Tom Killen Mendip District Councillor for Chewton Mendip & Ston Easton
Tom KillenMendip District Councillor for Chewton Mendip & Ston Easton

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New political make-up for Mendip District Council

Following Thursday's elections in Mendip and the completed count of the district council votes, the new political make-up of Mendip District Council is as follows:

Liberal Democrat - 22

Conservative - 10

Green - 10

Independent - 3

Other - 2

The first Full Council meeting of the new-look council takes place on Monday 13 May at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber at Mendip's Shepton Mallet offices.

For a full list of elected Mendip District Councillors go to:

District Election Results

Election results from the parish election in Mendip are available:

Parish/Town Election Results

3 May 2019

Scam Alert

SCAM ALERT: We have had reports of someone claiming to be from Mendip Council cold calling people saying they are owed a refund on their council tax and asking for bank details.

This is not from Mendip Council. Never provide your bank details or PIN to anyone over the phone - whether it is from a police officer, bank official or someone from the council. If you are uncertain put the phone down and call the council to verify the information - it is advisable to use a different phone (mobile or neighbour's phone) to ensure the phone call is not being held by the scammer. This matter has also been referred to the Police who are looking in to it. Please be aware and keep alert.

20 April 2019

Hearing dates set for local plan part two examination

The Mendip District Council Local Plan Part Two will be examined at public hearings starting 23 July 2019.

Planning Inspector, Mike Fox, has been confirmed as the inspector to conduct the examination and has confirmed that the hearings will start at 10am on Tuesday 23 July 2019 and will last for two weeks.

The hearings will be held in the Council Chamber at Mendip District Council offices, sites and policies proposed in the Mendip Local Plan Part 2 will be considered during the two weeks.

Hearing sessions are open to the public, but only those who made a response to the original Local Plan Part 2 consultation which took place in 2018 can take part or submit information at this stage.

An independent Programme Officer has been appointed to deal with any requests to take part or queries for the Inspector. The Programme Officer can be contacted by email robert.young@mendip.gov.uk or telephone 07852 474689 or by post to: Robert Young, Mendip Local Plan Programme Officer, C/O Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT.

Guidance notes for those taking part in the examination have been issued by the Inspector along with a separate list of questions which will form the programme of topics discussed at the hearings.

The Inspector has indicated that he plans to publish a report on the plan by December 2019.

For more information about the scheduled hearings please visit: www.mendip.gov.uk/localplanexamination

Bad weather Update

 

Mendip District Council’s webpage http://www.mendip.gov.uk/badweather provides information on: rough sleepers, markets, refuse collections, CAPs etc…

We will also be Tweeting news/updates via Twitter: @MendipCouncil.

 

Council Access Points:

 

Shepton Mallet: Mendip District Council offices are open today until 2pm but only for those staff that are able to safely walk in as the Shape Mendip carpark in Shepton is currently not available.

The offices will be closed to the public until we can ensure they can easily and safely access the building.

 

Council Access Points:

  • Shepton Mallet: Closed
  • Frome: Closed
  • Street: Closed, as usual as Street does not open on a Friday
  • Wells: Closed
  • Glastonbury: Closed

We will provide updates as timely as possible:  www.mendip.gov.uk/councilaccesspoints.  

 

Rough Sleepers:

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) in Mendip is now active.  SWEP will continue to run until at least Sunday morning (3rd of Feb), this is being closely monitored.

Nobody needs to sleep rough in Mendip during the coldest weather. Safe and warm accommodation is available through Mendip. To access this service, call 01749 677097 as early as possible.

If you are concerned about anyone you spot sleeping rough: http://www.mendip.gov.uk/roughsleeping

 

Mendip Markets:

 

  •  Shepton Mallet Friday Market – Closed
  • Saturday Markets in Wells and Frome: we will keep monitoring the weather situation and will make a decision later today and advise accordingly on all channels.

It is paramount that we put people's safety first and we apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment that this may cause.

We will be providing updates via the MDC website, Twitter @MendipCouncil and @MendipMarkets1 and on relevant Facebook pages. 

 

Car Parks & Town Centres:

Idverde Street Cleansing Teams are deployed and are out gritting in town centres, this is being monitored due to the weather. 

