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We start 2021 as we left 2020 with the pandemic still very much in our midst and the need to be adhering to all Government guidelines with the view to protecting our loved ones and our community from the spread of this virus. Please stay vigilant.

As for SSDC it is also a bit of the same but just a different year. Planning is still on hold with no applications being processed until at least 19th February due to the phosphate issue. We have been told that meetings are being held between all the relevant agencies and commissioning is
underway to provide an interim solution for all the Councils of Somerset to be able to assess the impact of developments caught by the current situation.

We have also been asked to communicate to you all that if any residents have an enforcement issue please log your queries via the website not call directly as this is the most efficient way of ensuring all information is appropriately logged and dealt with in a timely manner.

The Executive Committee have agreed in principle for the Octagon Theatre to get an injection in excess of £23 million to increase seating from 622-900 and add a fly tower and circle which would allow touring plays and musicals to attend. Space will also be created for smaller studios, a Café Hub and boutique spaces used possibly for cinema showings.

Finally, all Area Committees are currently on hold for the next couple of months whilst SSDC staff prioritise the use of their resources to support the community and the vaccinations roll out. Should any planning applications need to take place during this time then the Chair, Vice-Chair and Ward Member(s) will hold an informal zoom meeting with the planning officer to discuss this application in person.

Tiffany Osborne

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