The leader of SSDC, Ric Pallister, is stepping down after seven years in charge and over 19 years as a ward councillor. Speaking of his legacy, he cites getting the council to focus on health, homes, jobs and the environment as among his proudest achievements alongside his commitment to those affected by the floods in 2013 and 2014. Yet, he leaves SSDC without a five-year housing supply and in a period of transition with transformation and income generation yet to be fully implemented. Both are championed as visionary projects designed to protect and improve delivery of council services and make the council more financially sustainable, but both have yet to demonstrate their viability in practicable terms. The Liberal Democrats group will now begin the process of selecting a new leader to take the council forward until the District Council elections in May 2019.
'The Maples' will shortly be applying for up to a further 27 dwellings in Stanchester Way. They have recently undertaken a pre-application consultation contacting residents whose properties share a boundary with the application site as well as sending over 400 postcards to households in the wider community informing them of their proposals. They are welcoming any comments you may have about this development so please either go on the website www.summerfield-curryrivel.info or contact one of the local parish councillors who will then be aware of your views when the time comes for the parish to make a decision on the planning application.
The Somerset County Council library consultation is now closed and a decision is expected in September. Huish Episcopi swimming pool is scheduled to reopen on the 30th June. An update on internet connectivity, which is still poor in many areas of the district, will be given by Connecting Devon and Somerset at the annual meeting with Towns and Parish Councils later in the month.
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The Summer Bank Holiday on Mon 26th Aug means all collections that week will take place one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Sat 31st Aug.Recycling sites remain on their usual schedules, including all 16 open 9am until 4pm on Sat and Sun, and 12 sites open 9am until 6pm on Bank Holiday Mon.For more information on collections and recycling sites, and to sign up for an e-newsletter...
The next meeting of the Somerton U3A will take place on Friday 27 September when Terry Smith will tell us the MGM Musical story.Terry, who is a music and film buff, especially of the 40s and 50s, has visited us before to enthrall us with Ration Books to Rock 'N'Roll and Big Band Dance Music.We look forward to hearing what he has to say this time.Monthly meetings normally take place...
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) have published an information document, available as a downloadable PDF: 'Where does my recycling end up'.You can download it, view it on-line, follow embedded links, etc.......Does it explain clearly what plastics we can recycle? when can we recycle all plastic containers?You might think so, we couldn't possibly comment...... ask...
St Andrew's Church
URC Chapel, Wiltown
The Village Hall