Wiltshire Council News and COVID-19 Update 27 August

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

The number of cases in Wiltshire has increased again in recent days and we are now above the national average in England.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 282.7 to 366.2.

Please keep washing your hands regularly or sanitising them, get your first and second dose of the vaccine when offered, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test and self-isolate immediately.

Thanks as always for your support.


Changes to self-isolation requirements

The law on self-isolation in England has now changed.
Close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases no longer need to self-isolate if you are either:
Double jabbed
Under 18
Instead you should take a free PCR test. Book a test here


Vaccinations are now available for 16 and 17 year olds

Find the nearest walk-in clinic on the Grab a Jab website.

Bookings are not required, just turn up and receive a 1st dose of vaccine.

There are specific vaccinations clinics listed for this cohort throughout Wiltshire.


Consider your healthcare options

People living in and visiting Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to use the NHS appropriately this bank holiday weekend, so that those who need urgent treatment can get it when they need it.

Please try and use the right health and care service for your needs, which may be to self-care or to visit a pharmacy. The ambulance service is for people with genuine life-threatening emergencies when 999 should be called immediately.

More information on healthcare options


Philip Wilkinson elected as Police & Crime Commissioner for Wilts & Swindon

Following an election held on 19 August, Philip Wilkinson (Conservative) has been elected as the Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire & Swindon.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and also to the members of staff and public who involved in running a smooth election!

View the full results


Back to school tips

The summer holidays are almost over and it's back to school and college next week for lots of families. We've pulled together some helpful tips around staying safe for the new school term.

Read the tips

Read the latest government guidance


Engagement on our Climate Strategy begins next week – don’t miss your chance to have your say

We’re giving you the opportunity to have your say on our Climate Strategy, which will help to shape the next five years of our fight against climate change.

From Wednesday 1 September to 11.59pm on Sunday 17 October, you can comment on the draft strategy, which covers seven delivery themes: transport; built environment; waste; green economy; energy generation, storage and distribution; natural environment, food and farming; and carbon neutral council.

At the same time, we will also be consulting on Our Natural Environment Plan, a Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) Strategy. This looks at the future for Wiltshire’s natural environmental assets, and how the council, through partnership working, can help protect and enhance these for the benefit of people and biodiversity.

We’re holding a series of engagement events that you can attend to find out more.

More information on the Climate Strategy and upcoming events

More information on the GBI Strategy



We would like to say thank you to the many people in Wiltshire who have contacted us with offers of support in response to the crisis in Afghanistan.

We're making plans to help more Afghan refugees once more details are known about the government scheme.

Read our full thank you message to residents


Keep up-to-date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing 'Wiltshire' into the search box.


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Local stories in and around the Malmesbury area to keep you up-to-date.


A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.


Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.


Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9BZ

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