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Tree Vandalism at Wembdon Green

Wembdon Parish Council planted a number of trees last year to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee. These trees cost about £260 each. Vandals have snapped two of the trees in half. This criminal damage has been reported to the police who are investigating. The CCTV recordings are being examined. This is totally disrespectful behaviour, both to the Queen but also to the Parish Council’s efforts to combat climate change. Anyone who has any information about this crime is asked to contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance on or 07859911204. This is a picture of one of the vandalised trees

How to report fly parking by Hinkley workers

Fly parking by Hinkley Point C workers continues to be a problem in Wembdon. The contracts of all Hinkley workers stipulate that they must not fly park their vehicles before catching the work buses to the site. If you witness fly parking then you can report this to the Hinkley enforcement team by email or phone. You will need to provide details of the vehicle, including registration number, location and time. Ideally you should take a photo of the vehicle and email this to the Hinkley team. There is no need to report this to the Parish Council as we have no powers to prevent fly parking. The important point is that it should be reported to the Hinkley enforcement team. You can phone the below number, or call Sacha on the enforcement team directly on her mobile number of 07813232358.

Closure of Durleigh Road 30th May to 2nd June

Road closed sign

Somerset Council have told us that Durleigh Road will be closed from Tuesday 30th May for up to 4 days from 07:00 to 17:00 daily. This is to enable surface dressing work to be carried out. The closure will be from 30m east of the junction with Haygrove Road westwards for a distance of 621m. The location and diversion route can be seen on, and the offiicial closure notice can also be viewed.

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Notice of Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of a Councillor, a vacancy has arisen in the office of Councillor for the Wembdon Ward of the Parish of Wembdon.  The Notice of Vacancy document can be viewed on this link.

To qualify to stand as a Councillor a person must be aged 18 years or older and be a citizen of the United Kingdom, any EU Country or any Commonwealth country and also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Is, and thereafter continues to be, a local government elector in the parish of Wembdon or
  • During the whole of the 12 months preceding the date of appointment has occupied as owner or tenant any premises in the parish of Wembdon or
  • During the whole of the 12 months preceding the date of appointment has had a principle or only place of work in the parish of Wembdon or
  • During the whole of the 12 months preceding the date of appointment has resided either in the parish of Wembdon or within three miles of it.

There are a number of reasons why a person may not stand for this position.  These include if the person:

  • Is subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order, or an interim bankruptcy restriction order, or a debt relief restrictions order, or an interim debt restrictions order or
  • Has, within five years before the date of appointment, or since being appointed, been convicted of an offence in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man which has imposed a sentence of imprisonment of three months or more (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine.

Any person who is qualified to stand as a Councillor, and is interested in applying for this volunteer position, is asked to email the Parish Clerk at for further details.

Wembdon Parish Paper edition 39

Cover of Wembdon Parish Paper edition 39, showing Wembdon's new ability swing

Your volunteer Parish Councillors have been out in the Spring sunshine delivering the latest edition of the Wembdon Parish Paper. Most Wembdon households have now received their copies, but if you haven’t received your yet, you can be sure it’s on its way.

If you think you’ve been missed, there are some spare copies available at Wembdon Village Hall. Or you can read it online.

Somerset Sight is looking for local volunteers

Somerset sight volunteer recruitment poster

Somerset Sight is recruiting volunteers to befriend visually impaired people on a regular basis.
Would you like to help someone in your local area?
They would like you to join their team of volunteers, who help people to remain independent and overcome loneliness and isolation.
Enjoy a free day out when taking your Service User out.
All reasonable and out of pocket expenses are paid.
For more information please contact Somerset Sight on 01823 333818 or email

Somerset Sight is a local charity that has been supporting sight impaired people across Somerset for over a hundred years and in 2019 we proudly won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

One of the services they offer is the Volunteer Visiting Service, whereby volunteers are matched locally with a sight impaired person for regular visits for company and support and to alleviate their loneliness and isolation. 

Volunteer visitors help with a variety of tasks such as reading, correspondence, or making appointments, going out for a drive or just a cup of tea and a chat.  Many volunteers get great satisfaction and enjoyment from their voluntary work, many friendships are formed and the people they support very much look forward to their visits, some telling them that it is the highlight of their week.  Full training is provided and we cover all reasonable expenses.

They say “We currently have a number of visually impaired people in all areas who would welcome a volunteer visitor, but they are on a waiting list as we don’t have enough volunteers to match them with.”

Further information is available on Somerset Sight’s website.

Closure of Wembdon Post Office

The Parish Council has received an email from Post Office Limited which states:

We’re writing to update you about the temporary closure of the above Post Office.

For further information please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:

Consultation Hub – Wembdon TA6 7PX

Wembdon Parish Council is very sad to learn that the Post Office in Wembdon is unlikely to be reopened. 

If you have any comments, please make them to the National Consultation Team via the link below;  quoting reference Wembdon TA6  319549

The closing date for the consultation is March 29th.

Budget Update from Somerset Council

Please see this press release from the new Somerset Council

The budget for the new Somerset Council was approved today (22 Feb 2023).  

Councillor Liz Leyshon, Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Finance and Human Resources, said: “This has been the most difficult budget setting that any of us can remember. Inflation has been a huge pressure on the cost of providing council services and post-Covid we have seen rises in demand from Somerset residents for very complex support from both Adult Social Care and Children’s Services.”

The budget confirms an overall rise of 4.99% in the council’s share of council tax, made up of a basic rise of 2.99 per cent in council tax and the 2 per cent adult social care levy.  The increase is in line with Government policy and councils across the UK that have responsibility for Adult Social Care and Children’s Services*. 

The first budget for Somerset Council includes substantial increases in funding for Adult Social Care and Children’s Services by £28million and £19 million respectively, to reflect that growth in demand and cost. The new budget provides start-up support for the Local Community Networks (LCN) and has protected funding for the voluntary and community sector.  

Cllr Leyshon continued: “We have had the challenge of bringing five council budgets together into the new unitary Somerset Council. In doing this we’ve been at great pains to defend the frontline services that touch everybody’s lives.

“We are prioritising support for our most vulnerable residents, but we have rejected options to close some of our household waste recycling centres and all of our libraries will remain open with unchanged hours. That won’t be the case elsewhere in the country, but I feel we have a contract with residents, both through council tax and voting, and they expect their council tax to be spent on services available to all. We would have not been able to do this without the savings that have come from the move to a single council.

“Of course, we know a great many residents are struggling to deal with the cost-of-living crisis. We have created a new and simplified Council Tax Reduction Scheme and in creating the new Council we have also expanded the Exceptional Hardship Scheme to the whole of Somerset and increased the funds available for people who need support for the first time, or more support with their household overhead costs.” 

The Council dropped a proposal to remove funding for many parish grit bins after the option was criticised during public consultation and through Scrutiny, and will now concentrate on pilot projects to work with local communities to improve gritting of the secondary network of roads in Somerset. 

The rise in Somerset Council’s share of Council Tax is made up of basic rise of 2.99 per cent in Council Tax and the 2 per cent adult social care levy. As a result of these proposals the council tax proposed for a Band D property will increase by £78.24 each year, or £1.50 per week.  

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