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Christmas Activities in the area

Posted by on 9th December, 2018 in News

A directory of Christmas Activities in our area is available via the following link: https://somersetrcc.org.uk/our_work/supporting-individuals/somerset-village-agents-project/somerset-christmas-directory/

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Somerset Waste Partnership – December Briefing

Posted by on 4th December, 2018 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership December Briefing Sheet is available here: SWP Briefing December 2018

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Temporary road closure – Ilminster Road & Ruishton Lane, Ruishton & Thornfalcon

Posted by on 27th November, 2018 in News

SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT OF TAUNTON DEANE PARISH OF RUISHTON & THORNFALCON Temporary Closure of Ilminster Road and Ruishton 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 Ilminster Road and Ruishton Lane from Ilminster Road; the Blackbrook Interchange (south exit only), eastwards for 600m and Ruishton Lane; the junction with Ilminster Road, northwards for 75m a total distance of 675 metres. This order will enable Somerset Highways to carry out patching works in these roads. The Order becomes effective on 09 January 2019 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 1 night (19:30-00:00). Please visit www.roadworks.org for further information on the alternative route For information about the works being carried out please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224 Patrick Flaherty Chief Executive Dated: 13 December...

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Ecological Walkaround Survey of West Monkton Village Completed

Posted by on 22nd November, 2018 in News

The Conservation of West Monkton Society (COWMS) recently commissioned an independent ecological ‘Walkover’ survey, combined with a series of remote monitoring’s for bats, in West Monkton village and its immediate surroundings carried out on 19th September 2018. The results reveal the village is home to nine separate species of bats, including several rare ones, including Barbastelles (on the international ‘Red List’ of threatened species and thought to be extinct in the UK until 2008) and Lesser Horseshoe bats, which are protected at nearby Hestercombe House, under a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). In addition, the calls of Leisler’s bats were also recorded, until now the known western-most colony was thought to be near Bristol. Only 9,500 are known to have been recorded in England. Three Anabat Express monitors were set up, placed in trees beside Dosters Lane, in an orchard hedge towards the end of Blundells Lane and in a patch of ancient woodland in fields on the A38 nearby. Despite this being carried out right at the end of the active bat season, or the fact that two of the three detectors were disturbed for at least two days of the week they were in place, in total well over two thousand separate ‘hits’ were recorded! The survey was carried out by Abricon, a licensed, independent Bristol-based ecological consultancy, and the resulting bat calls analysed by a licensed bat ecologist, and by other two in-house licensed ecologists. A full list of bat species recorded were Common Pipistrelle and Soprano Pipistrelles, Myotis, Lesser Horseshoes, Long Eared bats, Barbastelles, Noctules, Serotines and Leisler’s. These different species have varying roosting needs (Barbastelles for example roost in the tree bark of ancient trees and move around each night) and foraging requirements of up to 2.5 km radius, (1.5 miles) of fixed roosts, involving woodland, pastureland and wetland habitats. All of these are currently available within the village and its surroundings and help to explain the success of the bats in the area. If you would like any further information, please email COWMS...

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Conquest Christmas Party Invitation

Posted by on 16th November, 2018 in News

Conquest’s Christmas Party will be taking place on Sunday 9th December 2018. There will be mulled wine, mince pies and cakes, festive stalls, a bouncy castle and entertainer. Santa will be situated next to a roaring log fire in the yurt and will be ready for visits from 3:30pm onwards! (Visit includes a gift) All this for just £1 per person per entry – with all proceeds going to Conquest Centre Reg Charity 1103883 Details as follows: VENUE: Conquest Centre – Beehive Café DATE: Sunday 9th December 2018 TIME: 3pm – 5pm.

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Community Connect Event – 29th November 2018

Posted by on 13th November, 2018 in News

A Community Connect Event is taking place on 29th November 2018 from 9.30am until 12.30pm at the Canalside.  The event is an opportunity to meet Village, Carers and Community Agents.  Further information is available in the poster...

