Cheddar Parish Council wins playing fields award

Members of Cheddar Parish Council’s Highways and Open Spaces committee, and groundsman Tom Pearce, with the Healey Trophy

On 18th September, Cheddar Parish Council’s Sharpham Road playing fields received the award for Playing Field of the Year from Somerset Playing Fields Association, a registered charity whose aims are to help and support communities in the traditional county of Somerset and also north Dorset, to provide good quality outdoor recreation facilities. It was the first time Cheddar had entered the competition, and the council received the Healey Trophy from Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw. The trophy has in recent years been won by Churchill, Wedmore and Somerton. 

Chair of the parish council’s Highways and Open Spaces Committee Cllr Martin Kay, said “It’s great to have received this award  from the SPFA in recognition of this great facility we have here in Cheddar, and special thanks are due to everyone who helps to look after it, not least our groundsman Tom Pearce”. 

With their Mendip Hills backdrop, Sharpham Road fields provide pitches for football, cricket and rugby, tennis courts, and a skate park. There is also a recently-installed childrens’ play area with additional outdoor fitness equipment. Because of their proximity to the Strawberry Line path and Cheddar Reservoir, the fields are also popular with dog walkers and runners, and they are on three of the local walking routes produced by Cheddar Walking. 

Cllr Kay added “we’d love to enter again next year to defend our title, and if anyone has any suggestions for improving the facilities at Sharpham Road, please let the parish clerk know.”

New text number to combat rural crime – 07492 888109

Message from Avon and Somerset Police:

New text number to combat rural crime – 07492 888109

We launched a new text service to help us prevent and detect rural crime in January.

The service was aimed at encouraging rural communities and businesses to help us by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area.

The number allows the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.

The service is going to continue following its three month trial but the number is changing. The 81819 number, which was also shared with our Drink Drive campaign and other services, is being discontinued and new numbers are being rolled out.

The new Rural Crime number is now 07492 888109 and will working in exactly the same way.

Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We trialled the number for three months and have decided to carry on with the service. However, we felt we needed our own specific number and the 81819 number was quite expensive to run. The new number is specifically for Rural Crime and is a lot more cost effective.

“The number came about as many people who belong to our FarmWatch scheme said they wanted a facility to be able to pass on information and respond to messages quickly, and this number has facilitated that.

“We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example – details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for.

“No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.”

Messages are currently sent out via text message, voice alert and email to members of the Neighbourhood, Farm and Horse Watch schemes to alert them to crimes and incidents in their area. This new number will allow people to text back information quickly and easily.

Anyone can use it if they have information about rural or agricultural crime in their area, and isn’t just for Watch members.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Rural crime affects the livelihoods of farmers, smallholders and rural businesses and presents some real challenges for the wider rural areas.

I know the Rural Crime Team, working closely with our local communities are committed to tackling and preventing crime.
“I know from speaking to residents and farmers that there is a real desire to engage with the police when it comes to tackling rural crime. Providing an appropriate way for our rural communities to contact the police with intelligence will make a real difference to ensuring our countryside is safe and feels safe.”

It is important to note that the number isn’t monitored 24/7. The team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes.

You can report a crime online via the police website, or if it’s a crime which requires an immediate police attendance then dial 999.

You can still pass on information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Community Partnership Survey

cpsurvey

Cheddar’s Community Partnership survey is released today. Have your say on where money is spent in Cheddar. The Cheddar Community Partnership wants to attract funding into Cheddar to deliver a real change in the level of investment in the areas of Community & Environment, Health & Wellbeing and Economic Development.

Applications for external funding need to be supported by up-to-date data and strong evidence of need. A lot of work has been done already so your input will be supported by previous surveys including the recent Neighbourhood Plan consultation.

There are many examples around the country where Community Partnerships have been successful in attracting funding in to communities very much like Cheddar.

Click here to go to the survey

NB – This is a separate survey to the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Survey, which is about the future vision and policies for the parish – if you haven’t taken that survey yet, please click here.

Annual Parish Meeting

CHEDDAR PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

TO WHICH ALL PARISHIONERS ARE INVITED

WILL BE HELD AT

HANNAH MORE COTTAGE

 ON

WEDNESDAY 20TH  APRIL 2016

AT 7.00 PM

 

AGENDA

 

  1. To receive apologies for absence
  2. To receive a Police update for 2015-16
  3. To receive a presentation from John Pimblott & Simon Childs about the Cheddar Community Partnership
  4. To receive a presentation on the role of the Village Agent by Lucille Sims
  5. To approve and sign the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting 2015
  6. To receive a report on progress towards a solution to the problem of anti-social driving in the Village
  7. To adopt the draft Charity Accounts (displayed at the meeting)
  8. To receive the Chairman of Council’s annual report
  9. To present the Cheddar Service to the Community Awards
  10. Public Participation

 

Cllr Mrs Christina Brown – Chairman

13th April 2016

This meeting is open to all, but only those on the electoral roll for the Parish are eligible to vote on any matters requiring resolution.