Avian Influenza – [bird flu]

From 7th November 2022, it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds housed and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to protect their flocks. This applies whether keepers have commercial flocks, or just a few birds in a backyard. Link to the housing order:-  Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [Logo] (publishing.service.gov.uk)

to provide bird flu info to keepersinfo re bird flu for keepersbird-flu-chicken-turkey-keepers

The decision was made by the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, as the UK continues to face its largest ever outbreak of avian influenza – with over 70 cases since the start of October.

You should be vigilant for any signs of disease in your birds and seek prompt advice from your vet if you have any concerns.

You can help protect your birds and prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on your premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds – including making sure that their feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.
  • preventing access by poultry and captive birds to ponds and watercourses
  • cleansing and disinfecting footwear and equipment before and after contact with poultry and captive birds (or changing into clean footwear before tending to your birds)
  • regularly cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces in areas where birds are kept
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination, and using effective vermin control
  • keeping fresh approved disinfectant at the right concentration for use at farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures

Full details of what is required can be found on the government website – www.gov.uk/bird-flu

You can also find a self-assessment checklist at the above link to help you put the measures in place, as well as more information about the virus.

You can keep up to date with any future changes by regularly visiting the avian influenza section on the government website, and by registering for email or text alerts – www.gov.uk/guidance/apha-alert-subscription-service

The risk to public health from the virus is very low, however it is important that people don’t pick up sick or dead birds.

You should call the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species

The Food Standards Agency advice remains unchanged, that avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Local Road Closure

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: –

Temporary Road Closure: ttro259222ME – Street Hill, Walton Hill Road, Street

Please be aware that we have received notification of a date change to a temporary road closure at Street Hill and Walton Hill Road, Street for approximately 1133 metres.

The new date for the works to commence is 31st October 2022  and is expected to last until  17th November 2022 between the hours of 07:00 – 06:00.

This will enable Hi-Line Contractors SW Ltd to carry out tree cutting works due to ash Dieback..

The contractor Hi-Line Contractors SW Ltd  has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site  is permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Hi-Line Contractors SW Ltd on 03334567886, quoting reference: ttro259222ME.

Please visit one.network  https://one.network/?tm=131480586 where you will see the map of the affected area (in red), together with the supplied diversion route (in blue).

Canvassers begin door-knocking for your electoral registration details


to advise how the electoral commission may contact you

Canvassers begin door-knocking for your electoral registration details

Each year Mendip District Council checks the electoral register to make sure any resident who is eligible to vote can do so — this is called the annual canvass.

The Council has been busy contacting residents, urging them to check the details held are up to date to ensure they can continue to have their say in future elections. Reminder letters have been issued to registered voters already this year.

As part of the process, Mendip’s Elections Team will next be sending out canvassers.

Canvassers, who work on behalf of the Electoral Registration Officer, will only visit properties where a response is required, and none has been received. They will wear identification and will ask for limited information relating to voter registration, such as name and nationality.

The annual canvass helps the Council to update household information on the electoral register. But it’s also used for jury service selection and to provide credit checks, such as when applying for a mortgage or a mobile phone.

Anyone who receives a canvass form with incorrect or missing information must respond by law with the correct information as soon as possible. This confirms the details of everyone at each property who is 18 years and above and is currently on the electoral register.

People who have recently moved house are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages and check the details.

Research by the Electoral Commission suggests that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

If your name is not on the electoral register, you’ll not be able to vote in any future elections and may also find it difficult to get credit or open a bank account.

Residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at Mendip District Council on 01749 341475 or 01749 341391 or email elections@mendip.gov.uk.

For more information, please visit: www.mendip.gov.uk/annualcanvass.

Information on registering to vote is available here: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter.

Elderly and need transport?

01458 656 248

There is a brand new volunteer driver service offering a door to door return service currently within Street and Walton.   The Crispin Centre and Community Union are working together to provide the service.

We can help you get to your important appointments, shopping, social visits, exercise classes and more [sorry we cannot offer hospital transport] .  A  friendly local person can pick you up and take you where you need to go for just 60 pence per mile plus  £2 standing fee or just 30 pence per mile if you have a bus pass!

