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Benefice Newsletter 24th March 2023

  1. Temporary Road Closure: ttro854585WS – Doverhay and Dunster Steep New Steep, Porlock  

Please follow the link to view the above road closure; https://one.network/?tm=133443761 and the link for the Notice 2:https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm/1111/03-notice-2_133443761_3553098_b1781b03b2.pdf           
The order becomes effective on N2 date and will remain in force for eighteen months.

The works are expected to commence on 18th April 2023 and last for 2 evenings (18:00 – 22:00) to enable Wessex Water to carry out sewer repairs and renovation works. Evening closure 18:00 -22:00 to locate and raise chambers. HGVs to be stacked on Dunster Junction A39..

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4 600, quoting reference: ttro854585WS 

2. Taunton Town Council election: Apply now to vote by post

Residents in the Taunton area who will not be able to vote in person in the election for the new Taunton Town Council on 4 May should apply now for a postal vote.

If you know that you will not be able to get to the polling station on polling day, you can vote by post. You can apply for a postal vote because you’re away on holiday or because your work schedule means you can’t get to polling station. You can also choose to vote by post simply because it would be more convenient for you.

You can download an application form via the Electoral Commission’s Apply to vote by post webpage – the deadline for applications is 5pm on 18 April.

3. UK Government – New Emergency Alerts system

A new Emergency Alerts system to safeguard and protect lives across the UK has been launched this week. It will transform the UK’s warning and informing capability, providing a means to get urgent messages quickly to nearly 90% of mobile phones users in a defined area when there is risk to life, providing clear instructions on how best to respond.

On Sunday 23 April 2023, there will be a national test of the UK Emergency Alerts service. The government does not need to know your phone number of location to send you an alert.

Please click here to read the full press release.

4. New Somerset Council – Accessing council services

In person

On 1 April Somerset Council will be delivering two face-to-face models across Somerset. These are called Customer Service Points and Customer Access Points. Please click here to find out more information on the website.


All the existing council websites, along with the Waste Partnership and Travel Somerset websites will be removed when Somerset Council is launched. They will be replaced by a single new website based on the new Somerset Council brand. The new website will have the same address as the old county council site www.somerset.gov.uk.

Please click here to find out more information about the digital switch over.

5. Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) – Get That Spring Back in your step with Get Outside in Somerset

On the 20 March, the UK officially welcomed Spring! As we welcome the spring you may find yourself wanting to find new ways to Get Outside in Somerset. The days are getting longer, warmer and plants begin to bloom with local wildlife making more of an appearance too. For many of us, the change in weather and season can bring us may positive feelings, but you may also be looking for a good place to start.

Please click here to check out how to get the Spring Back in Your Step.


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