Tilshead Borehole Levels: 10th March 2017

Apologies for the late publication of this weeks flood report, I’ve been away in the north.   Well, whilst I’ve been away spring has well and truly sprung and despite having one day already this month with more rain (9.4mm) than the entirety of March 2015 (9mm), water levels in the Tilshead borehole have begun to fall.  I wouldn’t tempt fate by saying the groundwater flood season is over for 2016-2017, it’s going to take an awful lot of rain now to make a significant difference.


The weather forecast suggests rain for tonight and tomorrow with the possibility of some more later in the week.  The rest of the month and into April looks as if its going to be drier than average.

Annual Parish Meeting – 20th March 2017 – Agenda


The Winterbourne Stoke Annual Parish Meeting

will be held in The Solstice Rest, Winterbourne Stoke

on Monday 20th March 2017 at 7.00 pm


  1. Chairman’s opening comments.
  2. Adjournment for Residents’ questions.


J H Carr

Clerk of the Council                                                                           6th March 2017

Parish Council Meeting – 20th March 2017 – Agenda


A Meeting of the Winterbourne Stoke Parish Council will be held in The Solstice Rest, Winterbourne Stoke on Monday 20th March 2017 following the Annual Parish Meeting.


  1. Chairman’s opening statement.
  2. Adjournment for Residents’ questions.
  3. To confirm the minutes from the Council meeting held on 16th January 2017.
  4. To report, for information only, any matters arising from the minutes.
  5. Planning Applications.

Application Number: 17/01217/VAR

Site Location: Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Winterbourne Stoke, SP4 7DE

Proposal: Variation of Condition 2 of 16/03988/FUL

  1. Services, including Recreation Facilities.
  • Play Park
  • Broadband
  • Website
  1. Highways and Byways.
  • General
  • A303
  1. Environment, including Emergency Planning.
  2. World Heritage Site.
  3. Police.
  4. Finance.
  5. Reports from Parish Cllrs, Wiltshire Cllrs and the Village Events Committee.
  6. Correspondence received since the last meeting.


J H Carr

Clerk of the Council                                                                           7th March 2017

Works at Countess and Longbarrow Roundabouts – Monday 6 March to Friday 10 March

A303 White Lining and Yellow Box Improvement Works

Skanska, working on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out works on the A303 to make vital improvements to the road markings from Monday 6 March – Friday 10 March. 

They are replacing life expired road markings and road studs on Longbarrow Roundabout and providing a yellow box on Countess Roundabout on the A303.

Due to the type of work taking place and to ensure the safety of both the public and our workforce, it will be necessary to fully close sections of the A303 to through traffic at times while we deliver the scheme. All of the works will be carried out on weeknights only, and full overnight closures will be in place during the hours of 20:00 – 06:00. The full closures are currently programmed in as follows:

  •  Full eastbound closure between Longbarrow Roundabout and Solstice Park – Monday 6 March and Tuesday 7 March
  • Full westbound closure between Solstice Park and Longbarrow Roundabout – Monday 6 March and Tuesday 7 March
  • Multiway signals and lane closures on approaches to Longbarrow and Solstice Park Roundabouts – Monday 6 March – Friday 10 March.

During these closures, a clearly signed diversion route will be in place. Access will be maintained for residents and emergency services, and where applicable, for local businesses.


If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 3rd March 2017

Only one month remaining of this year’s monitoring period and water levels are more than 5m below the 4 year average.  During February, we had 45mm of rain which is about the same levels we had back in the winter of 2014-2015.   That’s nowhere near the 136mm we had back in 2013-2014. Despite the rain last week, the water levels in the borehole tailed off and have now flattened out completely.  If you look at the other traces from earlier years you will see that March is when we would expect to see the levels begin to fall.  That’s simply because two things are happening in parallel.   Whilst there may continue to be lots of rain (we had 81mm in March last year) , the grass has started to grow, trees and shrubs are coming in to bud and they are using large quantities of water to do so.

It’s raining now and we have a lot more rain forecast for the day and later on in the weekend.  Showers and longer periods of rain are predicted for the rest of the month. It’s entirely possible that we could exceed the total rainfall for March 2015 (9mm) by the end of today; as I write, it is 8:30am and we have already had 3mm of rain.   This week could prove the most interesting of the winter for water levels in the borehole.