A big welcome to a new Parish Clerk. Jen Gregory has taken over the position from Jenny Howell who left at the end of August. Jen’s contact details can be found on the contact us pages or you can meet our new Clerk if you come along to the September meeting on the 15th.
Hemington, Hardington and Foxcote Parish Council are recruiting a new Clerk! It is a lovely Parish Council to work for and a great little role – if you have around 20 hours a month available and an interest or experience in local government and you are willing to work towards becoming a qualified Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer please send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 21st July 2021.
Job vacancy advert and job description available above.
For more information, please the Clerk (Jenny): email@example.com
Hemington, Hardington & Foxcote Parish Council have embarked on a project to replace the play equipment on the Playing Field in Faulkland.
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the Play Area was closed last year and the Parish Council have now taken the decision that the wooden tower climbing frame with rope bridge and rope wall will need to be replaced.
Tape has been applied to the bridge and one tower due to a missing wooden slat on the rope bridge linking the two towers and the rope bridge and second tower will be removed shortly.
In the meantime, Cllrs have risk assessed and deemed the slide tower safe to use together with the tractor and swings.
In terms of timescales for the project, the Parish Council have so far received one quote, with a further quote in hand and 3 more requested. The Parish Council will need to apply for an secure grant funding to ensure that this project can go ahead.
The Parish Council apologise for any inconvenience whilst some of the play equipment is not in use and thank you for your understanding. Cllrs will continue to patrol and monitor and re-apply the tape/signage if it is removed again and efforts will be made to promptly remove the bridge and tower structure in the first instance of this project.
The UK Government has just launched a new national bus strategy for England entitled Bus Back Better. The Government’s believes ‘buses are the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve transport”. This national Bus Strategy is backed by £3 billion of new funding and forms a key plank in the Government’s twin agenda of “Levelling Up” and “ensuring the economy meets Net Zero carbon emissions”
Said Tony Reese, Co-Chair of Somerset Bus Partnership, “This new national bus strategy and its extra funding gives us in Somerset the chance to deliver major improvements in the County’s bus services. Somerset now needs to seize this unique opportunity.”
The newly formed Somerset Bus Partnership is supported both by councillors and by bus user groups across Somerset and it will seek to work with local town and parish councils and with Somerset County Council to input into a Bus Enhancement Partnership for Somerset that incorporates both what current bus users need and take steps to facilitate more Somerset residents to switch from using private cars to travel by bus.
At 10 journeys per resident, Somerset currently has the fourth lowest bus passenger journeys per population in England. It is the lowest in the South West. Bus passenger journeys in Somerset have decreased by more than some 40% over the past decade.
Said Peter Travis, Co-Chair of Somerset Buys Partnership, “The new Bus Strategy provides the funding to reverse this decline in passenger numbers in Somerset and see Somerset playing its part in the Government’s levelling up and green agendas by launching a Bus Enhancement Initiative for Somerset. Somerset needs to commit to this initiative by June 2021.”
We will be following up by trying to raise awareness of the existence of this new strategy, and soliciting involvement of everyone in Somerset who is keen to see improvements, so that we can BUS BACK BETTER
The National Bus Strategy is online at
For further information:
Contact the regional co-chairs of Somerset Bus Partnership:
Peter Travis (Mendip)
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