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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

Wembdon Rise Zebra Crossing – a reminder

Please join our ‘Public Show of Concern’ about the safety of the crossing.

3.30 pm on Thursday 4th November

Everyone who has concerns about the safety of the crossing is asked to meet at the crossing to show their support, where there will be a petition for people to sign. The press will be attending.

Local TV and Radio stations have been asked to report on the event. County, District and Parish Councillors will also be showing their support for changes to be made.

If you can’t join us on Thursday, you will have an opportunity to sign the petition this afternoon (Wednesday). Parish Councillors and other volunteers will be at the crossing, ready to receive your support.

PLEASE JOIN US.

Wembdon Rise pedestrian crossing, with two cars

Safer access in Wembdon Parklands

New steps. Looking down towards the bridge.

The path between the Prairie Meadow and the dog walking fields has always been slippery and hazardous, particularly during the winter months.

To improve public safety, a Parish Council contractor has recently installed a short flight of steps. The steps have solid timber edgings with a gravel infill. The bridge has been fitted with a handrail, too.

New steps. Bridge in foreground.

Essential website maintenance

We will be doing maintenance on our website on Wednesday 27th October.

The site will be unavailable from about 10am. We hope to complete the work within a couple of hours.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

CCTV installation

Two CCTV cameras on a vertical pole

The installation work for the new CCTV cameras at the Parklands is continuing. Although the posts are in place, the system will not go live until all the connection work has been completed and the legally required signs are in place. The cameras are not currently adjusted to cover the areas they will monitor when the system goes live.

Sign: Warning 24 hour CCTV in operation

Wembdon Rise Zebra Crossing

There have been concerns regarding the safety of the zebra crossing on Wembdon Rise for many years. Wembdon Parish Council has submitted numerous requests to Somerset County Council Highways asking for the introduction of safety measures such as a reduced speed limit; replacing the zebra crossing with a traffic light controlled one; installing a raised cushion on the crossing and chicanes either side but SCC has consistently turned these requests down.

On 22nd September a child was knocked down on the crossing on her way to school. Luckily her injuries were not serious. Since 22nd September, three more incidents have been reported to the Parish Council Clerk when car drivers have failed to stop at the zebra crossing when pedestrians are using it. Wembdon Parish Council are organising a ‘Public Show of Concern’ at the crossing, to be held at 3.30 pm on Thursday 4th November.

Everyone who has concerns about the safety of the crossing is asked to attend to show their support for this event, where there will be a petition for people to sign. The press will be attending.

Local TV and Radio stations have also been asked to report on the event. County, District and Parish Councillors will also be showing their support for changes to be made.

PLEASE JOIN US.

Wembdon Rise pedestrian crossing, with two cars
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