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Wembdon Hill road closure from 18th January

Road closure sign on Wembdon Hill

Wessex Water will be undertaking emergency work to find and repair a leak in a water main on Wembdon Hill. The work will start on Tuesday 18th January, and will last for up to five days. The road will be totally closed near number 90, as they will have to dig across much of the width.

Wembdon Parish Council has not been officially notified of this closure. The information has been gleaned from a phone call to Wessex Water following the placing of the road signs, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

Recycling and rubbish collection over the holiday period

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) have told us that all pick-ups change after 24th December and return to usual from 10th January, and – as happens every year – there are no garden waste collections during the festive fortnight. To make sure you know about all the changes to your collection days, you can consult the table below, or go to My Collection Day on the SWP website. SWP have published guidance on how to reduce pressure on the collection service.

All of Somerset’s Recycling Centres are open for their normal winter hours except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. This is the best way to recycle large loads of cardboard and paper gift wrap (in dedicated collection points at each site).

Usual collection dayRevised collection day
Friday 24 DecemberNo change
Monday 27 DecemberTuesday 28 December
Tuesday 28 DecemberWednesday 29 December
Wednesday 29 DecemberThursday 30 December
Thursday 30 DecemberFriday 31 December
Friday 31 DecemberSunday 2 January
Monday 3 JanuaryTuesday 4 January
Tuesday 4 JanuaryWednesday 5 January
Wednesday 5 JanuaryThursday 6 January
Thursday 6 JanuaryFriday 7 January
Friday 7 JanuarySaturday 8 January

As usual, garden waste collections do not take place over the festive fortnight but are scheduled start again in the week beginning 10 January.

Give me sunshine!

A Speed Indicating Device (SID)

In trying to reduce dependence on mains electricity, the Parish Council has chosen to use solar-powered Speed Indicating Devices (SIDs) on Wembdon Rise and Sandford Hill, and solar-powered lighting round The Green and Parklands. The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the older SID on Wembdon Rise had shut down its display this week, and some of the lights have gone dark too. It’s all due to the grey weather of the past couple of weeks – we haven’t had enough sunshine to keep the batteries charged!

The SID is now back in action, because we have removed and charged the batteries, but a similar solution for the lights is not an option. So they will just have to wait for the sun to come out.

Solar light in Wembdon Parklands

Wembdon Parish Council’s budget and precept demand

The Parish Councillors have set the budget for 2022-2023 with a precept demand of £110,992.

The precept received will increase by £12,772, which is a 13% rise compared to 2021-2022.  These extra funds will be used to fund the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in the parish; new benches in the parish; an inspection of all the trees in the parish (as required by the Parish Council’s insurers); a contribution towards the accessible swings to be installed in the playground; an increase in the Clerk’s hours to reflect the ever increasing demands of his role and to increase the Council’s reserves towards the level recommended by the internal auditor (50% of the precept demand).

This will mean that a Band D household will pay an extra 72 pence per month which is an increase of 11.16% over 2021-2022 not 13%, due to a rise in the number of properties paying Council Tax in Wembdon.

Parish Council meeting – 13th December

The Parish Council will be meeting at 7pm on Monday 13th December in the Village Hall. Following the meeting the Parish Councillors would like to invite Wembdon Parishioners to join them for mulled wine and mince pies as a Christmas celebration and to discuss any matters relating to the village that may concern them.  The Clerk will be at the Village Hall between 6.30pm and 7pm to answer questions from Parishioners about the Council Tax precept, and the anticipated effect that the new Unitary County Council will have on the Parish Council’s finances.

Church Road closure

Road closure sign

We have been told that part of Church Road will be closed for work which is expected to start on 22nd November and last until 26th November. The closure will be between the hours of 09:30 and 15:00 daily.

The details have not yet appeared on Somerset County Council’s interactive road closure map. From the written description it seems that the closure will extend from the corner by the Parish Centre to the junction with Blakes Road. We will provide further information once the details are on the map.

According to the notice from Somerset County Council the closure is to “enable Western Power to erect new poles and carry out reconductoring work”.

‘Show of public concern’ at Wembdon Rise crossing

Wembdon Parish Councillors send a big ‘thank you’ to all who supported us this afternoon in our campaign to improve the safety of the crossing. We were very pleased to see so many people there.

We hope you have signed the petition which we will be sending to Somerset County Council. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity, you will be able to do so at Wembdon Village Hall on Friday evening (5th November) between 5pm and 8pm, or on Saturday between 10am and 3:30pm. Alternatively, you can register your support online.

About 50 adults and children standing on the Wembdon Rise zebra crossing as a show of public concern
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