News Updates from North Cadbury and Yarlington Parish Council

Right of Ways Report April 21

Please find below the monthly ROW report.

10th April 2021

Highways Report April 21

Please find below the Highways report for April.

Highways report

10th April 2021

Constitution and Standards Committee

Dear Parish,

I am hoping you will be able to offer some help with regard to the promoting the attached press release to your website or noticeboards.

We have three vacancies for co-opted members to our Constitution and Standards Committee and are eager to encourage as many applicants as possible.

We will of course be using our recruitment team to also assist but it would be great if you could assist us in getting this out to as many media outlets as possible.

Any assistance would be gratefully received.

Kind regards

Laura Rose
Democratic Service Officer
Democratic Services
County Hall

My Work Mobile: 07790577336
Directline: 01823 356151 or 01823 357628/01823 359500
Other Team Work Mobile: 07811313837 or 07790577232
Email the team:

Standards Committee

8th April 2021

Proposal for referendum

Proposal for referendum on local government reform

We wanted to let you know as soon as we could that each of our district councils will next week decide on a proposal to hold a local referendum on local government reform.

We are bringing forward this proposal because we want to ensure that Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has all the information they will need to determine which of the two options on the table local people support.

Concerns have been expressed about the consultation process and the lack of prominence given to the voice of the most important stakeholders – the city, town and parish councils of Somerset and the actual residents of Somerset – within the current Government consultation.

There have been calls from Somerset residents for the councils to take steps to ensure residents' views on the potential changes and their preference for the future of local government can be expressed in a clear and open manner.

A local referendum would provide invaluable additional information on top of the evidence that the current Government consultation.

This vote would be held after the current consultation closes, but before the Local Government Secretary is due to announce his decision. So, the information the vote will provide can be added to that gleaned from the consultation.

The poll would open on 7 May and close on 28 May. Voting would be by post or online and the poll would be run independent of the local councils by Civica Electoral Services (formerly Electoral Reform Services).

Should our councils back the proposal, I hope you will encourage your members and communities to take part. This is a once-in-a-generation chance to make a fresh start, to shape our local services and develop local solutions to the challenges we face.


Cllr Val Keitch, Leader of South Somerset District Council

Cllr Ros Wyke, Leader of Mendip District Council

Cllr Duncan McGinty, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council

Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts, Leader of Somerset West & Taunton Council

6th April 2021

From the desk of David Fothergill

Please find attached the April briefing sheet from David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council

Briefing Sheet

6th April 2021

Update on Highway Works in South Somerset Area, Week Commencing 05 April 2021.

I am writing to update you on the latest progress of SCC highway works in the South Somerset Area, for the week commencing the 05th of April 2021.
For your information, I
attach the planned programme of works. Works highlighted in red indicate that this is a new scheme introduced into the works programme. Dates highlighted in red indicate a change to the original dates that have previously been detailed.
Additional 'live' information can be found on our webpage by following the link,
Should you wish to discuss any particular scheme in more detail, please contact this office at your earliest convenience.

Neil McWilliams
Highway Service Manager
Somerset County Council
South Somerset Area Highways Office
Mead Avenue
Houndstone Business Park
BA22 8RT

Highways Update

6th April 2021

Covid Update

Good evening

Please find attached this week’s Covid-19 update for Somerset on behalf of the Engagement Board. As we head into Easter weekend with new freedoms granted, we are reminding people to stay safe and stay outdoors. Our message is very much to: Stay local, minimise travel and behave responsibly. Continue to follow ‘hands, face, space’ with the new message of ‘fresh air’ to minimise catching Covid-19 and spreading it to others – even if you have been vaccinated.

Public Health England has published a blog about protecting ourselves and each other as we move out of lockdown, please share this and the attached with your networks.

I wish you all a fabulous Easter break.

