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Curry Rivel to get parking restrictions

If you’ve ever been through the centre of Curry Rivel, you’ll not need me to tell you the High Street is a nightmare. Cars parked on either side of the road and sometimes both through the centre of the village bring traffic to a halt. Of course there are two ways of looking at this. As frustrating as it is for motorists, it also slows traffic down and provides an undersigned speed control.

Now Somerset County Council are set to act. In an order dated 5th September parking restrictions are to be introduced. There will be no waiting at any time will run from the Garage to Hillside Close, but that is relaxed to 1 hour waiting and no return within the hour are to be imposed on the short stretch of the High Street outside the OneStop shop.

The order cannot come into effect until 26th September as Somerset County Council has to give the public 21 days to object. If you wish to object then contact Area Traffic Engineer, South Somerset Area Highways Office, Mead Avenue, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil, BA22 8RT or email trafficmanagement@somerset.gov.uk

The Order made under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Traffic Management Act 2004  is stated to be for the purpose of avoiding “danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising, or to preserve or improve amenities of the area through which the roads run.”

Somerset must not be a dumping ground

Today the Regulation Committee of Somerset County Council was put in a difficult position. It may not be the most popular idea, but the building of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley C is well known.

What was not well known was that there was to be consideration of importing nuclear waste for storage at the Hinkley site. Waste from Oldbury, Sizewell ‘A’ and Dungeness ‘A’ nuclear power stations.

An application from Magnox, the organisation tasked with decommissioning Britain’s ageing nuclear reactors, sought to vary existing clauses in the agreement that was tied up with the construction of Hinkley C. This is what the Regulation Committee were asked to opine on earlier today.

The reason this would have come as a surprise was back in 2005 there was agreement for some storage of nuclear waste at the site of Hinkley A. As Cllr Leigh Redman pointed out in addressing the Regulation Committee “To be clear, point 4 of the original 2005 decision clearly states :- There shall be no radioactive waste imported from outside Hinkley ‘A’ site; and only the waste (currently classed as Intermediate Level radioactive waste) that is in situ within the Hinkley ‘A’ station shall be stored on the site.”

Hence the need for agreement from SCC to vary the original planning consent conditions. The recommendation to the Committee was to grant Magnox permission. However after strong representations from Cllr Leigh Redman, Cll Dave Loveridge and Chair of Bridgwater Town Council Brian Smedley, the Cllrs on the Regulation Committee voted to turn down the application.

However this is something that may well come back. There are good reasons why the Somerset public would not want Hinkley to be used as a dumping ground for surplus radioactive waste from around the country.

And those reasons include the fact that in their infinite wisdom the Oil and Gas Authority have granted permission for a fracking well to be drilled within a 20 mile radius of the Hinkley site.

Today was a close shave with an issue that needs a lot more publicity.

Hinkley by Sea

EdF announced that the jetty built to take in supplies for the construction of Hinkley C became operational for the first time this week. The first boatloads of material have already been in by sea.

This is good news for long suffering residents who live anywhere near the A39. Road transport to the site is unlikely to stop completely, but Hinkley C claim volumes of traffic will now start to reduce.

Speaking for Somerset County Council, Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member for Business and Inward Investment told us “To see the jetty become operational will no doubt be welcomed by residents and road users as it allows EDF Energy to keep their vehicle numbers as low as possible.”

Banking fraud in Shepton

A woman from Shepton Mallet has been the victim of a telephone banking fraud.

The woman  a call from someone claiming to be from her bank, who was with a police officer. The “bank official” said they were ringing to notify the victim to advise that her bank card had been stolen and individuals were trying to use it at the bank.

Because it was a poor phone line, the victim – who was in her workplace – asked the caller to call her back on her mobile phone number.

The caller asked for the card details to be confirmed and then requested the PiN code to verify that it was the stolen card that was being used. Police and banks alike advise that this is something no bank will ever do.

