This is the webpage for the Parish maintained by Paul Chadwick
(17/06/2020) Lamyatt Parish Update June 2020
Usually at this time of the year we would hold an Annual Parish Meeting to provide an update to local residents on a wide range of matters that might affect or be of interest to the Parish. Given the current lockdown rules concerning public gatherings we hope to convene a meeting as and when possible. In the meantime, this update covers:
Footpaths and Bridleways
Welch Almshouse Annual Report
Bullbeggar Cider update
Parish Financial update
To date, Somerset has been relatively fortunate in respect of the direct impact of Covid-19 and positive tests/fatalities etc though of course the wider impact to those individuals shielding, and those whose financial livelihoods/education are impacted, continues in some shape or form. Our thanks to all key workers and volunteers. Whilst we remain in lockdown with various rules to follow around physical distancing etc please continue to follow the advice as carried in national news bulletins and on other media. The following websites carry regular updates and may be useful:
Mendip District Council– note the District Council has a Residents Survey underway: please complete this if possible.
I’m sure many of us have appreciated the efforts of neighbours and friends to help during these times. If there is anyone who needs help or assistance and is not eligible for, or not using, the NHS Volunteer system then there is an informal list of village volunteers who can help with shopping, obtaining a prescription etc. Please contact Caryl Joyce if you need the list of contacts.
At a local level the shopkeepers in Bruton, Castle Cary and Evercreech have all been of help and it’s to be hoped that we continue to support them with our purchasing power after the Pandemic eases.
SCC Highways have continued to be active over the past few months and I’m sure that a number of us have seen the resurfacing and patching to roads that have taken place. They completed the patching on Portway Hill, and the cutting of drainage channels, or ‘grips’ as they call them, on the slope coming down to Crossing Cottage some time ago. The gullies/drains in the village are on a schedule to be cleared in September (2020) and the completely blocked drain adjacent to the village hall has been reported a number of times, but is not currently felt to be a major hazard by SCC. We will need to monitor that, and indeed any residents living close to a drain in a similar state should also monitor those. If flash flooding occurs, as can happen at the height of summer, and any drain is inundated please take a photograph and report to SCC Highways as soon as possible.
Please continue to notify SCC Highways direct of any potholes or other highway defects so that they can then take action. Use this link here
Village Flooding possibility
At last year’s Annual Parish Meeting, concerns were raised about the possibility of flooding due to run-off from the hillside. As a consequence of that, an onsite meeting was held with the involvement of our local Ward Member for the District, Michael Gay, along with Flood engineers from County Hall. A CCTV scan of the village conduits and underground water channels was then completed some time ago but we are still awaiting the final report and any conclusions of the Engineers about the state of the channels. We also understand that the County Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and Natural England will have provided some advice to local farmers about agricultural practices so as to reduce the potential for run-off.
Footpaths & Bridleways
We have seen a lot more use made of the Rights of Way over the past 3 months during lockdown. Thanks to the team of village volunteers who continue to help keep a particular stile or gateway clear of nettles, or strim a path. Pete Candy has been particularly active keeping the Bridleway up Portway Hill clear and also the official route at the top of Creech Hill that comes down the hollow by the Lime Kiln. Volunteers looking after a particular part of the network this year include Simon Lang, Anna & Michael, Nick Smallwood, Keith Pascoe, and myself. If you want to volunteer to help look after a particular gateway/path please let me know.
A.o.B. Spring cleaning – Many thanks to the villagers who helped out at the village hall cleaning day (before lock down) and also to Ali Stone (& others?) for their recent tidy up of the sentry box bus shelter.
Parish Financial Update
The Parish does not currently raise a precept and in the past year has had one purchase (for road salt in 2018/19 winter; no salt purchase this last winter) and income only from donations. Our thanks to the Shakespeare committee and those residents giving up their electricity ‘outage’ payments.
In the Financial year to 31st March 2020
Opening balance £26.01
Shakespeare in Lamyatt contribution £250
Contributions from Electricity payments) £160
Salt purchase – winter of 2018/19 £23.70 Total £23.70
Closing balance at 31st March 2020 £412.31
Draft Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting 2019 to be agreed at the next Parish Meeting – DRAFT Annual Parish Minutes 16th May 2019
Please contact me if you have any queries about finances, last year’s Minutes, or indeed about any of the other news items.
Paul Chadwick (Parish Meeting Chairman)
07761 967075 & 01749 812420
Parish Planning Group submission regarding Wyke Farms planning application as submitted 29th April 2020: Lamyatt Parish Meeting response to the consultation
(24/04/2020) This Parish update includes:
Local Coronavirus update
Wyke Farms clarification of points raised by the Lamyatt Parish planning group regarding their development
Footpaths & Bridleways
Update on Bullbeggar in self-isolation
Local Coronavirus update
Lamyatt Parish volunteers – please contact any of the volunteers who can assist with any shopping/collection of prescriptions etc. The list of volunteers was sent round by village e-mail on 20th March 2020 and can be re-sent to any that have mislaid it – please contact Caryl
Local Bruton shops – please support the local shops if you can.
Church Bridge Stores (CBS)- will deliver weekly. Please contact Mary-Clare so that your name & relevant details are on the CBS list.
Bill the Butcher/Spar Shop – will also do a delivery. Contact details are 01749 812388.
Bruton Convenience Store – has some lovely frozen homemade curries available
Fresh fish delivery – as previously circulated by Mary Clare – hartsnaturalseafoods.com
Newspaper Delivery – Anyone who is in self-isolation or being shielded and needs their daily newspaper delivered please contact Paul on 01749 812420
Grace Fay’s deliveries – we hear that the Easter Egg deliveries went well and if there are further deliveries of free vegetables then an email will be circulated
Important websites for regular updates (these often have daily updates, although of course important national updates are carried by all national media, including the BBC)
Wyke Farms clarification on points raised by the Lamyatt Parish planning group:
The Parish Planning group asked Wyke to clarify various points regarding their planning application (see previous updates). In nrmal circumstances we would no doubt have had a Parish Meeting with Wyke Farms. The planning group also involved David Colman given his knowledge of trees and screening etc and David was able to visit the site at the invitation of Wyke Farms. This is the full response from Jason at Wyke Farms:
“We are looking to build several buildings for the maturing of cheese at Lambrook piggery, these will be used for the maturing of cheese at between 12 – 14 degrees, the cheese needs to be matured for up to 2 years and we have run out of space in our existing stores at Wincanton even with the new one we are currently building there. We have used up all the space we can at our Wincanton operation and have rented everything available.
