Beer Festival

The Chairman and Trustees of Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust invite you to attend our AGM

Venue: Melksham Town Football Club, Oakfields, SN12 7GU Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017 Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Beer FestivalMini-Beer Festival & BBQ

Compton Bassett

Mini-Beer Festival & BBQ

Saturday 15 July 2017

From 12pm @ White Horse Inn

Come along and learn about Compton Bassett's very own future micro-brewery brewing St Swithins Ales and sample some of Wiltshire's finest existing microbrews

  • Three Daggers Brewery - Daggers Blonde
  • Box Steam Brewery - Perfect Serve
  • Twisted Brewing Company - Pirate Ale
  • Hop Kettle Brewery - North Wall
  • Ramsbury Brewery - Ramsbury Gold
  • Flying Monk Brewery - Birdman
  • Stonehenge Ales - Pigswill
  • Kennet & Avon Brewery - Dundas

BroadbandCompton Bassett Broadband Update

One of the most significant issues for those living in Compton Bassett is the total lack of any acceptable broadband provision in the village.

Over the past two years we have had numerous contacts with BT and other interested parties to resolve this issue. I have even had the matter raised in the House of Lords, in an effort to pressure the key stakeholders to take action.

The most recent update is that workmen were recently spotted laying pipes, at the end of the village served by the Caine exchange, which appeared to be suitable for cabling and BT have confirmed that they have a team working.on the Wiltshire programme for enhanced Superfast Broadband rollout, operating in conjunction with the Council. They have started work on the Lower Compton end of the village and, providing BT don't encounter any "unforeseen engineering challenges", they hope to be live with a new broadband service in summer 2017. The Caine exchange serves the parish from Freeth to, approximately, 50 Compton Bassett. So I am delighted to report some success here.

The other end of the village, served by the Hilmarton exchange, needs a completely different arrangement to get Superfast Broadband installed! BT will only provide the service to this end of the village if outside investment for cabling and ancillary works is found. GreenSquare Group, a major provider of housing regeneration across Wiltshire, has agreed to underwrite this cost once planning permission is granted for their forthcoming development of Briar Leaze. There are several administrative issues preventing permission being granted. Since the funding is dependent upon planning being granted, this part of the village is still in Superfast Broadband 'limbo', with continued slow and intermittent broadband connectivity, until this matter is resolved.

Since this matter is of great local interest, I will provide a regular Broadband update as we progress towards the timelines previously stated by British Telecom. Julian Barlow (CB Broadband sub-committee)

CHADSHills Waste wins approval for Compton Basset waste expansion

The controversial plans from Hills Waste to extend its Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at Lower Compton, near Calne, have been approved by a government inspector who dismissed fears from people living nearby.

The Planning Inspectorate concluded that "the proposed retention and extension of the Lower Compton materials recycling facility is acceptable in principle." The inspector decided that the appeal by Hills was supported by an adequate environmental statement and that the development would only generate a very small percentage increase in the amount of lorries using the site and not affect traffic flow or air quality in Calne.

The inspector concluded: "On balance, however, those local concerns, no matter how genuine or widely shared, cannot reasonably be judged to amount to an overriding consideration in the face of legal and technical evidence that the development is in accordance with the adopted development plan and would not cause planning harm. It has to be born in mind that the comparatively recent adoption of the part of the development plan which allocates the appeal site for waste use, followed a finding of soundness at independent public examination. That process will have involved the local community in accordance with the Localism Act." He concluded that the development was sustainable and should be allowed.

Last year the inquiry, was halted by inspector Brian Sims just hours after it opened to the disgust of more than 30 members of the Calne and District SOS group who were at the meeting.

Wiltshire Council originally objected to the plan but did not send any officers to object at the inquiry.

For more information please visit the Gazette & Herald

CHADSCHADS Next Production

Described as 'comedy with teeth', Michael Palin has given much to laugh at but it's also a play with an element of black humour as well as surprising revelations of emotion. It provides straight comedic entertainment but also has a poignancy that gives the script some depth

Please book your tickets as soon as possible by calling the box office on 01249 815445

For more information please visit the CHADS section of the site is available by

Ballot Box

The Parish Council Elections

Those standing for the parish council elections!

Thursday 4th May 2017 held at Benson Hall Compton Bassett

The forthcoming Parish Council Elections were held on Thursday 4th May and the results are as follows:-

Compton Bassett

Total Votes Cast: 118 (69.01%)

Pete Szczesiak 89
Peter Barnett 78
Charles Reis 78
Peter Alberry 77
Julian Barlow 63
Jane Marshall 57
Emelien Waite 54
Dave Coward 53
Turnout 118 (69.01%

Compton Bassett PCCThe Parish Steward Scheme


The parish stewards will each serve their own group of parishes and town councils in the county, reporting issues and carrying out repairs and maintenance, providing a 'one stop and done' service. They will prioritise the needs of their patch including roads, pathways, drainage and verge maintenance. Their remit could include painting railings, highways strimming and minor pothole repairs. Find out more about The Parish Steward Scheme on their site

Cllr Barnet is your parish councillor and is your village contact with the parish steward scheme and says it is going well. Residents aware of any village tasks for the parish steward please contact Cllr Barnett on 01249 812274. Potholes, dog mess, graffiti and litter should be reported directly to Wiltshire Council in one of 3 ways: online using the Council's website , via mobile phone using the 'My Wiltshire' App or by phoning Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0105 (this is the least preferred option)

Click here to see the report on current Parish Steward activities

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