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Volunteering in 2020

Posted by on 20th January, 2020 in News

Somerset residents looking for a New Year’s resolution would be warmly welcomed to join the growing army of volunteers in the county. There are roles to suit almost everyone, from supporting the local library to driving people to appointments or supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award. All you need is a little bit of spare time; lots of enthusiasm and a 2020 vision to give something back to your community. Opportunities can be found at www.volunteering.somerset.gov.uk

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Climate Change Emergency – Strategy Events

Posted by on 20th January, 2020 in News

Rescheduled public events to discuss the creation of Somerset’s first Climate Emergency Strategy have been confirmed and will be run by the Somerset Climate Action Network (SCAN) on behalf of Somerset’s four District Councils and the County Council. The strategy will identify ways for Somerset to work towards being carbon neutral by 2030 and adapt to predicted climate change impacts. The events will be held 10am until 4pm as follows: o 18th January – Taunton Library, TA1 3XZ o 8th February – Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR o 15th February – Mendip DC Offices, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT o 22nd February – Vicarage Street Methodist Church, Yeovil, BA20 1JB. Open to residents, businesses, groups and anyone with an interest, the drop-ins will be a chance to discuss the initial thoughts of the five councils set out in a ‘framework’...

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Volunteers needed now for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in Somerset

Posted by on 20th January, 2020 in News

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is urgently calling for volunteers in Somerset to give just two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins, in return for donations. Volunteers will be supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal – Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March. In the next 10 years, more than six million people will die in the UK[1] and of this number 75% will need end of life care.[2] The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide much-needed expert care to people across Somerset with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones. Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Somerset and North Devon, said: “Whether you wear a daffodil pin in celebration, in solidarity or in memory of a loved one, you are joining with millions of others to help make sure Marie Curie Nurses can care for more people, as well as providing invaluable support to their families. “Volunteering just two hours at a local collection is a great way to show your support and help us raise money to help make sure that we can be there for more people at the end of their lives. “Collecting can be a lot of fun too. You can do it on your own or with family and friends, and we will support you every step of the way. Volunteering is also an easy way to get involved in your local community and meet new people.” Sue Golden from Bridgwater said: “I collect every year for the Great Daffodil Appeal and it’s a great feeling to be supporting such an important cause. I’ve met so many kind and interesting people along the way – many of whom have directly benefited from the care provided by Marie Curie Nurses in their own homes.” To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations, please visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or contact Riona on Riona.houghton@mariecurie.org.uk or call 0117 9420...

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Mental Health Public Consultation

Posted by on 20th January, 2020 in News

Have your say about proposals for changing acute inpatient mental health services for adults of working age. Health and care services in Somerset are running a public consultation to gather feedback from local people about the future locations of acute mental health beds for people of working age. The consultation runs until 12 April 2020. An acute mental health ward is where patients are admitted to provide them with the level of treatment and support they need. This might be because they need further assessment, they need to be kept safe or they need more intensive support than can be provided at home. Health and care services are considering changing the location of the acute mental health ward at Wells for people aged between 18 and 65 years and moving it to Yeovil. The number of beds will remain the same. The reason for the proposed change is due to concerns about patients and staff safety. Two of the four wards for people aged between 18 and 65 years are located in Taunton, with one ward in both Yeovil and Wells. These two are ‘standalone’ wards which means they are not close to other wards, and one of them is also a long way from the nearest Emergency Department. All other existing services at Priory Health Park in Wells will remain, whatever the outcome of the consultation, and community mental health services available to people in the Wells/Mendip area will be expanded and enhanced: this includes a Crisis Café. Health and care services would like to know what you think about their ideas. You can fill in the questionnaire here: http://bit.ly/FFMF-Mental-Health-Consultation You can read the full consultation document on their website at www.fitformyfuture.org.uk or contact them by email somccg.fitformyfuture@nhs.net or telephone 01935...

