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Documents and Policies

Hedge and Brush Cutting Method Statement

Risk Assessment and method statement for the use of hedge cutter, brush cutting machinery and strimmer. For staff and volunteers.

Scheme of Delegation - Planning Applications

Planning Applications – The Councils Scheme of Delegation authorises the Clerk to the Council/Responsible Finance Officer and Standing Committees to act with delegated authority in the specific circumstances detailed.

Scheme of Delegation - Exceptional Circumstances

Expediture Authority – The Councils Scheme of Delegation authorises the Clerk to the Council/Responsible Finance Officer and Standing Committees to act with delegated authority in the specific circumstances detailed.

Terms of reference for the Pump Track Committee

Terms of reference for the Pump Track Committee

Safeguarding Policy

Parish Council safeguarding policy

Information Protection Policy

This policy details how the council protects information.

Social Media and Electronic Communication Policy

This policy details the use of social media and electronic communication

Information Security Incident Policy

This policy details the procedure for an information security incident

Retention Policy

This policy details the minimum retention time required for council documents before disposal in order for the council to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Publication Scheme. Where variable times are indicated the Council will review storage after the minimum period has elapsed.

Dispensation Request

Form for dispensation request

Anti Bribery Policy

Anti Bribery Policy

Risk Assessment - Face to Face Parish Council Meetings during a Pandemic

Risk assessment for face to face meetings. Covers wearing of face masks, social distancing and sanitisation of the hall, table and chairs.

Risk Assessment - Identification of Poisonous Wildlife

A list of harmful wildlife, mainly poisonous plants along with identifying photos. For staff and volunteers to visually familiarise themselves with wildlife risks.

Risk Assessment - Outdoor Working

Risk Assessment for staff and volunteers working outdoors. Includes village operative activities and volunteer activities like fingerpost painting. Risks covered include harmful wildlife, weather, traffic, lone working and harmful substances.

Council Powers

A list of Council Powers: to inform councillors of legal powers in the decisions making process.

Training Policy

Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council is committed to provide a level of training for both its members and staff, to enable them to undertake their respective roles for the benefit of the Parish Council, the community, and the individual’s personal development.

Hedge and Brush Cutting & Mowing Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment and method statement for the use of hedge cutter, brush cutting machinery and strimmer. For staff and volunteers.

Village Hall Strategic Direction & Overall Vision (SO7.2)

A quarterly review of the strategic direction of the village hall is required per standing order 7.2

GDPR Risk Assessment

GDPR Risk Assessment

Investment Strategy

The Council investment strategy as required under s15 (1) (a) para 14 of the Local Government Act 2003 for local authorities with investments (which includes any amounts held in any bank accounts) of over £100,000

Reserves Policy

Parish Council Reserves Policy

Risk Assessment – Christmas Lights and Christmas Tree

Risk Assessment – Christmas Lights and Christmas Tree

Village Hall Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment for the Village Hall

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Compliance Statement

Accessibility Statement for Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council website. The council is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities.

Grant Awarding Policy and Application Form

This documents sets out the guidance for grant applications and includes a grant application form.

Playing Field Standard Conditions of Hire and Use

These standard conditions apply to all hiring of the Temple Cloud with Cameley Playing Field. If the Hirer is in any doubt as to the meaning of the following, Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council should be consulted immediately.

Complaints Procedure

For the benefit of good local administration the council has adopted a standard and formal procedure for considering complaints either made by complainants direct or referred back to the council from other bodies to whom they have been made. The Code is a way of ensuring that complainants can feel satisfied that at the very least their complaint has been properly and fully considered.

Disciplinary & Grievance Arrangements

This document gives a code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures that the Parish Council should follow for handling these issues in the workplace

Equality and Diversity Policy

Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council commit to ensure at all times that equality and diversity is reflected in all its activities. This document sets out the policy to ensure the council delivers equality and diversity to its staff, members, residents, customers and partners.

Health and Safety Policy

In accordance with section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, it is the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees. There is no requirement for an organisation with less than 5 employees to have a documented Health and Safety Policy however in line with National Association of Local Councils (NALC) recommended best practice and the Councils commitment to quality, the following policy statements set out the Councils commitment to Health and Safety.

Procurement Policy

The procurement policy outlines the council’s procurement values, thresholds for contracts and the formal process for contracts exceeding £10,000.

Community Engagement Statement

Community Engagement Statement

CCTV Policy

cctv policy

Risk Management Scheme

This document identifies the risks and subsequent control measures. Under health and safety law and statutory financial regulations the council has a duty to manage risks.

This document is reviewed annually at the same time as the council insurance is reviewed.

Publication Scheme

This document outlines the information available from Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council under the model publication scheme.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is a set of standards that members have a duty in law to observe in the course of business conducted and representation of the Parish Council.

Standing Orders

Standing Orders are the written rules of the parish council. They include the rules used to conduct meetings.

Financial Regulations

Financial regulations are written rules of the Parish Council that regulate and control the financial affairs and accounting procedures.

Privacy Notice & Data Protection Regulations

Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and recognises its responsibility to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR).

