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Reopening Recycling Centres & Garden Waste collections
July 2020 Update
Recycling sites: ‘Business as Normal”
Visitors to Somerset Waste Partnership’s recycling centres will find ‘shop-style’ social distancing arrangements in place.
Floor markings and other extra signs are being introduced to all 16 sites in the coming days. The set-up will be similar to that seen in supermarkets and other shops, with visitors expected to take responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe.
Sites were closed in March in response to COVID-19 and reopened in May with extra staff and barriers on hand to make sure social distancing was followed and to control access to waste skips.
This extra staffing has been gradually phased out and over the course of the next week, starting on Saturday (20 June), barriers will be removed.
Other safety and access restrictions remain in place:
- Gloves to be worn when outside the vehicle
- Maximum of two people per household
- Trailers and 3.5 tonne vans only allowed between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays
- Lifting assistance not available.
Sites have experienced long queues at times, especially in the morning, and the public is still advised to only make trips to the tip if really necessary.
Mickey Green, Managing Director of SWP, said: “These arrangements will be familiar to everyone from their trips to the supermarket, with the responsibility very much on the public to do the right thing and maintain social distance.
“The way that visitors have accepted the restrictions and followed the guidance so far has been great and I’m sure this will be no different.”
All sites are now open for their usual summer hours. Queue cams are operating for Bridgwater, Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil. Please check before you leave
For more information about how to reduce and reuse your waste, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk
For the latest information about services and any disruption visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.
The Annual Assembly is an opportunity for parishioners on the electoral roll for Stogursey to raise any matters of concern to them that relates to the local community.
It would be helpful to have written notice of any matters to be raised, to provide time for an answer to be prepared if necessary,. If you do have an issue to be raised please contact the parish clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, it is not essential – matters can be raised at the meeting without prior notice.
What is the Annual Assembly?
Strictly this is the Annual Meeting of the Parish. It can also be known as the Annual Parish Meeting, they are all the same thing.
The Annual Assembly is the meeting where the parish council report to its electorate on what it has accomplished in the preceding year
Electors, public and press are invited are the to hear reports from the Chairman, District & County Councillors, community groups and any organisation that the town or parish council has funded during the year.
The Council may also invite the local community policeman, neighbourhood watch co-ordinator, local headmaster etc. to address and inform the audience on community matters.
The Annual Assembly is a SEPARATE meeting from the Parish Council Annual Meeting. The Annual Assembly should be a relatively informal event for the community whereas the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council is a formal council meeting.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council must be held in the month of May and in an election year the meeting must be held between 4 and 14 days after polling day. This is the meeting of the parish council where they elect the chairman, make other annual appointments and review their insurance, risk management policies, etc.
When must the Annual Assembly be held?
The annual Assembly must be held between 1st March and the 1st June (inclusive) each year on a date decided by the Parish Council. The Annual Parish Meeting may not start earlier than 6:00pm. (LGA 1972 s 14 (4)). It is recommended that in an election year the Annual Parish Meeting should be held after the elections to prevent the meeting being used as hustings for potential District and County Councillors.
There should be an opportunity for the public and press to express their opinions on what the council are doing during the meeting.
Have your say about providing care closer to home in Somerset
Health and care services in Somerset are running an engagement programme to gather feedback from local people about providing care closer to home.
Health and care services in Somerset aim to support people to live independent, healthier lives by having the right services in the right place for their needs, available at the right time and delivered by the right people. The engagement programme runs until 12 April 2020.
Everyone who lives and works in Somerset is invited to join in, think about and help shape a new way of providing services which is, where practical, closer to where they live, supports independence and maintains health. Everyone’s input, ideas and suggestions are vital to helping them make sure that we have the right services in the right place.
The engagement document shares with everyone the reasons why current services need to change and the challenges faced in continuing to run them.
Using all the feedback received, a number of ways that health and care services could be delivered differently will be developed. There will be public consultation about these potential options in the future.
Health and care services would like to know what you think about their ideas so far and get your feedback. You can read the full engagement document on their website at www.fitformyfuture.org.uk or contact them by email email@example.com or telephone 01935 384119.