Reporting Highways Issues

Henstridge Parish Council would like to remind parishioners that they are able to directly report any Highways concerns to Somerset County Council via their website.

Issues which can be reported include:

  • Blocked drains
  • Flooding
  • Faulty Traffic lights
  • Road signage
  • Potholes
  • Bad parking
  • Overgrown hedges and vegetation
  • Mud

Reporting issues is easy and can be done swiftly using via the following web page https://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – A strategy for recovery – How South Somerset District Council will support our communities

A plan to help our communities recover from the impact of the Coronavirus crisis is due to be discussed by councillors in South Somerset.

Throughout the pandemic, South Somerset District Council has provided vital support to thousands of residents and businesses.

This support has included:

Now our focus will turn to ensuring we can help both our communities and the council recover to steer us through the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The council’s District Executive committee will this week consider its views on our recovery strategy.

It includes plans to support businesses, developing a pipeline of brownfield sites for redevelopment with a focus on providing new homes, and a programme of community grants alongside proposals to tackle both the climate crisis and developing long-term solutions to support those facing hardship or homelessness.

Council Leader Val Keitch said: “I am so proud of the way our council has responded to this crisis, providing essential support to thousands of residents and businesses. But now our thoughts must turn to how we can help our communities recover. Putting this strategy before our District Executive committee is an important next step.

“Our general community life and wellbeing has been severely tested and normal freedoms have been adversely impacted while the outlook for the UK economy has become increasingly uncertain.

“To ensure we can recover and grow, we will need dedicated, collective and focussed leadership, alongside our communities, our businesses and our public services for some time, and that’s what this council will provide. We will take decisive action to support our communities, help them recover and ensure that they are part of the decision-making process as we rebuild.

“Additionally, we recognise that the climate emergency will still be there when the spread of Covid-19 is brought under control. This could be an opportunity to address this issue with even greater clarity with the right recovery from the pandemic.

The strategy will be discussed by the District Executive committee during a virtual meeting on Thursday 2 July from 9.30am – https://bit.ly/2BXvrHO

Reopening of Henstridge Play Area and Outdoor Gym

Henstridge Play Area and Outdoor Gym will reopen this Saturday 4th July. Both areas will be inspected prior to reopening with weekly inspections resuming next week.

Henstridge Parish Council cannot guarantee that the areas are free from the virus, so users do so at their own risk.

Any person displaying Covid-19 symptoms must not use the equipment in either area and must self isolate per the following government guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Users of both areas are strongly advised to adhere to the following guidance while using the equipment:

  • Please respect social distancing – 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigations (where 2 metres is not viable) are acceptable
  • An advisory limit of only six users is recommended for the play area and four users for the gym – if the facility has reached this capacity, please come back later
  • Only one family member or carer to accompany a child/children in the play area
  • Where possible we strongly advise the cleaning of equipment by users, parents, guardians and carers via cleaning wipes
  • We strongly advise parents/users to bring hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean their children’s hands
  • Users of the play area and gym are strongly advised to clean theirs and their children’s hands before entering and on leaving the area with approved gel or foam sanitisers and with soap and water for 20 seconds on returning home
  • No food or drink is to be taken into the play area or gym, eating and drinking is prohibited
  • Please dispose of any rubbish in bins provided or take it home with you
  • The play area will be inspected weekly

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk, Emma Curtis, on 01963 250015 or email clerk@henstridgeparishcouncil.org.uk

Henstridge Skate Park, BMX Pump Track and MUGA now open

The UK Government has announced that some outdoor sporting and recreation activity is able to be resumed. All outdoor sport and recreation must only be done alone, within a household group or with one other person from outside your household, and that includes skateboarding, cycling and activities on a multi use games area. With this in mind, Henstridge Parish Council has now reopened the Skate Park, BMX Pump Track and MUGA at the recreation ground. PLEASE NOTE, THE PLAY AREA AND GREEN GYM REMAIN CLOSED AT THIS TIME

It is important to stress that this remains an extremely difficult situation throughout the UK and we are acutely aware that many lives have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects of the virus will continue to be felt for a long time to come. We must ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone.