The public should be aware that banks

  • will never ask members of the public to give out personal details, such as bank account numbers or PIN numbers over the phone
  • will never send a courier to collect bank cards or money

Police are conducting enquiries into the incident and have identified a couple who were pictured in Bath as of interest to them. They are keen to speak to the man and woman pictured below:

We would like either of them – or anyone that recognises them – to contact the Police on 101, quoting reference 5219175129

Future of Heaven’s Gate at risk

On Monday staff at Heaven’s Gate were told it may have to close. The centre run by National Animal Welfare Trust at Henley just outside High Ham employs 31 local people.

The Board of Trustees of NAWT have concluded that in order to ensure the future survival of the charity as a whole, they are proposing to close the Heaven’s Gate
Centre.

A formal consultation process with the employees has been started. All are thought to be at risk of redundancy.

Caron Lane, Centre Manager told us “my team at the centre have taken the difficult decision to cancel our Family Fun Day & Fun Dog Show this Sunday (September 8). Although we recognise it is an important fundraising event for the centre, it would be difficult to hold such an event under these circumstances. We apologise for the short notice.”

The Trust are blaming a number of things for the downturn in their fortunes. These include the impact of the national living wage, a downturn in legacies and Brexit.

There is as yet no mention of what will happen to the animals if the centre has to close.

Homophobic attack

Avon & Somerset police have charged a man following an incident during the first ever   Yeovil Pride event last weekend.

A 33 year old man, Stefan Vasile, of Higher Kingston, has been charged with a public order offence relating to the use of homophobic language.

He also faces charges of assaulting an emergency worker after an officer was struck in the face while dealing with the incident.

Vasile has been released on bail to appear before Yeovil Magistrates’ Court on 17 September

 

Constitutional protest

The encampment of journalists outside Parliament is growing to resemble a mediaeval jousting tournament. Somerset is not being left out though. Since the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament, “Stop the Coup” protests have taken place in Taunton, Bridgwater . At issue here is not the decision to prorogue Parliament, which is in itself routine. It is the length of time for the prorogation which at 5 weeks is exceptional.

In Bridgwater anti Government protesters gathered at the foot of the great Parliamentarian admiral William Blake. At least they seemed reasonably sure whose side they were on. Suddenly Parliament and Parliamentarian, words that have been very much out of fashion in recent decades are very much back in vogue.

The Prime Minster on the other seems a little confused. Happy to be likened to Charles I last week when proroguing Parliament, yesterday he seemed content to conduct his equivalent of Pride’s Purge. If this is a re-enactment of the English Civil War it is going to be a confusing one…..

No doubt the protests will continue this week as events unfold.demo-1-768x488

Teenager arrested

A teenager has been arrested following a serious assault in Shepton Mallet early yesterday morning. At around 6am on Thursday 29th August a 23 year old man was badly beaten with a bottle in an incident in Cowl Street.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment. This morning the Police arrested an 18 year old on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing. If anyone has information which could help the Police please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219198730.

Police appeal for help after RTA

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses after a road traffic accident on Bank Holiday Monday (26th August). The incident happened at 9pm  on the A38 Pawlett Road in the Bridgwater area.

The details of the accident are sketchy. A grey Audi A5 was in collision with a red Peugeot 2008. Police believe the Audi was following a combine harvester. The Audi collisided with the rear of the Peugeot.

Two people injured in the collision were taken to Musgrove Park Hospital with minor injuries and released after treatment.

The Police would liken to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident who may have information to help our enquiries. Please phone 101 if you are able to help quoting reference 5219196794

 

Rail strike next weekend

South Western Railway (SWR) has warned of new strike action. SWR runs the line through Yeovil Junction and Crewkerne to London Waterloo.

The strike action will impact services next weekend from Friday 30th August to Monday 2nd September. says strike action will effect services this weekend.

The company tell us:

  • it will do everything possible to keep customers moving over four days of RMT strike action.
  • Almost 60% of the normal SWR timetable to run on Friday and Monday. Around half of the normal timetable on Saturday and Sunday.

A South Western Railway spokesperson told us “The RMT has always said it wanted us to keep the guard on every train which is what we have offered as part of a framework agreement. We want to move the conversation on to how we operate our new trains and take advantage of the new technology on board to benefit our customers. We remain committed to finding a solution that will help us build a better railway for everyone.”

 

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