Will be held
Tuesday 13th February 2018
Fore Street, Chard
Will be held
Tuesday 13th February 2018
Fore Street, Chard
Following the festive and New Year period our Outdoor Services team experienced high levels of sickness due to the flu outbreak, resulting in just two of six staff being available which meant that removing the Christmas lights from around the town was slightly delayed.
However, it is a credit to the Team that they were able to remove the Christmas lights professionally and efficiently along with maintaining daily tasks during such a challenging period – here’s some behind the scenes shots!
We would like to thank our Outdoor Services team who work hard to make sure Chard looks it’s best, not only throughout the festive period but the whole year.
CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS
Chard Town Council is calling for local residents to nominate people in their community who have made an outstanding contribution to Chard in some way.
Chard’s Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th April 2018 in The Guildhall from 7.00pm. Members of the public are invited to join us and are welcome to ask questions.
During the meeting, residents of Chard who have contributed to the town in some outstanding way will be awarded with an ‘Outstanding Service Award’ by the Town Mayor Cllr. Garry Shortland.
The Town Clerk, Zoe Truong said, ‘These awards are the Council’s opportunity to both recognise and thank those who selflessly contribute to Chard and its community. We would love to hear from local people with nominations of unsung heroes’.
The Outstanding Service Awards are all about recognising people within the town for the good work they have done helping others – it could be one single act, or it could be over a number of years.
If you know of someone who deserves recognition for services to the community please send your nomination in writing to The Town Clerk at the Chard Town Council Offices in the Guildhall, giving the person’s details and a short paragraph as to why you feel they deserve this nomination.
All nominations must be received no later than end of day on Friday 2nd March 2018.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across South Somerset to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
A ten-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 19 March 2018. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across South Somerset.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that the South Somerset should continue to have 60 councillors. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent seven three-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and fifteen one-councillor wards across the district.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at this link: https://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-west/somerset/south-somerset.
Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across South Somerset and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next ten weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across South Somerset and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole district or just part of it.
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for South Somerset. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 19 March 2018.
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Local Government Boundary Commission for England
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Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/10065.
Link to the dedicated web page for the South Somerset electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-west/somerset/south-somerset.
If you’re thinking of a new extension, a bit of remodelling, or finally knocking down that old garage, have you checked for asbestos? Any property built or refurbished before 2000 could potentially contain ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials). Commonly found in corrugated roofing sheets, it was also widely used in artex-type paint coatings, insulation material, floor tiles, other construction material, fixtures and fittings. Left undisturbed, these materials don’t present a health risk. However, when damaged the fibres easily become airborne and can be inhaled. Exposure to these microscopic fibres can lead to severe lung disease and cancer. In the UK, around 5000 deaths a year are linked to asbestos exposure, and it can take years for symptoms to develop. Invisible to the naked eye and normally blended with other substances, professional testing is needed to ensure asbestos is dealt with safely.
Somerset Scientific Services, part of Somerset County Council, offer free impartial asbestos advice as part of our commitment to public health and safety. We also offer an expert service to identify and project manage the removal of any ACMs. Samples of suspect material can be sent to our lab for analysis and we’ll provide impartial advice on your next steps if asbestos is identified. For larger projects surveys can be completed on site by our specialist asbestos team if needed.
Call the team or visit our website for expert advice – and to find out what other services we provide.