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Parish Councillor Vacancy

Posted by on 8th January, 2020 in News

Due to the resignation of a Councillor, there is a vacancy available on the Parish Council.  Anyone who would like to be considered for the role needs to complete an application form, available here: APPLICATION TO FILL PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY Please complete and return the application form to the Clerk (clerk@westmonkton.net) by 31st January 2020. If you have any queries or would like any further information about the role, please get in touch....

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VE Day Celebrations – Street Parties / Events

Posted by on 7th January, 2020 in News

The early spring bank holiday has been pushed back by 4 days from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May to allow celebrations of the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The West Monkton Street Party for this year has already been advertised in the Jan/Feb Village News. If anyone else in the Parish wishes to organize an event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day, please contact the clerks for information about WMPC grants that are available. (clerk@westmonkton.net or assistantclerk2@westmonkton.net) You’ll also need to notify Somerset West and Taunton Council but there’s no fee. Click on the link:...

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Monkton Heathfield Traffic Calming Consultation – NOW LIVE

Posted by on 2nd January, 2020 in News

A public consultation regarding proposed additional traffic calming measures in Monkton Heathfield is now live and available via this link: https://sites.google.com/view/monkton-heathfield-persimmon Please take the opportunity to have your say.   The consultation runs until 31st January 2020. If you have any queries or require any help responding to the consultation, please contact the Parish Council (clerk@westmonkton.net)

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Somerset Waste Partnership – December and Extra Newsletter

Posted by on 23rd December, 2019 in News

A copy of the Somerset Waste Partnership December Newsletter and Extra Newsletter are available here: SWP Briefing December 2019 Extra Final SWP Briefing December 2019 Final

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Thatch Winter Newsletter

Posted by on 23rd December, 2019 in News

A copy of the Thatch Winter Newsletter is available here: December Thatch 2019 (s)

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School Admissions Arrangements 2021-22

Posted by on 13th December, 2019 in News

A six week consultation on school admissions arrangements for children who are due to start, transfer or move schools during the 2021-22 school year is currently taking place. This consultation applies to the admission arrangements for those schools and academies who have contracted with the Local Authority to consult on their admission arrangements on their behalf. This consultation allows parents, early years settings, schools, religious authorities and the local community to make any comments on proposed admission arrangements. To view the consultation please visit...

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Toneway Road Closure – 3 nights – 14th December

Posted by on 11th December, 2019 in News

A reminder that the Toneway will be closed for 3 nights from 14th December from 8pm until 6am as part of the M5 junction 25 improvement works.

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Mineline Health Support over Christmas

Posted by on 11th December, 2019 in News

Nobody should have to face a Mental Health problem alone, especially during Christmas.  Mindline offers an emotional support helpline across Somerset and lines are open all year round including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – 01823 276892.

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Allotment Availability 2020

Posted by on 9th December, 2019 in News

An allotment plot will be available in the parish from 1st January 2020.  The allotments are located near the butchers on the left hand side of the A3259 as you are driving through Monkton Heathfield towards Taunton. If you are interested in taking on this allotment from 1st January 2020 please get in contact clerk@westmonkton.net 

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Somerset Community Foundation – November Newsletter

Posted by on 8th December, 2019 in News

The Somerset Community Foundation November Newsletter is available here: https://dmtrk.net/KC8-6JWJR-49QIZEDG3A/cr.aspx

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Tennis Courts Available for the Community

Posted by on 22nd November, 2019 in News

Heathfield Community School has tennis courts available for the Community to hire and use. The is currently availability on Monday and Friday evenings and possibly weekend afternoons. If you are interested in using the Tennis Courts, please contact the Clerk (clerk@westmonkton.net)  

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Surviving Winter Appeal

Posted by on 21st November, 2019 in News

Information about the Surviving Winter Appeal is available here:

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Somerset Waste Partnership – Revised Christmas and New Year Collection days

Posted by on 17th November, 2019 in News

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Somerset Waste Partnership – November Briefing

Posted by on 17th November, 2019 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership November briefing sheet is available here:

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Christmas Community Get Together

Posted by on 14th November, 2019 in News

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Are you ready for winter?

