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Advance notification of major road works

A39, Bath Road to Main Street, Walton, Somerset:

 Night working 21 November 2022 – 2 December 2022 6.30pm-7.30am under full road closure

 Dear local member/stakeholder,

This briefing is to inform you of some key resurfacing works which we are planning to deliver as part of our busy maintenance schedule next month.

In order to minimise disruption the work will be carried out at night time under a full road closure.

Background

Somerset County Council, as the Highway Authority, has a statutory duty to maintain the roads in Somerset, except for the motorway and trunk roads. There is over 4,000 miles of highway network in total, all of which require some form of maintenance at some time in its life.

The A39, Bath Road to Main Street is showing signs of failure. There are numerous cracks in the road and settlement across the carriageway width.

This location has been subject to many visits to undertake repairs in the past, clearly this is unsustainable and larger scale works need to be carried out.

Proposed works

The proposed maintenance works will include minor works to the existing drainage systems, siding back of verges, where they are encroaching onto the carriageway and cutting back of selected areas of vegetation. The whole length of road from 20m west of the junction with Bramble Hill, westwards to the Pipers Inn will be resurfaced. (see plan on the last page of this Information Sheet).

The Resurfacing will take place over two weeks (21 November – 2 December) – it will be necessary to fully close the road between 6.30pm and 7.30am during Monday-Friday. The Road will be open to traffic at the weekend and daytimes. An alternative route will be signed (plan of alternative route attached).

We will of course maintain access to any households and businesses within the closure and will work closely with those affected by the works by liaison with on-site operational staff. Every effort will be made to keep the duration of the works to a minimum.

Works Programme.

Any changes to the works programme will be displayed on site information boards.

Questions and answers…

Why is the road closed for the resurfacing?

Put simply, the road is just too narrow to allow us to keep it open during the surfacing works. We must comply with the National Code of Practice for road works.  We would be breaking the law if we ignored this and clearly it would not be safe for either the travelling public or the workforce.

Will the road be open during the daytime?

It’s our intention to open the road during the daytime, but the use of temporary traffic signals may be required.

Why have you chosen those dates?

There is no perfect time to carry out major works like this, but we have tried to avoid key dates and local events for example the carnival season. We accept that it will still have an impact on the travelling public, which is why we are giving advance notification of the works.

More information

We recognise this will inevitably have a big impact on the community and we will do our very best to keep the community and the travelling public updated.

Roads locally which are unsuitable for diverted traffic will be signed during the closure period. Also advance signing will be put in place at appropriate locations warning of the closure to minimise excessive use of minor roads. In the meantime, if you have any questions, queries or observations on the works, please use the contact details below:

Call 0300 123 2224 or

Email [email protected]

 Extent of Works and Diversion Route

Somerset Waste Partnership Briefing for Members, Partners and Staff October 2022

Happy Halloween and bonfire night

All Hallows’ Eve and bonfire night are great opportunities for every family in Somerset to waste less and save money, cut plastic and recycle more, stay safe and eat better, and to even reduce their all-important carbon footprint.

Dodge the horror of bills, full rubbish bins and supermarket plastic tat for recyclable outfits from cardboard, old sheets, charity shop bargain clothes and plenty of childish creativity, and take the smart step to reject shop-bought sweets for cheaper and healthier (but always allergy-aware) home-made treats.

Check recipes – savoury pies to sweet cakes – from lovefoodhatewaste.com and hubbub.org.uk/how-to-eat- pumpkin to use all that pumpkin flesh and seeds for tasty snacks (and keep a few seeds to grow free future ghoulish

gourds). Add all waste food – every last scrap – and the sagging pumpkin itself, to your food waste bin to go off to make electricity and farm compost at Somerset’s anaerobic digestion plant. Or add your pumpkin to your compost bin.

Caution is vital for November’s bonfires and fireworks to help noise-nervy pets and shelter-seeking wildlife, and to protect your home and family from a highly dangerous bin blaze. Drench or allow embers and ash to completely cool. Soak spent fireworks then add them to your rubbish bin. Soak misfired fireworks overnight and seek disposal guidance from maker or supplier.

