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Welcome to our village website.

If you click on "Directory", on the Sidebar, you will see some contact details for me (Nick) & all members of the village Parish Council + some other useful contact details e.g. School, Church etc.

Stanton St Quintin Parish Council Meeting

The Parish meeting took place on Tuesday 14th May 2019 in our newly refurbished Parish Hall equidistant between our Lower & Upper villages.

Please see below ratified minutes from the 12th March 2019 & the 2 Planning meetings of 26th March & 23rd April 2019.. To do so please scroll down to "Parish Council Meeting Minutes" below. 

The next Parish Council meeting will be Tuesday 24th September at 7:30pm in the Hall.

Notice of Vacancy on the Parish Council


14 July 2019


Mrs Margaret Carey

52 Greenhill




SN13 9SQ



Electoral Services

County Hall

Bythesea Road



BA14 8JN

Dear Mrs Carey


Casual Vacancy - Stanton St. Quintin Parish

Notice of Vacancy dated Friday 19th July 2019


I refer to your notification of a vacancy and enclose a copy of the statutory Notice of Vacancy.  The Notice may be copied as required but must be displayed in a prominent position within the Parish of Stanton St. Quintin.


An election to fill the vacancy will be held if TEN electors from the Parish of Stanton St. Quintin write to the Returning Officer by 8 August, 2019 asking for an election to be held.  If an election is not requested by that date, then the Parish Council must fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as practicable.  I will write to you again after 8 August, 2019 to let you know whether there will be an election, or whether the Parish Council may co-opt to fill the vacancy.


Finally, as part of the 2015/16 budget-making process, the council has resolved to recharge the cost of parish council elections back to parish councils. The precise cost to each council is hard to estimate, as it depends on a number of variable factors such as electorate size, the number of postal voters and the number of polling stations.


An election in a large town ward, for example, could easily cost £5,000 upwards, but in a small rural parish it could be very much less. Election fees are limited by a scale of fees approved by the council, and this was last reviewed in 2013.


Town and Parish Councils must consider whether they wish to request poll cards for each by-election as costs are now recharged to town and parish councils.  It has become common practice to send poll cards for all elections as this promotes more democratic engagement.  However, this will be an area for your Town/Parish Council to consider when a vacancy occurs and more appropriately, if an election is triggered.  


Poll cards need to be prepared about the same time the Notice of Election is published.  This is so they can be printed and posted as soon as possible to enable electors to be notified of the statutory deadlines if they wish to change their voting methods. 


If an election is requested Electoral Services will send parish councils a form to complete and return indicating their decision on poll cards.  You may wish to have a council resolution in place delegating power to an individual to make that decision, or a blanket decision on whether or not poll cards are produced.


Thank you for your assistance in this matter.


Yours sincerely

Tia Jones

Electoral Services Officer

Telephone: 0300 456 0112









Stanton St. Quintin






that due to the Resignation of Peter Murton, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.


If by 8 August, 2019 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors from the Parish of Stanton St. Quintin, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.


If an election is called, it will take place not later than 14 October, 2019.


Dated 19 July, 2019


Dr Carlton Brand

Returning Officer

Electoral Services, Wiltshire Council

County Hall

Bythesea Road



BA14 8JN


NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS for year ending 31st March 2019:






Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)





1. Date of announcement:  10th June 2019

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:


Mrs Margaret Carey, Parish Council Clerk, 52 Greenhill, Neston, Corsham, Wilts SN13 9SQ  tel: 01225 810274


commencing on (c) __Monday 17th June 2019 _______________________



and ending on (d) ___Friday 26th July 2019 ________________________


3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:


·         The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and

·         The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.


The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.


4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:


PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

1 Westferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London E14 4HD



5. This announcement is made by  Mrs Margaret Carey, Parish Council Clerk




(a) Insert date of placing of the notice which must be not less than 1 day before the date in (c) below











(b) Insert name, position and address/telephone number/ email address, as appropriate, of the Clerk or other person to which any person may apply to inspect the accounts


(c) Insert date, which must be at least 1 day after the date of announcement in (a) above and at least 30 working days before the date appointed in (d) below


(d) The inspection period between (c) and (d) must be 30 working days inclusive and must include the first 10 working days of July.
























