1204, 2021

National Mourning for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Monday, April 12, 2021|

12th April 2021: Please note that, due to the eight day period of National Mourning for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh from Friday 9th April, the Full Council Meeting due to take place on Monday 19th April will be rescheduled to Monday 26th April, and the MCC Meeting scheduled for that evening will now take place on Tuesday 4th May 2021.

1204, 2021

Ways to vote on Thursday 6th May

Monday, April 12, 2021|

Anyone who is registered to vote can apply for a postal vote, whatever their reason, so long as they submit an application form to the Electoral Registration Office (The Electoral Registration Officer, South Somerset District Council, The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT) before 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April. The deadline for a proxy vote application is 5pm on Tuesday, 27 April.

For anyone concerned about voting at a Polling Station, postal voting is available and you should consider applying for a postal vote sooner rather than later. However, a lot of work is going in to making Polling Station COVID-secure and here are seven ways we are making Polling Stations safe to vote in.

1004, 2021

Tributes to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Saturday, April 10, 2021|

Tributes to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

A message from Somerset County Council: On behalf of our residents, Somerset County Council offers deepest sympathies to the Royal Family on the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
While people may want to gather to lay flowers and pay their respects, Government Covid-19 guidelines mean physical books of condolence cannot be opened in public places at the moment. Please be mindful of the current coronavirus restrictions and consider safer alternatives, such as making a donation to charity.
If you wish to express your condolences, please send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence on the Royal website: Send a message of condolence | The Royal Family
904, 2021

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Friday, April 9, 2021|

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  He truly lived a life of service. We send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the whole of the Royal family.

Councillors and Staff of Castle Cary Town Council

1204, 2021

eat: Castle Cary 1st May – road closure

Monday, April 12, 2021|

See these documents for full details of the road closures and change to one way system for Saturday 1st May 07:00 to 19:00

Details of road closures: eat: Castle Cary

Map for road closures 1st May 2021

704, 2021

Free coronavirus testing will be available to all

Wednesday, April 7, 2021|

Free coronavirus testing will be available to all

Everyone in Somerset will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from Friday 9 April as part of a new Government initiative in England.
Rapid testing has so far been available to those most at risk and people who need to leave home for work, including frontline NHS workers, care home staff and residents, and schoolchildren and their families. Now rapid testing will be offered to everyone, with people encouraged to take regular tests (twice a week) to help prevent outbreaks and reclaim a more normal way of life.
One in three people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus unwittingly. Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately.
The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:
To find out how to book a lateral flow test if you do not have any symptoms, please click: Coronavirus – Getting tested (somerset.gov.uk)
A new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service is also launching which will provide an additional route to regular testing. People aged over 18 without symptoms will be able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of 7 rapid tests to use twice a week at home. More details on which Somerset pharmacies are participating will be available shortly.
2903, 2021

Look out for your polling card

Monday, March 29, 2021|

Look out for your polling card

 Poll cards will start to arrive at households in the coming days ahead of the elections on Thursday 6 May when residents in South Somerset will have their say on who should be the next Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, together with some town and parish council by-elections and also neighbourhood plan referendums in Queen Camel and Martock are also taking place.

Your poll card, which should start arriving from Wednesday 31 March, gives you all the information you need, including the day and time of the election and where your polling station is. It also gives details of how you can make arrangements for a postal or proxy vote.

Anyone who is registered to vote can apply for a postal vote, whatever their reason, so long as they submit an application form to the Electoral Registration Office (The Electoral Registration Officer, South Somerset District Council, The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT) before 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April. The deadline for a proxy vote application is 5pm on Tuesday, 27 April.

For anyone concerned about voting at a Polling Station, postal voting is available and you should consider applying for a postal vote sooner rather than later. However, a lot of work is going in to making Polling Station COVID-secure and here are seven ways we are making Polling Stations safe to vote in.

Poll cards have been sent to voters who have registered to vote before 10 March only. If you have registered after this date, you will still receive a poll card, but not until closer to the election.

If you believe you are registered to vote but don’t receive your polling card before Friday 9 April, you should check that you are actually on the Electoral Register by contacting the local Electoral Registration Office on 01935 462462.You can also check by emailing [email protected] providing your name and address.

This year residents in South Somerset could be voting in two different elections, depending on where you live:

  • If you live in the following parishes (Chard Town – Holyrood Ward, Crewkerne Town, Haslebury Plucknett, Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerton Town, South Petherton, Wincanton Town), you may be voting to fill vacant Parish Councillor roles in your town and parish council.
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you
  • Neighbourhood Plan referendums in Queen Camel and Martock

Alex Parmley, Local Returning Officer said, “We are able to provide a convenient way for anyone to place their vote whether it be postal, proxy (someone who votes on your behalf) or, indeed, by coming along to your nearest polling station. We have worked hard to ensure all our polling stations are Covid safe for voters and colleagues running the stations. The council aims to provide as much assistance as possible to the people of South Somerset to enable everyone to cast their vote. Polling Station staff are there to assist you if you need help.

“If you don’t receive your polling card or have any queries about how to vote, then please contact the Electoral Registration Office.”

In order to vote at the elections on Thursday 6 May, you must be registered by midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For more information on the Town and Parish Council elections in South Somerset, please visitwww.southsomerset.gov.uk/elections-and-voting.

For more information on the Police and Crime Commissioner election please visitwww.avonpccelection.org.uk.

 

2903, 2021

Covid restrictions update 29th March 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021|

 

From Monday (March 29), lockdown restrictions will continue to be eased. And while we all want to make the most of the new freedoms, we must be careful too. Whilst the new freedoms are a much welcome step in the right direction, the next few weeks will determine how the Government decide to move forward with the next phase of the roadmap; we mustn’t do too much too quickly and allow our rates and case numbers to creep up again. Enjoy new freedoms, but please stay safe and remember hands face space!

2603, 2021

eat: Castle Cary Saturday 1st May 2021

Friday, March 26, 2021|

2603, 2021

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A TOWN COUNCILLOR AND HELP TO MAKE CASTLE CARY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

Friday, March 26, 2021|

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A TOWN COUNCILLOR AND HELP TO MAKE CASTLE CARY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?
We currently have a vacancy on Castle Cary Town Council, which the Council will be seeking to fill by co-option.
This is a process whereby the Council considers applications from interested persons and can then select applicants to fill the vacancy.
If you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor, please write to the Town Council including a brief resume of no more than 250 words which indicates:
• why you would like to become a councillor
• how your knowledge and/or experience would help you in your work as a Town Councillor.
If you need information about eligibility for being a Castle Cary Town Councillor or information about the role of a councillor, please contact the Town Clerk via email at [email protected] or 07780 635013.
The deadline for written applications is Wednesday 14th April 2021.
Applicants will be expected to attend for an interview prior to the Town Council meeting, on Monday 19th April. This will be a Zoom meeting.