News, Announcements, Notices & Updates
At the time of writing we are still gripped by the wet weather and one of the main concerns in the parish is flooding. Unfortunately Highways are extremely occupied in other areas and although the lorry has been out to suck the drain holes in many cases the pipes between the drain holes are blocked so this affords only very temporary relief. At present we have no timescale for these to be rodded clear. So again it is back to self-help in the village. Please keep an eye open for any drains that appear blocked, it may be a simple matter of removing a few leaves or putting down a few drainrods. Much silt is running off landowners’ fields and this clearance may need repeat attempts. Look out for any culverts that appear blocked where they pass under roads. It may be a simple matter of removing a few sticks and branches. If the blockage is more serious report it to the parish council. If you are a landowner please keep ditches clear inside and outside your field boundaries, it may help to save someone’s house being flooded.
And now a plea to dog walkers. We realise that many of you are extremely responsible people so this appeal is to the few. One of the problems that has found to be blocking drains is dog poo wrapped up in plastic bags. If you are a public spirited parishoner digging out a public drain imagine how unpleasant it must be to be scooping out decomposing dog muck interspersed with bits of plastic. If you are going to pick up your poo and put it in a plastic bag, either take it home and dispose responsibly or place it in receptacles provided for the purpose. If you do not want to do this, DO NOT pick it up at all but flick it into the hedge where nature’s little workers will dispose of it. At all costs DO NOT drop it (or any plastic) down any sort of drain or in a ditch.
One last reminder about hedge cutting, you have till 1st March to get this done. The main areas of concern are alongside our busiest roads eg Marsh Mills to the A39, South Lane (Marsh Mills to Nether Stowey) and Bincombe Hill (Bincombe Green to Nether Stowey). We need to keep the routes clear for emergency services and to prevent parishioner’s cars getting scratched and having wing mirrors broken off. Also there needs to be room for walkers and horse riders to move to the side of the road without getting hooked up in branches. So if the cap fits…..
In the unfortunate event that your property is ever threatened by floodwater in the future, sandbags are available from Sedgemoor District Council, 01278 435435 (out of hours 0800 917 6520). They may not be able to deliver them to you but you can collect some from the Colley Lane depot.
The Parish Council will meet on Monday 17th March in the Village Hall at 7.30pm