MARK PARISH COUNCIL
MARK FIRST SCHOOL TRAFFIC ISSUES
This month, the start of the new term brought with it problems of road safety, as reported in social media, and due no doubt in no small part to the intake of new pupils from outside of the parish. Our County Cllr David Huxtable and members of the Parish Council attended a recent meeting of the school PTFA to listen to what parents and the school were reporting and have a discussion on what could be done to address the traffic issues and improve child safety, at school drop off and pick up times. It was felt by PTFA members that a meeting of the whole PTA should be called to facilitate such a discussion.
We are advised by David Huxtable that orders for the installation of warning lights at the school have been issued and are currently with SCC Traffic Management. The Parish Council has agreed to contribute £2,000 towards the cost of the scheme.
We would encourage those dropping off or collecting children to approach from Watchfield, and to continue along Mark Causeway, as opposed to trying to turn right when leaving the lay bye at the school driving into opposing traffic and not turning round on The Causeway thus causing congestion with traffic movements. The Parish Council fully understand the frustration and challenges being faced and will continue to monitor the situation and assist where possible.
MARK COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH
You are probably aware that the County Council was unable to continue providing a Speed Indicator Device (SID) programme due to a lack of take-up to fund it. The Parish Council in partnership with Burnham Without Parish Council and East Hunstpill Parish Council purchased upon the operation of the shared SID scheme their own SID which is installed regularly in Mark Village and on The Causeway to measure the speed of vehicles driving through Mark. Consideration is presently being given for the parishes to purchase an Auto Speed Watch unit to work alongside the SID operating 24 hrs a day and recording vehicle detail.
COMMUNITY PUNISHMENT PAYBACK
Under the Community Punishment scheme a group was brought to Mark on Saturday 5th and 12th of October to finish the refurbishment of the Mark Church Railings. They also carried out other clean up tasks along Church Street and at other locations in the village.
Community Payback is a nationwide scheme where unpaid work is carried out, under supervision, by offenders like: removing graffiti, clearing wasteland, decorating public places and buildings. etc.
33/19/00019/CM. Erection of agricultural building to house livestock and fodder on land At, Southwick Farm, Mark, Highbridge, Somerset. Recommended
33/19/00018/ML2. Protection works to main staircase to include construction of an independent stud wall with a glass balustrade at Mark College (3), Blackford Road, Mark, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4NP. Recommended
VILLAGE WEB SITE
Usage of the village web site in September continued to be high with 3513 visitors. The most visited pages were Contact Us, Village News and Village Information.
THE BURNHAM & WESTON ENERGY SUNSHINE FUND
A reminder for voluntary groups, clubs, charities social enterprises, schools and many other community-led organisations. The Burnham & Weston Energy Sunshine Fund is open for applications until 15th November 2019. Projects that have a real legacy in the local area might include:
- projects which help reduce energy costs and carbon emission.
- community-led activities that help reduce household energy costs and carbon emissions.
- projects which help develop local skills and knowledge, particularly in relation to energy, climate change and the environment.
- ideas that will help a community club or organisation (whatever it does) better serve your community. particularly the disadvantaged.
Full details and a link to the application form can be found here: https://www.somersetcf.org.uk/burnhamandweston
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CHURCH STREET, WEDMORE
Information for drivers travelling from Mark please note that under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, Somerset County Council have made an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from proceeding along Church Street, Wedmore from the junction with Glanville Road, eastwards to the junction with The Borough a distance of 225 metres. The order will enable Somerset Highways to carry out resurfacing works and becomes effective on 11 November 2019 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 2 days (07:30-17:30). Please visit www.roadworks.org for further information on the alternative route. For information about the works being carried out please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224.
There have been several reports highlighting again the proliferation of Fly Tipping and rubbish within Parish boundaries and neighbouring parishes. We are very lucky in Mark that one of our residents Mr Mick Lockyer, who regularly rides his bike around the village, picks up a lot of the rubbish. However Fly Tipping, another problem which very often seems to have been dumped by contractors, continues to blight our countryside. People are also more likely to dump their rubbish when they see rubbish already dumped, so reducing the problem and staying on top of individual areas will help to dissuade people from offloading their waste onto the countryside.
Sedgemoor District Council is responsible for removing illegally dumped waste from public land and roadsides and incidents of fly-tipping in Sedgemoor should be reported. However, if it is on private land, then it is for the landowner to clear the tip. If it is on a public highway or adopted road, then SDC will clear it but sometimes, if the fly-tipping is in a Rhyne, the drainage board will need to be involved in clearing it. Unnecessary expense to all involved due to a lazy thoughtless few.
SDC has said on its website: "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. There is no excuse for fly-tipping and we all need to fight it together."
The council has given the following advice for what to do if you find someone fly tipping. If you discover fly tipped waste, please follow these simple steps:
NEW PCSO FOR CHEDDAR AREA INCLUDING MARK
Avon and Somerset Police
Mob 07562 437366
Next Parish Council Meeting
Please Note. The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th November 2019 at the Church Hall starting at 7.00pm.