Mendip Car Parks During Adverse Weather: http://www.mendip.gov.uk/article/4852/Adverse-Weather


Somerset Waste Partnership:

For more information on weather and waste: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/weather-advice/

To report missed recycle/rubbish collection please visit: https://www.mendip.gov.uk/article/3151/Missed-collections

 

Somerset County Council:

Updates on school closures, school transport, roads and social care can be found here: https://somersetnewsroom.com/

 

Travel Somerset: 

Travel Somerset will be tweeting the latest travel information, so visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @TravelSomerset.

They will be closely monitoring road conditions, and their fleet of gritters are ready to treat the main roads when ice is predicted. Gritting updates are available at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/gritting.

For road safety advice, please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org or follow Somerset Road Safety on social media.

 

Met Office Website:

For the latest travel information: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/regional-forecasts/sw

 

Western Power Distribution: Power Cuts

www.westernpower.co.uk / https://www.westernpower.co.uk/we-are-prepared

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and are without electricity please check the Western Power Distribution Website for details, emergency information 0800 6783 105 or call 105, for general enquiries 0800 096 3080.  Twitter: @wpduk

 

Wales & West Utilities

If you’re having issues with your boiler in the cold weather, this is what you need to know.  Please only call @wwutilities National Gas Emergency Number if you have a gas emergency, a gas leak or suspect carbon monoxide: wwutilities.co.uk/boilerproblems or on Twitter @ @WWUtilities 

 

Take care and please look out for others

Take extra care and look out for others during the cold and icy weather. Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately. 

 

Stay warm and keep safe.

 

It's the Mendip Business Awards fifth anniversary and entries are now open

18 January 2019

Entries for the 2019 Mendip Business Awards are now open!

Ben McGrailLocal business owners can enter their business into one of 11 categories to be in with                            a  chance of winning at the fifth annual Mendip Business Awards. The winners will be                        announced during the evening celebrations at the Royal Bath &  West Showground on                            Thursday 30 May. 

The awards are held to recognise and celebrate some of the 5755 independent and                                    vibrant businesses in the Mendi District.

Cllr Tom Killen, Deputy Leader of Mendip District Council, said: "Now in the fifth year,                            the Mendip Business Awards demonstrate the wealth of local talent in our business                    community. We are proud to deliver the awards, giving organisations across the                                district a chance to showcase excellence.

"It's great to see organisations of all sizes enter the awards, but in particular we are                          always keen to hear from smaller businesses who often do not get the recognition                              which they deserve."

This year's awards have a category for every type of business, including a new                                category called 'Market Trader of the Year'. This award celebrates the art of market                            trading in Mendip towns throughout 2018.

Businesses wishing to enter the awards can find more information on the website:                            Mendip Business Awards. Categories open to all Mendip businesses include:

  • Community Enterprise of the Year - Sponsored by Aster Group
  • Retail/ Hospitality Business of the Year - Sponsored by Kilver Court Designer Village
  • Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by Strode College
  • Customer Services Excellence - Sponsored by 3 Solutions Ltd
  • Taste of Mendip - Sponsored by Old Mill
  • Family Business of the Year - Wainwright
  • International Business of the Year - Sponsored by Swan Hotel, Wells
  • New Business of the Year - Sponsored by Killens
  • Small Business of the Year - Sponsored by Burton Sweet
  • Business of the Year - Sponsored by NFU Mutual, Wells
  • Market Trader of the Year - Mendip District Council

Last year's Business of the Year was Glastonbury Spring Water. Glastonbury Spring                              Water is a local company supplying refreshing spring water that rises naturally from                              George's spring deep beneath Glastonbury Tor in Somerset. As well as small pack                              bottled water they also offer both bottled and plumbed-in water coolers in a range                                  of styles and sizes to accommodate any location.

The Customer Service Excellence Award 2018 went to Jungle Properties. Here's what                              they said about their experience of the awards: 'For Jungle Property we want to                                    deliver the very best customer experience so entering the Mendip Business Awards                               Customer Service Excellence category was a golden opportunity to pitch ourselves                              against the very best businesses in the area regardless of what sector they operate in.                            The short-listed businesses provided us with insight and inspiration for ideas we                                   can use to improve what we already do and winning the award gave us a clear                              indication and confidence that what we are doing is in line with our vision and gives                         would-be clients confidence in our brand'.

This year's sponsors are Clarks Village, The Royal Bath & West Show and Mendip                               District Council. The awards are in partnership with many local food and drink                            specialists around the district including Brothers Drinks, Wild Beer Co., Barbers                            Farmhouse Cheese and Lilley's Cider. Red Berry Recruitment are kindly sponsoring                                  the welcome drinks at the awards evening.

