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Will Human – 01278 641795 / 07725 480260
Polly Costello – 01934 713564 / 07885 138898
The focus in the past couple of months has very much been on the Stronger Somerset vs One Somerset bids to Parliament. The four District Councils thought it important to let the residents have their say, and organised a poll. The results were as they have been on the previous occasions where SCC wanted to run the county as a unitary authority, and that was that the residents do not want SCC in control.
111,589 votes were received:
72,561 Stronger Somerset, 65.3% 38,547 One Somerset 34.7%
This demonstrates a strong cross-party feeling that has been evident all through the process. The success of the poll demonstrates to Government that Somerset residents wanted to have their say, in a referendum that focussed on them, rather than key stakeholders and organisations. The leaders of the District Councils have written to the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, with the poll results. Government shouild annouce their decision by 22nd July.
Other big issues have been the terrible lack of collections for recycling and garden waste. Many of you have quite rightly been in touch with us regarding this and want refunds on your waste collection subscription. We want to make it very clear that we support this and also that this is in fact a problem created by the new contractor, Suez. SWP have been doing all they can to sort the issues and there have been several excuses, but this is not acceptable to any of us who pay for our council tax and services. Suez were well aware that they were taking on this contract and should be held accountable. This is not some Tory money saving ploy, as some have suggested, and this is again where politics get in the way in local authorities. SDC are not to blame and all councillors are demanding SWP and Suez come before Full Council to explain themselves. We shall continue to push for reimbursement.
Will attended PC meetings and also an Axe/Brue Drainage Board Finance committee meeting. Polly chaired two Licensing Panels at Bridgewater House, for Street Trading Consent for burger vans. The Policy for Street Trading is different to Taxi Licensing and other Licencing policies, so had to be held in the office rather than remotely. The Panels were held as concerns had been highlighted by Somerset Highways, but after consideration by the Panel members, both were granted.
We are always here to help if we can.
Polly and Will