Councillor Responsibilites

Full Council

The main role of a Parish Council is to represent the views of all residents within the parish. One of the most important tasks of a Parish Councillor is listening to and understanding the views of people in the community. Please feel free to get in touch below, or visit the next Parish Council meeting.

Cllr. Sara Box

Vice Chairman and Councillor

Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. Sara Box ROI

Training Record:
17/7/2019 - Avon LCA - Being a Good Councillor Course


Cllr. Sara Cass


Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. Sara Cass ROI

Training Record:


Cllr. David Cottis


Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. David Cottis ROI

Training Record:
17/1/2022 - Avon LCA - The Essential Councillors Course


Cllr. Jon Elford


Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. Jon Elford ROI

Training Record:


Cllr. Stephen Marsh


Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. Stephen Marsh ROI

Training Record:
23/11/2020 - Avon LCA - Planning in Plain English
7/9/2020 - Avon LCA - The Essential Councillors Course


Cllr. Helen Neary


Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. Helen Neary ROI

Training Record:
23/11/2020 – Avon LCA – Planning in Plain English
17/7/2019 - Avon LCA - Being a Good Councillor Course


Cllr. Jonathan Sebright


Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. Jonathan Sebright ROI

Training Record:
12/2/2020 - Avon LCA - Skills for Chairmen
17/7/2019 - Avon LCA - Being a Good Councillor Course


Cllr. Philip Warden

Chairman and Councillor

Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. Philip Warden ROI

Training Record:
1/9/2020 – Avon LCA – Planning in Plain English
17/7/2019 - Avon LCA - Being a Good Councillor Course


Cllr. Mark Wilson


Email: [email protected]

Register of Interests: Cllr. Mark Wilson ROI

Training Record:


Committees and Working Parties

Pump Track Committee

This committee was appointed on 12th October 2021 by full council resolution – see minute ref: 2021-10_12. PUMP TRACK

The committee’s primary purpose is to support the Clerk with overseeing the day to day project management of the pump track installation. This will allow the Clerk to consult with the committee on decisions required in between parish council meetings that can not wait for a full council meeting. Any significant changes to the strategic direction, overall vision etc. will be reviewed and agreed by the Parish Council.

  • Cllr. Sara Box
  • Cllr. Sara Cass
  • Cllr. David Cottis
  • Cllr. Jon Elford
  • Cllr. Stephen Marsh
  • Cllr. Helen Neary
  • Cllr. Jonathan Sebright
  • Cllr. Philip Warden
  • Cllr. Mark Wilson

  • Finance Advisory Group

    This advisory group is required for making recommendations on budget setting, precept requirements and for financial auditing purposes.

    Appointments updated 22nd June 2021 See minute ref: 2021-06_10. ADVISORY GROUPS

  • Cllr. Sara Cass
  • Cllr. Jonathan Sebright
  • Cllr. Philip Warden

  • HR Advisory Group

    This advisory group is required for making recommendations on annual appraisals and staffing matters.

    Appointments updated 22nd June 2021 See minute ref: 2021-06_10. ADVISORY GROUPS

  • Cllr. Sara Box
  • Cllr. Stephen Marsh
  • Cllr. Helen Neary

  • Planning Advisory Group

    This advisory group is required for researching planning applications and matters and making recommendations to the council.

    Appointments updated 22nd June 2021 See minute ref: 2021-06_10. ADVISORY GROUPS

  • Cllr. Stephen Marsh
  • Cllr. Helen Neary
  • Cllr. Philip Warden

  • Appointments to Outside Bodies:

    Chew Valley Forum

    The Chew Valley Forum is a connecting communities forum organised by Bath and NE Somerset Council.


    Meeting dates:

    Chew Valley Climate and Nature Emergency Working Group

    The Chew Valley climate and nature emergency working group is part of the chew valley forum.

    Co-design Workshop for B&NES Liveable Neighbourhoods – Temple Cloud

    An invitation has been emailed to councillors

    Parish Liaison

    The parish liaison is run by the B&NES community engagement team.

    Other Responsibilities

    Clutton Flower Show

    The parish council has been invited to host a stall at the Clutton Flower Show on 13th August 2022

  • Cllr. Sara Box
  • Cllr. Jonathan Sebright
  • Cllr. Philip Warden

  • Pump Track Working Party

  • Cllr. Stephen Marsh
  • Cllr. Helen Neary
  • Cllr. Mark Wilson
  • Councillors & Contacting the Council

    Philip Edwards (CiLCA)

    Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

    Email: [email protected]

    Telephone: 07591 257067

    Response times: The clerk has a part time contract and will normally respond on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. At other times we may take a little longer to get back to you.

    Report Fly Tipping & Highways Issues

    For fly tipping and highways issues, please report to BANES using fixmystreet:


    Cllr. Sara Box

    Vice Chairman and Councillor

    Email: [email protected]

    Cllr. Philip Warden

    Chairman and Councillor

    Email: [email protected]

    Financial Documents and Reports

    Financial Reports for the Parish Council Meetings.

