Census 2021 is comingHouseholds across Swindon will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. The official census date is 21 March.The census is a survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. Rest assured that while overall results will be available within 12 months, all personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. This will be the first one run predominantly online, with all households receiving a letter in early March with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. It will, however, still be possible to complete a paper questionnaire if you prefer. There will be more information available over the next month through both national and local media campaigns. In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more, visit census.gov.uk.
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Good news for walkers! The Parish Council has arranged for chippings to be laid on the the footpath leading off from the bottom of Nell Hill out towards the old cress beds and valley. We noticed it was getting pretty impassable. Look what a smashing job our Lengthman and his team did!
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It’s up to all of us to play our part in limiting the spread of coronavirus in our community and prevent overwhelming our NHS. Latest government advice can be found here www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
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Nottingham Knockers – more rogue traders to avoidBishopstone and Hinton Parva are often targeted by Nottingham Knockers – doorstep callers who offer a selection of household products for sale. They are often ex-convicts who claim to be part of a rehabilitation scheme which doesn’t exist.They will initially appear polite, show you some form of ID and will always carry a very large holdall full of household items, such as dusters, polish and other cleaning items, which they will try to sell to you at an inflated price. However, their story is not correct and the ID they show you is fake. If declined, they may become abusive or threatening. Nottingham knockers operating in the villages this week have also been maskless and gloveless, and apparently unaware of COVID-19 lockdown.They are committing the offence of "Peddling without a license" and it is recommended that you don’t buy anything from them, politely close the door and call 101 to report them to the police, ideally with a direction of travel and registration plate of any vehicles involved.The name originates from Nottingham as this is where the early gangs originated from. However, recent knockers in Wiltshire have come from the Cleveland area. They visit southern counties in groups, staying in nearby accommodation for the week.They are known to sell the addresses of vulnerable residents to rogue traders. If you have any elderly or vulnerable neighbours, please make them aware of this type of crime and remind them not to answer the door to unexpected visitors.
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There are some very very nasty scammers out there. If you get the message below, delete it.
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The minutes of December’s Parish Council meeting are now online at bishopstoneandhintonparva.org/meetings/
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Planning Application S/20/1497 Land at Whatleys Orchard. At the Parish Council meeting on 4th January, councillors agreed unanimously to object to this development. A letter setting out in detail the Parish Council’s reasons for objecting has been uploaded to SBC’s planning portal.
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www.facebook.com/SwindonBoroughCouncil/photos/a.1683569718589758/2824013627878689/?type=3Following a review of the latest evidence, the Government has announced today (30 Dec) that Swindon will be moved into the Tier 4 ‘Stay Home’ Alert level from 00:01am tomorrow.The Tier 4 guidance means you should minimise time spent outside your home and must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household in a public place. To reduce social contact, the regulations will also require some businesses to close. Read the full Tier 4 guidance here: www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-homeApproximately one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. It’s fundamentally important that we all follow the guidance to look after ourselves and each other while also reducing the strain on our NHS.
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Timeline PhotosDue to the current conditions, the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol has been triggered. This means that accommodation will be found for anybody who is known to be sleeping rough in Swindon.All rough sleepers known to us have already had an offer of accommodation and this help remains available.If you see anybody who is sleeping rough and needs our help, please get in touch.
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BT have been busy installing overhead fibre in Bishopstone again today. Some High Street and Wyncies area addresses look to have been wired up. These are the postcodes that may now be able to access BT superfast fibre broadband:SN6 8PRSN6 8PWSN6 8PPSN6 8PLSN6 8PNSN6 8PHSN6 8PJSN6 8PESN6 8PZ
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BT BroadbandBT have recently installed additional fibre cables in Bishopstone, meaning that some lucky villagers may be able to contract with BT for a much faster broadband service. This localised fibre upgrade is wholly unconnected to the wider Gigabit voucher scheme (which Cllr Gary Sumner and the Parish Council are still working on) and is part of BT’s own service obligation to ensure a minimum broadband level can be provided to every property.To check whether you are lucky enough to get a faster connection with BT, you will need to go to bt.com and click on broadband deals and find your address by entering your postcode. We know BT’s database has not been fully updated to reflect the recent fibre installations and they may show your property having slow download speeds (1 to 3 Mb). If this is the case you will need to contact BT (either by the live chat or on the phone number provided) and request that their database is updated for your property to reflect their recent fibre installations.Currently, it appears the new BT fibre can only provide higher speeds to a small number of homes in Bishopstone. BT may not be able to offer you higher speeds, however you don’t know if you don’t ask!
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The attached NHS summary provides a very useful list explaining what we can and can’t do in Tier 2 from 2nd Dec
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Gigabit fibre update: Openreach is now working on a detailed costing to assess the viability of bringing gigabit fibre to Bishopstone and Hinton Parva using the government’s rural broadband voucher scheme. The costing stage will take around two months. If it looks viable, the next step would be an online ‘pledging’ programme like the one started for Wanborough and Liddington yesterday. Congratulations to Gary Sumner, Rob Buckland and our neighbouring parish councils for getting one scheme off the ground in Ridgeway Ward, and here’s hoping we will be next! #ruralbroadband
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Have a safe and spooky Halloween
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Welcome to the Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council page. We will keep this page up to date with key parish council information, such as meetings dates, agendas and key topics for the council.Please follow our page to stay up to date on PC matters.
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