Posted by on 4th November, 2019 in News

A newsletter from Somerset Prepared is available here:

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Marie Curie launches appeal for volunteers in Somerset

Posted by on 4th November, 2019 in News

Marie Curie is appealing for local volunteers to help raise vital funds to support people in Somerset living with a terminal illness and their families. Sue Golden, a former Marie Curie Nurse from Bridgwater, has been volunteering as Secretary of the Bridgwater Marie Curie Fundraising Group for five years. She said: “I chose to volunteer for Marie Curie because I know so many people locally who have received care and support and I wanted to help make sure that the service is there for others in the future. “Not only is it extremely rewarding, it’s lovely belonging to a friendly and supportive group. We have a lot of fun, we hold social events including a Christmas meal and summer BBQ and it’s a great way to meet new people.” Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Somerset and North Devon said: “Without our amazing volunteers we could not support as many people with a terminal illness and their families as we do. Currently we have over 7,200 volunteers across the UK in community fundraising and retail, but we are always looking for extra help. The more volunteers we have, the more we can achieve. “Whether you’re a seasoned fundraiser or a newcomer looking to get involved for the first time, we would love to hear from you. No amount of time is too little, even an hour at a collection would be a huge help to our team.” If you would like to volunteer some of your time to support Marie Curie in Somerset, please contact Riona Houghton 0117 9420429 or...

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Your help is needed!

Posted by on 22nd October, 2019 in News

The Parish Councils of West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine are seeking to improve the outdoor recreation provision of the Neighbourhood Plan and ensure that the area supports Taunton Garden Town Vision. To hep us to achieve the small changes need to our existing Neighbourhood Plan, we need your opinions, please. If you could spare a few minutes to answer the questionnaire – you don’t have to answer every question – and return it to us either by the survey monkey link given below or using the reply paid envelope, you will help us in our endeavours to ensure the parishes of Cheddon Fitzpaine and West Monkton are safe, pleasant and healthy places to live and work. The Neighbourhood Plan was made in 2018 and a review is currently being carried out. You can respond using the survey monkey link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2019nplan or by completing the questionnaire and return using the reply-paid envelope by 31st October 2019. (It does not matter if you do not answer all the...

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Autumn Thatch Newsletter

Posted by on 11th October, 2019 in News

The CCS Autumn Thatch Newsletter is available here: https://issuu.com/communitycouncilforsomerset/docs/autumn_thatch_2019_final

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AUCTION OF TOADS FROM THE TAUNTON TOAD TRAIL

Posted by on 7th October, 2019 in News

Sunday 13th October at 3.00pm sees the culmination of the League of Friends Taunton Toad Trail with the auction of 19 toads at Hestercombe House. The draw for the Toad made from willow will also take place that afternoon and all the toads to be auctioned will be on display at Hestercombe from Monday 7th October until the auction. Reaction to the toad trail has been very positive with many people, particularly families with young children, really enjoying following the trail map over the summer holidays. The generous sponsors of toads have commented on increased visitors and sales, whilst many residents of Taunton taking part in the fun have discovered places they hadn’t visited before. Based on the auction of the dragons 5 years ago it is hoped that the toads will sell for between £900 and £3000 each, all of which will go towards the refurbishment of the Bracken Birthing Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital Chairman of the League of Friends Peter Renshaw commented that the Taunton Toad Trail had exceeded all expectations in celebrating 60 years of the League of Friends and its support to Musgrove Park...

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Somerset Rivers Authority – Annual Report Published

Posted by on 4th October, 2019 in News

The Somerset Rivers Authority Full Annual Report is available here: Somerset Rivers Authority 2018-19 Annual Report full length version 3MB A summary of the report is available here: Somerset Rivers Authority 2018-19 Annual Report summary...