    These reports include transactions that are reported to the Parish Council on a regular basis as required by the council’s financial regulations and statutory proper practices.
    These include payments for approval, monthly income and expenditure in the cash book along with quarterly meeting reports for the bank reconciliation and the periodic year-to-date spending against the budget.

    2022-06 Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2022-05 Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2022-04 Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2022-03 Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2022-02 Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2022-01: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    Budget 2022-23

    Approved budget

    2021-12: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2021-11: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2021-10: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2021-09: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2021-08 (No PCM): Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2021-07 PCM: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.
    Includes quarterly report for bank reconciliation and year to date spending against budget.

    2021-06 PCM: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    2021-05 PCM: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    Budget 2021-22

    Busget Proposals

    2021-04 PCM: Finance Reports

    Financial reports for the monthly parish council meeting.

    Payments Approved 04/2017 - 10/2018

    Payments approved at Parish Council Meetings

    Meeting Documents

    Report: Foundation Award

    The NALC foundation award demonstrates that the Council meets the required standards to operate lawfully and according to standard practice. It is an award that demonstrates the quality and professionalism of the Council to the local community and service partners.

    NALC promotes the award as follows:

    The Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed them by their peers, and put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

    The scheme has been designed to provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is only through the sector working together, to share best practices, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach their full potential.

    The council’s foundation award was achieved in 2017

    The award expires on 30/9/2021

    To renew the award a resubmission for assessment is required.

    Staff time required:

    The table below shows progress to 7/9/21. It is estimated that a further 6 to 8 hours may be required to complete and submit the award. This could either be added to the current workload as overtime, or postponed and then completed over time during quieter periods.


    NALC Registration to take part: £50
    Accreditation Fee: £80 +VAT


    The Council confirms by resolution that it recognises its duties in relation to bio-diversity and crime and disorder and that all documentation and information is in place for a specified awardDoes the council meet this requirement?    Hyperlink to council resolution:
    CriteriaDo you meet these criteria?Where are these published online?
    Its standing orders y 
    Its financial regulations y 
    Its Code of Conduct and a link to councillors’ registers of interests y 
    Its publication scheme y 
    Its last annual return y 
    Transparent information about council payments y – to collate 
    A calendar of all meetings including the annual meeting of electors partially complete 
    Minutes for at least one year of full council meetings and (if relevant) all committee and sub-committee meetings y 
    Current agendas y 
    The budget and precept information for the current or next financial year to publish 
    Its complaints procedure y 
    Its accessibility statement y 
    Its privacy notice to complete 
    Council contact details and councillor information in line with the Transparency Code y 
    Its action plan for the current year y 
    Evidence of consulting the community to publish 
    Publicity advertising council activities to collate 
    Evidence of participating in town and country planning to collate 
    The Council confirms by resolution that all documentation and information is in place for a specified awardDoes the council meet this requirement?    Hyperlink to council resolution:
    CriteriaDo you meet these criteria?Where are these published? Can they be provided electronically?
    A risk management scheme y 
    A register of assets y 
    Contracts for all members of staff y – but confidential due to GDPR, can be provided electronically 
    up-to-date insurance policies that mitigate risks to public money y – to publish 
    Disciplinary and grievance procedures y 
    A policy for training and training and development of and councillors y – to check and improve 
    A record of all training undertaken by staff and councillors in the last year n – to be collated 
    A clerk who has achieved 12 CPD points in the last year y – evidence to be collated 

    20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency

    Parish and town councils may not be as powerful as local authorities but
    they can “do their bit” in addressing the climate and nature emergency
    and be a force for change.
    October 2019
    20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency – Friends of the Earth