8 January 2019

 

The majority of householders already dispose of their waste responsibly, but from today any householder who fails to pass their waste to a licensed carrier, and whose waste is found fly-tipped, could face penalties of up to £400.

Mendip backs initiative to help residents cut their fuel bills

28 December 2018

Mendip District Council is once again backing the popular Big Community Switch which is a collective energy switching scheme which has seen some local residents save hundreds of pounds by switching their energy supplier.

Collective Energy Switching is when consumers get together to negotiate a group                                deal with gas and electricity suppliers, with a third party actively  negotiating a better                        tariff on behalf of the group through an auction process.

There is a vast array of options for people looking to compare the market and switch                    suppliers either individually or collectively.  Mendip District Council is continuing to                              back The Big Community Switch run by iChoosr as one way of helping Mendip's                                residents get a better deal on their energy bills.

The amount saved will vary, but in previous rounds of energy switching that involved                        Mendip residents, people who signed up to the scheme saved an average of £205.88                               on their annual fuel bills.

The Big Community Switch, which is open to all Mendip residents, aims to help                                  prevent people slipping into fuel poverty by making easier and more convenient for                          people to participate in energy switching.

The way the process works is:

  • Residents visit iChoosr's Big Community Switch website - www.bigcommunityswitch.com  - where they                                      can follow a simple online process to register their interest.
  • Up to five households can be registered on one email address and residents                            without internet access will be supported through the registration process by                                 the council.

  • Mendip residents are then pooled with other local authority schemes and                                  energy companies bid against each other in a reverse auction to offer the group                              of customers the best deal.

  • A no-obligation offer is then sent to each resident who has registered in the                            scheme and they have a month to choose whether to accept it.

  • If residents choose to accept their offer they are then switched to the new                              supplier and supported to ensure a smooth and hassle-free transfer.

The collective energy scheme is now open until the auction on 12 February 2019.

Cllr Philip Ham, Portfolio Holder for Transformation, said: "Collective Energy                                  Switching has already proved extremely popular, with people in Mendip saving an                            average of £205 on their annual fuel bills.

"This is a great opportunity for people to be in with a chance of making a very                                impressive saving on their energy bills, so I would encourage local people to take                                  part - it really is a quick and straightforward process."

Mendip District Council has partnered with iChoosr, a leading expert in collective                                energy switching, to operate the scheme in the district.

Residents who are keen to be part of the process can register online via www.bigcommunityswitch.com contact Mendip District Council on 0300 303                                        8588 or visit any Council Access Point for more information.

Mendip Citizens Advice

17 December 2018

Statement from Leader of Mendip District Council, Cllr Harvey Siggs

Mendip District Council Leader, Cllr Harvey Siggs. said: "Mendip District Council are                          making a pledge to financially support Citizens Advice Mendip to ensure that their                              cross district services are maintained.

"We will be talking to some of the local town councils in Mendip to see, how jointly we                            can work to enhance and support the work of Citizens Advice Mendip in their areas."

This pledge of support for Citizens Advice Mendip from Mendip District Council,                                follows the recent decision from Somerset County Council to remove funding from                            Citizen Advice Bureau Services across the county.

For more information about Citizens Advice Mendip, visit: Mendip CAB Website

Small Business Saturday UK

26 November 2018

Small Business Saturday UK is a national campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities.

Mendip District Council is supporting the day with free parking in one car park in                            each of the five 'towns' across Mendip on 01 December 2018. Free parking is available                        in:
  • Frome - Cattle Market Car Park
  • Glastonbury - St John's Car Park
  • Shepton Mallet - Great Ostry Car Park
  • Street - Cranhill Road Car Park
  • Wells - Union Street Car Park

Cllr Nigel Taylor, Mendip District Council's Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood                                    Services and Community Health, which includes car parks, said: "Small Business                              Saturday is a big success every year, we are pleased to be supporting it again by                              offering free parking in one of the car parks in each of the five towns. We hope this                                will encourage people to shop locally and support their community".

Robert Powell Chairman of Wells Chamber of Commerce said 'Wells Chamber of                          Commerce fully supports the Small Business Saturday initiative it is an opportunity                                    to celebrate what is best in our High Streets.