Henstridge Parish Council therefore ask that the following rules are obeyed while using the facilities in the recreation ground:

  • Only exercise on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household, whilst keeping two metres apart at all times
  • Keep at least 2 metres apart from other people at all times whilst exercising
  • Do NOT exercise if you have any Covid-19 flu like symptoms or if you have been in contact with anyone who has
  • Keep it mellow – Don’t try difficult or dangerous tricks. #SaveOurNHS
  • No congregating with other people in any circumstances
  • Clean your exercise equipment before & after exercise and try not to touch anything else
  • No physical contact – No hugs, high-fives, fist-bumps, etc
  • Do not share any mobile devices, equipment, food or drink with others
  • Wash your hands regularly using hand sanitiser (if soap and water is not available)
  • Only use the outdoor skatepark if you are actively skateboarding and leave immediately after finishing
  • There should be a maximum of 3 people at the skate park at one time. Any more than that and you will not be able to be properly socially distant. Come back another time.
  • If using the skate park, make sure only one person is completing a run at a time

Lead by example – We are in this together

SSDC Business Support Grant

SSDC is responsible for administering the business rates relief and business support grants.

Grants not loans

There has been some confusion over the business support grants and the business bounce back or business interruption loans with some reluctant to apply thinking they may have to pay it back. The Business Support Grant scheme is not a loan so businesses/organisations can be reassured of this.

We have a straight forward process via our website for people to apply for a grant. The link for this is www.southsomerset.gov.uk/life-events/coronavirus-support/business-support/ and then click on the ‘Government Grant Funding Schemes’ tab.

We still have around 980 businesses and organisations who have yet to apply for a grant.

What we still need to do

We have undertaken a range of activities to publicise the Business Support Grants and encourage businesses and organisations to apply. So far we have:

  • Set up a web-page providing advice on support and an online application process
  • Contacted by letter or e-mail all businesses/organisations we identified as being likely to qualify for a grant
  • Phoned out on a number of occasions, where we hold a contact number to those who had not applied in the first couple of weeks
  • Undertaken a social media campaigns across a number of weeks to promote the business grants available and how much we have paid out
  • Engaged with the local Chambers of Commerce and business groups to get the message to as many businesses as possible
  • Shared information with all of the Environmental Health registered businesses – circa 1000 businesses
  • Promoted it through the Tourism Newsletter

Customers who want to make an enquiry direct themselves should send it to revenues@southsomerset.gov.uk.

South Somerset District Council Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day during the pandemic

Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day).

This year, the Government has moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made in the fight against fascism. 

We had been hoping for communities to run a whole host of activities. However, in line with the latest expert medical and scientific advice from Public Health England and guidance on mass gatherings, plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe public events cannot take place, including the planned national celebrations (Visit GOV.UK to find out more).

There are still lots of ways you get involved and show your support in marking the day.

ACTS OF REMEMBRANCE

Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation at 9pm on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945. 

The address to the nation will be followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. The public will be encouraged to open their doors and join in with this national moment of celebration.

The official commemorations will begin at 11am with a national moment of remembrance and a two minute silence. 

The ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ will take place at 3pm on the 8th May with people invited, from the safety of their own home, to stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you.” 

ACTIVITIES

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced a template pack so that the public can hold a 1940s style afternoon tea party at home complete with homemade VE Day bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children

You can also use English Heritage’s pack to help you put together your own celebrations to mark the #VEDay75 from home.

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow will host history lessons for children from today. At 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dan will host a History Hit live on YouTube’s Timeline channel that will focus on a different aspect of the Second World War and aim to teach the public about the importance of VE Day.

South Somerset District Council has also designed a VE Day puzzle for you to try which can be found here – https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/media/3149/ve-day-puzzle.pdf

We will be publishing even more VE Day-themed activities on our special page for children throughout the week – visit https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/life-events/coronavirus-support/family-activities/

CHURCH SERVICES

Following Government guidance, it will not be possible to attend a church service to commemorate those who fought in WW2. However, the Archbishop of Canterbury will record a special reflection and moment of prayer for VE Day.

WASTE COLLECTIONS

Friday 8 May will see no waste collections so those recycling and rubbish pick-ups will be on Saturday 9 May from 7am.

Collection crews are asking all residents to ensure their containers are out on time, with contents sorted, plastic bottles squashed, cardboard flattened, and – if safe – cans crushed.

The Somerset Waste Partnership has also issued activities for VE Day which can be found here – https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/one-day-later-collections-after-ve-day/

WHAT IS VE DAY?

On Friday 8 May, it will be 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. The long anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment. 

The war in the East did not end until 15 August 1945, when Japan surrendered. The day was celebrated across the world as ‘Victory over Japan’ (VJ Day). 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the greatest generation that served in combat and on the home front during the Second World War.

“Whilst we now need to celebrate VE 75 in our homes and on our doorsteps, rather than in parades and street parties, I know the nation will come together to mark this historic occasion.

“In these difficult times, acts of remembrance are even more poignant and I am sure that millions will want to join me to remember and give thanks to those who gave so much to secure peace, freedom and prosperity in Europe.”