(e) Insert name and position of person placing the notice – this person must be the responsible financial officer for the smaller authority

Water Mains Replacement Church Road, Stanton St Quintin.


Wessex Water will be undertake a mains replacement in the field adjacent to Bouverie Park East and also the fields adjacent to Church Road starting Monday 19th August 2019 for approximately 6 weeks.

I will however need to work in the highway in two area’s the first will be on the Junction of Bouverie Park East and Church Road, with the use of three way traffic lights this will start on Monday 19th August for approximately 10 days, although we will have to return for the connections around the first week of October but hopefully this time for approximately 3 to 4 days and if safety is not compromised we will try to avoid using the three way traffic lights.

The second road works will be days with the use of two traffic lights in Church Road, from Churchill Farm to just passed the Village hall this will start on Monday 9th September for approximately 10 days.


Letters to residents in the area will be posted in July and I have attached a copy of the works for you. I would be grateful if you could let me know if you are aware of any functions booked at the village hall for the first two weeks in September and should you wish to discuss further issues regarding the water mains scheme please call me on the number below. 


Dave Tennant

Wessex Water
Claverton Down Bath BA2 7WW
Mobile number 07823 370740

Please see BM242-100A Church Road pdf file below.

Generous contribution from The James Dyson Foundation.

Dear Nick,

I have been passed your details by my colleague Chris Hazlewood who I believe you have approached regarding a possible donation towards the renewal of Stanton St Quintin’s defibrillators.

The James Dyson Foundation is Dyson’s charity, we were set up in 2002 to support engineering education, medical research and charitable organisations in the local area where Dyson is based. We would therefore be very happy to offer support to Stanton St Quintin, as a community located near to our new Hullavington campus.

We would be delighted to offer a donation of £1,000 towards the community’s defibrillators. Are you able to please advise of the relevant payment details of the Parish Council so that we can arrange for this donation to be made?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,


Gemma Wardle

James Dyson Foundation Manager

+44 1666 832 246

WAAF Memorial Window Dedication. St Giles Church

On Sunday 6 May St. Giles Church, Stanton St Quintin was bedecked in floral displays of red, white and blue for a service to dedicate a stained glass window in honour of more than 100 other ranks of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force who were billeted in the village during the Second World War. Amongst the special guests were WAAF veterans Dorothy Brown, who worked as a flight mechanic at Hullavington airfield, and radio operator Ena Day. They were joined by former VAD nurse Helen Mc Alpine, who grew up in Stanton St Quintin. Marjorie Morgan led the service, in the presence of the Mayor of Chippenham Cllr Mary Norton, Air Commodore Barbara Cooper and a large contingent from the WRAF, RAF and 1304 Squadron Chippenham Air Cadets. Standard bearers were provided by the RAF Association, Royal British Legion and Air Cadets.

Churchwarden Hilary Greene read John Gillespie Magee’s poem ‘High Flight’ and Katherine Bennett, Senior Vice President of Airbus delivered a bible reading.

The window, which is the third in St. Giles Church to be designed by local artist Peter Berry, is contemporary in design, featuring WAAF flight mechanics overhauling an Airspeed Oxford, and a series of World War Two aircraft flying within radio frequency lines. It was financially supported by many individual donations and grants from charitable trusts and will serve as a lasting legacy to the service of the WAAF who worked at RAF Hullavington.

After the service the congregation repaired across the road to Stanton St Quintin Primary School. Here memories were recounted and stories shared over a wonderful afternoon tea prepared and served by Chris Vines and her team.

Thanks are due to Marjorie Morgan, Rev. Christopher Bryan and the Parochial Church Council for their support of this project and the many individuals who have contributed their time and donations to bring it to fruition.

Dr. Fiona Baskett

Stanton St Quintin Christian Aid Collection

13th – 19th May was Christian Aid week when parishes are encouraged to participate in a door to door collection for Christian Aid so that they can continue their work with the world’s poorest, irrespective of race, religion or gender.  This year the collection in Stanton St Quintin raised the sum of £852.34 (plus gift aid) towards this vital work.

I would like to thank everyone who made a donation plus the band of volunteers who delivered and collected envelopes.  You have made a difference.  Well done.

Angela Smith


The Hullavington Parish Council was, once again, delighted to welcome Dyson representatives Chris Hazlewood and Andy Gough to the Parish Council meeting held on 13th June.  

