NATIONAL GRID UPDATE

 

The Parish Council have received the following update from National Grid.  This has also been posted on Mark Village Life and in the Parish Magazine.

 

 

 

 

Mark Village Newsletter – November 2020 Project update

National Grid starts work in Mark

 

 

 In May, National Grid started the first work in the parish for the new high voltage electricity connection building between Bridgwater and Seabank.

 

It is a complex project which includes building over 48.5 km of new pylons, 8.5 km of underground cable through the Mendip Hills and a new substation north of the Mendips.

The first activity is building a temporary construction haul road along the route of the pylons. The haul road will help to reduce the amount of construction and other project traffic on local roads. We’ve completed several road accesses, including the main access south from the A38 at Tarnock and also completed many of the crossing points where the haul road meets existing country lanes and public rights of way.

 

Traffic management – November

 

When we are working on public roads and footpaths, we need to put up traffic lights or close them for short periods to keep everyone safe. We’re currently working on Northwick Road. As it is very narrow, we need to close it to traffic. We expect to reopen it by the end of November. We will also need to close the Bridleway known as Back Lane for two weeks from 16th November while we build a crossing point. We need to put up traffic lights on Mark Causeway for five days while we move machinery and equipment into the area.

We recognise this causes inconvenience, and we are sorry for the disruption. We’re working closely with our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to complete the work as quickly as possible.  To find out more about where we are working, please see our project website.

 

Piling work

 

We’ve started to build foundations for the new pylons between Bridgwater and Loxton. The work involves driving concrete and steel piles into the ground. It will take up to 12 months to complete the foundations for all the pylons.

Nearby residents may hear noise and feel vibrations when we are carrying out this work. This will depend on how close they are to the site and the ground conditions and wind direction.

To reduce disruption to communities, we will not carry out any piling over the weekends and we will limit piling to between the hours of 8am and 5pm. We’re working closely with our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to reduce noise and vibration as best we can.

The hydraulic impact hammer is the most silenced hammer on the market and the piling rig has been designed to minimise the amount of noise and vibrations generated during the work.

We have allowed up to five days’ work for each location, but we expect the piling at each site to be finished within for 2 – 3 days. We will be piling to the north of the parish in December and expect to work on sites either side of Mark Causeway in the spring. These dates may change and we keep an monthly  schedule of work updated on our  website .

 

Community Grant Fund

 

We want to support the communities closest to the new connection and our Community Grant programme has been set up to support community groups and charities in areas where National Grid is affecting local people through its operations and site activities.

We fund projects with one-off grants of up to £20,000 that meet local communities’ needs and provide a range of social, economic and environmental benefits.  We’ve already funding a number of local community projects in your area and we welcome applications from other groups . Please see our company website for more information.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call our community relations team on 0800 377 7347 (24 hour). We are here to help.

Alternatively, you can email us at hinkleyconnection@nationalgrid.co.uk or write to us at Freepost H POINT CONNECTION (no stamp is required).

 

National Grid has recently supported Mark Cricket Club with a £20,000 grant towards developing the club’s new ground and pavilion. We welcome other grant applications from local groups.

 

 

Building the crossing point on Mark Causeway

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the photograph for more details

 

 

Posted 20th November 2020

 

 

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APRIL 2020

 

With so many people walking their dogs at the moment because of being at home due to the coronavirus and the lockdown, there are a lot of complaints about dog poo not being picked up.  William Gilbert aged 6 has drawn the following to remind us ALL to pick up after our dogs!  Please do so - there are complaints about both the Causeway and Vole Road.  There is no need not to pick up especially around Jubilee Green and Vole Road where there are dog bins.

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MARCH 2020

 

 

This is the latest advice received from the Somerset Waste Partnership concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) planning

 

Somerset Waste Partnership has business continuity plans to make sure we can maintain services when there is a risk of disruption, whatever the cause.

 

We are looking at those plans in light of the potential implications of Covid-19, listening to all the advice and guidance from government and Public Health England, and working closely with our partner authorities and contractors.

 

The current advice for disposing of waste for anyone with symptoms, including those diagnosed with the infection, is on our website: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-disposing-of-waste/ It states that personal waste (e.g. used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as usual. This advice will be updated as required.

 

Please do regularly check the latest Public Health England advice on waste.

 

Information on SWP services

Visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk for advice and to sign up for our e-zine. Follow @Somersetwaste on Facebook and Twitter. .

 

 

Posted 17th March 2020

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OUTSIDE FITNESS EQUIPMENT FOR ALL AGES

 

Now In

 

MARK VILLAGE HALL FIELD

 

 

Mark Community Association have installed 

FIVE items of

Outdoor Fitness Equipment 

in the grounds of the Village Hall.

 

The Fitness Area comprises :

 

Cross Trainer        Spinning Bike       Chest Press / Seated Row

 

Double Pull-up Bars        Dips / Leg Raise

 

 

Click on the link below to see what the equipment looks like and where it is placed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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