Friday, 26 September 2014

Bus timetable and service changes

Somerset County Council has issued a revised timetable for buses to and from Aller, with the statement below. You can view the timetable here.

Due to the closure of the A372 near Othery beginning on 29 September and lasting for 11 weeks, there are major changes to public transport in the Langport area.

Service 16 will terminate at Othery, it will not serve Langport or Aller. Service 903 has been enhanced to provide a daily service between Aller and Langport, providing access to services from Langport to Taunton and Street.

Bridgwater College students from Aller, Langport and Huish Episcopi will need to catch a temporary service (16/624 Shuttle) provided by Hatch Green Coaches (see timetable) rather than the 16 or 624. There will only be one bus serving Langport. Passengers from Aller will need to catch this bus from the opposite side of the road

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Seven Bends road closure

The details of the road closures affecting Seven Bends on the A372, and the associated closure of Aller Drove have now been made public on the SCC website.

The individual documents are available here, with a summary of the closures and alternative routes for greater convenience.
Seven Bends
The Order PROHIBITS ALL TRAFFIC along Beer Road to Beer Door and Langport Road from 50m south-east of the junction with Beer Drove, westwards for a distance of 1350 metres. Effective on 29 September 2014 and will remain in force for twenty one days followed by a full order for eighteen months from 20th October 2014. The works are expected to last for 13 weeks and 2 days. While the closure is in operation an alternative route will be signed as detailed below and shown on page 2 of the linked document..
Aller Drove
PROHIBITS ALL TRAFFIC from proceeding along Aller Drove from outside Longstone Farm to Brookside House a distance of 570 metres, to carry out flood defence works in this road..
Effective on 29 September 2014 The works are expected to last for 13 weeks and 2 days. The alternative route will be signed as detailed below.

The Parish Council wishes to be informed of any discrepancies or shortcomings in the signposting of alternative routes, for what is a major disruption of access to the village. 

For vehicles under 4.6m high from the northern end of the closure along A372 to junction with A361 at Othery, turn right onto A361 to Junction with A39 at Pipers Inn, turn right onto A39 and then immediately right again onto Berhill . At Marshalls Elm turn right onto B3151, Turn right at Somerton onto B3153, continue on B3153 to Huish Episcopi, at roundabout take second exit onto A372, take third turning on right onto A372 Newtown Road to Aller and
southern end of closure and vice versa.
Vehicles over 4.6m high from the northern end of the closure along A372 to junction with A361 at Othery, turn right onto A361 to Junction with A39 at Pipers Inn, turn right onto A39 to Glastonbury . Take A361 from Glastonbury towards Shepton Mallet. At the A361 / A37 junction at Beardley Batch turn right onto A37. At traffic lights at Lydford on Fosse, turn right
onto B3153 towards Somerton. At junction of B3153 and B3151 turn left towards Somerton, Turn right at Somerton onto B3153, continue on B3153 to Huish Episcopi, at roundabout take second exit onto A372, take third turning on right onto A372 Newtown Road to Aller and southern end of closure and vice versa.
For information about the works being carried out please contact Richard Needs on 01823 359470
For further details of the alternative route please contact Somerset County Council on 0845 345 9155

Latest Dredging update #31

Work on dredging the confluence of the Parrett and Tone continues and is on schedule. If you are interested, the latest information from the Environment Agency is here.

A372 closure - Bus services

Bus services will be affected by the closure of the A372 at Seven Bends next week, potentially for up to 10 weeks. Timetables are still being finalised, but here is a comment from County Hall and the operators.

We have agreed that service 16 will only operate as far as Othery. Then we will put on a service run by Isle Valley Transport that will run from Aller to Langport. This will enable residents of Aller to get to Langport and be able to access the wider bus network. 
College Students from Aller, Langport and Curry Rivel will have a bus put on for them operated by Hatch Green Coaches. The usual 624 will not be serving these villages, it will be turning off at Ilminster and going straight to Bridgwater College. 
 The new timetables are still being tweaked to make sure they are right they will be sent to Bridgwater College, Parish Clerks and all student who have County Tickets.