    1. Be a force for good
    2. Demonstrate leadership through your own practical actions
    3. Use your powers wisely
    4. Acknowledgements
      This guide complements Friends of the Earth’s template Local Climate Action Plan.1
      In this guide we identify actions that parish and town councils can take on climate
      change and nature. Its purpose is to support those of the 10,000 local councils across
      England and 750 community councils in Wales who want to “do their bit” in addressing
      the climate and nature emergency.
      Donate to protect our climate
      Be a force for good
      Encourage the formation of Climate Action groups
      Communities across the country are coming together to take climate action in response
      to the climate and nature emergency. Climate Action groups will encourage and support
      you to take local political action, build positive community solutions, and join together to
      demand national action. Parish, town and community councils should encourage and
      support the formation of these groups. Friends of the Earth will provide resources,
      training and advice to Climate Action groups (see
      Actively support small and large planning applications for new renewable
      energy in the area
      Planning decisions will be made by the local planning authority, which needs to hear
      from those that support the applications. The UK needs to increase the amount of
      renewable energy it generates by around eight-fold.
      Promote practical action by local people
      20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency – Friends of the Earth
      People can often be at a loss about what they can practically do to reduce their own
      carbon footprint or support nature. An impartial local guide that provides information on
      accredited local businesses can be invaluable and help keep money in the local
      economy. The guide could include information on local accredited energy assessors2
      and renewable energy installers for solar panels, batteries, EV charging points and heat
      pumps3 , eco-friendly retailers, green builders and landscape companies, etc. It can also
      encourage sustainable transport options.
      Bring together groups of people for bulk purchases
      The costs of installing solar PV, or other renewable technologies such as heat pumps,
      should be much lower if done in bulk, street by street, or area by area. A town or parish
      council can bring together local homeowners and businesses to develop such a scheme
      – it’s a widely used model in the Netherlands and places such as Suffolk and Frome in
      the UK. Bulk purchases of energy audits or energy insulation is also possible. Transition
      Streets is an example of this approach.4
      Develop and promote lift-sharing scheme
      By convening local businesses and car-sharing schemes, such as the social enterprise
      Liftshare, it’s possible to help local people reduce the carbon pollution from car use,
      save money and foster new friendships. An analysis by Liftshare suggested that 92% of
      people commuting to work in over 200 locations lived close enough to be able to share a
      car to work. Lift-sharing may often be a solution for people when public transport,
      cycling or walking to work isn’t. Car-sharing schemes for non-commuting journeys
      should also be promoted.5
      Use your voice
      Decisions on infrastructure projects are largely made by local authorities, Local
      Economic Partnerships, or by national government. But too many of these decisions will
      increase carbon emissions and / or harm nature. Use your voice when possible to
      oppose high-carbon developments, promoting sustainable alternatives instead. Press
      local authorities and MPs to demand national changes to bus services regulations, so all
      20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency – Friends of the Earth
      areas can regulate buses as London does, and urban profit-making routes can crossfund loss making rural routes.
      Demonstrate leadership through your own practical
      Save energy
      Ensure any council buildings are as energy efficient as possible and any street lighting
      uses well-directed LED lighting. Getting an energy audit is the first step. Loans for
      projects in England that have a payback of less than five years are available through
      Salix funding.6 Projects with longer term paybacks should still be carried out.
      Produce green energy
      Install renewable energy generation, like heat pumps and solar PV, at council buildings.
      Heat pumps benefit from a government grant7 that will partially cover the cost. Several
      energy companies provide a smart export tariff, which pays for any electricity generated
      that isn’t used by the building, including offering top prices if the solar PV is used in
      conjunction with a battery.8 Funds can also be raised through Salix loans9 or through
      crowdfunding. Buildings using renewable energy should also be used as a showcase to
      help local people see these technologies first-hand, particular less familiar technologies
      such as heat pumps. An electronic display showing how much energy has been
      generated and how much money and CO2 emissions saved is one way of demonstrating
      the benefits.
      Reduce pesticide use and other harmful activities
      It’s possible to reduce activities that harm wildlife, from using peat-free compost to
      shunning pesticides and ensuring light pollution is controlled. Glastonbury Town Council
      has stopped using glyphosate weed killer and instead uses a hot foam system.10 These
      steps alone are not enough to protect and restore nature but they’re an important first
      step. To encourage others, promote the actions you’re taking, for example use signage
      on council-owned land where you use peat-free compost.
      20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency – Friends of the Earth
      Manage land for nature.
      Parish, town and community councils can have responsibility for allotments, bridleways,
      burial grounds, commons and open spaces, and village greens. All of these can be
      managed to enhance nature, particularly through changing mowing regimes. Friends of
      the Earth and Buglife have produced a guide to developing an action plan for helping
      pollinators such as bees.11 Buglife’s B-lines project aims to support the development of
      a network of wildlife friendly corridors.12 Friends of the Earth is piloting a crowd-funded
      postcode gardener project to help people green the streets where they live.13
      Increase tree cover
      Friends of the Earth is campaigning for the UK to double tree cover. The Forestry
      Commission and others have suggested that even urban areas should aim for at least
