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Bus Back Better

After 30 years of deregulation of buses the government are now supporting an initiative for a National Bus Strategy: Bus Back Better and awarding grant funding worth £3 billion to support it.
The objectives are to encourage people to leave their cars at home to create a greener environment and support climate change. Their journeys should be reliable, comfortable and affordable. The Somerset scheme is called the ‘Bus Service Improvement Plan’ ‘BSIP’.
Somerset is the 4th lowest user of buses in the country. The person taking responsibility for Somerset County Council’s bus scheme is John Woodman. He is supported by 4 chairs covering 4 district councils as well as a panel of users. The SWT chair is John Haswell.
The scheme has until end of October to submit its plan with roll out planned for April 2022. The Parish Council is being asked to do is submit not only our wish for a bus service, but innovative and new ideas on how a new bus service could operate. Ideas should be practical and affordable.
Some of ideas floated at a recent zoom meeting for Somerset Parish Councils were:
  • S106 money used to subsidise buses on new developments (Monkton Heathfield has one operating for 2 years as a trial).
  • More centrally located hubs for buses to connect with.
  • Saturday and Sunday services run by volunteers driving buses used by Schools etc. during the week.
  • Provide bus shelters for people to wait in.
  • Easily available and up to date bus timetables.
  • A bus timetable that links with the whole county/national services.
The Parish Council have been given the chance to have our say, but if we stay quiet then we cannot expect anything to happen for our area or Somerset.
What can I do?
  • Talk with our local councillor tell them what you think and need, including disadvantaged users.
  • Come up with some ideas and help the Parish Council promote them.
  • Encourage other residents to send in their ideas and support.
  • Lobby our local MP for support.
More information on the scheme can be found at

Road Closure, Culver Street, Burton 28th to 30th July 2021

Urgent Road Closure: Culver Street, Stogursey

Please be aware that we have received notification of an urgent road closure at Culver StreetStogursey, which will commence on 28th July 2021 and is expected to last until 30th July 2021 (the closure is between the hours of  00:00 – 23:59).

These works are for Wessex Water to renew a Stop Tap, their works reference is 039384995001.

For any further information about this closure please contact  Wessex Water on  0345 600 4600.

A map of the affected area (in red), together with the recommended diversion route (in purple) is shown below, along with the link to One.Network.

Have your say on bus services in Somerset

Somerset County Council is to work in partnership with bus operators in the county to deliver improved services for all, and local people have a pivotal role to play.

Following the Government’s announcement in March of the new National Bus Strategy – ‘Bus Back Better’  a £3 billion pot of funding is being made available to improve bus services across the country and Somerset County Council can bid for a share of this in partnership with operators.

But first, the Council needs to know about residents’ experience and where the gaps in services are.

You can take the survey here:

As part of the process the Council’s Cabinet agreed on 21 June that it would commit to forming an ‘Enhanced Partnership’ with all local bus operators in the county to access funding and improve services.

The first stage involves drawing up an ambitious Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) – a blueprint for future service provision across Somerset which will be used by Government to determine future funding for the County. The public survey will feed into this as well as input from operators and other key stakeholders.

“The most important people in all of this are bus users in Somerset,” said Cllr John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport.

“We need to hear about their experiences and what they think the Council and operators need to be providing terms of services.

“Please take some time to complete the survey and give us the best possible chance of accessing as much funding as possible.”

The Bus Service Improvement Plan will be published by 31 October. It will be further developed and updated annually.

For more information on roadworks, live traffic and major projects visit  and follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter and Facebook.


Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Advice

Did you know a thief can take the catalytic converter from your car in a matter of minutes and leave you to foot the bill? Precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium are used in catalytic converters. The price of some of these metals has risen sharply in recent years and as a result has led to an increase in the theft of catalytic convertors.

Cars that are most often targeted are hybrid vehicles, as these vehicles have two power sources, so the catalytic converter is used less frequently. The metals are less likely to corrode, meaning they are worth more and therefore more attractive to thieves.

Hybrid cars, Vans and SUV’s are particularly at risk, as the ride height makes access to the exhaust system beneath them easier. The Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris, Honda Jazz and the Honda CR-V are often targeted.

Please click here to find out how to reduce the risk of having your catalytic converter stolen.

REMEMBER: If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, call 999 or 101 and report it to the Police. Be sure to obtain as much information as possible, including the registrations of any vehicles being targeted or being used by the persons involved.

Remember, everyone can catch it, anyone can spread it.

From Monday 19 July, the majority of legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 will be lifted, but the risks of Covid-19 have not gone away.

As cases rise here and across the country, we urge you to be cautious, not only for yourselves, but to protect our vulnerable residents and frontline workers.
We are advising people to think carefully about continuing to keep the all important two metre distance where possible – the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) estimates that the risk of transmitting Covid-19 at 1 metre could be up to ten times higher than at 2 metres.

As another measure to protect more vulnerable members of our local communities, as well as workers in key services such as shops and pubs, we recommend continuing to wear a face covering in indoor spaces such as in shops, on public transport or in healthcare settings.

Please also continue to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. Meet up outside rather than inside, and, if you are inside, make sure you let the fresh air in by opening windows and doors.

Finally, it’s important to:
• make sure that you get both doses of the vaccine,
• self-isolate when required to do so; and,
• use rapid tests twice a week.

So, our message is please ‘think twice, do the right thing, and don’t let your guard down’.

Thank you.

Beware – Cold Callers are active in our area

We have been made aware of the following by PCSO Sue from our local Neighbourhood Policing Team:

A couple of individuals are working in the area at the moment offering gardening services.

Their usual method is to cold call & offer to cut hedges etc. They will give a quote, then once the work is done, will say that it was a bigger job than initially expected, & demand further payment.

They will usually target more elderly residents whose gardens may look overgrown & untidy, thus preying on the vulnerable.

Please be vigilant, & look out for elderly /vulnerable members of the community.

If you are looking for gardening services or property maintenance, please do not succumb to these unscrupulous people- no matter how professional and friendly they may appear. Always go to a reputable firm, or someone who has been personally recommended.

If you are concerned about people behaving suspiciously or rogue traders in your area please call 101 and report it to your local neighbourhood team.