"We would like to thank Mendip for making Union Street car park in Wells free for                                  that day. Many shops and businesses will be offering something different for                                customers and look forward to welcoming the public into their shops and businesses."

Time restrictions will still be enforced in areas where parking is only allowed for a                          specified time. To find out more, visit Small Business Saturday Website or             www.mendip.gov.uk/sbs 

Lilley's Cider are all set for Wells Christmas Market

 

23 November 2018

Visitors attending this year's Wells Christmas Market are set for a traditional festive cider treat this year, thanks to the 2018 sponsor.

Lilley's Cider are working with Mendip District Council as this year's overall sponsor of                      the  Wells Christmas Market and will be at the  event selling their range of cider, gifts                       and serving mulled cider from their chalet based near the Bishop's Eye Gatehouse.

Over 100 traders will fill Wells Market Place with festive stalls, offering a range of gifts,                              crafts and food and drink produce, giving shoppers and visitors to the historic city the                      chance to pick up some last minute gifts and indulgent treats

The Wells Christmas Market will open on Wednesday 19, December and will run to                          Saturday 22, December from 9am - 4pm each day.

Chris Lilley from Lilley's Cider, said: "Lilley's Cider are over the moon to be given the                            opportunity to sponsor the 2018 Wells Christmas Market. Our team can't wait to                                   serve up some yummy mulled cider & get into the full festive spirit of the market.

"We look forward to seeing you there!"

Cllr Nigel Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Community Health and Neighbourhood                                  Services, said: "Last year's Wells Christmas Market was a massive success, we are                          delighted to be bringing back this popular market again this year and even more                          delighted to have Lilley's Cider working with us as this year's sponsor.

"Once again the market will have a festive feel, with Christmas music and seasonal                      refreshments available to help get shoppers in the Christmas mood."

Father Christmas is making a special stop in Wells to join in the festive fun, he will                                   be attending daily. Children stopping by to meet Father Christmas will be treated                                    to a choice of sweets or fruit, which have kindly been donated by Wells supermarkets                         Tesco and Morrison's.

Wells Blue School, Wells Cathedral School and the Wells Choral Society will be                                providing music throughout the event, filling the Market Place with Christmas Carols.

Mendip District Council will also be providing free parking over six days for the                                  period of the event and during the rest of that week leading up to Christmas Eve to                          benefit both traders and shoppers. Free Parking in Wells will be available from                            Wednesday, December 19 to Monday, December 24. Time restrictions still apply                                    and details are available on all car park signage.

For more information on the Wells Christmas Market and other Mendip markets, visit: www.mendip.gov.uk/markets

Council Announces Purchaser for Frome Town Centre Site, Saxonvale

9 November 2018

 

Mendip District Council has exchanged a conditional contract for the phased sale of Saxonvale to a developer to regenerate the derelict Frome Town Centre site.

Acorn Property Group will now work with the Council and other stakeholders to                                produce a a masterplan for development of the site. The plan is tod eliver a high                               quality, commercial and urban living environment which will provide a mix of uses,                               and accommodation to help satisfy current housing demand. Acorn has over 20 years                             of experience of successfully creating a range of residential led refurbishment and                               new build schemes specialising in bespoke developments to meet local community                            need.

Cllr Philip Ham, Mendip District Council's Portfolio Holder for Transformation,                                      said; "We are delighted to have a Sale and Overage Agreement in place with Acorn                                 and we have every confidence that they will deliver a fantastic scheme utilising                                    their design led ethos to create a place that Frome can be proud of.


"Acorn were an attractive purchaser because of their long standing success in                                  projects of this nature, they understood what was needed from the site and we are                       confident that this marks a significant step forward in the long history of this Frome                          Town Centre site."



Robin Squire, Regional Managing Director of Acorn's Bristol Office said "We are                              delighted to be working alongside Mendip District Council in developing a shared                                vision for the site. We both see this as a fantastic opportunity to deliver a high                                  quality bespoke scheme and a vibrant new extension to the already successful Frome                          town centre. Our approach to every site is bespoke, ensuring that what we deliver is                      successful and sustainable. We are extremely excited about taking this project                                  forward and working with the local stakeholders".  

Councillor Mel Usher, Frome Town Council said "Our initial impressions are that the                         scheme broadly reflects our previous position statement on Saxonvale and look                                forward to examining the plans in greater detail when they are considered by the                                 town council.  We welcome the opportunity to further engage with Mendip's vision                                 for Saxonvale."