      20% tree cover.14 Parish, town and community councils should aim to double tree cover
      and, if necessary, go beyond this to reach the 20% minimum. Much of this will involve
      encouraging and supporting landowners to take park in tree planting. The Tree Charter,
      developed by the Woodland Trust, provides excellent guidance on how to increase tree
      cover. The National Association of Local Councils website provides case studies where it
      has been used.15
      Buy green
      Buying local can support the local economy and buying green can help protect the
      planet, rewarding businesses committed to a better future. Buying green electricity
      helps develop new renewable energy and ensures the council isn’t supporting dirty
      energy financially. Friends of the Earth has identified Ecotricity and Good Energy as the
      greenest energy companies. Buying green can also extend to any food provided at
      events, including providing mainly plant-based food and less but better meat and dairy.
      Use green transport
      Employees and councillors should be encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport
      or car-share. The council should provide bikes or electric bikes for staff as they carry out
      any work-related trips. It should also provide zero-interest loans for buying bikes. Where
      20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency – Friends of the Earth
      a car or van is needed it should be electric only.
      Minimise waste going to landfill or incineration
      In your own operations, ensure all your waste is recycled or composted, but also
      consider setting-up community recycling facilities for hard-to-recycle items when the
      local authority hasn’t done so, for example in partnership with Terracycle.16 Bisley
      Parish Council has set up a community composting scheme. The best approach for
      waste minimisation is reuse (eg reusable cups) or avoiding unnecessary purchases.
      Ensure money is invested wisely
      Across the UK, local authorities are investing tens of millions of pounds each into fossil
      fuel companies, despite having declared a climate emergency. Although town council
      investments will be tiny in comparison, the council should still ensure any council funds
      are invested safely in low-risk sustainable banks or investment funds.
      Use your powers wisely
      Ensure you know the climate change or nature implications of decisions
      before you make them
      It isn’t credible to accept the need for rapid action on climate change and nature and
      then make decisions without knowing whether they’ll be harmful or helpful. Requiring
      every decision to be well informed is common sense as well as good practice. This
      should extend to demanding that the planning authority provides you with this kind of
      information when consulting you.
      Designate sites within the Neighbourhood Plan for trees, renewable energy
      and nature restoration
      20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency – Friends of the Earth
      In practice, the development of 90% of Neighbourhood Plans is led by town and parish
      councils working hand in hand with their communities. The Neighbourhood Planning
      process is far from perfect and very time consuming, but it offers the community the
      opportunity to show it means business on protecting and enhancing the environment for
      future generations.
      Use the Neighbourhood Plan to require new homes to be energy efficient,
      nature friendly, and located close to public transport and amenities.
      Given the climate and nature emergency, it’s unfortunate that the government doesn’t
      require all new homes to be as sustainable as possible. Neighbourhood Plans will
      identify sites for future housing and should push for these to be zero-carbon
      (eg Passivhaus standard) and nature friendly, even though the local planning authority
      may seek to override this aim. Homes should also be fitted with renewable energy.
      Homes need to be located close to amenities and public transport to avoid car
      Designate safe walking and cycle routes in the Neighbourhood Plan
      Identify safe walking and cycling routes and where necessary work in partnership with
      district and county councils to deliver them. The Propensity to Cycle tool identifies the
      huge potential for increasing cycling in all areas of the country, particularly with good
      quality infrastructure, such as segregated cycleways and cycle parking, and with the
      use of E-bikes.17
      Use differential car-parking charges to support low-carbon vehicles
      Any car parks run by the council should offer low cost or free car-parking to electric
      vehicles and dedicated spaces with electric charging points.
      This list of actions has drawn on ideas kindly shared by others including Simon Pickering
      (Green councillor, Stroud), Robert Vint (Extinction Rebellion, Totnes) and Chris Gittins
      (Timsbury Parish Council). All three also kindly provided comments on an earlier draft,
      20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency – Friends of the Earth
      for which I thank them. Any mistakes or errors remain my own.
      Donate to protect our climate
    5. Friends of the Earth, September 2019, Get your council to adopt our climate action plan,
    6. A register of accredited assessors is available at
    7. To qualify for a government grant (Renewable Heat Incentive) to help with the costs of installing renewable
      heat such as solar thermal panels or heat pumps it’s necessary to use a certified installer. The list of certified
      installers is at
    8. See
    9. There are a number of car-sharing schemes across the country, including national and local providers.
      Somerset County Council has a guide on setting up a community car-share scheme, .
    10. Webpage accessed 18 Sept 2019,
    11. Ofgem has guidance on the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive at
    12. For example, Octopus was the first to offer a tariff to pay for exported energy (which will be metered) Other companies will follow suit.
    13. See
    14. The company WeedingTech has produced a case study, but you might want to check on the current
      situation with Glastonbury Town Council,
    15. Buglife and Friends of the Earth, Helping pollinators locally,
    16. Buglife B-lines Hub,
    17. See
    18. Urban Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committee Network, England’s Urban Forests: Using tree canopy
      cover data to secure the benefits of the urban forest,
    19. NALC website, The Tree Charter,
    20. Terracycle website,
      20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency – Friends of the Earth
    21. Propensity to Cycle tool,