Winter hours for recycle sites

Recycle site winter hours mean they are all now operating 9am-4pm weekends and, when open, 9am-5pm weekdays. More: somersetwaste.gov.uk/allatall.

Never not busy Fixy

The Fixy reuse van is criss-crossing the county to visit towns and villages, businesses, festivals and schools to promote fixing, support repair cafes and collect smart tech for reuse. Find Fixy at:

  • Sat29Oct 11-2 – Bridgwater Repair Café, Engine Room, 50-52 High Street
  • Sat5Nov 10-12.30 – Repair Café Wells, St Thomas’ Church Hall BA5 2UZ

Upcoming repair cafés include:

  • Mon+Thu 10-12, Sat 10-1 – Ilminster Share and Repair, 18 Silver Street
  • Tue 10-11.30 – Sewing Repair Hub, 9 Fore Street, Chard TA20 1PP
  • Sat29Oct 9-12 – General Repair Hub, 9 Fore Street, Chard TA20 1PP
  • Sat29Oct 10-12 – Porlock Vale Repair Café, Wootton Courtenay Village Hall
  • Sat5Nov 10-1 – High Littleton Repair Café, Holy Trinity Church Hall BS39 6HG
  • Sat5Nov 10-12 – Wellington Repair Café, Baptist Church Hall, South Street More: somersetwastgov.uk/fixy.

Tick, tock … clocks back 30 October

On Sunday 30 October clocks go back one hour, a good excuse to check smoke detectors, batteries, bulbs, plugs and Christmas lights. All electrical items, low-energy bulbs with unbroken glass and batteries can go to recycle sites.

With kerbside recycling, put out small electrical items in carrier-size bags, and household batteries in small clear bags.

Order your bargain compost bin now

Great deals mean a 220-litre bin for just

£16.00, and you can buy-one-get-one- half-price, plus £6.99 delivery per order. Order at: getcomposting.com.

Clearing your garden for winter?

Start or restart a garden waste collection on any date for a full 25-collection 12- month service. For orders until 31 March 2023, a 180-litre bin service is £57.20, and a 10-pack of 90-litre garden waste sacks is £28.30, both via “Garden waste” on the My Waste Services menu at somersetwaste.gov.uk.

Waste less time, do more online With My Waste Services 24/7 at somersetwaste.gov.uk, you can:

  • Log missed collections after 7pm
  • Order any recycle container free
  • Order paid bulky waste pick-up
  • Sort clinical/assisted collections
  • Pay for asbestos/plasterboard
  • Get recycle site van/trailer permit
  • Send comments about services

Question: how do you reduce? Somerset’s first Reduce Week is coming up fast; it takes place from Monday 21 November to Sunday 27 November (yes, around Black Friday’s overspendfest and Buy Nothing Day). We want to hear your ideas on how to reduce waste, from tips on using up food to hints about buying better for Christmas and ways to cut out unnecessary packaging. Share them on facebook.com/somersetwaste or NextDoor when you see “how do you reduce?” posts or email them to [email protected] by 27 November. Your best ideas will be featured on our website, social media and beyond, and go into a free prize draw for a refurbished tablet or laptop.

Next time: Reduce Week, Christmas trees, festive dates and waste priorities.

PROTECT YOUR BIRDS FROM BIRD FLU THIS WINTER!

Keep your birds housed. If it is impossible to house them keep them in a fully netted area with feed and water undercover. Do not allow birds in netted enclosures to mix with fully housed birds.

Remember, anything you bring into your birds’ housing could introduce disease!

  • Change into clean footwear before tending to your birds.
  • Store feed and bedding undercover.
  • Control rodents and clean up spilled feed.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect hard surfaces with a government approved disinfectant.
  • Maintain your birds’ housing to keep water and wild birds out.
  • Discourage wild birds from the area you keep your birds.

If your birds look unwell or you are worried about their welfare call your vet immediately.

If bird flu is suspected report it to the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

Find out what actions you need to take at GOV.UK/Bird-Flu

Have your say

Each year, we ask communities about the amount of council tax we receive as your fire and rescue service.

You can tellus what you think by completing the survey

This consultation finishes on 30 November at 12 noon

If you require this in another format please contact the Communications and Engagement Team on 01392 872354

www.dsfire.gov.uk