Booking lines are open:

Monday and Wednesday 9.30  – 14.00

Thursday 10.30 – 15.00

with drivers available Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm [weekends are possible but on request]

01458 656 248

This volunteer  driver service service is being run by the Crispin Centre Street with funding from the Community Union, Somerset Community Partnership fund and your local councils.



All you need a driving licence, a car with an MOT and insurance,

we will provide A DBS  check, safeguarding training and expenses.

contact us:


01458 656248



October 14th Parish Council Meeting

This is the monthly meeting of Walton Parish Council and is open to all members of the public to attend – you are welcome!

Also, if you have an interest in becoming a parish Councillor why not come along and see a bit more about what it involves?

The agenda of the meeting, that shows what will be talked about, can be seen on the parish council meetings page of this website





Park for free in Mendip this Christmas


Mendip shoppers, visitors and businesses can enjoy free parking during the run up to Christmas and on New Year’s Day.


Glad tidings for Christmas shoppers and local businesses! It will be free to park your car in all Mendip-owned pay and display car parks during the holiday period, for one week, from Saturday 17 December until Saturday 24 December 2022.


New Year revellers have reason to celebrate too, the Council is providing free parking all-day on Sunday 1 January. This is to encourage drivers who park vehicles in car parks on New Year’s Eve to use alternative and safe methods of transport to get home.


Small Business Saturday hasn’t been forgotten, with a fee-free day planned at selected car parks, on 3 December. Anyone visiting the area on the first Saturday in December will find charges suspended across the following car parks: Cranhill Road in Street, St John’s car park in Glastonbury, Union Street in Wells, Great Ostry in Shepton Mallet and the Cattle Market in Frome.


Cllr Simon Carswell, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “Once again we are delighted to offer free parking as a festive gesture of good will, and we hope it will go some way to making a difference to families this holiday season.


“It is important that we acknowledge the pressures facing many residents and businesses as the cost of living crisis deepens, especially at this time of year.


“Our focus here is on our town centres and their communities, to lift the barriers that might stop bringing people into them, whether that’s to support local retail or food businesses by buying gifts or treats from our highstreets, or just to allow residents to come together, meet family and friends, and soak up the atmosphere of our town centres at this festive time of year.”


Residents are asked to note that although parking is free, all other terms and conditions of car parking within the relevant car parks remain. To ensure everyone has a fair chance to enjoy this offer, please:

  • Check the time limits. ‘Free parking’ may not mean ‘free parking all day’. Maximum time limits still apply in all short stay car parks. Please check, and do not overstay.
  • Don’t park in disabled bays. Disabled parking bays are for blue badge holders only.
  • Park responsibly. Stay within the parking bay markings, and do not park in hatched lined areas, for safety reasons.

Penalty charges will be issued if you breach the conditions. There is an appeals process, details of which can be found on your parking ticket.


For more information on Mendip car parks, please visit the website: www.mendip.gov.uk/paydisplay.

Harvest Supper 7th October


Holy Trinity Walton are holding this year’s Harvest supper at Walton Village Hall on Friday 7th October, 7pm for 7.30pm.

There will be a ploughman’s supper and entertainment – bring your own drinks.

Tickets are £10 and are available from The Royal Oak Walton, Sandra  01458 446211 or Andy 07563 372107

Asney Art & Craft Workshop

As part of  SAW Somerset Art Works the Asney Art & Craft Workshop [venue 064]  are exhibiting the works of Louise Waugh and Caroline Hayles.

Between 24th September and 9th October the venue will be open 10am to 6pm – closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Louise Waugh – Vibrant contemporary Landscapes inspired by travel ; Paintings, original prints and cards.

Caroline Hayles – Pictures containing figures in a story, journeys provide inspiration ; Drawings , paintings and prints


Asney Art & Craft Workshop

Asney Road , Walton Ba16 9RL

[directions: on the A39 from Glastonbury to Bridgwater take right hand turn to Asney road when you reach Walton. The venue is 3/4 mile down the road.]