Updates


Scarecrow Competition 2018

This year Ilminster Town Council are again holding a Scarecrow Competition which all residents and local businesses of Ilminster are welcome to enter.

 Scarecrows should be displayed where they can be seen easily and on view from midday Thursday 7 June until 8.00pm Sunday 10 June 2018. The Scarecrows will be judged during this period.

The winners will be informed by 15 June 2018 and there will be prizes to the value of £30, £20 and £15 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and there will be a community prize.

Entry forms are available from the Town Council offices (open 10am – 12pm Monday – Friday), downloading here or collection from the Meeting House, Ilminster.

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS MUST REACH THE TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES BY NOON ON THURSDAY 25 MAY 2018.

Guidelines for Entry

Your scarecrow does not need to be a traditional – let your imagination run wild. You can make a scarecrow from virtually anything and you are especially encouraged to use recycled materials.

Local traders could use scarecrows to effectively highlight their particular business, drawing on the theme of the business for creative inspiration.

  1. Scarecrows can be built by families or individuals and can be any height up to a maximum of 1.8 metres.
  1. Your scarecrow must be made from scratch.
  1. Scarecrows will be judged on strength, durability to the weather, imagination and character.
  1. Your entry may be a single scarecrow, a family or a group.
  1. Your scarecrow should include an element of plant material which can be dried, fresh or living.

A  list of scarecrows entered into the competition along with a map showing their locations, will be made available from Tuesday 5th June so that members of the public can walk around the town to view the entries.


Date Posted: 30/04/2018 09:30:00

South Somerset District Council - Open Spaces User Survey

 We'd like your views on our parks and green spaces by 30 April.

Fill out an Open Spaces Survey by 30th April 2018 to let us know what you think about our parks and green spaces, and how you use them. Your feedback is important to us and will help how we manage these spaces in the future, as well as how we improve and develop local parks and green spaces for residents and visitors.

You can fill the survey out online by going to http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SSDCOpenSpacesUserSurvey/.  It's a quick and easy way to have your say. You can also fill out a paper copy which you can pick up from the Reception at Brympton Way & Tourist Information in Petters House, Yeovil, returning it to reception at either office for the attention of Environment Services, Lufton.


 

Date Posted: 26/04/2018 11:15:27

More chance to have your say on Somerset libraries

Somerset residents will have an extra seven weeks to share their views on the County Council’s proposals for its libraries.

The closing date for the consultation has been extended from Sunday 22 April to Wednesday 13 June after listening to feedback from the public, partners, Councillors and communities.

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Development at Somerset County Council, made the decision today to give communities more time to help plan for the possible future delivery of library services.

In response to a number of requests, further information on what a ‘Community Library Partnership’ and ‘Library Outreach Services’ could mean for library users is also now available, the questionnaire updated and based on the library respondents visit most often (rather than an area), and extra detail added to the proposals.

Following today’s decision, the additional information and updated questionnaire will be available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation or in all Somerset libraries from Wednesday 21 March.

Cllr David Hall said: “Thank you to all those who have responded so far - that feedback has been recorded and will be taken into account.

“It’s important to us and it’s important to you that we make our library service sustainable for the future. You said you wanted more time to consider the proposals, more information and we have listened.

“We will make decisions only when we are confident we have as detailed a picture as possible on how our proposals could affect you, your family and your community. Giving you more information and more time will help both you and us achieve this.”

All responses to the consultation submitted before Wednesday 21 March will be fully considered by decision makers, but those who have already shared their views are encouraged to review the additional information online at www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation and in any Somerset library.

If you have any further comments you’d like to make after reviewing this supplementary information, please email librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk. Alternatively, write to Libraries Consultation 2018, B3S, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY or contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224. 