This means our cheese leaves the site here at Bruton passes the piggery site and makes its way to storage in Frome which is all we can find available nearby to store at what is an unusual temperature for “cold” storage. So therefore is makes sense to us to use the land we have available that isn’t green field to put some more storage on that will stop these trips up and down to Frome. The alternative for this site is continued use as a pig farm as we have had offers for the site from pig farmers looking to expand. The family and team at Wyke would prefer to keep the site under our control and transform the use into our current need for storage for mature cheddar for our growing export business.
The reason we want to build multiple stores instead of 1 large store: – You will note a large space around each store, this is so in the event of a fire, cheese burns very well once is has gained enough heat. Each store could contains about 2000T of cheese which is about what the business could lose and still survive obviously would be a massive loss we would be insured against but we are thinking more in the continuation of business. This also divides the valuable stock up into ‘insurable lumps’. Keeping them like this is something we have also done at our stores in Wincanton. We have looked to other options such as sprinklers but the cheese is very tightly packed in and the effectiveness of sprinklers is inconclusive and also the size of water tanks etc.”
The Parish planning group were looking for more clarity on:
(A) Hours of operation – please can you confirm the standard hours 8.00-6.00 M-F and 8.00-1.00 Sat? “There is no issue with this – the site will be manned by 2 people as per our Wincanton stores.”
(B) Lighting – in addition to the lighting plan please expand on its usage. “The lights will be set on a timer and sensor and only need to be on some part of the winter when the days are really short and will go off once everyone has left site. We have no intention of needlessly leaving lights on costing money. The site will contain valuable cheese stock, so much of the lighting is on sensors for security and cameras.”
(C) Noise – please describe the location and size of the refrigeration units on site and any sound proofing. “Refrigeration units are small and extremely quiet low energy units, we will put in acoustic units at the back of the buildings. The units are so well insulated as per our store at Bruton that they barely run – in fact these stores run at cheese maturing temperature which is 12 to 14C, pretty close to ambient as the cheese used to be matured in cold barns on the farm. The units have 150mm Rockwall insulation inside, you won’t hear anything from the internal evaporators.”
(D) No of vehicle movements – please confirm the anticipated number of lorry pick-ups per day and explain the other aspects (parking spaces etc) to satisfy national/County Highway standards including the normal staffing level anticipated on site. “At an absolute maximum 80 vehicle trips per day, this is probably far in excess of actual, from time to time we would need to conduct maintenance and have the occasional visit to site, however I don’t see this being any increase to what you would normally see as the lorries and cars would pass to go to other storage in Frome. In terms of parking spaces we were led by highways in the provision of these, however we only plan for 2 full time staff on site I have put the official note below, but the provision is due to size of site not actual use.”
“The transport statement says the following at section 6.3 regarding vehicle trip generation:
|6.3.1.||Wyke Farms have stated that they would not expect the proposed development to result in any increase in vehicle trips when compared to the existing use. In fact, it is likely that, owing to the difference in use, the proposals would attract less trips that the existing use.
|6.3.2.||For robustness, Wyke Farms has confirmed that the proposed development is likely to attract 80 two-way trips to and from the site over the course of a typical day, with HGV and car trips accounting for 50% each of the total trips.
|6.3.3.||Once operational, Wyke Farms plan to base two full time employees at the site and that they would envisage a maximum of 10 visitors per day.
The transport statement says the following at section 5.6 regarding parking:
|5.6.1.||The development proposal includes the provision of one lorry parking space. This provision is deemed appropriate by Wyke Farms, and reflects the nature of the proposals (which are intended as storage facilities, and not distribution).|
|5.6.2.||The development proposal includes the provision of 20 car parking spaces, with one of these proposed to be a disabled parking space. Of the 20 car parking spaces, six are proposed to be provided with electric charging facilities, in line with SCC standards.|
|5.6.3.||It is envisaged that one of the car parking spaces could be used by motorcycles, as and when required.|
|5.6.4.||Based on the total proposed floor area of 9,250sqm, the ‘optimum’ car parking provision for a B8 storage use (1 space per 200sqm), according to the SCC Parking Strategy standards, would be 46 spaces. However, the proposed use would provide longer-term storage, rather than conventional storage and distribution. As a result of this and taking into consideration the projected number of staff and visitors to the site, it is considered that the proposed provision of 20 spaces will be sufficient for the proposed development. It should also be noted that the SCC Parking Strategy refers to the car parking standards as ‘optimum’ rather than minimum or maximum standards, which suggests that parking provision should be design-led.|
|5.6.5.||The development proposal includes the provision of 16 secure, covered and well-lit cycle parking spaces, in line with the SCC Parking Strategy standards.|
(E) Additional screening – as discussed with David Colman, the additional tree planting as suggested would make a big difference. David & I also wondered whether you might approach Richard Calver to see whether a corner of his field (closest to the road) on the North side of the site (adjacent to the Cottages) could be planted up – that would certainly reduce any visual impact for Lamyatt residents. “I probably need a site visit to go through with our landscape advisor Ian Clarke on the points raised in our discussions. Alex Coward our architect has contacted him but obviously needs more detail, but see no issue with the points raised by David and would look to adopt his advice so that he can formalise and I am happy to work together to ensure the screening is adequate and even continue to work with you once the buildings are built to ensure what we have thought works on paper actually does, in terms of the purchase of land that is not in our ownership I think the is probably something I will not be able to do however we will do everything we can on our own land to remedy and shortfalls in screening. I will let you know when I can have the site meeting and yourself and David are more than welcome to attend.”
“I would like to add as a company to most of us this area is not just our workplace but our home, we live and feel passionately about the area the landscape and the people a lot of who are our friends, colleagues and hopefully customers. It’s also important to our business in terms of trade supplying over 160 countries worldwide, bringing them to such a lovely part of the UK and seeing the UK is not just London it is amazing to see their faces when they see the beauty of our county and encourages them to buy other products from Somerset and believe in the history and excellence of our wonderful cheese.
We don’t have a massive amount of commuters from afar to our site and have had the same families working on site for years who all live in the local area, we use local firms as much as possible in all the building work and maintenance again who have worked with us for years.
