Pedestrian Crossing Brook Street

The existing far-sided crossing is old technology and the equipment is obsolete and requires attention. In preparation for the upgrade SCC has reviewed the need for the crossing to be signalised following the opening of the bypass and the recent traffic calming measures.

The decrease in vehicle speeds and the amount of traffic using Brook Street suggests that the location would be better suited as a Zebra Crossing, reducing pedestrian waiting times whilst maintaining traffic flow.

Therefore SCC is proposing to remove the signalised pedestrian crossing and replacing it with a new Zebra Crossing facility and associated signing and lining.

The Parish Council has to respond by 11th September 2020 and we welcome your comments.

Taxi Licencing

Do you, your family or friends ever use a taxi in Sedgemoor?  If so, you are invited to have your say about Sedgemoor District Council’s Draft Taxi Licensing Policy, which can be found at


Should you wish to make any written comments, please email by 2nd October.

Somerset Rivers Authority

Somerset Rivers Authority Summary of Annual Report 2019-20


Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2019-20

NHS Mental Health Crisis Helplines

Mental Health Crisis Helplines

Proposed diversion of footpath BW5/7

Footpath diversion BW5-7

NHS Covid-19 Survey – help shape services in Somerset

During the Covid-19 pandemic, people who work in health and care services and the voluntary and community sector across the South West have offered new choices to patients and the public, for example, by making more use of online and telephone appointments.


With the initial peak of the Covid-19 pandemic now past, the NHS needs to reintroduce and revitalise non-Covid-19 services that have been affected. As part of this planning, health and care staff in both NHS England and NHS Improvement in common with the seven South West systems are looking to gather the views of patients, staff and stakeholders on their experience of health and care services during the pandemic.


Regional engagement leads, community representatives and colleagues from public health, the voluntary and community sector and social care have worked together to develop a regional survey to allow for feedback at a local level and on regional services. It will also mean those living on the edges of health and care systems are asked once for their views.

The survey is being hosted on a platform by NHS Gloucestershire and the anonymous results will be shared with NHS England and NHS Improvement who will analyse the results and share them with all seven health and care systems, in a collaborative approach. The results and analysis will be compiled into a report at both a local system and regional level and shared with health and care organisations and respondents who provide their email addresses in August.


The results of the survey will help inform health and care recovery plans and future commissioning intentions, enabling identification of what has worked well and how we can improve going forward.

If you have questions about the survey, please speak to your STP Engagement lead or Dr Lou Farbus, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, NHS England and NHS Improvement South West.

The survey is being promoted by the South West Communications and Engagement network to staff, patients and stakeholders. Please can we ask you to encourage those within your organisation and your networks to complete the survey to enable a rich picture of feedback from the South West population.


Many thanks in advance for your help.


The Somerset CCG Engagement Team


Annual audit 20/19/20 Section 1 – Annual Governance Statement & Section 2 – Accounting Statements

Section 1 and Section 2 Audit statements 31.03.20

Notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance and accountability return

Notice of public rights

Somerset Waste Partnership

Latest update from Somerset Waste Partnership

All “business as usual” materials are now being accepted at all 16 recycling sites in Somerset.

That includes cardboard as well as commercial waste and other waste you pay to dispose of – including tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, plasterboard and asbestos (card payment only).

Trailers and vans can access the sites at any time, as long as they have the appropriate permit.

Although sites have been busy, the recently introduced “shop-style” social distancing arrangements – floor markings and signs – have worked well.

However, please note, staff are unable to offer any assistance with unloading or handling any waste or items.

Unfortunately, no items brought to sites can be put forward for reuse at the moment. They will be recycled where possible until a safe way to handle them has been agreed. Anyone planning to bring items that are fit for reuse is asked to keep hold of them for the time being.

Once on site, safety restrictions remain in place, including:

  • Gloves to be worn when outside the vehicle
  • Maximum of two people per household
  • Strict social distancing
  • On busier sites traffic, may still be directed by staff

All sites are open for their usual summer hours. There have been long queues at peaks times, notably first thing in the morning, and we will continue to encourage people to only visit the sites when they really need. Quieter times tend to be 4pm-6pm on weekdays.

Queue cams are operating for Bridgwater, Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil, and we would advise people to check these before they visit.

There have been significant improvements with collection services, with far fewer missed collections and quicker return visits when collections are missed. Customer services teams have also considerably reduced the backlog of requests.



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