Many thanks and best wishes

Lisa Rogers
Partnership Manager - please note that Monday is my non working day
Public Health
Somerset County Council
Mobile: 07977 411302

6th April 2021

Neighbourhood Watch

Hello and welcome to our April edition of the newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch, we have recently added the town and Parish council Clerks to our distribution list. For those of you who have are new to our newsletter we have been sending a newsletter to our Neighbourhood watch members since January, which include updates on the work our team are doing and advice and information. If you wish to receive the previous newsletters please contact us on the team email and we will happily send out a copy.

I am the Neighbour Sgt for the Somerton and Wincanton team and I work alongside PCSO Supervisor Fiona Wilson. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards


Katie Maun
Sgt 4073

Somerton and Wincanton Neighbourhood Policing Team | Avon and Somerset Police
Somerton Police Station, Kirkham Street, Somerton TA11 7NN
Wincanton Police Station, Churchfields, Wincanton, BA9 9AG

Mob 07889658542
Email | Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Neighbourhood Watch

6th April 2021

PC Minutes March 2021

Please find the latest Headlines from your Parish Council

PC Headlines

1st April 2021

Update on Highway Works in South Somerset Area, Week Commencing 29 March 2021.

Good afternoon all.
Update on Highway Works in South Somerset Area, Week Commencing the 29th of March 2021.
I am writing to update you on the latest progress of SCC highway works in the South Somerset Area, for the week commencing the 29th of March 2021.
For your information, I attach the planned programme of works. Works highlighted in red indicate that this is a new scheme introduced into the works programme. Dates highlighted in red indicate a change to the original dates that have previously been detailed.
Additional 'live' information can be found on our webpage by following the link,
Should you wish to discuss any particular scheme in more detail, please contact this office at your earliest convenience.

Neil McWilliams
Highway Service Manager
Somerset County Council
South Somerset Area Highways Office
Mead Avenue
Houndstone Business Park
BA22 8RT

Highways Update

29th March 2021

Highways Maintenance 2021/22

Good afternoon all,

Highway Maintenance Operations (Planned), South Somerset - 2021/2022

I provide you with a list of our intended major highway maintenance schemes for the 2021/2022 financial year, which are to be delivered as part of our annual Resurfacing, Structural Maintenance and Surface Dressing programmes. Whilst it is our intention to deliver all of the schemes identified, there may be specific reasons or circumstances that may dictate otherwise.

Specific scheme information, e.g. start and finish dates, nature of Traffic Management etc, will be confirmed through my weekly updates once such details are known.

I also provide a copy of our Environmental Maintenance, Verge Maintenance information sheet. This provides details of our planned annual Weed Treatment, Grass Cutting and Hedge Trimming works programmes.
Should you wish to discuss any of the above, or attached information, in more detail, please contact this office at your earliest convenience.
I hope that this information is helpful.


Neil McWilliams
Highway Service Manager
Somerset County Council
South Somerset Area Highways Office
Mead Avenue
Houndstone Business Park
BA22 8RT

Highways Maintenance

29th March 2021

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

Beavers are hoping to reopen (covid permitting) on 19th April however we are short of an adult leader, if you can help us please give me a ring 07538502812 or drop me an email We meet in Sparkford Parish Hall on a Tuesday from 6pm – 7pm. We would be grateful for as much or as little time as you can give us, you will need to have a DBS and maybe some training depending on how much time you have to spare!
The group is open to boys and girls,
Beavers 6-8 years old
Cubs 8 – 10.5 years
Scouts 10.5 – 14 years
Explorer Scouts 14-18 years.
If you can spare some time to help at another section or want to add your child to our waiting list please contact me, I will pass your information onto our other leaders.
Look forward to hearing from you soon

Anne Tuck
Beaver Scout Leader
3rd Sparkford Scout Group
telephone : 07538502812

23rd March 2021

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

Please find attached the Notices for the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

Kind Regards

Michelle Mainwaring
Case Officer (Democratic Services)
Strategy and Commissioning
South Somerset District Council 

PCC Election

22nd March 2021

NWG Report

Please find attached a copy of the latest Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.