I really thank you for your help and time in this application – it will give us the ability to massively cut down on road miles and the pride local cheese made by local people is being matured in the area that will be eaten around the world. Hopefully if we can gain site approval, when the site is opened, we can have an open day to show the local people what we do and grade some lovely cheese there!”
Our local District Councillor, Michael Gay, has also updated us on the procedure under which the planning application is being determined by the District Council. Michael’s update is here. From District Councillor Michael Gay
There is still time for anyone who wishes to express a view in support or against the planning application by following the links on the Planning portal here.
The Parish planning group will be supporting the application subject to conditions being attached related to the five points discussed above with Wyke Farms. Please contact Paul if you want any further clarification of the application. Many thanks to those who have been in touch about this application.
Footpaths & Bridleways
Hopefully those who are able to go walking or riding during this current lockdown period have been re-discovering some of the footpaths and bridleways? On the whole we are very fortunate to have such a good network of routes with most stiles/gates in good order. The footpath and bridleway map for the Parish can be seen here
This is a good time to walk the paths before the nettles take over certain stiles, gates and routes. There are a number of volunteers who look after certain stiles/gates by strimming or cutting back nettles and brambles – if you’d like to help please let Paul know.
The track over Creech Hill has recently been improved by Merv for his farming activities. The Bridleway/footpath actually goes up through the old quarry area, past the quarry shelter rather than on the main track at the top of the hill. New Bridle gates have now been installed at certain points.
If you find a path blocked, or a damaged sign/stile/gate please report it direct to the County Council using their online system. During coronavirus lockdown there is unlikely to be a speedy resolution to anything that needs sorting out. Reporting link here.
Bullbeggar in social isolation
It may be some time since we have seen Bullbeggar up on the hill but we understand that despite the current lockdown he is in good spirits and has regular supplies of his favourite Cider to keep him going. He is looking forward to when all this worry about the virus is over and he can once again lead us on a village walk to the top of the hill for a drink or two….
01749 812420 or 07761 967075
When it’s all over we can go for a group walk together!
(09/04/2020) Coronavirus – Covid 19
Volunteers to help during Coronavirus ‘lock down’
The new NHS recruited army of volunteers started to be brought into action on Monday (06/04/2020) this week. Those who have received a letter advising that they should shield themselves against the virus (currently 1.5million nationally) will be the target recipients of this NHS managed aid. In Somerset we’re advised that just under 10,000 people will have received that letter and just under 1,000, so far, of these have registered to declare that they do not have access to essential supplies and will have received a food box from the Govt this week.
There will be others in Lamyatt Parish, however, who will also need help from time to time if they are self-isolating, worried, ill, or haven’t yet received a letter from Government identifying them as needing to be shielded, but might anticipate a letter if there is a second wave of letters sent out. The help could take the form of shopping; collecting prescriptions; etc. The list of Lamyatt volunteers was circulated by village email on 20th March – please feel free to contact any of them if they can help. (If you’ve mislaid the list please contact Caryl and she will re-send it)
Specific offers of local help:
Church Bridge Stores (CBS)- will deliver weekly. They will phone you to ask for your order and confirm delivery arrangements. Please contact Mary-Clare so that your name & relevant details are on the CBS list.
Bill the Butcher/Spar Shop – will also do a delivery. Contact details are 01749 812388.
Daily Newspaper delivery– 1 or 2 folk in the village were sorry to see that the daily delivery of newspapers from a local newsagent had recently ended. If there is anyone who would like Paul to deliver their daily newspaper at this time then please let him know. (01749 812420)
Spare vegetables: Grace Fay has also very kindly been bringing spare vegetables back from Morrisons on a regular basis and these are left in the old bus-shelter and an email will go around alerting folk to their availability
Refuse & Recycling – as per usual we expect the usual refuse collection to be a day late this week as it is a Bank Holiday on Good Friday. That means we should expect collection this week on Saturday (due Saturday 11th April) and that the early and late May Bank Holidays will also see a day later collection. Note however that we might expect, if some collection staff are self-isolating, that there may be some disruption to collections now and in the future, and if a recycling week is missed it may not be until the following week that a collection can be made. See information, and report any missed collection here:
or use the Mendip Council number 0300 3038588
Dumping of rubbish – as Dimmer Tip is currently closed we may come across illegal dumping of rubbish – please report it so that it can be dealt with when resources allow. The tipping at the top of the Bridleway near Mary-Clare has already been notified, but its always better if more than 1 person notifies of any other situation rather than expecting that someone else has already done that (when they haven’t!).Report to: Mendip District Council using 0300 3038588 or the template at:
Lamyatt Footpaths – a great time to try a different one!
The good news, for those of us who can get out of the house, is that this time of the year is excellent for walking the very many footpaths that link our village to Bruton, Castle Cary or Evercreech (for essential shopping or exercise, following Govt rules). The footpath and bridleway map for the Parish can be seen here
Something to look forward to? – when the Lock down is all over, it’s hoped that we can again hold a village walk, perhaps across to the Natterjack for a drink or meal together.
Useful websites at this time:
National websites with generic advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19)
For the local situation with regards to services these local Council and related websites may be of use:
(Mendip District Council also now has a Facebook page)
Update on planning application – Deadline for comments extended to 30th April
Ref: application submitted on behalf of Wyke Farms for the demolition of the existing pig fattening units and the erection of 8 storage units Ref 2020/0581/FUL on the Mendip Council Planning portal (see previous postings on this – we encourage comments back to the Parish Planning Group – if you don’t contact us we can’t take account of your views)
Following on problems with people being unable to view the planning documents on the Mendip Council portal this past weekend, (4th/5th April) Mendip District Council have formally advised us, via the District Councillor Michael Gay, that the new deadline for people to comment on the application has been put back until 30th April 2020.
Mendip Council advise:
“…our web system went down over the weekend but this was an isolated incident and all information was available for consideration up until Friday and is once again available this morning.
At the present time we are unable to erect site notices so we will be unable to make a decision until one has been erected. We will then officially re-open the consultation process for 21 days from the date of the erection of the notice. In light of this the Case Officer for this application will be pleased to extend the deadline for comments to 30 April 2020 when the website will close for comments. After that we will continue to accept them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org up until the site notice is erected, and has expired.
