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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.
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Latest News and Events

Vacancy

Published: 13 Jul 21

Durrington Town Council are looking for a facilities supervisor to help look after our buildings and open spaces. If you would like to join our team and help us ensure our community can enjoy all our facilities safely and to a high standard please take a look at the Job Description. The post is for 20 hours a week, salary details available on request. If you are interested please email the Clerk at clerk@durringtontowncouncil.gov.uk with your cv all applications should be received by the 9th of August 2021.

A303 Stonehenge Scheme

Published: 27 May 21

Over to you: an invitation from the A303 Stonehenge project team It might have seemed quiet over the past few months, but the A303 Stonehenge team have been working hard behind the scenes. We’re aiming to be on site later in the summer. One of the first things you might see is some work on the A360. With a project as big and as high profile as A303 Stonehenge, the project is keen to keep in touch with local communities. Local residents are being invited to submit questions and hear from the team in a live online Q&A session to find out more about the plans for the project. The Highways England team want to hear from the people that the start of work is going to affect the most: people who live nearby. Whether you’re already in the know, or you haven‘t got the first idea what the scheme means for you and the local area - the project team would like to hear from you and bring you up to speed with the latest. The event is online at 7pm on Tuesday 29 June. To sign up – and submit your questions – go to the project website: highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/a303-stonehenge/

HRH THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Published: 12 Apr 21

Durrington Town Council express condolences upon the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Due to covid restrictions there will be no book of condolences at the Village Hall. Instead members of the public are invited to share their thoughts and memories of the Duke of Edinburgh via Wiltshire Council’s special on line book of condolence.

Annual Parish Report March 2021

Published: 21 Mar 21

The Annual Meeting of the Parish cannot take place this year. We publish below a few of the reports from Councillors detailing the work which has gone on this year in spite of the Pandemic.

Census Officers

Published: 1 Mar 21

Guidance on Census Field Operation for Police forces and for Trading Standards February 2021 The Office for National Statistics will shortly be carrying out the Census 2021 across England and Wales. Census Day is Sunday 21st March. After this day, in your authority, census officers will be: • knocking on doors following up non-responders • helping the public with queries From 22nd March 2021 our field census officers will be working across England and Wales. We have recruited around 29000 members of staff to carry out home visits. All our officers will be carrying official identification cards. The card will have a photograph and the officer’s name. The officers will work through the day to make contact with residents but will not call before 09:00 or after 20:00. Any member of the public concerned that the person on their doorstep is not a census officer can call the number on the critical workers letter that the officer can show them. Census officers will never ask for any money or bank details at any point during the conversation with respondents. Our staff in the field are classed as key workers. The law allows that where there is a lockdown people can leave their home for work if they cannot work from home. As their role cannot be carried out by working from home, they are allowed to carry out the duties of their role. The health and safety of the public and the census field force is of the utmost importance to us. Field force routines in Census 2021 have been planned with the health and safety of both the public and field staff front and centre. All our officers will work in a socially distanced way; they will all be wearing PPE and they will not enter anyone’s home. The Office for National Statistics has several important studies and surveys continuing alongside the census (more details here). It is, therefore, possible that an address will be visited by staff working on other surveys too. If you have any questions about the 2021 census work being carried out in your authority, please phone the Partnership Team on 01329 447434. More information is also available at www.census.gov.uk, or you can email 2021Census.LA.Liaison@ons.gov.uk

