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Please use Royal Mail to post your vote

Residents need to be aware that the way postal votes are received at Somerset Council offices has changed in line with national legislation.

New laws mean that when someone hands in a postal vote at a reception point or at a polling station, a Postal Vote Return form must now also be completed. This could be time-consuming.

So, voters are being encouraged to use Royal Mail and post their vote in good time for it to be counted.

Postal votes receive a speedy service from Royal Mail and are easily identified by the purple flashes marked on the envelopes. They are delivered up to 9.30pm on polling day which is why Royal Mail should be the preferred method of returning them.

Voters can check their nearest post box and collection times via Services near you | Royal Mail Group Ltd.

Postal votes can still be handed in and the relevant forms completed during office hours only at these four locations in Somerset:

  • Bridgwater House, Bridgwater
  • Shape Office, Shepton Mallet
  • West Somerset House, Williton
  • Petters House, Petters Way, Yeovil

Voters need to know that any postal votes left at offices or put in office post boxes must be rejected.

You can only vote once in the General Election

Voters registered at two addresses – such as students or those with second homes – can only vote once. You will need to choose one address and vote in only that area when you’re voting in:

  • UK Parliament elections
  • UK referendums
  • London Assembly and London Mayoral elections

You can’t vote at both addresses at these elections. Voting in more than one location is a criminal offence.

Don’t forget you need photo ID to vote on 4 July

 

Don’t forget you need photo ID to vote on 4 July

Time to apply for free voter ID ahead of the general election on 4 July is running out. The deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

For the first time at a general election, voters will need to show photo ID to receive their ballot paper in polling stations. Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate, at www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or by applying for and submitting a paper form to Electoral Services at Somerset Council.

Applicants must be registered to vote and will need to provide their date of birth, National Insurance number and a photograph.

Those who have an accepted form of ID already do not need to apply. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Duncan Sharkey, Acting Returning Officer for Somerset Council’s seven constituencies, said: “As the deadline to apply for free ID fast approaches, it is important that Somerset residents make sure they’re election ready. If you need any help with applying for free ID or want to request an application form, you can contact the electoral services team on 0300 123 2224 or email elections@somerset.gov.uk.”

Voters also have the option to vote by post or proxy. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm Wednesday 19 June, and the deadline for a proxy vote is 5pm Wednesday 26 June.

For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote or how to apply by post or by proxy, voters can visit General Election 2024 (somerset.gov.uk).

Closure – High Street, Stogursey 5th to 9th August 2024

Temporary Closure of High Street

Somerset Council in exercise of its powers under Section 14 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act
1984 as amended, have made an Order prohibiting all traffic from proceeding along;
High Street – from the junction with Vicarage Road, eastwards for a total distance of 122 metres.
This Order will enable Wessex Water to install new customer connection.

The Order becomes effective on 02nd August 2024 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The
works are expected to commence on 5th August 2024 and last until 9th August 2024 between the
hours of 00:00 – 23:59 for a total of 5 days.

Please visit https://one.network/?tm=138616423 for further information on the alternative route.

Please note that should you require to view a closure which is more than two weeks ahead, you will
need to register for free with One.Network.

For information about the works being carried out please contact Wessex Water on telephone
number 0345 600 4600 quoting reference number ttro139696W(WS)

Are you registered to vote in the General Election?

 
Residents in Somerset are being urged to register to vote and check their Voter ID so they can have their say on who represents them in Parliament. If you are already registered and received a poll card for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 2 May, you do not need to take any further action.

A General Election has been called for Thursday 4 July and Somerset residents will be able to cast their vote to elect their MP. Boundaries have changed since the last General Election so there are now seven constituencies in the Somerset Council administrative area. They are: Bridgwater; Frome and East Somerset; Glastonbury and Somerton; Taunton and Wellington; Tiverton and Minehead; Wells and Mendip Hills; and Yeovil.

The Notice of Election is being published next week and the nomination period for prospective Parliamentary candidates (PPCs) closes on Friday 7 June at 4pm.

To vote, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Somerset Council is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. If in doubt, you can check with Somerset Council on 0300 123 2224.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 18 June. It takes just five minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm Wednesday 19 June.

Electors voting in person at the polling station are now required to present an accepted photo ID before being issued with their ballot paper.

