On Sunday 5th March Cheddar played its part in the national Great British Spring Clean event. Right across the country community groups set about collecting litter and tidying up their local areas. In Cheddar parish councillors, members of the community and a keen group of lads from the 1st Cheddar Scouts set off in three teams from Kings Leisure Centre equipped with bags, hi viz jackets and litter pickers provided by Sedgemoor District Council. In just over an hour they collected more than a dozen bags of discarded bottles, cans, card and general rubbish from the Strawberry Line, Station Road and the path behind the school to Draycott Park. Parish Council Chairman Peter Council thanked all those who took part, adding “Cheddar is such a beautiful place; let’s try to keep it looking nice. Use the litter bins or take your rubbish home, then we’ll all enjoy our village more.”

P&R Tuesday 11th April Agenda

P&R Tuesday 11th April Agenda

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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

Minutes of Planning committee 21st March

Minutes of Planning committee 21st March

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Minutes of Planning Committee 7th March 2017

Minutes of Planning Committee 7th March 2017

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Minutes of Full Council Meeting – February 2017

Minutes of Full Council Meeting - February 2017

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Minutes of Full Council Meeting – January 2017

Minutes of Full Council Meeting - January 2017

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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.

Minutes of Highways and Open Spaces Committee meeting on 7th February 2017

Minutes of Highways and Open Spaces Committee meeting on 7th February 2017

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Minutes of Planning Committee 21st February 2017

Minutes of Planning Committee 21st February 2017

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Minutes of Planning Committee on 7th February

Minutes of Planning Committee on 7th February

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