- Free Car Parking in run up to Christmas
SWT is offering free parking for Christmas shoppers after 3pm in its Taunton car parks (excluding Kilkenny), and all-day parking at its car parks in Wellington and West Somerset on the Saturdays of 10, 17 and 24 December.
2. Upcoming Fixy events in SWT
Recycling is good – and Somerset’s 56.2% recycle rate is great – but repair-reuse is even better so Fixy is supporting the county’s network of repair cafés and groups, with a focus on breathing new life into electricals and electronics.Working electricals and electronics should always be passed on to others or donated to charity if they are no longer needed.
- Saturday 3 December 10:00am – 12:00pm – Porlock Vale Repair Café, Porlock Village Hall, Toll Road, Porlock TA24 8QD. Fixy will support the Repair Café, collect smart tech and signpost future events.
3. Reporting a problem on the road
Alerting SCC to potholes or a host of other problems on the road is now easier and quicker – and you can track its progress after you’ve reported it. Gone is the need to make phone calls or send emails – thanks to a new upgraded online system with an improved interactive map, members of the public can report a problem 24/7 and the Highways team will get on the case. From potholes, blocked drains and broken manhole covers, to overgrown vegetation, damaged pavements or cycle paths, faulty traffic lights or missing markings – they can all be reported in just minutes from a smartphone, tablet or computer. The full range and how to report is available here www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/report-a-problem-on-the-road/.
The new development means that if you’re reporting a fault, you can now track its progress. If it’s safe to pull over, all you need to do is take a quick picture of the fault, then visit the Report It site on your phone, answer a few simple questions and upload your picture. You’ll be sent a link which enables you to track its progress.
4. Make sure you get your winter vaccinations
With winter upon us, Somerset residents are being reminded to protect their health and the health of people around them by getting their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. Covid and flu vaccinations are safe and effective ways to prevent serious illness.
If you’re 50 and over, a frontline health or social care worker, pregnant, have a long-term health condition, or are a paid or unpaid carer, you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, and you can likely get the COVID-19 seasonal booster. Children aged 2-15 years old are also eligible for free flu vaccination, which is delivered through either their GP for pre-school and school for school age children – parents need to sign a consent form.
Vaccinations – COVID-19
If you are eligible, you can book your seasonal COVID-19 vaccine using the online booking service by calling 119 or finding a local vaccination walk-in site. If you have not yet had your earlier doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s not too late to come forward and you can get these at any time.
Getting both vaccines is important because more people are likely to get the flu this winter, and you’re more likely to be seriously ill if you get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
A number of clinics across Somerset are also open for walk-ins. More details can be found at COVID-19 and Flu vaccinations in Somerset – NHS Somerset.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have widened the offer of the free flu vaccine to more eligible groups. These additional groups will only be eligible once the most vulnerable, including previously announced pre-school and primary school children, those aged 65 years and over and those in clinical risk groups, have been offered the jab.
If you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine, you can book an appointment at your GP surgery or a pharmacy that offers it on the NHS. You may also get an invitation to get the vaccine, but you do not have to wait for this before booking an appointment. Everyone who is eligible for the free flu vaccine will be able to get it. If you have an appointment for a Covid-19 booster vaccine at a GP surgery or pharmacy, you may also be offered a flu vaccine at the same time.
Do not delay booking your flu vaccine appointment so that you can get both vaccines together. Only some people will be offered both vaccines at the same time.5. Reminder – Small business grants to save energy
Carbon cutting grants worth up to £2,500 are now available to businesses with up to nine employees to help fund energy reduction and net-zero transition projects. Businesses will need to undertake eligible projects to claim back what they have spent, capped at £2,500. As the scheme is being made available through the Hinkley Point C developer contributions for business support funding, applications from businesses within the West Somerset locality of Somerset West and Taunton will be prioritised.
Deadline for applications is Thursday 8 December. Please click here to read the full press release