Notes from Nether Stowey Parish Council

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Leaves are falling and it is bright and frosty as I write this. It’s time to get ready for winter. Please keep an eye on drains near your house – yes, you might say it’s not your job, but if you can take five minutes to do it, it may stop the drain being blocked and help prevent you or your neighbours being flooded. And if you have trees in your garden you’re contributing to the problem, so please contribute to the solution. You can report blocked drains to Highways on 0300 123 2224 or 01278 686622.

If your property borders the brook you have a riparian responsibility in law to keep your stretch of the brook clear of weeds, debris and anything else that might impede the water flow. Your responsibility is usually halfway across but if there is a road the other side you are responsible across the whole brook.

There is apparently some confusion about the May Fair, possibly because it was added to the QM’s events list unnoticed. So to be clear, there will be no May Fair in 2018.

The Parish Council has a Small Grant fund to help local groups for the direct benefits of the community, as well as the larger grants and support given to the Village Hall and Playing Field. In the past groups such as Active Living, Stowey Bears, the Pottery Club, the Stowey Shuttle, NS Football Club and Short Mat Bowls have all benefitted. There is still funds available in this year’s budget so if there is something you need please ask. The Council will also consider requests to help set up new groups. Details can be found at Local Organisations/Groups – Grants

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 11 December at the Village Hall at 7pm. All are welcome to attend and there is time at the beginning of the meeting for residents to raise matters of interest or concern: alternatively you can ask for an item to be included on the agenda for formal discussion – please contact me if you wish to do so by 1 December.
It seems early but – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Caro Slaymaker
Clerk to the Parish Council
Tel: 01278 733779 e-mail:

Christmas Waste Collection Schedule

Please note the following changes to the Friday collection schedule for the Christmas and New Year period 2017/18:

Christmas/New Year Holidays (2017/2018) Scheduled Day Revised Collection
Christmas week Friday 22 December Normal collection (green bins)
Christmas week Friday 29 December Sunday 31 Dec (black bins)
New Year week Friday 5 January Recycling only
from Friday 12 January Normal collections resume (12 Jan = black bins)


A collection calendar until June 2018 is available here Calendar

Lime Street Pedestrian Safety Improvement Works – UPDATE 12 OCT


We have passed on to the Project Manager the concerns expressed at Monday’s Parish Council meeting. The clearance of the bank is an essential part of the scheme and the alternative is to cancel the entire project.

We have now been advised – and you will have seen the road closure sign board – that the first phase to clear the bank will start on Monday 23 October and last for one week. A traffic manager will be on site during the works and will allow access to residents and businesses whilst the works are in progress and when it is safe to do so – this may mean waiting, for example, while machinery is operating by the road. This for your own safety.

We are waiting for confirmation as to the extent of the closure of Lime Street and have asked them to consider closing the minimum extent where they are specifically working. We hope to hear further on Thursday.

Further information will be posted here and on the notice boards – at the Parish office, The Cross and Stogursey Lane. A copy of the plan is available to view in the Parish Office and on the website at

We do not underestimate the inconvenience this will cause everyone, but would ask for your forbearance for improvements that will be of benefit to the whole village in the long run. If you have a specific need for access during the period of the closure (eg for carers’ visits, deliveries to businesses, etc.) you should contact the Parish Office as soon as possible so that we can discuss appropriate arrangements with you and with the engineering team.

John Roberts
Chairman, Nether Stowey Parish Council
Tel: 01278 733779 e-mail:
Website :