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23 March 2017Notice of Election for Somerset County Council

Nominations for the election are now open and forms can be obtained from Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3AR.  The closing date for nominations is April 4, no later than 4pm.

Residents should soon be receiving their polling card for the forthcoming election and are advised to check their poll card to make sure that they know which polling station they need to go to on Thursday, May 4th. If you don’t receive a poll card, you may not be registered to vote.  You need to register to vote by April 13th to make sure that you have your say at the ballot box.  The easiest way to register is by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

23 March 2017New text number to combat rural crime - 07492 888109

The service was aimed at encouraging rural communities and businesses to help us by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area. The number allows the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who  assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently. 

The service is going to continue following its three month trial but the number is changing. The 81819 number, which was also shared with our Drink Drive campaign and other services, is being discontinued and new numbers are being rolled out. The new Rural Crime number is now 07492 888109 and will working in exactly the same way.

You can report a crime online via our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk If it's a crime which requires an immediate police attendance then dial 999.

The new number is 07492 888109, 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.

31 January 2017Sedgemoor's Planning Policies and Local Plan

Click on the blue text to view the relevant items of Sedgemoor DC's latest Local Development newsletter which invites consultation on Sedgemoor’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, Employment Land Review and details of the 'Drop-in' consultation meeting regarding their 'Proposed Submission Local Plan'.

The proposals do have an impact on this Parish - especially the proposals for development in Cheddar

22 January 2017Become a Foster Carer for Somerset:

Do you have room in your life to help a child who needs it the most?

Become a Foster Carer for Somerset

‘Top Ten’ qualities to foster

Somerset County Council are sharing the ‘Top Ten’ qualities people need to foster and urging people to consider if they have the right qualities to start a new and exciting career in 2017 as a foster carer.

The ‘Top Ten’ qualities people need to have to be brilliant foster carers are, to be:

  1. Flexible
  2. Patient
  3. Kind
  4. Consistent
  5. Trustworthy
  6. Honest
  7. Good listener
  8. Understanding
  9. Available
  10. Sense of humour

The County Council is looking for people from all walks of life to foster – you can be single, married or in a same sex relationship, own or rent your home, have children of your own or not.

Foster carers are needed for children of all ages and backgrounds, including siblings, children with disabilities and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

The Council offers excellent training and a competitive weekly fee that increases over time in recognition of the skills, commitment and support foster carers provide.

Find out more about fostering in Somerset, read stories from real foster carers and book to attend an event – visit  www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk phone 0800 587 9900, ‘like’ the Fostering in Somerset Facebook page or follow @fostersomerset on Twitter.

22 January 2017Somerset Highways - new maintenace contract

Somerset County Council has awarded Skanska a seven year contract for the highways maintenance contract until 2024 by SCC with a promise that 85% of the spend will stay in the local supply chain.

Click here for more information

12 January 2017High Importance - AVIAN INFLUENZA (BIRD FLU) OUTBREAK IN THE UK

How to keep your birds safe from Avian Influenza (bird flu)

Click here for details

12 January 2017North Somerset Core Strategy: Adoption of consequential changes to Policies

Message from North Somerset Council Consultations

North Somerset Core Strategy: Adoption of consequential changes to Policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32, and CS33.

The consequential changes to Policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32 and CS33 of the North Somerset Core Strategy were adopted on 10 January 2017 and now form part of the development plan for North Somerset. 

The North Somerset Core Strategy was originally adopted in April 2012. Following a legal challenge, Policy CS13 (scale of new housing) was remitted by the court for reconsideration.  A revised version of Policy CS13 was re-adopted in September 2015.  At the same time the court remitted a number of other policies for further consideration on the basis that any change to Policy CS13 could have consequential changes for those policies. They are Policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32 and CS33. These policies relate to the settlement strategy and the approach to new development at Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead, service villages, infill villages and elsewhere.  Policies CS6 Green Belt and CS19 Strategic Gaps were also re-examined but no changes made.

The proposed consequential changes to the remaining remitted policies have been subject to examination by an independent inspector appointed by the Secretary of State and were re-adopted by North Somerset Council on 10 January 2017.

The following documents are available on the Council’s website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/corestrategy , or from the Council’s offices at Castlewood, Tickenham Road, Clevedon BS21 6BD; or The Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1TG:

  • North Somerset Core Strategy January 2017
  • Adoption Statement
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • The Inspectors Report, 8 November 2016
  • Appendix to Inspectors Report: Schedule of Main Modifications

Period for challenge

Any person aggrieved by the adoption of the consequential changes to Policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32 and CS33 of the North Somerset Core Strategy may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act on the grounds that:

  1. the North Somerset Core Strategy is not within the appropriate powers conferred by Part 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;
  2. a procedural requirement of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 or its associated Regulations has not been complied with.

Any such application should be made promptly and in any event no later than the end of the six week challenge period, 21 February 2017. 

Further information and other matters relating to the North Somerset’s planning policies, is available on the Council’s website www.n-somerset.gov.uk/planningpolicy  or by contacting the Planning Policy Team on 01934 426775 or by email at planning.policy@n-somerset.gov.uk.

Michael Reep

Planning Policy Manager

30 December 2016Report a Pothole

The general public are being urged to report problems with roads DIRECTLY to Somerset Highways. Click here for more information.

30 December 2016School Admission Arrangements

School Admission Arrangements

2018/19 Consultation

Have Your Say

School admissions arrangements for children who are due to start or transfer school for the 2018-19 school year, and those moving schools during the 2018-19 school year will be consulted on for a period of 6 weeks ending 31 January 2017.

This consultation applies to the admission arrangements for Somerset Local Authority and for those schools and academies who have contracted with the Local Authority to consult on their admission arrangements on their behalf.

This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any concerns about proposed admission arrangements.

To view the admission arrangements and for details of how to make comments, please contact (01823) 356146 or visit www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions.

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