Wiltshire Council's Rural Facilities Survey 2008 has now been published, and permits comparison with earlier surveys across a range of services and facilities (the presence or absence in each settlement of a post office, public house, doctor's surgery, sports pitches, kids' play area,etc.). At the same time, however, it is recognised that life in rural areas moves on, and this latest report introduces a range of topics for the first time that reflect today's changing technology, lifestyles and concerns. These topics include: supermarket delivery services, recycling facilities, broadband speeds and mobile phone reception.
In terms of the presentation of the data, previous reports have been organised on the basis of the former Community Areas, as defined by Wiltshire County Council, and this remains the case in the 2008 report. However, along with the coming-into-being of the new authority in April 2009, the Community Area boundaries have been revised . With this in mind, a supplementary update document has been produced, which aligns the rural facilities data to the new Community Partnership Area boundaries.
Both the report and the update can be found in the library of the Wiltshire and Swindon Intelligence Network web-site at : http://www.intelligencenetwork.org.uk/library.aspx. The documents are entitled 'Rural Facilities Survey 2008' and 'Rural Facilities Survey 2008, Update Document'.