Parish Council meeting Monday 9 November

The meeting will be held virtually using the Zoom platform and will start at 7pm. All are welcome. Link to meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6840675217?pwd=U3BrNGw5UE5KOG9hOTJlNStjQ0VvZz09
Meeting ID: 684 067 5217
Passcode: 3nSbgu

The agenda is available here: November agenda

Draft minutes:
previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 12 October 2020

There are no new Planning applications. Details of the Cricketer Farm development which has now been approved, are available on the Sedgemoor Planning Online site at https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/Planning_Online/?action=GetDetails&app=36/19/00016

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 prior to the main part 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.
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 (adopted 14 October 2019) as updated by the Virtual Meetings Protocol (adopted 11 May 2020). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website.

Somerset Covid-19 survey

Somerset Covid-19 survey communications toolkit

Along with the rest of the country, Somerset has seen a rise in cases of Covid-19. The purpose of the Somerset Covid-19 Survey is to understand the barriers people face doing the practical things we all need to do to stop the spread of the virus. We want to hear from as many people as possible across Somerset.

This survey aims to:

  • Obtain feedback from Somerset residents about how Covid-19 has impacted their lives, to enable Somerset’s Public Health to respond and act accordingly
  • Obtain views from individuals from wide ranging social, economic and cultural circumstances, to ensure their diverse perspectives, ideas and priorities are heard
  • Make residents and communities feel valued and empowered that their voices are heard and trust in the council’s response to Covid-19

The survey covers:

  • Covid-19 testing
  • How isolation due to Coivd-19 might affect residents
  • Understanding the guidance, including local alert levels and Hands, Face, Space
  • Views on how others are adhering to the guidance

Survey link: www.somerset.gov.uk/covidsurvey

Somerset Covid-19 Update

Friday 30 October – from Somerset County Council

This is the introduction and main points of an update is provided by the Somerset Covid-19 Engagement Board and is designed to provide a weekly update on the current Covid-19 situation in Somerset. Read the full document here.

Over-arching message:
We are continuing to see a rise in positive Covid-19 cases across the county. The Somerset seven day rate is still lower (67.1 per 100,000 population) than the England rate (226.0 per 100,000) but the rise over the last few weeks is clear and continuing. We are closely monitoring where our cases are, so that we can be quick to respond to any trends, clusters or outbreaks.
We have today, launched our online Somerset Covid-19 survey to understand the barriers people face doing the practical things we all need to do to stop the spread of the virus. Your support in helping us to promote the survey within your networks in much appreciated, more information on this later in the update.

In recent weeks, as well as working hard behind the scenes, we focussed some targeted communications in West Somerset due to a stark rise in positive cases. It has been really pleasing to see how the local response to our efforts has had a positive impact on the number of cases in the area. In the seven days (up to 29 October) there has been five cases of Covid-19 in West Somerset at a rate of 14 per 100,000 – this is in comparison to 17 cases at a rate of 48 per 100,000 in the week ending 4 October. This really shows how, by all working together, it really is achievable to bring our rates down – thanks to everyone that has played a part.

‘Remember, everyone can catch it, anyone can spread it’.

David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council Twitter: @DJAForgill
Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health Twitter: @SomersetDPH
Clare Paul, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing Twitter: @Clarepaul_

Read the full document here.

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT – FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH 2020

Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2020
Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020
(SI 2020/404)

Notes
1. The audit of accounts for Nether Stowey Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

2. The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Nether Stowey Parish Council on application to:
• Mrs Caro Slaymaker, Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer, at
• the Parish Office, 2a Castle Street, Nether Stowey TA5 1LN
• e-mail: clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk
• 10am to 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – by appointment only

3. Copies will be provided to any local government elector on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return

Announcement made by:
Caro Slaymaker (Clerk)
Date of announcement: 28 October 2020

The Annual Governance & Accountability Return Sections 1, 2 and 3 are available for inspection at the Parish Office or from the link below:

Food support for families in Somerset

Somerset County Council announcement:
We have food available this half-term and any family in need should call our Coronavirus helpline on 0300 790 6275 and select Option 1.

Somerset County Council has pledged £125,000 of additional support for families in Somerset who may be struggling to find food this winter.

We want to ensure no child or adult in Somerset goes hungry. Our aim is to meet the immediate need for food, and work with the family to address underlying needs. This is because if a child is hungry there are usually other issues we would want to help them address – such as financial, housing, mental health and wellbeing, employment, and skills.

Throughout the pandemic the Coronavirus Helpline has been providing information, advice and support to families, adopting the same community orientated approach as that developed in the Adults service. The Village Agent offer to families has been extended so that they can get support to address underlying issues and regain, or retain, their ability to be as independent as possible.

This has enabled many families in Somerset to get the support they need to become more resilient. One element of this has been to make sure families can access nutritious meals – this remains a focus of our work.

This week it was agreed to set aside a further £125,000 in case more funds are needed to ensure families are fed this winter.

We have food available this half-term and any family in need should call our Coronavirus helpline on 0300 790 6275 and select Option 1.