Earlier this year the council took a bold and unusual move in buying the long-term                              derelict site. Frustrated that the site had laid empty for over a decade, despite                                        the council working with a number of commercial  applicants over that time. The                              council bid and were successful in purchasing the two adjacent plots formerly                                   owned by Notts Industries and Terramond, which totalled around 9.2 acres of land.

At the time leader of Mendip District Council, Cllr Harvey Siggs, commented;                              "Historically there have been a number of failed attempts at redevelopment with                                      no plans ever coming to fruition, but we believe that we are now in a good position                                  to enable the redevelopment of this key site in Mendip to happen."

Since announcing the purchase of the land, Mendip District Council have been                                   having conversations with Frome Town Council and other key stakeholders in                                   Frome; Chamber of Commerce, Civic Society, Ward Members, Somerset County                                Council Highways and key landowners. 

They have also sought expert advice from commercial advisors to bring forward a                              vision for the site.

The vision for Saxonvale is; 'A generational opportunity to deliver an exemplar                                  development on the banks of the River Frome. High quality design taking the                                    historic grain of Frome as its starting point, and delivering a vibrant, mixed use                      neighbourhood, with flexible commercial/ employment space, high quality public                              realm, and homes for all ages'.

- The overarching principle of the vision is to create a vibrant, high quality and                            sustainable development.

Following the confirmation of the agreement with Acorn, Cllr Siggs, said; "We have                                 met with a number of stakeholders in Frome including Frome Town Council and                                  have been listening to their views and that has helped to develop the vision. An                              emerging masterplan is also being produced by Acorn and their Architects Nash                                  Partnership. 

"We think that this will be a development that Frome will be proud of.  Acorn will                                    now work on the planning process and take the vision to the next stage."

For more information you can visit www.mendip.gov.uk/saxonvale or                    www.acornpropertygroup.org.

Bringing empty homes back into use

15 October 2018

It's National Empty Homes Week 2018 this week (15 - 21 October). It is a chance to raise awareness, celebrate progress and consider what more needs to be done to bring empty homes back into use to help meet housing needs.

In 2017, the number of long-term empty homes recorded by English local authorities                            was 205,293. Not only are empty properties typically unsightly as their condition                                  deteriorates over time, they also bring the value of neighbouring properties and                           reduce the availability of local housing. Mendip District Council is working with                            empty property owners to assist them to bring their properties                                                        back into use.

Often one of the barriers for bringing a property back in use is the financial                              contribution needed. Mendip District Council can provide advice and support to                                owners and have a grant and loan scheme available to assist with completing work                                   to help improve the property for rental, sale or for your own residence.

There are two ways the council can support financially, firstly the council works in                      partnership with not-for-profit lender Wessex Resolutions CIC to provide finance for                          home repairs. This enables an owner to then either rent their newly renovated                                    property to put it on the market or move back into it themselves. By bringing an                                empty property back into use, the local community benefits through the addition of                              new housing and a pleasant place to live.

A further option offered by Mendip District Council is a grant scheme once a                                  property has been empty for six months or more. Three levels of grant are available:

  •  Up to £3,000 to bring empty home back into use
  • Up to £5,000 to  bring an empty home back into use and rent it for minimum of 12 months
  • Up to £15,000 to bring an empty home back into use and rent it at local housing allowance rate to                                        tenants nominated by the council for five years

Cllr Nigel Woollcombe-Adams, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Growth and Housing                          Services, said; "Empty properties are a wasted resource, especially when demand for                      affordable good quality housing in Mendip remains high.

"We would encourage owners of empty properties in Mendip to contact the private                              sector housing team, who can offer advice and in some cases funding to assist                                property owners in making affordable homes available for local people."

For more information about the support that the council can offer for owners of                                      empty homes in Mendip, visit; www.mendip.gov.uk/emptyproperties or for                                information on the loans available call Wessex Resolutions direct on 01823 461099, email enquiries@wrcic.org.uk or visit www.wrcic.org.uk

 

Latest update on the bad weather and local services

 

2 March 2018

 

Here is the latest news on local services and contact details. Please do be aware of your neighbours and keep an eye on those who may be vulnerable or in need. Please feel free to contact me if you have any particular issues.

 

Tom

 

Mendip District Council Offices:
Due to the weather and difficult travel conditions the MDC office at Cannards Road, Shepton Mallet will be CLOSED from 10am today to staff and the public.
Staff are working remote, where possible, to ensure service delivery.

