Look after yourself this winter
As the dark nights draw in across Swindon and winter really starts to bite, it’s worth thinking about how we can all make sure we’re looking after ourselves and staying well over the cold winter months.
The NHS recently launched its annual winter campaign – Help Us Help You– which is here to help make it easier to understand the things you can do.
We all know hospitals and surgeries can be especially busy during the winter months and it can often be tricky to know the best place to go for help, so here’s some handy tips to see you though until spring:
- It’s not too late to get your flu jab
The free flu vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, including people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and children aged 2-10. If you’ve not had one yet, it’s not too late.
- Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online
If you’re unsure where to go and think you need urgent medical attention, but it’s not life-threatening, contacting NHS 111 can help you make sure you reach the most suitable NHS service for your needs.
- Ask a pharmacist for advice before minor ailments or winter illnesses get worse
Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professional who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to safely manage things like coughs, colds and sore throats.
It’s quick and convenient to see a pharmacist– you don’t need to book an appointment and can often be seen in a private consultation room.
- See your GP in the evening or weekend if you can’t see them during the day
If you need to see a GP but find it hard to find the time during routine hours, appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional are often available in the evenings and at weekends through many local practices or other local NHS services.
For more information about services in your area visit:
Be alert, thieves may be operating in Liddington. Yesterday a garage was broken into at Parsonage Yard. Nothing was taken. The police are looking into it.
These documents must be made available to you by law. Enjoy!
AN ERROR WAS MADE DURING THE PUBLICATION OF THE FEBRUARY EDITION OF THE PARISH MAGAZINE. THE CORRECT DETAILS ARE BELOW:
PRECEPT FOR 2019/20
At the January meeting it was unanimously agreed that the Precept would need to be increased by 9.49% for 2019/20 to maintain the level of service that has been achieved in this current financial year. Since the transfer of services from Swindon Borough our aim has been to carry out works and maintenance where it is most needed. This equates to approximately £59 for a band D property. The Parish Council will continue to make every effort to ensure that the precept is no higher than is necessary and remains prudent and self-sustaining.
The Parish Council fully endorses and supports the aims and objectives of South Swindon Protection Group, whose flyers have been distributed to residents, in fighting the Planning application to build a Science Park on the land at Inlands Farm, Wanborough. We will be submitting our own objections to the proposal and encourage all residents to make their views known to the planning authority.
NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT
At the time of writing, the new play equipment was due to be installed on Liddington Playing Field soon after 8thJanuary, weather permitting. We hope the children enjoy using the new pieces. As previously mentioned, the basket swing can cater for more than one person at a time, so siblings or parent and child can be on the swing together. It is also suitable for children with disabilities. The Dart Activity Centre should provide a variety of activities. We hope the children enjoy using the new equipment, it would be good to hear what they think.
The next meeting of Liddington Parish Council will be held onWednesday 6thFebruary 2019starting at 7pm in the Village Hall, not as reported in the Lyden Magazine.
Val Curtis, Clerk to Liddington Parish Council
PLEASE NOTE: The AGM for the Village Hall Committee was also incorrectly reported. The Meeting will be held on Monday 18thFebruary at 7.30pm in the Village Hall not as reported in the Lyden Magazine.
Planning Permission is being sought for a HUGE warehouse/distribution center at Inlands Farm, Wanborough.
Visit http://www.sspg.org.uk to understand the impact this will have on our environment and community.
A campaign is underway to block this development right on the edge of the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
Every year the group performs out & about at Christmas time, to both entertain, spread the Christmas spirit and raise funds for a local charity.
Have you ever thought about trying handbell ringing?
This is your opportunity to try something new. Don’t worry, musical experience is not necessary, we ring by numbers! It’s fun and very rewarding. Why not give it a try?
Our weekly practices start in September 2019, do join us.
Call Nicky on 790904, Lynda on 790821 or check out our website on:
11 meetings were held during the year on the 1st Wednesday of the month excepting August. We now have a full quota of Councillors (7) after the co-option of Cllr Phil Cripps in March 2018.