    Temple Cloud Village Hall, Coronavirus update.


    The latest details from the government:

    For groups allowed to operate under the new restrictions, the Hall will remain open to covid secure organisations.


    The Parish Council have agreed in their July meeting to partially open the village hall to allow organisations that are COVID-19 secure to hire the venue. These organistation need to provide a risk assessment to demonstrate that they are able to comply with government guidelines. A draft guide as been published pending final approval of the Council, which can be reviewed here:


    Following the government advice on codonavirus to avoid unnecessary social contact and to avoid gathering in groups, we are temporarily closing the village hall. We appreciate how difficult this situation is for our hirers and the local community and we ask our hirers to refer to and follow the government guidelines. We will review the situation regularly to see when it is suitable to reopen.

    Booking fees can be returned without any cancellation fees. You may also postpone your refund and booking to a future date. If you ask us to postpone, the offer of a refund still stands if you still have to cancel due to the coronavirus situation.

    The Hall will be made available for meetings or events necessary to assist with efforts to alleviate the effects of the virus outbreak.

    When the circumstances improve, we would very much welcome your bookings again. If it will help, you are also welcome to make future provisional bookings to reserve the date on the same understanding that if they need to be cancelled due to government guidelines, we will not require payment.

    We would insist that all users of the hall consider their usage and act with regard to the health and wellbeing of their groups and the community.

    Playground Opening


    Using this play facility

    Whilst the Covid-19 alert level remains in place, you should observe the following requirements to help us minimise the risks of transmission. This equipment is not sterilised or washed down daily

    X Please do not enter this facility if you, or anyone in your household are showing symptoms, or are self-isolating

    • All visitors should wash or sanitise their hands before entering the play area, and again on leaving

    X  Please do not enter if the facility appears busy, and avoid equipment if already occupied

    • Children should be supervised carefully to maintain good hygiene and to ensure children wait their turn to use equipment where it is safe to do so

    X If possible ensure that all visitors avoid shouting, touching faces or mouths and observe social distancing rules from anyone outside of their household or support bubble

    X Do not eat food or smoke in the play area

    X Please remember that the Covid-19 virus can survive longer on internal hard surfaces, so if possible entering tube slides, play tunnels or small playhouses should be avoided.

    • Please take all of your PPE and litter home with you.

    Notice of Public Rights 2020

    Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
    The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

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    Co-option Application Form

    Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council. We have a vacancy that may be filled by co-option. This means the Parish Council will consider your application and vote at the Parish Council meeting to co-opt you as a new member. Please check the qualification requirements at the bottom of this form and then fill in these details to introduce yourself to the Parish Council. These details will be shared with the Parish Council Clerk and Councillors. You will be invited to attend the Parish Council meeting to meet the current members and present your application with a short discussion.

    Personal Information: Please introduce yourself and details why you consider you would be the best candidate for the vacancy. Points you may like to cover include your connection with the Parish, membership of any community groups, voluntary work within the Parish or elsewhere, particular interests relating to the Parish.

    Please detail any skills or experience you have that may be relevant to the Parish Council. This may be professional, and might include any you may have from other things you are involved with:

    Please confirm by ticking:

    For the whole of the 12 months prior to this application :


    Please note that under Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 a person is disqualified from being elected as a Local Councillor or being a member of a Local Council if he/she:

    a) holds any paid office or employment of the local council (other than the office of Chairman) or of a joint committee on which the Council is represented; or

    b) is a person who has been adjudged bankrupt or has made a composition or arrangement with his/her creditors (but see below); or

    c) has within five years before the day of election, or since his/her election, been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man of any offence and has been sentenced to imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for not less than three months without the option of a fine; or

    d) is otherwise disqualified under Part III of the Representation of the People Act 1983 for corrupt or illegal practices. This disqualification for bankruptcy ceases in the following circumstances: –

    • i) if the bankruptcy is annulled on the grounds that either the person ought not to have been adjudged bankrupt or that his/her debts have been fully discharged;
    • ii) if the person is discharged with a certificate that the bankruptcy was caused by misfortune without misconduct on his/her part;
    • iii) if the person is discharged without such a certificate.

    In (i) and (ii) above, the disqualification ceases on the date of the annulment and discharge respectively. In (iii), it ceases on the expiry of five years from the date of discharge.

    Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: 13 March 2020 from BANES:

    What to do if you think you might have coronavirus symptoms

    If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19); a high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough, the NHS advice is to:

    – stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started (this action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious)

    – plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home- ask your friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home

    – stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.

    – sleep alone, if that is possible- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.

    – stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible

    – you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online.

    If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
    More information on: ‘Staying at Home’ can be found by clicking this link.

    Many thanks for your continued help in this matter.
    B&NES Council Public Health Team

    10/12/19 7164 Bristol & Northeast Sign Up for Free Counter Terrorism Training

    Avon and Somerset Police crest

    An award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time and Avon and Somerset Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.

    Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

    Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

    The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer – and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. Today the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.

    The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place just days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.

    Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places. Developed alongside industry experts more than one and a half million modules have already been completed. The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, we want to open it up to as many people as possible.

    “The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely – so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams help to keep all communities across the Avon and Somerset area safe. The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”

    ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one was to happen.

    The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register your name and start learning, copy and paste the following link into your web browser:

    Crime Prevention Advice

    Dear resident,

    As I’m sure you may be aware. The Villages along the A37 & A39 have been targeted by thieves during the nights. This has also extended out into Timsbury. They have targeted Vans particularly for their tools. One of the types of Vans being targeted are Ford Transit. Victims are reporting that their tools have been taken. But can’t see any signs of how the van has been opened / entered? It’s suggested that a skeleton key is being used on the Ford Transit models. Other makes like Peugeot, Renault, Nissan & VW have also been targeted but we’re not aware of any of those being targeted with a skeleton key. A Ford Transit on a 2007 registration was taken without the keys being present, likely to be a skeleton key used. Your local Beat Team have the following advice.

