The Chairman welcomed over 100 residents and 13 exhibitors at the Annual Parish Meeting. The first point of business was for the Chairman to formally accept a presentation by the Durrington Women’s Institute ‘100 years on - A wall hanging’. This marks 100 years of the end of the First World War, members of the WI had produced a wall hanging using wool from Romney fleece, Shetland and Gotland sheep. The hanging depicts well known areas in the village, guns, planes and horses for the Armed Forces as well as Regimental Badges of the fallen, who are named on the war memorial at the cross stones. There are also nine poppies for the men who lost their lives and who have a connection to Durrington but do not appear on the war memorial. Glynis Falcon of the WI had also written a poem whilst producing the wall hanging, which she read out. The hanging, details of how it was made and what it represents, along with the poem will be displayed on the Village Hall wall for all to enjoy.

Dr Celia Grummitt from Cross Plain Health Centre Durrington was then asked to provide an update on the closure of the surgery in Durrington and its move to a new, purpose built facility in Larkhill. The new facility will be shared with the MOD and Shrewton surgery, who will move before the end of 2019, all be it into temporary port cabins initially. The facility is being built as part of the Army Basing Programme and it is hoped in offering a new facility that new doctors will join the surgery as there is a shortage. It is hoped that the new facility will be able to offer more than just a routine doctor’s surgery, with various clinics potentially being considered. At present there is no facility for a pharmacy for local residents to use. However, Dr Grummitt is looking into a service similar to that in Shrewton whereby prescriptions can be delivered to residents. Patients do not have to transfer to Larkhill if they prefer to remain in Durrington, they have the option to switch surgeries and register with Avon Valley should they wish.

Residents were also invited to view and ask questions at the local exhibition stands; Durrington and District Link Scheme, Durrington Community Choir, Community Policing Team, Get Wiltshire Walking, Active Health, Community Speedwatch, Durrington Town Council, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Lovell, Cross Plain Health Centre, Living Memories Project, Avon Valley College Development and Stonehenge Visitors’ Centre. Residents’ were able to update passes for Stonehenge, through the Visitors’ Centre who also kindly brought along extra-large rock cakes that had been especially made for the evening for everyone to enjoy. Further refreshments were provided by Cllrs Sue Paines, Marion Wardell and former Cllrs; Primrose Taylor and Wendy Parsons.



Chairman's Report 2018

As this year on the Town Council draws to a close again, I look back on what I consider to have been our year of dealing with the changes and happenings within our community.

As councillors, I hope you will share my thoughts, and look back as a Town Council to the many the changes at Larkhill, and other MOD bases locally where preparations are well under way for the return of troops to our area in 2020.

For us, we have gained a new school. We have seen Larkhill Camp almost completely redesigned, fit for its purpose and fit for the modern soldier. We mustn’t forget the important role that families play in MOD life, and they too deserve decent, modern and affordable housing. In the name of progress, this has not come without some issues. For those who use our road system, we have been subject to disruption as our roads have been improved and made safer for the community. All this now seems to be on the homeward straight, and Army Rebasing 2020 is giving us a look and feel of what the future holds. As a village, we will see yet more changes when the new joint NHS and MOD medical facilities open. Something which will be most welcome for medics to operate out of a state-of-the-art facility fit for the purpose. The future looks very interesting, our work as councillors will no doubt continue as we await what is next for the community. So, this sums up my year. I would like thank the council, each and every one of you for the good work you do, in whichever capacity you carry out your duties. Durrington can be proud of its Town Council, and its community.

Wiltshire Councillor's Report 2018

This year, Road Works have been a challenge and without doubt, the impact has been felt by our community. Steps have been taken to LIASE more with Service Suppliers and WC to reduce the clash of roadworks.

Street Light repairs have been time consuming and good progress has been made with those that have been out for months. WC policy to replace all lights with LED style is ongoing.

Our Village Roads continue to show signs of breaking up. WC have been repairing all to an agreed safe standard. This standard will not in all cases meet the expectations of residents but, it meets the WC adopted standard. I have secured the resurfacing of Meads Road on the 2019/20 schedule and am in the process of logging all the worn white markings and other roads that require works now or in the shorter term.

The adoption of Avon Fields (6 years on) has still not been completed; this is a major disappointment and must happen this year. I have escalated this to Persimmon yet again, who still have the overall responsibility for the works with a serious complaint lodged with WC

Working with Durrington Town Council continues to be very fruitful and delivers joint wins for our community. My thanks go to the Town Clerk, Chairman and all Councillors for their help this year and I look forward to future joint achievements.

Our Community continues to be a main focus for me and working with residents, for example, Addison Square, has brought major improvements to overall living standards. The completion of WC built bungalows in Charles Road and the potential to finally use the piece of land that sits on the corner of New Road and School Drive shows that perseverance pays dividends.

The Avon Valley College extension came to an abrupt stop this year because of a serious issue with the agreed contractor. A new contractor has now been agreed and all original concerns shown by the Town Council and locally affected residents will be embedded into the new contractors brief and working practices.

Larkhill issues have been a major part of this years work. The new St Michaels School was completed and opened in September 2018. Army rebasing continues to raise issues that need addressing across a wide range of agencies.

Parking continues to be a recurring theme which simply has no easy solution. If all car owners where to take full responsibility for vehicles and park sensibly then the majority of concerns would reduce.

Focus for 2019/20: I will continue to support our community and encourage anyone who has a new idea or just needs advice to call me on 01980 655268

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