Welcome to the Durrington Town Council website

Welcome to the Durrington Town Council website, we do hope you enjoy using the site and find all of the information you require.

We are always working to improve the site and keep it and you as up to date as possible.

The Parish of Durrington, which incorporates Larkhill is in the Amesbury Community Area in Wiltshire.

There is a population of just over 7,000, comprising approximately 2500 households, this includes just over 550 services families’ accommodation at the military Garrison in Larkhill.

Durrington lies on the edge of the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, and covers an area of over 2700 acres. The parish is known for its Neolithic features, Durrington Walls and Woodhenge, both dating back to 2,400BC.

Sitting on the Avon Valley, with the River Avon running through its boundary, Durrington nestles a mile away from the A303, with the A345 connecting it to Amesbury. The nearest mainline railway station for London and the South West is 5 miles away, with London just a 1 hour 20 minute journey by train. There is also a frequent local bus service to Salisbury and Swindon.

The Parish has an assortment of facilities, including three mini supermarkets, a number of takeaways, hairdressers/barbers and doctors’ surgeries, a DIY store, a local garage, a carpet shop, library, post point, two public houses and four churches. There are an infant school a primary school and a secondary school and a number of nurseries and pre-schools, as well as a swimming pool, sports centre and tennis courts. There are a number of play parks, a skate park and Multi-use Games Areas, as well as a village hall, recreation ground and pavilion, where frequent activities take place to support the community throughout the year.

Latest News and Events

Tree care

Published: 29 Sep 22

Next week the Council have arranged to pollard a number of trees on the Avon Fields estate. This forms part of the Councils ongoing planned work and maintenance for its trees. The Council hopes any inconvenience caused by the work will be minimal. Further work is planned for trees in the recreation ground later in the year. The council will endeavour to keep you informed of work to the amenity areas as and when it arises. Thank you

Library News

Published: 11 Aug 22

Message from Wiltshire library services. Following a public meeting earlier in the year and further discussions with the Durrington Library volunteers and Town Council, the Library Service is pleased to announce plans to develop the library as a Community Hub in the Robinson Room of the Village Hall. Durrington Library plays an important role in providing access to books, information, and computers to support local residents with their day to day lives. Our valued library volunteers will continue to provide a warm welcome to library customers, suggestions for new books to read, information on many subjects and help to use the computers amongst a host of other things. The library is also an important community focal point and resource - a space for people to meet, take part in group activities and events and engage in community conversations. This move preserves the future of Durrington Library and the essential services it provides to residents of all ages. This project has the support of the Town Council, who will be working with the library service and volunteers to provide new moveable shelving, a colourful children’s area and space for the computers and self-service kiosk. Sharing premises means the library can be accessed to borrow and return books outside of the opening hours by groups using the village hall and the public computers can be accessed by partners to run IT courses. The new location has good access, parking, and toilets. The new shelving will also mean the library space can be used flexibly for meetings outside of library opening hours. Sharing the building in this way not only helps with running costs but adds increased access to a community space which is otherwise closed for a substantial part of the week. Library services across the country need to reduce costs to tackle inflationary increases and deliver savings targets and Wiltshire is no different. Remaining on the current site in another portacabin or new build would not reduce costs and require continued maintenance. Relocating the library will resolve the maintenance issues with the current library building and bring benefits from being part of a community hub to support residents access a wider range of activities and facilities in the years to come. More information will be available as the plans progress but in the meantime please contact libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk if you have any questions.

Bakehouse Mental Health Well-Being Support Group

Published: 28 Apr 22

Please see the link above for details of Bakehouse Mental Health Well-Being Support group.