Date Posted: 16/03/2018 10:55:29

Temporary Closure of The Cross
TAKE NOTICE that in pursuance of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations
Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the
County Council of Somerset have made an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from
proceeding along The Cross from the junction with Ditton Street, westwards for a
distance of 30 metres.
This order will enable Wessex Water to install a washout in this road.
The Order became effective on 30 August 2017 and will remain in force for
eighteen months. The works are expected to commence on 12 February 2018
and last for 5 days. While the closure is in operation an alternative route will be
signed on site.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE
Please visit www.roadworks.org for further information on the alternative route
For information about the works being carried out please contact Wessex Water
on 0345 600 4 600
Patrick Flaherty
Chief Executive
Dated: 08 February 2018

Date Posted: 01/02/2018 14:15:19

Have your say on plans to upgrade the A303 and Have your say on Somerset Libraries’ services

Somerset residents are urged to have their say on plans to upgrade the A303.

 

Highways England has launched a consultation on proposals to improve the single carriageway section of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester, including widening the road to a dual carriageway and improving safety of connections with the local road network.

Somerset County Council was instrumental in lobbying the Government for whole route improvement of the A303 and A358 corridor*.

The consultation runs from 26 January to 9 March 2018.

 The consultation documents can be accessed at: www.highways.gov.uk/Sparkford-to-Ilchester

 

Highways England will be holding events where people can meet the project team and view the proposed route. The dates are:

 

  • Saturday 3 February, 10am to 6pm at Queen Camel Memorial Hall, High St, Queen Camel, Yeovil, BA22 7NF
  • Monday 5 February, 2pm to 8pm at Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Yeovilton, Ilchester, BA22 8HT
  • Friday 9 February, 2pm to 8pm at The Davis Hall, Howell Hill, West Camel, Yeovil, BA22 7QX
  • Thursday 15 February, 2pm to 8pm at Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil, BA22 8YF

 

Public information points, where people can view the proposed plans, are:

  • Wincanton Library, 7 Carrington Way, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9JS
  • Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, TA19 0NQ
  • Yeovil Library, King George Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1PZ
  • Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7HU
  • South Petherton Library, St. James Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5BS
  • Montacute House, Montacute, TA15 6XP
  • Taunton Library, Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3XZ
  • Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
  • Martock Library, The Shopping Centre, Martock, Somerset, TA12 6DL
  • South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT
  • Ilchester Town Hall and Community Centre, High St, Ilchester, Yeovil, BA22 8NQ

A second, separate consultation on a proposal for widening the A358 between Southfields Roundabout on the A303 and West Hatch is being presented for comment, along with a number of options for the West Hatch to M5 section. For more information visit http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a358-taunton-to-southfields


                       Somerset Library Services


A 12 week consultation got underway on Monday 29 January inviting members of the public, businesses and organisations to have their say on the future delivery of Somerset library services.

Nine library area summaries are available to view online at www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation showing proposed options for each of Somerset’s 34 libraries.

The summaries give detail of library usage, area information and other relevant statistics. A wide range of further detailed information is available online at the same site setting out details of the rationale behind the proposals, and the evidence and methodology used.

Respondents are asked to view the area proposal for the library they visit most often before completing an online questionnaire.

The questionnaire asks respondents if they are aware of the breadth of library services available, feedback on the proposed option(s) for the library area they visit most often and provides the opportunity to suggest alternative ideas on how library services could be delivered in future.

Options put forward propose no change for 12 library buildings. Fifteen may require community support to remain open. For another seven, there may be no change or community involvement might be needed.

Whatever the outcome of the consultation, a comprehensive, modern and thriving library service will continue to be delivered across Somerset either through library buildings, outreach services in community venues or through additional mobile library stops.

The consultation is open for 12 weeks, ending Sunday 22 April. Complete it online, attend a drop-in event or visit your local library.

Some libraries will also be holding small hour long group discussions during the specified drop-in time. Check out ‘drop-in events’ online at www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation for further information or ask library staff.

