Mark and Wedmore Ward

Polly Costello – 01934 713564

Will Human – 01278 641795


Both Polly and Will attended the Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board meeting this month to consider the current and upcoming programme of works and budgets. The drainage boards provide a wealth of activity and expertise in keeping the fields around the levels from flooding. The board itself consists of elected representatives primarily from the farming community and appointed members such as Sedgemoor District Council Councillors.


As you will already have read, Will also helped clear a local ryhnne of rubbish along Harp Road and then took the rubbish off to the tip.


Will has been helping Mark Moor Bowling Club seek funding. The club has plans to improve the club house in Vole Road but need to raise around £70,000. The applications to various funding sources such as Viridor, Mark Parish Council and Sedgemoor District Council are in the process of being submitted. The club is a warm and friendly group who are always looking to increase their membership (especially from the local Mark community) and would welcome anyone interested in taking a look at this pastime to call in and say hello.




This e-mail was sent to James Heappey MP by the Mark Parish Council Chair. On behalf of the Parish of Mark, Somerset, I would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Jo Cox MP.  In the short term that she was a MP, it is clear that she made an important contribution to the democracy of our Country, something she would, I am sure, expect her colleagues to develop.




Highway Matters

Wessex Water. Wessex Water is progressing along Mark Causeway in line with their schedule to complete by 18 August. They have provided weekly reports of work done and work proposed, which are posted on the Parish noticeboards and the Village website. There is no doubt that the project has been disruptive and noisy with drilling and hammering.   


Somerset County Council as the Highway Authority have received an application for the temporary closure of (B3139) The Causeway / Mark Road from Somerset Highways. This road will be closed from 8 August and is expected to last for 15 days (excluding  weekends ) to enable preparatory and resurfacing works to be carried out in this road – following the Wessex Water project. Arrangements for residents are not yet known, however it is expected that effort will be made to keep this closure to a minimum to reduce any further disruption. For further information, please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224


Fly-Tipping. Councillors Geoff Francis and Will Human with assistance from another person removed rubbish from the ditch between Harp Road and Coombes caravan site. Most originated from the site with some possibly thrown from road users and blown from the recycling lorry. The proprietor was shown holes in the site perimeter, which, if closed, would help to reduce the overflow of rubbish and waste into the public space.


An effort to clear rubbish in the ditch bordering the Harp Road Z-bend suggests that it was packets of fruit and other food, possibly discarded by a delivery driver. A similar find was made on Butt Lake, heading south from the Harp Road crossroads, several weeks ago.


Councillor Human has confirmed with Sedgemoor District Council that keeping ditches clear is the responsibility of the landowner, regardless of who dumps it. The exception is rubbish blocking or contaminate water channels in which the Drainage Board becomes involved, which can issue a directive for the affected area to be cleared.


Defibrillator. Outside the Village Hall is a Defibrillator (defib) for use as first aid in a medical emergency. Best to follow the advice in the cabinet by making a 999 call as soon as possible and giving the call handler the ‘defib box’ postcode location, which is inside the box, so that an ambulance can be directed to the incident. The caller will also be given a code number to unlock the device.  Only those who have been given ‘defib’ awareness training by South West Ambulance should use the device. Awareness sessions are held annually to give members of the public some confidence in the use of the ‘defib’.


Public Space

Sedgemoor Clean were advised of a significant dump of rubbish along Back Lane (Public Right of Way AX 23/11) about 100 yds from the Harp Road entrance. From damage to trees, this appears to have been deposited from a high-sided vehicle.


Village Shop. Mr. Patel would like it known that he and his family will be leaving the Village Shop and Post Office on 1 July and its management is being transferred to Mr. Mike King & Ms. Tina Philip. Mr. King grew up in Chapel Allerton and knows the locality well. Mr. Patel would like to thank all customers for their support. In turn, the Parish would like to thank Mr and Mrs Patel for their time and effort.



009. Installation of electronic telecommunications apparatus, Kingsway. BT Openreach. Permitted Development.

014. Demolition of Ingleside, The Causeway and erection of two dwellings. Recommended.

015. Certificate of Lawfulness for the existing use of building as a self-contained dwelling, Cottage 1, Willow Tree Farm, Vole Road. No Observations. 



The next Parish Council Meeting will be held at the Village Hall beginning at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th July 2016. Members of the public are invited.


Nick van der Bijl

Mark Parish Council

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