Any updates will be posted on the village websites and publicised as well as we are able. Watch for more news.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Dredging Bulletin #30

amphibious_excavator_on_river_toneThe latest news (19.09.14) from the Environment Agency is here.

The picture shows the amphibious excavator, soon to be joined by a second, brought over from Holland.

Firing Range

The timetable of activity on the Langport Range is available here. It covers two weeks from Sept 29th.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

EA asset repair update 17-9

The latest information from the Environment Agency contains detail of the road closures and repair work taking place (or about to take place) on their various assets in our area. Please read the full report here if you are likely to be affected. Below is a brief summary for your information. No details yet of the A372 closure at Bere Wall, due to start on 29th Sept. or proposed alternative routes.

Aller Drove – works to reduce flood risk
The first part of this work will now begin the week commencing Monday 29 September and will include raising the existing road and constructing a new kerb on the north side of Aller Drove.
Construction plant will be operating on Aller Drove which will be closed from 07:00 to 19:00 Monday to Saturday for approximately four weeks. The road will be open during the evenings and on a Sunday to reduce disruption. If we are able to complete work earlier than 19:00 some days, we will post an update on the Wessex Facebook page and on Twitter to let people know access is clear.

Allermoor Spillway - update
Some repair work on Allermoor Spillway is already completed. The installation of the concrete beams along the top of the spillway and a large section of the fibre reinforcement mat has been repaired, including a 35m2 area at the downstream end. We have removed all the stones deposited at the base of the spillway and stockpiled these for future use. Work to repair the bank slippage will start this week.

Work on the embankment at Cocklemoor starts this week and will affect Bow Street and the Cocklemoor car park.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Latest Dredging update

The latest update from EA (#29) on the progress of dredging is now available here.

Firing at Langport Range

The firing programme for the two weeks commencing 15th Sept is available here.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Road Closures

Somerset County Council have announced dates for the closure of Aller Drove and the A372 at Bere Wall (Seven Bends) for the repairs and flood defence work. The details are in the PDF document here, but briefly, the expected closures are as follows:

Aller Drove - starting 15th Sept for 6 weeks.

Bere Wall - starting 29th Sept for an estimated 10 weeks.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Aller Parish Council Meeting

Aller Parish Council Meeting

7:30pm at the Village Hall on Monday 15th September 2014

Agenda can be found on the Council Page

This is a council meeting open to the public, the meeting will commence after an Open Session for Aller Parishioners only.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Dredging Update #28

Picture shows River Tone downstream of Athelney Bridge
The latest update on the progress of dredging on the Parrett and Tone, issued by the EA, is here. 6.4km of bank still remains to be cleared, but they are on target to finish by the end of October.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Range Firing Schedule

The latest schedule for Langport Range is available here. It covers the first two weeks of September.

Dredging news

The latest reports and newsletters from the Environment Agency are available.

For the Dredging Report #27 click here.

For Community Update #4, click here.

We understand that work is to start on the Parrett river bank and the wall to protect flood prone properties on Whatley at Cocklemoor on Monday 8th Sept, and 5 spaces will be lost from the Car Park for about three weeks because of contractors equipment.

Solar Farm Open Morning

As you will be aware, British Solar Renewables are arranging a visit morning to the proposed Solar Park on Aller Court Farm between 1030 – 1200 on Sat 6 Sep 14. Visitors should park their cars in the playground car park and walk to the meeting point outside the church gates where someone will be there to meet you (map attached). We ask that you arrive at 10.30 and that for Health & Safety reasons you do not enter the farmyard. You will be escorted to site where there will be other members of staff to meet you, explain the proposed layout and answer questions. After the visit, you will be escorted back to the meeting place. Although the weather forecast is not fully understood at this time, we would like to suggest that you dress prepared for wet weather and wear suitable footwear for walking through fields.

There is a link to a PDF of the meeting point and car parking here.