During this pandemic situation the Planning Scheme of Delegation will continue to be operated as usual. Full details of this can be found on our website: https://www.mendip.gov.uk/article/6995/How-We-Deal-With-Planning-Applications I can confirm however that were Cllr Gay to request that the application be referred to Planning Board then a further referral to the Chair and Vice Chair of Planning Board would be made for them to make the final decision.”
As you can see from this statement, given the current situation with the Officers being unable to post the site notices the deadline of 30th April may change to a later date.
The Parish Planning Group would therefore welcome any further comments, for or against the proposal up until the 28th April prior to them formulating a response that takes account of the various views.
In addition, we will be taking the opportunity to clarify with Wyke Farms, on behalf of the Parish anything that is unclear in the application. If you’ve not already done so, then please ensure the Lamyatt Planning Group are aware of your concerns by 14th April by contacting Paul by email, or phone him if you don’t have access to e-mail. We will then be able to ask Wyke Farms a set of questions all at one go rather than in dribs and drabs and post up responses on the website. If the restrictions on public gatherings are lifted then we will be able to hold a village meeting to discuss this application with Wyke Farms but at this stage we’re expected to make a written response without having that facility..
Likewise, If you are uncertain about any aspects of the development and want some help interpreting or understanding the application the Parish Planning Group will do their best to assist you.
You are encouraged to register any comments you have, for or against the application, on the Mendip Planning Portal, or using email@example.com and can also contact your District Councillor, Michael Gay, with your views so that he is fully aware of any concerns you have. Michael is available via cllr.Gay@Mendip.gov.uk
Lamyatt Parish Planning Group
Paul Chadwick 01749 812420 & 07761 967075 firstname.lastname@example.org
7th April 2020
(02/04/2020) Planning Consultation – following on from the email sent by the Parish last Thursday 26th March (see below)
Lamyatt Parish comments on planning application
Demolition of existing pig-fattening unit and erection of 8 storage units
The planning group for Lamyatt Parish have
(1) reviewed the planning application;
(2) reviewed similar developments elsewhere; and
(3) consulted within the Parish, widely via email & website, and directly with the closest neighbours.
We would support the development subject to a range of conditions including:
(A) Hours of operation – that the site only be used between the hours of 8am to 6pm for deliveries and collections so as to minimise impact on the neighbouring properties.
(B) Landscaping – that the landscaping to the northern edge of the site be improved to ensure that the development is screened from the nearest properties to the site – this might be achieved by additional planting on a raised bund
(C) Lighting – that any lighting on site be kept to a minimum for security, and for operation in the winter months when natural light levels are low. The Lighting Design Proposal using downward lighting at suggested levels seems adequate for this purpose.
(D) Noise – that any plant and equipment on site shall be operated in a way that minimises noise, and if need be further measures be applied to ensure that baffles or bunds are used particularly to the northern edge of the development.
(E) Number of vehicle movements – the number of HGV movements o and off site during the hours of operation should be capped at the level as estimated in the Transport Statement as 20 HGV trips to and from the site per day, resulting in 40 two way trips.
Please contact Paul if you any any questions about the proposed submission on behalf of the Parish Planning Group. Many thanks to those who have been in touch.
Paul Chadwick (Parish Meeting Chairman)
(25/03/2020) Coronavirus and Lamyatt
The situation with the virus and its impact is changing day by day. The main news channels and Government & NHS websites will give you the very latest on a national scale. (see below for links)
LOCAL VOLUNTEERS: In Lamyatt there are a number of volunteers who have offered to help anyone who is self-isolating. They can collect shopping; collect a prescription; or in other ways, such as walking the dog. The contact list was circulated by village e-mail on Friday 20th March. (The Government has also launched a recruitment drive for volunteers to help the NHS and those volunteers will have specific formal roles.)
SHOPPING DELIVERIES: A few people have enquired about arranging a regular shopping delivery to the village by a local store (as opposed to one of the large supermarkets). Church Bridge Store in Bruton is one local shop that is looking to help with that. Those with underlying health problems or aged over 70, in particular, may like this service.
For the local situation with regards to services these local Council and related websites may be of use:
Please check those websites for the latest on any particular service as many are operating at a different level than before as resources are committed to the Coronavirus situation. For example, the local Dimmer tip recycling facility is currently closed.
National websites with generic advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19)
(25/03/2020) Other recent news
SCC Highways were contacted (09/03/2020) about the following: excess water run off adjacent to Crossing Cottage; Potholes on Portway Hill; Grit bins. On 14/03/2020 they were also asked to arrange for the drain by the village hall to be inspected and cleared. So far, they have marked the potholes on Portway Hill as far as the Mendip Council boundary – still waiting for the far end to be marked – and have the other matters in hand.
Broadband to the village. Following on TrueSpeeds presentation in early Feb a total of 26 households in Lamyatt and 6 in Milton Clevedon have completed the forms for a Fibre to the Property connection when it is available. TrueSpeed intend to hold a Drop in session in one of the local pubs to give an opportunity for people to find out more, ask further Questions, etc when the current Coronavirus situation has eased or ended. For those who have specific questions please contact Neil Rogers email@example.com or 07948 348805 (note Neil wasn’t able to attend the presentation in Lamyatt – one of his colleagues covered for him – but Neil has more local knowledge.)
Planning Matters. Mendip have advised us of a significant development to take place on the edge of the village by Wyke Farms: Demolition of existing pig fattening units, erection of 8 storage units. The application can be seen on the Mendip planning portal here:
The Lamyatt planning sub-group are looking at the details. If you have any thoughts or comments about the development which you think the group should take into account then please let them know, or submit your own comments if you wish.
Potential flooding in the village. We are awaiting the report and findings of the CCTV survey of the gullies and underground channels carried out recently by SCC Engineers in order to be sure that they are in good state.
Website updating. A small group of villagers will meet when the current Coronavirus restrictions are eased to review the format, layout and updating of the website.
Contact for all the above items is Paul Chadwick (Lamyatt Parish Meeting Chair) on 01749 812420 & 07761 967075. firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you need to report anything in the village please contact the relevant agency/service direct using the information below. If it is a serious/urgent matter then please bring it to the attention of the village using the village e-mail system; and let Paul know if, after having raised it with the relevant authority, nothing seems to have been done.
