21 October 2019Free Christmas Parking

Christmas is coming …..

Sedgemoor District Council is pleased to announce that it will be offering free parking in all of its car parks for the three weekends before Christmas on an annual basis.

People will be able to park without charge in all eighteen of the Council-owned car parks across Sedgemoor on Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st December, as well as free parking from 4 p.m. on the days of Christmas light switch-ons.

Cllr Duncan McGinty said “We are keen to support our many local and varied traders in the towns and villages across Sedgemoor and give residents and visitors an added incentive to shop locally in the festive season”.

There will be notices on the tariff machines in the car parks advising of the free parking.

14 October 2019Sedgemoor Business Conference to focus on District’s Future Priorities

Business people in Sedgemoor have an exciting opportunity to hear about the District Council’s plans for the next 20 years in terms of investment into the district and planned growth.  The annual business conference will be held on Friday, December 6th at the McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater.

Previous conferences have been fully booked, so businesses are urged to get their tickets early.  Delegates will hear about the Council’s Economic Development Strategy until 2050 as well as new marketing materials to showcase the district as a premier area for investment.

Delegates will also learn about the potential for growth across the region, in particular along the M5 corridor, with speakers from Government, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Bristol Airport and Gravity, planned to a become a connective, intelligent and sustainable campus, geared for a cleaner future and capable of attracting some of the world’s most innovative businesses.


Portfolio Holder for Inward Investment and Growth, Cllr Gill Slocombe said: “As a Council we are committed to supporting our business community and promoting economic growth especially at this time of uncertainty so we welcome this chance to share ideas.

“From comments received after last year’s event, we know companies of all sizes find it a worthwhile event and we look forward to meeting as many of them as possible on the day.”

The conference will provide valuable opportunities for delegates to network and understand the shared aspirations of the public and private sectors in Sedgemoor and wider region.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and with free admission and refreshments. Please book online: https://sedgemoorbusinessconference19.eventbrite.com

14 October 2019 Your say on how your council tax is spent ……

Sedgemoor residents are reminded that there is still a couple of weeks to go  to have their say on how Sedgemoor District Council should spend its proportion of the Council Tax in its annual budget consultation.     The budget cycle in Sedgemoor starts in the autumn, with the final decisions on budgets are taken in mid-February 2019.

The Council continues to work within a very tight budget and will be reviewing its services to make sure that every penny is spent wisely.   SDC gets approximately 9p in the £ from each pound paid in council tax, the other 91p being split between Somerset County Council, the Police, Fire and Rescue services and Parish/Town councils.   The questionnaire will also be available to complete online at the following web address:   www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/budgetconsultation.  The consultation period will run from until October 18, 2018.

Sedgemoor has been carrying out an annual budget consultation exercise for several years, in order to ensure the views of the public are considered when making decisions regarding budgets and priorities.  Sedgemoor has been successful with Budget Consultation in previous years, but is looking to sustain that success and improve further in order to give as large and wide a group as possible the opportunity to participate and have their say. The budget consultation exercise is carried out by SDC staff and involves 10,000 questionnaires being sent out to a random sample of Sedgemoor residents.

For further information or to request a questionnaire please call 0300 303 7800.


16 September 2019Fireworks notification 21 September - Brean Country Club

Brean Country Club is holding a short firework display at Brean Country Club TA8 2FG on Saturday 21 September 2019 at 10pm.

The display will last approximately 5 minutes and is being fired using designated quiet fire works with a couple of lounder bangs at the end of the display. It is a private display for guests of a wedding.

The club has let the parish council know as a courtesy to local residents. It is not their intention for fireworks to be a regular occurrence at the venue and there are no other displays planned for the venue during 2019.

08 September 2019New grants to feed grass-roots action

Somerset’s County Councillors will have £2,000 each to fund community projects that improve lives under a new scheme launched in September.

The Improving Lives Grants Scheme has been created to kick-start and support voluntary and grass-roots initiatives that bring people together and help communities stay connected and thrive.

Whether it’s a project to reduce isolation, give parenting support, prevent falls or enhance emotional health and wellbeing - each of Somerset’s 55 county councillors can award up to four grants using their £2,000.

The £110,000 of investment is coming from the authority’s £1m Prevention Fund, set up to finance Council work and community projects that prevent issues, problems and needs developing or escalating. The aim is to improve lives while reducing future demand on the Council’s services - helping the authority remain sustainable in the long-term.

Applications can only be made by elected County Councillors and have to benefit their own division.

Grants can be used to ‘lever in’ funding from other sources but cannot be used to pay salaries. They can only be awarded to groups or organisations, not individuals. Any individual who has an idea for a potential project should contact their local County Councillor.

Councillor David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “One of the most important things we can do to strengthen our communities is support locally-led projects built around bringing people together.

“Our elected members understand their communities and these grants will give them some financial muscle to make a real impact.

“We’re not being too prescriptive, but the initiatives put forward should be ones that engage their communities and improve people’s lives. Schemes that support vulnerable, less-advantaged or traditionally isolated groups will be especially welcome”.

Councillors can make applications to the Improving Lives Grants Scheme from 1 September up until 30 November. Applications will be assessed to ensure that they meet the criteria before funding is agreed.

Applications are encouraged from community groups promoting and providing opportunities for people to be socially connected, more physically active, eat well, enjoy the outdoors, be more independent and better informed about health and wellbeing.

It is expected that the majority of grants will go to Parish Councils and voluntary sector organisations; established bodies that can make a big impact at local-level.

