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503, 2021

Somerset County Council Covid update 4th March 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021|

Update from Somerset County Council on school opening & care home visiting:
On Monday, the first of the stages in gradually easing lockdown take place, and our children return to face to face education. Clinton Rogers’ latest Somerset Covid Catch Up film visits one of our Primary Schools to discuss this, and you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dfLPphYr2o
Another very important change from next Monday is that our care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor, provided they are tested and wear PPE. However, it is very important to remember that next Monday is not the end of lockdown – far from it. The Government has outlined four steps that must be met before restrictions are gradually lifted, and there will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions, followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased. You can read more about that in this update: Somerset COVID Weekly Update 4 March
503, 2021

Rail improvements this weekend

Friday, March 5, 2021|

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.


203, 2021

Castle Cary & Ansford Newsletter Spring 2021

Tuesday, March 2, 2021|

Castle Cary & Ansford Newsletter Spring 2021

203, 2021

Please clean up after your dog!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021|

We’ve had reports of dog fouling in our lovely Town-if you own a dog you have a duty to clean up after your dog; a person who doesn’t clean up after their dog may face an on-the-spot fine of up to £100. These fines are known as fixed penalty notices. If a person refuses to pay they can be taken to the local Magistrates Court for the dog fouling offence and fined up to £1,000.
2402, 2021

Another 200 houses in the field above the station?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021|

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

teame1@pins.gsi.gov.uk  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/

2402, 2021

Schools to return from 8th March … a message from Somerset County Council

Wednesday, February 24, 2021|

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 vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • The government’s assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.
The four steps for easing restrictions are:
  • Step 1 – 8 March the priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March.
  • Step 2 –no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.
  • Step 3 –no earlier than 17 May, the Government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.
  • Step 4 –no earlier than 21 June, the Government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact. Before Step 4 begins, the Government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission.
2202, 2021

Closure on Wyke Road from Tuesday 23rd February for 4 days ….

Monday, February 22, 2021|

1202, 2021

Catherine’s Close Play Area closed from Monday 15th February

Friday, February 12, 2021|

902, 2021

Call for people aged 70 and over to contact NHS for Covid jab

Tuesday, February 9, 2021|

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid and who would like to be are today being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.
Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first – and that remains the case for most people. However, to ensure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS so they can be vaccinated by the middle of this month.
The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice.


802, 2021

Food support for families in February half-term

Monday, February 8, 2021|

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.