Contact information and previous updates on various topics here:
(08/02/2020) TrueSpeed presentation in Lamyatt Village Hall
Lamyatt Parish hosted a meeting in the village hall on Wednesday 5th February to hear of the possibilities of TrueSpeed bringing an improved Broadband service to the area.
All properties in the Parish, and those in Milton Clevedon, had been informed of the meeting and there was a very good turn out to hear Andy Moore of TrueSpeed outline what the offer could be:
- Fibre to the House
- 200 Mbps upload & download speeds delivered by the Broadband connection (not ‘up to’ but minimum 200)
- Unlimited data
- Fibre connection enters house wherever householder wants it and Fritz (German) modem will be placed where householder wants it – Fibre connection and modem is free as company will claim connection costs using a Govt grant
- They use existing powerline poles to bring Fibre into the area and between houses but occasionally will use any existing culverts or dig new culverts if required.
- Includes 1 telephone line (cost of retaining existing phone number £15 one-off fee)
- Calls out can be made for free over the internet using smart phone settings on wi-fi
- 18-month contract for house is £47.50 pcm, after which householder can terminate contract (i.e. go back to the old set up using copper wires etc)
- Cost of £47.50 has stayed the same for past 4 years and no plan to increase it
- Additional charges per month if you want call divert, call waiting, voicemail services & any other calling plans but you do not need to sign up for these at the present time
- Existing contracts with other suppliers should be completed and then the TrueSpeed service can commence at end of that contract so as to avoid any penalty for early termination with old provider
- They provide a “free Hub for life” Broadband service to each community they come into – usually to a village hall
- Company started up 7 years ago and is backed by up to £75million of investment from Aviva Their long-term business model is to grow the number of subscribers from the existing 12,000 and generate profit from the revenue streams.
- Local Customer Care Centre – currently in Keynsham and about to re-locate to Bath
- They are working from the north of the County – originally starting in the Chew Valley – and gradually bringing their offshoots to their main Fibre cable southwards.
- They will only come to Lamyatt & Milton Clevedon if:
- There is sufficient demand shown by householders – that is best shown by a household signing up using the paper forms (a Service Order Form)
- They can bring their offshoot to the main Fibre cable into the area through a sequential delivery to adjacent and neighbouring settlements – i.e. communities between Lamyatt and the main route where they are currently delivering Fibre to the house.
They are currently looking at how to expand their operations and networks – we were told at the meeting that it would not be for 18 months that they might be able to install in Lamyatt & Milton Clevedon.
The vast majority of households represented at the meeting on the 5th signed up using the Service Order Forms available in order to signify their support for the prospect of Fibre to the house.
Naturally enough, TrueSpeed will go where there is most demand first and, as stated above, they develop their network in a sequential pattern. They have already been in discussions with Wanstrow and Batcombe (in 2019) about the prospects of bringing Fibre connections there and it may be that we ‘piggy back’ onto that line. Note however that whilst they were originally optimistic that they would be able to start in Batcombe in the summer of 2020, that this time-line might now have slipped.
TrueSpeed also held another meeting to explain their offer in Ditcheat for that community (including Alhampton & Sutton) on Thursday 6th February. Ditcheat has a Fibre to the cabinet exchange via Openreach (BT) but the copper wires from the cabinet mean that many people don’t get a very good service. Again there was a good turn out at the meeting and a large number of those present signed up using the Service Order Forms. It may be that if there are bigger numbers signing up from that community we might ‘piggy back’ onto their Fibre connection if that is first to be linked up with communities to the north of them, and receive a service from the Ditcheat direction.
The more people in the community that sign up using a Service Order form the more likely Lamyatt and Milton Clevedon will get connected. (Note that the Service Order form is the best way to make it clear that there is a demand for service). More copies of the information booklet and the form can be obtained either from Carol Phillis for Milton Clevedon or from me for Lamyatt inc Arthurs Bridge.
Please check out the information on the TrueSpeed website and contact them direct with your own queries and questions about their offer. Also take a look at the various YouTube videos of village examples. There is a different offer for businesses.
(There are other YouTube videos featuring villages which have now received a TrueSpeed service)
One of the real tests of TrueSpeed will be how well they communicate with all those individuals who have signed up using the Service Order form, and also with the Parish as a whole. The Parish Meeting gives us the chance to collectively discuss progress and developments with this Service possibility. The next Lamyatt Parish Meeting will be in early May. In between meetings, contact will be made with other Parishes to check on progress elsewhere.
If you attended the meeting on the 5th then please talk to any neighbour who didn’t attend who you think may be interested. If you didn’t attend the meeting, ask your neighbours for their views.
Lamyatt Parish Chairman
07761 967075 & 01749 812420
(02/12/2019) Parish Meeting report
Many thanks to those in the Parish who attended the recent Parish Meeting last Tuesday evening (26th November 2019). A copy of the Draft Minutes are below.
Our thanks to our County Councillor and District Councillor for attending and reporting on various matters so as to ensure we are well informed.
The Meeting heard about:
- the forthcoming changes with the waste collection/recycling service due to start next summer
- the situation with the fibre to the house broadband project which has been long delayed
- the challenge facing SCC Highways with diminishing budget resources
- an update on the flooding issue first discussed at the last Parish Meeting
- and updates on preparations for winter; the shoot; and roads, footpaths and bridleways
Copy of Fibre to house broadband report as reported to the meeting by Nigel Hewitt-Cooper – Statement from Connecting Devon
Link to the BBC documentary focusing on the Crisis in Care challenge faced by Somerset
Preparations for Winter – communications from SCC Highways:
- Letter Oct 2019 from Highways re winter prep
- Winter Service Precautionary Salting Network 2019 2020 (1)
- Winter 2019_20 – Snow Warden Initiative (1)
The Shoot on Creech Hill – please contact Paul if you need a list of dates that have now been provided to the Parish. As previously agreed, signs are to be put up by the Shoot on the days of the shoot by the bridleways/footpaths so that horse-riders/walkers are aware – these paths remain open and shooting will stop whilst people are using the paths.
PREVIOUS PARISH MEETINGS
(29/05/2019) The Annual Parish Meeting was held in the village hall on Thursday May 16th. There was a good turn out and it gave those present from the Parish the opportunity to hear detailed updates from:
- The Village Hall Committee
- The Welch Alms House Trust
- The Parochial Church Council
- The Bullbeggar Cider co-operative
The Meeting also had a chance to review local issues concerning Highways, the Pheasant Shoot etc. and review the Parish accounts.