    Vehicle Security

    It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows whenever you leave your van unattended. We have had reports of thefts from vans during the daylight along the A37 when victims have been at work with their van nearby. It literally takes a thief seconds for an opportunity. Never leave any valuables visible – keep ALL possessions out of sight. That includes power leads, Satnavs & mounts, coins, sunglasses, clothing or bags. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your jacket pocket or file left on your seat. A thief may try their luck. Whenever possible park in a lit area that is covered by CCTV. If the vehicle is parked outside of your property or driveway consider installing CCTV on your property. Remove your tools from your van when left over night. If that’s not possible fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks. Engrave or mark tools and their boxes. Ideally mark them overtly with paint pens and then seal down the marking with a clear lacquer spray. Mark property with the name of your company, the postcode, house or building name or number. Items that are overtly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on. Fit additional external locks to van doors. If your van is older, consider fitting new locks that are more difficult to compromise. Ensure your alarm or immobiliser is set. There are various alarms on the market. However a small standalone PIR shed type alarm with a texting facility or personal attack alarm can be very loud when triggered, and will act as a deterrent and let you know that your vehicle has been entered. Use an approved steering lock or gear clamps Vehicles fitted with a smart or passive key are susceptible to relay theft. This key system allows you to gain entry and start your vehicle without the need to interact with your vehicles key. Criminals use specialist equipment that has the ability to grab the signal from the car to the smart key so that it appears to the car that the key is present. Your vehicle is most vulnerable overnight, particularly if parked on your driveway or directly outside of your home.

    How to prevent this?

    When not in use – either at home or when out and about – store your keys in a security pouch. Security pouches are sometimes termed Faraday bags or signal blockers/shields and there are many security rated versions on the market. These pouches will prevent the signal from your vehicle being captured using electronic devices. Remember to secure both keys in a security pouch.

    Number Plate Thefts

    We’re still receiving reports of thefts of the number plates from the victim’s cars. It’s highly likely that the plates will be fixed to another vehicle and that vehicle will be used for criminal offences. It’s important if you’re the victim of such an offence to report it so that our database can be adjusted to identify when stolen plates are being used. To prevent this you can fit theft resistant number plate fittings. Use one-way clutch head screws to secure plates.

    Motorcycle / Moped Security

    There have been reports of attempted thefts of motorbike / moped in Farrington Gurney. Keep your motorcycle / moped in a garage, shed or use a motorcycle cover. Storing it out of view is one of the best ways to prevent opportunist theft. Invest in good quality security. Lock your motorcycle / moped to something. Just using a chain & lock around the frames and wheels means a thief could just carry the bike away. Loop a chain around a sturdy fixed object. Avoid street signage. Some are not very high and lighter bikes could be lifted over the top of the post. Lock the rear wheel to an immovable object or ground anchor and use a disk lock on the front wheel. Making your motorcycle/moped less of an easy option will reduce the chances of it being targeted. Combine the use of a disk lock and a chain lock attached to a ground anchor. Where possible keep the lock off the ground. Whenever you lock and chain the rear wheel, wrap any excess chain around the rear wheel and try to enclose the lock. Keeping the lock off the ground can prevent it being attacked and smashed. Consider fitting a lock that has an added alarm fitted upon tampering. Choose a high quality chain at least 16mm thick as they are almost impossible to cut with bolt croppers. Quality chains of this are also much harder to cut using power tools. To work out what length of chain you need. Use a piece of rope through the intended route then measure the length of rope used. Do not buy a chain longer than you need. Leaving any length of chain, especially one with longer links, lying on the floor makes it vulnerable to attack. Be mindful that even 1 metre of 16mm chain will weigh 4.5kg so you will need a tail box or pannier. Avoid cable locks. Few offer any deterrent it is easy to cut them with a basic cable cutters, hacksaws and even wire-cutters.

    Caravan Security

    There have been reports of caravans being taken from addresses in Farrington Gurney & Emborough. Fit physical security and a caravan cover. The combination of hitch lock anti-theft, wheel clamp and ground anchor. A physical barrier to theft is always a clear deterrent. Using a caravan cover and installing an alarm makes any theft more difficult and your caravan less attractive. Register record and property mark all parts of the caravan or trailer. Register your caravan or trailer with the Central Registration & Identification Scheme (CRIS) and use overt and covert chips to mark it. If stolen it may have its number plates, chassis, frame or CRIS numbers removed. Take photos, including specific fittings, marks or damage as these can help to identify your caravan or trailer. Install an alarm and tracking system, including roof markings. If stolen being able to identify your caravan or trailer is vital. Add clear roof markings, giving the year of manufacture and CRIS number, to assist the Police in identifying your caravan.

