Supporting “Walkers are Welcome”

photo 1Cheddar Parish Council is pleased to support the village’s application to the “Walkers are Welcome” scheme. Cheddar has long been a favourite destination for lovers of the outdoors and the area provides some great walking country. Our Cheddar Walking committee is developing a number of local walks to suit all abilities which will include the siting of geocaches in some of our interesting and historic locations, and is also working to deliver an annual walking festival here from 2016. Two of our parish councillors are part of this Steering Committee. For its part, the Council will endeavour to ensure that all paths within its area of responsibility are kept clear and properly maintained, and will also promote greater use of public transport throughout the parish wherever possible. It will be a pleasure to see Cheddar as the first site in the Mendips to gain Walkers are Welcome accreditation.

Mrs Christina Brown
Chair, Cheddar Parish Council

Request for Volunteer Drivers from ‘Transporting Somerset’

Transporting Somerset is the unit within Somerset County Council which administers all of the Council’s passenger transport responsibilities.

It provide journeys for Health Clients on behalf of the NHS and for Social Care Clients in the County. It delivers this service by a combination of Taxi’s and volunteer drivers using their own cars to provide transport. The voluntary drivers are recruited via an agency called ‘Somerset You Can Do’.  Transporting Somerset is keen to increase the numbers of volunteers based in the Mendip Area.

You can obtain further details about becoming a volunteer by clicking here 15.04.21 – SCC re volunteer drivers required







0300 123 2224 – A new number for Somerset County Council

0300 123 2224 – A new number for Somerset County Council 

Somerset County Council has released the following information about its new contact number:

Why have we made this change?

The single number makes it easier and cheaper to contact us. People don’t have to decide which 0845 number to use and the single number will be easier to remember.

On average it will be cheaper for people to call us. Exact charges depend on landline and mobile phone packages, but calls to 0300 numbers are charged at the same rate as calls to any number starting with 01 or 02.

Also, anyone with free minutes as part of their landline or mobile call plan will automatically be able to call 0300 123 2224 for free (so long as they are within their free minutes allocation), which was not the case with the 0845 numbers. 

How are the calls answered?

Callers are asked to choose one of four options: ‘Services for Children’, ‘Adult Social Care’, ‘Roads and Transport’ and ‘All other enquiries’. After that the experience is the same as before, which may include additional options, for example a safeguarding option if the call is to Children or Adults services.

The contact centre Somerset Direct has a good record of responding to calls quickly and has the same number of well-trained staff in place so there will be no change to the service provided. All other services including support for Type Talk, email and SMS text are unaffected by the change.