To find out who the elected Somerset County Councillor is for a particular area, visit www.somerset.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy/councillors/somerset-county-councillors/

08 September 2019Have your say on next step of England Coast Path

Members of the public are invited to have their say on proposals for the next phase of the England Coast Path running through Somerset.

Natural England were given the task of creating a public walking route around the coast of the country by 2020.

The first stretch of the England Coast Path in Somerset is already open from Minehead to Brean, with the next section from Brean to the North Somerset border proposed to connect the England Coast Path with the Wales Coast Path for the first time.

Two routes have been proposed because non-breeding redshank feed and roost on the River Axe and they are very sensitive to disturbance. In the period from mid-July through to mid-April public access will be prohibited and an alternative route available.

Consultation on the new stretch from Brean to Aust is open for comment until September 19th. More details can be found by searching for ‘Brean’ on .gov.uk.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Minister for Highways, said “We have a fantastic coastline and are pleased to see the next step of this project to connect the England Coast Path across the whole of Somerset. Please check the proposals and have your say before the consultation closes.”

Somerset County Council works in partnership with Natural England to manage the England Coast Path in Somerset. The National Trail is already attracting more visitors to the County and benefitting the local economy.

If you’re interested in helping look after the England Coast Path you can sign up as a Trail Watcher, which will involve adopting a stretch of the trail. By keeping an eye on a stretch that you regularly use and reporting any problems you can help the County Council be more responsive in keeping the trail well maintained and accessible. 

Please follow this web link to find out more: https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/opportunities/rights-of-way-volunteer/.

24 August 2019Notice of Natural England’s Coastal Access Report

On Thursday 25th July 2019 Natural England submitted a compendium of coastal access reports to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under section 51 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 pursuant to its duty under section 296(1) of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The reports relate to the coast between Aust to Brean Down.

If the proposals in the report are approved in their current form by the Secretary of State, the public will be able to exercise rights of access under section 2(1) of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 for open-air recreation on foot along the English coastal route as set out in the report and over the area of associated coastal margin. These rights are subject to any exceptions (for example gardens) or restrictions set out in that Act or proposed in the reports (once approved).

Copies of the reports are available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/england-coast-path-from-aust-to-brean-down-comment-on-proposals

or may be viewed free of charge at the following locations:



Yate One Stop Shop

Kennedy way, Yate, BS37 4DQ

Thornbury Tourist Info Centre

35 High St, Thornbury, Bristol

BS35 2AR

Thornbury Library

St Marys Street, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2AA

Bristol City Council

City Hall, College Green Bristol


Avonmouth Library


257 Avonmouth Rd, Bristol

BS11 9EN

Shirehampton Library

Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 9TU

Bristol E-shed Tourist Info Centre

1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

Weston Central Library


Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Rd, Weston-Super-Mare BS23 1UJ


Tourist Info Centre

Tropicana, Marine Parade, Weston-Super-Mare BS23 1BE

Portishead Library

Horatio House, 24 Harbour Rd, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7AL

Clevedon Library

37 Old Church Rd, Clevedon

BS21 6NN

Somerset County Council

County Hall




You are invited to make objections about the report/s in which you have a relevant interest and/or representations about any of the reports. Any objections or representations must be made on the appropriate form available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/england-coast-path-from-aust-to-brean-down-comment-on-proposals and must be received by Natural England no later than midnight on Thursday 19th September 2019.

Further forms for making objections or representations may be obtained from Natural England at:

Coastal Access Delivery Team - West

Natural England

Floor 3 Horizon House

Deanery Road



Email: westcoastalaccess@naturalengland.org.uk

Telephone: 02082256274

Or from Natural England’s website at www.gov.uk/government/publications/england-coast-path-from-aust-to-brean-down-comment-on-proposals

Objections and/or representations should be sent to Natural England at the above postal address or to westcoastalaccess@naturalengland.org.uk

24 August 2019Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service consultation

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are consulting on proposed changes. Please take part in the consultation to have your say on how the changes could impact you and your life.


24 August 2019Somerset Coastal Conference

24 August 2019Stand up for care – sign the petition

Somerset County Council is asking the county and country to stand up for care and sign its parliamentary petition.

The petition calls for cross-party discussions before Christmas to end the national social care funding shortfall and it is part of the Council’s commitment to keeping the issue on the political and public agenda.

The Stand Up For Care petition has the support of all the County Council’s political party leaders and was launched at a meeting of the authority’s Cabinet committee by Leader of the Council, Councillor David Fothergill. He said the issue is a “national emergency that has to be a national priority”.

Hosted on the www.petition.parliament.uk website it can be found by following www.somerset.gov.uk/standupforcare Any British Citizens or UK residents can sign it and it’s hoped that people from across the county, but also the country, will use it to make their voices heard.

10,000 signatures triggers a formal response from the Government while 100,000 would mean it is formally considered for a debate.

“This is not just a Somerset issue, but we are proud to be the authority that stands up for care” said Cllr Fothergill. “The future of social care is perhaps the biggest and most important challenge facing the country as a whole.

It urgently needs a long-term funding plan that will allow all local authorities up and down the country to provide the care and support people expect and deserve.

“An issue this important needs political parties to come together to find a way forward, so I’m delighted that this petition has the support of all the parties and at the County Council.

“I urge everyone to go online and sign it. This takes just a few seconds but you could be contributing to change that last lifetimes.”

Earlier this year, the council was at the centre of a two-part Panorama documentary which made national headlines, highlighting the pressures and difficult decisions that come with meeting growing demand for social care at a time of limited funding.

Somerset County Council allowed the film crew to spend ten months with its social care staff and the resulting films received significant national media coverage, kick-starting political debate on the subject.

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