We are communicating with the public via the website, call centre and on Twitter @MendipCouncil

 

Somerset Waste Partnership:
No waste collections today, no recycling sites are open.
For up to the minute information visit: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/

 

Council Access Points (CAPs):

All CAPs are closed, we are updating accordingly on our website and Twitter. 

 

Car Parks & Town Centres:

People can leave their cars in council car parks, if needed, until 12 noon tomorrow (Saturday) – we won’t issue tickets.

We will then review road conditions.  Please keep safe. 
http://www.mendip.gov.uk/article/4852/Adverse-Weather

 

Fusion Lifestyle:
Update from Fusion on their Mendip leisure centres:
Wells – sauna, steam and gym open today until 1pm, rest of facility is closed.
Tor – closed until tomorrow morning.
Strode – closed until tomorrow morning.
Frome – gym open today 11.30-2.30pm rest of facility closed.
All centres aiming to reopen tomorrow morning, if safe to do so.
Please check www.fusion-lifestyle.com for further updates.

 

Mendip Markets: Cancelled 

After considering a number of factors related to the adverse weather conditions that have been forecast, the decision has been made by Mendip District Council to cancel the following Mendip Markets:

Shepton Mallet, Market Place: Friday 02 March 2018
Wells, Market Place: Saturday 03 March 2018
Frome, Cattle Market Car Park: Saturday 03 March 2018
The safety of those attending, working and traveling to the markets is our priority, we apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment that this may cause.

We are continuously monitoring the weather conditions, if the weather continues as forecast and any further Mendip Markets need to be cancelled we will provide an update on our website and via Twitter - https://twitter.com/MendipCouncil.  We will also be giving updates over the weekend via Twitter.

Traders will be contacted by the markets team at Mendip District Council.

 

Somerset County Council:
Updates on school closures, school transport, roads and social care can be found here: https://somersetnewsroom.com/2018/02/28/ready-for-the-big-freeze/

 

Travel Somerset: 
Latest road conditions information www.travelsomerset.co.uk or by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter.

 

Met Office Website: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

Yellow warning of ice for South West England - https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings#?region=sw

 

Western Power Distribution: Power Cuts
Message from: www.westernpower.co.uk
If you or someone you know is vulnerable and are without electricity please check the Western Power Distribution Website for details, emergency information 0800 6783 105 or call 105, for general enquiries 0800 096 3080.  Twitter: @wpduk

 

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Cold Weather Provision in Mendip 

 

 

26 February 2018

 

Due to the predicted weather, the Cold Weather Provision in Mendip is now ACTIVE. This provision will be reviewed daily

Snow in Collett Park

Cold Weather Provision in Mendip is now active.

Safe & warm accommodation is available

through Mendip for rough sleepers. This

accommodation will typically be provided

within church shelters or other temporary

shelters. To access this service, call 01749

677097 as early as possible.

 

Read my latest newsletter

 

25 February 2018

 

This edition provides lots of news on what is happening at Mendip and the implications for the Chewton Mendip & Ston Easton Ward.

Priddy Litter Picking

 

Sunday 4th March - Meet at 10am at the bus shelter

Emborough Parish Meeting to be held on 27th February

The next Emborough Parish Meeting will be held at the Mendip Auction Rooms, Rookery Farm, Binegar BA3 4UL on Tuesday 27th February starting at 7.30pm.

Landlords need to be aware of new regulations on energy efficiency

13 February 2018 

Mendip District Council is reminding landlords of the new legislation coming into effect from April 1, 2018 on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

Houses

 

EPCs summarise how energy efficient a building is and rate it from A to G with A being very efficient and G being inefficient. EPCs also act as a guide on how costly it will be to heat and light a building, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.


The changes to the EPC system were announced back in 2015 and will come into effect from April 1, 2018. They introduce a new minimum energy efficiency standard of an E for private rented homes. The changes mean that landlords will be unable to issue a new tenancy to new or existing tenants for a rented property with an EPC rating of F or G, although they will be able to rent the property for the remainder of the existing contract.

Frances Hale, Senior Environmental Health Officer at Mendip District Council, said: "We want to remind landlords of the changes to the EPC regulations so that they can ensure that they are compliant with the new legislation.

"It is also important to remember that you must have an EPC for potential tenants before you market your property for rent. The EPC needs to be produced by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor."

