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Road Closure – Mill Lane (partial) 14-18 April

We have been advised of an urgent road closure at Mill LaneNether Stowey, which  will commence on 14th April 2021 and is expected to last until 18th April 2021 (the closure is between the hours of  00:00 – 23:59). 

These works are for Wales & West Utilities to carry out a new customer connection, their works reference is XY274004000162126-02.

For any further information about this closure please contact:
Wales & West Utilities on  0800 912 2999,
quoting reference: ttro433704SE – Mill Lane, Nether Stowey.

A map of the affected area (in red), together with the recommended diversion route (in purple) is shown below, along with the link to One.Network.

Community Bus – Service resumption from Monday 12th April

The Hinkley Point C Community Bus Service between Bridgwater and Minehead will begin again from Monday 12th April. The timetable is below – please click on it to enlarge it, print it or download it.

Buses used on the service have been modified to allow for social distancing. These measures include the installation of perspex screens and a clear indication of which seats can be used.

In line with Government guidance, a face covering must be worn by all passengers.

If you have any questions regarding the service, please contact or call 0333 009 7070

Parish Council meeting Monday 12 April

The meeting will be held virtually using the Zoom platform and will start at 7pm. All are welcome. Link to meeting:
Meeting ID: 684 067 5217 Passcode: 3nSbgu

The agenda is available here: April agenda

Draft minutes:
previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 8 March 2021

Planning applications:
There are no Planning applications

Parish Council meetings are open for the public to attend but are not public meetings. In order to facilitate contributions by members of the public there is a public session prior to the main part of the formal meeting. 
During the public session, members of the public are welcome to address the Council on any matter relating to the agenda or on any other matter that they would like the Parish Council to consider at a future date. It is helpful if you inform the Chairman or the Clerk beforehand of any matter you wish to raise, so that the Clerk can have to hand any necessary information.
At the end of the public participation session, the Chairman will resume the formal meeting under standing orders. Members of the public are asked to respect the fact that this is a meeting of the Council to conduct Council business. They are not permitted to enter into the debate of agenda items unless invited by the Chairman. In this case, he will temporarily adjourn the meeting to allow that person (only) to speak.
During virtual meetings, members of the public are asked to remain muted unless invited to speak.
The conduct of Parish Council meetings are governed by the Parish Council’s Standing Orders (adopted 14 October 2019) as updated by the Virtual Meetings Protocol (adopted 11 May 2020). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

Register to vote in our referendum!

On Thursday 6 May, residents in Nether Stowey Parish will have their say at the Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan
referendum – more information here and on who represents them at the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election. The Police and Crime Commissioner is the person who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you.

In order to vote in these elections, you must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Sedgemoor District Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.  The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday, 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at Register to vote.

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, all polling stations will have Covid-safe measures in place, making them safe places to vote on 6 May. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

Proposed 40mph Speed Limit for A39 at Nether Stowey

Somerset County Council have given notice of their intention to introduce a 40mph speed limit in the area of the St Mary Street junction. A map of the proposed speed limited stretch is below (click on it to enlarge it). Read the full official notice here.

The proposal is open to consultation and you may send objections specifying the grounds on which it is made, to, or in writing to Somerset County Council, Traffic Management, B2 West, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY. Please quote Reference No. KT01022021

The Parish Council have sent a response asking that the proposal be modified so that it joins the 40mph limit approaching the traffic lights at Lime Street/Stogursey Lane, and in the other direction that (ideally) it joins the limit at Keenthorne, or at least as far as the Inwood Farm junction.

Road works – A39/St Mary St 17-19 March

Wessex Water will be carrying out works at at the junction of A39/St Mary Street/Cricketer from Wednesday 17 March. There will be temporary traffic lights. Work will hopefully be completed on Friday 19 March. Please approach with caution

We have been advised that there will be a road closure for resurfacing works at the junction of Castle Street/Lime Street/St Mary Street in early April. We are waiting for further information.

The Census is coming on Sunday 21 March 2021

Households across the country will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the census is important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work. Watch a short video to find out more about how the Census helps organisations.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

If you don’t want to do it online you can order a paper copy or phone 0800 141 2021 (it’s free!).

You can also get help to fill it in – click the picture on the right to the options. Our nearest Census Support Centre is is  Bridgwater Baptist Church, St Mary Street Bridgwater, TA6 3LY

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. 

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. 

Follow the campaign on Twitter and Instagram using the @Census2021.
For more information and advice visit Census 2021.
Census 2021 FAQ’s – Your questions answered.