Article for April Messenger

I sincerely hope that you all will be celebrating Easter, social distancing of course. Sometimes it’s just as important to remember certain things and to highlight and bring you up to date with what Pewsey Parish Council is doing.

PARISH COUNCIL, UNITARY COUNCIL AND POLICE COMMISIONER ELECTIONS

Elections for above are taking place on Thursday 6th May, with a deadline for nominations being 4pm on 8th April. For more information and to register to vote by post visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections or telephone 0300 456 0100.

DEFIBRILLATORS

It was at least 7 years ago that Nigel Lihou came to Pewsey Parish Council and asked for support to buy defibs; result being that together with Cllr Phil Stevens enough money was raised to fund 7 defibs initially and more since. When this decision was taken, we knew that given time they would have to be replaced. For the last few years Cllr Dave McGarry with his wife Susie have carried out the necessary routine checks. It was discovered that during one of these checks two of our Defibs had low battery`s even though they had recently been replaced.

After discussions with Community Heartbeat and the engineer it was discovered that a defect did in fact exist in the company’s defibs and a software update was being worked on. However, it was further realised that our defibs had a much older version of the original software and in fact the new update was not compatible with our machines, we then entered into discussion about replacing our machines at a cost of around £16,000. Then after much discussion with the UK engineer our situation was relayed via him to the European representatives in Germany and then on to the manufacturer in South Korea.

The outcome, due to the perseverance and expertise of Cllr Dave McGarry was that the manufacturer agreed to write a software package that will be compatible to our machines to clear the defect and enable future updates.  Many thanks to Cllr Dave McGarry who solved the issue and also saved £16000!!

DOG FOULING

The exchange on Pewsey Notice Board regarding dog poo has been noted. The PC have looked into the positioning of bins and despite there are already 42 bins dotted around the village where the offending articles can be disposed of it has been decided to place another bin along the Swan Meadow access road in the hope that this will alleviate some of the problems being encountered. Our contractors, Idverde, empty the bins twice a week on Monday and Thursday morning and thus will be added to the contract. As for placing any further bins please note that to provide easy access for Idverde all bins need to be on or near a main road and cannot be placed on footpaths. The PC decided some time ago not to have “dog poo” specific bins as these become designated as “toxic “waste and have to be disposed of differently and is much more expensive. Hence all dog walkers may use any bin dotted around the village.

We understand that during this pandemic your dogs have been your best and sometimes your only friend. Please make sure that your dogs become everyone’s friend by picking up your dog poo, taking it to the nearest bin or placing it in your own bin when you get home.

SPEEDWATCH

If you are concerned about speeding in the village and you could help by spending one hour a month helping with Speedwatch, please contact pewseyspeedwatch@gmail.com. Full training will be given.

PEWSEY PARISH COUNCIL TUESDAY OUTDOOR MARKET

Exciting news!! In addition to our wonderful regular Tuesday Market in the Bouverie Car Park, The Little Market Company Artisan Stalls are coming soon, please come and support it!

We would like to remind you that you can report any Highways, street scene, or rights of way issues on the MyWiltshireApp.  http.//www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting

The public can attend any Full Council meetings to raise any issues of importance. They are held on every 2nd Tuesday from 7.00pm, via Zoom.  Agendas, minutes, and dates of meetings can be found on our website. 

All enquiries to the Parish Clerk, Parish Office, Bouverie Hall, Goddard Road, Pewsey. SN9 5EQ.  Tel: 01672 562014.  Email: the.clerk@pewsey-pc.gov.uk.

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