16 parishioners also attended.

We were informed that the hangars at "E" site, to the left of the Grittleton road out of the

village - although both structurally sound - required extensive repairs to the roofs.

Hangar 181, from which the grass covering had been removed many years ago, has now been re-turfed following this work. 

Hangar 180 - next to it  will soon receive the same treatment and be stripped of its turf, with remedial works to the roof also being carried out, before being restored to its former grassed glory.   What an undertaking! 

Hangar 181 is now in the process of being fitted out ready for occupation, with Hangar 180’s fit-out to follow in due course.

Hangar 86 is expected to be in use from 18.6.2018, with 300 staff located there.  Hangar 85 refurbishment has also commenced.

It was re-confirmed that Dyson will be developing electric vehicles on the site, and part of the airfield may be used to create test track facilities, however this is - of course - subject to planning and further consultation.

In addition, it was confirmed that Dyson were working on finalising the masterplan for the airfield in advance of an outline planning application being made soon. This is likely to include:

·       A cafe/restaurant - for use by Dyson employees - sited close to Hangars 85 and 86.


·       A Visitor Centre and other facilities located in the proximity of Hangar 89 (the old gliding hangar).

Subject to consultation there may also be a three-armed roundabout on the C1 road, approx 400 metres from the existing Wellington Place entrance as you head towards the village, in order to improve traffic flow and safety.

And - saving the best 'til last!  

Again subject to consultation, there might be a three-armed roundabout at the junction of the A429/C1 road that leads to the village!

Further details re the above will be available when the planning applications have been submitted to Wiltshire Council sometime in July.  

I will let you have the application numbers as soon as they are on the WC website. 


Maggie Bawden (Chair Hullavington Parish Council).

Update from Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Our NDPSG now has an excellent website which will bring you right up to date with all that these hardworking and dedicated friends are doing for our village.

Please also see below "Call for Sites" which asks if anyone knows of any developable land within the Parish boundary

Update from Voneus

Voneus engineers will visited the village again on Wenesday 14th March to " optimise the network" and replace the transmitting radio beacons with a stronger alternative.

This follows on from the follwing statement:

Dear Stanton St Quintin Householders

We are pleased to announce that we have now secured the strategic elements in the network, with the exception of one property in Newbourne Gardens. to commence go live of Superfast Broadband. (Available to all).

The network team, will be in Stanton St Quintin, Monday 22nd to build the final pieces, to commence go live of Voneus Superfast Broadband (available to all dependant on line of sight).

With the infrastructure in place we will then commence beaming the fibre from Minety Water Tower. Remembering that Voneus deliver fixed wireless broadband wirelessly, we will be delivering superfast speeds into your homes.

It is with some surprise, that to date we have only received just 13 homes from the 40 homes required to build this project. We are attempting to engage with local councillors to assist in communicating to their hamlets and villagers that they too could be receiving our service, Hullavington being the most local.

We are engaging also, with the Family liaison Officer for the barracks and are trying to understand how we can create a solution for those wanting our service.

When we reach 40 homes, we will also deliver superfast broadband to the village hall, free of charge as part of our commitment to the community.

To understand more or should you have any questions please contact Gary Day or

I will be in the village this coming Friday morning and happy to meet in person or take any questions should you wish.

We thank you for your support in allowing Voneus to deliver Superfast Broadband into Stanton St Quintin.  

Gary Day
Sales Director
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A350 Western Improvements Spring Newsletter

Please find below" A350 Newsletter for spring 2018 fin.pdf" our fourth Newsletter for the improvements. We are reaching the point where all existing groundwork will be tied in to the existing road at various points and some traffic management is required for drainage, road widening and central reservation work. This is kept to a minimum and ways have been devised to reduce the need for daytime temporary traffic lights where at all possible to minimise congestion.