Those who are registered to vote at the polling station but do not have an accepted photo ID can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate before the deadline at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. You can apply online via: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate

Voters have a range of options for casting their vote – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

If you have any questions about Voter ID or would like to request a paper form to apply for the Voter Authority Certificate, contact 0300 123 2224 or email elections@somerset.gov.uk.

 

HPC Abnormal Load Movement 9th June 2024 – Combwich Wharf to HPC 0900-1700

We have received notification that there will be transportation of equipment from Combwich Wharf northbound along the Hinkley Point Road (C182) to the Hinkley Point C construction site, on  Sunday 9th June between 9am – 5pm

Due to the size and shape of this equipment, these deliveries will be managed via an escorted ‘rolling roadblock.’

If you wish to find out further details please email: edfenergy@hpcenquiries.com or call us on 0333 009 7070.

Road Closure – Gorpit Lane, Stolford 31st May to 1st June 2024

Please be aware that we have received notification of a temporary road closure at Gorpit Lane, Stogursey for approximately 737 metres, which will commence on 31st May 2024 at 07:00 and is expected to last until 1st June 2024 at 19:00.   These works are for prep surface dressing works, their works reference is LG018-SD007720-HANDLAY-01.

For any further information about this closure please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224 quoting reference: SWT34 – SD007720 – Gorpit Lane.

Please follow the link to One.Network https://one.network/?tm=138939723

Road Closure – Whitewick Lane, Stolford – 30th May to 31st May 2024

Please be aware that we have received notification of a temporary road closure at Whitewick Lane, Stogursey for approximately 537 metres, which will commence on 30th May 2024 at 07:00 and is expected to last until 31st May 2024 at 19:00.

These works are for prep surface dresssing works, their works reference is LG018SD007724-HANDLAY-01.

For any further information about this closure please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224 quoting reference: SWT38-SD007724 -Whitewick Lane.

Please follow the link to One.Network for further details – https://one.network/?tm=138939421

Road Closure – Ridgeway Lane, Croft Lane, Stolford 31st May 2024 & 1st June 2024

Please be aware that we have received notification of a temporary road closure at Croft Lane and Ridgeway Lane, Stolford, Stogursey for approximately 593 metres, which will commence on 31st May 2024 at 07:00 and is expected to last until 1st June 2024 at 19:00  These works are for prep surface dressing works, their works reference is LG018-SD007721-HANDLAY-01.

For any further information about this closure please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224 quoting reference: SWT35 – SD007721 – Ridgeway Lane and Croft Lane.

Further details are available on  https://one.network/?tm=138939863
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Temporary Road Closure: Fiddington Road, Fiddington  3rd June to 19th July 2024

Please be aware that we have received notification of a temporary road closure at Fiddington Road, Fiddington for approximately 534 metres.

The new date for the works to commence is 3rd June 2024  and is expected to last until  19th July 2024 between the hours of 00:00 – 23:59.

These works are for Gardiner Construction Ltd to carry out development works.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is permitted on this occasion.

The link to view the new Notice is as follows: https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm/1111/06-notice-3-road-closures_137726542_3696462_0bff78d463.pdf

For any further information about this closure please contact Gardiner Construction Ltd on 07717 330688 quoting reference: N3 – ttro083335N.

Please visit one.network  https://one.network/?tm=137726542 where you will see the map of the affected area (in red), together with the recommended diversion route (in blue).

27th May Bank Holiday delays waste/recycling collection

Waste Collection updates for the Spring Bank Holiday

Recycling, rubbish and garden waste collections will again spring forward following the bank holiday on Monday, 27 May.

There will be no collections on bank holiday Monday and kerbside collections will all be one day later than usual for the rest of the week.

If your recycling and/or rubbish is usually collected on a Monday, then it will be collected on a Tuesday, if your usual day is a Tuesday it will be collected on a Wednesday and so on. This includes collections that would usually take place on Friday 31 May taking place on Saturday 1 June.

With waste collections a day later a higher volume of waste is likely. Squashing, crushing and flattening waste can help to reduce the number of trips that teams need to make to empty their trucks, as well as creating more space in resident’s containers.

All 16 recycling sites will be open as usual at the weekend, 9am to 4pm. And, if opening on a Monday is part of their normal opening pattern, they will be open on Bank Holiday Monday (27 May), from 9am to 6pm. For opening times and to find a full list of what can be recycled please visit: www.somerset.gov.uk/waste