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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 three primary schools, 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, BMX track 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.
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Latest News and Events

Rights of Way

Published: 9 Nov 20

Urgent Closure of: Rights of Way at Stonehenge (listed in document below) 1. WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 9th November 2020, it considers it necessary for the following lengths of byways to be closed to all vehicles, motor propelled vehicles and caravans because of the likelihood of danger to the public and in the interest of public safety during the closure of the Stonehenge Monument and Visitor Centre.

Closure of the A345

Published: 6 Nov 20

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Urgent Closure of: A345 (Part), Durrington, Figheldean and Netheravon WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 10th November 2020, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable KWR Plant Hire to carry out tree works to fell and remove trees adjacent to the highway affected by Ash Dieback disease. A345 (Part), Durrington, Figheldean and Netheravon; from its roundabout with A3028 / The Packway, Durrington to its junction with Lower Road, Netheravon. Alternative route: via A345 (unaffected length), A342, A360, A303, A345 (unaffected length) and vice versa. The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. These works will commence on 10th November 2020 and are anticipated to be required daily between 08:30 and 17:00 until 22nd November 2020. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 21 days. Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN REF:20-21S260

Remembrance Day 8th November

Published: 30 Oct 20

This year Remembrance Sunday will be different to our previous years Commemoration Services. There will be two Services in the Church adhering to strict guidance. There is seating for a maximum of 30 people at each service, and there are hygiene and cleaning procedures in place. Face masks will be worn and there will be no singing in the congregation. The Church will be issuing 30 tickets for each service the first is at 10.30am and the second at 11.30am anyone wishing to attend should contact Sue Topp the Deputy Church Warden by email at Daveandsuetopp@ntlworld.com or by phone on 07824 772427. Between the services at 11am the last post will be played. It is hoped that anyone wanting to pay their respects will do so in their front Garden or beside one of the poppies mounted on lamp posts around the village rather than at the War Memorial. There will not be a formal Wreath laying ceremony this year. The Wreaths will be laid at the alter during the Services and placed at the memorial later on. The first service will be recorded and put on Youtube and Social media later that day for anyone unable to attend. We hope you all have a safe and peaceful Remembrance Day

Council Vacancy

Published: 1 Oct 20

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR Durrington PARISH OF DURRINGTON NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Bruce Turner, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council. If by 22 October, 2020 (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 Durrington, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received by the Returning Officer then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)(Postponement of Elections and Referendums)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place and the vacancy will remain unfilled. The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law. Dated 2 October, 2020 Terence Herbert Returning Officer Electoral Services, Wiltshire Council County Hall Bythesea Road Trowbridge Wiltshire BA14 8JN Posted by: Jo Tudor Town Council Office Village Hall High Street Durrington Wiltshire SP4 8AD In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, bank or public holidays or any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.

Closures of Rights of Way 21st September

Published: 21 Sep 20

Notice for Temporary Closure of World Heritage Site ('WHS') Rights of Way - Section 14(2(b)) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Urgent Closure of: Rights of Way at Stonehenge (listed below). WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 21 September 2020, it considers it necessary for the following lengths of byways to be closed to all vehicles, motor propelled vehicles and caravans because of the likelihood of danger to the public and in the interest of public safety. Byway 10 (Part), Durrington; from its junction with Fargo Road to its junction with Byway 12, Amesbury / A344. Byway 12 (Part), Amesbury; from its junction with Byway 10, Durrington / crossing the A344 over to its junction with A303 (T). Byway 12 (Part), Amesbury; from its junction with A303 (T) in a southerly direction to its junction with Byway 1, Wilsford cum Lake. Byway 1 (Part), Wilsford cum Lake; from its junction with Byway 12, Amesbury to its junction with Byway 11, Berwick St James. Byway 11 (Part), Berwick St James; from its junction with Byway 1, Wilsford cum Lake to its junction with Byway 16, Woodford. Byway 16 (Part), Woodford; from its junction with Byway 11, Berwick St James to its junction with A360, Druids Lodge. Byway 11 (Part), Amesbury; from its junction with A303 (T) in a southerly direction to its junction with Byway 2, Wilsford cum Lake. Byway 2, (Part), Wilsford cum Lake; from its junction with Byway 11, Amesbury to its junction with Footpath 3 at Springbottom Farm, Wilsford cum Lake. No alternative byway routes are available. The closures will be clearly indicated by traffic signs and cones These restrictions will commence on 21 September 2020 and are anticipated to be required until 22 September 2020. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 21 days. For further information regarding these works please contact Wiltshire Council on 03004560100 Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN Ref: EP/SEP20

Road Works A303

Published: 1 Sep 20

Please see below information about the roadworks effecting the A303 from the 14th September 2020. The next phase of investigation work for Highways England’s proposed A303 upgrade past Stonehenge will focus on Countess roundabout at Amesbury from Monday 14 September. Local residents and drivers may need to allow extra time for their journeys during weekdays as lane closures will be in place. These are needed to ensure the safety of the workforce carrying the ground investigation surveys on behalf of Highways England. Work includes drilling boreholes, and digging trial pits. The lane closures will avoid the busy weekend periods, coming into place at 10am on Mondays and removed by 6am on Fridays. The work is planned to finish on Friday 9 October. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause for local residents, businesses and the travelling public, and we would like to thank people for their patience. We plan to undertake a full programme of communication to ensure people are aware of surveys and lane closures. The works are part of an ongoing programme to comprehensively understand ground conditions along the route of the proposed scheme. This further work is important to ensure information is up to date, which can be shared with companies bidding to build the scheme, should it get the green light from government in November. Over the summer, we have been carrying out ecology surveys along the proposed route of the scheme – from counting butterflies, monitoring ground water levels and measuring the activity of wildlife including bats, otters and water voles. These will continue into the autumn. We would be very grateful if you could assist by forwarding this information where appropriate. In a separate piece of work, we will be carrying out essential maintenance work on Avon bridge just to the east of Countess roundabout in the autumn. Work is due to begin in mid-October and will involve some lane closures. More information on this work will be available shortly. General information about the scheme is available on our website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/a303-stonehenge-home/

