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2801, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Saturday, January 28, 2017|

Spring 2017 Newsletter

2001, 2017

A new rural crime initiative-text 81819

Friday, January 20, 2017|

A new rural crime initiative has been launched by Avon & Somerset Police this week.

There’s a new text number – 81819 to help the Police to prevent and detect rural crime.

Rural communities and businesses are asked to help the Police by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area. Texts will go directly to the Rural Crime Team, who will be able to assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.

The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance.

In those circumstances please dial 999.

Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We are trialing the number for three months.

“Many people who belong to our FarmWatch scheme had said they wanted a facility to be able to pass on information and respond to messages quickly, and this new number will allow that.

“We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example – details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for.

“No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.

“We have had real success using a text number to facilitate reporting of drink drivers in the past and we hope this will prove as effective.”

Messages are currently sent out via text message and email to members of the Neighbourhood, Farm and Horse Watch schemes to alert them to crimes and incidents in their area. This new number will allow people to text back information quickly and easily.

Anyone can use it if they have information about rural or agricultural crime in their area, and isn’t just for Watch members.

The launch of the number happens to coincide with a recent livestock theft in Somerset (16/01) and we are hoping that the public will help provide vital information to help the investigation. 40 calves, 10-15 months old, of Friesian/Limousin/Angus breeds were stolen from Henton, near Wells. The calves had been wormed using Bimectin the day before and it’s therefore vital they don’t get into the food chain.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Rural crime affects the livelihoods of farmers, smallholders and rural businesses and presents some real challenges for the wider rural areas.  I know the Rural Crime Team, working closely with our local communities are committed to tackling and preventing crime.

“I know from speaking to residents and farmers that there is a real desire to engage with the police when it comes to tackling rural crime.  I’m sure that by providing an appropriate way for our rural communities to contact the police with intelligence will make a real difference to ensuring our countryside is safe and feels safe.”

The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance. In those circumstances please dial 999.

The new number is 81819, please text us any information you believe could either help prevent or detect a crime in your area.

You can still pass on information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

1701, 2017

Sign up for Cary Crier-our ‘Town Crier’ for local news and important issues

Tuesday, January 17, 2017|

The text below has just been sent out to all those who have opted to receive messages from the Castle Cary Town Crier.  To receive messages about important town issues and events, contact Carycrier@outlook.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.  You will not be bombarded with rubbish and your email address will not be given to anyone else:

Outcome of Planning Enquiry

Many of you will be aware that there has been a public enquiry relating to an application to build 125 + 75 new homes on either side of Station Road.  (This is in addition to the 165 + 45 + 75 for which planning permission has already been given in this area.)  Your Town Council, Ansford Parish Council and South Somerset District Council objected to the application on the grounds that the additional 200 homes would be excessive for our roads and infrastructure, and lack of jobs would lead to out-commuting and so on.  However, in line with current planning policy, the Government Inspector has taken the developers’ side. In other words – we have lost. Sorry – we tried really, really hard.

If you are interested the inspector’s decision and the reasons for it, the documents are on our town’s website…. www.castle-cary.co.uk

If you are at all concerned about the current planning process and lack of respect for the views of local people, there are two Government petitions you can consider signing…. If they get 10,000 signatures the Government will look at the issue, 100,000 and it will be debated in Parliament.

“Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.”

Here is the link:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177333

“Protect us from speculative housing development. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) needs modification……”

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/176809

1701, 2017

Outcome of Planning Enquiry

Tuesday, January 17, 2017|

Many of you will be aware that there has been a public enquiry relating to an application to build 125 + 75 new homes on either side of Station Road.  (This is in addition to the 165 + 45 + 75 for which planning permission has already been given in this area.)  Your Town Council, Ansford Parish Council and South Somerset District Council objected to the application on the grounds that the additional 200 homes would be excessive for our roads and infrastructure, and lack of jobs would lead to out-commuting and so on.  However, in line with current planning policy, the Government Inspector has taken the developers’ side. In other words – we have lost. Sorry – we tried really, really hard.

If you are interested the inspector’s decision and the reasons for it, please click on the following links:

Appeal covering letter

Silverwood appeal decision

Wayside Farm appeal decision

 

If you are at all concerned about the current planning process and lack of respect for the views of local people, there are two Government petitions you can consider signing…. If they get 10,000 signatures the Government will look at the issue, 100,000 and it will be debated in Parliament.

“Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.”- petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177333

“Protect us from speculative housing development. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) needs modification……” petition.parliament.uk/petitions/176809

1401, 2017

Castle Cary Museum needs you…!

Saturday, January 14, 2017|

Castle Cary Museum opens for the 2017 season on Monday 3rd April.

Are you interested in local history, feeling community-minded or just have some time on your hands?

We are looking for a few new museum stewards to join our small friendly team.

The sessions are: Mon-Fri. 10.30 – 12.30 and 2.00 – 4.00. Saturday: 10.30 – 12.30

If you can you spare two hours regularly per week (or possibly per fortnight) to volunteer, please contact Anne Ross, tel. 350416 or email:  castlecarymuseum@hotmail.co.uk

www.castlecarymuseum.org.uk

701, 2017

Tuesday Market

Saturday, January 7, 2017|

The Market runs from 8.30 to 2.00 pm every Tuesday at the Market House.

Our dedicated traders look forward to offering you:

·  Fish, Meat, Veg (including ORGANIC),

·  Bread, Gluten-free products, Pickles, Jams,

·  Scotch eggs, Apple juice and more,

·  PLUS occasional casual stallholders.

Do come and have a chat and a look around, enjoy a coffee and visit our High Street too!

2211, 2016

Recycle for Castle Cary & help us win £8000 for the local community!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016|

The Use Less, Share More Group have produced a recycling leaflet, in their quest for the £8000 local grant prize money from
Somerset Waste Partnership if we manage to increase the rate of recycling in Castle Cary.

See the leaflet below for full details:

Recycling flier 17 Nov 2016

 

3110, 2016

Winter 2016 newsletter

Monday, October 31, 2016|

Winter 2016 newsletter

2610, 2016

Millbrook Toilets change

Wednesday, October 26, 2016|

In an effort to reduce costs to the Town Council, and therefore the Council Tax payer,
and after discussion at a previous Properties and Infrastructure meeting, it was decided at the full
Town Council meeting on 17th October that the men’s and women’s toilets in Millbrook car park would
be closed for a trial period of two months from 1st November.
The disabled toilet will be adapted for use as a unisex facility and have baby changing facilities.

1110, 2016

Christian Aid

Tuesday, October 11, 2016|

The local group organises an annual collection in May during Christian Aid Week, other fundraising events from time to time, and supports Christian Aid’s work in other ways. Further help is always welcome. For more information please contact the Chair: David Osborne at drosborne2@btinternet.com or 01963 351275