Visit to the Amesbury Garden Project

Cllr. Dr. Monica Devendran, Wiltshire Councillor for Amesbury West who is the Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board(part of Amesbury Area Board) visited the garden project today and it was lovely to see different vegetables and fruits planted such as Cauliflower, Cabbage, Broad Beans, Runner Beans, Shallots, Raspberries and Strawberries. It was absolutely brilliant to see Nicole Abela who is the Community Development Officer for Abri along with Louise Wheeler today.

The garden project is run by the community of Amesbury. It was started by Louise Wheeler called Amesbury Green Fingers in February 2021, a local resident of Amesbury. It is a wonderful project which involves different age groups from 3 years old to 78 years old. She started by giving seeds and starter packs thus the garden project began.

Celebrating Age Wiltshire

Celebrating Age Wiltshire is an excellent initiative which is part funded by the Amesbury Area Board. Being the Chair for the Health and Wellbeing Group, which is part of Amesbury Area Board, I had the opportunity to participate in the Celebrating Age Wiltshire Doorstep Concert at the Evergreen Cafe in Amesbury which took place on the 29th June 2021. It was a delight to meet the elderly residents, and talk to them about their mental health and wellbeing. There were two lovely residents celebrating their 100th Birthday which added icing to the cake.

Our focus this year is all about tackling isolation and loneliness, supporting positive Mental Health and making sure people are included in all things digital.

For more information or to get involved in projects around these themes, contact Cllr Monica Devendran: or Jacqui Abbott, Community Engagement Manager: Tel 07771 844 530.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), working on behalf of Highways England, will be installing two high voltage electricity cables and a fibre optic cable along the A360 to connect the Salisbury grid substation to a new temporary substation at the construction compound next to Longbarrow roundabout.

To allow the work to be done safely and as quickly as possible, a section of the A360 - to the south of the A303 between Longbarrow roundabout and The Avenue roundabout - will be temporarily closed for approximately three months between early September and December.

The road will remain open for access for properties including for deliveries and access for emergency services. Traffic will be diverted via the A345, and part of the A303 and A36. Signs will inform people about the closure from Devizes, Shaftesbury and the routes around to Salisbury to encourage drivers to find alternate routes at the earliest opportunity. Early notification signs are anticipated to be put out in July, with diversion signage just prior to the closure. I have attached a map showing the closure, diversion route and weight limits introduced for the duration of the works.

We appreciate that this will cause some disruption, and would like to apologise in advance for this.

The following points were made/noted at the Full Council meeting of Amesbury Town Council on 8th June 2021.

  • Full minutes are to be published once authorised at the next Town Council meeting.

  • The public lavatories are to be open through the night on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for a trial period only, during June and July.

  • Cllr Monica Devendran spoke in support of the application to register the Wyndham Hall as a Community Asset and asked that the matter be added to the next agenda for councillors to consider the purchase of the hall by the Town Council.

  • The History Centre building is coming on leaps and bounds, despite difficulties obtaining supplies.

  • Residents are encouraged to call 101 if they witness anti-social behaviour.

  • Cllr Rob Yuill is to query the progress of remedial works to Byway 20.

  • Talks are to resume regarding the future of the Boscombe Down Sports Pitches.

  • A Town Council working party is to look for suitable areas in Amesbury for future funfairs.