Somerset Waste Partnership
The Somerset Waste Partnership have communicated new measures to cut congestion, improve services and enhance safety at recycling sites from Monday 3rd October 2016. Please click here to view the full briefing paper.
The Somerset Waste Partnership have issued its monthly briefing for July 2017, which can be viewed by clicking here. Also published are the revised Bank Holiday Collection dates for 2017 which can be viewed here.
Combat Rural Crime
New text number to combat rural
crime - 81819
Avon & Somerset Police are launching a new text service, 17th January 2017, to help prevent and detect rural crime.
They are asking rural communities and businesses to help by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area. The new number will allow the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who will be able to assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.
Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We are trialing the number for three months. Many people who belong to our Farm Watch scheme had said they wanted a facility to be able to pass on information and respond to messages quickly, and this new number will allow that. We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example - details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for. No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.
Messages are currently sent out via text message and email to members of the Neighbourhood, Farm and Horse Watch schemes to alert them to crimes and incidents in their area. This new number will allow people to text back information quickly and easily. Anyone can use it if they have information about rural or agricultural crime in their area, and isn’t just for Watch members.
The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance. In those circumstances please dial 999.
The new number is 81819, please text us any information you believe could either help prevent or detect a crime in your area.
You can still pass on information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.
“Report a problem” on the Highway
A new online, interactive map has been launched by Somerset County Council to allow residents to report potholes and other issues on Somerset’s Highways.
‘Report it’ is now available at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/problems-on-the-road/ and allows users to report any issues across all 4,206 miles of Somerset’s highways.
How does it work?
Residents can now go on the website to report issues they find on a highway such as a pothole, blocked drain or poor road surface. Simply log the issue on the map by location and then fill in the details of the problem using an online form. People can also leave an email address to receive updates on potholes they have reported.
When residents report a road defect it will be inspected within 3 working days, and programme repair work will be scheduled where required.
You can find out more information about how we find and repair potholes here.
Explore Somerset – (Public Footpaths and Rights of Way)
A new online mapping system to help people find their way around Somerset’s extensive rights of way network has been launched by Somerset County Council.
How does it work?
Explore Somerset is now available at www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway and allows users to plan their route across all 9,000 public rights of way in Somerset.
The interactive system can also be used to simply report any issues you find on a right of way – such as a broken stile or blocked path.
Residents can log the issue on the map and also upload photos to help wardens easily locate the problem. They can also leave an email address to receive updates when the issue is resolved or closed.
Explore Somerset is being improved and developed all the time, and one of the next phases is to develop a volunteer module for the many individuals and groups who give up their time to help the County Council look after the network.
The Highways ‘Report It, and “Explore Somerset” online systems continue to be improved and will work in co-ordination with the all new Travel Somerset website, (www.travelsomerset.co.uk).
Residents can also report issues to Highways and Public Footpaths and Rights of Way through our dedicated Contact Centre on 0300 123 2224.
New Traffic and Travel Website launched
County Council has recently launched a new traffic and travel website – https://www.travelsomerset.co.uk/
This runs alongside the @TravelSomerset Twitter account, which provides live updates from the Council’s traffic control team.
The aim of Travel Somerset is to improve how we tell people about what’s happening on the roads in Somerset – from planned roadworks and public events to unplanned incidents, accidents or congestion.
The website provides updates 24/7 and also has a searchable map showing current and future roadworks. You can sign up for travel alerts or subscribe for emails about roadworks in an area of your choice.
The new website also has information about public transport, cycling and walking, and will be developed and improved over time..
Adopt a Path Scheme
Somerset County Council (SCC) will shortly be introducing a new scheme called Adopt a Path Scheme. The scheme is open to everyone between 18 and 75 years old. SCC would like volunteers to:
- Walk a path, or ride/cycle a bridleway/restricted byway as often as possible.
- Report any problems encountered to them or a local Adopt-a-path Co-ordinator.
- Help with cutting vegetation back from signs, stiles and gates.
- Keep an approximate total of time spent clearing vegetation.
- Promote responsible use of the path.
SCC will give help and advise with any rights of way questions, provide cover under their insurance policy whilst carrying out this role and loan gloves and tools to do the clearance. To take part either go online www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway to fill in the application form or contact Rights of Way Service, Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY, telephone number 0300 123 2224. SCC will then send you a map asking you to mark which paths you would like to adopt. When returning the map SCC will send you relevant information and details of any local co-ordinator. To download SCC's brochure, please click here.
Blackdown Hills Community Nature Project
The Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Project is an exciting new community wildlife project that aims to discover and record the diverse range of wildlife in the area as well as equipping people with the skills they need for its future conservation.
They are looking for community groups who want to set up nature projects that will benefit wildlife in the local area. Please click here for more information.
Bus Service 96
With effect from the 13th June 2016, a new bus service, numbered 96, will be running to and from Chard to Yeovil. Please click here for a copy of the timetable.
Volunteer Driver Recruitment - Somerset County Council
Somerset County Council is appealing for more volunteer drivers to help provide a vital lifeline for vulnerable adults and children.
The County Council currently provides transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, ranging from the elderly to young children. This includes trips to hospital for medical appointments, or transport to day centres.
A dedicated army of nearly 200 fantastic drivers across the county currently act as volunteers, but the ageing population in Somerset means demand for transport s growing and more volunteers are needed.
Volunteer driving is a rewarding opportunity to get out and about, helping others and meeting new people, while providing a vital lifeline in your local community.
Anyone can be a volunteer - the only criteria is that drivers must be over 18, have use of their own four-door vehicle, and hold a full UK driving licence with no more than six points. Mileage expenses will be reimbursed at up to 50p per mile.
To find out more about volunteer driving, please contact Somerset You Can Do by phoning 01278 664180 or visit www.somerset.gov.uk/volunteering
An animated guide showing how the Somerset Choices website can help you access a world of local care and support is now available.
Somerset Choices is a website that provides easy access to information and a directory of services, products, groups and events. These include care homes, help at home, mobility equipment, personal assistants, lunch clubs, exercise groups, breaks for carers and lots more.
The animated film, found at www.somersetchoices.org.uk/about-this-site/help, demonstrates how the self-help section on the website lets people tap into a wealth of information and advice and search for local services and events to find support that meets their needs.
Somerset Choices allows people to make informed decisions about who supplies their care and aims to help people to help themselves stay independent, healthy and well.
More local care and support providers are being encouraged to upload their details so that the site contains a really comprehensive directory of local services. Providers can register by going to: www.somersetchoices.org.uk/marketplace/register/index
The Somerset Choices website has been developed by Somerset County Council, in partnership with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and District Councils.