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Stay safe and warm during cold weather this winter

With low temperatures and potentially severe overnight frosts forecast across the South West from Wednesday, Somerset County Council’s public health team are encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather.

A cold weather alert has been issued by the Met Office for Somerset and other areas of England. The ‘Level 3’ alert is in place from 6pm on Wednesday 7 December, until 9am on Monday 12 December.

Cllr Adam Dance, Lead Executive Member for Public Health, Equalities and Diversity said:

“Cold weather can have serious consequences for health, and older people and those with heart or lung conditions can be particularly at risk.

“Staying warm during cold weather is really important and there are some simple steps we can all take to help ourselves and vulnerable friends and family. In rooms you use often such as the living room or bedroom, try to heat them to at least 18°C if you can.

If you are unable to keep your home warm, please do take advantage of the Warm Welcome spaces that have been set up across Somerset. These venues offer a warm and friendly environment where people can socialise, stay warm and access information and support for their wellbeing.”

Top tips to prepare for colder weather:

  • Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
  • There are grants, benefits and advice to help make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. It’s worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to before winter sets in. Find out more at
  • Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep. If you are unable to keep your home warm, visit one of Somerset’s Warm Welcome spaces. Find a space near you and check their opening days and times at Find a Warm Welcome | SPARK (
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm.  Thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good for maintaining body heat.
  • If eligible, seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some.
  • Keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm. Try not to sit for more than an hour, get up and walk around, make a hot drink and spread housework throughout the day.
  • Prepare for cold weather. Stock up on tinned and frozen foods, warm clothes and any medication so you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy.
  • Check on frail or older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses to make sure they are safe, warm and well.

Have a wonderful not wasteful Christmas

Have a wonderful not wasteful Christmas

Somerset Waste Partnership

From wrapping responsibly to festive meal planning, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is promoting ways to waste less and save more this Christmas.

The festive season generates a huge amount of extra waste, much of which can be avoided by reducing, reusing and recycling wherever possible.

The SWP website is full of useful tips and advice, including ways to cut card and reduce food waste.

It also tells you how to recycle some of your festive favourites.

  • Wrapping paper – only paper wrap can be recycled, scrunch it and if it stays scrunched it can be recycled.
  • Pringles – taken at 12 recycling sites (all but Castle Cary, Cheddar, Dulverton and Somerton) in the skips for cartons/Tetra Pak.
  • Metal sweet tins – reuse for storage if you can. Or go in Bright Blue Bag or metal skip at recycling sites.


  • Plastic sweet tins – reuse if possible. Or go in the Bright Blue Bag or skip for plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays and bottles at recycling sites.

Collections are unchanged up to and including Friday 23 December, but then change to accommodate festive Bank Holidays.

There are no collections on Monday 26 December or Monday 2 January. Both weeks’ collections will be a day later than usual, including Saturday collections for waste usually picked-up on the Friday.

All 16 recycling sites are open on their usual winter hours over Christmas and New Year, except all close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Crewkerne recycling site will have one extra day open, on Tuesday 27 December.

For more information visit

Road Closure Shurton Road, Shurton, Tuesday 6th December – Thursday 8th December 2022

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: – ttro021770WS -WW – Shurton Road, Stogursey

Please be aware that we have received a notification of a TTRN (urgent / emergency) road closure at Shurton RoadStogursey will commence on 6th December 2022 – 8th December 2022 (00:00 – 23:59) for a total of 3 days.

This will enable Wessex Water to carry out works to repair a leak.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site  is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Weesex Water on 0345 600 4600, quoting reference: ttro021770WS.

Please visit where you will see the map of the affected area (in red), together with the supplied diversion route (in blue).


Preparing for winter flooding

Preparing for winter flooding – guidance for residents and businesses

While drought conditions may have dominated headlines this year the focus is back on flooding preparedness as we head into the winter months.

Somerset councils have combined to offer the following advice and guidance to help residents and businesses reduce the impacts of flooding. We hope this can assist you when you are dealing with peoples’ concerns and queries over the coming months.

What can I do?

Thinking ahead and preparing for what the weather may bring especially at this time of year can make a real difference in your home, business and community.

One of the first things is to check is whether your property is at risk of flooding.

We also recommend taking precautionary measures and purchasing your own sandbags in case of flooding emergencies. If sandbags are not available, you can use:

  • rolled-up mats or carpets
  • bags of garden compost
  • pillow cases filled with soil (don’t overfill them)
  • timber boards (possibly screwed to door frames and sealed with mastic)

What to do during a flood

There is information to help you on what to do during a flood on the Somerset Prepared website.  The key point is to always stay safe, in an immediate flood emergency or where there is a risk to life, follow the advice of the emergency services.  

Protect yourself from future flooding

It is advisable to plan how you’ll respond to a flood. Information and plans are available to help you plan ahead.

We also encourage you to download the ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ flood plan to help reduce the impact of flooding.

You can find up to date information on flood warnings by visiting the flood warnings page on the Government’s website.

Flooding and roads – key information

It’s important to ensure drains and gullies are clear during the autumn and winter months – Somerset County Council as the Highways authority routinely inspects these but leaves and other debris can accumulate rapidly so members of the public have a key role to play.

If you spot a problem with a drain or gully, or any issue on the highway you can report it easily and quickly here –  Report a problem on the road (

Heavy rain and flooding present a clear and present danger to drivers – road users are urged NOT to attempt to drive across flooded roads as it is not possible to estimate the depth of the water reliably.

A number of Somerset roads have flood gates in place to prevent access in the event of flooding – information can be found here – Emergency road closure gates – Travel Somerset.

It’s vital to prepare for wet conditions if you have to travel and to proceed with extreme caution if you get caught in flood conditions – you can find information and advice here: Adverse weather conditions (

Road works affecting NDR Bridgwater 14.11 to 18.11.22

Saltlands Bridge (A39 Western Way)

Wessex Water Mains leak – One-way system required

Monday 14th Nov to Friday 18th Nov 2022   – 24/7 Restriction

Wessex Water require network occupation to attend to a mains water leak affecting the A39 Saltlands Bridge (A39 Western Way). The leak appears to be from a suspended water pipe beneath the bridge structure.

To allow Wessex Water to safely undertake the works a lane closure will be required as given the proximity to the signal controlled junction with The Drove, the use of portable traffic signals will not be suitable so a one way system will be put into place.

The bridge will be closed to westbound traffic only so to provide a safe working area for the Wessex Water team undertaking the works.

It is anticipated that these works may cause severe network congestion, particularly at peak hours as this route serves West Somerset and Hinkley Point, the signed diversion route for westbound traffic will via Monmouth Street, Broadway and Wembdon Road.

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: Wick Lane, Wick, Stogursey

Please be aware that we have received a notification of a TTRN (urgent / emergency) road closure at Wick LaneStogursey  will commence on 2nd November 2022 – 4th November 2022 (00:00 – 23:59).for a total of 3 days.

This will enable Wessex Water to carry out works to repair a customer leak.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site  is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4600, quoting reference: ttro667622WS.

Please visit where you will see the map of the affected area (in red), together with the supplied diversion route (in blue).

Please note: this diversion route could be subject to change on review.