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CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) - UPDATE

Watchet Town Council held an emergency meeting on Tuesday 24 March 2020 to finalise and agree the contingency plan, which includes:

The Council will be working in Business Continuity Mode from 25 March 2020 with the office closed and Staff working from home. This will enable Council operations to continue.

For queries please contact:

Sarah Reed, Town Clerk on townclerk@watchettowncouncil.org

Telephone: 07534 363237 (the landline number 01984 633344 will be diverted to the Clerk’s mobile so the public can still use this number if they don’t have access to a mobile phone)

Statement from Sarah Reed, Clerk to the Council 26th March 2020

"Watchet Town Council agreed to:

Cancel or postpone all non-essential meetings, public meetings (Annual Town Meeting) consultation and civic events and events on the Watchet Esplanade for the next 2 months.  Events after that date the situation will be monitored, and event organisers will be encouraged to follow government directives banning public gatherings.

Watchet Community Centre bookings are cancelled for the foreseeable future including Youth Club weekly sessions. The Centre has closed its doors in line with school closures across the country.

Watchet Library closed on Wednesday 18 March and library users are advised not to return library books, hold onto them until further advised and no fines will be incurred.

Watchet Market season will be postponed but will be reviewed regularly; this also includes the WCCT Watchet Street Fayres which were planned to start in April 2020.

To help control spread of the virus, children’s playgrounds, skate parks, and public toilets have been closed.

Agreed to earmark a Coronavirus reserve at an initial level of £10,000 subject to a 6-monthly review, to help with the community’s efforts to support those in need of assistance to prevent social isolation.

Watchet Town Council has a joint approach to safeguarding all its residents during this uncertain time and supports the Watchet Coronavirus Community Help Group, can be contacted on 01984 573073 or via the dedicated website www.watchet.link and Face book page https://www.facebook.com/coronaviruswatchet/

Watchet Connects' newsletter is currently composing a special edition to go to all houses in Watchet focused on COVID 19, with information on the above Community Help Group and useful lists on which shops are open and food delivery services. It will also include contact details for Watchet Town Council.

Watchet Town Council urges the public to adhere to Government Guidelines to keep the community safe

You may have seen that Cambridge University released new data on the South West’s ‘R’ rate (the number that advises us if the rate of infection is increasing or decreasing). The South West’s R rating now stands at 1 - previously it was 0.76.Although Somerset continues to have low overall numbers of positive coronavirus cases compared to other parts of the country and this new transmission rate figure is just one part of the picture, this increase is a reminder that the virus is still active in our local communities and has not gone away. Therefore, we’d appreciate your support in reminding your communities of the following key points:

• Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms such as a fever, dry continuous cough or loss of taste or smell

• Keep your distance if you go out (2m apart where possible)

• Limit contact with people from other households

• Avoid public transport if possible ( if you do need to use, wear a face covering, which is compulsory from the 15 June 2020)

• Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water

• Where you can, and if appropriate, wear a face covering

For confirmation of the current statistics go to publichealth@somerset.gov.uk 

WATCHET TOWN COUNCIL UPDATE - 22 JUNE 2020

 

WATCHET TOWN COUNCIL PLANS FOR RE-OPENING FACILITIES

Click here for 6 July 2020 update

 

UPDATE FROM QUANTOCK FOODBANK - 30/04/2020

The Quantock Foodbank’s will continue to provide a lifeline of emergency food to people unable to afford the essentials and our aim is to remain operating for as long as possible, and to return to operational status as soon as practicable after any outbreak of the virus amongst volunteers or their families. Measures have been taken to prevent the spread of infection, so please DO NOT visit the Foodbank in person as the Foodbank is a clean area for your protection and that of the volunteers who work there. We anticipate an increase in demand for  services and encourage continued public donations which can be made at our collection points such as the Watchet Swain Street Co-Op. If you are in need of Food Parcels, please contact Village Agents Tracey Bland 07958 415261; Izzy Silvester 07931 018045;Ellie Bishop 07985 748910; or the Foodbank 07483 815122. The generosity and support  of our community together with that of the agencies and those who arranged to bring  donations to, and collect parcels from us for delivery, is very much appreciated at such a challenging time

