NEWS

Housing Needs Survey

Have your say! Housing Needs Survey

The Parish Council is currently asking for residents views on housing needs through a survey, which was delivered to households on 17th & 18th November.  This will inform us both of general views on housing and of specific needs for affordable housing. The survey is being conducted by CCS, an independent charity, and no personal details will be shared with the PC.

The responses will be most useful to the PC for commenting on planning applications and, if need is identified, for progressing with an affordable housing scheme.

It is a vital part of establishing the future of Winsham, therefore it is in all our interests and for the future of the whole parish if you take the time to complete the form and return it by the deadline of 8th December 2017.

The survey can also be completed by people currently living elsewhere but who want to live in Winsham who have a local connection. These people may have local employment commitments, family already resident in the village, or links within the parish. Please forward this link to them - www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/winsham-hns   

As an added incentive, those taking part could win a voucher of your choice worth £30. See the survey for more details.

Thank you for your participation,

Jason Stevens,
Chairman, Winsham Parish Council


Winsham Community Speed-watch 2017

Winsham Parish Council is undertaking a 2017 Speed-watch in response to concerns raised by parishioners about the speed of traffic coming through the village. This initiative will be undertaken in conjunction with the Police and South Somerset Community Speed-watch, it aims to:

·        Help us address speeding problems in Winsham

·        Increase public awareness of the dangers of speeding

·        Provide help and advice to enable us to make Winsham roads safer

·        Promote and participate in specific road safety campaigns initiated by the police

We hope to involve and engage all sectors of the Winsham community. We need 12-15 volunteers, who will be trained by the police in the operation of the ‘speed gun’ and collation of vehicle details and will work initially in teams of three. If you are interested in taking part please give your name and address to –

Trevor Harris at 24, Church Street, Winsham. Tel: 01460 30389, or email – trevor.harris939@gmail.com.

By 31st of July 2017.


Review of the South Somerset Local Plan (2006 – 2028) -Issues and Options Consultation

South Somerset District Council is reviewing the Local Plan that was adopted in March 2015; this review will cover the period 2014 to 2034.

As a first stage in the process, they are consulting on the issues and options that have emerged this far; and produced a document to stimulate debate on the best way to provide a new policy framework for planning and development in the District up until 2034. The consultation period will be from 26th October 2017 until 12 noon on 11th January 2018.

The document starts to consider the options for where new growth may go in the future; and identifies potential new sites for housing, employment and other forms of development in the various towns and villages across the District.

You are able to view summary leaflets, the consultation document with option maps and the updated evidence base; and find a consultation response form, as well as the link to submit your representations electronically, on the Council’s web site at https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/issuesandoptions. Hard copies of the document can be seen during normal opening hours in Council offices at Brympton Way, Yeovil; Petters Way, Yeovil; Holyrood Lace Mill, Chard; Churchfields, Wincanton and in libraries in South Somerset. Library locations and opening hours can be found here: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries-and-heritage/using-the-library/find-your-library/

There will be a series of public drop-in sessions where the consultation document can be viewed and where Council officers will be on hand to help explain how we have got to this stage and answer any queries. These drop-in sessions are as follows:

  • 1 November - Somerton Town Council offices (4pm-7pm)
  • 2 November - South Somerset District Council offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil (4pm-7pm)
  • 7 November – Market House, Castle Cary (4pm-7pm)
  • 9 November – Swanmead School, Ilminster (4.30pm-7.30pm)
  • 21 November – Guildhall, Chard (4pm-7pm)
  • 22 November – South Somerset District Council offices, Churchfields, Wincanton (4pm-7pm)
  • 30 November – Great Bow Wharf, Langport (4pm-7pm)
  • 4 December – South Somerset District Council offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil (4pm-7pm)
  • 13 December – Henhayes Community Centre, Crewkerne (4.30-7.30pm)

Please be aware that all representations will be publicly available and may also appear on the South Somerset District Council website.

Once the consultation period has ended, responses will help inform the preparation of preferred options for the Local Plan, which will again be the subject of further consultation.

If you have any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact the Spatial Policy Team on 01935 462462 or at planningpolicy@southsomerset.gov.uk


Winter Service in Somerset 2017/2018

Please find attached here a leaflet ‘Your Guide to Winter Service in Somerset 2017/2018’.

This leaflet outlines the county policy on salting routes, describes what they can and cannot do and what the public can do to assist, including advice on the clearance of snow from pavements.  It also contains a map showing the Pre-Salting Network in Somerset and the criteria that were used to develop this network.  This also indicates that the majority of roads will not receive treatment and that we all, as road users, have responsibility for our own safety.


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.”


Flood Re Scheme

 Flood Re Scheme started in April 2016 and by clicking here you will be able to see information on how the scheme works.

Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service

Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.  They see people at outreach, their premises, their home or hospice.  They can help take the worry out of the finances during these difficult times.

Please contact on 01935 847667 for their help. 

Bus Services

Transporting Somerset have recently carried out a tender process for service 99 between Chard and Yeovil (the service between Chard and Taunton is operated commercially by Stagecoach). This contract has been won by South West Coaches and from the 13 June 2016 they will be operating this section of the route on a 7 year contract.

This service has been renumbered 96 to avoid confusion with the Stagecoach Chard to Taunton 99.   Please click here for a copy of the new timetable from 13 June 2016.

Volunteer Driver Recruitment - Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council is appealing for more volunteer drivers to help provide a vital lifeline for vulnerable adults and children.

The County Council currently provides transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, ranging from the elderly to young children.  This includes trips to hospital for medica appointments, or transport to day centres.

A dedicated army of nearly 200 fantastic drivers across the county currently act as volunteers, but the ageing population in Somerset means demand for transport is growing and more volunteers are needed.

Volunteer driving is a rewarding opportunity to get out and about, helping others and meeting new people, while providing a vital lifeline in your local community.

Anyone can be a volunteer - the only criteria is that drivers must be over 18, have use of their own four-door vehicle, and hold a full UK driving licence with no more than six points.  Mileage expenses will be reimbursed at up to 50p per mile.

To find out more about volunteer driving, please contact Somerset You Can Do by phoning 01278 664180 or visit www.somerset.gov.uk/volunteering.

Blackdown Hills Community Nature Project

The Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Project is an exciting new community wildlife project that aims to discover and record the diverse range of wildlife in the area as well as equipping people with the skills they need for its future conservation.

They are looking for community groups who want to set up nature projects that will benefit wildlife in the local area.  Please click here for more information. 

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.

 

Somerset Waste Partnership

The Somerset Waste Partnership's October Monthly Briefing is now available and can be viewed here. Somerset Waste Partnership have also published details of the revised Christmas Bank Holiday collection dates for 2017.  Please click here to view.


"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.