Boundary row over Laverstock

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A WAR of words has broken out over whether Salisbury’s boundaries should be extended to take in the parish of Laverstock and Ford.

Salisbury City Council has been called a “hostile bully” and a “cold-hearted predator” that is out to line its pockets at the expense of its neighbours because by expanding, it would rake in more council tax.

But the remarks by Cllr Ian McLennan, who represents Laverstock and Ford on Wiltshire Council, have annoyed city council leader Andrew Roberts, who called them “intemperate” and “not appropriate for elected members”.

Cllr Roberts has written a report pointing out that under the current arrangements, Salisbury facilities such as the hospital, the cattle market and the airfield, along with three secondary schools, the racecourse, and three park and ride sites, are not technically in the city but in neighbouring parishes.

But Cllr McLennan has replied to it by claiming Laverstock faces “an act of wanton aggression and asset theft, with absolutely nothing to offer in return.”

City councillors are due to consider three options for “rationalising” Salisbury’s administrative boundaries at their meeting this evening.

Each involves taking in part or all of Laverstock and Ford.

One also includes absorbing Wilton.

They do not have to agree to any of them, although Cllr Roberts personally favours incorporating all the parishes adjoining Salisbury, or as he describes it, “everything seen to be urban in an aerial photo”.

The review is being carried out by Wiltshire Council.

Wilton Town Council will discuss its response next month.

Laverstock and Ford Parish Council may hold a special meeting to consider the issue later but has already told Wiltshire that it would like to be allowed an extra Wiltshire councillor to represent its growing population.

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7:13pm Mon 21 Jul 14

beaser says...

Oh great....No one asked us if we want to be part of Salisbury Council,but hey ho Cllr Roberts can't wait to spend our money on some more useless projects.......
We'll done Cllr Ian Mc Lennan,sticking up for us locals..
Oh great....No one asked us if we want to be part of Salisbury Council,but hey ho Cllr Roberts can't wait to spend our money on some more useless projects....... We'll done Cllr Ian Mc Lennan,sticking up for us locals.. beaser
  • Score: 16

8:34pm Mon 21 Jul 14

IanMcL says...

Salisbury lost the Infirmary to homes...the hospital is in Odstock parish. Salisbury sold the Livestock Market to Wait rose. The new one is in Netherhampton parish. Old Sarum Airfield was originally Ford Farm Airfield. Always on Laverstock and Ford Parish and never Salisbury.

Just because places take the name of the nearest main place, for ease of recognition, it does not make them part of the place!
Salisbury lost the Infirmary to homes...the hospital is in Odstock parish. Salisbury sold the Livestock Market to Wait rose. The new one is in Netherhampton parish. Old Sarum Airfield was originally Ford Farm Airfield. Always on Laverstock and Ford Parish and never Salisbury. Just because places take the name of the nearest main place, for ease of recognition, it does not make them part of the place! IanMcL
  • Score: 13

11:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Williamson45 says...

This sounds like a solution to Salisbury City's budget deficit.
Annie's description of SCC being a predator is quite true.
Capturing the 2,400 houses (soon to be more) in Laverstock Parish, would increase Salisbury's income by £220,000 pa. (The current rates in Laverstock average £12 pa, in Salisbury £109! What would the residents get for their extra £190,000 pay-out?
This sounds like a solution to Salisbury City's budget deficit. Annie's description of SCC being a predator is quite true. Capturing the 2,400 houses (soon to be more) in Laverstock Parish, would increase Salisbury's income by £220,000 pa. (The current rates in Laverstock average £12 pa, in Salisbury £109! What would the residents get for their extra £190,000 pay-out? Williamson45
  • Score: 8

2:37am Tue 22 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

We appear to be heading back to a Salisbury District Council...

Salisbury was a local government district in Wiltshire, England from 1974 to 2009. Its main urban area was the city of Salisbury.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the previous municipal boroughs of Salisbury and Wilton, along with Amesbury Rural District, Mere and Tisbury Rural District and Salisbury and Wilton Rural District.

