Dog poo

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 Any guesses about the most popular topic of complaint that comes through the Highways and Open Spaces committee? If you guessed dog poo, you’d be spot on. It’s a common problem for all parish councils. It’s a particular issue for us at Sharpham Road playing fields and we’ve even had a letter from a visiting […]

Improving the perception of Cheddar

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Since I have been chairing the Parish’s Highways and Open Spaces Committee, I have been involved on two other committees that meet periodically, the Multi-Agency committee led by the police, and the Cheddar Vision group which dates back to Tessa Munt’s time as our MP, these days usually led by a representative from Sedgemoor District […]

Cleaning up Cheddar

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Cheddar has recently signed up to join the Plastic-Free Communities scheme, which our neighbours in Wells and Burnham are already part of. I’ve been part of the committee meetings where we are planning our path to satisfying the various criteria required of us by Surfers Against Sewage who administer the scheme, which is all about […]

Traffic and speeding issues

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A friend of mine recently moved here from Sussex, and both she, and her friends who visit her from Sussex, have commented on how fast people seem to drive around here, particularly given the narrow and winding nature of some of our roads. Just in the past couple of months we’ve had a vehicle through […]

Saving our heritage phone box

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 Back in 2017 the Parish Council were offered the chance to buy the soon-to-be-decommissioned classic phone box in Tweentown from BT, for a quid. This offer came to a Highways and Open Spaces committee meeting, where it was decided to decline it as we did not see an immediate use for it, and because of […]

Highways snagging list

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This wonky road sign is one of several in Cheddar that have been bashed and crumpled by the huge lorries that come through here. It’s been left like this for a very long time and it looks like nobody cares. The siting of this one is also particularly poor as it blocks the visibility of […]

Breakfast club and annual parish meeting

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Every other Wednesday morning I’m usually at the business breakfast club at the Riverside Inn, where as well as doing business networking I also listen to any points that people might raise about local issues. I also bring attendees up to date with any important parish news (I’m currently the only councillor who attends). There is […]

Cheddar Library

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 Over the years I’ve been pleased to support Cheddar Library in fighting battles against closure. I was part of the Friends of Cheddar Library committee before I joined the council, and for workload reasons had to drop a few other community initiatives I was involved with (I was also on the Cheddar Youth Trust committee […]

Neighbourhood planning

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 I joined the Parish Council mid way through the Neighbourhood Plan process and had to get quickly up to speed with the work that Cllrs Paul Fineran, Lyn Goodfellow, and many others, had already put in. I did rota stints at the public consultations, helping parishioners understand the proposed plan contents and taking their feedback. […]

Flood risk

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 A few weeks ago I was part of a group of parish councillors, cavers, Longleat and Somerset County Council staff who met at Black Rock to be shown the work that had been done to alleviate flood risk in recent years, in Long Wood. Really interesting to hear the stories from the cavers about where […]