Toggle menu

Information for electors voting in the General Election 2024.

A UK parliamentary election has been called for 4 July 2024. Register to vote by midnight on 18 June 2024: GOV.UK: Register to vote. (opens new window) You can also vote by post: GOV.UK: apply to vote by post (opens new window). The deadline to apply is 5pm on 19 June 2024 or apply to vote by proxy by 5pm on 26 June 2024: GOV.UK: Apply to vote by proxy (opens new window)


Overseas electors may consider applying to vote by proxy. For more information see the General Election 2024 page.

Wiltshire Council protects ancient byway and Grade II listed packhorse bridge near Malmesbury

Wiltshire Council has completed work to improve and protect the natural and historic environment along a byway that follows the Fosse Way, a Roman Road. The improvements have been made on this important ancient road at Brokenborough, between Malmesbury and Shipton Moyne.

Published 30 August 2022

The Fosse Way is a historic Roman road that was built during the first and second centuries, linking Exeter in the south-west to Lincoln in the north-east. The work was undertaken to protect a Grade II listed packhorse bridge that crosses the watercourse next to the ford. Large natural stone boulders have been installed to improve management of vehicles through the ford crossing and deter illegal activity by 4x4 vehicles.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: "The team has done a superb job to improve and protect the natural and historic environment at this important Roman road. The ford here has attracted illegal 4x4 activity that caused significant damage to the approaches to both the ford and the riverbanks.

"This new work, including the installation of large, natural stone boulders and bank regeneration, will help to protect the ancient bridge and wildlife habitats, and also help to deter illegal 4x4 vehicle activity.

"A recent wildlife survey of the area found historic evidence of water voles and so the work included protecting access tunnels for the voles.

"We hope that this work will attract visitors to see this historic bridge and enable more people to walk in the footsteps of the Romans here in Wiltshire."

Explore the topic

Share this page

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by email