The Stanton St Quintin Parish Council have sponsored your Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee who have been busy on your behalf.  To date they have:


  • Agreed a Steering Group Constitution on how to work together on behalf of our community

  • Agreed a Vision for this village at the centre of our Neighbourhood Plan (see in red below)

  • Registered our intention to produce our Neighbourhood Plan with Wiltshire County Council

  • Begun preparatory work to consult YOU (the community) at a consultation to be held in September

  • Identified potential external funding to meet our Neighbourhood Plan development expenses 

  • Evaluated potential external consultants to advise on specialist planning matters 


Our aim is to retain our village’s rural character, whilst acknowledging that there is a need to provide controlled local housing and employment for the community. We therefore need your views to develop a plan that ensures potential developers have a clear understanding of our unified position on how we want our village to look in the next 20 years. 


Our vision is that The Stanton St. Quintin community wishes to develop a forward-looking approach to residential development which preserves the rural attractiveness of the village and sensitively crafts and shapes the community over time for the benefit of its inhabitants’.


We are also calling for volunteers with specialist skills (for example photography or website creation) to help us on an ad hoc basis. If interested please contact Hilary Greene 01666 837850


Also, if you are not signed up to the Village Chatter, then please email your name, address and email address to as this will be one of the means of updating you.


Emergency Plan

Dear Fellow Resident,


Stanton St Quintin Community Emergency Plan


Stanton St Quintin Parish Council is preparing an Emergency Plan so that as a community we can immediately help ourselves if something were to happen in our Parish.


We are asking for volunteers to help finalise the Emergency Plan ready for deployment and to prepare our community for an emergency.


Would you be willing to help during an emergency?  Do you have any particular skills or equipment or know somebody who has, that you think might be of use?  Do you belong to a community group that might be able to help during an emergency, such as luncheon groups or crèches? Do you know vulnerable people in the community who will need extra help in an emergency?


If you want to be part of the team who, from later in the summer/early autumn, will prepare our community for an emergency then please email me via and I will be in touch.


Thank you




John Seale

Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group & Parish Councillor


Social Committee

The Village Social Committee ran an Auction of Promises on 25 February at the Parish Hall to raise funds for local and more distant causes. Entry was by ticket for £5 to cover supper and a welcome drink. Delighted to report that subject to final audit this brilliant event raised over £2,200.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week was 14th-20 May this year and in Stanton St Quintin we raised £844.11 from door to door collections .  I would like to thank all who donated and all the volunteers who delivered and collected the envelopes.  Without you giving money or time this would not have been possible.  Thank you for your contribution to the continuing work of Christian Aid.

Angela Smith

The Living Churchyard 2019

The Living Churchyard Project maintains the churchyard as a wildlife haven. Once a month there is a practical social gathering when all are welcome to visit, to help or just to have a tour (and a drink and a biscuit). Our dates this year (all Saturdays 9.30 to 12 noon) are:
March 16th
April 20th
May 18th
June 15th
July 6th
July 27th
August 17th
September 14th
October 12th
November 23rd

A Neighbourhood Plan for Stanton St Quintin – Meeting held on 9th February 2017 at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall

Notes of the meeting

Present: Nick Greene, Chair of Stanton St Quintin Parish Council

               Howard Greenman, Wiltshire County Councillor

Attending: John Eley, Emma Walker, Roger Starling, Graeme Pattison, Ros Whiting, George Fenton, Stephanie Fenton, Brig Mike Smith, Jonathan Squire, Carol Squire, Elspeth Schwenk, John Seale, Paul Craven, Mark Pickavance, Jackie Pickavance, Janice Killinger

Apologies: Dr Wendy Bowring, Paul Woloschuk, Mervyn & Sue Stephens, Martin & Gabriele Horton, David Parnell, Rosalind Brown, Pat & Peter Harper, Marjorie Morgan, Hilary Greene


Nick Greene introduced the meeting, setting out the format of the evening and drawing peoples’ attention to the apologies he had received from interested villagers who for a variety of reasons could not attend this meeting but wanted to offer their support.

He emphasised how fortunate our village was to have excellent support from the Hullavington Neighbourhood Plan committee. A lot of their experience so far in drawing up their plan, lessons learned, things to avoid, shortcuts etc will be invaluable as Stanton St Quintin begin their NP.

He reiterated Hullavington's NP Chair Graham Slaymaker's advice about Keeping It Simple and recommended the attachment sent with the minutes of the previous meeting on 19th January, the Locality's guide to "keeping your neighbourhood plan simple, short and straightforward" by Tony Burton.

