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1808, 2017

Somerset Waste Partnership briefing for August 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017|

…….no more cash payments at recycling sites, August Bank Holiday collections, safe battery disposal & Carymoor’s 21st birthday..SWP briefing August 2017

608, 2017

Road closure Maggs Lane 14th August for 12 days

Sunday, August 6, 2017|

Somerset County Council Highways have scheduled a closure of Maggs Lane for 12 days from Monday 14th August. The official letter and map is here (Maggs Lane), but it’s not clear where an ‘alternative route’ will be.

608, 2017

Alford B3153 road closure 21st August 3 weeks

Sunday, August 6, 2017|

Castle Cary Town Council has been informed by Somerset County Council Highways department that there will be a road closure for drainage works alond part of the B3153 in Alford. This was scheduled to start on 29th August but has been brought forward to 21st August to minimise school bus route delays. There’s a long proposed alternative route shown on the official document here: 21st August road closure

508, 2017

Late Summer/Autumn Newsletter 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017|

Late Summer Autumn 2017 Newsletter

3107, 2017

Tell Us About Your Library

Monday, July 31, 2017|

Somerset’s library users and non-users are urged to take part in the latest library customer satisfaction survey.

Launched on Monday (24 July), the results from the survey will inform Somerset County Council what’s important to library users and how the Council can help customers make the most of library services going forward.

Questions include how often they visit, what services they use, how they find staff support, the quality of library facilities and services, how library services could be improved in future and what stops people visiting their local library.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries at Somerset County Council, said: “We always want to know how we are doing and would like as many people as possible to complete this latest customer satisfaction survey. The results will tell us more about what’s important to our customers, the services they like and suggestions for improvement. We also want to hear from people who don’t use their local library. Why don’t they? Is there a particular reason that we could improve on in future?”

The survey can be completed online at www.somerset.gov.uk/librarysurvey from 24 July until 12 August.  Alternatively, surveys are available from your local library – just ask a staff member.

The survey is open to library users under 16 as well. Therefore, children may be asked by a member of Library Staff to complete a questionnaire.

For more information about the library service, check out www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries

2807, 2017

A message via The Cary Crier…

Friday, July 28, 2017|

The proposed closure of Barclays means that Cary will be without a bank. The banks are also closing in Wincanton which means that there will be no bank for miles.

It is important that as many people as possible complain about this.

If inspired please write to one or all of the following

John McFarlane, Chairman
Barclays Bank PLC
1 Churchill Place
E14 5HP

other options (same address, we guess)
Jes Staley, Group Chief Executive Officer
Paul Compton, Group Chief Operating Officer
Ashok Vaswani, CEO Barclays UK

Please copy your letter to our MP:
David Warburton MP
House of Commons
Email: david.warburton.mp@parliament.uk

Cary Town Council will discuss this matter at 6.30 pm on Monday 31 July in the Shambles. You are welcome to attend this meeting on the understanding that there is very little that the Council can do about this but people power can sometimes work miracles.

2107, 2017

Barclays Bank, Castle Cary to close at the end of October…

Friday, July 21, 2017|

The Town Council has just been informed that Barclays Bank in Castle Cary will be closing at the end of October. This is the letter informing customers: Barclays Bank closure

2107, 2017

The Fairfield

Friday, July 21, 2017|

For updated details on progress with the Fairfield, click here.

1707, 2017

A message from Care4Cary about the Hopkins application at Dimmer..

Monday, July 17, 2017|

Care4Cary is pleased to report that on Wednesday 12 July South Somerset District Council’s Area East planning committee refused Andrew Hopkins’ application for change of use from B2 (general industrial) to B8 (storage and distribution) at his Dimmer site. He had applied in order to store and valet up to 991 former fleet vehicles on this rural site.

Ward Councillor Henry Hobhouse moved that the application should be refused, with Ward Councillor and Committee Chair Nick Weeks seconding. The motion was carried by six votes (including that of our County Councillor Mike Lewis) to two against, with two abstentions.

Many thanks to town and parish councillors who made submissions in advance and spoke at the meeting. Strong objections were also made by residents of Ansford, Dimmer, Castle Cary and Lydford, alongside Care4Cary. It was clear that the SSDC planning officer and Councillors had taken note of the two letters from Care4Cary’s expert planning lawyer who had pointed out the inadequacy of information provided by the applicant, the adverse road safety and amenity impact along the B3153 particularly in Clanville, and that the Planning Officer was incorrect on a piece of planning law ignoring the comments of two planning inspectors.
While this Committee has refused the application on the grounds that the applicant had failed to demonstrate the impact on local traffic/road safety and amenity, we may well have to face an appeal.
Councillors seemed as frustrated as we are at the saga at Dimmer and made some constructive suggestions as to how to bring groundhog day finally to a close. More of that anon.
Best wishes and many thanks for all the support!
16 July 2017

1707, 2017

From Somerset County Council libraries service-‘Read The Books & Catch The Crook…’

Monday, July 17, 2017|

Read The Books & Catch The Crook

Somerset libraries are inviting children to help the Animal Agents – a bunch of furry, slippery and feathered friends – solve a mystery in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

To take part all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer.

As they read their books, each child will receive special stickers (some of which are very smelly), to help complete their Animal Agents collectors folder and solve the library mystery.

Everyone who completes the challenge by reading six books will receive a certificate and a unique Summer Reading Challenge Medal.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries at Somerset County Council said: “We’re delighted to participate in this national challenge to encourage children to keep reading through the holidays. Last year we had more than 7000 children take part in the challenge, in libraries all across Somerset. It’s a great opportunity to strengthen our community by working with schools and families to encourage in children a love of reading.”

Young readers can also go on the website www.animal-agents.org.uk to create a profile, chat about books, and play games.  As well as revealing the clues, each sticker contains a code. During the summer, the codes can be entered to unlock extra surprises.

The Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge, which is free to join, runs from Saturday 15 July until Saturday 9 September.