Save the Willowman

A campaign is being launched to secure the future of the iconic M5 Willow Man who strides alongside the motorway near junction 23 at Bridgwater. Created by artist Serena de la Hey in 2000 as part of The Year of the Artist, The Willow Man was conceived as a temporary structure and now nearly two decades on, it needs a complete rebuild as well as a fund for future maintenance.

Read more here. Further information can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/willow-man (new tab)

Rural residents asked to share their views on police response to rural crime

Rural communities are being encouraged to have their say as part of the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey, to help better understand the true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural areas and the impact it has on local people who live and work there.

According to the National Rural Crime Network, rural crime is still being under-reported. Three years on from their last survey, they are keen for people who make up rural areas across the country to once again share their views on the policing of rural communities.

The feedback from the survey will be used to help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing. You can take part in the Rural Crime Survey by visiting www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/ and you have until June 10, 2018 to respond.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Rural crime affects the livelihoods of farmers, smallholders and rural businesses and presents some real challenges for the wider rural areas. In Somerset we have a large rural community and many people who work in farming and other rural industries. It’s important they have a voice and that the police service understands the impact of rural crime on them.

“Rural crime is already the focus of a lot of effort locally with a dedicated rural crime team, a rural crime forum which many local organisations are a part of and Farm and Horse watches across Avon and Somerset. We’re already in a strong position but any additional knowledge from the survey will further help the police in their efforts tackling rural crime. I’d encourage people to spare a few minutes to tell us what they think.”

Rural crime is typically associated with the countryside such as wildlife and heritage crime, farm equipment and animal thefts. However, alongside this there have also been examples of fraud and other scams, with criminals deliberately targeting isolated, vulnerable people.

If you’ve experienced rural crime in Avon and Somerset you can get in touch with the rural crime team by texting 07492 888109 or if you would like to remain anonymous, you can make a report online through Crimestoppers or by calling them on 0800 555111.

On May 1, the Constabulary are launching a new rural crime Facebook page which local people can follow. For crime prevention information you can also join your local Farm Watch by contacting the rural crime team at ruralcrimeteam@avonandsomerset.police.uk.

If you’ve been the victim of crime you can report it by calling 101 (non-emergency), 999 (in an emergency) or online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

Resignation of Cllr Colin Penny

We regret to announce that Colin Penny has tendered his resignation after four years as a Parish Councillor. We thank him for his invaluable work as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and in his role as Parish Council Representative on the Playing Field Committee.

Colin’s resignation means that a vacancy has now arisen. Please see the formal notice for information.

Annual Parish Council Meeting – Monday 14 May

The Annual Parish Council Meeting will take place on Monday 14 May at 7pm at the Village Hall. Please click on the links below for the documents for the meeting:

Agenda
Draft minutes (April)
Planning application 36/18/00005 (opens Sedgemoor website, new window)
Annual Accounts Report 2017/18 (draft, unaudited – opens in new tab)

Other documents relating to the end of year accounts will be published after the Internal Audit has completed.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING – Thursday 24 May

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

will be held at
Nether Stowey Village Hall
on Thursday 24th May 2018 at 7pm

ALL ELECTORS OF THE PARISH ARE
INVITED TO ATTEND

HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT LOCAL ISSUES OR
RAISE MATTERS OF CONCERN

MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS

The Parish Meeting may, by law, discuss all Parish affairs and pass resolutions about them. The following matters have so far been placed on the agenda:

1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of Previous Meetings:
To approve minutes of the APM held on 3 April 2017

3. Chairman’s Report

4. Items for Discussion
To consider any other matters raised by electors of the parish

5. Reports from Local Organisations
To receive reports received from local organisations

Please contact the Parish Council to add a matter to the agenda.

Each year an Annual Parish Meeting is held at which residents can air issues and ask the Parish Council to investigate certain matters which are of concern. The meeting is NOT a formal Parish Council meeting but it is facilitated and funded by the Parish Council for the benefit of the community. The draft minutes from last year’s meeting and 2017 Organisations Report are available at Annual Parish Meetings.