MAY 2021







During these difficult months it has been encouraging to see that the Play Area and other facilities at the Village Hall have been well used and given an opportunity to many for outside recreation.  However, we have received complaints of dogs being taken into the Play Area which is an infringement of the usage rules posted on notices at the site.


Dogs in children's playgrounds can represent a major health and injury hazard:

1. Toxocariasis - a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites, most commonly found in cats, dogs and fox’s faeces.

2. Children and young adults are usually affected due to contact with contaminated soil or sand within play areas.

3. There is evidence that dogs can also carry E. coli and hepatitis in their faeces.

4. There are over 7,000 admissions to hospital for dog bites and attacks annually in the U.K




The Mark Village website is functioning well. There is evidence that those closely associated with the Parish regularly visit the site for news.  During the year, Councillor Jendy Weekes managed an extensive refreshment of the site and in general the website is receiving over 1500 hits per month.


Mrs. Jendy Weekes receives updates for the website, especially events in the Parish, but would very much like to receive any information that Clubs and Organisations wish to be advertised.


The Council always welcomes practical advice and suggestions to ensure that our website is vibrant, informative and current. As always, businesses and commercial enterprises are invited to promote their activities on the website. Jendy can be contacted either through the website or on or both.  




Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste without a waste management licence.  It is covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and amendments of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 with the legislation ranging from the dumping of a single black bin bag to thousands of tonnes of waste.  Unfortunately, part of the law is that the responsibility for a fly tip dumped on private land lies with the landowner. The Environment Agency can advise on disposal.  Local authorities are responsible for disposal of deposits in public areas including verges.


Members of the public are invited to report incidents in the Parish of Mark to Sedgemoor District Council giving a location and content. A photograph is useful. Contact Sedgemoor District Council 0n 0300 303 7803 or email  Please note: If you interfere with a fly-tip, it becomes your ‘property’ and you will then be held responsible for its disposal.


HEDGE TRIMMING CLOSED PERIOD - 1 March to the 31 August


If you own or occupy land next to a public road or footway you are responsible for maintaining hedges and trees to ensure that they do not obstruct the movement of vehicles and pedestrians or block the view of drivers. Traffic signs must not be obstructed nor the safety or convenience of road users affected. In most cases roadside hedges should be cut in February.  Cutting any hedge from the 1 March to the 31 August can be considered a cross compliance breach and can lead to penalties unless the operation is required for the health and safety of road users. If the hedges are not causing an obstruction to movement or view then they should not be cut in the closed period.  If you need to cut during the closed period in order to comply with the legislation you should ensure you have clear evidence for doing so.




Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline: A single phone number continues to be available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support. 0300 790 6275, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm.


Vaccination programme roll-out: Teams across the wider health and care system have worked round the clock at 13 GP-led community vaccination sites, two hospital hubs, two large vaccination centres (Taunton Racecourse and the Bath and West Showground) plus seven local pharmacy sites. As a result, Somerset has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country.


One Somerset: The government’s public consultation into changing the way local councils work in Somerset ended on the 19th April. The County Council’s proposal is to replace the county’s five existing councils with a simple, single unitary model to end confusion for residents, remove waste and duplication, and  free up funding to invest in vital public services is a key part of the consultation.  It would also offer more powers for local Town and Parish Councils and one strong voice to lobby for funding and support. For more information visit:


Next Meeting of Mark Parish Council


The next Meeting be held via Zoom on 4th May 2021 starting at 7.00 p.m.


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