News: The Parish Council have been in contact with the Rural Policing Team regarding the issue of large volumes of visitors at Shear Water and Heavens Gate. See below the reply: The Rural Policing Team go through Shearwater a few times each shift so they are aware of the issues at Shearwater and Heaven’s Gate with traffic and visitors to the area.   The Rural Policing Team  have spoken to Wiltshire Council Highways to discuss the Clearway that is in place that starts in the village and runs for a mile way past the end of the lake itself.    The clearway was decriminalised in the year 2000 making it a civil offence to park on the Clearway and as such Wiltshire Police cannot enforce it for this reason.  If a vehicle is completely off the road then this is not considered an offence, but if they are half on the carriageway and half off, then this is an infringement and an Enforcement Officer (what was a traffic warden) can write them out a ticket. The clearway must be marked by a start and an end sign and DOES NOT require any white lines being painted on the road and as such is correctly marked in situe at present.  It seems that Enforcement Officers have not been in operation during Covid 19 but are now restarting on Monday 1st June 2020.  The Rural Policing Team have asked that they attend the Shearwater Lake so enforcement can be started.    Since Lockdown has been eased slightly, it was always inevitable that once people were allowed to go out with less restriction they would visit in greater numbers due to the close proximity to Warminster, but also people maybe not wanting to visit beaches on the south coast with all the crowding we have seen on social media.  Warminster Officers have been engaging and educating members of the public at Shearwater and removed a number of groups from the lake during the day and car park in the evening. With current Covid restrictions, members of the public are able to visit the lake freely as many times as they wish to exercise, have a picnic as a family, or just sit by the lake.  Wiltshire Police will still engaging with members of the public about Covid 19, but they are not able to enforce Social Distancing as they do in Scotland and Wales.

Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield Parish Council
Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield Parish Council

Parish Plan 2019

The Parish Plan 2019 is the result of a year long community project, involving three public consultations and a survey of the parish. The ideas and suggestions proposed by the community, and the Parish Councils Action Plan guiding the next five years work, are all in this document. Click on the below link to dowlnload a copy of the Parish Plan.




Parish Plan 2019
Parish Council Development Plan Final 20[...]
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The items below will have updates on work done to achieve the objectives set out in the Parish Plan and Action Plan added as they are actioned.




Mobile Phone Connectivity

Mobile Phone Group - This group has disbanded due to a lack of interest

Traffic Updates

High Street Update
Petition High Street Traffic Calming Pro[...]
Microsoft Word document [13.5 KB]

School Bus Update

Wiltshire Councils Reply re under 18s Transport Costs
Transport Reply to Parish Plan request r[...]
Microsoft Word document [13.7 KB]

Wiltshire Council Spatial Planning Officer Reply

Spatial Planning emailed responses
Maiden Bradley Parish Plan Planning Team[...]
Microsoft Word document [15.2 KB]

Letter to MP

Dr Andrew Murrsion MP
20-0003 Dr Andrew Murrison Parish Plan [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [491.2 KB]

Letter to Wiltshire Council Highways Engineer

Letter to Principal Highways Engineer
20-0004 Martin Rose Principal Highways E[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [487.8 KB]
Highways Reply Martin Rose Parish Plan 2020
Highways Reply Parish Plan 2020 Martin R[...]
Microsoft Word document [13.4 KB]

Wiltshire Council Rights of Way Team

Wiltshire Council Rights of Way Team
20-0005 Rights of Way Team Wiltshire Cou[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [466.4 KB]

Letter to Village Hall Committee

Village Hall Letter
20-0001 Brenda Smart Chairman of the Vil[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [478.4 KB]

Letter to Friends of the Church

Friends of the Church letter
20-0002 Friends of the Church Parish Pl[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [461.2 KB]
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