For those interested in news and current affairs affecting Croscombe Somerset. See what issues Croscombe Parish Council, Mendip District Council and Somerset County Council are tackling to improve lives in this lovely village that nestles beneath steep hills en-route between Wells and Shepton Mallet.
New representatives wanted for County Council
April 7 2021
Members of the public are being invited to apply for roles on a committee which helps to shape the way Somerset County Council operates.
There are currently vacancies for three co-opted members on the Council’s Constitution and Standards Committee, which helps to set standards of conduct for elected councillors, as well as helping the Council to maintain an effective, up-to-date, and legally compliant constitution.
Chairman of the Constitution and Standards Committee, Councillor William Wallace, said: “We welcome applications from people from different kinds of backgrounds.
“Previous experience is not necessary; applicants need to live in Somerset and have had no recent direct involvement in the running of the Council.
“We are also looking for people who have the ability to bring common sense and their experiences of life into the Committee, who have the time to commit to this interesting role and, above all, be totally independent.”
The Constitution and Standards Committee comprises one elected member per political group – of which there are currently five – and five Co-opted Members without voting rights. The Co-opted role is non-voting and expenses will be paid for attending
meetings, together with a small annual allowance.
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 23 April and interviews will be held in the week beginning 3 May.
To apply for the position, you will need to email a copy of your CV and a short supporting personal statement (not more than a side of A4) stating why you think you are qualified for the role to Julia Jones, Governance Specialist –
Democratic Services at email@example.com
Croscombe Flood Hub
March 20 2021 – 8:30am-2pm – outside The George
Croscombe Parish Council’s Flood Committee needs YOUR stories and evidence for an investigation into the 4 October 2020 flood. This investigation, led by Somerset County Council, will cover the Sheppey catchment including Shepton, Bowlish and Croscombe. Its findings will help the investigating team understand the nature and causes of the flood, decide what needs to be done to mitigate future events and how properties can best be protected. Our evidence will be an important part of this report.
We need your help to gather this information so we invite you to come along to our Croscombe Flood Hub. Everybody is welcome whether you experienced flooding yourself or saw what was happening!
- We will be outside using gazebos for you to drop by for a chat or any questions relating to flooding. Two of us will tend the stalls and each can talk to one person at a time. We will have flood information posters and a list of useful online flood resources.
- We will have some large maps of Croscombe which you can use to record what you saw or experienced. If you have any photos it would be great if you could share them. If you want to provide information without identifying a particular property that is fine. Some members of the Flood Committee have experienced flooding and we all understand reluctance to share information about flooding in individual properties. You can talk to us confidentially and decide if there is any information that you can share and how it should be recorded..
- We will have copies of Somerset County Council’s confidential Flood Incident forms available. Reporting incidents is completely voluntary, but it helps show the damage flooding causes and ultimately justifies funding to reduce the damage.
Please drop by on: Saturday 20th March 8.30-2pm, outside The George or contact:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 077 347 42977
If you are interested, you can see previous Somerset County Council flood investigation reports
Vacancy for a Councillor – UPDATED
March 2 2021 – Notice of Co-option
The March Croscombe Parish Council meeting had no applicants for the vacant Councillor post. The next opportunity to stand for co-option will be 8 April 2021.
This meeting will be held remotely – for a link to the meeting please contact the clerk.
Anyone interested in serving the community in this way and who wants to be a candidate for co-option should obtain an application form for candidacy from the clerk or downloadable from here.
Completed applications forms should be returned to the clerk by 6 April 2021.
Information on eligibility, the role of parish council and its schedule of meetings may be obtained from the clerk and/or chair.
Do you have photos of the Sheppey taken between 2008 and 2012, similar to the adjacent images that were taken in 2019? Photos should be of the river at the bridge by the junction of Jacks Lane and Long Street.
The lead officer from Somerset County Council has asked the Flood Committee if you can help with his investigation into the causes of the flood last October. He is trying to assess if the river bed has risen over the past few years and, if so, by how much. One way is to look at old photos and compare the river level then with its level now. As a benchmark, we’d like:
• Photos of the river at the bridge by the junction of Jacks Lane and Long Street taken between 2008 and 2012 (the earlier the better).
• They should include both the river and ideally the whole of the boundary wall to its top.
• The photos should have been taken during ‘normal’ times, not when the river has been flooding.
• It would be helpful if you can identify the approximate year the photo was taken. If you do have a photo, it would be really appreciated if you can either email a scanned copy with the details to Gail Parker at email@example.com or phone Gill Pettitt, the Parish Clerk, on 07734 742977 and she will arrange to borrow it from you to make a copy.
Have your say on traffic that affects village life. Get involved or keep up-to-date with Croscombe Traffic Working Group activities. If you want further information, or would like to comment on your own experiences, contact Sarah Fawcett-Fice, Chair of the Traffic Working Group on firstname.lastname@example.org
A lot of interesting responses have already been coming in, so do get in touch, and shortly the group will be meeting to begin the assessment phase towards finding a way forward.