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The Country Park and the Somerset Wood commemorating WW1 fallen from Somerset

Posted by on 12th November, 2018 in News

Something very special happened in our parish on Friday the 9th of November 2018: an event, which so deeply moved all who attended – old and young – that it will surely never be forgotten by a single one. The special event was the dedication ceremony and inaugural planting of the First-World-War commemorative Somerset Wood. Located within the broader landscape of an extensive new Country Park to the south-east of Cheddon village, the woodland will eventually contain 11,281 broad-leaved trees – one for every service man and woman associated with our county, who fell in The Great War. A large audience braved the elements to pay their respects and were told by Mrs. Anne Maw that the dedicating of Somerset Wood was the greatest official duty she had ever performed in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant of Somerset. Although this major project is still in its infancy, it is already clear that it is striking a chord across the county and taking on a life of its own. There will be plenty of well-publicised opportunities for local residents to become involved. Do what you can, and feel proud! This looks set to become the jewel in the crown of our Garden Town. By Cllr Mike Batsch, Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish...

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Fit for My Future

Posted by on 12th November, 2018 in News

The Fit for My Future team want to hear a whole range of people about NHS services in Somerset. At this stage, they are seeking views on our case for change and some emerging ideas which have begun to develop as groups of GPs, other clinicians, commissioners and some service users have worked through the evidence they’ve gathered. In case you haven’t had chance to get to a drop-in session, or read the case for change on our website, you can download a PDF copy of the extended version here: Case_for_Change_final_report This is a real chance for communities to influence the future shape of health and care services in...

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Somerset Waste Partnership – November Briefing

Posted by on 7th November, 2018 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership November Briefing Sheet is available here: SWP Briefing November 2018

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Surviving Winter Appeal 2018/19

Posted by on 5th November, 2018 in News

Spread some warmth this winter by donating your Winter Fuel Payment Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign, which encourages people to join the growing number of contributors who donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help local people living in fuel poverty. This year, any online donations to the campaign made during the week-long Big Give Christmas Challenge – midday Tuesday 27 November to midday Tuesday 4 December – will be doubled! Last year, over 500 older people living in fuel poverty in Somerset were helped to keep warm and better connected through the winter months, thanks to pensioners and other local donors who gave to Surviving Winter. Help Somerset Community Foundation to help more isolated and vulnerable older people this year. To donate to Surviving Winter, visit www.somersetcf.org.uk/winter or call 01749 344949. Please remember that all donations will help the Surviving Winter campaign, but if you donate online between midday Tuesday 27 November and midday Tuesday 4 December your donation will be...

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Somerset Waste Partnership – Christmas and New Year Services

Posted by on 17th October, 2018 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership Christmas poster is attached with all the details, from kerbside collections to recycling sites, plus the alternatives to wasteful landfill for Christmas trees. Please note that because Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are on Mondays, when 11 sites are usually open until 7pm, all 16 sites will close at 4pm on those days. V3 – Revised collections~Christmas bank holidays...

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Community Connect Event – 29th November 2018

Posted by on 11th October, 2018 in News

You are invited to attend the biggest Health and Social Care event of the year Thursday 29th November 2018 The Hollinsworth Hall, The Canalside Conference Centre, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater TA6 6LQ – 9.30am – 12.30pm. This event will have over 50 stands of community groups, support organisations and charities. Come along and meet Community, Village and Carers Agents and network with other professionals such as Carers Champions, GP’s, Social Workers, Adult Social Care Workers and many more. Parking and refreshments are available. We look forward to seeing you at our event. Please RSVP no later than Thursday 15th November – to...