He also recommended a workshop to be run by Wiltshire Community Land Trust at the Cause in Chippenham from 5:30 pm to 8:00pm on 23rd February 2017 offering a "special opportunity to find out more about shaping the future of your local town or village, especially through Neighbourhood Development Plans & community -led housing initiatives".

He welcomed & introduced Howard Greenman to explain why the village should have a Neighbourhood Plan and thanked him for attending this meeting after a very hard day at County.

Howard Greenman outlined the importance of a Neighbourhood Plan. He said it is not a negative document, saying what should not happen, but it allows the village to craft and shape the community. He had previously thought that Stanton did not need a NP because it is a small village, but has changed his recommendation because of the airfield developments, other developments, especially a particular application on Avils Lane recently which made him aware that there were pockets of land in the village that a developer might take advantage of. He also drew attention to the ‘Chippenham gateway’ at Junction 17 of the M4 – this development of the SE quartile almost certainly means that the other quartiles will be looked at soon. So the village should explore a NP. It will be hard work but a rewarding project. He also mentioned that Seagry, a small village, is producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Howard added that one of the meetings he had attended earlier in the day concerned a massive redevelopment of Chippenham Railway Station & its surrounding environment.

With modernisation & the electrification of the line to London, journey times would be significantly shorter making Chippenham & its surrounding villages an even more attractive place to live & consequently more attractive to Developers.

Developers were learning to have a healthy respect for villages with their own Neighbourhood Plans as outlined by Kevin Watson of Christian Malford at our last meeting where he spoke of a large developer withdrawing its plans for over development when faced with opposition from the NDP.

Nick Greene thanked Howard for his comments & all those present again for their attendance. He explained that development of a NP was not a Parish Council project but needed volunteers from the village. He requested that those interested in becoming involved to identify themselves & their details were noted by Councillor John Eley of Chapel House Lower SSQ who had volunteered to be the Parish Council's representative on the Neighbourhood Plan Committee. It was agreed that the next meeting would take place on Monday 13th February at 7.30pm where a Chair, Secretary & Treasurer would be appointed.

Mrs Elspeth Schwenk very kindly offered her house, Long Barn, Lower SSQ as the meeting venue

Nick gave Mrs Emma Walker a list of all the apologies along with their comments & offers of support.

Nick thanked all those attending and those offering their services to the development of a Neighbourhood Plan.

The meeting ended at 8.45pm.

A Neighbourhood Plan for Stanton St Quintin – Meeting held on 19th January 2016 in the Parish Hall

Notes of the meeting

Present: Nick Greene, Chair of Stanton St Quintin Parish Council

            Howard Greenman, Wiltshire County Councillor

            Over 60 members in the audience


Nick Greene introduced the meeting, setting out the format of the evening and drawing peoples’ attention to the great improvements to the hall. He thanked the Hall Committee members especially the Chair Cara Voelcker and the project manager Peter Boggis.

He welcomed members of the Hullavington Neighbourhood Plan committee to the meeting and thanked them for attending.

He introduced Howard Greenman to explain why the village should have a Neighbourhood Plan and to introduce Kevin Watson from Christian Malford.

Howard Greenman outlined the importance of a Neighbourhood Plan. He said it is not a negative document, saying what should not happen, but it allows the village to craft and shape the community. He had previously thought that Stanton did not need a NP because it is a small village, but has changed his recommendation because of the airfield developments, other developments, especially a particular application on Avils Lane recently which made him aware that there were pockets of land in the village that a developer might take advantage of. He also drew attention to the ‘Chippenham gateway’ at Junction 17 of the M4 – this development of the SE quartile almost certainly means that the other quartiles will be looked at soon. So the village should explore a NP. It will be hard work but a rewarding project. He also mentioned that Seagry, a small village, is producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Christian Malford are well underway with their NP. Kevin Watson has headed up the committee developing it. Howard said that Kevin has 2 particular attributes which have helped – tenacity and the ability to cut to the chase. We need to encourage people to come forward to form a team to develop the plan.

Christian Malford

Kevin Watson explained that they were not quite there but a long way along the process. During the work a couple of big developers have been scared away from plans for large scale development in the village.

They started in 2014 following talk of a housing development of 200 homes which influenced the start of the Neighbourhood Planning. There were also people living in the village who were offering pieces of land to Wiltshire Council for development.

