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1610, 2020

Remembrance 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020|

The ongoing situation with the Covid pandemic in the country will not allow the normal acts of Remembrance to take place on Remembrance Sunday on 8 November. The Royal British Legion committee of Castle Cary will arrange a closedceremony to take place at the War Memorial to ensure that as a community an act of Remembrance will take place which will include the laying of wreaths. This ceremony will be conducted on behalf of the whole community. Representatives from those organisations who historically lay a wreath will be invited to attend. We ask that the public do not turn up to this event in order to maintain a Covid safe environment.

We know this will be a disappointment to many people of Castle Cary but it is the most sensible thing to do in the current climate. If you would like to show your support for Remembrance Sunday we would encourage everybody to display a Poppy in one of your windows. A blank for children to colour in can be found at this link

https://storage.rblcdn.co.uk/sitefinity/docs/default-source/fundraising/royal-british-legion-downloadable-colour-in-poppy.pdf

There will be a reduced Poppy Appeal this year to ensure safety of both the public and our volunteers. Poppies will be available in some outlets in Castle Cary. There will be a ‘market stall’ daily at the Market House where a full range of Poppy memorabilia will be available. This will be in place from Saturday 24 October until Saturday 7 November – this will be every day except Sunday.

1610, 2020

Solar Streets are coming to Castle Cary

Friday, October 16, 2020|

“Castle Cary Town Council is pleased to support this partnership working initiative ‘Solar Streets’. Its aims fully fit with our environmental action plan for Castle Cary to be carbon neutral by 2030. We enthusiastically endorse this scheme which we hope our community will engage with and benefit from.”
– Judi Morison, Chair of Castle Cary Town Council

Bruton and Castle Cary Town Councils and One Planet Bruton are working with west country solar installer IDDEA and The Green Group to offer significantly discounted solar panels for households in Bruton, Castle Cary and the surrounding area (up to five miles from either town).
A 12 panel 4kWp system costs from £4,000. Smaller and larger systems are available with add-ons such as batteries for storage of electricity and iBoost to heat water. The standard offering features black 340Wp panels.
The scheme has been running successfully in Frome since early 2019. Frome Town Council approached several companies who were asked if they could provide a 4kWp solar PV system for £4,000 or less. IDDEA was the only company able to do this and had a good reputation locally. The scheme did not cost the Town Council any money and they used their Ethical Decision Matrix to ensure the company upheld the values that Frome Town Council support. Bruton Town Council decided to rely on Frome Town Council’s procurement rather than go through a similar exercise and Castle Cary Town Council voted unanimously to support it. IDDEA has completed more than 100 installations under the Solar Streets programme, including over 70 in Frome, and more than 800 in the south west. They are MCS accredited and an accredited member of HIES.
The discounted scheme is possible because IDDEA can install solar PV in bulk, saving time, transport and associated emissions. Households benefit from reduced energy bills and if electricity prices increase, the savings will increase over time. As well as saving money, each installation will save around 1.5 tonnes of carbon every year (per the Energy Saving Trust). The project supports Castle Cary Town Council’s ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2030. In addition, £50 will be given to a community fund for every domestic solar installation, and a minimum of £100 for a commercial installation, to be used towards green projects in our community.
To find out more, including information about upcoming Q&A sessions,
see https://solarstreets.co.uk/brutoncaryplus or email [email protected]
To book a survey, contact IDDEA directly by email [email protected]
Low interest loans and impartial information about financing options is available from Lendology CIC, a not for profit lender: https://www.lendology.org.uk/, 01823 461099 or complete their enquiry form https://www.lendology.org.uk/contact/. Note they can only
assist homeowners, shared owners, landlords, park home owners and empty property owners. In some circumstances, they can assist first time buyers.

1510, 2020

Vandalism

Thursday, October 15, 2020|

There has been an increase in anti social behaviour in our communities and we are very concerned about the safety of both our young people and others. Recent events include the vandalism of the Catherine’s Close toilets, which are now closed whilst repairs are taking place, the bus shelter on Churchfield Drive, the defibrillator  and the bus shelter on Station Road.  In addition there are numerous incidents of vandalism that deeply affects the Football Club and the users and neighbours of the fields and play areas.

Both Councils are in regular contact with the Police who have increased their patrols of the Fairfield,  the Donald PIther Memorial  field and the town.

However, they can only react to crimes that they know about so we urge you to contact the Police EVERY time you witness crimes anywhere in our town. You can do this by calling 101 or if it’s an emergency 999   If you have access to the internet:

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/anti-social-behaviour/

You can also report crimes anonymously on:

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously

We intend to keep a log of incidents and will request the Police to initiate a Community Trigger procedure but we can only do this if incidents are reported at least five times. We therefore, repeat our request to report incidents.

In addition we will make representation to the Police & Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens regarding the resourcing of the Police in rural areas as we know we are not alone in our concerns.

Chris Edwards Chair Ansford Parish Council

Judi Morison Chair Castle Cary Town Council

1210, 2020

Vandalism at the Play Park loo

Monday, October 12, 2020|

…over the weekend. Once again mindless vandalism has caused the closure of this much needed facility. The CCTV footage will be looked at; meanwhile, if anyone has information, please forward it to [email protected]

710, 2020

Nat West mobile bank returns!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020|

The Nat West Mobile Bank will be returning to Castle Cary  on Thursday 15th October  at the usual time, 11am to 12pm. To meet Covid safety requirements, the bank staff will be travelling in two separate vehicles, so, if you see a car parked on the Cobbles, it is the second vehicle associated with the bank and has permission to park there.

810, 2020

Overnight road closure under bridge at end of Dimmer Lane 12th October

Thursday, October 8, 2020|

See attached letter from Highways. The proposed diversion is very long, so, if you’re likely to be out overnight on Monday 12th October, probably best to avoid the area.

 

910, 2020

One Somerset…or Stronger Somerset?

Friday, October 9, 2020|

A debate has been running between Somerset County Council and the District Councils of Somerset about their future. You may have read about it in the County Council newsletter.

Now, Somerset County Council is asking for your views; their latest communication states:

‘In previous communications we have committed to carrying out a consultation this Autumn to gather public opinion around the One Somerset model and the future opportunities this will  bring for Somerset. To help gather feedback we are now embarking on a detailed consultation exercise and an online survey will shortly be available on the One Somerset website where you’ll be able to provide us with your thoughts.  Please take part and submit your feedback on this form when it becomes available.

In addition, Somerset County Council has commissioned an independent organisation called Blue marble Research to conduct some focus groups/depth interviews so you may be contacted directly by them and invited to take part in those sessions.

In the meantime and if you have any questions around the One Somerset business case then please take a look at the website which is updated regularly with all the latest information.’

However, the District Councils of Somerset disagree with the One Somerset proposal and South Somerset District Council has a page on its website accordingly: https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/your-council/stronger-somerset/

This was also discussed by Castle Cary Town Council in July: https://www.castle-cary.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/CCTC-Approved-Minutes-for-Town-Council-Meeting-2020-07-20.pdf (Chair’s report c)

309, 2020

FINANCE CLERK VACANCY

Thursday, September 3, 2020|

Vacancies & Contracts

309, 2020

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR VACANCY

Thursday, September 3, 2020|

Vacancies & Contracts

209, 2020

Vacancy for a new Town Clerk

Wednesday, September 2, 2020|

Vacancies & Contracts