Have your say: Proposed changes to the County Council’s support and services for children and their families

Drop-in sessions seeking views on proposals to change the some of the support available to children and families in Somerset are underway.
Somerset County Council is consulting on a potential change to the support offered by its getset Service. The sessions are a chance to discuss the proposals and give feedback.

The team has visited Glastonbury and Frome. Further drop-in sessions are as follows:

Mon 19 Nov. 10am-6pm. The Hub, Hopcott Road, Minehead, TA24 6DJ
Thurs 22 Nov. 10am-6pm. Taunton Library, Paul Street, TA1 3XZ
Weds 28 Nov. 10am-6pm. Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 7AS
Tues 4 Dec. 10am-6pm. Yeovil Methodist Church, Vicarage Walk, Middle Street, BA20 1JZ

Full details of the proposals are available on the Council’s website at www.somerset.gov.uk/getsetconsultation.  In summary they would end the Council’s getset Service contribution to support for families needing a little extra help - usually short-term - to tackle a particular problem and get back on track.

Support provided by other organisations for families in this position would not be affected, nor would the Council’s support for families with more serious issues and challenges. Support from the Council’s Children with Disabilities Team, Special Education Needs and Disabilities Team and Community Adolescent Team would also continue unaffected.

The proposals include a £200,000 start-up fund to support community groups to increase and develop their support to families.

The consultation ends on 31 December. A questionnaire for providing feedback is available on the www.somerset.gov.uk/getsetconsultation webpage, in libraries and Family Centres. Hard copies can be requested by emailing getsetconsultation@somerset.gov.uk or telephoning 01823 357479 and are also available at the Parish Office

The Council’s Cabinet agreed to go to consultation on these services when it met in September to consider a range of savings proposals aimed at addressing the authority’s financial pressures.

The results will be used to inform a decision by Cabinet scheduled for February on whether or not to proceed with the proposals.


Recommendations for future of Somerset’s Libraries Service

Recommendations for the future of Somerset’s Libraries Service were unveiled on 16 October, with a final decision expected to be made on 5 November.  Somerset County Council have made a statement available here. The full report is at SCC Scrutiny Committee agenda (item 6)

As expected, the recommendation is that Nether Stowey Library to be replaced by either a Community Library Partnership or a mobile library service. The Parish Council has concluded that the financial burden of running the library would put upon the parish as a whole, and the risks associated with the terms of the proposal, as offered to the Parish Council, were not acceptable.

However the Friends of Nether Stowey Library feel that they can make a viable proposal to run Community Library Partnership and  the Parish Council will offer support and advice to help, on the same basis and at a similar level as is given to other community groups in the village. You can read more about this from FONSL here. There will be a meeting at the Village Hall on Tuesday 13 November at which FONSL will put forward their proposal. If it is to work it will need the committed support of volunteers.


Nether Stowey School Christmas Fair

Message from

The Nether Stowey School Christmas fair is being held on Saturday 17th November from 10.30 until 1.30pm at the school. We are looking for stallholders to come and join us at the event. The price of a stall is £10 and a raffle prize donation. Please if you know of anyone that maybe interested in having a stall at this event, get them to contact us via email sch.243@educ.somerset.gov.uk or telephone the school office on 01278 732508.

Nether Stowey Road Closure – Sunday 11 November

Parts of St Mary Street, Lime Street and Castle Street will be CLOSED TO TRAFFIC from 10.30am until 11.45am to ensure the safety of those parading to, and those attending the Remembrance Service at The Cross on Sunday 11 November. Stewards will be on hand to enable the emergency services to pass during the service if needed. Please take extra care from around 10.00am until 12 noon while volunteers are setting up and removing barriers.

Road closure details:

The road closure has been approved by Sedgemoor District Council and the official sealed order is here


The audit of accounts for Nether Stowey Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been carried out but cannot be completed for the reasons stated in the auditor’s certificate.

The Annual Governance & Accountability Return Sections 1, 2 and 3 have been published, and are available for inspection

You can view or download Annual Accounts report here and
the full AGAR return here (as posted in May 2018).