Somerset Libraries Drop-in Events

•           Bishops Lydeard Village Hall - Wednesday 7 February, 2.30pm - 5pm

•           Bruton/Castle Cary* - Castle Cary Market House - 14 March, 2.30pm-5.30pm

•           Cheddar Library* - Friday 23 March, 2.30pm-5.30pm

•           Crewkerne Henhayes Centre* - Friday 9 March, 10am-1pm

•           Dulverton Library - Thursday 8 February, 10am-1pm

•           Highbridge Library - Thursday 15 February, 10am-1pm

•           Ilminster Library* - Saturday 10 February, 9.30am-12.30pm

•           Martock/South Petherton* - Martock Library -  28 February, 10am-1pm

•           Milborne Port* - Village Hall - Tuesday 6 March, 2.30pm-5.30pm

•           Nether Stowey Library* - Wednesday 14 February, 2pm-5pm

•           North Petherton Community Centre - Monday 12 February, 10am-1pm

•           Shepton Mallet Library - Tuesday 27 February, 2.30pm-5.30pm

•           Somerton Library* - Saturday 17 February, 9.30am-12.30pm

•           Street Library* - Thursday 8 March, 10am-1pm

•           Taunton (Priorswood) Library - Tuesday 13 February, 2pm-5pm

•           Watchet Library* - Wednesday 7 February, 2pm-5pm

•           Wellington Library - Saturday 17 February, 10am-1pm

•           Wiveliscombe Library* - Wednesday 21 February, 2pm-5pm

•           Yeovil (Sunningdale) Monmouth Hall - Friday 9 March, 9.30am-12.30pm

*Small group discussions taking place every hour. Everyone is welcome to join a session or just drop-in during the specified hours to talk to the team.


Date Posted: 30/01/2018 14:18:16

Have your say on plans to upgrade the A303

Somerset residents are urged to have their say on plans to upgrade the A303.

 

Highways England has today (Friday 26 January) launched a consultation on proposals to improve the single carriageway section of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester, including widening the road to a dual carriageway and improving safety of connections with the local road network.

 

Somerset County Council was instrumental in lobbying the Government for whole route improvement of the A303 and A358 corridor*.

 

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Development, welcomes the news and is urging local people to have their say by taking part in the consultation, which runs from 26 January to 9 March 2018.

 

Cllr Hall, said: “This consultation represents a huge step forward in the plans. Upgrading the A303 will provide significant benefits for both residents and businesses in Somerset and we are pleased to see that government has recognised the importance of this route.

 

“This is the final step before the plans are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for approval and I would urge all local people to get involved, visit a local event and make sure their voice is heard.”

 

The consultation documents can be accessed at: www.highways.gov.uk/Sparkford-to-Ilchester

 

Highways England will be holding events where people can meet the project team and view the proposed route. The dates are:

 

  • Saturday 3 February, 10am to 6pm at Queen Camel Memorial Hall, High St, Queen Camel, Yeovil, BA22 7NF
  • Monday 5 February, 2pm to 8pm at Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Yeovilton, Ilchester, BA22 8HTFriday
  • February, 2pm to 8pm at The Davis Hall, Howell Hill, West Camel, Yeovil, BA22 7QX
  • Thursday 15 February, 2pm to 8pm at Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil, BA22 8YF

 

Public information points, where people can view the proposed plans, will be situated at:

  • Wincanton Library, 7 Carrington Way, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9JS
  • Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, TA19 0NQ
  • Yeovil Library, King George Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1PZ
  • Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7HU
  • South Petherton Library, St. James Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5BS
  • Montacute House, Montacute, TA15 6XP
  • Taunton Library, Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3XZ
  • Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
  • Martock Library, The Shopping Centre, Martock, Somerset, TA12 6DL
  • South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT
  • Ilchester Town Hall and Community Centre, High St, Ilchester, Yeovil, BA22 8NQ

A second, separate consultation on a proposal for widening the A358 between Southfields Roundabout on the A303 and West Hatch is being presented for comment, along with a number of options for the West Hatch to M5 section. For more information visit http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a358-taunton-to-southfields


Date Posted: 25/01/2018 14:54:34

A358 Taunton to Southfields Public Consultation

Highways England will launch a second consultation later this month on plans to upgrade the A358 between the M5 at Taunton and the Southfields Roundabout on the A303 in Somerset.