Quantock Foodbank NEED your help

What You Can Do to Help Your Local Foodbank in the Current Crisis

1. Please carry on shopping and popping one in the Foodbank trolley if you are able

2. Please use email to contact the Foodbank with requests for information or collection of Government boxes

3. Please do not use the Foodbank telephone number unless you are:

a. requesting a food parcel

b. referring someone for a food parcel

c. returning a call from the Foodbank

d. an agency working with the Foodbank

4. If you do not have access to email and must use the telephone, please call on a weekday afternoon only

Thank you for your understanding, we only have one Foodbank line and it is exceptionally busy.

 

SERVICES UPDATE FROM SOMERSET WATE PARTNERSHIP:

SOMERSET WASTE PARTNERSHIP UPDATE 29 JUNE 2020

SOMERSET WASTE PARNERSHIP UPDATE 19 JUNE 2020

Recycling https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/298257/SWP update 29Jun'20.jpgsites open from 11 May: Bridgwater, Chard, Dulverton, Frome, Highbridge, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Williton and Yeovil.

The other five sites are due to reopen from Tuesday 26 May. Check the main recycling sites web page to find your nearest site or location information.

All 11 will be open six days a week:

• 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

• 9am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays

• all closed Thursdays

Access is "one in, one out", a number plate system will be used:

• Odd numbers only Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays

• Even numbers only Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Other restrictions include:

• Maximum two people per household

• No people with COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been asked to shield

• No large vans (3.5 tonne or heavier)

• No trailers

• Gloves to be worn outside vehicles

Only these materials will be taken:

• Refuse usually put in your rubbish bin, and bulky items, such as furniture

• Garden waste

• Large electrical items, such as cookers, fridges, TVs etc

• Hazardous chemicals, such as those from garden sheds or garages

Not taken until further notice:

• Anything involving payment, such as charged-for hardcore, soil, tyres, gas bottles or vehicle parts (compost will not be available to buy)

• Commercial waste

• Asbestos or plasterboard

Please do not take, unless essential (as it will be landfilled):

• Anything usually recycled kerbside – food, cardboard, paper, cans, glass etc

• Wood, metals, small electrical items

• Plastic pots, tubs, trays, Tetra Paks and other beverage cartons

www.somersetwaste.gov.uk

 

Message from the Chair of Watchet Town Council

Chair of Watchet Town Council and Mayor of Watchet, Cllr John Irven sends the community a message: “We hope that in this time of great national challenge that Watchet residents will follow all Government directives on social distancing and self-isolation, including instructions to stay at home. I know that the fantastic community in Watchet will be trying its utmost to help everyone in the best ways that they are able, but most importantly supporting those who are most vulnerable by some of the methods advocated in this newsletter and offered through Watchet Town Council and other government agencies, Watchet Town Council sends its best wishes to the Watchet community and urges them to keep safe and healthy. Watchet Town Council asks everyone to adhere to the Prime Minister’s message of the 25 March 2020 to protect the Watchet community:

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)

Stay 2 metres away from other people

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have the symptoms

Watchet Town Council urges everyone to look out for friends, family, neighbours, the Community, but most of all yourself. It is important that you all stay safe so you can continue to help those in need at this uncertain time".

 

USEFUL LINKS FOR INFORMATION:

Somerset's new Coronavirus helpline launched.

The number 0300 790 6275 is now live and will make it easier for people to access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis.

It links together the District and County Council contact centres and will be operating seven days a week, 8am - 6pm. The County Councils usual phone numbers will continue running as normal alongside for non-Coronavirus related issues.

