SEDGEMOOR DISTRICT COUNCIL
Mark and Wedmore Ward
Polly Costello – firstname.lastname@example.org 01934 713564
Will Human – email@example.com 01278 641795
View from Sedgemoor
Firstly, Polly and Will would like to wish all of their communities a very Happy New Year and let’s hope we can all start to resume our normal way of living soon.
Will attended a Teams Audit and Standards committee meeting at which the members looked at the council’s budget, did the number crunching and approved it to be put forward to Full Council this year. He also continues to help with Speed watch in Mark (although that has now been suspended due to the Virus) and has attended Parish Council meetings.
Both councillors were present at a Full Council meeting via Teams for the Recommendation from the Executive that Full Council support The Somerset Climate Energy Strategy and Draft Strategic Action Plan, Towards a Climate Resilient Somerset. There was one abstention but the rest of the councillors supported the recommendation.
Polly spoke at Planning Committee in support of an application in Cocklake, which was refused and against The Panborough Inn being turned into residential, which was granted. The committee were very torn about the Cattery application in Cocklake but the flood zone rather got in the way as it has on a previous application.
Polly chaired a Licensing Panel for a new premises licence at a shop in Bridgwater, following objections from the District Licensing Officer and Trading Standards. The applicant had a limited understanding of the Licensing Act or the Licensing Objectives and so the application was declined.
Both Polly and Will continue to help and support the community Covid projects around the Sedgemoor District and are also volunteers for the vaccination programme.
Covid numbers around the area and in particular in Mark and Wedmore continue to rise steeply. Polly and Will would ask all residents to be very careful and try to help curb the increases with distancing, mask wearing and staying at home wherever possible.
Polly has recently started to help out in the new ‘Old Spot Bakery’ and would be delighted to say hello (at a safe distance and with a mask) if you are passing.