Under AoB the recent electricity outage on May 13th was discussed and all in the village that had supplies cut off were advised about the compensation available from the Electricity Suppliers. If others want to follow the lead of some at the meeting wishing to donate their compensation to the Parish Account for future actions then please contact me for details.
Also under AoB there was a discussion about the possible impact that changes to the planting regime on Creech Hill could have; and also concerns about the village spring water supplies.
Please see the Draft Annual Meeting minutes for a record of discussions and actions.
Later in the year we hope there will be an opportunity at another meeting to invite our new Mendip District Councillor (Michael Gay) and the Somerset County Councillor (Nigel Hewitt-Cooper) to update us on their Council’s activities.
My thanks to Alison Stone for drafting these minutes
Paul Chadwick (Parish Meeting Chairman)
01749 812420 & 07761 967075
(23/01/2019) Lamyatt Parish meeting – Tuesday 8th January
Many thanks to the 31 residents of the Parish that attended this meeting on a cold evening. There was a healthy discussion about highways & traffic measures; preparing for winter 2019; and whether or not to set a precept to cover any costs. The end result is that the Parish meeting determined that we won’t look to alter the current speed limit of 60mph in the village; nor apply for the signs looking to deter heavy lorries. It was also agreed that the salt for winter 2019/20 wouldn’t be bought by the Parish, but that Malcolm Frapple would coordinate raising funds and sourcing sufficient supplies. As a consequence no Parish precept will be set for the financial year 2019/20.
The response from the County Council to the Parish about the Highway matters was received by the Parish Meeting Chairman, Paul Chadwick, on the morning of the 8th Jan. This was despite the request being made back in October, followed up by three e-mails and a phone call, and contacting the County Councillor twice to chase a response. The response is copied here. You will note that the County Council changed their estimate for the traffic costs but gave no reason for this. My thanks to our County Councillor for attempting to get a response from the Highways Dept on this matter.
draft parish minutes 8th january 2019 –Approved at the Meeting on 16th May 2019
Subsequent to the meeting, the County Council Highways and County Councillor have again been asked to clarify why the Highway improvement costs had escalated so much, and also to explain the delay in replying to enquiries. No response to date.
(*) see detail below of level of precept required to raise different amounts in the village and what it equates to as an annual payment per household
Please advise your neighbours if you think they might not have seen the formal Meeting notice on the village notice board or in the village hall or the 2 emails that have been circulated.
An Annual Precept for the Parish? What would it cost each household?
Virtually all of the Parishes levy an annual precept in order to pay for local services/facilities. The precept is part of the local Council taxes that all households pay and is based on what Council Tax band their house falls into. Lamyatt hasn’t levied a precept for the past few years but did levy a Parish precept towards the village hall extension.
Detail from Mendip DC below shows what the annual cost would be per household (final column) to raise various totals for the Parish to spend. This means, for example, that to raise £2,000 the cost for a band D rated property would be £22.26 for the year = equivalent of 43p per week; & for a band H rated property the cost would be £44.52 per annum = approx 86p per week
“The household will get a charge depending on what Council Tax Band they are using the Tax Base. Please see below using 2018/2019 Tax Base (which will change next year) – Lamyat’s Tax base was 89.87
Precept Calculation Band D Increase in Tax bill annually
£500 £500 / 89.87 £5.56 approx 10p per week
£1,000 £1000 / 89.87 £11.13 approx 21p per week
£2,000 £2000 / 89.87 £22.26 approx 43p per week
£3,000 £3,000/89.87 £33.39 approx 64p per week
£4,000 £4,000/89.87 £44.52 approx 86p per week
Then depending on what band the property is you’d have to calculate the following
Band A – Band D / 9 x 6
Band B – Band D / 9 x 7
Band C – Band D / 9 x 8
Band D – As above
Band E – Band D / 9 x 11
Band F – Band D / 9 x 13
Band G – Band D / 9 x 15
Band H – Band D / 9 x 18 ”
Footpath Re-opens: The footpath which used to go under the railway tunnel was re-opened in October 2018 following the bulldozing of the tunnel. It’s again possible to reach the ‘Natterjack’ across the fields on this route. (photo 21/11/2018). The footpath down into Bruton via the Huish Track is particularly good at this time of year too.
(01/11/2018) Lamyat Parish Meeting – summary of discussions
20 folk attended the Parish Meeting held on Wednesday 31st October 2018, for a discussion about setting a precept for the 2019/20 financial year – this was prompted by a request to consider purchasing a Defibrillator, but there was also a discussion about the need to be prepared for winter, and the possibility of reducing the speed limit through the village from 60 mph to 30 mph. A further meeting is to be held when the County Council provide more detail on the cost of the speed and lorry traffic order and signage.
Defibrillator – Local villager, Dr Jonathan Bone provided a presentation, on behalf of the village hall committee, which was read out to the Meeting as he couldn’t attend in person. This clarified when and how a defibrillator would be of use, and what the cost of such an item would be. It was felt that training in CPR/basic first aid would be a good first step and that if Jonathan was prepared to provide the training all would attend. That would also give folk the chance to ask further Qs of Jonathan about the defibrillator. At this stage there wasn’t agreement to purchase a defibrillator. Jonathan’s presentation is here: Why We Need An AED
Winter preparations – In the light of no salt being provided (for free) by the County Council this coming winter, it was agreed to spend the remaining £26 in the Parish account on salt. This would secure us 5 or 6x 20kg bags compared to the 20 bags we have usually received. Paul will order. The village salt bins wouldn’t be topped up, but those residents closest to them that look after the bins would ensure remaining salt in them could be usable. For Winter 2019 we would need to have a budget for buying more salt, for the bins and/or in bags.
The Shoot – Dates available by hand. Paul would speak to Nicholls again: there had been no signage put up; and there was a continuing problem that some residents faced with birds.
Traffic/Lorries – Given that the County Council had now agreed that we could reduce the speed limit from 60 mph to 30 mph, and also have the discretionary blue ‘no HGV’ signs, (but that we would have to pay) it was agreed to try and get more detailed costings. Paul would also continue to see if the County would go some way to provide some of the funding. Various other informal actions (e.g. parking of cars/use of tabards) can be taken by those on the road to try and slow traffic down.
