Dog owners to provide own dog waste bags

Cheddar Parish Council to stop providing free dog poop bags

Cheddar Parish Council has voted to stop providing free poop scoop bags at its dog waste bins.  The decision was taken because it is costing the council around £800 a year to provide bags and this is no longer considered good use of public money.

The bags were only intended for emergency use by dog walkers, but some individuals have misused the service, taking handfuls at a time, leaving the dispensers frequently empty.

Chairman of Cheddar Parish Council Peter Colton said “Dog waste bags are widely available for about two pence each and it is the responsibility of everyone who walks a dog to carry some when they go out.  Owners should know that they are committing an offence if they don’t clear up their dog’s mess on any land open to public access and they could be issued with a fixed penalty notice and subsequently fined up to £1,000.”

What some people may be unaware of is that dog waste, suitably bagged, can now be put in any normal litter bin or domestic black bin.  It no longer has to be disposed of in special dog waste bins.

Cheddar Parish Council is planning to provide more dual purpose litter bins around the village and asks residents to suggest high use areas where additional bins could be installed, not only for the benefit of dog owners, but to help reduce the problem of general litter too.  If you have suggestions for new sites please email

Calling all voters!

Local residents to receive important voter registration information

Households in Sedgemoor will soon be receiving  a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of Sedgemoor’s annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Even if you recently voted at the recent EU Referendum Sedgemoor still need a response to the form.  Louise Potter, Democratic and Elections Officer at Sedgemoor District Council said:

“Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say in any future elections, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible.”

“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register at .”

It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.   Any residents who have any questions can contact the elections team at Sedgemoor District Council by calling 0300 303 7804.

The Future of Cheddar – Have Your Say!

Sedgemoor District Council is consulting people on their Local Plan which sets out the numbers and locations of houses to be built in Cheddar. Hundreds of residents turned out to look at these plans in the Village Hall and also talked to Cheddar Parish Council about their views. But if you want to make a difference, you need to respond directly to the District Council. Details on our new Facebook site.


Local Plan – how many new houses in Cheddar?

Make sure you have your say!

Sedgemoor District Council is consulting local residents on their plans to allow significant numbers of houses to be built in Cheddar. It’s really important that people look at these plans and make their comments known in writing.

Take a look at the key documents including responses already made by Cheddar Parish Council:

Let Sedgemoor District Council know what you think of their plans. You can contact them as follows:

Online: via the local consultation portal at

By email:

By letter: Planning Policy Team, Strategy & Development, Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3AR

The deadline for them to receive your response is: 8th August 2016.


Cheddar Parish Council Community Award

Cheddar Parish Council is now seeking nominations for the above award for services to the community during 2015. 

Is there someone in our community who you think should be recognised and rewarded for their services? 

Cheddar residents are asked to consider nominating an individual who they believe has given or contributed, above and beyond what would be expected, for the benefit of our local community. 

Application forms are available from The Parish Council offices or can be downloaded here: Community Award

The closing date for applications is 4th March 2016.