Wiltshire Council News and COVID-19 Update 30 July


Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased again this week.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 294.8 to 414.

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.


Workers who may be exempt from self-isolation

Self-isolation remains an essential tool in our national efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus. In the small number of situations where the self-isolation of close contacts would result in serious disruption to critical services, a limited number of named workers may be able to leave self-isolation under specific controls for the purpose of undertaking critical work only.

This policy only applies to you if your business or employer has received a letter from a government department on which your name is listed. In this event you will be able to leave self-isolation to undertake critical work. In all other cases, you should continue to self-isolate as now. This process is only intended to run until 16 August 2021, when fully vaccinated close contacts will be exempt from self-isolation.

More information can be found within the ‘Critical Services’ section of the NHS Test and Trace workplace guidance.


Make voting in the PCC election part of your summer plans

Don't let your holiday plans or possible COVID self-isolation stop you from voting in the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election.

Postal and proxy voting options are available, ahead of the election on 19 August.

More information on how to arrange a postal/ proxy vote for the PCC election.


Bus services - help us plan the route forward


We need your help to shape the future of local bus transport, as part of an ambitious Government strategy to improve and transform services across the country.

Around £3bn has been set aside by the Government to make improvements throughout England, and we're looking at how you, our residents, can benefit from this.

Read the full announcement

Take the survey now and have your say


Last chance to take advantage of our best ever leisure membership offer!

It’s your final chance to get hold of a fantastic deal on a leisure membership at one of our leisure centres this weekend (Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August).

Join before your local leisure centre closes on Sunday and you’ll get all of August free and we’ll waive the admin fee too, saving you over £70 if you take out an adult all-inclusive Life Zone membership.

With health high on the agenda following the pandemic, there’s never been a better time to make sure that being active and healthy is high on your priority list too.

The full details of the offer can be found on our website.


Public Health England launch new Better Health campaign

Kick start your journey to better health by eating better and following the advice of Public Health England's new Better Health campaign.

It offers free evidence-based support and guidance to help you work towards a healthier weight. There are a variety of NHS endorsed apps which will help you introduce changes that will enable you to eat better and get active this summer, including the newly updated NHS Weight Loss Plan app.


New Wiltshire Youth Hub leads the way with advice and support for young people

A new youth hub has been set up to offer face-to-face advice and signposting for 16 to 24 year olds to support with next steps into employment, apprenticeships or further learning.

Wiltshire Youth Hub is a pilot venture set up with partners and is available in Trowbridge Town Hall on Wednesday afternoons 1pm to 3:30pm until 29 September 2021.

Full details here


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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