VILLAGE NOTICE BOARD
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HIGHWAY CODE CHANGES
What changes are being made to the Highway Code?
1. Hierarchy of road users
A new hierarchy means people in charge of vehicles that can cause the most harm in the event of a collision have the greatest responsibility to look out for other road users.
2. Walking, cycling or riding in shared spaces
Cyclists should not overtake people walking or riding a horse in shared spaces closely or at high speed, while pedestrians should take care not to obstruct paths.
3. Positioning of cyclists
Cyclists should make themselves as visible as possible by riding in the centre of lanes on quiet roads, in slower-moving traffic and at the approach to junctions.
4. Pedestrians crossing at junctions
Turning traffic should give way when people are crossing or waiting to cross at junctions.
Traffic must give way to people on zebra crossings.
5. Overtaking cyclists
Drivers travelling at speeds of up to 30mph should leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists.
They should give more space when overtaking at higher speeds.
6. Opening car doors
Car occupants should open doors using their hand on the opposite side to the door, making them turn their head to look over their shoulder.
This technique, known as the Dutch Reach, reduces the chances of doors being opened into the path of cyclists and motorcyclists.
7. Overtaking cyclists at junctions
When cyclists are going straight ahead at a junction, they have priority over traffic waiting to turn into or out of a side road, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise.
8. Cycling in groups
People cycling can ride two abreast but should be considerate of the needs of other road users when in groups.
Drivers should take extra care when entering roundabouts to make sure they do not cut across cyclists.
10. Electric vehicle charging
Electric car owners using a public chargepoint should park near the device and avoid creating a trip hazard from trailing cables.
TRAVEL – Click this link to see advice and further links to roads and schools etc. + 5 day weather forecast
SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS –
Weather warnings will be posted as necessary
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 site 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
Advice on how to prepare for flooding can be viewed by clicking here
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.
HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING CENTRES
For information on the availability of the Household Recycling Centres during the Coronavirus restriction click here
FLY TIPPING –
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on any land. If the Fly-Tipping is on either public or private land, the site will be investigated for evidence and appropriate legal action taken. However, Dorset Council will only clear waste from the public highway or public land. Waste deposited on private land is the landowner’s responsibility to clear and we cannot remove this waste.
Those caught fly-tipping can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Every year councils spend a considerable amount of time and money removing this waste from the landscape. Dorset Council will always try to remove fly-tipping as soon as possible. The site will be investigated for evidence and the appropriate legal action taken. If they can trace the persons responsible for fly-tipping they can recover their costs.
Use the Dorset Council on line reporting form by clicking here
Simple rules for reporting fly-tipping
• do not remove any evidence found from the fly-tipping location, for
example, addressed letters
• be as specific as possible when describing where the incident has
• if you see the incident occurring do not approach the persons involved
• if you see a person/vehicle involved in an environmental crime take as many details as you can, for example, description of the person or
• you may be asked to provide a witness statement and/or attend court in subsequent legal action
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.
Awaiting updated information 24/02/2022
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.
Most areas of Dorset have dog fouling orders. Each authority will have followed the procedure and guidance written under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to produce orders including appropriate consultation. These orders enable authorised officers to serve Fixed Penalty Notices to any person responsible for a dog that fouls and does not clean up any mess left by the dog on the designated public spaces.
Owners can also be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court where a fine of up to £1,000 can be imposed.
Reporting Dog Fouling
It is essential that incidents of dog fouling are reported as this will enable the Dog Warden to assess the severity of the problem so that the correct response can be made.
Use this link to report an incident of dog fouling – Report Fouling
The Dorset Waste Partnership will investigate and clear the dog fouling as soon as possible where it is required. The dog warden may then contact you and/or visit the area to assess how severe the problem is and take the appropriate action to deal with the problem.
Dog Fouling at the Hamcrate Playing Fields
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 may be forced to designated the Sports Field as a no go area for dogs as owners have repeatedly allowed their dogs to foul the area.
Last Updated 24/02/2022 DIT