If you are unable to find the help you require within your own local networks and volunteers, the new number can be used for advice and support on the following:

* Personal Care and support including food and prescription delivery

* Support for the homeless

* Emotional support if you are feeling worried or anxious

* Transport to medical appointments

* Waste collection and disposal

* Financial support

The new number will not cover medical advice, for which people will need to continue to use the NHS 111 online service and only ring 111 if they cannot get help online.

Again the Somerset County Council Coronavirus helpline is -  0300 790 6275 or go online to - https://somersetnewsroom.com/2020/04/06/somerset-coronavirus-support-helpline-launched/?fbclid=IwAR0bgX_t1ZsGufmIJT4_HbFQGJnHu6CPqPWRRxC0d7ZKWzqFBglMrG3M8l0  


Public Health England: http://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know>

Watchet Coronavirus Community Help: http://www.facebook.com/coronavirus

Latest updates from Somerset County Council can be found online at www.somerset.gov.uk

Latest updates from Somerset West and Taunton Council can be found online at www.somersetand west.gov.uk

Please look out for regular updates on this page or on the Watchet Town Council facebook page

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO SUPPLIERS AND CUSTOMERS

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak Watchet Town Council has limited access to post delivered to our premises.

If you need to invoice us for goods or services you have recently provided, please can we request that you email these to us with immediate effect, in order that we can continue to pay you in a timely manner. Please email invoices to townclerk@watchettowncouncil.org

If you are already sending your invoices via email, please continue to use the email address you currently use.

If you need to contact us for matters not related to invoicing, please use the email links below:

Cemetery/Market/Community Centre: clericalofficer@watchettowncouncil.org

West Street Car Park: adminassistant@watchettowncouncil.org

All other enquiries: townclerk@watchettowncouncil.org or conatct us via our facebook page.

 

*NOTICES FROM SOMERSET WEST & TAUNTON COUNCIL*

CAR PARK CHARGES SUSPENDED

Somerset West & Taunton has suspended charges at all its Council owned car parks (please note this does not include those car parks owned by SCC).

The decision not to implement charges at this time was taken because we want our key workers, those in the NHS, and those in the emergency services, to be able to use them should they need to. Those that are following Government advice in regards to food and medication shopping, are also able to use them - but only if it is safe to do so. Please don't come in to the town centre, unless you need to for food or medication reasons.

Whilst we have put signs in some of our car parks, operationally we are not able to get to all of them, so can we please ask that you share this message electronically with your networks/local contacts.

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT FUND

Your business is eligible for a grant fund payment from this Council if, at the 11 March 2020, you were the ratepayer for a property(ies) in the Somerset West and Taunton area which was entitled to:

Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) - you will receive a grant payment of £10,000

Rural Rate Relief (RRR) – you will receive a grant payment of £10,000

The Expanded Retail Discounts, and which have a rateable value of less than £51,000 - you will receive the following levels of grant payment:

Businesses with a rateable value up to £15,000 will receive a grant payment of £10,000

Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant payment of £25,000

To apply click here

 

OTHER FUNDING

Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.

Click here to apply

SOMERSET WEST & TAUNTON UPDATE 21 JUNE 2020

 

NOTICE FROM EDF

Due to concerns around health & safety, and the obvious difficulties in ensuring that current Government guidelines are adhered to, the community bus service will be suspended as of the last service tomorrow (Friday 27th March).

This decision was taken by representatives of Stogursey Parish Council in consultation with EDF energy.

The service will be under regular review during the next weeks/months, and will be reinstated once we have come through the present national emergency.

 

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY SCAM AWARE!

