Flooding and Emergency Equipment Container

The Parish Council have purchased and installed a container to hold emergency equipment such as bedding and blankets for use in a public emergency. The container is located in Atworth Business Park, and we are especially grateful to Sky Interiors (Units 6/7) for their invaluable support in this. The container itself was purchased from Portable Space Ltd of Suffolk, who have proven to be very supportive throughout, and was assembled in one day by Cllr. Alan Lee, “ably” supported by your Clerk (plus some helping hands from Sky Interiors when it came to doing the lifting), the entire project being overseen by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Effie Gale-Sides.


Photo: the finished container in its new home


Photo: The flat-pack container is lifted into position prior to assemblyContainerLifted

Article: Phil McMullen, Parish Clerk 09 June 2016




We are pleased to announce that this post has now been filled, effective 7th May 2016


The new Parish Clerk for Atworth is Philip (Phil) McMullen, who is a retired Civil Servant from PhilandBobDeskMelksham. Phil has several years experience in local community work, having been Partnership Officer for the Melksham Community Area Partnership for four years; he has also served as Secretary of Melksham Chamber of Commerce, and Secretary of the Melksham Area Community Safety Group as well as at one time being a Director of Melksham Tourist Information. He has also been involved in the Town Team and the Melksham Food and River Festival (amongst other voluntary roles).

Phil is the one pictured left, without a beard.

Email: atworthclerk@gmail.com




Proposed housing development at land adjacent to Atworth Business Park

Wiltshire Council’s Spatial Planning Team have written to all Town and Parish Councils asking that they comment on potential development sites for possible inclusion as allocations in the emerging Site Allocation Development Plan Document (DPD). Atworth Parish Council responded by emphatically stating that they believed that this was not a suitable site and gave reasons for this. (Click here for response)
Chris Beaver of PlanningSphere, Bath, submitted representations to Wiltshire Council on behalf of the site owners, Mr Webb, Ms Hough and Braeman Holdings (part of the Doric Group of companies) in respect of land adjacent to Atworth Business Park. Their representations propose that the above site is included as an allocation in the Site Allocation DPD for mixed-use development comprising housing (circa up to 40 units). On 19th August the Parish Council met with Chris Beaver and informed him of their view that this site was wholly unsuitable and gave their reasons for this conclusion.

The next opportunity to comment will be the Public Consultation with Wiltshire Council which will take place in February 2016.

Pedestrian Crossing Safety Improvements e-Petition

 This petition for ‘Atworth pedestrian crossing halo lights’ is now live. You will have to spend an extra minute to register but it will be worth it if we can get a lot of signatures. Please pass it on to anyone living, working or studying in Atworth Parish, aged 13 years and over. The paper version of this now has 100 signatures. Sign up on this link : Atworth e-petition

Very many thanks for wanting to make our main road safer.

Voluntary Flood Wardens Needed Urgently

You may be aware that there were some homes in Atworth which were affected by flooding last year. Atworth Parish Council is currently working on a Community Flood Risk Assessment to be better prepared should this happen again. We are doing something very similar to Shaw and Whitley. It may well be that many years will pass before we see this type of flooding again, but we need a process in place.  We need Volunteer Flood Wardens. Please click on the profile below to see what is required.   Volunteer Flood Warden profile Are you able to take on this role? Do you know someone who may be interested in doing this?   If you are able to help or if you would like more information, please contact Mitch Roberts, Parish Clerk at  clerk@atworth.org or ‘phone him on 01225 708973