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Somerset Waste Partnership – October Briefing

Posted by on 4th October, 2019 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership October Briefing Sheet is available here: SWP Briefing October 2019 UPDATE

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Taunton Community Event – Big Litter Pick

Posted by on 23rd September, 2019 in News

Taunton Work Party Saturday 28th September Taunton Community Event We will be meeting at Mc Donald’s car park Hankridge at 10:00am. This will be part of the Taunton Big Litter pick and out Group are plan to work along the footpaths of the River Tone. Please tell your friends and neighbours and see if they would like to come along and join us. Volunteers are advised to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions and wear sturdy boots or shoes. Please let know if you plan to attend this work party before 6pm Friday 27th September Also please include your latest contact phone number so that we can let you know of any necessary changes to our plans. Steve’s contact details are Email stevebulgin@icloud.com Mobile...

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Foxglove Trail Celebration Ride – 5th October 10.30am – Vivary Park

Posted by on 13th September, 2019 in News

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Somerset Waste Partnership – September Briefing

Posted by on 3rd September, 2019 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership September Briefing is available here: SWP Briefing September 2019

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Country Park – Logo Competition Launched

Posted by on 2nd September, 2019 in News

A Competition for Children living and/or attending school in the West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish to design a logo for the Country Park has been launched today.  Further information is available here: MAIDENBROOK COUNTRY PARK LOGO COMPETITION 

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Somerset Waste Partnership – Plastics Q+A

Posted by on 2nd August, 2019 in News

SWP Plastics Q&A enquiries

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Wessex Resolutions CIC – Funding available for homeowners and landlords for home improvements

Posted by on 31st July, 2019 in News

Home Improvement Loan Leaflet

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Well-B Campaign Launch

Posted by on 19th July, 2019 in News

On Monday we launched our new brand advertising campaign (TV and digital-led) which will be aired over the summer on prime-time television in particular regions.  The aim is to build awareness amongst people living within 1 km of our waterways and get them to feel positively towards the Trust, understand our positioning as a wellbeing and waterways charity, and visit their local waterway. We have developed a character ‘Well-B’ to front our campaign, embodying wellbeing and ‘recharging by your local canal’.  Well-B has a monitoring device – in the form of the Trust logo – which glows blue with better wellbeing, particularly by the water. We tested the character, the name and advert using focus groups with 18 to 40-year-olds (canal users and non-users) from a range of different demographic backgrounds in Birmingham and Leeds.  The headlines from this research were overall very positive in terms of: using the idea of ‘recharging by the canal’ is strong and resonated with everyone; advert message was very clear, believable and desirable, even after a single viewing of the film; Well-B drove memorability, affection and modernity and seen as an expressive and likeable creative device to demonstrate happiness, fun and recharging by the canal; The Trust being seen as an interesting, outgoing, caring and sharing charity with some unusual, interesting and contemporary ideas, getting people involved in their local canal. The TV advert can viewed following this YouTube Link...

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Community Council for Somerset Thatch July Newsletter

Posted by on 15th July, 2019 in News

The Community Council for Somerset Thatch July Newsletter is available here: JULY Thatch 2019 (s)

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Somerset Waste Partnership – June Briefing

Posted by on 25th June, 2019 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership June Briefing is available here: SWP Briefing June 2019 Final

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Priorswood Library – Rhymetime – Every Monday

Posted by on 29th May, 2019 in News

Rhymetime will be taking place at Priorswood Library every Monday from 11am until 11.30am.  Details are available in this poster: RHYMETIME PRIORSWOOD LIBRARY – A5

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Exciting future for Priorswood Library

