SOMERSET DAY – 11TH MAY

From the weekend of the 8th and 9th of May through to Somerset Day on the 11th of May people are invited to fly the flag for Somerset. You can download a flag to print or create your own to display in your window at home,

Templates can be found below and you can find lots more ideas and information at the official somerset day website

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LOCAL BUS TRANSPORT

a bus

BUS BACK BETTER

We are looking for bus users or people who may be interested in buses or concerned about the Climate Emergency who would like to join in and help work out how we can take advantage of Bus Back Better.

The UK Government has just launched a new national bus strategy for England entitled Bus Back Better.  The Government’s believes ‘buses are the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve transport”. This national Bus Strategy is backed by £3 billion of new funding and forms a key plank in the Government’s twin agenda of “Levelling Up” and “ensuring the economy meets Net Zero carbon emissions”. This is the biggest change in buses in the last 30 years!

Said Peter Travis, Co-Chair of Somerset Bus Partnership and a Chair of Frome and Villages Bus User Group, “This new national bus strategy and its extra funding gives us in Somerset the chance to deliver major improvements in the County’s bus services. Somerset now needs to seize this unique opportunity.”

The newly formed Somerset Bus Partnership is supported both by councillors and by bus user groups across Somerset and it will seek to work with local town and parish councils and with Somerset County Council to input into a Bus Enhancement Partnership for Somerset that incorporates both what current bus users need and take steps to facilitate more Somerset residents to switch from using private cars to travel by bus.

At 10 journeys per resident, Somerset currently has the fourth-lowest bus passenger journeys per population in England. It is the lowest in the South West. Bus passenger journeys in Somerset have decreased by more than some 40% over the past decade.

Said Peter Travis, “The new Bus Strategy provides the funding to reverse this decline in passenger numbers in Somerset and see Somerset playing its part in the Government’s leveling up and green agendas by launching a Bus Enhancement Initiative for Somerset. Somerset needs to commit to this initiative by June 2021.”

We are looking for bus users or people who may be interested in buses or concerned about the Climate Emergency who would like to join in and help work out how we can take advantage of Bus Back Better. Do please get in contact via the below contact details:

Contact:

Peter Travis

Somerset Bus Partnership

01373 831726

SBPMendip@outlook.com

MEETING POSTPONEMENT

Following to the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April  the country is in a Period of National Mourning until his funeral  on Saturday 17th April

Due to this the parish council meeting scheduled for this Friday [16th] cannot take place as planned and will now happen on Friday 23rd April 2021

Death of HRH Prince Philip

Following the death of HRH Prince Philip please find the statement from Mendip District Council attached

Play Area opening times

The village play area opening times have changed.

The play area is now open full time. park users MUST adhere to social distancing rules. Walton VC pupils should maintain the school ‘bubbles’. As COVID remains a health threat, opening hours are subject to review and the park may be closed if the government guidelines are broken.

 

DOGS

Street Beat Team would like to reassure local residents that despite the number of posts on social media recently, in relation to the number of dog thefts allegedly taking place in the Street/ Walton/ Glastonbury and surrounding areas, Street Beat Team would like to re-assure resident’s that we have had no such reports or crimes recorded of any dog theft.

Whilst it is always good to remain vigilant, we would ask residents to not believe everything they read on social media but if they do see any suspicious incidents taking place, then we would urge residents to report the matter at the time of the incident on the 101 number, or if the crime is in progress, then 999 should be used.

Many thanks.

 

Tim Richards

Police Community Support Officer 8919

 

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Street Neighbourhood Policing Team

 

E-mail: timothy.richards@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Tel: 101

Mob: 07802874904(not 24hrs)

CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

The village play area at Meadow lane although currently closed during the week will remain open at the weekends.

The week day closure is to help with maintaining social distancing around the school and will be reviewed on a regular basis.

 

MISSED RECYCLING

OFFICIAL – FROM MENDIP DISTRICT COUNCIL:

Sorry; Missed recycling around Mendip

Coronavirus related staff shortages have lead to missed collections today, Thursday 18th February in and around Walton and various other towns and villages in the Mendip area.

We regret that immediate return collections are not possible; please re-present recycling next Thursday 25th February from 6am.

If materials cannot be stored or would prevent a health hazard or fire risk, all recycling sites are on their usual schedules for essential visits only, and can take all kerbside materials for recycling.

The only exception to this is food waste, which should be double bagged and put into your rubbish or added to the energy-from-waste skip at any recycling site.

TO NOTE: RUBBISH, GARDEN WASTE,CLINICAL COLLECTIONS ARE NOT AFFECTED.

If you need additional recycling containers, order them via My Waste Services

 

APOLOGIES, SOMERSET WASTE PARTNERSHIP

Mendip Markets

From Mendip District Council:

Mendip Markets to Extend opening hours thanks to public support

Stalls will sell essential provisions such as food, cleaning products and pet supplies

STREET MARKET IS OPEN ON THURSDAYS 9am – 2pm

Can’t make the market?

If you are unable to go to the market you can still support Mendip stall holders –

Mendip District Council has created an online directory that showcases many market traders.

People aged 70 and over – COVID jabs and Somerset county council

From Somerset County Council:

Call for people aged 70 and over to contact NHS for Covid jab

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID and who would like to be are today being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.

Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are the most vulnerable are protected first – and that remains the case for most people. However to ensure absolutely everyone who is offered the vaccine, people aged over 70 can now contact the NHS so that they can be vaccinated by the middle of this month.

The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed at http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice

ALL SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL HELP AND INFORMATION IS NOW IN A SINGLE PLACE ON THE COUNTY COUNCIL WEBSITE  https://somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-latest-advice/