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Wood to commemorate the Fallen of WW1

Posted by on 9th October, 2018 in News

A press release from Somerset County Council about a memorial wood to commemorate the fallen of World War One is available here: https://somersetnewsroom.com/2018/10/05/wood-to-commemorate-the-fallen-of-ww1/

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Somerset Waste Partnership – September Briefing

Posted by on 27th September, 2018 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership September Briefing Sheet is available here: SWP Briefing September 2018

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Somerset Waste Partnership – Drivers Needed

Posted by on 25th September, 2018 in News

Somerset Waste Partnership’s collections contractor has jobs available now for HGV Class 2 Recycling Driver/Loaders (newly qualified drivers welcome, and loaders keen to train as drivers) in Bridgwater, Evercreech, Taunton. Full-time, temp-to-perm at £11.28/hour with £16.92/hour overtime after 40 hours. Mon-Fri, 6.15am start, no overnights. Hard work but rewarding, a recycling job pays well, keeps you fit, helps the environment, and gets you home with plenty of the day left. Text DRIVEKIER to 88802, or call 0117 916 0760 (M-F 9-4.30) or 07866797200 for more information. Further information is available in the attached...

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Information about Scam Mail

Posted by on 25th September, 2018 in News

A poster about Scam Mail is being circulated by the Royal Mail.  A copy is available...

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New Buildings and Developments Update – September 2018

Posted by on 16th September, 2018 in News

A 3259 Bus Gate / Western Relief Road Somerset County Council remain committed, officially, to the installation of a bus gate on the A3259. However, they have undertaken to complete the Western Relief road (WRR) first, then to carry out a traffic survey and consult on the results before deciding where (or whether?) to install the bus gate. The WRR was due to be completed by early next year. However, the timetable has slipped. The Hartnell’s developers won a legal case that has removed the requirement for them to make a £ 1,000,000 contribution to the WRR costs. We await developments. Monkton Heathfield Phase 2 development (MH2) The Masterplan for the phase 2 development was due to be published in July. It has not yet been published and we do not know when that might now happen. Only when it does, can we consider any impact on the parish and whether there is scope for us to comment or intervene on the plan. The adopted policies of the Neighbourhood Plan must be considered by developers when they submit any planning application. Hartnells Farm development Things are moving forward on the development of the land around Hartnell’s Farm and building is likely to commence in the next 3-6 months. 300 houses are due to be built in four stages. Persimmon presented their revised plans by means of a detailed design code for the first phase of the development to West Monkton Parish Council’s planning meeting on the 4th of September (following comments on the original application from the Parish Council). The original planning application did not follow some of the Policies of the Neighbourhood Plan. It was explained that some of the Section 106 agreements regarding social and affordable housing put in place on the outline application take priority over the Policies of the Neighbourhood Plan, since the NP was made after the outline permission was granted. Other areas of concern are being addressed by the developer. The development will involve a new roundabout on the A3259 and three new pedestrian crossings and also a requirement to dig up Bawler Road for infrastructure works. These works are likely to slow traffic considerably and may well cause more traffic to use less suitable routes as a rat-run. A Construction Management Plan has not yet been presented by the developers. Communications Members of the public can attend WMPC Planning Committee meetings as well as Parish Council meetings. Dates are published on the agendas and minutes. Information can be found on the West Monkton website www.westmonkton.net, the West Monkton facebook page, in the Village news and on the eight notice boards in the Parish. There is also an electronic message board which can be viewed through the front door of the BACH. Members of the public can attend Parish Surgery at the BACH on the second Thursday of every month at 8.30am. Drop in for a coffee and talk informally to clerks, and parish/district/county Councillors. Clerks can be contacted with queries or enquiries by email clerk@westmonkton.net, assistantclerk@westmonkton.net or by phone 01823 413...

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Somerset West Private Sector Housing Partnership – Landlords and Tenants Expo

Posted by on 13th September, 2018 in News

Somerset West Private Sector Housing Partnership Landlords and Tenants Expo is taking place at Junction 24, Market Way, North Petherton, Bridgwater TA6 6DF on the 19th September 2018 Doors open from 2pm to 7pm. Entrance is free and refreshments are available. The event is open to any organisation, business or individual and will include: • Many different organisations providing free information, advice and support on a range of grants, loans and other housing initiatives currently available. • New guest speakers giving informative talks. • Representatives from Hinkley Point.   Further information is available in this poster: Landlords Expo flyer...

