VIEW FROM SEDGEMOOR
There have been 3 Full Council Meetings since the last newsletter with the most recent looking at the Government's proposals for Local Authority reorganisation in Somerset. Many of you may be aware that Somerset County Council have applied for Unitary status which means that all local public services would be centralised under Somerset Unitary Authority. The local District Councils including Sedgemoor put forward their own proposal, Stronger Somerset. It is clear that there is not an option to remain ‘as we are’ and that the Government has questioned whether the Stronger Somerset proposal can be tested against a Somerset Unitary proposal by a poll of Somerset residents. Sedgemoor is seeking legal advice on this matter.
Will attended the Drainage Board Consortium meeting and the Audit and Standards meeting this month. Both Polly and Will attended the Licensing and General Purposes committee meeting. This was interesting as they heard an update to licensing laws that may affect our area in the coming months and how Covid measures have impacted on the licensing team. A report was also given by the officer in charge of the Covid Warden team which was set up in the first Lockdown period. The Wardens travel the area and give advice on Covid safe operations in retail / food/ leisure outlets. They also have the authority to fine where compliance isn’t followed. However, they do follow the police approach of engagement and advice before resorting to fines. The officer reported that the majority of the areas outlets were only too keen to receive and follow advice given and seemed highly compliant.
The National Grid pylon work is moving forward at pace as most will be aware with the amount of ‘piling’ going on.
Will picked up from Mark Village Life FaceBook page that there were some issues with the gateways across Back Drove in Mark for horse riders in particular. He is currently working with the National Grid liaison team to try and agree better arrangements for horse riders who want to use this bridleway.
Will Human – 01278 641795 / 07725 480260
Polly Costello – 01934 713564 / 07885 138898