Census 2021

Published: 18 Feb 21

Your questions answered What is the Census? The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this. When should I fill in my census questionnaire? Census Day is Sunday 21 March – but you can fill yours in as soon as you get your access code in the post. Your answers should be about the people who usually live in your household on this date – even if you’re filling it in before then. If you need help, visit www.census.gov.uk 1 www.census.gov.uk Do I have to take part? If you live in England and Wales, you must take part in the census - it’s a legal requirement. Census information helps inform how billions of pounds of public funding is spent. By taking around 10 minutes per person to fill in the census questionnaire, you will help make sure your community gets the services needed now and in the future. Will the government use the information I provide to identify me? No. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which is an independent public body, carries out the census in England and Wales. It only ever publishes anonymous information from the census. In fact, it’s a crime to share personal census information and everything you say is protected. How will the census make a difference to me? The census makes a difference to everyone. It’s a once-in-a-decade chance to have your voice heard and help inform the future of your local area. What if I do not identify with the census options? The census asks you about your ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, religion and national identity. It’s up to you to decide how you would like to answer each question. Some questions allow for a free text response rather than having to use predefined categories. Do it in the way that you feel best represents you. Could information I share affect my benefits or immigration status? No. The information you share in the census cannot be used to influence benefit claims, a residency application, immigration status or your taxes. Officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see your census information. 2 www.census.gov.uk What if I cannot fill in my census questionnaire online? The ONS can help with a wide range of support services to make it as easy as possible for you, whatever your needs. Services include: • guidance and support in many languages and formats • help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media • a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer • accessible census guidance, for example in braille In addition, there will be a Wiltshire based Census Support Centre to provide help with online completion. The contact details for this will be available very shortly. Where can I get this information? Everyone will receive a postcard followed by a letter with their digital access code which will contain both the website address and phone number for census support. What other local support is available? If you run a local community group or organisation and would like more information for your website or newsletter or if you are holding any online events or meetings and would like to receive a presentation or the opportunity to ask questions, you can also contact the ONS Census Engagement Manager for Wiltshire, Jonny Corbett, at jonathan.corbett70@field.census.gov.uk Why is the census asking me about my gender and sexual orientation? This census asks voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time. This is to give us more accurate information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. This will help organisations combat any inequalities these groups face and show where services are needed. The census will only ask people aged 16 years and over these questions. If you do not feel comfortable identifying on the same form as the rest of your household, you can request an individual census questionnaire and answer separately. 3 www.census.gov.uk Can I help friends and family fill in the census? Yes. If a friend or family member needs support, help them if you can. Always fill in your own census first. You can also ask for help for yourself, or for someone else. Is it safe for the census to go ahead at present? Yes. The ONS has planned and built a flexible operation which can adapt to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. It will continue to review and adapt these plans to ensure census staff and the public can be kept safe and everyone can be safely counted. It is important to note that the ONS hopes that about 75% of the population will complete the census online without the need for any additional support. Census 2021 will also be crucial to our understanding of how the people of England and Wales have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it will give us detailed information on the health, social and economic impacts on all of us. It is essential we understand the needs of different groups and communities and the challenges people are facing in order to inform future decisions and policy making. Where can I get more information? ● Your local Census Engagement Manager, Jonny Corbett can provide you with talks, presentations, posters, leaflets in many languages and social media content. Contact Jonny via jonathan.corbett70@field.census.gov.uk or call 07452930302 ● Downloadable resources are available at www.census.gov.uk/downloadable-resources ● There are still jobs available at the Census www.censusjobs.co.uk 4 www.census.gov.uk 5 www.census.gov.uk

Road Closure

Published: 20 Jan 21

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Urgent Closure of: A345 (Part), Durrington/Figheldean/Netheravon WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 1st February 2021, 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 resurfacing, ironwork adjustments, road markings and associated maintenance. A345 (Part), Durrington/Figheldean/Netheravon; from its junction with B3085, Durrington for a distance of approximately 2.5km in a northerly direction. Alternative route: via A345 (unaffected length), A342, A338, 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 1st February 2021 and are anticipated to be required for 5 days between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days. For further information regarding these works please contact Andy Coles (Atkins) on behalf of Wiltshire Council on 01225 730360 Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN REF:SD413

Rights of Way

Published: 12 Jan 21

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). 1. WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 13 January 2021, it considers it necessary for the following lengths of byways to be closed to all vehicles, motor propelled vehicles and caravans 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. 2. No alternative byway routes are available. 3. This notice will be placed on http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-road-closures and the closures will be clearly indicated by traffic signs and cones. 4. Nothing in paragraph 1 of this Notice shall make it unlawful for any vehicle to proceed along the lengths of byways specified in this Notice if the vehicle is being used by Highways England or their contractors in connection with works for the A303 Stonehenge (Amesbury to Berwick Down) Project. These closures will commence on 13 January 2021 and are anticipated to be required for 21 days. 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/JAN21

Council Meetings

Published: 12 Jan 21

During the current Lockdown the Council are trialling meeting via Zoom. All meetings are open to the public. If any body wishes to attend a virtual meeting, please email the Clerk for a link . All meetings are publicised with an agenda here on the website. The clerk can be reached at clerk@durringtontowncouncil.gov.uk. Thank you

Council Vacancy

Published: 3 Dec 20

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR Durrington Parish Council PARISH OF DURRINGTON NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Rob Perry, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council. In accordance with Section 89(3) of the Local Government Act 1972, where the vacancy occurs within six months before the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would regularly have retired, an election shall not be held under Section 89(1) of the above Act, and the vacancy will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors on Thursday 6 May 2021. The Council may choose to fill the vacancy by co-option for the period until that election. For further information, please contact the parish clerk. Dated 4 December, 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

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.

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.

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.

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