22nd March 2021

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Hi everybody

I have just issued the Options Summary Report in our NP Newsletter



Options summary report

13th March 2021

Help with getting to vaccination appointments

If you have not yet had your vaccination, it might be worth preparing in advance how you will get there. If you are not able to drive yourself, but you have a family member or friend who might be able to support you – it’s always worth having that conversation now.
While many older and more vulnerable people will be able to attend a location close to their home, some will be relying on public transport.

We are working with bus operators and community transport providers to help vulnerable residents to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
A free Somerset County Council Taunton town centre shuttle service has been launched to get people straight to their vital vaccination slot. The Covid vaccination shuttle bus service runs every 30 minutes from Castle Way in Taunton town centre to Taunton Racecourse. The seven-day a week service uses one of the Council’s fleet of minibuses and will help to support those who don’t drive and will link easily with other operators coming into the town centre. The shuttle service is set to run every day throughout March and April except for the following dates when the vaccination centre is closed for race days: 4, 15 and 23 March; 8 and 21 April. The new Taunton service starts at 8.20am each day, and will also serve bus stops along South Road and Shoreditch Road on route to the Racecourse. The last bus each day is 6.05pm from the Racecourse. There will be capacity for a maximum of four passengers on each journey due to the need for social distancing. The service is reserved for those who have a pre-booked vaccination appointment at the Racecourse and this will be verified before passengers board the bus. It’s recommended those using the service catch a bus to arrive approximately 10 minutes before their vaccination slot. You can view the timetable here·

First West of England provides a bus service every 30 minutes from Wells Bus Station stopping at Shepton Mallet. The bus service terminates at the Bath and West Showground and operates seven days a week. The service provides connections to and from other bus services at both Wells Bus Station and Shepton Mallet Cenotaph. This service is free for bus pass holders. If you plan to use this bus service, please make sure that you take your appointment letter with you and try to use the timetabled journey which arrives at the Bath and West Showground as close to your appointment time as possible. This will avoid waiting time on site. You can view their vaccination centre travel guide here. Current concessionary bus pass rules have been suspended so that bus passes can be used on all public services before 9.30am. This came into effect from February 1.

We are working with Community Transport and Slinky Demand Responsive Services across Somerset to allow free travel for bus pass holders when attending vaccination appointments. You can find information and contact details for Community Transport Services on Travel Somerset If you are concerned about getting to an appointment, or need other help or support during the pandemic, please phone the Coronavirus helpline on 0300 790 6275. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Best wishes,

Andrew Doyle
Communications Officer
Somerset County Council Telephone: 01823 359798 | Mobile: 07977413530
Press Office: 01823 355020 | Website:

12th March 2021

Wessex Internet

I am writing with some exciting news about ultrafast internet connectivity coming to your area, and to introduce myself.

I am the Community Engagement Manager for Wessex Internet - a rural internet provider. We are delighted to have been awarded a contract by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) to deliver ultrafast full fibre broadband to selected properties and businesses in parts of rural South Somerset. I am pleased to be able to share our map of coverage areas which we are releasing today which can be viewed on our website here .

This is a fantastic opportunity that will bring many benefits to communities like yours that have been overlooked when it comes to high quality and high speed connections. As more of us are working, schooling, running businesses and spending leisure time at home, an ultrafast reliable internet connection is a necessity rather than a luxury.

I’d love to arrange a meeting with you to discuss this further, and to answer any questions that you or parishioners may have. We are more than happy to come along and talk to you first, or at a forthcoming Parish Council meeting. Depending on lockdown restrictions, this could be done via an online forum. Please let me know by contacting me by email or phone – if I don’t hear from you, I will follow up in a couple of weeks. I would be grateful if you could pass this email on to anybody else that is relevant.

In the meantime, you will see that our website has some FAQs and more detailed information that may be helpful.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Christine O’Grady

Wessex Internet


Office: 0333 240 7997

Mobile: 07956 333782

Email: christine.o’

Address: The Old Laundry, Ranston, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8PU


12th March 2021

Neighbourhood Plan. Possible new sites

Dear Resident,

Please would you consider which of these new sites in conjunction with those already submitted might be most acceptable for possible future development and give us your feedback in the questionnaire at the end of the presentation. I apologise for bothering you in this way but communication under the present restrictions is very difficult.
It would also be very helpful if you would consider forwarding this email to others in the parish who might be interested.

