Plans to fix “increasing” leaks on the roof of the town hall are among the latest proposals

The “poorly constructed” roof of Devizes Town Hall is to be repaired to prevent leaks after Wiltshire Council approved a planning application submitted by Devizes Town Council for the work.

The city government has been struggling with leaky roofs more and more in recent years, although “some ad hoc roof repairs have been carried out with limited success.”

Now that planning permission has been granted for the project, the roof of the building will be re-roofed using traditional materials and techniques while preserving the historic structure.

The heritage-listed Town Hall building is located on Saint John's Street and is believed to have been built in the early 19th century.

Wiltshire Times: Devizes Town Council has permission to proceed with roof repairs.

Wiltshire Times: Devizes Town Council has permission to proceed with roof repairs.

According to the application, “poorly” planned and executed roofing work was carried out in the mid-20th century, using “only a small amount of salvaged and reused material”.

Therefore, little of the original roof covering remains.

The heritage statement states: “The proposed works are considered a timely intervention and are intended to preserve this valuable heritage site for the long-term benefit of the community.”

In other planning news, a Chippenham business's new signage has been approved to support its transition from a Chinese takeaway to a new Thai cafe.

The application for the Lucky Eat Chinese Takeaway at 9 The Bridge had previously been discussed at a planning meeting, where Councillor William Douglas opposed the proposal, saying it was “a very Chinese property” that would “change the ambience of the area”.

Wiltshire Council informed newly opened cafe WaraThai on Tuesday 28 May that its signage had been given the green light.

The council also approved an application for electric vehicle charging points at Castlemore Retail Park in Warminster this week.

The application states: “The proposed charging stations and associated feeder columns would be modest in size and would be located in the existing car park, occupying a small portion of the existing paved area around the existing car parks and on the perimeter area adjacent to the car parks.”

Castlemore Retail Park is expected to see increased footfall over the coming year following recent approval of plans to replace the now-closed British Heart Foundation branch with a new McDonald's store.

Further south, in the village of Zeals, a kindergarten has applied to expand to meet the need for additional places in this area of ​​Wiltshire.

Leaping Frogs Day Nursery currently accommodates 85 children daily and is seeking permission for a new space that would provide an additional 15 to 18 places for babies under two years of age.

Wiltshire Times: Leaping Frogs Day Nursery has been located in Zeals since 2012.Wiltshire Times: Leaping Frogs Day Nursery has been located in Zeals since 2012.

Wiltshire Times: Leaping Frogs Day Nursery has been located in Zeals since 2012.

The Leaping Frogs daycare center has been in Zeals since 2012. (Image: Leaping Frogs Day Nursery)

The kindergarten expects that this will support 30 to 40 additional families, as not all children attend the facility every day.

The application states: “Leaping Frogs Day Nursery is a not-for-profit nursery committed to providing exceptional early childhood education and care for our community. As an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery, we have long enjoyed a reputation for excellence and are currently facing unprecedented demand for places due to new government funding available for under-twos from September 2024.

“Leaping Frogs was founded in 2002 and moved to its current location in Zeals in 2012.

“We currently employ 26 people and will need to hire at least five more full-time employees with the new expansion.”

In recent years there has been a downward trend in the number of childcare options available to parents in Wiltshire due to a crisis in the sector in terms of recruiting and retaining staff.

In the application, Zeals Kindergarten describes an “urgent need for early childhood education” in the community.

Wiltshire Council’s deadline for making a decision is Friday 26 July.

Full details of all planning applications in Wiltshire can be found on the Public Register of Planning and Building Control.