New BMX facility

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  Today I was in Barnstaple for their Parkrun, at Rock Park. I used to visit here often in summer holidays, in my teens. They’ve recently installed a new BMX facility here with a “pump track” and there are plans afoot to provide a similar facility by our skate park in Cheddar. The parish council […]

Cheddar Challenger

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A few years ago I went along with fellow councillor candidate Suzanne Green to meet Andrew Lee, who created the Langport Leveller, to find out how he went about setting up a community magazine and learn a few tricks of the trade. This meeting led to Suzanne setting up our own free paper the Cheddar […]

Parking problems

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  With holiday traffic about to descend upon Cheddar, many residents and visitors may welcome the news that the Highways and Open Spaces Committee has been working closely with Somerset Highways to try and find a resolution to parking problems in the lower gorge. This photo was taken in May, well after the yellow line […]

Cheddar village web site

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Something I’ve been doing since back in 2004 is maintaining a village web site for Cheddar, which provides some information for visitors, business listings, and a community noticeboard amongst other things. You can find it at www.cheddarvillage.org.uk. It’s non-profit making and income from ads pays for its upkeep and web hosting. I also look after […]

Emergency planning

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Did you know that we have a community emergency plan for Cheddar? It’s a document we review every year on the Highways and Open Spaces Committee, to keep it up to date. It’s a guide for what to do in the immediate period after a major emergency, the key people to contact, spaces that can […]

Cheddar Walking

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We were really pleased to achieve “Walkers are Welcome” accreditation back in 2015 for Cheddar. It puts us on the national map as a walker-friendly destination, and I helped out with setting out some self-guided walking routes for all abilites, which start from Cheddar and bring people back here to spend their money on refreshments, […]

Strawberry Line

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  The Strawberry Line is raising funds to repair the stretch of the path from Fiveways Bridge to Travis Perkins, and as the photo shows, it is narrow and often muddy. I use this stretch on some of my running routes around the village so it would be great to see its condition improved. If […]

Site visits

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From time to time councillors receive invitations to visit local businesses and they don’t come much bigger than Batts Combe quarry. I went along with other councillors in 2017 to listen to a presentation about quarry operations, followed by an opportunity to raise questions and concerns from residents, on topics such as vibrations from blasting, […]

Fingerpost restoration

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  A few years ago I was part of a team of My Cheddar members repainting our roadside heritage fingerposts. SCC Highways no longer have funding to look after them but they are an important part of the local countryside scene. This one on the Wedmore Road, now needs re-doing, and we also need to […]

Volunteer driving

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Away from council work, a couple of days a week I do volunteer driving for Somerset County Council, for NHS and social care trips for people who would be unable to otherwise get to their appointments. Today I am taking a lady from Cheddar to an appointment in Frome and then later on bringing a […]