Cold Weather information sources






General Information

Round-up information from Somerset County Council

Clearing pathways/pavements

Where possible, follow government advice and clear snow or ice from pavements to help pedestrians, kerbside collectors and other users.


The numbers to phone if someone requires accommodation


0900 hrs to 1700 hrs - 0300 303 7793

0900 hrs to 1700 hrs  for 16-24 year olds 01278 451204

After 1700 hrs -  01823 368 244

Rough sleepers

Sedgemoor District Councils has a Severe Weather and Extended Winter Provision (SWEP) which is triggered by low temperatures and the risk of snow. When SWEP is in place Sedgemoor District Council encourages anyone sleeping rough within the district to access its Streetwatch Scheme. Sedgemoor District Council runs the Streetwatch Scheme in conjunction with the YMCA and Taunton Association for the Homeless.    Streetwatch provides bed spaces in a room of an existing supported hostel. This scheme runs throughout the year even when SWEP is not in place. In the event Streetwatch is fully occupied during SWEP, further accommodation will be provided through the YMCA or local Bed and Breakfasts. Sedgemoor District Council and Taunton Association for the Homeless also provide an outreach service for rough sleepers on Monday and Thursday mornings based at Westfield Church, Bridgwater. At the outreach mornings, rough sleepers can get access to hot food/drinks, a shower, a washing machine and housing advice.

0900 hrs to 1700 hrs - 0300 303 7793

0900 hrs to 1700 hrs  for 16-24 year olds 01278 451204

After 1700 hrs -  01823 368 244


Recycling and refuse collections

  • If severe weather means your waste is missed, put out containers again by 7am as we will try to make a return collection for four calendar days (recycling) and seven days (rubbish).
  • Alternatively, if it is safe and you have time and transport, take it all to any open recycling site, or if you have space, store your waste until your next planned collection.
  • Recycling site will remain open where possible –check our website for the latest update
  • Please help friends, family and neighbours if they are struggling with waste and containers in the bad weather. or SomersetWaste Facebook page or Twitter

School closures

Head teachers make the decision about closures and have responsibility for informing parents about disruption. They are encouraged to record any closures on the SCCwebpage but the list may not be definitive


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