Acting on feedback from the initial consultation last year, Highways England is holding a new consultation from 16 January to 27 February 2018.

More options will be presented for the section between the M5 at Taunton and West Hatch, and more detail for the proposed dualling of the existing A358 between West Hatch and Southfields Roundabout on the A303.

The additional consultation will offer people the chance to have their say on a number of options, to help determine the route that will be taken forward to the next stage. The details of which will be announced when consultation launches.

Public consultation events

Public consultation events, offering people the chance to see the proposals and meet with members of the project team, will be held as follows:

Date Time Address
Saturday 20 January 2018 12.00 to 20.00 Holiday Inn Taunton Deane, Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA*
Tuesday 23 January 2018 12.00 to 20.00 The Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Horton Cross, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9PT
Wednesday 24 January 2018 12.00 to 20.00 Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall, Village Road, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, TA3 6SG
Friday 26 January 2018 12.00 to 20.00 Holiday Inn Taunton Deane, Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA*
Thursday 1 February 2018 12.00 to 20.00 The Wyvern Club, Mountfields Road, Taunton, TA1 3BJ
Wednesday 21 February 2018 09.30 to 12.00 St Mary Village Hall, Stoke St Mary, Taunton, TA3 5BY
Wednesday 21 February 2018 14.00 to 17.30 Rushiton Village Hall, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 5JD

* Please note at the Holiday Inn you must register your vehicle with reception on arrival if you wish to use their car park. Any unregistered vehicles may be subject to a parking fine.

Consultation material will be available to view from Tuesday 16 January until Tuesday 27 February in the following places during normal opening hours:

  • Taunton Deane Borough Council,The Deane House, Belvedere Rd, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE
  • Taunton Library,Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3XZ
  • Somerset County Council,County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
  • South Somerset District Council,Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT
  • South Petherton Library,St. James Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5BS
  • Martock Library,Martock Shopping Centre, Martock, Somerset, TA12 6DL
  • Ilminster Meeting House & Arts Centre,East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN
  • Henlade Post Office,Henlade, Taunton TA3 5DH
  • Somerset County Council Mobile Library
  • Blackbrook Leisure Centre & Spa,Blackbrook Way, Taunton, TA1 2RW

Date Posted: 11/01/2018 13:02:44

SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT OF SOUTH SOMERSET PARISH OF ILMINSTER Temporary Closure of Bay Hill
TAKE NOTICE that in pursuance of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations
Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the
County Council of Somerset propose to make an Order PROHIBITING ALL
TRAFFIC from proceeding along Bay Hill from outside the property 7 Bay Hill,
eastwards for a distance of 25 metres.

This order will enable Wessex Water to carry out installation a meter in this road.
The Order becomes effective on 17 January 2018 and will remain in force for
eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 3 days. While the closure is in
operation an alternative route will be signed as detailed below.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE
Please visit www.roadworks.org for further information on the alternative route
For information about the works being carried out please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4600

Patrick Flaherty
Chief Executive
Dated: 28 December 2017

Date Posted: 01/01/2018 16:00:00

Community Plan 2016-2026
Community Plan 2016-2026
Date Posted: 01/01/2018 11:58:37

Launch of annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign

Operation Tonic, which will run until 1 January 2018, will involve high visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers.

As part of the campaign, we're calling on members of the public to tell us about a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 if it is happening now or texting the word 'drunk' with brief details of the car, location and driver to 07400 249101 if it is not someone currently driving.

Drink/drug driving is one of the 'fatal four' offences, together with speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving, that are known to cause the majority of deaths on our roads.

By targeting drink and drug driving, we aim to help reduce deaths, serious injuries and crime on the roads of the Avon and Somerset force area.

For more information about road safety please visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk


Date Posted: 20/12/2017 17:15:03

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