On 1 April 2009, the district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, when its functions were taken over by the new Wiltshire Council unitary authority. At the same time, a parish council serving only Salisbury and its suburbs was formed, called Salisbury City Council.
We appear to be heading back to a Salisbury District Council... Salisbury was a local government district in Wiltshire, England from 1974 to 2009. Its main urban area was the city of Salisbury. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the previous municipal boroughs of Salisbury and Wilton, along with Amesbury Rural District, Mere and Tisbury Rural District and Salisbury and Wilton Rural District. On 1 April 2009, the district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, when its functions were taken over by the new Wiltshire Council unitary authority. At the same time, a parish council serving only Salisbury and its suburbs was formed, called Salisbury City Council. karlmarx
  • Score: 5

9:06am Tue 22 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

How do we get rid of the inept and expensive Wiltshire Council and the troublesome Salisbury Parish (city) Council?

As with most things the answer is simple.

A council for Southern Wiltshire.

How we achieve that is of course another matter altogether!
How do we get rid of the inept and expensive Wiltshire Council and the troublesome Salisbury Parish (city) Council? As with most things the answer is simple. A council for Southern Wiltshire. How we achieve that is of course another matter altogether! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 12

10:27am Tue 22 Jul 14

Grampie says...

karlmarx wrote:
We appear to be heading back to a Salisbury District Council...

Salisbury was a local government district in Wiltshire, England from 1974 to 2009. Its main urban area was the city of Salisbury.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the previous municipal boroughs of Salisbury and Wilton, along with Amesbury Rural District, Mere and Tisbury Rural District and Salisbury and Wilton Rural District.

On 1 April 2009, the district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, when its functions were taken over by the new Wiltshire Council unitary authority. At the same time, a parish council serving only Salisbury and its suburbs was formed, called Salisbury City Council.
I understand that leading up to the formation of Wiltshire Council, during the previous labour government, only Salisbury District Council voted against, the other, Conservative controlled councils voted in favour. As citizens we did not have a vote.

At the time the SDC had the lowest council tax and had a large number of properties, unlike other district councils, and many have now been sold off and the car park charges rocketed.

Cameron and his cronies go on about balloting by trades unions, yet they are worse with the way that they gerrymander political decisions.
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: We appear to be heading back to a Salisbury District Council... Salisbury was a local government district in Wiltshire, England from 1974 to 2009. Its main urban area was the city of Salisbury. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the previous municipal boroughs of Salisbury and Wilton, along with Amesbury Rural District, Mere and Tisbury Rural District and Salisbury and Wilton Rural District. On 1 April 2009, the district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, when its functions were taken over by the new Wiltshire Council unitary authority. At the same time, a parish council serving only Salisbury and its suburbs was formed, called Salisbury City Council.[/p][/quote]I understand that leading up to the formation of Wiltshire Council, during the previous labour government, only Salisbury District Council voted against, the other, Conservative controlled councils voted in favour. As citizens we did not have a vote. At the time the SDC had the lowest council tax and had a large number of properties, unlike other district councils, and many have now been sold off and the car park charges rocketed. Cameron and his cronies go on about balloting by trades unions, yet they are worse with the way that they gerrymander political decisions. Grampie
  • Score: 2

5:49pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Mr Valezquez says...

So one less council?
Less local "politicians" (people with nothing better to do) involved in decision making?
I think a lot of the people complaining will be the said councillors without a job..
I may be wrong and cynical in this case but I bet if you asked the majority (if you could ever get them to vote) they would either a) not give a hoot about this move... Or b) think less decision makers is good... And more likely to make things clearer with less fingers in one big pie.
So one less council? Less local "politicians" (people with nothing better to do) involved in decision making? I think a lot of the people complaining will be the said councillors without a job.. I may be wrong and cynical in this case but I bet if you asked the majority (if you could ever get them to vote) they would either a) not give a hoot about this move... Or b) think less decision makers is good... And more likely to make things clearer with less fingers in one big pie. Mr Valezquez
  • Score: 2

9:30am Wed 23 Jul 14

Sustainer says...

I am not surprised that SCC are suggestiong a solution for what is best for the residents of Salisbury. We sould expect nothing else. They have no mandate to look after the best interests of the other Parish residents because that is what the other parish Councils should be doing. Instead of criticising SCC for doing their job I would hope my Parish will be putting the case for us and the Review will take all the factors into account when deciding whether to alter boundaries or not. Cllr McL has put forward strong views on why Laverstock should remain as is and I would hope that the Parish Council have submitted their thoughts along the same lines. I fear most of the Parishes have not done this despite being invited to submit their views back in March. They have let their own residents down. More fool them and well done SCC.
I am not surprised that SCC are suggestiong a solution for what is best for the residents of Salisbury. We sould expect nothing else. They have no mandate to look after the best interests of the other Parish residents because that is what the other parish Councils should be doing. Instead of criticising SCC for doing their job I would hope my Parish will be putting the case for us and the Review will take all the factors into account when deciding whether to alter boundaries or not. Cllr McL has put forward strong views on why Laverstock should remain as is and I would hope that the Parish Council have submitted their thoughts along the same lines. I fear most of the Parishes have not done this despite being invited to submit their views back in March. They have let their own residents down. More fool them and well done SCC. Sustainer
  • Score: 1

11:40am Wed 23 Jul 14

IanMcL says...