Setting a precept – in the light of not having a breakdown of the speed limit/HGV signs it was agreed that we would meet again in the next few months to determine what the precept could be. It was also noted that we needed to have some funds to pay for the use of the village hall for Parish meetings.
Many thanks to all those who attended and contributed to the discussions.
Paul Chadwick, Parish Meeting Chairman 07761 967075 or email@example.com
Please advise any of your neighbours that you think may not see this information.
The next Annual Parish Meeting is due to take place in May 2019 but there will be another Parish meeting in the next few months when the further costings, referred to above, are received.
(29/10/2018) Traffic through the village
We have now just received a response from SCC Highways Traffic Management Team:
“Somerset County Council (SCC) would not be in a position to pay for a reduction in the speed limit and would look to the Parish to fund it on a rechargeable basis, and implementation costs would be in the region of £3k-5k.
With regard to the discretionary blue ‘No HGV’ signs, we have no objection in principal to these signs however they would not apply to local farms or businesses. It should also be noted that SCC would not be a position to fund them and would look to order the signage on a rechargeable basis back to the Parish.”
Clarification of the actual costs has been requested. The reason the County Council gives for it not being a priority to be funded by the County Council is due to the speed recordings taken in March, and budgetary pressures, although Central Govt policy is “that a 30 mph speed limit should be the norm through villages.” (Dept of Transport Guidance on ‘Setting Local Speed Limits’ Section 73 – Para 131.)
At the Parish Meeting there will be a discussion about how to proceed with this issue and specifically how to pay for such works as are necessary. My thanks to Caryl Joyce and Romy Smallwood for joining me in having the stamina for us to arrive at this point!
Previous update here:
As with all vehicular traffic, if you feel there have been incidents of poor or dangerous driving, please make a note of company name (if visible); number plate; or take a photograph and report these directly to the Police, advising the Parish Chairperson, Paul, that you have done so in order that we can keep count of incidents, and subsequently raise these with relevant authorities/companies.
The Village Hall committee have asked that we consider the purchase of a defibrillator. Local resident Dr Jonathan Bone will provide background information and the points to consider for the meeting. Background information on when, and how, the equipment can be used is here: click on British Heart Foundation
The BHF also have a aed_guide_01-08-17. (AED stands for automated external defibrillators)
(23/10/2018) Preparing for winter:
Following on the ‘Beast from the East’ events of the 2 weekends in March 2018 which disrupted the village we will need to discuss what preparations are needed for 2018/19. The County Council Highways have now advised (on 22nd October) that they are reducing the salting/gritting work they undertake across the County; and, specifically, no longer providing free salt/grit for the grit bins or the bags of salt that we usually obtain to help keep Lamyatt roads open. We can purchase salt if required. Details here:
(04/10/18) Somerset Waste:
There is a crew shortage at present in the Waste services – this sometimes results in missed or late collections. They are currently looking to recruit additional drivers. Always check the SWP website if in any doubt about what is recyclable and when; and contact them direct if you have any queries. The latest briefing now available is here:
(04/10/2018) The Shoot –John Nicholls who organises the shoot has been asked to provide the list of possible dates for the shoot this season. A hard copy of the list is available from the Parish Meeting Chairman, Paul or from Anthony Ffooks.
Further to the issues raised at the Parish meeting, John Nicholls advised: “I can assure you that we will be doing all we can to prevent birds wandering. We are in the process of putting up more fencing, which should help keep them where they’re meant to be.With regards to the dates, sometimes weather conditions on the day (i.e. fog and low cloud) affect where we go and what drives we do. Because of this, in the past we have included lots of dates on the list, just in case we need to go to Lamyatt. We understand it is frustrating if a date is on the list and we don’t arrive, but we were concerned that if the date was not on the list and we did do a drive in Lamyatt, that would potentially cause problems. Perhaps you could let me know your thoughts on this?
On the subject of signs, we will put signs up from the start of the coming season. We have always stopped the shooting if a walker or rider wishes to pass through, but agree that signs would be helpful. I hope this addresses any concerns…”
Please let Paul know your thoughts on the issue of dates.
(04/10/2018) Footpaths: many thanks to all the volunteers who have helped to keep various footpaths and bridleways open this past summer by clearing around a stile or removing obstructions. The Trustees of the Alms House have been asked to formalise the situation regarding the obstruction of footpath SM13/9 (as raised at the Parish meeting).
The County Council Highways team have produced a Volunteer Newsletter September 2018 and this has useful information about who is responsible for keeping footpaths clear and a report on all the good work being carried out across the County.
(17/10/2018) Broadband services: Lamyatt is included in Lot 3 – Eastern -the Alhampton package where Fibre to the Property is intended. the plan was for minimum 30mb connection. Work was shown as due to commence in Q1 2019, and to be completed by Q3 2019, but we notice that the website has recently started to state ‘under review’ for all packages – we will keep an eye on how progress is being made in nearby Parishes where their start date was earlier than ours.
GigaClear Statement, as released 8th October 2018 : “On behalf of Gigaclear plc, I would like to apologise for the delays in delivering a full fibre network across rural Devon and Somerset. Whilst the first customers are now connected in East Devon, the project is running significantly behind schedule and we accept our performance to date has fallen short of the high standards that we set for ourselves.”
For an explanation of why there is now a delay and what they envisage doing about it:
You may register your interest. This does not commit you to anything, it just allows Gigaclear to keep you informed on progress with the rollout. You can also find out more about the likely cost of the various services from Gigaclear and the Internet Service Providers on he same website.
For those who have signed up to an alternative provider, it will be in your interest to keep your options open by registering.
(04/10/2018) Planning Matters: As discussed and agreed at the Annual Parish meeting, where we are made aware of them, we will whenever possible list all planning applications that affect the parish on this website. This gives all living in Lamyat Parish the opportunity to see what developments are in the pipeline, and to comment as they see fit. Alternatively you can register on the Mendip Council website to receive notifications of new applications.
The Parish view will be submitted by the planning sub-group of Paul Chadwick (Parish Chair), Romy Smallwood, Simon Lang, and David Ash. All correspondence sent or received by the Planning group is held on file and available for all in the Parish to review. A copy of the District Councils Planning Policies is held by the Parish group, but can be seen online on the Mendip planning portal. Applications for development should also have a notice pinned up on the premises to alert any villager, and close neighbours should be notified direct by Mendip Council
If you have views on any planning application, positive or negative, or concerned with the detail, which you think that the Parish planning group should take account of, then please let them know. Other comments relating to the application are, as usual, available to view on the Mendip Council planning portal.
