Dog Fouling

There has been an increase in dog fouling around the village in recent weeks. This is totally unacceptable. Please clean up after your dog:  you can use any street bin – dog or general litter bin – or you can take it home with you and put in your household waste.

Failure to clean up may incur a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75, or a criminal conviction in Court, with the possibility of a fine of up to £1,000.

It is the responsibility of the dog owner to clean up after the dog if it fouls in a public area. The only exception is for people who are registered blind. This is the law, and it applies almost everywhere, including all locations where the public has permission to access private land, even if there is no signage.

If you are aware of anyone not clearing up after their dog please report it to the Parish Council or to Sedgemoor District Council on 01278 435294. Any information provided will be treated confidentially. You can also report it online at Report dog fouling. You will need to provide details of an incident and may be asked to provide a witness statement so that formal action can be taken. This is a problem that is never going to be solved without the co-operation of both dog-owners and residents who can provide information.

Investing millions to improve Somerset’s roads  

Somerset County Council
Press Release

Investing millions to improve Somerset’s roads  

Millions of pounds will be invested to repair and improve roads across Somerset during the first part of 2019.

Somerset County Council is planning a number of major and minor maintenance schemes this quarter, thanks in part to the £9.98m one-off pot of money for road repairs announced by the Department for Transport late last year.

Some of the major schemes confirmed include (see notes to editors for further details including associated road closures):

  • A38 Huntworth Roundabout (Junction 24)
  • A358 between Thornfalcon and Southfields Roundabout, Ilminster
  • A367 Bath Road, Ashwick
  • Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury
  • A361 Frome Bypass Berkley Roundabout
  • A361 Frome Cemetery Roundabout
  • A39 East Quantoxhead
  • Admiralty Way and Creechbarrow Way, Taunton
  • A358 Hankridge Roundabout, Taunton
  • A358 Sampford Brett
  • A30 Snowdon Hill, Chard

The DfT has requested the funding is spent by the end of the financial year.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The extra funding received from the DfT late last year was very welcome and I’m pleased we can now confirm a list of locations for improvements on top of other works already planned.

“Spending this money at short notice is a challenge and while we are always very grateful for extra cash we do repeat our calls for more certainty over highways funding in the long term which would allow us to plan ahead more effectively.

“Nevertheless, we’ve worked hard to revise our plans and bring forward some much-needed schemes so there’s no doubt this money will lead to better roads and less future disruption for drivers.

“Clearly, there will be some impact in the short-term with road closures needed to carry out the work safely, but we hope motorists can be patient and understand the long-term benefits.”

Funding from the DfT will also be allocated to a range of other highways activities, from upgrading street lights and investing in rights of way, to repairing safety defects, potholes, traffic signals and road signs.

For the latest updates about roadworks along with live traffic reports, please visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk and follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter.

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Sedgemoor Local Plan (2011-2032): Publication of Inspector’s Report

Sedgemoor Local Plan (2011-2032): Publication of Inspector’s Report

The Inspector’s Report on the Examination of the Sedgemoor Local Plan 2011-2032 has been received from the Planning Inspectorate and is available to view on the following website:  https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/LocalPlan

In addition to publication on the Council website copies of the report will also be made available for inspection at Sedgemoor District Council Offices and the following libraries during normal opening hours: Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Cheddar, North Petherton and Nether Stowey.

Following receipt of the Inspector’s Report the examination of the Sedgemoor Local Plan has now concluded. The role of the Inspector and the Programme Officer in the examination has now finished and any Local Plan queries should be directed to the Planning Policy Team at the Council.

Next Steps

The report sets out the Inspector’s recommendations in relation to the Plan and her reasons for them. The report concludes that the Sedgemoor Local Plan provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the District, provided that a number of main modifications are made to it. The Council will therefore consider the report with a final decision on adoption of the Local Plan anticipated at Full Council on the 20th February 2019.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01278 435544.

BECOMING A COUNCILLOR – ‘WILL YOU STAND FOR IT!’

Local district elections are taking place in May 2019 so this is the ideal time to begin to think about getting involved.

Have you ever thought about standing for election as a Sedgemoor District Council Councillor? With the local district elections taking place in 2019 this is the ideal time to begin to think about getting involved.

Sedgemoor District Council is encouraging anyone who is enthusiastic about their community to come along to the Becoming a Councillor – ‘Will you stand for it!’ evening events which will take place on Wednesday 23 January and Tuesday 12 February 2019.
Both events will take place at Sedgemoor District Council offices located in Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater TA6 3AR, doors open from 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start.

The evening will be focused on the practicalities of being a Councillor at Sedgemoor and the event promises to be an opportunity for members of the public to discover what it is like to be a councillor and represent the community they are part of. To support the event the Council has produced a short guide to becoming a Councillor which is available on the Council’s website. To request a booklet or to book your place at one of these events please email: democratic.services@sedgemoor.gov.uk or call 0300 303 7804

A Guide for prospective councillors is available here.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty and Councillor Mick Lerry (Leader of the Opposition) will be speaking at the event together with other staff that support them. There will be opportunities to ask questions and for informal discussions and networking.

The Leader of Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty commented that “Anyone considering standing for election in May 2019 will be made very welcome at the event. Being a Councillor can be a rewarding and worthwhile vocation but it is often underestimated how much work is involved in the role and what is expected of those elected. We look forward to welcoming prospective candidates to come along and find out how the council works and where and how they could fit into the democratic decision making process.”

Drones in Nether Stowey

There have been recent instances of drones flying over the village, getting lost and invading privacy. We ask that operators ensure they are familiar with the regulations for flying drones. These may change soon, but the basics are:

  • Always keep your drone in sight
  • Stay below 120m (400ft)
  • Every time you fly your drone you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Keep 50m away from people and properties – please respect other people’s privacy and peace and quiet.
  • Keep 150m away from crowds and built-up areas
  • Stay away from aircraft, airports and airfield as endangering an aircraft is a criminal offence

Further details on the use of drones are available from this link  or download the Drone Code here

If you are bothered by a drone and cannot resolve it with the owner, you may consider if it is a matter of anti-social behaviour. Sedgemoor’s website has information and a “Report It” option at www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/asb. There is also a hotline (0800 298 2009) or you can call Community Services for general advice on 0300 303 7800.

Alternatively, you can report it to the police on 101 or by e-mail to SomWestNPTSedgemoor@avonandsomerset.police.uk.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY 14 JANUARY


Agenda – 14 January
Draft minutes, PC meeting of 10 December

For details of the Somerset Wood Project please use the following links:

For details of the Open Spaces Survey please go to https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/article/3070/Open-Space-Sport-and-Recreation-Study

If you wish to respond to the survey, and don’t want to do it online, printed copies of the questionnaire are available at the Parish Office or click here for a Word version.