The outbreak of Covis-19 has seen an increase in scams and doorstop traders. Click on the link below to help you stay safe and vigilant to current scams.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Scam Aware

 

WATCHET TOWN COUNCIL SAYS THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS HELPING THE WATCHET COMMUNITY DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

The UK Government has defined how all of us must currently stay at home, stipulating that you should only leave the house for very limited purposes such as shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person and travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

Watchet Town Council urge residents to adhere to these restrictions to keep everyone safe in the community, and even when doing these activities, please ensure that time spent outside of the home is limited, and ensure that you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household. As people at highest risk have been advised to self-isolate at home and not venture out for any reason, they particularly need help in accessing support. Watchet Town Council has supported the establishment of the Watchet Coronavirus Community Help Group in setting up a network of volunteers in Watchet. This is a collaboration between Village Agents, Mind in Somerset, Cotton Street, Onion Collective, Watchet Chamber of Trade and Watchet Coastal Communities Team. The group have established a telephone helpline on 01984 573073, website, https://www.watchet.link/ and Facebook contact page https://www.facebook.com/groups/227835288360542/ through which people can make contact and ask for help with shopping for essentials or information on other types of support available. The Government has asked for volunteers to help in such ways.

Due to the fact that not everyone in the community is on-line, Watchet Town Council has supported the Watchet Coastal Communities Team in producing a special edition of the ‘Watchet Connects’ Newsletter which is delivered by volunteers to all households in Watchet, aiming to give vital information on how to access support from the new help team, as well as from existing bodies such as the Village Agents, Quantock Foodbank, and other support agencies. The help group volunteers who are delivering essential food and medicines distributed the newsletter following appropriate EH&S and hygiene requirements, and it has already proven to be a lifeline in connecting many vulnerable people with the group.

Watchet Town Council can confirm that the groups plan, and procedures meet the requisite guidelines in fulfilling this essential function and has provided supporting authorisation to enable the volunteers to reach those in need in the Watchet community.

Watchet Town Council would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in providing this vital lifeline to those vulnerable people in Watchet, be it the Community Help Group, or those looking out for their neighbours or relatives.

The Town Council commends the efforts being made by some selfless and amazing volunteers, who are doing the very best they can in unprecedented territory and uncertain times ahead.

 

Watchet Town Council has met its duty of care towards its staff members during the COVID 19 pandemic

Please click on the link to the COVID 19 working procedures and risk assessment adopted by Watchet Town Council.

 

SCAM UPDATE FROM AVON & SOMERSET POLICE

Somerset: Scams & Fraud Video.

 

The link below discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly, is now available. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elderly citizens in our communities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUWkITYmcQg&feature=youtu.be

 

SOMERSET LIBRARY UPDATE

Somerset Libraries are planning the phased re-opening of library buildings with the aim to start welcoming people back as early as possible in July.

It won’t be business as usual straight away, however, and Somerset County Council’s library buildings will look and feel quite different, as some processes temporarily change.

Social distancing measures will be in place and a ‘personal shopper’ service will be available as customers will not initially be able to browse. Staff will be available to select items for customers based on popular titles, specific interests and favourite authors.

Other changes will mean:

• The reservations service will not be up and running straight away

• Staff will be unable to accept donations of books from customers until further notice

• All items will have a standard four-week loan period

• Library opening times will be slightly different (e.g. 10am-4pm)

• Hire charges for DVDs and Talking Books will be suspended

• The service is also keen to reassure people that there will be no overdue charges as a result of items borrowed just before buildings closed on the 19th March due to COVID-19

• Internet access will be available for those who need it most and people will be asked to pre-book a session in advance

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries said: “In line with Government guidelines, we are carefully planning the gradual re-opening of buildings to ensure that we minimise the risks for both staff and customers.

“Almost 8,000 people responded to a recent survey which indicates a very encouraging level of interest and support from Somerset residents and we look forward to welcoming everyone back soon. “We would still like to invite as many people as possible to download free books, audiobooks and even magazines, comics and newspapers.”

Full details of which libraries are planned to open and when that’s finalised will be available soon via the Somerset Libraries website (www.somersetlibraries.co.uk) and via their social media pages – search for Somerset Libraries UK on Facebook, @SomersetLib on Twitter and Somerset Libraries on Instagram. They can also be reached by email: librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk or contacted by telephone on 0300 123 2224.

The Somerset Mobile Library Service should also be back on the road later in the year.

