tonight’s parish council meeting

joining information for this evenings Zoom parish council meeting is:

Meeting ID: 976 2869 1241 
Passcode: Council

vacancy for a councillor

WALTON PARISH COUNCIL

 VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

 Due to the resignation of Naomi Madelaine Johnson there is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.

If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council by co-option.

It should be noted that, if an election is requested, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 as a result of the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020.

 

* In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, day of the Christmas break, of the Easter break or of a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.

 

Helen Moore                                       8th  January 2021

Parish Clerk

recycling bin

Recycling sites stay open for essential use

Recycling sites stay open for essential use

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) plans to keep the county’s 16 recycling sites open on standard winter hours for essential use during the latest COVID-19 national lockdown.

Government guidance – gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home – has clarified that people can visit recycling sites as they are an essential service.

SWP is asking people to only visit sites if the trip is really necessary, for example because waste cannot be safely kept home or disposed of through kerbside recycling and rubbish collections.

Recycling sites already have measures in place to protect the public and staff, including:

  • Do not visit if you have COVID symptoms or have been asked to shield
  • Maintain social distance
  • Wear gloves and consider wearing a mask
  • Maximum two people per vehicle from the same household
  • Site staff cannot assist with unloading

Vehicle and trailer permits continue – somersetwaste.gov.uk/apply-for-a-permit

Staff will monitor site user numbers and control vehicle flow if necessary; visitors are asked for their understanding and patience.

The Reuse Shop at Taunton Recycling Centre will be closed during the lockdown.

SWP is also highlighting government guidance on how to dispose of personal waste if you have COVID symptoms or live in a household with someone who does.

Personal waste, such as tissues, facemasks and disposable cleaning cloths, should be double-bagged in black sacks, kept separate from other waste in the home for 72 hours, and then be added to your rubbish bin outside your home for the usual collection.

All residents are asked to maintain a social distance from collection crews. They should wash hands and disinfect container handles before and after putting out recycling boxes and bins.

For latest lockdown information, visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.

National Census 2021

Census 2021 poster

The 2021 census will take place on March 21st 2021 – further information can be found at www.census.gov.uk

and we will keep you updated here.

 

 

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No Village Funday this year

THE ANNUAL SEPTEMBER VILLAGE FUNDAY HAS BEEN

CANCELLED

THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID 19,

 ASSOCIATED SAFETY CONCERNS, AND GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS

CORONAVIRUS – COVID19

Walton Community Helpline on

07342 115108  or  07342 115100

We’d like to urge everyone to continue to look out for friends, family, neighbours and the community, but most of all yourself.  It’s important you stay safe, so you can continue to help others.

 PLEASE FOLLOW THE UP TO DATE GOVERNMENT ADVICE

Speed Watch

There is now a Community speedwatch in Walton.

The group have recently received their initial training and in the future will be spotted around the village in their Hi Viz jackets working toward Walton being a safer village by helping to combat speeding vehicles.

If you are interested in joining this group please contact the local PCSO Timothy Richards  timothy.richards@avonandsomerset.police.uk

or your parish clerk

clerk@waltonpc.org

WALTON IN BLOOM

Walton In Bloom

The annual competition will be judged on Friday 7th August this year.

All gardens that are visible from the road are automatically entered so tidy up now!

Awards are offered in the following categories:

  • Most unusual garden
  • Best Containers
  • Best hanging basket
  • Best garden overall
  • Allotments Cornucopia
  • Allotments Special Award

We look forward to seeing your gardens in bloom

Recycling centres open

Press release from somerset waste partnership:

29 May 2020

 

Recycling centres: Back to summer opening

Somerset Waste Partnership’s recycling centres will revert to their usual summer opening hours from Monday 1 June.

As well as the current temporary hours, the odds and even number plate access system will also come to an end from Monday. All other restrictions remain in place as SWP continues the move towards business as usual following Coronavirus closures.

 

Eleven of the 16 sites reopened on 11 May, and the remaining five on Tuesday (26 May), though materials and access remain restricted.

 

Please see https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling/centres/ from Monday morning for all sites’ opening hours – note that for Taunton, Yeovil and Frome it means a return to seven days a week opening.

 

SWP is continuing its plea for people to only come if it is really necessary and to take full advantage of the weekly kerbside recycling collections, which have continued throughout the crisis.

 

Long queues are expected at the sites, especially first thing in the morning, as the number of unloading bays has been reduced to allow social distancing. Queue cams are viewable for Bridgwater, Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Somerton, Street, Taunton and Yeovil. Please check before you leave.

 

Odd and even number plate access continue until Sunday 31 May:

  • Odd numbers on Saturday (for example 01, 19 etc)
  • Even numbers on Sunday (for example 02, 18 etc)

 

A maximum of two people per household will be permitted, gloves must be worn while outside your vehicle and strict social distancing maintained. Trailers and 3.5 tonne vans are only allowed access between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays.

 

Only materials accepted (and what happens to them):

  • Rubbish – material you would usually put in your black rubbish bin, excess black bags not taken by kerbside collections, and bulky items like furniture (landfilled in Somerset, soon to be sent to an Avonmouth energy-from-waste plant)
  • Green waste – garden waste such as grass cuttings, leaves, hedge trimmings (composted in Somerset)
  • Large household electrical items – white goods, cookers TVs etc (recycled in UK)
  • Household hazardous waste, such as solvents, garden chemicals, paint thinners and antifreeze (treated and disposed of in UK)
  • Waste cooking oil and engine old, in disposable containers of up to five litres (recycled in UK)
  • Scrap metal (recycled in UK)

 

Any items you would usually pay to have disposed of will not be accepted – including tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, commercial waste, plasterboard and asbestos.

 

Access to the normal recycling banks is not possible. So, unless you really need to, please do not bring cardboard, food and drink cans, paper, food waste, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars. These can be recycled using the continuing weekly recycle collections: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling-collections/

 

If you want to recycle waste wood, plastic pots tubs and trays, TetraPaks and small electricals, please hold on to them until the sites return to normal.

 

Mickey Green, SWP Managing Director, said: “This is another step towards business as usual. The restrictions are there to keep everyone safe, but they do reduce capacity so please do only come if you really need to. It’s not business as usual and there’s every chance you will have a lengthy wait.”

 

For more information about how to reduce and reuse your waste, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk

For the latest information about services and any disruption visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.