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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. and complies with Data protection and Accessibility requirements (click to view). We would be very please to hear your comments, suggestions and possible articles regarding this site. Please use the 'Contact Us' tab on the side panel. 

Parish Notice Board

New Bus Service 48 Burnham-on Sea to Cheddar  Via Cross Tuesday and Friday only)

The route of the bus will be from Pier Street Burnham to Tweentown Cheddar. Click here for the full  timetable. The route is from Queens Drive Burnham, Edithmead Roundabout, Brent Street, Burton Row, East Brent Village Hall, Rooksbridge Garage, Tarnock Garage, Lamb Inn Weare, Old Coach Road, White Hart Cross, Axbridge Square, Cheddar Woods and then Tweentown Cheddar and will then return the same route. 

Please support this green initiative to help reduce pollution. 

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Grants of up to £5,000 are now available to help businesses in rural parts of Somerset bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic.The application process is open to:

  • Sole Traders providing rural services
  • Businesses providing rural services
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Local Community led organisa

The Rural Services Grant Fund is part of a £6m package of funding from Somerset County Council which aims to kickstart the county’s economy.To apply you will need to complete an Expression of Interest form which can be found at Somerset Recovery Fund - go to  https://www.somerset.gov.uk/business-and-economy/somerset-recovery-fund/#Introduction

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Temporary Road Closure: - Church Lane, Compton Bishop  Click here to view location

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All of Somerset forced to become one single unitary authority

In spite of the open local poll of residents in Somerset, which supported the Stronger Somerset option, Robert Jenerick MP has decided to ignore the result of the people's vote and impose his decision to have a single unitary council for the whole of Somerset. Click here for Sedgemoor's response to this decision

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Major Road Network scheme represents a series of proposed improvements along the A38  from Edithmead to Bristol Airport for road users including those that cycle, walk, and use bus services. Changes to the crossroad junction at Cross by The New Inn and Cross Lane will have a significant impact on the daily travel route of Cross Lane/A38 and Old Coach Road.

Click here to view the proposals and engage with the public consultation

The consultation period is from Monday 21st June 2021 to 23:59 on Sunday 1st August 2021

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New Rubbish Collection Times - Sedgemoor

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking residents to Put your recycling and rubbish out by 6am at the latest from now until further notice. The move will allow crews to start early if needed, making life a little easier when the weather gets hot this summer or other pressures make getting a flying start helpful.          Click here to view the full Notice

Suspension of garden waste collections - The national driver shortage and effects of Covid-19, including staff self-isolation, means there are not enough staff to complete collections. SDC has reluctantly made the decision to suspend garden waste collections for six weeks from 2 August 2021.

Compton Bishop Speed Watch Group

Compton Bishop Parish Council are asking for help to monitor speeding vehicles in the Parish.   We would like to create a Community Speed Watch Group to monitor the situation so we can collect useful data to strengthen our case for a reduced speed limit in our Parish.  We are a small team on the Council and really need volunteers who are keen to make an impact on this continuing issue. 

Would you be interested in donating a small amount of your time every month to help?

If so please contact our Clerk, Sally Diaz, on 01934 221659 or  email comptonbishopparishcouncil@gmail.com

We need all hands on deck and hope you can help us, improve the safety of our village.

Coronavirus

All help and information is now available in a single place on the Sonerset County Council website

Click Here to view 

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Click here to view 'The Covid Roadmap' (the four steps - March to June) 

click here for the latest Somerset Covid -19 update

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Compton Bishop Parish Councillor Vacancy - Click here for details

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Walking in Somerset - Where would you like to walk? 

