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.



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




National Grid T-pylons work starts –
public information events
From May 2020, we are starting work to build the world’s first T-pylons from Bridgwater to Loxton, where they will connect with the underground cables we are installing across the Mendip Hills. Our first activity will be to build temporary road accesses and a temporary haul road along the route of the new overhead line. This will help us to keep construction traffic away from local roads.
Construction activity in your area will include:
  • temporary entrance and access roads
  • temporary haul road
  • pylon foundations and structures
Over the coming weeks you may see us carrying out surveys and vegetation clearance. Before we start work in May, we will write to properties close to the route and meet with the parish councils to keep them updated.
We are also holding public information events where you can come along to meet our project team and find out more.
Woolavington Village Hall
Tuesday 21 April 2020
4.00pm – 6.30 pm
Mark Church Hall, Vicarage Lane
Tuesday 5 May 2020
3.30pm – 6.30pm
The Hinkley Connection Project is a new high-voltage electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth. It will connect low-carbon energy sources, including EDF Energy’s new     Hinkley Point C, to UK homes and businesses. The new connection will be 57 km long: 48.5 km of overhead line and 8.5 km of underground cable through the Mendip Hills.
To minimise the impact on the local landscape and make way for the new connection, we’re removing over 67 km of existing overhead lines and pylons.
We recognise our work will cause disruption and we are sorry for any inconvenience. We’re working with our contractors, Balfour Beatty, to minimise disruption as best we can.
If you would like more information on our project, please see our project website www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk or call our community team on 0800 377 7347.
Posted March 2020




This is a copy of a letter being sent

to every house in the Parish

and is included in the

February Parish Magazine









             Richard Young                                                                                                                                                       5 Channel Court

             Clerk of the Council                                                                                                                                              Burnham-on-Sea


                                                                                                                            TA8 1NE


  Tel: 01278  789859




Dear Parishioner


There has been a clock in the Church of the Holy Cross tower since the18th Century, the original one being replaced in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. This was paid for by donations from the parishioners of Mark and so the Parish Council became the custodians of the clock.


The clock mechanism, which had previously been hand wound by the bell ringers and church wardens, was electrified in 1972. While the clock has an annual inspection each year it is 10 years since the clock was last overhauled and it has now reached the stage where more extensive work will need to be carried out.


This is a major refurbishment and the quotes we have received are roughly £13,500 for the work to be carried out in situ or roughly £19,500 to remove the clock and carry out a longer lasting repair in the workshop. If we use the cheapest option then further repairs will be needed in a few years time when the total cost is likely to be substantially more.


The Parish Council believe that it would be prudent to carry out the more expensive repair now and appeals have been made to a number of organisations to help cover the cost.  Even if all these appeals are successful there will still be a substantial shortfall which will have to be paid from the Parish Council budget.


This money could be raised by savings from this year’s budget and by using up the bulk of the current reserves. However, this is likely to mean an increase in the precept (Council Tax) which you will have to pay, not this year but certainly in the very near future.


Our precept is currently the lowest in the area and we would like to keep it that way which is why we ARE APPEALING FOR CONTRIBUTIONS from all parishioners in the hope that we can receive enough funds to keep further increases, if not at zero, at least to the very minimum.  


If we are to keep the clock then these repairs are absolutely essential so any amount no matter how small would be gratefully received.


Payments may be made by – 

BACS - Sort Code 60-04-12, Account No. 54174783 , Ref. Parish Clock

or by cheque made out to Mark Parish Council, and sent to

the Parish Clerk, Mr Richard Young, 5 Channel Court, Burnham on Sea, TA8 1NE

the chairman, Mr Simon Emary, Mallards, Fishers Lane, Mark, TA9 4LZ,

or to any Council member.


Thanking you in advance,


Mark Parish Council


January 2020








Now In





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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