Parish Council Meeting Monday 8 June

The meeting will be held virtually using the Zoom platform and will start at 7pm. All are welcome. Please contact the Clerk at clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk for the password to the meeting.
Link to meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82445438227

Please note: Zoom has been updated – check you have the latest version! Help from Zoom is available here.

The agenda is available here: June agenda

Draft minutes:
previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 11 May 2020

Documents:
Annual Governance and Accounting Return

The meeting will be held in accordance with the current adopted Standing Orders as modified by the Virtual Meeting Protocol

News from the Quantock Medical Centre

News from the Quantock Medical Centre
We would like to thank all the volunteers who have come forward to help deliver medications to those patients who are self- isolating and shielding due to the coronavirus, this has been enormously helpful and greatly appreciated.

We would like to also thank patients for their support whilst we have had to change the way we run the Medical Centre. We are trying to reduce rates of cross infection for patients and staff and have had to change the way we do things for the foreseeable future.

We are, and always have been open for business, however we are unable to let patients just walk into the practice now.

Appointments
We ask that patients call in 01278 732696 for a telephone triage appointment with an appropriate clinician first, they will then be able to help on the phone or may ask you to come into the practice to be seen.

You can also go to our website (Google search: Quantock Medical Centre or www.quantockmedicalcentre.gpsurgery.net where we have an eConsult facility which you can use to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

When you call in we will ask you a few questions. Please be honest with our team about your symptoms; we will not refuse to see you. Your health is our main concern, but it is helpful to know what we are dealing with.

If you have an appointment with the Nurse or Doctor please do not come to the surgery before your appointment time. You will not get seen any quicker and we would like to reduce the amount of people in the waiting area for your own safety, maintaining social distancing.

If you have a medical condition you might wish to purchase your own Blood Pressure monitor (approx. £25), thermometer (approx. under £5) and or pulse-oximeter (approx. £20) for your own use to have with your first aid box. Your doctor or nurse may ask you for these readings and it would save you regular trips to the Medical Centre if you could do these at home and have the results available for your telephone appointment.

Medication
Prescriptions can be ordered by phone 01278 733385 Monday to Friday 10 am-12 noon or 4-5pm
Or By email : quantock.mc@nhs.net

You can collect your medication: Monday to Friday between 10 am-12 noon and 4-6pm

We currently have someone to help hand over your medication at the door but will try to change the door system to allow ‘one in and one out ‘ during these hours only, reminding people to maintain social distancing with respect and kindness to one another at all times.

Testing for COVID-19
If you feel that you do have COVID – 19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you can refer yourself for a test via England: NHS 111 online coronavirus service   https://111.nhsuk/covid-19

This is called an antigen test. There is another type of test (antibody test) that checks if you’ve already had the virus. This test is not available yet.

To keep up to date with what is happening and the latest news on COVID-19 please use the government website and there is a link to useful information:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Government food parcel no longer needed?
How to stop the weekly government food parcels:

If you received an NHS letter and if you have registered as shielding, you may have received a weekly food parcel. This will contain enough food for one adult for one week.

If you want to cancel this, do one of the following:
  – refuse the parcel when it is delivered, this will then cancel it and remove you from the government distribution list
  – go to GOV.UK where you registered as shielded, go to the question ‘Do you have a way of getting essential supplies delivered at the moment?’. You previously answered no to this question, please now reply as yes. You will then be removed from the government distribution list
   –  call 0800 028 8327 and make sure you have your NHS number (this will be on the top of your NHS letter). This is an automated phone line and you will need to follow the instructions. You will be asked the question ‘Do you have a way of getting essential supplies delivered at the moment?’. You previously answered no to this question, please now reply as yes. You will then be removed from the government distribution list

How to donate unwanted food parcels
Bridgwater Foodbank: Mount Street Day Centre. Mount Street  Bridgwater TA6 3ER
Phone:01278 434636 or 07804 119273
Website: http://bridgwater.foodbank.org.uk/
Email: info@bridgwater.foodbank.org.uk
Take care and do contact us if you need medical care, we are open to help you.

Helen Stacey Practice Manager Quantock Medical Centre
19.5.2020

Waste Collection News Bank Holiday Update

Collections after the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 25 May will all be one day later on Saturday 30 May for recycling and general rubbish. The next garden waste collection is Friday 5 June.

There will also be no bulky waste collections or waste container deliveries on Bank Holiday Monday.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 10 recycling sites will be open 9am-6pm: Bridgwater, Chard, Frome, Highbridge, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Williton, Yeovil.

Restrictions on access and materials, including odd and even number-plated vehicles on different days, remain in place, visit https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/reopen/ for details.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Somerset waste Partnership is highlighting vital waste safety advice for residents to keep themselves and staff safe:

  • Take care when handling waste, including washing hands before and after putting out recycling and rubbish for collection.
  • Disinfect waste container handles.
  • Put no tissues, cleaning cloths, gloves or masks in recycling.
  • If they have coronavirus symptoms or are in a household with someone showing symptoms, they should double bag tissues, gloves and disposable cleaning cloths, keep these bags separate from other waste for at least 72 hours in their home, and then add the bags to their rubbish.

And residents are urged to help crews work faster and more efficiently to complete their rounds with simple steps:

  • Sort and segregate materials without using carrier bags in recycling boxes.
  • Rinse containers and, if safe, flatten or squash everything except glass and aerosols.
  • Get boxes and bins out by 7am on collection day and leave them out late so crews can reach as many homes as possible.
  • Park carefully so waste trucks – and fire engines and ambulances – can get through.

