JULY 2020

 

MARK PARISH COUNCIL

www.markvillage.co.uk

 

Special Meeting of the Parish Council

 

The minutes of the last meeting of the Parish Council are published on the Village Web Site.

 

It was a special meeting at which the financial statement year 2019/20 were formally approved. The

Annual Governance Statement as required by the External Auditors was agreed and the 2019/20

Accounting Statement also required by the External Auditors was formally approved. It was noted

that the 2019/20 Internal Audit had been completed and the Internal Auditor had no issues to raise

with Members of the Council.

 

Temporary Closure of Pill Road

 

Somerset CC has issued a notice with plans relating to temporary traffic restrictions and closure for Pill Road.  The order becomes effective on 23 June 2020 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to commence on 7th July 2020 and last for 101 days to enable Balfour Beatty to carry out construction of two cross over bellmouths to connect the haul road for traffic associated with the Hinkley Connection Project. Follow the link below to view the road closure. 

https://one.network/?tm=117313418 

 

One Number For All

 

The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for people access any local authority help they may need, including emotional, financial, housing support and more during the current crisis.

 

It links together the district and county council contact centres and will be operating seven days a week, 8am to 6pm, making it the one number you need to remember for Coronavirus-related enquiries. The district and county councils usual phone numbers will be running as normal alongside the new number for non-Coronavirus related issues.

 

Play Areas

 

Mark Community Association and Sedgemoor District Council are sorry that they have to restrict access to play areas, across Sedgemoor in line with Government guidance.

 

Whilst there has been a relaxation of the amount of time people can spend out in the open air and exercising, we remind residents and visitors to parks and open spaces that use of play areas, playground and open air gym equipment is still not allowed by Government rules. This is because it is impossible to keep the equipment clean between different children using it and to maintain social distancing.

 

 

Fly Tipping

 

There has been a considerable increase in fly tipping in our countryside around the Parish during these difficult times.

 

However, fly tipping is a crime punishable by fine or imprisonment, a blot on the lovely local landscape and a potential threat to human health and that of wildlife and domesticated animals through injury or by polluting the environment.

 

Sedgemoor District Council is responsible for removing illegally dumped waste from public land and roadsides. However, the removal of illegally dumped waste from private land is the responsibility of the landowner or occupier.

 

If you discover fly tipped waste, please follow these simple steps:

  • Do not touch: fly tipped waste may be dangerous, as it can contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
  • Visually inspect it - try to determine what it is and how much there is.
  • Note the exact location of the waste and whether it is in a ditch or watercourse.
  • Do not disturb the site - there may be evidence that could identify and convict the culprits.
  • Report it to the Council by completing this form: Report Anti-Social Behaviour on the SDC website.

If you witness someone fly tipping:

 

Please try to record the following details

  • registration number, colour, make and model of the vehicle used.
  • description of the person/s fly tipping.
  • any photographic evidence.
  • time, date and location where it happened.

Please do not approach fly tippers as they may be violent.

 

Make sure your own waste does not get fly tipped.  Everybody can help fight fly tipping.  Each individual and business has a duty of care over their waste to make sure it is properly disposed of, even after it has left their home or premises. Failure to take reasonable steps to do this means that you risk prosecution and a fine.

 

The Council provides a good value collection service for bulky waste items such as fridges, washing machines and unwanted furniture. To arrange a collection, contact the SDC DC on 0300 303 7803.

 

If you use a contractor to take away any of your waste, it is your responsibility to make sure that they are a Registered Waste Carrier. Ask to see the original licence, not a copy, and ensure you know where your waste will go. You may be held accountable if you give your waste to a non- registered carrier and it is later fly tipped.

 

You can check online to see if they are registered with the Environment Agency here: Environment Agency - Register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers or call the agency on 03708 506 506* (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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