In April 2017 the Parish Council took over many of the ground maintenance tasks, formerly the responsibility of the Borough Council (SBC) and mainly as a result of the reduced transitional funding from SBC the Parish Council has increased the Parish precept for 2018-019 by 12% to £9,421 (£53.74 for Band D). The Parish is in discussion re taking over responsibility for rights-of-way maintenance.
Road safety and excessive traffic speeds through the village continue to be a major concern but due to the hard work of our Community Speed Watch (CSW) Team a lot of information has been gathered over the last 12 months.
Transfer of Services
Since they took over last year Adams and Watt Ltd, our contractors for grass cutting and related works around the village, have done an excellent job and have been a pleasure to work with. I’m sure you will have seen a significant improvement but please let us know of any concerns you may have. They were also contracted to clear the footpath along Purley Rd from Hillside Cottages to The Old Rectory although, under the transfer of services, responsibility for the main through routes remained with SBC but their resources are limited. Before and after photographs show a marked improvement.
Medbourne Lane: Last autumn traffic monitoring strips were installed at the far end of Medbourne Lane towards Badbury to assess the volume and speed of traffic diverting through Badbury and Medbourne Lane at peak times. As a result there is now an approved location in Medbourne Lane for CSW monitoring. It is hoped that there will be observable benefits from the planned improvements for Jn 15 which start later this year. Last November we had a meeting arranged with Highways England and our local highways group to see their detailed planned improvements for Jn 15 and Commonhead due to start later this year. This was also intended to show the results of traffic modelling and the improvements we could expect but they cancelled it at the last minute and have not been forthcoming with an alternative date.
B4192/Purley Rd speeding: Our Community Speed Watch team lead by Cllr Fiona Spillane has collected lots of data at 2 locations on Purley Rd often seeing vehicles speeding at nearly 60mph through the village. The information is passed on to the Police who write to or visit those exceeding the 30mph limit. Cllr Spillane has contacted the Highways Department, SBC, to identify realistic solutions for reducing speeds. Also for 2 weeks in June/July 2017, M4 Westbound traffic was diverted overnight down the B4192. Traffic speeds and noise were a major concern.
Development at Badbury Park continues. Planning permission was recently given for a further 81 homes and the developers are now consulting for a change of use of the Business Park area, which crosses Dayhouse Lane (DHL), to 300 houses. Our concern is that this could lead to traffic movement from the development along DHL and through Liddington and Badbury.
We continue to monitor the NEV development, particularly Redlands and Lotmead, and to support Wanborough in ensuring the infrastructure and the Southern Connector road to/from the A419 are constructed at an early stage of the development.
We had good turnouts for the autumn and spring village clean-up days. Fly tipping and litter dropped by motorists are a big problem in the rural areas. At the last clean-up one group collected a large pile of litter along B4192 between the village and Commonhead.
If you have a good idea for a village project now is the time to come and discuss it with us.
Defibrillator: The PC is considering installing an AED, Automatic External Defibrillator, in the village and is consulting providers.
Superfast Rural Broadband: The wireless 4G LTE mast in Wanborough came into operation in October 2017 some 15 months later than expected. Installed by UKB Networks, it provides a minimum speed of 24Mb/s. There are 5 retailers, see http://superfastswindon.com
Playing Field: The play area is checked every 2 weeks and annually by an external contractor. Some parts of the play equipment have had to be replaced. Do let us know if you come across any faults. If you walk your dog there then please ensure it does not enter the children’s play area and that any faeces are picked up and disposed of in the bins provided.
Allotments: These are owned and run by the Diocese. The Parish Council has considered supporting users by acting as the local contact but this needs significant local interest. If you are interested in an allotment then please contact a Councillor.
It was with great sadness when we heard the news that Lord Joel Joffe had died on 18th June 2017. Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends. The Parish Council is considering a Village memorial to him.
I would especially like to thank all my fellow Councillors and especially our Clerk for all their hard work over the last year and hope we can make good progress again in 2018-19. Also don’t forget to access our website www.liddington.org maintained by our webmaster, Cllr Sarah Hill. Please contact Sarah if you have any event news or photographs you would like to post there.
I would also like to thank the residents of the village for supporting village activities and the village clean-ups. Remember that your support and your feedback to the Parish Council are essential in helping to improve our village.
Chairman, Liddington Parish Council Date: 2nd May 2018