Somerset’s weekly Covid-19 update – 10 September 2021

Posted on behalf of Somerset County Council: Click here for this week’s Covid-19 update for Somerset.

This week we have seen our case numbers in Somerset remain steady but, with schools returning and the resultant increase in testing, we are expecting case numbers to rise.

We are very keen to get across the message about how vital it is for secondary school/college aged children, households of all ages of school children and staff in schools to participate in asymptomatic lateral flow
testing. This will enable us to identify children and staff who are infectious and therefore help to stop the spread of the virus.

And we would also like to continue the gentle push to everybody towards retaining responsible social behaviour such as limiting close contact with other people outside your household (especially in enclosed spaces), wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing, limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable and to not attend any crowded areas or events if you are displaying any symptoms.

For information and resources on staying healthy happy and safe visit: www.healthysomerset.co.uk/covid-19/

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING Monday 13 September

The meeting will be held at the Church Centre and will start at 7pm. All are welcome. Please wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and observe social distancing.

The agenda is available here: September agenda

Draft minutes:
Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 12 July 2021

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

Other documents

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 (re-adopted on 6 May 2021). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

Roadworks in Castle Street 12-14 August

We have been advised of a temporary road closure on Castle Street from the bus stop to the Post Office. It may affect the junction with Lime Street and St Mary Street. Wessex Water hope that the work will only take one day, but the closure is valid for 3 days in case.

The works are to repair a leak and cannot be delayed until the next road closure on 19 August (we did ask).

Contact is Wessex Water: 0345 600 4 600, or through their website at www.wessexwater.co.uk/contact-us quoting job reference 039 525 000 001.

Advanced Warning: Roadworks in central Nether Stowey 19-31 August

We have been informed the the area around the Cross will be CLOSED for resurfacing from 19 August – expected completion date is 31 August.

  • Lime Street – from the Ancient Mariner/Coleridge Cottage to the Cross
  • St Mary Street – from The Old House/Bookshop to the Cross
  • Castle Street – from the bus stop to the Cross

During the works we are advised that there will be no daytime parking on the road. We have requested details for night-time parking, access for off-road parking, deliveries etc and will pass on the information when we get it. If you have specific enquiries or needs please contact Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224 or by e-mail to countyroads-sedgemoor@somerset.gov.uk .

Garden Waste Collections suspended from 2 August

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has reluctantly decided to suspend garden waste collections for six weeks from Monday 2 August. 

Collections are expected to restart from Monday 13 September. Should that date change, we will let subscribers know.

We apologise for this temporary measure, which is essential to support rubbish and recycling collections.

Read more here Link to Somerset Waste Partnership: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk

Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan – now official policy

The Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan was formally adopted by Sedgemoor District Council on 29th June 2021.

Follow the successful referendum on 6th May 2021, Sedgemoor District Council has now formally ‘made’ the Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan, and the plan now forms part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area. Planning decisions should be made in accordance with the Development Plan, unless there are other material considerations that indicate otherwise. The adopted Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan is available to view here: Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan – Adoption Version [4.58MB]

Parish Council Meeting Monday 12 July

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

The agenda is available here: July agenda

Draft minutes:
Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 14 June 2021

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

  • 29 Mill Lane, Nether Stowey – Erection of a single storey extension to the rear, loft conversion to the front elevation and dormer to the rear. 

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 (re-adopted on 6 May 2021). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

Could you be a driver with Stowey Shuttle?

Stowey Shuttle is a local community car scheme, one of a number of similar schemes in West Somerset, which provides car journeys at cost, or sometimes free, to its registered members.

It is run entirely by volunteers who manage the scheme, receive and allocate requests for travel, and drive our passengers using their own cars.

Our drivers receive a mileage allowance for each journey, and we are supported by Somerset County Council and the scheme is linked to the bus pass scheme.

We always welcome more volunteers and at present would like to increase the number of our drivers. If you can offer yourself and your car or would just like to know more about what is involved, please ring Dave, our driver representative, on 01278 732466.

Paul Brierley
On behalf of the committee of Stowey Shuttle