Posted by on 21st May, 2019 in News

Celebrations took place last week (Friday 17 May) after Priorswood Library’s long-term future was confirmed with the signing of a Community Library Partnership. Library friends, partners, school and nursery children and staff joined together at the library to celebrate the signing of the agreement between The Friends of Taunton Library and Somerset County Council. Last week’s signing marked the tenth long-term Community Library Partnership confirmed this year between Somerset County Council and Friends and partner groups across Somerset – and celebrates a new way of working closely with community partners to help deliver library services across Somerset. Priorswood library will continue to be run and staffed by Somerset County Council with financial support from the Taunton Unparished Area Fund and West Monkton Parish Council. Earlier this year, Somerset West and Taunton Council’s Taunton Unparished Area Fund announced it was allocating £17k, and Somerset Community Foundation organised a grant from Clarke Willmott. Both of these grants will go towards the costs of the installation of Open+ Access technology in the library later this year. This technology, successfully used in other counties already, will in time allow library customers to access the library outside current staffed library hours for up to 55 hours a week. Oliver Woodhams, Strategic Manager responsible for libraries at Somerset County Council said: “I am extremely pleased that partnership working in such a positive and proactive way has given Priorswood Library a sustainable and exciting future. We are very grateful for the support of the Friends of Taunton Library, West Monkton Parish Council and many other people and organisations who have helped and supported us to reach this exciting point.” Sarah Gibb on behalf of the Friends of Taunton Library said: “All our hard work has been brought to fruition. The library will go from strength to strength. We look forward to continuing in governance and in any further support we can provide, making Priorswood Library the heart of the community.” £3K was also recently allocated annually by West Monkton Parish Council towards the library. Patricia Cavill from the Parish Council said: “West Monkton Parish Council is delighted to be part of this initiative. A significant number of our Parishioners use Priorswood Library. Priorswood not only provides access to written books, but a wide range of new technologies, and as such offers opportunities to all ages of users.” Priorswood Library will continue to be staffed, with new technology enabling the library to open for additional unstaffed hours due to be installed later in the year. Following an induction session, library customers will be able to access the library, borrow, return and renew their library loans, collect items that have been reserved, use the library’s public access computers and online resources, when staff aren’t present simply by scanning the barcode on their library card and using a PIN. A video of the CLP signing taking place can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/EfP2lMXJ8YU. For more information about Somerset’s libraries Service, click www.somersetlibraries.co.uk or phone 0300 123 2224. IMG 3053 IMG 3054 IMG 3055 IMG 3057 Priorswood 4 CLP 170519 IMG 3056 Priorswood 5 CLP. West Monkton school...

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Thatch Newsletter – Spring Issue

Posted by on 19th May, 2019 in News

The Spring Issue of the Thatch Newsletter is available here: https://issuu.com/communitycouncilforsomerset/docs/pdf_thatch_may_2019_small_v3

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Somerset Waste Partnership – May 2019

Posted by on 13th May, 2019 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership May Briefing is available here: SWP Briefing May 2019

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Somerset Day Celebrations at the BACH – 11th May 2019

Posted by on 18th April, 2019 in News

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May Village Agent Newsletter

Posted by on 18th April, 2019 in News

The May Village Agent Newsletter is available here: May 2019 newsletter

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Somerset Waste Partnership – April Briefing

Posted by on 18th April, 2019 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership April Briefing Sheet is available here: SWP Briefing April 2019

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Roles at the Community Council for Somerset

Posted by on 11th April, 2019 in News

The CCS are recruiting two Somerset West & Taunton Village Agents and a Transport Agent.  Further information is available via this link: https://somersetrcc.org.uk/recruitment/

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April Village Agent Newsletter

Posted by on 28th March, 2019 in News

The April Village Agent Newsletter is available here: Updated VA April Newsletter – LB

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Somerset Waste Partnership – March Briefing

Posted by on 27th March, 2019 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership March Briefing is available here: SWP Briefing March 2019

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Annual Parish Meeting – 27th March 2019 at 7pm at the BACH

Posted by on 14th March, 2019 in News

The West Monkton Annual Parish Meeting will be taking place on Weds 27th March 2019, at Brittons Ash Community Hall (BACH). Please come along and bring friends as well. This event is not a Parish Council meeting, it’s a social event once a year for residents to network and hear speakers on matters of local interest, this year the Maidenbrook Country Park and the Inland Waterways Association. We’ll be serving refreshments at no charge. Hope to see you on 27th...

