Our next Barrow Market will take place on Saturday 17th July from 2pm – 5.30pm. This is a free event and all you need is to have or borrow a barrow to bring your preloved items or attic treasures to the Cobbles by the Market House to display them and hopefully find a new owner! You’ll need to book a free space by emailing [email protected] Other than that, just turn up, enjoy the summer afternoon vibe and take home some cash!
Castle Cary Town Council is delighted to announce the opening of our Community Larder at Millbrook Hub by the car park, in collaboration with Churches Together and Cary Cares. This is a food sharing venture which means people of the community can both bring surplus larder food and produce for the advantage of others, and take home others’ tasty items for themselves. It is totally free, staffed by volunteers and supported by local businesses.
We see this as having both environmental benefits -reducing food waste – and community benefits – helping top up pantries and sharing good harvests.
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30am – 10.30am and 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Saturdays 10.00am to 12 midday.
For further information contact Castle Cary Town Council 01963 359631
Update from Somerset Waste Partnership
SWP’s collections services have been under significant pressure in recent weeks, leading to unacceptable levels of missed collections.
We apologise for the disruption and have been working hard with our collection contractor, SUEZ, to address the immediate issues as well as the underlying causes of them.
Crews have been working long hours for a long period of time to keep our services relatively stable throughout the vast majority of the pandemic, and we thank them for that.
The current pressures are primarily down to a nationwide shortage of HGV drivers, a situation made worse by Covid (which has meant a backlog of HGV driving tests) and Brexit which has seen some drivers move back to EU countries.
Locally there is also a more general shortage of agency staff which, combined with recent heavy holiday traffic and continued Covid-related heavy loads, has seen an increase in missed collections in various parts of the county in recent weeks.
Update from today
- Many crews are still on their routes and today has been a more positive day. Only a small number of incompletions are expected, all of which will be returned for tomorrow.
- When we have more detail these they will be shared locally through social media and summarised on the SWP website.
- Progress has been made on clearing a backlog of garden waste collections. We expect more progress tomorrow when additional crews will be tasked to address this.
- Although drivers are in huge demand across the country, SUEZ is transferring several to the Somerset contract on a temporary basis to help get things back on track.
- Extra vehicles brought in to minimise the impact of any mechanical issues.
- Sedgemoor recycling collections were rescheduled from Tuesday to this Saturday, freeing up crews to tackle the backlog.
- Crews will be working this Saturday to collect the rescheduled Sedgemoor recycling from Tuesday and reduce/complete the backlog of garden waste collections.
- Took the decision that any missed recycling collections from Monday, Tuesday or the tail end of last week that had not yet been caught up will not be collected until their next scheduled recycling collection day. These properties will be prioritised and collected first. Additional recycling waste, ideally sorted into containers, will be collected.
Please find attached details of free digital training for retail businesses. The sessions will be held on Monday 28th June, Wednesday 30th June and Friday 1st July. The topics covered include Social Media for Online Businesses, Selling Online and Digital Marketing Essentials.
A message from Viridor:
A fire was discovered at Viridor’s Dimmer Transfer Station in Castle Cary, Somerset, at 9.30am today (Thursday, 10 June, 2021).
Viridor staff discovered the fire as they were loading non-recyclable waste onto vehicles for its onward journey to Avonmouth Energy Recovery Facility, near Bristol. They immediately alerted the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and implemented site safety procedures, including an evacuation of the site. There have been no injuries.
Four fire service appliances remain on site to extinguish the fire, the cause of which is not yet known. The Environment Agency has been notified.
The known causes of waste site fires include hot barbecue coals, gas canisters, and batteries, including lithium ion batteries (commonly found in a variety of products such as eCigarettes, mobile phones, toys, cameras and laptop computers). Viridor advises residents to leave the ashes of barbecue coals to cool for at least 48 hours or thoroughly wet the ashes before placing out for collection. Items with lithium ion batteries should not be added to general waste but disposed of at recycling centres.
Viridor is very grateful to the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service for its assistance.
The company has advised Somerset Waste Partnership and has contingency plans in place. There will be no disruption to services.
We shall provide you with an update once the fire has been extinguished.
Follow the travel traffic lights: red, amber and green
|The ‘stay in the UK’ order was lifted just over a week ago, meaning people can now travel abroad for leisure. But strict border control measures, including testing and quarantine, remain in place.|
|Different levels of restriction apply to those returning to England from countries based on the traffic light system, which will be regularly reviewed and informed by public health advice: Red, amber and green list rules for entering England – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)|
|The “green” list of countries is a guide to where people can safely visit without needing to quarantine when they return to England. People should not travel to ‘amber’ and ‘red’ countries for leisure.|
|Passengers arriving from all destinations will need to provide a passenger locator form and show proof of a negative pre-departure test taken within 72 hours before their return journey.|
|Ten-day managed hotel quarantine requirements will remain in place for those permitted to return to England from ‘red’ countries, and quarantine at home alongside stringent testing will be required for those returning from ‘amber’ destinations Quarantine and testing if you’ve been in an amber list country – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)|
|People in England who have had both vaccine doses will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status via the NHS app. If you cannot access the app you can request a letter from the NHS proving their vaccination status by calling 119. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.|
|The government has also published the Passenger COVID-19 Charter, detailing how holidaymakers can travel safely this summer. It includes information on passenger rights and responsibilities, what to do if things go wrong and how to stay safe abroad.|
|Remember that all holiday accommodation, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs, can reopen in England now and can be used by groups of up to six people or two households of any size at the moment – so a holiday is still possible.|