PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY 10 JANUARY

The meeting will be held at the Church Centre and will start at 7pm assuming there is no change to the current restrictions. Everyone is welcome but members of the public attending are asked to:

a) if possible, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the meeting. Do NOT come if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms or have recently returned from abroad

b) wear masks for the whole meeting except when they are invited to speak (please let the Clerk know if you have a medical exemption);

c) use hand sanitiser on entry

d) sign in – please bring your own pen! The Parish Council will keep this record for 21 days for contact tracing purpose. It will then be shredded.

e) observe the social distancing measures. Please take your seat when you arrive. Please do not gather to chat in the hall before or after the meeting. Please do not move chairs, except to sit with others from your household.

f) please print the agenda below and bring it with you if you can

Parish Council members and the Clerk (only) may remove their masks while seated to enable debate. They should put their masks on when not seated.

The agenda is available here

Draft minutes: Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 13 December are here.
Earlier minutes can be found at Previous minutes

Co-option: the Parish Council will consider applications from those who have put themselves forward to join the Parish Council at the next meeting on 14 February.
The deadline for applications for the February meeting is 4 February. Please contact the Chairman, John Roberts on 01278 732484 if you would like to talk about being a Councillor. Details of how to join are available here: Co-option to the Council or please contact Caro at the Parish Office (733779 or by e-mail).

Planning applications:
Links to planning applications on the agenda are below (opens the  application in the Sedgemoor Planning website):

  • none notified

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 at the beginning 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. Further details are available on page 2 of the agenda.
The Council is not required to give a response to a matter raised during the public session but may do so. Alternatively, the Chairman may direct the Clerk to follow the matter up or give a written response at a later date.
Please note that no decisions can be made and no expenditure approved on any item raised during the public session unless the matter has been legally notified on an agenda in advance.
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.

The conduct of Parish Council meetings are governed by the Parish Council’s Standing Orders (amended and re-adopted on 11 October 2021). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY 13 DECEMBER

The meeting will be held at the Church Centre and will start at 7pm.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 8 December of new restrictions it is expected that this meeting can go ahead as scheduled. Everyone is welcome but members of the public attending are asked to:

a) if possible, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the meeting. Do NOT come if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms or have recently returned from abroad

b) wear masks for the whole meeting except when they are invited to speak (please let the Clerk know if you have a medical exemption);

c) use hand sanitiser on entry

d) sign in – please bring your own pen! The Parish Council will keep this record for 21 days for contact tracing purpose. It will then be shredded.

e) observe the social distancing measures. Please take your seat when you arrive and leave. Please do not gather to chat in the hall before or after the meeting. Please do not move chairs, except to sit with others from your household. Parish Council members may remove their masks while seated to enable debate. They should put their masks on when not seated.

f) please print the agenda below and bring it with you if you can

The agenda is available here

Draft minutes: Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 8 November are here.
Earlier minutes can be found at Previous minutes

Co-option: the Parish Council will consider applications from those who have put themselves forward to join the Parish Council at this meeting.
The deadline for applications for the January meeting is 31 December. Please contact the Chairman, John Roberts on 01278 732484 if you would like to talk about being a Councillor. Details of how to join are available here: Co-option to the Council or please contact Caro at the Parish Office (733779 or by e-mail).

Planning applications:
Links to planning applications on the agenda are below (opens the  application in the Sedgemoor Planning website):

  • 36/21/00024 – 64 South Lane – Erection of single storey rear (North) extension part on site of existing (to be demolished) and formation of driveway

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 at the beginning 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. Further details are available on page 2 of the agenda.
The Council is not required to give a response to a matter raised during the public session but may do so. Alternatively, the Chairman may direct the Clerk to follow the matter up or give a written response at a later date.
Please note that no decisions can be made and no expenditure approved on any item raised during the public session unless the matter has been legally notified on an agenda in advance.
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.

The conduct of Parish Council meetings are governed by the Parish Council’s Standing Orders (amended and re-adopted on 11 October 2021). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY 8 NOVEMBER

The meeting will be held at the Church Centre and will start at 7pm. All are welcome.

The agenda is available here: November agenda

Draft minutes:
Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 11 October 2021

Planning applications:
Links to planning applications on the agenda are below (opens the  application in the Sedgemoor Planning website):

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 at the beginning 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. Further details are available on page 2 of the agenda.
The Council is not required to give a response to a matter raised during the public session but may do so. Alternatively, the Chairman may direct the Clerk to follow the matter up or give a written response at a later date.
Please note that no decisions can be made and no expenditure approved on any item raised during the public session unless the matter has been legally notified on an agenda in advance.

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 now 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.