For more information on kerbside services, recycling sites, and on COVID19 and waste, visit: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk

Garden Waste collections to resume. Recycling Centre to reopen

DON’T FORGET – Collection day in Nether Stowey will be Saturday 9 May as Friday is a public holiday.

Garden Waste collections restart from 11 May. Collection day may change, but the website page is down at the moment. Update will follow when it’s working…

Bridgwater Recycling Centre will re-open on Monday also, but there are service limits and a complicated system so please read the instructions from SWP at the link below before you set off.

Neighbourhood Planning

Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 16 Publication

From Sedgemoor District Council
The Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan was formally submitted to Sedgemoor District Council in January 2020.

Sedgemoor District Council is satisfied that this submission meets with the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) and in accordance with those regulations, as the Local Planning Authority, are publicising the plan for representations for a period of six weeks from 20 April 2020 to 2 June 2020.

The submitted plan and associated documents are available for inspection on our website during the consultation period at:

https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/article/1295/Nether-Stowey-Neighbourhood-Plan-Regulation-16-Publication

The submitted Nether Stowey Neighbourhood Plan contains proposed planning policies relevant to the designated neighbourhood area. The Neighbourhood Plan if adopted, will form part of the Development Plan for the area, and will guide future development.

How to comment
Representations are invited on the submitted Neighbourhood Plan by 5.00pm, 2 June 2020:
• By email to ldf@sedgemoor.gov.uk

• By post to Andrew Reading, Planning Policy Team, Inward Investment and Growth, Sedgemoor District Council, King Square, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3AR

Representations made during this publication consultation stage will be forwarded in due course to the person appointed to carry out the examination of the plan. Representations may include a request to be notified of the Local Planning Authority’s decision under Regulation 19 in relation to the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

If you have any queries please contact the Planning Policy team on the number below.

Planning Policy Team
Inward Investment and Growth
Sedgemoor District Council
Tel: 01278 435544

Parish Council Meeting Monday 11 May

The meeting will be held virtually using the Zoom platform and will start at 7pm. All are welcome. Please contact the Clerk at clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk for the link and password to the meeting.
Zoom website: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83969112382

The agenda is available here from Tuesday 5 May: May agenda

Draft minutes:
previous Parish Council meeting minutes are here: PC meeting 9 March 2020

Documents:
Item 5 – Business Continuity Motion
Item 6 – Virtual Meeting Protocol
Item 8 – Finance documents:
Annual Accounts Report for year 2019/20 (unaudited)
current year reports will be posted on 8 May

Link to Planning application (opens application details in the Sedgemoor Planning website):

36/20/00003 Nether Stowey Village Hall, Lime Street, Nether Stowey 
Demolition of existing village hall and erection of three dwellings

Notification of Planning Application

Ref 36/20/00003 – Village Hall, Nether Stowey

The Parish Council has been advised of the following Planning Application:
Planning application number: 36/20/00003/LE
Proposal: : Demolition of existing village hall and erection of three dwellings.
Location: Nether Stowey Village Hall, Lime Street, Nether Stowey

Please click here to view this planning application on Sedgemoor’s Planning Online website.

The Parish Council meeting scheduled for 11 May will take place virtually on Zoom. Details will be available on Tuesday 5 May on the Parish Council’s website and Nextdoor.
Members of the Public can send comments on the application to Sedgemoor through the link above. It is helpful if you copy your comments to the Clerk by e-mail to clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk. All comments received by Thursday 7 May will be collated and circulated to Councillors before the meeting.

Notification of Planning Application

The Parish Council has been advised of the following Planning Application:
Planning application number: 36/20/00002/LE
Proposal: Approval of reserved matters for the erection of a dwelling and formation of access and parking.
Location: Millburn, Jacksons Lane, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 1LB

Please click here to view this planning application on Sedgemoor’s Planning Online website. This application relates to an application for Outline permission granted under planning ref 36/19/00011.

Given that Parish Council meetings are suspended, Councillors will consult by telephone and/or by electronic means to come to an agreed formal response.
Members of the Public can send comments on the application to Sedgemoor through the link above. It is helpful if you copy your comments to the Clerk by e-mail to clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk. Any comments submitted either to Sedgemoor or to the Clerk by 22 April will be circulated to Councillors to assist in their consideration.

Coronavirus: Updates from Local Authorities and others

As at 9 April: new update from Hinkley Point C

A roundup of updates and briefings from local authorities including update from Hinkley Point C received 8 April 6pm:

Links to useful websites:

Love Musgrove launches Covid-19 Response Fund

Love Musgrove, the official charity of Musgrove Park Hospital, launched its campaign to raise money to support the incredible work of local NHS staff.

Love Musgrove is here to support the NHS and staff at Musgrove Park and will continue to do so during this difficult time. Staff are working incredibly hard to keep us safe; their dedication, commitment and passion to continue to deliver exceptional care during this unprecedented period is truly inspirational and the Charity are extremely proud of them.

In light of their hard work, and the challenge facing the community, the Charity are encouraging everyone to rally behind Musgrove as well as saying thank you to staff during this extremely difficult time. The best way to say thank you is to donate to Love Musgrove’s brand new Covid-19 Response Fund, where money can be used where it is most needed. Read more here

If you would like to get involved in supporting the Covid-19 Response Fund in a more active way, please visit their website at https://www.lovemusgrove.org.uk/ or get in contact with the Love Musgrove Fundraising Team at fundraising@tst.nhs.uk or on 07557 012467.