There were three basic questions which needed to be answered: what do we have? What do we need? How do we get there?

Jan 14 Started with the formation of a Neighbourhood Planning Team

Mar 14 undertook a housing survey establishing the number and type of housing in the village

June 14           a parish wide survey questionnaire. This was delivered by hand to all houses in the village and collected by hand – there was some difficulty persuading some people to complete the survey. This got the response rate up from 20% to 50% which is reckoned to be a good response for a survey of this type.

Aug 14 Parish boundary was defined as the NP area – this is a formal approval process

Sept 14            First Parish meeting – development of a NP requires demonstration of consultation with all residents

Oct 14 Main Road meeting – this recognised that the favoured area for development is along the main road in Christian Malford. By now the plan was being formulated

Mar 15 2nd parish meeting. The NP Team delivered messages about developing or not developing particular areas – some people were pleased, others not.

May 15 the agreed draft plan was rejected by Wiltshire Council – they hadn’t told Christian Malford about a key step they had to take during the development of the plan.

Between May 15 and Sept 16 the plan went from version 6 to version 22. They didn’t find Wiltshire Council very helpful; the latter themselves seemed to be on a learning curve and would agree sections then later on reject them.

Sept 16 – initial consultation.

The process involves lots of meetings and hours of personal time which is necessary to feed information back to the village residents and obtain their views, thereby demonstrating to Wiltshire Council that proper consultation has taken place.

Still to do

They wondered about getting a consultant but as they were so far down the road, decided not to.

The 2nd written consultation produced 50 written responses, mostly supportive. Taking account of comments, the NP is reissued and submitted to Wiltshire Council who will send it out to various organisations for their comments. Then an external inspector will formally assess the plan. Once this has completed successfully, Wiltshire Council will organise a referendum in the village (like an election); the plan will be agreed if a simple majority of those voting is in favour. The NP Team are hoping to complete the process before the end of 2017.

Lessons learned

It is worth doing. Christian Malford has a common view of how the village should develop. It should enable steady progress. The plan is deliverable. A major builder has withdrawn from a development in the village (a moral victory). The plan recognises that Christian Malford does have to grow; it is not an option to reject all development.

It isn’t easy to develop the plan. It needs a big commitment from team members – CM had 7 in the team, Hullavington has 18, with a core team of 8 – it is good to have the larger number. Wiltshire Council seems under resourced to support the process. It is difficult to get people engaged and you can’t please all the people all the time so they are left with a minority of disgruntled people.

There is a lot to do to develop the plan. Need to assemble a strong team – CM was under resourced really; you need enthusiasm as much as a skill. They underestimated the time and effort required. They would have liked a website but couldn’t get the support to maintain one. They were helped by great mapping access from one of the members. There is funding to support the process – from Community First who will pass funds via the Parish Council.

CM has 250 houses and about 700 residents. The plan allows for about 30 new houses. In response to a question about the status of the NP, Kevin replied that it has a legal status and is the top tier of consideration for the planners when applications are being considered. CM spent about £500 on the development of their plan. If the CM team were to embark on this task again, it would ask for more Community First funding in order to employ specialist help during the process.


Graeme Slaymaker from the Hullavington NP committee updated the meeting on progress with their NP. He said they are just about to start writing the plan. The more people involved the quicker you get there. There is a lot of information available from the My Community – locality website. He particularly recommended a document ‘Keep it Simple’.

They hope to have their draft plan by the end of June. They are holding an Open Day on 18th February to feedback information from their questionnaire. Hullavington has taken on a consultant to help. The best way forward is to have a core membership with others to help out. It is good to have someone on board who is good at reading policies etc. Hullavington has a core of 8 people.

Key steps

  • Get a vision for the village
  • Scope it out
  • Develop a budget

  • Claim grant – John Smith from Hullavington supplied the following information. The maximum you can claim is £9000 during the course of the plan. Only 2 applications are allowed and if you don’t spend the money in time, it has to be given back.

Q: how are sites identified?

Graeme: basically they have already been identified by people coming forward and offering land for development.

Although the Core Strategy may say what the minimum number of houses required in a village is, it isn’t necessarily true.

Q: what about the dynamic of the MoD land?

