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2905, 2020

On-street parking patrols to resu

Friday, May 29, 2020|

On-street parking patrols are due to restart in Somerset on Monday (1 June) following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

 

With more pupils returning to schools and some businesses starting to reopen, Somerset County Council’s civil enforcement officers will return to help keep roads clear and traffic moving.

 

At first, they will serve penalty notices on vehicles parked on double yellow lines, in places with loading restrictions, bus stops and dropped kerbs in public areas – all locations where no vehicles should be parked.

 

For the first seven days, penalties will not be served where parking is permitted, such as resident bays, pay and display locations, limited waiting bays and single yellow lines (at times). The vehicle may have been left correctly and the driver may have, for example, self-isolated. A warning letter will be left on these vehicles asking that it is immediately removed to avoid receiving penalties in future.

 

Councillor John Woodman, Cabinet member for highways and transport at Somerset County Council, said: “During the lockdown, most parking enforcement officers have been redeployed to other roles supporting the community, such as delivering PPE or managing queuing traffic at the reopened household waste recycling centres or testing centres.

 

“Their efforts are greatly appreciated, and I would like to thank them as they begin to resume their normal duties.”

 

Requests for residents’ paper permits have been on hold since the start of the UK lockdown but preparations are now being made to issue them. The expiry date will be extended to make sure people receive a full 12-month period. All annual virtual resident permits are being extended for two months to cover the period of suspension and ensure everyone receives a full 12 months’ value.

 

Please check with your district council for information on car parks in your local area.

2605, 2020

Could you volunteer?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020|

Downloadable document click here.

 

2305, 2020

Summer 2020 newsletter-digital only

Saturday, May 23, 2020|

The newsletter is available here. It’s online only for this edition due to Covid-19. We hope to resume ‘normal’ service for the next edition.

2205, 2020

Dimmer Tip limited opening from Tuesday 26th May

Friday, May 22, 2020|

Limited and restricted opening for Dimmer Tip from Tuesday 26th May.

See these detailed instructions for further details: Somerset Waste Partnership information end May

1405, 2020

Education update from Somerset County Council

Thursday, May 14, 2020|

Staged return of children to early years settings and schools

From the week beginning 1 June, and conditional on the national COVID 19 situation, the Government is proposing that mainstream provision is extended to include early years settings, all primary school pupils in reception, Year One and Year Six as part of a staged return to school.
The proposals also include the provision of face-to-face contact for pupils in Year 10 and 12.
The Council, early years providers and school leaders are currently discussing how this can be implemented safely for pupils and staff, following Government guidelines. You can read these in full here.
Children of key workers and vulnerable pupils will continue to be given priority.
Please note early years settings are being asked to open to all children but must carry out a risk assessment to ascertain how many children they can safely accommodate at any one time. Settings may therefore reduce the numbers of children they can safely care for and where this is the case priority will be given to 3 and 4 year-olds in the first instance.
Similarly, it may be that, because of specific circumstances, not all schools will be able to offer full time provision to the year groups set out in the government guidance. Head teachers will be contacting parents and carers to advise what provision they will be able to make.
Each educational setting is different, and we all need to support the professionalism and judgement of education leaders who will be making difficult decisions over the next few weeks and months, based on the context of their setting and community.
The government is also proposing the return of all primary school pupils, if possible, for up to a month before the beginning of the summer holidays. We are awaiting further details on this.
1405, 2020

Change to GWR service

Thursday, May 14, 2020|

We have made a further revision to our timetable effective from this coming Monday (18th), with an additional service in the morning running from Westbury to Weymouth.

This service leaves Westbury at 0652, departing Dorchester West at 0808 and terminating at Weymouth at 0820. It will then form the return working 0849 service from Weymouth to Westbury.

See the timetable here.

1405, 2020

Report fly tipping

Thursday, May 14, 2020|

Fly tipping is increasing-please report it online:

https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/services/environmental-health/nuisances/report-fly-tipping/
or https://www.fixmystreet.com/
1105, 2020

VACANCY ON CASTLE CARY TOWN COUNCIL

Monday, May 11, 2020|

Click here for details: Vacancy on Castle Cary Town Council

805, 2020

Help Needed-for those further afield….

Friday, May 8, 2020|

We have been overwhelmed by the support for Cary Cares from people in the town. It is both encouraging and moving to have so many people giving generously to help their neighbours.

Both of us who have been very involved in setting up and running Cary Cares also have other concerns. Save the Children depends a great deal for its international work on the money raised in its charity shops. And they are all currently closed. Next week is Christian Aid Week and normally Christian Aid raises a substantial proportion of its income during the Week which, in this town, involves a coffee morning and door to door deliveries and collection. Neither can happen this year.

But the development projects and relief work that these organisations do are as necessary as ever. If coronavirus spreads into communities which have more basic health care than ours, or through overcrowded refugee camps, the suffering will be considerable. While we are focussed on the needs of people in our own locality please also support organisations such as Christian Aid and Save the Children who continue to work with some of the world’s poorest people.

You can find out more and give online at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/ and www.savethechildren.org.uk

If you have another aid organisation that you prefer to support, please give to them. We are not in competition! We just work in different ways with different networks. And if there is a need and an opportunity to do so, we work together. The important thing is that people get the help they need.

Ainsley Creedy, Fund Raising Volunteer, Save the Children UK.

David Osborne, Chair of Christian Aid in Castle Cary and Ansford.

105, 2020

Road closure 04/05/2020 – 21/05/2020 Station Road

Friday, May 1, 2020|

Just to add to the problems we all have to face at the moment, there will be a road closure on Station Road just before it joins the A371 at the bottom of Ansford Hill.  Any vehicle travelling from Shepton Mallet to any place in Station Road beyond the closure will need to travel up Ansford Hill, down North Street and around the town to Station Road. Anyone wanting to travel from Station Road towards Shepton will have to go through the town and up North Street, onto the A371 and down Ansford Hill.

The diversion takes vehicles all around the town; we hope that HGVs won’t be directed unnecessarily through the town, but please let Highways know if this happens.

To report a problem please click on the website: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/

If you’d prefer to phone: SCC Highways Dept –0300 123 2224