River Park Update

Published: 17 Jan 22

Update on River Park Project – Durrington Durrington Town Council hope that this update finds you well and we thought that now would be a good time to give you an update on work carried out and proposed for the River Park area of Durrington. As you will have seen, a number of berms have been created by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust in the river using local natural materials which will regenerate over time and create natural havens for wildlife. These structures are aimed to divert the river flow away from the banks and therefore slow down the water passing along the side of the footpath As you follow the river path from the recreation ground and out to the seat on the bow in the river, you may have noticed that the bank is eroding away quite quickly and that there are a number of holes along the path. The holes are made by Water Voles (a protected species) burrowing into the riverbank. Because the Water Voles are a protected species there is little, we can do to the immediate erosion on the riverbank, however we do have a course of action to take to minimise the erosion long term… The grass path will be diverted inward from the river edge to allow for planting of native trees (Alder and Willow 2 – 3m from the bank and where there is no vole activity up to the corner on the bend. The aim of this is to get trees established so that their root systems will provide some riverbank stability in the future. This area will be fenced off in order to protect the trees from damage. Subject to Covid restrictions, the Council would welcome volunteers to help with the planting which is proposed between now and the end of February, dependent on the availability of root stock trees, so if you would like to be a River Park volunteer, please contact Jo at the Council office by email: clerk@DurringtonTownCouncil.gov.uk or telephone: 01980 654772. Moving round and back to the hard path and the bow in the river in front of the houses on Yew Tree Close. This has been fenced off throughout the summer of 2021 due to the bank erosion and the danger caused by the material previously used to retain the riverbank which has now been exposed and is allowing the river to cut into the bank. This area has been recently surveyed and there is now a proposal in place to reinforce this corner by creating a natural bank using graded rock/stone and soil which will be planted at the water margins with transplanted reeds from other parts of the river to reduce the amount of erosion. It is anticipated that this work will commence early in the summer of 2022 and due to the Plant equipment and lorries accessing this area there will be a need to close off the path immediately in front of the houses and the access path from Yew Tree Close. Again, we would welcome volunteers to help us with the planting works which will be conducted as and when hard landscaping has been completed, so please let Jo at the Council office know if you are interested. From Yew Tree Close following the river past the dipping platform to the sluice gate, it is planned to cut the path at least 2metres back from the riverbank and allow the reeds to spread in order preserve the natural habitat for local wildlife that use this edge of the river. A current proposal is that the larger grass area on this side and back towards the recreation ground will be mown bi-annually, but this will be monitored to ensure that there is no degradation in plant biodiversity. If there is a botanist in the community who would like to volunteer and conduct plant surveys for us, you will be most welcome and would ask that you pass your details to Jo our Clerk. The trees along the River Park and through towards Bulford Bridge are in the main a Council responsibility. Work can only be carried out when approved by the Town Council and the Wiltshire Council Arborist considering the type of work to be carried out, legitimate reasons and the impact on the natural environment. The arborist acting on behalf of the Council has recently carried out a survey and a report outlining proposed and approved work is expected in due course. A further survey of all Ash trees will be carried out in the Spring to assess the level of Ash Dieback and anticipated tree loss/removal. As always if you have any comments or concerns about the Riverbank and the projects please come and talk to us, email the Clerk or come to a meeting they are usually held on the last Tuesday of the month and full details and agendas can be found on the web site www.durringtontowncouncil.gov.uk Durrington Town Council – Durrington Village Hall, High Street Durrington, SP4 8AD Tel - 01980 654772 if the office is not manned, please leave a message and we will get back to you. RIVER PARK DURRINGTON

Vacancy

Published: 17 Nov 21

Assistant Youth Worker Required. Durrington, Jubilee Pavilion, Recreation Ground. Part time Contract yearly reviewed dependent on funding Hours of work; 7.5 hours per week (Tuesday 7 – 9pm, Thursday 6.15 – 9.15pm, Friday 5.30 – 8pm) Salary £10 per hour Durrington Town Council and Wiltshire Council fund Durrington Youth Services who are currently looking to hire an assistant youth worker. Durrington youth services provide 3 youth sessions per week, outreach, and centre-based sessions. Tuesday evenings we deliver a street-based youth work session with a drop-in session from 8pm. Thursday evenings we provide a centre-based session for young people in year 7 to age 19. Our Friday session is also centre based for children aged 7 – 11, term time only. Youth work is challenging and rewarding. You will be given on the job support and guidance. So, if you are passionate about making a difference to the young people in our community please come and join our small friendly team. Durrington Youth Services is committed to safeguarding children and young people. Successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS clearance before starting. All staff are required to have regular safeguarding training. Closing date; 13th December 2021 Please email your CV to clerk@durringtontowncouncil.gov.uk

Courier Fraud

Published: 4 Feb 20

Courier fraud occurs when you receive a phone call from someone pretending to be a police officer or bank official, in reality they are a fraudster....

Fishing in Durrington

Published: 14 Mar 19