Thursday, 26 March 2015

Become a Parish Councillor

Have you ever:


  • Had ideas about how your local services could be improved?
  • Wanted to see if your ideas could make a difference?
  • Felt you could be a voice for your community?

So, why not become a Parish Councillor
With local elections due on the 7th May 2015 - YOU could be one?

As a Councillor you can become a real voice for your community and help affect real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. Parish councils are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. It is a voluntary position but a rewarding one so why don’t you stand for your local parish or town council and see what difference you can make?

If you are interested you can get a detailed guide (including a nomination pack) to being a Councillor from:
Democratic Services, South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil BA20 2HT.
Tel: 01935 462462

You can also:
  • e-mail: democracy@southsomerset.gov.uk;
  • visit our website at: www.southsomerset.gov.uk
Nomination Packs and Electoral Number information can sent to you by Aller Parish Council Clerk: Miss Emma Meecham
aller_pc@btinternet.com

But don't hang about your nominations need to be delivered to the council offices by 4pm on Thursday 9th April 

More information can be found here

Monday, 23 March 2015

Langport Range use 30/3 - 12/4

The latest notice regarding activity on the Langport Firing Range is available here.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Further road works at Bere Wall (A372)

The second stage of a major flood-prevention and protect scheme will begin soon at Bere Wall on the Somerset Levels. The County Council-led works are due to start on 7 April and will see four new culverts installed under the A372 at Beer Wall, to the east of Langacre Rhyne, which runs alongside the River Sowy.

At times of flood the culverts will allow water to pass beneath the road rather than over it. As well as protecting the road - which was closed for several weeks early last year due to flooding and then to accommodate emergency pumping - they will pave the way for Environment Agency work to increase capacity of the Sowy and reduce the flood risk over a wide area.

The aim is to complete the phase two work within three months but progress could be affected by weather conditions. Road closures and diversions will be put in place for 12 weeks but extended if needed.

The scheme is being carried out as part of the multi-agency Flood Action Plan, the work of which is now overseen by the new Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA).

Councillor John Osman, Chair of the SRA and Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “This is a major scheme that will play a key role in reducing the likelihood, duration and impact of any future floods. I appreciate that the road closure will, again, disrupt motorists but we ask for patience and understanding while we carry out this important work.

“Many organisations came together for this scheme and did a great job in getting the first phase of works completed before Christmas. I’m delighted that we can now finish the job.”

As well as keeping the A372 open, the three-stage Beer wall scheme is designed to reduce flood risk in the Sowy and Kings Sedgemoor Drain river systems.

Phase one, which was completed before Christmas - raising a section of the A372, cutting a section through the road which will accommodate two of the culverts, and installing a temporary bridge to keep the road open through the winter.

Phase two, which starts in April – cutting a second section cut through the road, installing four culverts and building a permanent road built over the top of them.

Phase three, which will be carried out by the EA and begin in the summer – diverting the Langacre rhyne and part of the River Sowy through the new culverts to increase the capacity of the system.

As with the first phase of works and the recently completed road raising at Muchelney, the works are being carried out by the County Council’s contractor Skanska.

Simon White, Business Director, Skanska, said: “Our team is looking forward to making a start back at Beer Wall and continuing the good work from phase one. As we start to see the back of winter we can begin the complex engineering task of installing the culverts beneath the A372.“We are very aware that the closure of the A372 will be inconvenient for some and our teams will be working hard to complete the works as quickly as possible. This short term inconvenience will however result in greatly improved resilience of the road and surrounding area to future flooding.”

Friday, 6 March 2015

Parish Council Meeting 9th March

The next Parish Council meeting will be held in the Village Hall on 9th March at 7.30pm.

A copy of the Agenda is available here.

Copies of previous meeting minutes are available from this web site. Click on the item in the left sidebar labelled 'Parish Council Minutes & Agendas' under 'USEFUL LINKS'

There is new legislation coming in that minutes should be published online within a month of the meeting. We will endeavour to meet this requirement, but the latest minutes will need to marked as DRAFT until approved at the following meeting.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Langport Range 02/03 - 15/03

The latest information from MoD on activities at Langport Range can be found here.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Langport Range

The programme of activities on the Langport Range for the next two week period, from 02 -15 February is here.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Community Flood Action Plan meeting

The Environment Agency and Somerset County Council and partner agencies are working with Residents in areas at risk from flooding to develop community flood plans. Flood plan groups are being formed consisting of members of the community and the Parish Council, where applicable.
Involving local people ensures we include local knowledge and that is vital. Groups meet at a time that suits and plan together to make the community more resilient. A resilient community understands its needs and plans ahead.
A flood plan helps you become more aware of what to do in the event of a flood, how to become more resilient and self-reliant and knowing when to take action and what to do as a community.
This is an opportunity for you to be involved and be part of the plan for Aller.
More volunteers are needed from Aller and Aller Drove
Next Meeting at The Old Pound Inn, Wed 4th Feb. 7pm
A small buffet will be provided so please let one of us know if you are planning to attend.
Local contact: Jackie Colson at jackie005@talktalk.net
Vanessa Dare vanessa.dare1@environment-agency.gov.uk (01278 484540)
or contact Stewart Granger SGranger@somerset.gov.uk