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Quantock Hills AONB – Autumn Events 2018

Posted by on 28th August, 2018 in News

Events Autumn 2018 A4 Poster

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Somerset Waste Partnership – August Briefing

Posted by on 28th August, 2018 in News

The August Somerset Waste Partnership briefing is available here: SWP Briefing August 2018

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Find if highways improvements are planned at a road near you

Posted by on 22nd August, 2018 in News

A new webpage to help residents find out about planned maintenance on Somerset’s roads is now available. Somerset County Council’s dedicated travel and roadworks website www.travelsomerset.co.uk already includes a live map showing details of current and future planned roadworks. But previously this only included works when dates were confirmed. The new webpage now allows people to view the structural maintenance programme for the current financial year, so people can find out if improvement works are planned in the near future. The exact dates and timings of work are added to the live map when they are finalised. The works are split into categories – principal resurfacing (resurfacing on A class roads), non-principal resurfacing (resurfacing on minor class roads), footways (works on the pavement), drainage and earthworks – with lists of schemes and maps showing the locations. You can also find FAQs and definitions of each type of roadworks scheme. Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’ve worked hard to make it easier for people to find out what’s happening on our roads. We started by offering live travel alerts using Twitter and then created the Travel Somerset website to improve the quality and reliability of our roadworks information. “This summer we’ve added our surface dressing and grass cutting programmes to the website and now you can see all the structural maintenance work we have planned for the next financial year. “This is another welcome resource and we’ve got plans for more in the months to come.” The new webpage can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/structural-maintenance. Don’t forget, you can also use the site to find live travel information 24/7 and find details of all planned roadworks, including those carried out by third parties, like developers or utility companies. Follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter for live traffic alerts and get in touch if you have any questions about travel, roadworks or the highways team in...

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Somerset Waste Partnership – July Briefing

Posted by on 26th July, 2018 in News

The July Somerset Waste Partnership briefing is available here: SWP Briefing July 2018

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Waste collections start from 6am

Posted by on 24th July, 2018 in News

Recycling and rubbish collections will start daily at 6am from now on due to the high temperatures. Please ensure your bins and boxes are all out in time for the early start (and no earlier than the night before), and note that some collections times may change. The new start time will continue until cooler weather returns. Crews have been reminded to keep the noise down; apologies in advance for the sound of glass and cans. To help crews get your waste collected, please: * Sort and roughly segregate materials in boxes without using carrier bags. * Rinse all containers and squash all but glass and aerosols. * Cut up all large card and flatten all cardboard boxes. Quick reminder on plastic … Plastic bottles are the only plastics taken at the kerbside; household and food plastic pots, tubs and trays are taken at all 16 recycling sites: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/slider/all-recycling-sites-take-plastic-food-pots-tubs-and-trays/ Tetra Paks, other beverage cartons and single-use plastic-lined coffee cups are taken at 12 recycling sites: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/dozen-recycling-sites-take-single-use-coffee-cups/ More on how to recycle as much as possible … For more on what we do and do not take at the kerbside for recycling: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling-collections/ For what is taken at recycling sites, their locations and when they are open:...

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Could you lend a hand to help restore Somerset’s iconic fingerposts?