Somerset walks to download and print FREE Click here
 

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Food support for families in need 

Click here for details

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Coronavirus - help local people navigate claiming Universal Credit

Due to the impact of Coronavirus over 5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit. Many of them are new to claiming Universal Credit having been negatively impacted by Coronavirus. We’re encouraging Parish Councils to share the following guide on their website and/or social media to help local people navigate claiming Universal Credit. 
                                            Here’s the link to the Universal Credit guide - click here 

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National Census

Households across Compton Bishop will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. Click here for mor information

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Carbon Reduction

A new grant has been launched which will help businesses save money and help save the environment

The new Carbon Reduction Grants for Business Scheme is being jointly run by Somerset’s five local authorities and will see businesses of all sizes able to apply for grants between £500 and £1,000 to help reduce their carbon footprints. Click here for more information

 

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Plea to residents to keep roadside footpaths and verges clear and safe - click here for more information

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Do you have thoughts on your local police service ?

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner calls out to local people to share their views on policing take part in the survey - click here for the link

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Latest Coronavirus updates 

*HM Government's guide on what you need to do - Click here to view

Information and advice from Somerset County Council and NHS SomersetClick here to view the latest updated information from Somerset County Council and the NHS in Somerset.

For Somerset and Avon Police notice on scams during this period - click here

*Somerset Waste -

From Monday 1 June 2020, all 16 recycling sites will be returning to standard summer opening hours.

For bin collection and information from Somerset Waste click here and for their latest newsletter click here. Hold on to your clothes, or lose them to landfill.

Clothes and Textiles -Somerset is being asked to hold on to its unwanted clothes and textiles to make sure they don’t end up in landfill. Somerset Waste Partnership is committed to making sure everything it collects that can be recycled, is recycled and recycled close to home. But Coronavirus is making that impossible to guarantee, so kerbside textile recycling collections are being suspended until the situation improves.

*Help and services in our Parish :

There are a number of initiatives being developed in our Compton Bishop Parish see below : 

  • Cross and Compton Bishop residents : If you are unable or worried to leave your home because of the coronavirus a group of local residents can help. Click here for more information and contacts.

*Somerset County Council - Coronavirus

All our help and information is now available in a single place on the SCC - click here to view

*Appeal :Somerset Community Foundation has set up the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal to raise funds for local charitable groups that are supporting the most vulnerable people affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and, looking ahead, to ensure that when the time is right we can help our communities recover well. Click here for details of how to donate to the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal.

*Education while in lock-down

With many people furloughed and self-isolating, it's more important than ever to raise awareness about free education courses and training. Home learning will help people make the most of their time and cope better with self-isolation. It will also improve their employment prospects at a time when many jobs are a risk. Learnyay helps adults find free education courses and training. By connecting them with ESFA and local authority funded colleges, schools and training providers in their area.  Click here to find out more

*Spark Somerset COVID-19 Update

This is a challenging time for everyone, but please be assured that we are still very much available to support our communities. If you would like our help, please call 01460 202970, email support@sparksomerset.org.uk. working to support Somerset communities to respond to COVID-19, and will share the latest information, best practice guidance for groups and useful resources click here. 

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Cross and Compton Bishop Village Survey - Findings

Click here for the results

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Volunteers Wanted

Compton Bishop Parish Council is looking for volunters of all ages to help with maintenance work around our parish of Compton Bishop

For more information click here

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Scams

Trading Standards have released information on recent scams which includes :

Renewable energy : computer support : driveway repairs : garden services : advance fees ;: garden furniture : rouge roofers : white goods insurance : home insulation : Christmas : phising

Click here to view this file

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Making our local roads safer

Volunteers sought for a Parish Speed Watch Group

The Parish Council is looking for a number of volunteers to join with others  in setting up a speed watch group in the parish.  If you are interested then please contact  the Parish Council Clerk at  comptonbishopparishcouncil@gmail.com or phone 07856 846621.

For on-line information abouth Community Speed Watch - click on the link https://www.communityspeedwatch.org/

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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. 

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Burglary Prevention

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 .

 

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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.

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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

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 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:

 Update on project Indicative layout map 

Somerset CC Road Plan : Somerset CC Lighting Plan 

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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

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