Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Firing notice for Christmas period

The Langport Range Firing Notice is this time issued for 4 weeks due to the Christmas break, covering the period from 22nd Dec to 18th Jan 2015.

Monday, 1 December 2014

River Sowy and King Sedgemoor Drain - Othery Drop-in Event

River Sowy and King Sedgemoor Drain
Community Drop-in event
Wednesday 10 December 2014, 2pm – 7pm

The Environment Agency will be at Othery Village Hall on Wednesday 10 December from 2pm – 7pm to explain the work taking place to deliver their part of the Flood Action Plan (FAP).

They will present a range of proposed options for the River Sowy and King Sedgemoor Drain. The aim of the works is to increase the capacity of the river system and reduce the risk, depth and duration of future flooding.

As they are keen to receive your feedback on the options, your say really could make a difference so please do go along to ask questions or voice your opinion.

Langport Range 8-12 to 21-12

The latest information on use of the Langport Range for the period from 8th Dec to 21st Dec can be found here.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Flood Action Plan Meeting - Tonight, 24th Nov

South Somerset District Council is hosting a public meeting Tonight Monday 24th November 2014
Time: 7-9pm (arrivals from 6.30) Venue: Huish Episcopi Academy – 6th Form Auditorium
For seating and refreshment purposes please let us know you plan to attend:
email communities@southsomerset.gov.uk

The meeting, for residents and business owners, is to provide reassurance and information on flooding as the winter approaches and will include:

  • A talk on the Environment Agency’s Trigger Points document
  • A look at the work of the Flood Action Plan and news about the proposed Somerset Rivers Authority 
  • An opportunity to talk to people involved in community flood plans, insurance issues, local flood protection measures and services which support communities during times of flooding.
If you are unable to attend the meeting - further information on the Flood Action Plan is available at http://somersetnewsroom.com/flood-action-plan/

Additional Parish Council meeting 1st Dec

Planning Applications 14/04976/COU Oath Hill Farm,Wickmoor,Oath,Bridgwater,Somerset,TA7 0J - Change of use of land to residential use & 14/05142/FUL Longstone Farm, Aller Drove, Aller - Single Storey Extension

Aller Parish Council will hold an additional meeting to discuss the above applications on Monday 1 December at 7.30pm at Aller Village Hall

Planning Application 14/04300/FUL - Solar Power Development at Aller Court

The above application has been amended and revised plans along with a copy of the Construction Management plan is available for inspection at the rear of St Andrew’s Church. The Church is open during daylight hours.

There has also been a direction by the Secretary of State that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required before the application can proceed further.

In view of these developments there will be a second opportunity for Aller Parish Council to comment on the application. The next scheduled meeting of the council is Monday 13 January 2015 at 7.30pm in Aller Village Hall. It is possible, if the EIA is submitted, that it will be necessary to call a meeting before that date. Should that occur then the council will meet in public and the meeting will be advertised in the usual way, online and on the noticeboard of Aller Village Hall.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Langport Range Firing 24/11 - 7/12

The latest notice about use of the Langport Range , for the period 24th Nov to 7th Dec is now available here.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Flood Risk warnings

The past couple of years have taught us to be aware of the risk of flooding. The Environment Agency from time to time issues warnings of flood risk, and have just released this one (11/11/14).

Overall there is a low river and surface water flood risk, but we are monitoring river levels closely and working alongside partners, including the Met Office and local authorities – and our gangs will be out across the patch clearing any debris from trash screens and keeping watercourses flowing.

With regards to the Somerset Levels and Moors, the spillway at Hook Bridge on the River Tone is expected to run, however this depends on rainfall totals and is completely normal for the winter period.

Following our discussions with the IDB (Internal Drainage Board) all pumping stations, with the exception of Stanmoor, are going to winter levels (as of this morning). We expect spillways on the River Parrett to run over the next 24hours and are operating Monks Leaze to reduce levels upstream. Once spillways run, we will close Monks Leaze. Again, this is completely normal for the winter period.

As part of the extensive asset repairs programme, we have been out on the ground making our defences more robust and resilient ahead of winter. If needed we have robust contingency plans in place, including dumpy bags and temporary defences.

We are continuing to monitor river levels closely and are working alongside partners.

Please keep yourself safe by checking the gov.uk website and Met Office warning page or follow @EnvAgency or @EnvAgencySW and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook. Sign up to receive free flood warnings at Floodline - 0345 988 1188.

We will continue to keep you informed of the situation.