with our insurance company to see if we would be able to add them to our policy.

Septic Tank in the Cemetary.  The quote to replace the septic tank was approved and the work will be carried out as soon as possible.

Annual Parish Meeting.  This meeting is called by the Parish Council, but is for all groups/clubs to come along and let the parishioners know what they do.  We discussed the format of this meeting, and agreed that it will be similar to last years, with questions at the end.  It will be on 16th April at the Pavilion starting at 7.30 with refreshments.

Resignation.  Iwas sorry to receive Cllr Van Praag’s letter of resignation.  He will be missed by us all, but we wish him well for the future.

Sheila Parker
On behalf of the Parish Council