Latest update from Somerset Waste Partnership

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All “business as usual” materials are now being accepted at all 16 recycling sites in Somerset.

That includes cardboard as well as commercial waste and other waste you pay to dispose of – including tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, plasterboard and asbestos (card payment only).

Trailers and vans can access the sites at any time, as long as they have the appropriate permit.

Although sites have been busy, the recently introduced “shop-style” social distancing arrangements – floor markings and signs – have worked well.

However, please note, staff are unable to offer any assistance with unloading or handling any waste or items.

Unfortunately, no items brought to sites can be put forward for reuse at the moment. They will be recycled where possible until a safe way to handle them has been agreed. Anyone planning to bring items that are fit for reuse is asked to keep hold of them for the time being.

Once on site, safety restrictions remain in place, including:
    · Gloves to be worn when outside the vehicle
   · Maximum of two people per household
   · Strict social distancing

On busier sites traffic, may still be directed by staff.

All sites are open for their usual summer hours. There have been long queues at peaks times, notably first thing in the morning, and we will continue to encourage people to only visit the sites when they really need. Quieter times tend to be 4pm-6pm on weekdays.

Queue cams are operating for Bridgwater (link here, new tab), Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil, and we would advise people to check these before they visit.

There have been significant improvements with collection services, with far fewer missed collections and quicker return visits when collections are missed. Customer services teams have also considerably reduced the backlog of requests.

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Response to anonymous letter

The above anonymous letter was delivered to the Parish Office and under normal circumstances, the Parish Council would not react to such letters but in this instance, it is felt a response is due.

If the Parish Council were to erect, as desired in the letter, poster, banners, etc at the entrance(s) to the village, this would incur costs, (production, etc) which would have to be taken from the very limited precept.  As the Parish Council have to manage and account for public funds, it is very likely that as many villagers would object to such expenditure as support it. We feel that the funds can be better used to directly support residents and services.”

In addition, there is and has been nothing stopping villagers erecting posters, banners, etc of their own volition to express their personal views.

If the author wishes to make themselves known, the Chair and/or Vice-chair of the Parish Council would be happy to discuss this further.

The Parish Council is very supportive of, and grateful to, all key workers who have helped to keep us all safe and sound during what has been an extraordinary time in our lives. Throughout the recent lock down the Parish Council has worked with our Medical Centre regarding volunteers etc and we feel that this serves the village better

Planning Committee Meeting Monday 29 June

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

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

The agenda is available here: June Planning agenda

Draft minutes:
previous Planning Committee meeting (2 March) are here: Planning minutes 2 Mar 2020

Link to Planning application: (opens in Sedgemoor Planning website

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

Parish Council Accounts and Audit to 31 March 2020

The Local Audit & Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts & Audit Regulations 2015 set out the responsibilities of all local councils in respect of their accounting and auditing procedures.

Each year, the Council’s financial accounts and statements are examined by an independent ‘internal’ auditor appointed by the Council.

The Council is also required to complete an ‘Annual Return’ which includes the findings of the Internal Auditor, together with Governance Statements and Financial Statements. This Annual Return is then submitted for review to an ‘external’ auditor -currently PKF Littlejohn LLP (who is appointed by the Smaller Authority Audit Appointments Limited on behalf of the Government).

As part of this process, the Council must publish the unaudited Annual Return and must make arrangements for a period in which interested persons can inspect the Council’s accounts and related documents. This is usually for a period of 30 working days including the first ten days of July.

Owing to the current situation, the inspection requirement has been amended by the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. The Parish Council has agreed to start the period on Tuesday 1 September in the hope that by then most people will be able to exercise their right should they wish to.

If you are a registered local government elector (i.e. you appear on the electoral register for the area covered by the Council) you can also ask questions about the accounts and object to them.  

The Parish Council’s Annual Return was approved by the Parish Council at the meeting on 8 June. The period for the exercise of electors’ rights begins on Tuesday 1 September and ends on Monday 12 October during office hours and by prior appointment (depending on the situation). Further information is available here:

Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statement
Annual Accounts detailed report
Declaration of Status notice
Notice of public rights and audit
Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Local Authority Accounts: a Summary of your Rights
Smaller Authority Audit Appointments Ltd

Announcements from Sedgemoor District Council

Important updates on Weston General Hospital and Somerset Foundation Trust (Musgrove Park)

Important updates on the re-opening of Weston General Hospital and a laboratory issue at Musgrove Park Hospital. Read more here

Link to Weston General Hospital update

Return of the High Street!

Sedgemoor District Council is working with shopkeepers, traders and larger national chain stores to prepare for the re-opening of High Streets and retail centres, following the Government announcement that non-essential shops can open from Monday 15th June.

Officers from Sedgemoor’s Environmental Health, Economic Development, Property Services, Clean Surroundings and Planning Teams are looking at ways to help customers visit shopping centres with confidence from 15 June and to help shop owners re-start their businesses safely. Read more here

Reintroduction of car parking charges in Sedgemoor-owned car parks

As from Monday 15th June, car parking charges in SDC-owned car parks (see list below), will be re-introduced, after their suspension on 1st April. Read more here

Electric Vehicle survey

Give us your views and comments about electric vehicles and you could win a £25 voucher!   Whilst Covid19 remains uppermost in all our minds, work behind the scenes at Somerset Councils’ carries on.  One exciting project, which was put on hold during the first weeks of the pandemic, was linked to Somerset’s Climate Emergency work. Read more here

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 for the password to the meeting.
Link to meeting:

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

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