Saturday, 15 February 2014

Aller Parish Update Friday 14 Feb

Dear all

Since the meeting on Tuesday there has been a marked improvement in communications with SSDC and the authorities generally. The Police and authorities can be informed of non urgent flood related issues using the link here <https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/flooding-on-somerset-levels/>. Routine Police Patrols have been stepped up including Officers in 4 x 4 vehicles patrolling otherwise hard to access areas. More information in a Community Update from the Police that can be downloaded from Alleronline (link below)

SSDC have arranged an information meeting for Monday next at 2pm at Huish School - More details below - to enable more people to get the sort of information given at Aller's meeting on Tuesday. It is appreciated that this is a difficult time of day for many but notes from the meeting will be available afterwards for those unable to attend. I will try to post any new information that is given on the PC website/Facebook and by email. 

As of this morning four pumps of the planned eight were operational at Dunball. There is no update on the timing for gradual opening of the Sluice at Monksleaze. I was assured by the EA yesterday that for reassurance and in order to keep residents informed, those on Aller Drove and some on Church Path close to Aller Drove will be visited and leafleted with information prior to that operation commencing. Information will also be circulated by email and on the parish website / Facebook page. 

Information related to specific areas of the parish;

Aller
There have been concerns for those in residents on Aller Drove that have at times been cut off by flood water in the event of needing medical attention or for attending routine medical appointments and the like. SSDC are aware of those in that area with specific transport issues as are the Police. 

In the event of anyone needing help to get to a non urgent medical appointment when they are cut off by flooding please call 101 in plenty of time and they will endeavour to help with specialist vehicles. For urgent medical help, call 999 as usual.

Oath
It is hoped that a vehicle will be provided to provide a ferry service to Oath by Saturday. A temporary measure was being investigated and may have been operating today. Somerset waste Partnership have agreed a revised programme for the removal of refuse. SSDC Environment Officers visited on Thursday and Police visits should have commenced by today. 

Beer
Police and Highways have been made aware of the issue with unsuitable vehicles attempting to drive through Beer. Signs have been requested but there is a shortage due to the demand for signage caused by road closures.

Links: Aller PC Facebook Page <https://www.facebook.com/AllerParishCouncil>                    
Aller Online (DragonFlyer) <http://www.alleronline.co.uk>

Some of the documents are quite long but I will try to provide up to date hard copies available via the noticeboard in the Old Pound for those without email. If there are specific difficulties not addressed here please contact me or any Parish Councillor and we will do our best to help.

David Mayor
Chairman
Aller Parish Council

Avonwater, High St., Aller
01458 253623 

EMERGENCY FLOOD RELIEF WORKS ON SOMERSET MOORS AND LEVELS

South Somerset District Council is hosting a public meeting to help explain the current emergency flood relief works on the Somerset Moors and Levels and to answer any questions you may have.

Date: Monday 17th February 2014
Time: 2 - 4pm
Venue: Huish Episcopi Academy (Main Hall), Wincanton Road, Langport TA10 9SS

The meeting will be chaired by Mark Williams, Chief Executive, South Somerset District Council, supported by officers of the Environment Agency.

We appreciate that this is short notice, and that attendance may be difficult due to the time of day. Notes from the meeting will be available from South Somerset District Council after the meeting and on our website. There is further information on the flood incident available atwww.southsomerset.gov.uk/majorincident

SSDC message to residents and businesses affected by flooding in South Somerset: -
Call us on 01935 462462 Monday to Friday (8.45am to 5.15pm) - an out-of-hours service providing cover for emergencies operates outside of these times. In addition you can visit an SSDC Customer Advisor at the Langport Information Centre, Bow Street. Opening times: Mon, Tues and Thurs 9am to 2.00pm. (See our website for details of our other local community offices). For help with SSDC services, a home visit will be arranged for those residents unable to access an office or use our services by phone or on-line. SSDC will help those who may be made temporarily homeless and once the initial stage of this major incident has passed, we will be working to help communities recover. Other services include help with council tax reduction & housing benefits, business rates relief, and environmental health services - including guidance on dealing with septic tanks during this difficult time.

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