The most recent planning application, for the ‘Erection of a first and first floor side extension – Bakewell House’, was approved in early December 2018 with conditions and that can be seen on the Mendip Planning portal here
(08/05/2018) Mendip Local Plan Consultation: the District Council is now finalising the Draft Local Plan Part 2. This contains policies for the District concerned with, inter alia, housing allocations and potential employment site growth. The relevant website page is here www.mendip.gov.uk/localplanpart2
The Planning sub-group of Paul Chadwick, Romy Smallwood, David Ash and Simon Lang met to discuss the Plan proposals and they submitted a set of comments on behalf of the Parish. You can have sight of their submission here: Lamyat Parish comments on Mendip Local Plan II. The Mendip website also now lists all other comments submitted by the deadline and these can be found here (all 717 comments, though only a few perhaps directly relevant to Lamyat Parish). We await further news on this.
Read on for important links and background on the Parish Meeting
Lamyatt village and surrounding outlying farms and houses are part of Lamyat Parish. The Parish is too small to have a Parish Council but since 1894 it has held a Parish Meeting at which local issues have been debated and discussed. (Note that whilst the village name has two ‘t’s the wider parish name has only one in historical records)
There has always been at least an Annual Meeting, and on occasions additional Meetings are held to discuss specific major issues. The Meeting through its Chair, and assisted by others, has been able to: bring a piped water supply to the village (1930’s); oversee the supply of electricity to the village (1940’s); press for the building of local authority housing in the village (1950’s); help resolve flooding and drainage problems on the High Street (1990’s-2000’s); raise a precept to help fund the village hall extension (2010’s). Of course some issues, such as planning developments both within the Parish and adjacent Parishes; highway and transport problems; and rights of way matters; have cropped up on a regular basis.
The Lamyat Parish history as told through the Parish Meeting minute book gives us an insight into how issues have been dealt with, and may make us realise that some have been around in some shape or form for over 100 years!
The 2017 Annual Meeting elected Paul Chadwick as Chairman and gave thanks to the previous chairman Anthony Ffooks for chairing the Meeting in recent times. The Parish Meeting Secretary is Ali Stone. The actions of the Parish are carried out by the Parish Chairman, with the help of others in the Parish and at the Meeting in October 2017 David Ash, Romy Smallwood, and Simon Lang volunteered to help with planning matters. Contact numbers for Paul: 01749 812420 & 07761 967075
The Minutes of the Parish Meeting
Parish Minutes 18th June 2018 – Approved at the Annual Parish Meeting on 16th May 2019
Parish Minutes 25th Oct 2017 – Approved at the Parish Meeting on 18th June 2018
Parish Minutes 26th oct 2016 – Approved at the Parish Meeting on 18th June 2018
Copies of most of the previous Parish Meetings are held in archives.
Further extracts from the minute book will be added at a later date. If anyone wishes to see the original minute book and maps held by the parish please contact Paul.
The Parish Meeting has always depended on volunteers within the community to help look after the Parish. That might be to help look after a particular footpath; to ensure that any nearby drain or culvert is clear of debris; or to keep a stock of salt ready for use on the road in winter. Please contact the Parish Chairman if you want to ‘adopt’ a drain or footpath!
USEFUL CONTACTS & INFORMATION
Parish Meeting Chairman: Paul Chadwick, Witch Craig, Portway Hill, Lamyatt, BA4 6NJ 01749 812420/07761 967075 firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset County Council Highways – to report a pothole or blocked drain 0300 123 2224 or use the template here
Roads & Transport Team roadsandtransportSD@somerset.gov.uk
Local Mendip Area Depot email@example.com
To report a pothole or blocked drain it is useful to take a photo of the location and send it with an email. Highways will endeavour to inspect within 48 hours and give you feedback. The road gullies in the parish are part of the Council’s Programmed activity, which are currently cleaned on a bi annual cycle. The gullies were last cleaned in the 2016/2017 financial year and are scheduled to be cleared again in the 2018/2019 financial year.
Rights of Way – please contact Paul for a copy of the definitive rights of way map. The Parish aims to ensure all are kept open with the assistance of landowners and the County Council’s Rights of Way team. There has also been a request for the Parish to place an appropriately mounted copy on a display board in the parish – suggestions for location welcome at the next Parish Meeting.
Contact to report any obstructions or concerns firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Clare Haskins helps look after Lamyat Parish R.o.W. email@example.com
Mendip District Council Planning – to submit an application or comment on an application
You can follow the progress with an application by going to the District Council website. Any significant development will need planning permission and any neighbour will be notified and a notice posted up on the property. The Parish Meeting will be asked for comments and observations and in addition to any comments you send in yourselves you could ask the Parish Meeting Chair to make comments. When there is any application made within the Parish this page will carry notice of it with a link to relevant documents.
Mendip District Council main switchboard for all matters 0300 303 8588
The District Council produces a monthly Parish bulletin with a range of useful information including that from other local agencies. This information includes items of relevance to those in business as well as for local residents.
Waste & recycling collections – check the Somerset Waste Partnership website if in any doubt about collection dates/updates, especially if weather or some other event upsets the schedule. Usually, Lamyat properties see a recycling collection every Friday; and waste collection every alternate Friday, but note that Bank Holidays can affect that pattern.
Join the village/parish email list. Regular e-mails are sent around by Caryl Joyce. Please give Caryl your e-mail address if you wish to receive these. firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood Watch & Farm Watch – Anthony Ffooks has confirmed that he is the contact for these. Please contact him for more information.
Lamyatt village oil buying group – Anthony Ffooks continues to look after this group and a village e-mail goes round to remind all who want to be in on an order. Orders are placed approximately every Quarter- Please contact Anthony by telephone on 812994 or email on email@example.com
Spark – have been providing practical support to the voluntary sector in Somerset for many years. Their aim is to inspire strong and sustainable communities through voluntary and community action. Spark website
Community Council for Somerset – CCS supports organisations and individuals throughout the County, and they have been involved in many successful projects. 01823 331222 CCS website