Dog Poo Bags

Published: 1 Sep 20

The price of Dog Poo Bags is now 70p per 50. The Council has been subsidising the cost of Poo Bags. To break even the increase to 70p is required. Please note that the bags are still the best value in the area.

Temporary Road Closure

Published: 6 Aug 20

Temporary road closures on the A345 to remove diseased trees on MOD land I am writing to inform you that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), together with our partner Landmarc Support Services and their contractors, will shortly be carrying out essential tree-felling work on MOD land bordering the A345 to remove trees infected with Ash Dieback. The work will start on the 10 August and run through to the end of October. In order to do this safely, we will need to implement a number of static and rolling road closures on the A345 and minor roads in the villages between Upavon and Durrington throughout the duration of the works. These will take place on weekdays between 09:30 and 16:30. Details of specific closures as they occur will be available on gov.uk using the link on the left, on twitter at @mod_dio or on the website one.network. Diversions will be in place and clearly marked. Trees infected with Ash Dieback present a significant health and safety risk, especially alongside roads, public rights of way and woodland areas used by the public for recreation activities. For the safety of road users, it is therefore necessary to remove the infected trees along the A345 as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns please email nsc@landmarc.mod.uk or call 0800 022 3334.

Closure of the Parade and the Packway, Larkhill

Published: 6 Aug 20

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 12 August 2020 , the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway patching and associated works. The Parade and The Packway (side road), Larkhill; from outside "Frontline Military" to the end of the one way section outside the property known as "Meadow View". No alternative route is available; access will be maintained for residents and businesses although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. These works will commence on 12 August 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 1 day between the hours of 19:00 and 23:59. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days. For further information regarding these works please contact Helen Picket of Wiltshire Council on 01225713376

Summer Solstice

Published: 8 Jun 20

Due to the lockdown measures in place, English Heritage have decided they cannot open Stonehenge for the summer solstice. Instead they will be live streaming the event. Please see their website for further details.

Volunteers needed for Schoolreaders Charity

Published: 18 Feb 20

Schoolreaders is a charity that has been set up to place volunteers into primary schools that have asked for our help, to listen to children read. Please see attached flyer.

Road Closures - Poores Road

Published: 18 Feb 20

Temporary Closure of: Poores Road, Durrington , The works were originally programmed to commence on Friday 3rd April 2020, however these works were delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The works will now commence on Tuesday 14th July 2020 and will be completed by Thursday 16th July 2020 between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00, however, on occasions they may over run due to uncontrollable circumstances such as plant breakdowns, if weather conditions are unfavourable, or occasionally we discover the need for additional repairs once the work has started. There will be advance information signs erected on site giving confirmed start dates. Please see the original notice attached and Plan.

The Annual Parish Meeting, 6pm Tuesday 31 March

Published: 18 Feb 20

This year the Annual Parish meeting is taking place from 6pm on Tuesday 31 March 2020 at the Village Hall. As in previous years, we will be celebrating local activities and debating current issues in the community. Please contact Sue Paines if you would like a table / exhibition stand on T. 01980 653681 or the Chairman John Todd on T. 01980 626039.

Home-Start Kennet

Published: 6 Feb 20

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join us ahead of our next volunteer training course in March...

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....

Planning Meeting

Published: 15 Jan 20

Draft minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 15 January 2020.

A303 Community Update

Published: 31 Oct 19

A303 Community Forum Update

Published: 3 Oct 19

Survey work will shortly commence in and around the Countess Roundabout as part of the A303 improvement scheme. Please see attached document that provide further details.

Millennium Park lease to end

Published: 25 Sep 19

The Town Council is disappointed to announce that it will no longer lease the Millennium Park from its owners as of the 1st of December 2019. Please see the attached letter explaining the circumstances that have led to this outcome. This letter will be circulated shortly with the Stonehenge Trader.

DURRINGTON YOUTH SERVICES

Published: 30 Aug 19

Did you know that Durrington Town Council provide Youth Workers and Volunteers in the community? They conduct street based sessions and activities in the Pavilion for a range of ages. See the posters for more information.

Robinson Room Hire

Published: 14 Jun 19

Are you thinking of setting up a Nursery, Childminding or Pre-school business in the area and need a safe environment to use? We could cater for your needs at the Robinson Room in the Village Hall, Durrington. We have a self-contained annex to our main hall with separate kitchen, toilets, storage, parking and a small outdoor area. Our facilities are well maintained and cleaned daily, they are in easy reach of local infant, junior and senior schools, a shop and bus stop servicing Larkhill, Amesbury, Netheravon and Upavon. This is all available from 8am daily and at competitive rates from August 2019. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your requirement further.

Fishing in Durrington

Published: 14 Mar 19