The Library service has just started to reintroduce the Home Library Service, which works closely with the Royal Voluntary Service whose volunteers deliver books to people unable to leave their homes. For more information on how to access the Home Library Service, please email Kirsty Jenssen at Kirsty.Jenssen@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

Although Library buildings remain closed for now, there are thousands of free books, audiobook and even magazines available to download at www.somersetreads.co.uk. There you will find a simple step-by-step-guide to help get you started.

For anyone without a Library card, joining online has never been easier - and it's free! Just click on the link above and then click on 'Join here'.

If you have already borrowed DVD's, you don't need to return them until the Library buildings are able to re-open and of course, there will be no overdue charges to worry about.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

None to report

 

WATCHET COMMUNITY CENTRE - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Watchet Community Centre is available to hire for one-off events such as parties and meetings, and is also available for regular bookings

Watchet Community Centre Policy

Casual Hire Booking Form

Regular Hire Booking Form

If you would like to discuss hiring the Centre in more detail please call Jo on 01984 633344

 
 

WATCHET ESPLANADE BOOKING

Watchet Town Council manages bookings for the Esplanade on behalf of West Somerset District Council. If you would like to hire the Esplanade for a Community Event please find the relevant forms to be completed below. All booking requests require a full Risk Assessment to be completed.

Esplanade Booking Form

Risk Assessment form

Risk Assessment Definitions

Please return the completed forms to the Watchet Town Council Office. Your request will be put before the Tourism & Leisure Committee for approval.

 

GAZEBO HIRE

Watchet Town Council have 13 x Square Gazebos and 3 x Hexagonal Gazebos available for hire. The price of hire is as follows:

Square Gazebo hire - £7.50 each

Hexagonal Gazebo hire - £10.00 each

Refundable deposit of £50.00 per Gazebo

If you would like to Hire Watchet Town Council Gazebos, please complete the form below and return to the Watchet Town Council Office

Gazebo Hire Request Form

Gazebo Hire Policy

 

WATCHET FLOOD PLAN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Watchet Town Council has now released its flood plan - and its calling for volunteers to help make it watertight. The long awaited plan brings almost a year of work into fruition, and means the town is now well prepared to deal with any future flooding.

The full flood plan for Watchet has been formally adopted by the Council and contains details of actions to be taken in the event of flood or in response to severe warning, including how to help the wardens and emergency services best carry out their duties. Now we are looking for more volunteers so if interested please contact Watchet Town Council office on 01984 633344. Further training and advice is ongoing for the flood wardens and evacuation assistants, including a multi-agency training day.

Somerset County Council now has a new way for anyone to report flooding in or on their property, whether current or historic, by visiting swim.geowessex.com/somerset

 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The 2020 Annual Town Meeting due to take place at the Methodist Schoolroom on 21 April 2020 commencing at 7pm has been POSTPONED.  The Agenda will be available 7 days in advance of the revised meeting.

For the 2019 Annual Town Meeting agenda click here, and for the minutes of the 2018 Annual Town Meeting Click Here.
 

Watchet Town Council - Dog Exclusion (Watchet) Order 2013

NOTICE is hereby given that Watchet Town Council made an Order on the 11 March 2013 click here to see Notice

This Order came into effect on 1 April 2013 Click on the links below to see the Order and the Map.

Dog Exclusion (Watchet) Order 2013

Dog Exclusion (Watchet) Order 2013 Map

 

To see your Community events and notices posted on our website contact the Town Council offices: clericalofficer@watchettowncouncil.org

Community Notices can be posted in the Community Notice Boards around the town:

The Triangular Notice Board located on the Esplanade - There are 2 sides for community notices, the Market House Museum side for A4 Annual/Seasonal events calendars, and the Esplanade side for A5 Single Events

The Swain Street Notice Board located at the Swain Street entrance to the Car Park - For A5 Single Event notices

The Mineral Yard Notice Board located at the entrance to the Mineral Yard Car Park - For A5 Single Event notices

Watchet Town Council reserve the right to amend notices that do not fit this criteria