Kind regards,

Andy Keys-Toyer.

New sites

23rd January 2021

Covid Vaccine Fraud

Criminals are using the Covid - 19 vaccine as a way to target the public.

COvid 19 Vaccine Fraud

19th January 2021

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Farming

Dear All,

Please find attached details of our next Mental Health and Wellbeing webinar being held on Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 6pm.

We have another great line up of speakers from CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably, Gay Farmer Helpline, an Accredited CBT Therapist, Market Chaplin, FCN-Farming Community Network and a very brave young lady from Kingsbridge Young Farmers.
To register for the event please following the link below:
If you register for the event but are unable to make it on the night we will still forward you a recording of the event.

Please circulate to any contacts or groups who may find it useful.

Many thanks

Nikki Rattenbury
Trading Standards Officer
Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service
A Joint Service Commissioned by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Councils

01392 383000
01392 382159 (Fax)

Trading Standards, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD

For clear practical Consumer Advice - call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506

For Business Advice - call 01392 381381 from Devon, 0300 123 2224 from Somerset or 01803 208025 from Torbay

For Approved Local Traders, to recommend a business for the scheme, or to apply to join Buy with Confidence visit

Email Disclaimer -

19th January 2021

Covid-19 Scam

We have issued this warning today about fraudsters sending fake text messages offering the Covid vaccine in an attempt to steal bank details

Details can be found at the link

Many thanks


Jo Ryan
Project Officer

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service
A joint service commissioned by Devon, Somerset and Torbay councils

Please note I don't work Mondays

01392 383000
Trading Standards, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD

Cover-19 Scam

11th January 2021

Funding Grants

Hello there,

We are getting in touch to let you know that The Somerset Fund is now open for applications until Monday 11 February 2021.

If you are a grassroots community group based in Somerset and running on less than £100,000 per year, you can apply for a grant up to the value of £2,500 from The Somerset Fund. The grants are 'unrestricted', which means they can be used to pay for ongoing running costs, also known as 'core costs'.

What do we want to fund?

We're keen to support a wide range of groups from across Somerset. We are particularly interested in:

giving the best start in life to the most disadvantaged children
growing the life skills of young people
improving the mental health of people of all ages
increasing opportunities for better physical health
supporting people with disabilities and life-limiting illnesses, and their carers
combating loneliness and isolation.

Please note that preference will be given to applicants that have not previously been awarded a grant from The Somerset Fund.

Thank you very much indeed for helping us to spread the word.

With best wishes,
All at Somerset Community Foundation

11th January 2021

Spark a Change

Dear Clerk and Councillors,

We hope the following will be of interest – we would also be very grateful for any wider publicity to residents and groups you can give through your own networks and community newsletters.

Spark Somerset runs the county wide volunteer service. We have recently launched Spark a Change: a new free digital volunteering platform designed to help people use their time and skills for a good cause. Take a look at

Whether you’re an individual who would like to volunteer, or an organisation looking for people to support your work, you can use Spark a Change to:

Register as a volunteer or charity and create a profile
Discover or share volunteering opportunities
Make a connection and begin your volunteering journey

Spark a Change is easy to use and has lots of great features for both recruiters and volunteers. It was developed with help from the team behind the Corona Helpers website, through which over 1,300 people signed up to support their community during the pandemic.

Recent events have inspired many people to want to give something back, and there are hundreds of local Somerset charities and community organisations who would love to hear from new volunteers - so there's never been a better time to get involved!

Visit to find our more.

For any enquiries about our volunteering service contact

Join our Volunteers in Somerset Facebook group or sign up for our regular Spark newsletter on our website

Best wishes,

Sandra Smith
Community Development Worker
My working hours are Mon-Fri 09:00 - 17:00 (Lunch 13:00 - 13:30)

7th December 2020

COVID-19: Funding support available for business through lockdown

Funding support is available to businesses in South Somerset due to the national lockdown restrictions that came into effect from Thursday 5th November.