Posted by on 17th July, 2018 in News

Somerset County Council Press Release Could you lend a hand to help restore Somerset’s iconic fingerposts? More volunteers and community groups are being urged to get involved with a ground-breaking project to restore historic signposts in Somerset. In response to stretched finances, the Somerset Fingerpost Restoration Project was set up by Somerset County Council and the Southwest Heritage Trust in 2016 to help preserve and protect the signs by harnessing the goodwill of volunteers and exploring alternative funding options. Exmoor National Park Authority, with support from the Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has since run a hugely successful project in West Somerset with more than 100 volunteers recruited and more than 60 signs restored to date. Communities in other parts of Somerset have also been able to secure sponsorship from local businesses or have successfully applied for grant funding to help pay for repairs. One example is Williton Parish Council, which has secured sponsorship funding from Magna Housing to restore some of its fingerposts. More volunteers and community groups are now being sought to get involved to carry on work that the Council no longer has the money to fund. Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We are very lucky in Somerset to have one of the most impressive collections of fingerposts in the country. “With the strains on our finances we just don’t have the budget to restore these beautiful signs ourselves, but this is a fantastic example of communities coming together – with help from us – to take the responsibility on. “It proves what we already knew, that there are amazing people out there willing to give something back. We’ve also found that community groups have access to sponsorship and grants which are not open to us. I’d urge anyone with an interest in preserving these iconic landmarks to get involved.” Back in the 1960s, councils were advised to remove all fingerposts and replace them with the modern, standardised road signs which can now be found all over the country. In Somerset, this advice was ignored, and as a result the county still has a wonderful back catalogue of fingerposts. Somerset County Council has cared for these unofficial highways signs for more than 60 years, but having had to find around £130m of savings and efficiencies over the last eight years, it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify spending precious resources on non-mandatory services. Somerset County Council and the Southwest Heritage Trust have produced a handbook that provides all the information required to enable community groups to decide if they would like to take part in this valuable project. It also contains a fascinating potted history of fingerposts in Somerset. You can view the handbook at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/policies-and-plans/schemes-and-initiatives/somerset-fingerpost-restoration-project/. Exmoor National Park’s Charlotte Thomas, who is leading the Exmoor project, said: “The interest we’ve had from local communities has been just fantastic. We have teams of volunteers all over the project area who are helping out. There is even a group in Minehead who are a roving team and have helped refurbish signposts in neighbouring parishes. “Others have kindly let me know when they have found broken fingers and we have been able to use local contractors to fix them. It just goes to show the important role these signposts play in the personal and regional history of Exmoor.” Mike Neville and Stuart Lawrence, two volunteers from Minehead, have been busy working with others to restore numerous signposts along the A39. Mike said: “I got involved with the project because I wanted to make a difference in my local community and I’d...

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Rural Services Network

Posted by on 16th July, 2018 in News

RSN is the national champion for rural services, ensuring that people in rural areas have a strong voice. We are fighting for a fair deal for rural communities to maintain their social and economic viability for the benefit of the nation as a whole. We have 4 priorities for our work: • Public Sector Funding • Barriers to Access • Future of Rural Areas • Health and Wellbeing If you would like further information about the Rural Services Network or would like to sign up for their newsletters, you can do so by clicking on the link below:...

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Notes from the Parish Surgery on 12th July 2018