Graeme: it is included in their NP boundary. The airfield is in Stanton St Quintin Parish, Hullavington Parish and St Pauls Malmesbury Without – the bit that has already been sold is in St Pauls Malmesbury Without and is in their NP.

Nick Greene thanked all those present especially Howard, Kevin and Graeme. He explained that development of a NP was not a Parish Council project but needed volunteers from the village. He requested that those interested in becoming involved provide their details and a further meeting will be organised to get the process kicked off. (These details will be added to those collected at the November Parish Council meeting when Hullavington PC gave a presentation).

Notice of Audit 2016-2017

Please see Village News for more on this. Conclusion of Audit 31/3/17 detail can be found below in Parish Council Minutes.

Annual Governance Statement 2016/17

Please see detail in Parish Council Minutes below.


The enterprising Chippenham Pit Stop team are busy expanding  their truckers' shop into a new convenience store to serve both passing trade and all the surrounding villages from September 14.

The Pit Stop made recent headlines when a new outside gymnasium was installed to give their driver customers an onsite opportunity of keeping fit as part of a campaign to make the facility the best of its kind in the UK.

Now the Silvey family, who own and operate the Pit Stop just off junction 17 of the M4, are completely transforming their existing shop into a full convenience store as part of a £130,000 general improvement programme.

Managing Director David Hatherell said the greatly enhanced shop would offer locally sourced produce and freshly baked breads as well as staples such a milk and a whole range of other convenience items.

"With our extensive parking, excellent restaurant open to all and on site barber's shop we are ideally placed to play a much greater role in serving the local community," he said.

"While our  truck driver customers remain our core business we have ample scope to expand our services to meet the needs of local people," said Mr Hatherell.

Alternative shopping and dining arrangements were now in place while the work was progressing so it was very much business as usual, he said.

Nick Greene as Chairman of SSQ Parish Council cut the ribbon to declare the newly enhanced facility open at 11:30am on Saturday 12th September 2015.

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Truckers and local community customers of The Chippenham Pit Stop will be 'seeing purple' if they call in on Tuesday May 16.

For that's the striking colour chosen by the UK's Stroke Association as part of their May special awareness raising month.

Now members of the Pit Sop crew wearing a splash of purple will be giving out information leaflets and there will be cupcakes with purple icing and even purple smoothies on sale in the restaurant.

Pit Stop Health Coordinator and former nurse Lisa Hatherell said spending long hours sitting behind a wheel all day and every day was not conducive to a healthy life style.

"The risk of a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life from aged 55 and the UK's truckers are already an ageing generation because with all its disadvantages most young people are not interested in being truckers anymore," she said.

"Our leaflet provides tips on how to avoid becoming a stroke victim and is part of our on-going drive to offer our customers the opportunity of living more healthy lifestyles," said Lisa.

The Pit Stop was already doing its bit by providing an outside exercise gym, offering customers more healthy eating options in their restaurant and using healthier cooking processes, she said.


Truckers and villagers calling regularly at The Chippenham Pit Stop to use its restaurant, Draycott Stores and other facilities can now also quench their thirst for free!

For the pit stop team have now signed up to the nation's Free Water Refill Campaign which encourages people to top up a reusable water bottle to help the environment.

Pit Stop Managing Director Davis Hatherell said it was estimated that here in the UK around eight hundred plastic bottles a minute were ending up in landfill or as litter which found its way into waterways and eventually out to sea.

"Single use plastic bottles are expensive to produce, use up valuable natural resources and create mountains of waste once we've gulped down the contents," he said.

So customers keen to do their bit for the campaign were now welcome to ask the restaurant team for a refill of tap water which would end up saving them a small fortune as well as helping their environment, he said.

"While we've already removed plastic straws from our business and swapped from plastic to wooden takeaway cutlery, all our waste is recycled and none goes to landfill, said David.

Wiltshire County Council Newsletter

Please click on the link below to keep up to date with all that's going on in our County:

Community in action!!,

Flood Risk
Wiltshire Council often approaches landowners to request them to clear overgrown ditches and watercourses where there is risk of flooding. However, with extensive networks of watercourses & ditches in the County, local Parish Councils have been able to provide valuable assistance in identifying & helping to resolve these issues in many cases. Villagers who have concerns or observations to make regarding flooding or potential flooding are asked to contact any member of the Parish Council. All our contact details can be found by clicking on "Directory" on the Sidebar.
Chippenham Our Community Matters
At the beginning of the year the Chippenham Our Community Matters website was launched to provide local people with an interactive notice board everyone can use. 