South Somerset District Council are administering two schemes:

Local Restriction Support Grant

Eligible businesses are now able to apply for a business support grant under the Local Restriction Support Grant scheme. Grants are available of up to £3,000 and this will cover the 28 day national lockdown period. The funding will be provided on a rolling 28 day period for as long as the current lockdown restrictions apply.

Under this scheme, support is available for businesses that are legally required to close and are business rate payers. Businesses that have been required to close by Government include:

- Non-essential retail

- Leisure

- Personal Care

- Sports Facilities

- Hospitality

A full list of businesses required to close can be viewed on the Government website.

If you own or manage a:

- Pub, cafe or restaurant and have changed your business model during the lockdown period to operate as a takeaway.

- Shop required to close but offer click and collect or online with delivery services. Additionally

- Hotel or accommodation business that continues to provide services only for those who are travelling for work purposes or other exempt purposes.

You are also able to submit application into this scheme.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) – Discretionary Grant Scheme

From Monday 23rd November at 12.00pm, eligible businesses will be able to apply for a business support grant under our discretionary scheme. This scheme is designed for:

- Businesses who have lost 25% or more of their normal operating income during the current lockdown period

- Businesses that are required to close but do not have a business rates valuation

- Businesses that mainly supply or trade with businesses required to close, or have experienced significantly reduced customer levels

South Somerset District Council have limited funding available for this scheme and encourage businesses to apply as quickly as possible. Should demand outweigh the amount of funding available, we will be required to operate on a first come first served basis and reserve the right to review the scheme should we feel absolutely necessary.

How do I apply?

Applications for both schemes can be submitted online and can be accessed by visiting You will need to be registered for a basic ‘My Account’ in order to apply and can do that online at

What will you need?

Businesses will need to provide:
- Latest Business Bank Statement

- An image of your latest business rates bill (Local Restriction Support Grant)

- Evidence of fixed costs, for example lease / rental agreements or a bank statement highlighting outgoings relevant to this application (ARG only)

- Business information including:

· Number of employees

· Type of business

· Contact information

· Information specific to the business (e.g Business Rates reference number)

I applied for a Business Support Grant during the first lockdown. Can I apply again this time?

Yes you can. This is a Business Support Grant that covers the 28 day national lockdown period between Thursday 5th November and Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

How long does it take to process an application and how do I find out if and when I will receive the grant support?

We are expecting a high volume of applications and have reassigned staff to help deal with the expected extra workload. We will work through them as quickly as possible. In addition, the Government may still make changes to the grant scheme and we may have to get back to you for more information.

Once we have all of the information we need to process your application, you will receive a decision and/or a notification of when to expect the grant support payment. During this time, we ask that you are patient and give our team 14 clear days before you follow up your application.

What other support is available for my business?

Further support for businesses can be found on our website:

Council Leader Val Keitch said: “This is clearly a challenging time for all businesses and at South Somerset District Council we are committed to doing all we can to support businesses through the current crisis.

“We’ve acted quickly to try and inform businesses how they can access Government Business Support Grants and I am grateful to the staff at South Somerset District Council for moving swiftly to get processes in place and inform businesses across the district of the help and support they can receive.”

As a District Council, we have implemented many actions from Thursday 5th November for public safety in line with new Covid-19 restrictions.

In addition, South Somerset District Council will continue to work will local community organisations to ensure those who are vulnerable or facing hardship are supported, and facilitate a number of grants to local foodbanks.

The council will also continue to ensure anyone who is homeless or facing homelessness has a safe place to stay.

The Council is also issuing payments to those that are entitled who are required to self-isolate.

For the latest information about Coronavirus in the UK, including how to keep yourself and your community safe, visit the Government website.

If you are facing financial hardship and need support, please contact South Somerset District Council on 01935 462462 or use our online form -

The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is also live to help you access help you may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis.

