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.
We would be very please to hear your comments and suggestions regarding this site. Please use the 'Contact Us' tab on the side panel
Parish Notice Board
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(also look at the 'Upcoming Events' in the column on the right)
Compton Bishop Parish Councillor Casual Vacancy
There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor to be filled by co-option.
Tackling Climate Change in Somerset
The UK's very first Climate Change Adaptation Officer, Shelly Easton, will be giving a talk at Cross Village Hall on Wednesday 4th December at 7pm (no admission charge). The subject of her talk will be on working together to adapt naturally to the climate of tomorrow. Shelly is based in Somerset and you can find out more about what she - and her colleagues - do at: https://www.adaptingthelevels.com/ . For a bit more information click here.
Webbington Road Closure (again!)
Gigaclear will be closing the Webbington Road from a point 250 mtrs south east of the junction with Barton Rd for 25 mtrs in a south-east direction
Notice of a Parliamentary Election for the Wells Constituency
Council Tax scam by text message
Please be aware that Sedgemoor District Council have had reports a company who are texting messages to members of the public, stating a refund is pending for council tax. This is a scam and should be deleted. They ask residents to follow the link provided to claim their refund. The first screen asks customers to confirm their details, followed by the second screen asking for members of the public to enter their bank account details.
Road Closure - Church Lane - Compton Bishop
Telent Infrastructure Services will be carrying out works between 6th and 10th November, The restriction applies to the area from Coombe Lane to Webbington Road (click here to view map) For more information contact Talent Infrastructure Services 0800 526015.
There have been a number of burglaries across this area where the offenders have targeted homes while the residents are on holiday. There are a number of things you can do to make your home safer. For some tips to make your home safer click here to view the advice on preventing burglary from the Avon and Somerset Police .
The latest local police report has information you must read - there are a number of isues and advice which is significant to Cheddar, Axbridge and may impact our parish. Click here to view the report
National Grid – Hinkley Point Connection Project
National Grid has a section on their website giving the latest information on the works taking place in our area. Click here for the information regarding the works in the Mendip Hills area.
Latest update - Hinkley C Connection
Funding available to homeowners and landlords for home improvements
Sedgemoor Council would like to make residents aware of funding that is available to make improvements to homes in our area. Click here for details
Join the Plastic Challenge this July!
We need to reduce our dependency on single-use plastic. Click here to view the 20 useful tips from the Marine Conservation Society
Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Station
The Acting Returning Officer (ARO) for Sedgemoor District Council will be carrying out a Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Stations. To view the two formal notices please click here for the notification and here for the locations of the polling location.
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 email@example.com
Click here for more information
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
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.