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Update 5 October '20

We hope that you are keeping well. Here is a quick update for you:

Village meeting – The village meeting which was held on Monday 28th September are now available on the village website by click on LINK. The meeting was a late AGM where we went through the village accounts and election of the Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. We also covered issues such as the Covid 19 village support plan,  village playground and ideas for fundraising. The meeting was held over Zoom and the recording of the meeting can be seen on this LINK : You may need to enter the following Access Passcode: AYEvmT0^

The next meeting will be held in January 2021 but we may need to bring this forward depending on Covid and other issues.

Green Home Grant Scheme – The government has just launched the green voucher scheme which provides homeowners or landlords a grant of £5000 (or £10K for people in receipt of certain benefits) to cover two thirds of costs for insulation or to install low carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your homes produces. This is a very time limited where improvements must be completed by 31 March 2021.

In short, this means that you could use the grants to fit an Air Source Heat Pump or insulate your home at a much reduced cost for you. This is an excellent opportunity if you are thinking of replacing your boiler to a device which will significantly reduce carbon emissions. Christian would be more than happy to provide advice and a number of local trusted suppliers – Do call on 790 122 to discuss.

Details of the scheme can be found on the following LINK

A303 works – The existing exploratory works on the A303 are due to be completed by 9th October. We have now received further notification of works as follows:

Highways England will begin maintenance work east of Countess roundabout at Avon Bridge on Monday 19 October, which is expected to last until March 2021.  

The bridge which carries A303 traffic over the River Avon needs repair. This work involves concrete repairs, replacement of the bridge bearings and joints, and replacement surfacing and lining. Most of this work will require lane closures.  

Traffic management information

Lane closures 

  • Eastbound – Lane 1 will be closed 24/7 for the duration of the works but will be re-opened for the Christmas getaway period. 
  • Westbound – Lane 1 will be closed overnight Monday to Friday from 8pm in the evening to 6am the following morning;  20 October to 27 November 2020. 


Full overnight road closures will be in place from 8pm in the evening to 6am the following morning on the following dates – 

  • Eastbound 
    • 4 Jan 2021,  
    • 1, 2 March 2021  
    • 10,11,12,15,16 March 2021 
    • 26 March 2021 
  • Westbound 
    • 10 Feb 2021 
    • 4,5,8,9 March 2021 


Locally signed diversions will be in place. 

For up to date information on all closures, please follow @HighwaysSWEST alternatively, please visitwww.trafficengland.com 

We’d like to thank local residents, businesses, and the travelling public for their patience over the past few weeks, and in the coming months while we carry out essential maintenance work.

Many thanks


Christian Lange & Sarah Humphreys

Berwick St James Parish Home

Berwick St James

  • Village Hall (Reading Room)