To view all of our news releases, please visit

South Somerset District Council is also on social media:

For more information:
Martin Hacker, Specialist (Communications, Marketing & Media)
Tel: 01935 462130

Issued by:
South Somerset District Council Communications Team
Tel: 01935 462130

18th November 2020

Step Up Somerset

Dear colleague
Step Up Somerset is a multi-agency one-stop-shop launched to provide support for those individuals who are job hunting, seeking training in new industries or working to strengthen their skills by providing details of employment and skills services and resources. For anyone without internet access, further one-to-one help can also be provided by phoning the Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275.

Best wishes

Debbie Rundle
Communications Officer
Somerset County Council
County Hall
Somerset TA1 4DY
01823 356197

10th November 2020

Support for Somerset residents during lockdown

Help is available for anyone in Somerset who may need additional support during the second national lockdown.

The five councils in Somerset have been working together since the first lockdown to provide a single phone number for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support.

Residents are reminded they can call 0300 790 6275 if they need any help themselves or are concerned about relatives or neighbours.

Although the national restrictions and guidance on shielding are different this time, it remains really important for people to stay connected and also keep active, particularly during the winter period.

Help and advice is available and phonelines are open seven days a week between 8am and 6pm to offer support with:

· Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions
· Support for the homeless
· Emotional support if you're feeling worried or anxious
· Employment, skills and business advice
· Transport to medical appointments
· Waste collection and disposal
· Financial support

The five councils will again be proactively contacting a number of those residents identified as needing additional support during the previous lockdown.

Please be alert to potential scams and remember a caller from the council will never ask for personal details or bank details. If you're concerned, please hang up and get in touch via the helpline.
If people are interested in volunteering, for example helping people out with shopping or picking up prescriptions they can go to to register.

For further info please contact the communications teams from any of Somerset's local authorities – the County Council, four district councils and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.

Kind regards

Peter Elliott
Head of Communications
Somerset County Council
Mobile: 07976 696865
Press Office: 01823 355020

6th November 2020

The Covid Community Champions Network: Helping people to stay happy and healthy.


I hope this email find you safe and well?

I’m writing to tell you about an exciting new opportunity. Spark Somerset is working in partnership with SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership) to set up the Covid Community Champions Network. The network will give local people a role in helping their community to get up to date information and make the right choices to stay healthy.

After attending a short online training course, Covid Community Champions will be able to help their family, friends and the wider community to understand the latest guidance around Covid-19, and signpost to other health and wellbeing support. This can done informally as the Champions go about their day to day lives. Whether they chat to someone while queuing outside the shop, talk to work colleagues, or challenge something they see online, they will play a vital part in helping keep local people informed, happy, and healthy.

Champions will have the opportunity to attend regular meetings, where they’ll get to know the other Champions, keep up to date, and feedback about how things are going where they live and work.

We’re particularly keen to involve people living or working with communities that might find it hard to get the right information about how to stay happy and healthy at the moment, and areas where Covid infections rates are highest in Somerset.

If you, or someone you know who might be interested in a becoming a Covid Champion, you can find more information and sign up here

The first induction/training session will be via Zoom on Tuesday 17th November at 7pm. Sign up details will be sent to people who have registered on the link above.

If you’d like to discuss how your organisation might support the network, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I look forward to working with you.

Best wishes,

Helen Fielden
Volunteer Development Officer
Please note: I am part time and work mainly 9.30-2.30, Monday-Friday

4th November 2020



I hope that you and your community are safe and well.

You might have recently seen what3words in the news and/or some adverts on Channel 4.

Just over 80% of services in the UK now use what3words, so I thought maybe an opportunity to (re-)encourage your community to download the what3words app on their phones in case they need to call 999.

Your community could also use what3words to report incidents with organisations like National Grid, Network Rail and the Environmental Agency.

The app is totally free to download and use, you can download it on iOS or Android.

I’m here to help if you have any questions or need support.

Warmest regards,


Molly Macgregor


Download document (pdf)

Find a full list of what3words services here

14th September 2020

Local Government Association Model Member Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

21st June 2020