NEWS

News from Somerset Waste Partnership

 

 

Garden Waste Collections Suspended

Somerset Waste Partnership have suspended garden waste collections for six weeks from Monday 2 August 2021

full details can be found in their briefing below

SWP Briefing July 2021 Garden Waste Collections Suspended 

 

 

Blue Recycling Bags

The expanded recycling collections start at the end of June 2021 using the new blue bags. Further details can be found below

The latest update on the expanded recycling collection 

Winsham Spring Clean 2021

 

 What a great morning! All roads, lanes and open spaces scanned and rubbish collected. Play equipment and seating in lower Rec cleaned, signs in the middle of the village and phone box cleaned ( although some were a bit fragile) and most importantly fun was had by all and lots of flapjacks eaten!!

Thank you everyone. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you also to Nathan Turnbull for the SSDC equipment, kindly brought to Crewkerne for easy collection/return!

 

Winsham Housing Needs Survey

Back at the beginning of December the Community Council for Somerset (CCS) conducted an independent Housing Needs Survey on behalf of the Parish Council (PC), funded by a generous grant awarded to us by South Somerset District Council (SSDC).

Prior to this activity the most recent survey regarding housing needs that the PC arranged took place as part of the Parish Plan questionnaires, back in 2013.

Owing to that elapsed time, the PC considered it the right moment to assess properly the housing needs of the whole parish; not just the main village but also the wider area including Leigh, Whatley, Street, Bridge, Ammerham and Purtington.  The assessment was to look at housing needs both current and future, particularly with the added impetus of the recent decline in our Social Housing.  

Such community led surveys form the guidance for housing, not just for the PCs benefit, but also the planning authorities (which is usually SSDC).  Therefore, it does form a vital part of establishing the future of Winsham. 

The results of the survey have now been returned to us. You’ll see there are 28 pages, but don’t be too daunted!

Two of the main headlines from the report are:

  • The majority of respondents feel that more housing is needed in Winsham (63%), with the largest proportion feeling a few more houses are needed (57%). Around 1 in 3 consider the current level of housing is about right.

  • The large majority support future development in the parish (75%) if it met the specific needs of people with a local connection. Less than 1 in 4 do not support future development (17%). With the exception of one respondent, all participants expressed a view.

The report can be read by clicking here, or by visiting the Winsham Parish Council website at http://www.winshamparishcouncil.org.uk/default.aspx and looking for it under “Documents” and under the sub heading “Council Plans”. A paper copy can also be viewed in the Parish Council office, please contact the Clerk to arrange a suitable time to visit and view it. 

Finally, may we extend a big thank you to everyone who took the time in either paper or electronic form to fill out the survey. 


 

Help Shut the Gate on Rural Crime

New text number to combat rural crime - 81819

Avon & Somerset Police are launching a new text service, 17/01/2017, to help prevent and detect rural crime.

They are asking rural communities and businesses to help them by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area.  The new number will allow the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who will be able to assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.

Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We are trialling the number for three months. Many people who belong to our Farm Watch scheme had said they wanted a facility to be able to pass on information and respond to messages quickly, and this new number will allow 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 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.

The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance. In those circumstances please dial 999.

The new number is 81819, please text us any information you believe could either help prevent or detect a crime in your area. You can still pass on information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  They never ask your name or trace your call.

Standing Up Against Hate Crime

Following Winsham Parish Council's meeting held on the 7th September 2016, the Members unanimously agreed to follow South Somerset District Council's (SSDC) Commitment against Hate Crime:

“We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. Our council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable. We will work to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources they need to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. We reassure all people living in this area that they are valued members of our community.”


Adopt a Path Scheme

Somerset County Council (SCC) has introduced a new scheme called Adopt a Path Scheme. The scheme is open to everyone between 18 and 75 years old. SCC would like volunteers to:

  • Walk a path, or ride/cycle a bridleway/restricted byway as often as possible
  • Report any problems encountered to them or a local Adopt-a-path Coordinator.
  • Help with cutting vegetation back from signs, stiles and gates.
  • Keep an approximate total of time spent clearing vegetation.
  • Promote responsible use of the path.

SCC will give help and advice with any rights of way questions, provide cover under their insurance policy whilst carrying out this role and loan gloves and tools to do the clearance.  To take part either go online www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway to fill in the application form or contact Rights of Way Service, Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY, telephone number 0300 123 2224.  SCC will then send you a map asking you to mark which paths you would like to adopt.  When returning the map SCC will send you relevant information and details of any local co-ordinator. To download SCC's brochure, please click here.

New Traffic and Travel Website

Somerset County Council has recently launched a new traffic and travel website – www.travelsomerset.co.uk.

This runs alongside the @TravelSomerset Twitter account, which provides live updates from the Council’s traffic control team.

The aim of Travel Somerset is to improve how they tell people about what’s happening on the roads in Somerset – from planned roadworks and public events to unplanned incidents, accidents or congestion.

The website provides updates 24/7 and also has a searchable map showing current and future roadworks. You can sign up for travel alerts or subscribe for emails about roadworks in an area of your choice.

The new website also has information about public transport, cycling and walking, and will be developed and improved over time.

 

Update - August 2018

The Parish Council have been made aware of a recent press release about road maintenance: https://somersetnewsroom.com/2018/08/20/find-out-if-highways-improvements-are-planned-at-a-road-near-you/

This is promoting a new webpage where you can now find details of all planned structural maintenance work for the current financial year.

You can find this webpage at https://www.travelsomerset.co.uk/structural-maintenance/


"Report a problem" on the Highway 

A new online, interactive map has been launched by Somerset County Council to allow residents to report potholes and other issues on Somerset’s Highways.

‘Report it’ is now available at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/problems-on-the-road/  and allows users to report any issues across all 4,206 miles of Somerset’s highways.

How does it work?

Residents can now go on the website to report issues they find on a highway such as a pothole, blocked drain or poor road surface. Simply log the issue on the map by location and then fill in the details of the problem using an online form. People can also leave an email address to receive updates on potholes they have reported.

When residents report a road defect it will be inspected within 3 working days, and programme repair work will be scheduled where required. 

You can find out more information about how we find and repair potholes here.


Explore Somerset – (Public Footpaths and Rights of Way)

A new online mapping system to help people find their way around Somerset’s extensive rights of way network has been launched by Somerset County Council.

How does it work?

Explore Somerset is now available at www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway and allows users to plan their route across all 9,000 public rights of way in Somerset.

The interactive system can also be used to simply report any issues you find on a right of way – such as a broken stile or blocked path.

Residents can log the issue on the map and also upload photos to help wardens easily locate the problem. They can also leave an email address to receive updates when the issue is resolved or closed.

Explore Somerset is being improved and developed all the time, and one of the next phases is to develop a volunteer module for the many individuals and groups who give up their time to help the County Council look after the network.

Explore Somerset

If you have any queries about Explore Somerset please email: rightsofway@somerset.gov.uk,

or if you’re interested in volunteering opportunities on the path network then please visit www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway or email rowvolunteers@somerset.gov.uk.

The Highways ‘Report It, and “Explore Somerset” online systems continue to be improved and will work in co-ordination with the all new Travel Somerset website, (www.travelsomerset.co.uk). 

Residents can also report issues to Highways and Public Footpaths and Rights of Way through their dedicated Contact Centre on 0300 123 2224.


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