VILLAGE NOTICE BOARD

To add your message or information please use the Contact Form on the Parish Council pages

You can also read the Village Facebook Page (the Yetminster News and Views Public Group) by clicking here   (the Parish Council is not responsible for the administration of this and has no control over its content or input and the comments and views expressed therein do not necessarily represent or should be construed as representing those of the Parish Council or its members or officers or agents and it cannot be deemed or held liable for any activity, action or effort resulting from using this Village Facebook Page link)

EMERGENCIES – click here for a list of emergency contact details

ROAD CLOSURES click this link to see notifications

SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS  – No warnings received
Click this link to see advice and further links to roads and schools etc. 

FLOODING

Driving through flood water is dangerous. If you are able to use an alternative route then do so; it’s far better to arrive late than not to arrive at all. Only drive through flood water if you are sure that it is shallow and, when making the decision on whether to drive through it or not, you should bear in mind the following facts:
30cm of flowing water is enough to move the average family car
60cm of standing water will float a car
15cm of fast flowing water can knock a pedestrian off their feet.

Flooding information in the Yeovil and surrounding areas can be viewed by clicking here  (the Parish Council is not responsible for the administration of this and has no control over its content or input and the comments and views expressed therein do not necessarily represent or should be construed as representing those of the Parish Council or its members or officers or agents and it cannot be deemed or held liable for any activity, action or effort resulting from using this Flooding Facebook Page link)

Environment Agency Flood Warnings for Yetminster can be viewed by clicking here  

TRAVEL INFORMATION (speed cameras)

Dorset County Council is beginning to install permanent average speed cameras. Six average speed cameras are to be erected on the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road to support the new permanent 50mph speed limit, which came into effect in August 2018. Three cameras will be positioned on the southbound carriageway between the Blackwater Junction and Cooper Dean Roundabout, with three further cameras mirroring these on the northbound carriageway. The cameras, which are the first of further similar systems to be introduced, will be managed by the Dorset Police.

COMMUNITY BUS SERVICE & DORSET CAR SHARE DETAILS

The NORDCAT Community Transport is available to enable people to get into Sherborne and Yeovil. Their service runs on Tuesday and Saturday to Yeovil and on Thursday to Sherborne and calls at Leigh, Chetnole, Yetminster & Bradford Abbas.

You need to register – 01258 473154 or 472164 for an annual fee of £5 and you can then ring to book a seat – they will collect from your door. The service can get busy so part of the need to book is to enable them to run an extra bus if this is necessary – you need to do this at least the day before you wish to travel.

Please note that although it is primarily service for people over 60 it is available for people of all ages who have difficulty using normal public transport for whatever reason including that there is no other service

Details of the NORDCAT service, including an application form, can be found by clicking here.

Additionally there is already a Car Share scheme in Dorset and this may help those who need to make a journey on a non bus day. Details of this, together with how to register etc. can be found by clicking here which will connect you to the Liftshare log in page – if you are a driver and want to offer a lift you can also register here and there is an App for a mobile phone to make things more flexible and details of this are available on the website.

The new School Bus contracts enable residents to use these buses during school term times and we hope to be able to publish details of these in the near future.

Finally don’t forget that Helping Hands is there to help with Hospital and other similar appointments and they can be reached on 01963 210953.

WVT Group

07941518772 or at wvtgbus@gmail.com.

HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

Folly Farm Development

Burrington Estates (Yetminster) – they are a developer based in the South West and Yetminster will be their first development in Dorset – are now beginning work on the site.

As part of the Planning Approval, West Dorset Council have agreed the Construction Traffic Management Plan although, despite seeking to consult on this the Parish Council were unable to put forward their concerns although it is recognised that the options regarding the routes available for construction traffic are limited.

The CTMP allows for the traffic movement times to be staggered around the school times and it is hoped that this will avoid congestion around St Andrews when the children are going to and from the school.

The Parish Council will continue to encourage the developer to liaise with the school and nearby residents to minimise the impact of the construction.

The full application (including the CTMP) is available on the Dorset for You Website and can viewed by clicking this link

WHAT’S ON IN THE VILLAGES

What’s on this week can be viewed on the front welcome page where there is also a link to the Wriggle Valley Magazine’s Diary Pages which gives a full list of events and meetings for the month.

You can view a list of regular meetings by clicking here

MESSAGES

St Andrews Church – Refurbishment Appeal

Project to improve the versatility of the church and to fund maintenance work – click here for details of funding activities and see calendar for details of village meetings
To take the digital version of the Church survey go to:
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MQGMHS2

Neighbourhood Plan

We are now in the process of developing the Community’s Vision and the policies to achieve this. There is more information on the Neighbourhood Plan Pages and do look out for articles in the Wriggle Valley News and also on our dedicated website (www.yrinp.net) and Facebook page. Do please contact us if you want to help!

The momentum to compete the plan is gathering speed – our consultant has now completed her review of the text of our draft document and has recommended a number of changes where our proposed policies require clarification or expansion. We are now working on these and are also beginning to produce the various appendices and supporting documents that will be required.

Dorset County have undertaken their Ecology survey (this is an essential contribution to the Strategic Environmental Assessment) of the selected sites and AECOM, who are providing technical assistance as part of the Locality Grant package, have now met us as part of their review of our site selection criteria and processes.

The next big step is for the Parish Council to consult on the draft Neighbourhood Plan – the statutory Pre – Submission Consultation – and we are hopeful that we will have progressed to a point to enable them to do this in mid-May.

The consultation period is for 6 weeks and we will then use the feedback to amend or review the draft document before finalising it, and the supporting information, for submission to Dorset Council in order that the review by the Independent Examiner can take place. Once this has been done, they will call a referendum so that the community can vote whether to accept the plan.

Defibrillator      

There is a public access defibrillator in the village and this is sited externally on the side wall to the car park at The White Hart.

Further potential sites at both Brister End and The Meadens are being considered for a possible second unit – more details to follow…

While it is good news to have a defibrillator in the village, it is important to remember that in the event of a cardiac arrest, the very first thing you should do is call 999.

The White Hart

Congratulations to Alex and Blanche at the White Hart for their efforts and hard work which have won them the coveted West Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019 award!

A warning to all dog owners

Many thanks to everyone  for their comments on the issue of dog owners not clearing up their mess. Most people agree that the practice of letting dogs off the lead is not a good practice on the sports field as even the most diligent of owners can occasionally fail to notice that their dogs have done their business.

Unfortunately we have now been forced to designated the Sports Field as a no go area for dogs as owners have repeatedly allowed their dogs to foul the area.

Sport England Community Fund

Local sports clubs please note that Sport England have a new scheme which will offer up to £50,000 for capital items. They are particularly interested in schemes which will

  • improve and protect existing community sports facilities
  • invest in new and different places that meet the needs of local communities
  • contribute towards any of the key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development, economic development

Bids from a partnership of clubs and organisations are particularly welcome and although match funding is not a pre-requisite, it could strengthen the bid. Clubs that are interested in making a bid should contact the Parish Council using the contact form on this website.