All domestic and commercial buildings in the UK available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). If you own a home, getting an energy performance survey done could help you identify ways to save money on your energy bills and improve the comfort of your home.

For more information on EPCs, the requirements and the exemptions, visit the EPC pages at Directgov

 

Plans to protect over £14million of public services are being considered

9 February 2018

Mendip District Council spent £14.73 million delivering public services during 2017/18 and with the number of increasing costs 2018/19, the council is having to consider its options to ensure funding is in place to protect and continue delivering those services.

MDC Offices high street entrance - NEW

 

The plans which will be discussed at two key council meetings over the next few weeks, look at increasing income by a mix of generating revenue through commercial ventures, by joining with other Somerset Authorities we can reduce the levies on business rates paid to Central Government and manage the district council increase in council tax.

 

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Leader of Mendip District Council, said; "It is always our priority to ensure we are delivering key public services for our residents in Mendip, however with the reduction in Government funding we receive we have some challenges we have to face up to and we need to be prepared for this.

 

"We are not alone in this situation, all councils have seen a reduction in Government funding and like us will be considering the Government's agreement to allow council's to increase their share of council tax.

 

Cllr Siggs, continued; "As a council working with our resident's right across the district, we are only too aware of the financial pressures that people are under and want to ensure that we are being open about the options that are being considered, as we understand the impact they will have on resident's household budgets.

 

The plans will mean, if agreed, that Mendip District Council's share of the council tax bill will increase by £5 that's an extra 10p a week, far less of an increase than most other bodies who contribute to the council tax charge are proposing, which we have to collect on their behalf."

 

Mendip District Council's Cabinet will meet on February 12 in the council chamber, Shepton Mallet from 6.30pm. A final decision on the council tax increase will be set at the Full Council meeting which takes place a week later, on February 19 from 6.30pm

Mendip Business Awards 2018 - open for entry

12 January 2018

Entries for the 2018 Mendip Business Awards are now open.

 The awards are held to recognise and celebrate

 

 

 

some of the 5,500 independent and vibrant

businesses based in Mendip

 

Cllr Tom Killen, Deputy Leader of Mendip District Council, said: "Now in the fourth

year, the Mendip Business Awards demonstrate the wealth of local talent in our

business community. We are proud to deliver the awards, giving organisations

across the district a chance to showcase excellence.

 

"It's great to see organisations of all sizes enter the awards, but in particular we are

always keen to hear from smaller businesses who often do not get the recognition

which they deserve."

 

This year's awards have a category for every type of business, including a new

category 'Apprentice of the Year', recognising the talented stars of tomorrow.

Entries in this category come from the employer, making it a great way to recognise

hard work and talent.

 

Businesses wishing to enter the awards can find more information at 

Mendip Business Awards categories open to Mendip businesses are:

 

  • Community Enterprise of the Year - Sponsored by Aster Group
  • Retail/ Hospitality Business of the Year - Sponsored by Kilver Court Designer Village
  • Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by Strode College
  • Customer Services Excellence - Sponsored by 3 Solutions Ltd
  • Taste of Mendip - Sponsored by Old Mill
  • Family Business of the Year - Sponsored by Melhuish & Saunders
  • International Business of the Year - Sponsored by Swan Hotel, Wells
  • New Business of the Year - Sponsored by Killens
  • Small Business of the Year - Sponsored by Burton Sweet
  • Business of the Year - Sponsored by NFU Mutual, Wells
  •  

The 2017 Business of the Year was won by Westcombe based Wild Beer Co - an

international brewery that prides itself on a deep seated passion for fermentation,

flavour and creativity. The business has also been recognized by the Bath Good Food

Awards and the BBC Food and Farming Awards. Wild Beer Co also achieved great

phenomenal success with their recent crowd-funding campaign of £1.79millionfor

a new, second brewery at the Bath and West Showground.

 

Key sponsors Mendip District Council, The Royal Bath & West Society and Capita,

with support from the Mid Somerset Series, the Frome Standard and local Chambers

of Commerce, were also keen to get behind the awards once again.

 

For more information about the awards and how to enter or to register your

interest in tickets, visit Mendip Business Awards email: bizawards@mendip.gov.uk

 or call 01749 341345. 

 

You can also follow @MendipBizAwards on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Standing up for the residents and businesses of Chewton Mendip, Emborough, Litton, Priddy and Ston Easton