Posted by on 16th July, 2018 in News

Notes from the Parish Surgery on 12th July 2018, during which a representative of Persimmon Homes was present are available below: Hyde Lane footpath link and Roys Place junction complete and open to the public. Drainage remedials on Spine Road completed except for 2 manholes near the Community Square and some works to the balancing pond south of the ERR by the proposed sports pitches. Streetlighting remedials completed except 2 columns to be straightened (awaiting programme from SSE) and the RTA replacement bollards & columns on the ERR. Latter programmed for end July due to road space availability. Spine Road remedials – will not be finished by 31 July. Definitive snagging lists received from SCC. Being priced and orders arranged. Likely 2-3 months work including final surfacing. SCC Highways now wanting 12 months maintenance not straight to adoption on Phase 1. Block paving on Spine Road at the Community Square needs re-laying. Additional trial holes required to agree extent of works with SCC. Residents would like speed ramps incorporated. This will delay the works and need TDBC planning approval, technical approval to the design from SCC, agreement of local residents and agreement of the bus company. Norman to look at assisting the process. Developers more likely to continue with the agreed remedials list to get roads adopted more quickly. Bishops Close – gullies on the high point so ponding occurs. Also noticeable settlement of service scar. Redrow to rectify with adoption remedials on R2 once Spine Road adopted/onto maintenance. Check 40/30 speed limits have been installed at ERR and Bridgwater Road junctions into the development. Both ends of Pippin Road have correct signage. Missing from Hardys Road roundabout junction but identified on agreed snagging list. No requirement at Roys Place junction as Bridgwater Road is 30mph at this point. Confirm fencing requirements of ditch at Pippin Road crossing. Missing bollards on Bridgwater Road narrowing south of the school – replacements to be agreed with SCC once traffic speed data provided by SCC and reviewed. Bawler Road adoption – legal agreement and remedials lists to be chased. ERR – remedials agreed but financing being discussed with SCC. WRR – awaiting technically approved drawings from SCC to enable accurate pricing, then viability discussion. Hartnell’s Farm – outline granted. Persimmon’s Reserved Matters planning application for first 131 plots has been registered by TDBC. Includes offline roundabout which realigns A3259 at Bawler Road. Local Centre – confirm where this is being marketed and the construction start date. Construction of the Persimmon apartment block has now commenced. All enquiries for the retail/commercial units should be directed to Persimmon Homes in the first instance, FAO Matthew Seaman, Land Director. Matthew has received some speculative enquiries over the last few months but nothing definite or serious. Local Centre adoption of parking spaces – still to be agreed. TDBC/WMPC had received a different request, but the intention is for them to be adopted by a ‘public’ body once construction on this phase is complete, not whilst construction traffic still using the roads. Norman to investigate further. Public Open Space play areas – can these be open for the school summer holidays commencing 20 July? We will endeavour to make these available asap, piecemeal if necessary. Play equipment expecting to be complete by 20 July but require RoSPA certificates before opening to the public. The Central Parkland area needs drainage installed first. The Multi Use Games Area on parcel P13 (behind Monkton Elm Garden Centre) cannot be installed until the Persimmon compound is removed mid-August. All areas will require landscaping remedials at a later date – not before...

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Casual Vacancy Application Form

Posted by on 12th July, 2018 in News

There is currently a Parish Councillor Casual Vacancy.  If you would like to be considered to fill the vacancy, please complete this form: Casual vacancy form Please ensure your completed form is sent to the Clerk (clerk@westmonkton.net) by 31st July 2018. Applications will be considered at the Parish Council meeting on 14th...

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Update on the WRR and lifting of the 651 restriction

Posted by on 10th July, 2018 in News

Communication received from Alyn Jones (SCC) is available below providing an update on the  Western Relief Road and the lifting of the 651 restriction: I write in response to your email, to explain and clarity some of the issues that you have raised. This matter has been discussed with Taunton Deane Borough Council and the relevant Somerset County Council Officers. I feel it is necessary to elaborate on the time line and reasons behind the decisions that were taken, although I should be clear that these were collaborative decisions, between TDBC, SCC and the developer partners. At all times, the aim of this exercise was to try and achieve the best solution for the wider community through the delivery of this highway link. The reason for imposing the trigger of 651 homes was to ensure the delivery of the Western Relief Road (WRR). Unfortunately circumstances were such that the ‘Option’ for the acquisition of the land was time bound. It was therefore necessary for the developer to exercise this option and commit the necessary funds to purchase the land required to enable the WRR to be delivered. It should be noted however, that the developer of the Hartnells Farm site, may never have contributed the anticipated £1m as they could have implemented the consent with the ‘cap’ of 150 dwellings and waited for the completion of the WRR before completing their site. The considered opinion of the Authorities and the developer was that it was better to secure the land and have the developer commit to the delivery of the WRR, rather than lose the land and potentially prejudice the delivery of this link indefinitely. As such, there was a Deed of Variation agreed between all parties, dated 9 August 2017. This Deed of Variation allows the 651 trigger to be exceeded prior to the completion of the WRR; however the land has been purchased and is secured. In the spirit of the agreement, a material start has also been made on the WRR and the planning permission is now live. It is our understanding that once the funding package is in place, works will commence on this road in earnest. The need for the WRR has been well documented in the respective transport assessments for the area and all parties are now focused on resolving the funding gap. This matter, along with others regarding the delivery of the Monkton Heathfield Development, has been discussed at the Monkton Heathfield Governance Board. Whilst this issue is ongoing, all parties are working together to ensure the delivery of the WRR as soon as we are able. Regards, Alyn Jones Director of Economic and Community Infrastructure Operations Somerset County...

