Wiltshire Council Parish Steward Scheme

The aim of the Parish Steward Scheme is to create a service which provides solutions to the many minor needs of the roads and footways.

Westbury will receive one visit a month from Steve Smith, with a truck, equipped with a full range of hand tools and materials to address a wide variety of minor highway defects and needs.

The tasks that will be carried out will be identified by the Town Council in advance of the visit, based on its top 5 priorities.

Parish Steward Tasks

This list was prepared by Wiltshire council and describe the activities that the Parish Stewards may be able to do to help us:

  • Hand clearing and cutting of growth from drainage grips and drain gully covers;

  • Hand clearing of blocked drainage gullies, culverts, pipes and pits;

  • Clearing storm debris from the roads and footways;

  • Clearing collision debris, clinical waste etc;

  • Pedestrian barriers repairs, preparation and painting;

  • Cleaning, re-installation and straightening of small road signs, street nameplates and bollards;

  • Installation of small road signs, verge marker posts and supplied street name plates;

  • Removal of limited graffiti from road signs, bollards and street nameplates;

  • Hand cutting of grass and vegetation in visibility areas;

  • Hand treatment of weeds in rural areas;

  • Removal of Ragwort and other noxious weeds;

  • Clearance of encroaching growth and soils from footways;

  • Repair of minor surface defects in roads and on footways.

As you can see the range and nature of tasks are quite varied.  The limitations in the extent to which the Parish Steward can do this work are those that result from the capabilities of one man working alone with hand tools and a small vehicle.

If you see something that you think could be a suitable job for the parish steward, please telephone the office on 01373 822232 and report the issue to our staff. Please remember the parish steward can only deal with highways related issues, so issues connected to play areas or byways would not be covered. Please bear in mind it is only Steve and his van and bigger issues would still need to be reported to Wiltshire Council via the online app, see link below:

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting