Just a quick reminder that Network Rail will be carrying out improvement works this weekend, ensuring that the railway remains safe and reliable for customers.
On Sunday 7th March, buses will replace trains between Westbury and Bath Spa/Chippenham. For more information, please go to https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/wessex
London Paddington will also be closed on Sunday 7th March, as Network Rail upgrade the overhead electric lines to improve the reliability and performance of the railway. No trains will run to/from London Paddington, and most long-distance trains will terminate at Reading. A limited train service will also run between Reading and Ealing Broadway. For more information, please go to https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/london-paddington.
200 house risk re-appears – on the field above the station
The refusal by South Somerset District Council of an outline development application to build 200 houses on land at Ansford Hill is now being appealed to the Planning Inspectorate despite the strong objections previously put forward by Ansford Parish Council, Castle Cary Town Council, and SSDC. The objection is supported by an expert visual impact study.
SSDC’s refusal notice stated that; ‘the development, by reason of its scale and location, represents a visually obtrusive encroachment beyond the town’s obvious physical and topographically informed limits and into the open countryside, to the detriment of local and landscape character. This harm would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the proposal’.
It is vitally important that local people make their views, on this wholly unacceptable development, known to the Inspectorate.
You can write to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/10b, Temple Quay
House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, BRISTOL, BS1 6PN or email
email@example.com quoting reference APP/R3325/W/20/3259668 before the 17 March 2021.
For more information about this and links to important documents, visit our Town website: https://www.castle-cary.co.uk/planning-updates/
Schools to return from 8 March as roadmap on lockdown easing published
|The new roadmap out of the current lockdown has been published:COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021|
|It sets out how the government will begin to lift restrictions in England from 8 March, starting with schools and colleges.|
|It outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before taking each step, the government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against the following four tests:|
|The four steps for easing restrictions are:|
Food support for families in February half-term
Somerset County Council is continuing to provide food support for families during the upcoming February half-term.
The Council has used funding from the Winter Covid Grant Scheme to ensure families with children eligible for Free School Meals will receive food or vouchers during the holiday and has asked schools to help deliver this targeted food support.
Somerset County Council has also provided additional funding so that more families and children needing support over half-term can receive help.
Councillor Frances Nicholson, Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “Somerset County Council has been working closely with partners throughout the pandemic to ensure there has been sufficient food support for those who need it.
“As we promised last autumn, we are pleased to be able to continue this work by providing funding for the February half-term which will ensure food support is available for Somerset families over the holiday period.
“I’d also like to express our thanks to all of the school staff who have been instrumental in arranging the extra vouchers for families.”
Somerset County Council used funding from the Winter Covid Grant scheme to provide food vouchers over the Christmas holidays, and during term time allocated an additional £427,000 to Somerset schools to enhance the level of food provided and meet dietary requirements.
Support for schools is just part of a much wider network of support in the county during the pandemic which has ensured people in Somerset have access to food, personal, financial and emotional support.
Somerset’s local authorities are working with organisations including foodbanks, FareShare, HIS Church, Somerset Community Council Village Agents and many voluntary and community groups across Somerset to provide food items and frozen meals for immediate use, as well as supporting the development of new community pantries and larders to help communities have longer term sustainable solutions in place.
The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm, offering a range of support – from help accessing food or medicines, to emotional and financial support, and employment, skills and business advice.