Cheddar parish councillors spent an interesting and informative few hours at Batts Combe Quarry yesterday. The Chairman, Peter Colton thanked the quarry for its warm welcome and for giving up some time to show the group round and tell them so much about the operation of the quarry.
Residents of Cheddar Parish are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting on 19th April at 19.00 to be held in Hannah More Cottage.
Residents will be able to hear from the Chairman of the Parish Council on the events of the past year; celebrate the awarding of Community Service Awards; listen to a talk given by Ian Clemmett, Lead Ranger for National Trust Somerset Coast and Countryside and enjoy refreshments whilst talking with parish Councillors afterwards.
All residents of the parish are invited.
Somerset Waste Partnerhip is continuing the scheme with Getcomposting to provide competitively priced home composting equipment to Somerset residents. You can order online, by phone on by post.
Once again, the price remains £17.98 (RRP £39.00) for the 220l bin and £19.98 (RRP £49.00) for the 330l bin. They are also continuing with the “buy one get one half price” offer.
Kerbside recycling and refuse collections that would usually occur on Good Friday 14 April will be on Saturday 15 April. All collections in the week starting Easter Monday 17 April will be one day later, with Friday’s pick-ups moving to Saturday 22 April.
Keep an eye on revised collections by visiting Somerset Waste Partnerhips website to see the details of bank holiday changes over Easter, May and the August bank holidays.
Many of us are indulge in Easter treats such as chocolate eggs or cakes over the long weekend. Please remember to recycle cardboard boxes or (clean) packaging card sleeves as well as foil used to wrap these treats. It helps if you can scrunch up foil into a ball, so it does not get lost in the recycling process. You can check if the foil is plastic or metallic, by giving it a scrunch. If it remains scrunched, it is metallic foil and can be recycled; if it springs back, it is made from plastic polymers and cannot.
If you are using the long weekend break to do a spot of spring cleaning around the house or your garden, remember that the recycling centres will be open on their normal schedule. To check the opening hours of your local site, see www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/list/
Sedgemoor District Council has launched its Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Sedgemoor. This sets out how the core District Council services contribute to supporting people to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Underpinning the strategy are six themes:
- Planning for Sustainable Communities
- Healthy Housing
- Economic Independence
- Healthy Body and Mind
- Safer Communities
- Safer Individuals
SDC has not included transport as a theme although it is recognised this is a very important issue as the responsibility for this sits at County Council level. SDC recognise that Parish/Town Councils and other statutory and voluntary organisations as well as individuals within communities all contribute to promoting community wellbeing and will be looking at ways that it can work in partnership to support and promote project ideas. Therefore, the district council will be interested to hear about what is happening within our community.
The other initiative being promoted is Naturally Healthy Month May 2017. Access to green space benefits both physical and mental health. Tentative estimates suggest that a 1% fall in sedentary behaviour could produce nearly £2 billion in benefits through reduction in coronary heart disease, cancers, stroke, depression and anxiety. May 2017 has been designated as Naturally Healthy Month during this month a range of organisations are running activities in green spaces throughout Somerset so that people can enjoy the natural environment around them and feel the benefits of enhanced wellbeing.
The Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the timetable of events for Naturally Healthy Month 2017 can be found on the District Council’s website http://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/healthyliving
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.
We’re on the countdown to the Great British Spring Clean from 3rd-5th March 2017, and the campaign is being supported by TV naturalist and writer Steve Backshall, the BAFTA Award-winning Deadly 60 presenter. To hear Steve visit: https://youtu.be/0zw5pSW9HMM
Help clean up Cheddar for an hour or so on Sunday 5th March. Meet at KOW Leisure Centre at 9.30am. Equipment will be provided. Please contact the Parish Council to advise how many people from your organisation are willing to help on the set day (please note children must come with a responsible adult). For more information on the Great British Spring Clean 2017 see: http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk/home/2684#home
Do you know anyone in Cheddar who deserves an extra special thankyou for their work in the community? We would like to recognise local unsung heroes by presenting an award at our Annual Parish Meeting in April. Please contact the Parish Council office with your suggestions by 20th March.
Cheddar is taking part in this national event: http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk
on the morning of Sunday 5th March. Areas covered will include the Strawberry line to Sharpham Road and Draycott Park. Please look out for information on where to meet to start the big clean up. Everyone is invited to help make the village look sparkling and fresh for the year ahead. High viz jackets and equipment will be provided. The event will last about 2 hours.
Meet in the Leisure Centre car park from 9.30, bring hi viz and gloves if you have them, but some will be supplied.
Cheddar Parish Council is inviting local groups to apply for grants of up to £500 in its annual small grants award scheme. This year a total of £5,000 is available to help fund projects that will benefit the community. Voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations may apply, including registered charities, churches and schools.
Up to 50% of the cost of projects will be funded and applicants must show how the balance will be raised. The Council will support a diverse range of projects including, but not exclusively, the promotion of community development and self help, meeting gaps in services, support for the rural heritage, reducing crime or the fear of crime and developing new initiatives.
Awards are made for the benefit of people living in the parish of Cheddar and must be spent within one year. Application forms are available from the Clerk to the Parish, Parish Hall, Church Street, Cheddar, BS27 3RA. Tel 01934 743217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms can also be downloaded. The deadline for submission of applications is 31st March 2017.