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Somerset West and Taunton Council Review

Posted by on 4th July, 2018 in News

In May 2018, the government agreed to set up a new local authority called Somerset West and Taunton Council. The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking for your views on proposed new electoral arrangements for the new council . Information about the proposed new electoral arrangements and how to submit your views is available here: Somerset West and Taunton Poster

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Amendment to Village News July to August Edition

Posted by on 4th July, 2018 in News

Unfortunately a typo has been spotted in the July/August Village News; the date for the Village Hall AGM is incorrect. The correct information is available below: CORRECTION: Village Hall AGM, 23rd July 7pm to receive the Hall Accounts for 2017/18 7:30pm Business of the AGM The meeting is held in the Village Hall, Monkton Heathfield. Everyone is invited to see how the hall is administered on behalf of the inhabitants of the parish of West Monkton, which includes West Monkton, Monkton Heathfield, Bathpool, Goosenford and Gotton. The management team is made up of Independent Trustees/Members (who are voted on at the Annual General Meeting), representatives from organisations who use the hall and honorary members who carry out specific duties. We hold six Management Committee Meetings a year and six Finance Sub-Committee meetings. If you are interested in serving your community please come along and meet us. We serve light refreshments at the end giving all attendees time to socialise. If you would like to find out more about us before the 23rd please feel free to contact Joyce Keyte on: 01823 412294 or email:...

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Private Water Supply Testing

Posted by on 4th July, 2018 in News

Somerset Scientific Services have recently provided some advice about testing private water supplies.  The advice is available in this article: Private Water Supply article

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Somerset Waste Partnership – June Briefing

Posted by on 24th June, 2018 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership June Briefing is available here:SWP Briefing June 2018

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Casual Vacancy – Notice

Posted by on 18th June, 2018 in News

A Casual Vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor in the Parish Council. A notice about the vacancy is available here: CasualVacancyNotice

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Somerset Waste Partnership – May Briefing

Posted by on 29th May, 2018 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership May Briefing is now available: SWP Briefing May 2018 (1)

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Somerset Waste Partnership – April Briefing Sheet

Posted by on 23rd April, 2018 in News

SWP Briefing April 2018

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Wessex Resolutions C.I.C – Subsidised Loans available for homeowners and landlords

Posted by on 22nd April, 2018 in News

Wessex Resolutions C.I.C are a not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with Taunton Deane Borough Council.  They provide council subsidised loans to homeowners and landlords for essential home repairs and have been working across the district for over 10 years. Further information is available in this information sheet: Wessex Resolutions...

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Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Results 19th April 2018

Posted by on 20th April, 2018 in News

The results of the West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Plan Referendum are now available below: NP referendum result19April2018

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Heathfield Gardens Public Open Space and Play Area Work Plan

Posted by on 14th March, 2018 in News

A plan has been provided by Persimmon confirming when work is planned to Public Open Spaces and Play Areas in the development which will result in their closures whilst the work is carried out.  The Plan is available here: Monkton Heathfield Works Completion plan

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Somerset Waste Partnership – March Briefing

Posted by on 14th March, 2018 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership March briefing is available here: SWP Briefing March 2018

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Volunteering Opportunities in Somerset

Posted by on 14th March, 2018 in News

The Somerset Volunteer Service website includes details of all types of volunteer opportunities across Somerset.  The website is available via the following link: https://cswvolunteer.co.uk/

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Grit Bins

Posted by on 2nd March, 2018 in News

The Parish Council has installed 9 grit bins in the Parish at: New Cross, Sidbrook, Monkton Inn, Church Hill, Coombe Hill, Farriers Green, Milton Hill, Dyers Lane, Sidbrook Orchards.  Residents can use this grit to keep the highways clear in their area.  A cut out empty plastic milk carton can make a useful scoop.  Guidelines for snow clearing can be found on the website.

