Longleat to speak at Cheddar Parish Council’s July meeting

Head of Operations for Longleat Enterprises, David Gillingham, will be speaking about the company’s plans for new visitor attractions and other improvements in Cheddar Gorge at the monthly meeting of Cheddar Parish Council, 7pm on Tuesday 25th July.  All locals are invited to attend the meeting where they will have an opportunity to question Longleat about issues which have been of concern for some time, including the long term future of the historic Cox’s Mill Hotel which has been closed for several years and is now in a very serious condition.

The meeting will be held at Cheddar Village Hall (formerly Church House) opposite St Andrew’s Church as it is expected that many locals will want to hear what the company has planned.  Those attending are asked to arrive in good time and, because of current building work at the village hall, parking may be easier in the Sainsbury’s car park.  The open public session will be followed by the regular monthly parish council meeting.

 

Don’t be fooled by Council Tax scammers

A phone call that promises to lower your Council Tax banding for a fee of up £120 may sound like a great offer, but you can find out if your band can be lowered for free.

 

Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of Council Tax scammers who may offer you deals to reduce monthly payments or reduce your banding. SDC has taken calls from worried residents, so are warning everyone not to be duped. 

 

One current scam that has been bought to the district council’s attention is from a company claiming to be called ‘All Claim Solutions’ who say they are calling on behalf of the Valuation Office or Sedgemoor District Council and ask for £120 to lower your Council Tax banding. Please note this is not a phone call from Sedgemoor District Council or the Valuation Office, despite their phone number being very similar to that of SDC.  Council Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency and can only be changed under certain conditions. Details can be found at www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals. You will not be charged for the service.

 

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax bill and need help, speak with a member of the Council Tax Team on who will be able to offer help and advice on 0300 303 7801.

 

If you have given over personal details, we would advise you to call the Police straight away on 101 and report the matter as an identity theft scam. The Police will also direct you to the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040.

Avon and Somerset Police launch scheme to protect elderly and vulnerable residents from bogus callers

Avon and Somerset Police is marking Stop Adult Abuse Week with the launch of a scheme to protect elderly and vulnerable residents in the region.

 

The Nominated Neighbour scheme, which has already been used successfully in some areas of the region and is now being rolled out across the Avon and Somerset policing area to help protect elderly and vulnerable residents within the from bogus callers.

 

The scheme works by a vulnerable resident identifying a trusted neighbour or friend to act as a ‘Nominated Neighbour’. Any ‘Unknown Callers’ at the vulnerable neighbour’s door will be directed to their ‘Nominated Neighbour’ so that their credentials and identification can be checked and verified.

 

Once the ‘Nominated Neighbour’ is happy with the caller’s identity they will accompany them to their neighbour’s house and stay until they have finalised their business and the caller leaves.

 

Inspector Julie Knight, Local Policing Directorate, Avon and Somerset Police said: “This year’s Stop Adult Abuse Week is all about prevention. We already know that social isolation and loneliness increases vulnerability to crime. This is a particular issue for the more elderly members of our communities, with over 85’s estimated to spend an average of 90% of their time in the home.

 

“Our neighbourhood teams have strong community connections and we will work with partners to help deliver the right support to the right people. But, we are aware that some people don’t feel comfortable asking for help so we are urging people to reach out to elderly and vulnerable people in their communities and ask if they would like to sign up to this scheme and offer to be their ‘nominated neighbour’. The Nominated Neighbour scheme provides a great way of letting older people in your community know you are looking out for them, helping them to feel safe”

 

Why it’s important:

 

  • Latest crime figures show that last year 1765 elderly people across Avon and Somerset were victims of violence with a further 1592 the target of burglary.

·        Older people can be more vulnerable to scams, cons and fraud; doorstep crime, distraction burglary, online/mail/telephone scams

  • The group most likely to be the victim of distraction burglary is female, over 81 years old, living alone

 

 

Safety net at Sharpham Road children’s play area

The blue netting at the children’s play area at Sharpham Road, which had been left in a corner of the play area having been taken down by unknown person/s, has now gone missing.  

If you know of its whereabouts, please return it for the safety of the children of Cheddar to the Pavilion or to the parish council offices in Church Street.  

The netting was there to prevent stray cricket balls from coming into the play area and the parish council would very much like to see it returned or be made aware of its whereabouts.  We would be grateful of any assistance that parishioners can give.

Draycott Road Play Area

 

Draycott Road Play Area, Cheddar

 

The play area in Draycott Road, Cheddar is set for a £19,000 make-over.

Draycott Road has a small park which requires renovation. Works will commence on 23rd May 2017, resulting in the play area being closed for approximately 3 weeks, subject to favourable weather conditions.

A new triple swing consisting of a basket, junior and toddler seat will be installed alongside a rotational climbing net, spring see-saw, whale rocker, play panels, two new benches and a refurbished multi-play unit. New safety surfacing will also be provided beneath the items of equipment.

Sedgemoor’s Clean Surroundings team will be creating a second access point at the north end of the play area to improve safety and enable better access.

The project is being funded from Sedgemoor’s Parks Development budget and RLT2 developer contributions which Cheddar Parish Council agreed at Full Council should be used to support the refurbishment of the play area.

Cheddar Annual Parish Meeting 19th April 2017

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.

New home composting scheme

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.

Waste services over Easter

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/

Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Naturally Healthy Month May 2017

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