You will be pleased to know that full representation has been made by L&F PC to WC. The submission is based on the resident input into the Parish Plan, which confirmed that all the communities of the Parish wanted to retain their individuality within the L&F parish. They all made it very clear that being near but not in Salisbury was the requirement. Protecting and acquiring the green spaces was/is a top priority and this is being achieved.

The parish now justifies two exclusive WC cllrs and this has also been requested.

In contrast, the WC offer was to go on an allotment waiting list! There was nothing else in their report except to highlight the party political SCC as being better than the non political volunteers from all the L&F communities. A questionable point!

The report was written as though taking on all the parishes would be doing them a favour!
You will be pleased to know that full representation has been made by L&F PC to WC. The submission is based on the resident input into the Parish Plan, which confirmed that all the communities of the Parish wanted to retain their individuality within the L&F parish. They all made it very clear that being near but not in Salisbury was the requirement. Protecting and acquiring the green spaces was/is a top priority and this is being achieved. The parish now justifies two exclusive WC cllrs and this has also been requested. In contrast, the WC offer was to go on an allotment waiting list! There was nothing else in their report except to highlight the party political SCC as being better than the non political volunteers from all the L&F communities. A questionable point! The report was written as though taking on all the parishes would be doing them a favour! IanMcL
  • Score: 7

11:55am Wed 23 Jul 14

Sustainer says...

Excellent. So where is the row Annie reports?
Was the Laverstock submission shared with SCC? I understand that the Roberts report was a draft document addressed to the City Cllrs for their consideration and to inform the debate at the SCC meeting on Monday. Someone must have leaked it to the parishes and press to cause mischief.
What was the outcome of the meeting on Monday?
Excellent. So where is the row Annie reports? Was the Laverstock submission shared with SCC? I understand that the Roberts report was a draft document addressed to the City Cllrs for their consideration and to inform the debate at the SCC meeting on Monday. Someone must have leaked it to the parishes and press to cause mischief. What was the outcome of the meeting on Monday? Sustainer
  • Score: 1

12:00pm Wed 23 Jul 14

IanMcL says...

Oops above it reads 'In contrast the WC offer'. It should be the SCC offer.
Oops above it reads 'In contrast the WC offer'. It should be the SCC offer. IanMcL
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

IanMcL says...

'Leaked' suggests that this was a secret document to be kept from the public.
'Leaked' suggests that this was a secret document to be kept from the public. IanMcL
  • Score: 6

12:08am Thu 24 Jul 14

journalist1 says...

BUY THE PAPER on Thursday and you will find out what happened after Monday's meeting
BUY THE PAPER on Thursday and you will find out what happened after Monday's meeting journalist1
  • Score: 0

7:44am Thu 24 Jul 14

Mr Valezquez says...

From Westminster to local councils there is mistrust of "elected" officials. Anyone connected to land development around Salisbury probably has a story to tell. I wouldn't mind betting that journalists at SJ know this too but can't print it for fear of being sued or worse they aren't allowed to.
From Westminster to local councils there is mistrust of "elected" officials. Anyone connected to land development around Salisbury probably has a story to tell. I wouldn't mind betting that journalists at SJ know this too but can't print it for fear of being sued or worse they aren't allowed to. Mr Valezquez
  • Score: 3

1:50pm Mon 28 Jul 14

gingin says...

Pity SCC doesn't remember it is a Parish Council nothing more. Some parish councils are non political where as SCC is not so as soon as an issue presents itself then there is the party political fighting and mud slinging.

If SCC got on with the job instead of having ideas above themselves then maybe everyone would get along!
Pity SCC doesn't remember it is a Parish Council nothing more. Some parish councils are non political where as SCC is not so as soon as an issue presents itself then there is the party political fighting and mud slinging. If SCC got on with the job instead of having ideas above themselves then maybe everyone would get along! gingin
  • Score: 4

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