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608, 2021

Advice on vaccinating children and young people

Friday, August 6, 2021|

Advice on vaccinating children and young people

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised this week that all 16 and 17-year-olds will receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The updated advice means that young people will be afforded around 80% protection against hospitalisation, following their first dose.
It is expected that protection will probably be even higher as younger people respond better to vaccines and some will have already had the Covid-19 infection, meaning this first dose should act as a ‘booster’ to their immunity.
The second dose will extend protection for an even longer period, for example when those young people start work or go to university, or if we begin to get another wave of cases in winter. It is likely that, when the second dose is offered, this will be from 12 weeks after the first dose.
408, 2021

Fulford Cross

Wednesday, August 4, 2021|

Good news! The permanent works are due to commence 6th Sept 2021, duration of approx. two weeks to complete. This will, as previously advised, involve a road closure. We shall update when details are known.

408, 2021

Somerset Waste Partnership service update

Wednesday, August 4, 2021|

Tuesday 03 August 2021

Somerset Waste Partnership service update

Returning for missed collections: If waste is not collected, report it after 7pm on the due day via My Waste Services at somersetwaste.gov.uk. We aim to return for reported missed rubbish within two working days, and reported missed recycling on the next scheduled day. If recycling is missed and reported twice, it should be collected within two working days. For delayed recycling options, including food waste, visit Recycling options.

Suspended garden waste collections: Due to restart from Mon13Sep, this has freed staff to help recycling collections. All subscriptions have been automatically extended by eight weeks. News, contact form and phoneline details here: Garden waste suspension.

Today’s collections and return collections: Apologies; while most collections complete correctly, some may be missed. Situation changes during the day; not finalised until crews return. More details: Service update.

Return recycling, South Somerset: Back Tue03Aug for collections missed Mon02Aug in-around Yeovil, and collections missed Tue27Jul in-around Barwick, East and West Coker, Yeovil.

SWP and contractor SUEZ sincerely apologise for the disruption. Similar pressures on many waste authorities. More disruption is likely. The national LGV driver shortage is more acute in Somerset, given its role as a distribution hub, worsened by higher pandemic waste levels, Covid “pingdemic” isolations, training and testing delays, EU driver departures, and reopened retail demand. Recruitment of 25+ new LGV driver/loaders underway – see: suez.co.uk/en-gb/join-our-team-in-somerset, email [email protected], call 07970 724559 – and other SUEZ staff now training as LGV drivers.

Covid self-isolation: Self-isolation exemption for waste workers has not begun; those “pinged” must isolate. SUEZ is working to confirm and start the exemption request process.

208, 2021

Sorry, no garden waste collections for six weeks ….

Monday, August 2, 2021|

208, 2021

This month! Our Family Fun Festival on Fairfield! Don’t miss it!

Monday, August 2, 2021|

208, 2021

Castle Cary features as a top Day Out on Radio Ninesprings

Monday, August 2, 2021|

Listen to the one minute feature here:

3007, 2021

Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report

Friday, July 30, 2021|

Hundreds of places across Somerset have benefitted from extra flood protection and resilience works funded by the SRA. In 2020-21, the SRA spent £3.344 million on actions designed to protect people, properties, businesses and roads, while enhancing local environments, in accordance with the objectives of Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan.

Everyone in Somerset is affected directly or indirectly by issues with flooding, so the SRA invests in a wide range of actions countywide to reduce flood risks and increase local resilience when floods do occur.

More information on the SRA page of this website: https://www.castle-cary.co.uk/somerset-rivers-authority/

2207, 2021

Important information about Homefinder Somerset

Thursday, July 22, 2021|

This is a reminder that some important changes are being made to Homefinder Somerset this summer. This includes improvements to the website and the online application form. These changes are being made following feedback received from people registered with Homefinder Somerset and organisations who work with them.


What the changes will mean for applicants

Applicants have been advised via bulk email, web message and a notice on the Homefinder Somerset website that:


  • It is currently not possible to make changes to their application. Applicants will be able to make changes to their application again from Monday 2nd August.


  • From tomorrow (23rd July) it will not be possible to send web messages from their Homefinder Somerset account. Applicants have been advised to contact their local housing team if needed


Applicants have been advised that the changes will not affect their application. Applicants will keep the same Band and be able to bid for the same size of homes as now.

Whilst there will be some temporary disruption as the changes are being made, the changes will see the following benefits for people seeking a home:

  • Applicants will be able to set up Property Alerts. If homes are being advertised that match what someone is looking for they will receive an email to let them know


  • There will be a simplified application form



Key Dates

Please see below a reminder of the key dates for the transfer:




  • Monday 2nd August: The new website & back office system will go live. Applicants will again be able to update an existing application or submit a new application.



2207, 2021


Thursday, July 22, 2021|

Announcment from Somerset County Council (One Somerset)

21st July 2021






We wanted to let you know that the Secretary of State for Local Government has today announced that the proposal for a single unitary authority, One Somerset, has been chosen as the future structure for local government in the county. The decision means that all five councils in Somerset – the County Council and the four district councils – will be abolished and a new single unitary authority created and in place by 2023.

Somerset County Council is delighted that the Secretary of State has backed its ambitious plans to give Somerset the resilient, unified, and dynamic system of local government it deserves. The success of partnership work throughout the pandemic to support our most vulnerable and roll out the vaccination programme has clearly demonstrated what we can achieve in Somerset when we work together.
In reaching its decision, the Government carried out extensive consultation, open to all Somerset residents, businesses, and stakeholders, including town and parish councils, the NHS, police, fire and public service organisations. The Government based its decision against three key tests – that any proposal should improve the area’s local government, command a good deal of local support across the area, and have a credible geography between 300-600,000 in population.
One Somerset is simple, it is clear, and it delivers what our residents want – better services, better value for money, decisions made locally, and an end to the confusion and bureaucracy of having multiple overlapping councils.
The One Somerset business case sets out how a single council for Somerset will benefit everyone, with:
• One council listening to the needs and concerns of residents, businesses, and communities, providing clear accountability.
• One point of contact for all local services, ending confusion and frustration for the public.
• One strong voice to champion Somerset on a regional, national and international level and secure funding to help the county recovery from coronavirus.
• One council but with 15 to 20 new Local Community Networks (LCNs) established reaching every corner of Somerset to give local people the chance to shape their own communities. These will have real constitutional powers to scrutinise, impact and take decisions
• One plan to free up £18.5 million of funding every year which can be reinvested in improving public services and lives across Somerset. With one-off implementation costs of £16.5m, this means a unitary bonus of £52.6m in the first five years.
It is important that everyone now gets behind One Somerset, and we recognise that working with the 278 town, parish and city councils across the county is going to incredibly important. Establishing the new unitary authority would, we believe, be a huge opportunity to look at this relationship and to seek to devolve decision making, services and assets in a way that benefits our communities and both the unitary and local parish, town and city councils.
This devolution of power and resources to the councils and organisations that are at the real heart of our communities, will provide a focus for local engagement and become the channel for local views, feedback, consultation, and communication. Importantly this will have a huge value, not just within the unitary council, but it will also create the opportunity to link up more closely with other local public services, notably the NHS, police, education, and the voluntary sector.
This is an exciting time for the future of local government and public services in the county and we look forward to working with you in the months ahead. We already have a working group of Town & Parish Council clerks who meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss LGR, Devolution and more. If anyone would like to join this group they can contact [email protected]
Yours sincerely
Cllr David Fothergill
Leader of Somerset County Council

2207, 2021

Wincanton Community Fun Day

Thursday, July 22, 2021|