WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY WEBSITE FOR
THE PARISH OF COMPTON BISHOP
Nestling at the foot of the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, the parish of Compton Bishop comprises the settlements of Cross, Newtown, Rackley, Webbington and of course Compton Bishop itself.
Compton Bishop nestles in an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), visited by many who appreciate the beautiful breath-taking scenery. The parish has a network of more than 13 miles of well-used public footpaths, bridleways and permissive paths which provide a wonderful variety of routes with Crook Peak and Wavering Down dominating the sky-line. This area of The Mendip Hills is owned and cared for by the National Trust and provides a peaceful recreational space for all who visit.
This web site provides information on local groups, items of local interest as well as all Parish Council information, minutes, etc.
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Help reclaim our dark skies : Star Count 2019
Star Count 2019 2 February - 23 February
A message from CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England)
Dark, starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer. But light pollution means many of us can’t see the stars. We want to reconnect people with the wonder of our glorious night skies. You can take part in #StarCount2019 and help us find our darkest skies, to ensure more of us can experience this natural wonder. Our Star Count will take place this February, with support from the British Astronomical Association, and we’ll be asking you to look up at the night sky and tell us how many you can see in Orion.You can do this from anywhere in England. Your results will help us to create a map showing the best places to enjoy the stars. And it will also support our work to combat light pollution and reclaim our dark skies.
Click here for the link to CPRE’s star count web page which gives all the information on how to take part
AXBRIDGE AND CHEDDAR VALLEY SEA CADETS
Due to their great success in our area they are urgently looking for more staff to help run the unit. There are a number of ways you could help so please click here for more information or contact Baz Hamblin - email email@example.com.
National Grid – Hinkley Point Connection Project
There may be some disruption during the refurbishment of the decking on Ham Lane Bridge in Loxton. The works will start at the end of January and is being done by the Environment Agency. This has nothing to do with the National Grid’s Hinkley C connection project.
National Grid will be starting the first phase of their connection project in March 2019. These preparatory works will be vegetation clearance, coppicing and topping trees. The purpose is to prevent wildlife from nesting in areas where the construction works will take place. They will also be installing reptile fencing to prevent newts and snakes entering areas where excavation would remove their habitats.
A ‘Drop-In’ exhibition will be held for the general public to attend and meet with members of the National Grid team.
Loxton Community Hub
Frankie Howerd Loxton Community Hub has made an application for funding under Hinkley Point C’s Community Impact Mitigation Fund. Click here for the latest update
Somerset West Lodging Scheme
YMCA Dulverton Group (formally YMCA Somerset Coast) runs a project called Somerset West Lodging Scheme, which supports homeowners, private and social tenants in the Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset areas to become landlords and let out of their spare bedrooms to earn additional income.This is a mitigation scheme designed to reduce homelessness, to keep people in their homes and to make ends meet. click here for more information or contact Lisa Godfrey, Lodging Scheme Manager 07813 599065, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Survey for Sedgemoor's Open Space, Sport and Recreation Study
Parish Council survey
Sedgemoor District Council is currently in the process of preparing an Open Space, Sport and Recreation Study for the District which incorporates a Playing Pitch Strategy, a Play audit, a Built Facilities assessment and an assessment of informal recreation space.
This study aims to understand the current quality and quantity of provision, the current level of use and demand of each site and the expected level of future demand based on population projections. The assessment results will form part of the evidence base needed to protect existing sites, identify additional needs, support funding bids and inform negotiations with developers when securing contributions towards open space, sport and recreation facilities.
Click here for details.
Cross Lane Footpath, A38 and Cross Lane Safety Proposals
The Parish Council Meeting on 24th October 2018 accepted Somerset Highways proposals for the construction of a footpath in Cross Lane, a pedestrian refuge on the A38, road markings and lighting on the A38 and Cross Lane. The following documents can be viewed by clicking on the title, below:
Compton Bishop Parish defibrillators
The three defibrillators are now up and running and are located at :
1)White Hart BT box ( BS26 2EF)
2)BT box at the end of Church Lane on Webbington rd ( BS26 2EX)
3)Webbington Hotel to the left of the reception steps ( BS26 2HU)
Please take a note of the one nearest to your home and make an accessible list of people and their telephone number who could assist in retrieving a defibrillator in an hour of need.
Defibrillators increase the chances of survival following cardiac arrest so please make a plan in your household of what to do After you have telephoned 999. The ambulance service will give you the keypad access code to your nearest defibrillator.
Automated public defibrillators can be used by anyone trained or untrained as they talk you through step by step.This is a very useful video if you didn’t attend the training session and wish to learn more.https://www.bbc.co.uk/…/how-to-use-a-defibrillator-and-save…
Do contact Tracey Brownlow if you require further information on how to access or use a defibrillator on 07731892294
The Parish Council is commissioning a local firm to repair and refurbish our finger posts. It is hoped that work will be able to start jn the new year.
Dog attacks on livestock
During December, there have been a number of attacks by a dog, or dogs, resulting in domestic chickens in Compton Bishop being killed. The dog(s) was not on a lead. In mid December one ram had its back leg torn by an attack from a dog and two sheep killed in Cross Quarry. A local farmer reported that he has lost 22 sheep since they were put out for grazing, in May/June, on our local hills around Crook Peak and Cross Plain. It is not known whether this is the work of one rogue dog or more but the owners, if located, can be held responsible and prosecuted. The most recent incident was seen to be a loose dog terrorising of pregnant ewes up and down the side of the hill chasing them and splitting them in all directions chasing one down into the bushes. The dog was caught after 10 minutes but no information was reported. It is possible that many ewes will miscarry after this incident.
Please follow the Countryside Code and keep dogs on a lead and controlled at all times when livestock are present and do not let your dog out of your sight and control.
Don’t be fooled by Council Tax scammers
A phone call that promises to lower your Council Tax banding for a fee of up £120 may sound like a great offer, but you can find out if your band can be lowered for free. Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of Council Tax scammers who may offer you deals to reduce monthly payments or reduce your banding. SDC has taken calls from worried residents, so are warning everyone not to be duped. One current scam that has been bought to the district council’s attention is from a company claiming to be called ‘All Claim Solutions’ who say they are calling on behalf of the Valuation Office or Sedgemoor District Council and ask for £120 to lower your Council Tax banding. Please note this is not a phone call from Sedgemoor District Council or the Valuation Office, despite their phone number being very similar to that of SDC. Council Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency and can only be changed under certain conditions. Details can be found at www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals. You will not be charged for the service.
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax bill and need help, speak with a member of the Council Tax Team on who will be able to offer help and advice on 0300 303 7801.
If you have given over personal details, we would advise you to call the Police straight away on 101 and report the matter as an identity theft scam. The Police will also direct you to the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040.