Lots of information here from Youth and Children to Sports and Women. There are signposts to applying for Warm Home Grants and Mental Health and Wellbeing. Have a browse through from the link above.
20 January 2021
COVID-19: Vaccine Fraud
Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing-looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy.
PEOPLE ARE WARNED TO BE ALERT TO THESE SCAMS
The NHS will:
Never ask for payment – the vaccine is free
Never ask for your bank details
Never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
Never ask you to proove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport
More information can be found on the Government Fraud Function poster
18 January 2021
Mendip Markets stay open
All weekday markets will run as normal, with slightly reduced hours, 9am-12 noon. There will be no markets on Saturdays.
Tuesday – Glastonbury
Wednesday – Wells & Frome
Thursday – Street
Friday – Shepton Mallet
Saturday – no markets
15 January 2021
Message from Ros Wyke, Leader Mendip Disctrict Council
MDC COVID News Bulletin
On 12th January I made an announcement at Cabinet about the shift in Council Priorities. This move has been necessary due to the increased ‘ask’ from Government, and our local health partners, for urgent assistance in tackling the health emergency.
You can find my statement HERE and the press release HERE
Discussions between Group Managers and Cabinet Members regarding this reset have been taking place this week. We will be in a position to provide Members with a more detailed briefing on the 19th.
To ensure the Parishes are kept informed of developments, I will also be presenting at a Parish Forum on Tuesday 26th January at 6pm, alongside Councillors and Officers from Mendip, where the position will be explained further.
I know you have many questions and appreciate your patience. I will follow up on any clarifications you require in the coming days ahead.
15 January 2021
Planning Review – Consultation extended to 5th February
Since 2008 local planning authorities have been required to publish a list of information they require to “validate” the planning applications they receive. This validation list forms two components, the national requirements, including the application form, the fee, certificates etc and secondly, specific local validation requirements known as the “Local List”.
The Government requires local planning authorities to review the “local list” every two years. Mendip District Council’s current validation requirements have undergone a significant review to reflect changes in planning legislation, policy and guidance.
The main changes proposed are as follows:
- Amendments to all sections to make the requirements clearer and updating the references to current legislation, guidance and standing advice
- All website references have been updated where necessary
- Addition of new requirements to demonstrate compliance with policies in the Mendip Local Plan and changes in national planning policy and guidance.
The Consultation Process
The proposed Local List has been open to public consultation since 20th November 2020. The closing date has now been extended to 5th February 2021.
You can comment on the draft Local Validation List by emailing us: email@example.com
After the consultation period, all comments received will be considered and amendments made to the Local List as appropriate. Once approved this will replace the current Local Validation List and will form the basis on which planning applications are deemed valid by the Mendip District Council. The Consultation is now closed.
13 January 2021
The Somerset Fund is now open for applications from community groups and is unrestricted, which means running costs can be applied for.
The Fund would particularly like to support groups in the following categories:
- 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.
Groups must be running on less than £100,000 p.a. and can apply for up to £2,500. Apply through the Somerset Fund.
7 January 2021
During the current pandemic lockdown, Somerset Health & Wellbeing Network wish to stay in touch with as many residents as possible – it is only collective effort that will help us address this situation.
Please sign up to be part of the Network, which “will help us to understand the Covid-19 related communication and engagement needs of our communities across Somerset. The Network will provide a platform for a two way dialogue that can be fed back to the Covid-19 Engagement Board to help shape our response to the pandemic. The idea is to make communicating and engaging with groups and settings more targeted, simpler and with a joined up approach.”
You will receive regular up to date information on covid-19 and health impacts, opportunities to feedback to us via surveys and citizens panels as well as exclusive access to webinars and communications materials to address specific issues and barriers locally.
To sign up simply click here and enter your name and email address. Lisa Rogers, Partnership Officer at Somerset County Council will be in touch with you soon.
30 December 2020
A number of hedgehogs have reportedly died recently in the village. Evidence shows that rat poison is very possibly the cause.
Please be aware of the dangers of using rat poison and place any deterrents you use in places where other creatures may not be affected.
29 December 2020
Somerset County Council has produced this helpful info graphic that provides details of useful agency contacts and how best to look after yourself, which is especially pertinent in current times as we face more challenges than usual. Looking after your Mental Health
29 December 2020
Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society
Households across Mendip will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.
“A successful census will ensure everyone … can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said. “This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes ….”
Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. For more information, visit census.gov.uk.
14 December 2020
The Flood Committee, which consists of Cllr. Parker, Cllr. Cansdale and six members of the public, met to agree a host of actions. Croscombe now has priority status with regard to flood mitigation measures. The Committee is working with Somerset and Mendip Councils, the Waterboard and the Environment Agency to fully review the situation.
The Committee needs to hear from everyone affected – if you were, and have not yet received a Flood Incident Form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The minutes of the meeting, which can be found on our Agenda and Minutes page, give full details of the range of issues being considered and the current Community Flood Plan can be found on our Documents page.
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