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Annual Parish Meeting – 28th March 2018 – Agenda

Posted by on 2nd March, 2018 in News

The Annual Parish Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 28th March 2018.  The agenda for the meeting is available here: Agenda

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All Stars Cricket is coming to West Monkton Cricket Club this summer

Posted by on 20th February, 2018 in News

Introduce your children to the wonderful sport of cricket with your local cricket club by joining the All Stars Cricket programme at West Monkton on Friday evenings through June and July. All Stars Cricket is a brand-new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. The programme features: For all children aged five to eight Delivered nationwide at over 1,800 centres Eight one-hour sessions, held over eight weeks Emphasis on fun and being active Focus on developing your child’s movement skills Great first introduction to cricket Safe and fully accredited Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too Easy online registration Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap all sent straight to your door. We caught up with our fundraising and participation officer Giles Benbow who had this to say on this exciting addition to West Monkton “All Stars Cricket is a great way to get your children active, to learn a new sport in a safe environment that is local to you. it’s also a great way for parents to meet other people within their local community and it’s only £40 for the whole programme which includes lots of goodies for the kids” You can register online at https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars or contact Giles Benbow from West Monkton CC on gilesbenbow@gmail.com for more...

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Heartsafe Cabinet and AED Package at the BACH – Now Live

Posted by on 20th February, 2018 in News

The Ambulance Service has confirmed that the Heartsafe Cabinet and AED Package located at Brittons Ash Community Hall is now live. Don’t forget the Community Awareness Training Event on 11th April at 7pm at the BACH.  If you would like to attend please contact us.

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TDBC Changes to Cash Payments

Posted by on 11th February, 2018 in News

Ways to pay for Taunton Deane Borough Council Bills From the 29th March, the cash machines in Deane House and Wellington Community Centre are to be removed  and we are providing, as an alternative, a more modern system which is more convenient for customers, therefore if you still wish to pay cash for a Council Service then you will be able to use one of the many shops and convenience stores who are signed up to the Paypoint network or any post office. All you will need to do is take your bill which will have a bar code on it to one of the outlets and pay cash in the normal way.  Alternatively It may be easier for you to pay your bill over the phone, we have a 24/7 payments line 01823 356598 or you can pay at any time online using our...

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SWP Easter, May and August Revised Refuse Collection Dates

Posted by on 6th February, 2018 in News

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Somerset Waste Partnership February Briefing

Posted by on 6th February, 2018 in News

SWP Briefing February 2018

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Temporary Closure of Hyde Lane

Posted by on 30th January, 2018 in News

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 Hyde Lane from outside the property named Rexhill House, northwards for a distance of 275 metres. This order will enable Wessex Water to carry out water main replacement works in this road. The Order becomes effective on 05 March 2018 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 27...

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Temporary Closure of Greenway

Posted by on 29th January, 2018 in News

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 have made an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from proceeding along Greenway from the junction with Hestercombe Road and Redhill to the junction with Cheddon Fitzpaine Road and Sidbrook a distance of 750 metres. This order will enable Somerset Highways to carry out local drainage works in this road. The Order became effective on 11 December 2017 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to commence on 19 February 2018 and last for 5 days. While the closure is in operation an alternative route will be signed on site. Further information is available here: RCNTD9145 – Notice...

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Library Services Consultation

Posted by on 24th January, 2018 in News

The SCC Library Services Consultation commences on 29th January. Further information about the consultation and drop in events is available in these...

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