The website is full of local news, events and discussions and a place to find out local information about our area:

Chippenham Our Community Matters quick and easy to use and your information will appear instantly. A short tutorial has been produced to show you how to register and post news Click here 

I would also recommend that you register to receive the regular e-mail bulletins about our area Register here

.The Latest Parish Newsletter from Wiltshire Council: 




Mobile Library
Please see Village News for the latest mobile library timetable which is a pdf file giving details of the times the mobile library will be visiting Stanton St Quintin, Lower Stanton & Buckley Barracks. This will be updated every 6 months.

Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th September 2019 at the Hall at 7:30pm.

Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team
The following has just been received outlining the details of our new Police Officers:
Just an email to inform you all of the new Rural Neighbourhood Policing
Team details now that Heather has retired and Val has moved to
Chippenham Town.

Beat Manager:
PC Les Fletcher

Police Community Support Officer's:
PCSO Claire Hannam
PCSO Elizabeth Duncan

Any issues please do not hesitate to contact us on the above email
addresses or on 101 to report a crime.

Interesting Village Records
The following has just been received via

Hi there. My name is Colin Batten the son of Violet Batten(nee Tanner). My Grandfather Worthy Tanner and later his two sons Eric and Henry (my mothers brothers) farmed at Manor Farm and lived at 68 Greenhill, Stanton St Quintin for many years. I have come across many details regarding various sales of the farm and accounts,wages sheets etc from approx 1910-1979. Whilst they are of great interest to me I wondered if anyone in Stanton or indeed the current owners of the farm would be interested in seeing them.

Colin can be contacted by email at

Interestingly, it was Worthy Tanner who both gave the village the land & helped pay for the erection of our Church Hall.

A Senior Moment

A host of topics especially suited for our older villagers. Please see Village News for the poster..

Wiltshire Police New Non-Emergency Number
This now 101.
The Emergency number continues to be 999.
New Singing Group in Sutton Benger.
Please see Village News for more information.
SSQ Baby & Toddles Group
Please see Village News for their poster.
Crime & Community Briefing Paper
The latest edition can be found in Village News.
 MyView from the Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust recently launched an initiative to double native woodland cover under the banner of More Trees, More Good. Part of this initiative includes mass public consultation about where more trees should be planted through a campaign called MyView.

MyView is a web-enabled system that allows people to take a photo of their local view that would benefit from more trees and load it onto the Woodland Trust website. People can then use our interactive, click and drag design programme to plant virtual trees and create a new 'treed' view for their community. It will enable people to visually demonstrate where they would like to see more trees and then allows them to create a written statement about why more trees in this space are important. Please have a look at:

Next Parish Council Meeting
As well as the countdown on the Sidebar, it has been suggested that we make this date more prominent, so here it is:
                          Tuesday 24th September 2019 at The Village Hall @ 7:30pm.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes.

If you would like to view the Minutes of our previous Parish Council Meetings just click on the box below & then click on "Download" & finally "Open" to see these. They should then open in your "Word" programme. As always, if you experience any problems with this or any other aspects of this website please let us know at:
Recent Changes
Have a look also at the "Useful Links" on the Sidebar which will take you straight to The School, The Church, Wiltshire County Council, The Police etc.
Please also have a look at the "Have Your Say" link on the Sidebar. If you click on this it should open your email programme with in the To: Address Bar. Please let us know what you think of our village site & any thoughts, issues, problems you have concerning our village. I will check for new email daily & either answer myself or direct your email to the more relevant person on the Parish Council. We'd love to hear from you!
The above advice works fine if you're using an email programme like Outlook, Outlook Express or Windows Mail. However, if you use web based email like Hotmail or Yahoo you may need to actually type the address into the To: box. Please let us know if you experience any problems.
Village News
Please have a look at this link (on the Sidebar) to learn more.
Any other items of Village News you'd like to see here? Please let us know at
Try This!
Do you see the map at the bottom of the page? If you click firstly on "SAT" & then on the "+" sign, you can keep zooming in until you can see your own house. Great Fun!

Parish Council Meeting Minutes

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