The conduct of Parish Council meetings are governed by the Parish Council’s Standing Orders (current version adopted 11 October 2021). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour over Halloween weekend

Halloween weekend is fast approaching and while many of us love a fun scare and a bit of trick or treating, with coronavirus cases still high across Somerset, Public Health leaders are reminding everyone to think about things they can do whilst having fun, to help control the spread of the virus.
This year, everyone is encouraged to enjoy Halloween sensibly by taking very simple steps to ensure they do not spread coronavirus over the coming weekend.https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/
 
This includes trying to stay in household groups if heading out trick or treating, wash or clean hands regularly and avoiding sharing treats with other households.
 
Other infection control measures advised are regular testing (even when you don’t have symptoms), including before attending parties or crowded events, wearing face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces, and opening windows to ensure good ventilation.
 
Professor Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset County Council, said: “Coronavirus isn’t a trick, and catching it is certainly not a treat. We want people to have fun over the Halloween weekend, but with a recent rise in cases across Somerset, we must ask everyone to do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
 
“It is a case of individuals making small changes to how they have fun to help prevent the spread of the virus to others.  This is so important now ahead of winter with other infections that come with this time of year, like flu.  We need everyone to take sensible control measures to help bring our very high case rates of Covid-19 down, we can only do this if we all act collectively.”
 
Cllr Clare Paul, Cabinet Member for Education and Public Health at Somerset County Council, said: “With high case rates of Covid-19  in Somerset, it is very clear that coronavirus is still with us. Don’t forget, some people won’t exhibit any symptoms of coronavirus, so you should take a test even if you feel fine.
“If you take a lateral flow test and the result is positive, you must self-isolate immediately and arrange for a PCR test to confirm the result.
“With other winter bugs going around at the moment, even if it’s not coronavirus, you might think twice before knocking on neighbours’ doors if you’re not feeling well. Stay home with a scary movie instead!”
To order your lateral flow tests, please call 119, order a test online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or collect them at a local pharmacy with a collection code (gov.uk/get-collect-code).

For more information visit Somerset County Council/coronavirus

Citizens Advice Sedgemoor has moved

Due to damage caused by flooding to their offices, Citizens Advice Sedgemoor has moved to Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater TA6 7AS.
This is an administrative base for staff and advice on an appointment basis only.

Citizens Advice continue to help all clients and can be reached on freephone 0808 2787 842 or by email advice@citizensadvicesedgemoor.org.uk or visit their website www.citizensadvicesedgemoor.org.uk

Advice will be provided by phone, email, webchat or face to face by appointment.

Improve your mobile phone coverage

A scheme to improve mobile phone coverage in rural parts of Devon and Somerset is being expanded.

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has announced that its Mobile Boost Programme, which aims to upgrade indoor 4G coverage in “not-spot” areas, now includes a greater choice of equipment.

The initiative, which is being funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s (HotSWLEP) Growth Deal, aims to improve the quality of mobile phone calls and connectivity. It’s targeting small businesses and households in rural communities who currently have inadequate coverage, or have access to only one provider and are currently struggling with connectivity.

Businesses and households can apply for a voucher of up to £1,200 towards the cost of a mobile signal booster from a registered supplier. The value of the voucher will be dependent on the type of technology most suitable for the premises.

There are now three options of equipment available – these are a 4G booster and two models of “signal repeaters” which repeat the outdoor signal indoors. Suppliers will be able to advise on the most appropriate option.

Businesses and residents applying through the scheme will be required to make a contribution to cover the cost of installation. Depending on the option chosen, this will range from a one-off fee from around £200 to a monthly fee for a SIM card (averaging around £30 a month).

Link to Connecting Devon and Somerset here

Nether Stowey School seeks new Governors

Would you like to give back to your community and have a positive impact on the lives of local children?

Nether Stowey C.E. V.C. Primary School has 2 vacancies on the Governing Board:

1. Governor to join the Business Committee of the Board.

2. Foundation Governor. 

For the Business Committee role, we are not looking for a finance expert, just someone with an understanding of budgets, commercial contracts and monitoring of such.

For the Foundation Governor role, it is not required that an applicant be a Church-goer, simply that the individual will monitor that the school’s Christian basis is being upheld.

School Governors come from all walks of life and they bring different skills to help our children and our community thrive.

The time commitment is approximately 2 meetings of 1-2 hours every 4-6 weeks plus some extra hours each month to read relevant documents. Meeting timings are flexible to suit the governors. Training is provided and this is a fabulous opportunity to gain new skills and really make a difference to your community.

For more information, please contact

Ruth Richardson, Clerk to the Governors rrichardson@educ.somerset.gov.uk or 01278 229 682