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Road Closure – Cheddon Fitzpaine Road and Gotton Lane, West Monkton

Posted by on 12th March, 2019 in News

Temporary Road Closures of: Cheddon Fitzpaine Road and Gotton Lane, Greenway, Sidbrook, Blundells Lane, Red Hill, Noahs Hill, Church Hill, The Street, Dosters Lane and Boome Lane TAKE NOTICE that in pursuance of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the County Council of Somerset propose to make an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from proceeding along Cheddon Fitzpaine Road and Gotton Lane from Cheddon Fitzpaine Road; from the junction with Greenway westwards for 370m and Gotton Lane; from the junction with Cheddon Fitzpaine Road northwards for 180m, a total distance of 550 metres. Proposed dates 08th April 2019 for 5 weeks. Greenway from the junction with Sidbrook and Cheddon Fitzpaine Road, southwards for a distance of 470 metres. Proposed dates 29th April 2019 for 5 weeks. Sidbrook from the junction with Greenway, westwards for a distance of 870 metres. Proposed dates 20th May 2019 for 8 weeks. Blundells Lane from the junction with Sidbrook, northwards for a distance of 195 metres. Proposed dates 1st July 2019 for 3 weeks. Red Hill from the junction with Greenway and Yalway Road, eastwards for a distance of 530 metres. Proposed dates 15th July 2019 for 4 weeks. Noahs Hill from the junction with Blundells Lane, northwards for a distance of 250 metres. Proposed dates 29th July 2019 for 5 weeks. Church Hill from the junction with Coombe Lane, northwards for a distance of 190 metres. Proposed dates 27th August 2019 for 9 weeks. Church Hill from the junction with Coombe Lane, southwards for a distance of 345 metres. Proposed dates 27th August 2019 for 9 weeks. The Street from the junction with Church Hill, westwards for a distance of 188 metres. Proposed dates 21st October 2019 for 4 weeks. Dosters Lane and Boome Lane from Dosters Lane, from the junction with The Street and Church Hill southwards for 72m and Boome Lane, from the junction (Notice1) with Dosters Lane eastwards for 320m, a total distance of 392 metres. Proposed dates 11th November 2019 for 5 weeks. This order will enable Wales & West Utilities to carry out phased gas mains upgrading works in these roads. The Order becomes effective on 08 April 2019 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The phased works are expected to last for a total of 36 weeks. Please visit www.roadworks.org for further information on the alternative route For information about the works being carried out please contact Wales & West Utilities on 0800 912...

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Somerset Day 2019 – West Monkton Big Brunch

Posted by on 12th March, 2019 in News

To celebrate Somerset Day a West Monkton Big Brunch will take place on Saturday 11th May at 10.30am at The Street, West Monkton. Brunch will be served and children’s activities will be available. Please bring your own cutlery, plates and glasses. Tickets will be available to purchase online soon at http://buytickets.at/westmonktonvillage/244934 or from the Monkton Inn. Ticket prices: Adults £6.00 Under 12s £4.00 Under 5s...

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MH2 Development Persimmon Proposals – Parish Council Comments

Posted by on 12th March, 2019 in News

The Parish Councils comments in respect of the recent proposals presented by Persimmon in respect of the MH2 Development are available here: MH2 Presentation Comments

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Revised Easter, May and August Bank Holiday Waste Collections Days

Posted by on 25th February, 2019 in News

Information confirming the revised collection days over the Easter, May and August Bank Holiday periods is available here: Bank~Holiday~Dates~Easter,~May~and~August~2019

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