    Shed / Garage Security

    There have been reports of garages being targeted taking expensive mountain bikes, child’s motorbike and fishing equipment. Most common things stolen from your shed or garage. Bikes, mowers, garden tools & power tools. Make sure your shed door, door frame and walls are solid. Replace any damaged or rotten areas with new sections. Try to place the shed door facing your house and not too close to a perimeter wall or gate. The extra noise made by a gravel path can be a good deterrent. Security lights can have a positive effect, but you must be able to see them from your house. Fit a shed alarm to the inside of the shed door. Ensure the hasp is bolted through the shed and into a steel plate. Replace ordinary screws on outbuilding doors with non-return screws or coach bolts. Obscure the window of your shed / garage to prevent thieves seeing what you have inside. Ensure any ladders or steps are put away or secure with a decent chain and padlock. Consider keeping valuable items in a strong lockable box or cage. Fit two closed shackle padlocks on strong padlock hasps – one third of the way up from the bottom of the door and one third of the way down from the top of the door. Bicycles and larger garden equipment should be locked to a correctly installed ground anchor or shed shackle. If that’s not possible then consider those items to be stored in the garage / home. Fit wire mesh or bars on the inside of your window frames. If you have a household alarm fitted, consider extending the system into the garage area. Fit a garage door blocker on the outside of the door. This product bolts permanently to the floor, has a large T bar shaped restrictor and a quality locking device. Various good quality “up and over” or rolling deadlocking door handles can be purchased to replace any existing poor quality locks to give better security. Consider purchasing loop cables. These have a long braided steel cable and a two bolt anchor locking point. These fix to garage walls or floors and can be passed through expensive property such as quad bikes etc. some cables are alarmed. The integral garage door of modern properties is usually a fire door but is not usually secure. We do not recommend carrying out any work on a fire door as it may affects its performance. We recommend products that are Sold Secure or Secure by Design.

    If you require any further advice please don’t hesitate to contact your local Beat Team at Radstock Police Station.

    Stay safe Stuart Peard Police Constable 3455 Safer Stronger Neighbourhoods Team, Avon and Somerset Police Radstock Police Station, Wells Road, Radstock, BA3 3SG Tel 101 (non-emergency number) or if you see suspicious activity call 999.

    Boost in library membership at Midsomer Norton

    More than 1,200 new members, including 466 children have joined Midsomer Norton’s Library since it reopened last summer following a major revamp. Last year BANES Council invested £350,000 in the combined library and information service based at The Hollies in the High Street.

    The redesign enables residents to access information, advice and services under one roof while providing a more flexible and useable space for the whole community. Since reopening last June it has been reported that 74,045 items have been borrowed, with more than half of the items borrowed by children.  Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, said “It’s really encouraging to see so many people signing up to use our library in Midsomer Norton and I’m particularly pleased that many of them are children. Libraries are an important community resource and are really valued by local residents and I hope people continue to discover and make use of this fantastic resource.”

    The redesigned library and information service offers free WiFi throughout, improved internet technology, improved access to printing including wireless technology, a quiet area to study and a new children’s area with comfortable seating and fun educational features. It also boasts a wider selection of books and easy access shelving. New touch screen technology also provides access to the vast LibraryWest catalogue of more than three million items. 

    One of the key aims of the Midsomer Norton Library team is community involvement and regular events and activities are held including Storytime and Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions, which will return in the autumn. Staff are currently are preparing for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The annual event was hugely successful last year; 387 children took part and read a total of 1565 books.

    To find out about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge visit your local library in Bath and North East Somerset or visit: 

    Midsomer Norton Library and Information Service is open from Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 5pm, Fridays 9.30am – 4.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 1pm

    Joint Police and PCC Forum: Wednesday 19th June in Keynsham

    A Joint Police Forum will be taking place in Keynsham on Wednesday 19th June between 7pm and 9pm in the Community Space, Keynsham (5 Temple St, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1HA ).

    The Joint Police Forum is routinely held across the Avon and Somerset Area and is a public meeting so residents are encouraged to attend.

    The meeting will begin with an introduction from Police Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens. This will be followed by an introduction from Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen and then a local policing presentation from a Keynsham Neighbourhood Officer.

    At the end of the evening, there will be an opportunity for local people attending to ask questions.

    The programme for the evening is as follows:

    18:45 – Guests and members of the public to arrive at the Community Space 19:15 – Introductions and Presentations

    20:15 – Public Q&A

    The PCC have said that if you would like to attend, it would be helpful to let them know so they can ensure a seat is allocated for you. You can find further information and register on-line here or e-mail [email protected] or call 01278 646188.

    If you have any questions you would like to ask you can e-mail the PCC in advance at [email protected] They recommend that you do this if you have a question that might need some research (e.g. regarding a specific issue in your area).

    You can also tweet your questions to @AandSPCC or message on facebook here.

    Your Village Needs You!

    The new Parish Council has been confirmed. We take forward four existing members and now have the opportunity to appoint five new members!

    If you are interested in representing the views of fellow residents and can attend a meeting on the second Wednesday each month we would love to hear from you.

    The most vibrant council is made up of a wide range of people representative of the community they serve – a range of ages, skills, backgrounds and all kinds of varied experience! All you need is an interest in your community. Training and support is provided.

    If you would like to find out more, please contact Jenny, the Clerk by email: [email protected] or by phone: 07591 257 067.

    Community Planting Event

    This Saturday – 30th March between 12.30 and 14.30 we will be planting of the long border in the Village Hall car park.

    We would like to invite everyone to help, all plants provided, but if you have a trowel or a spade, so much the better.

    Let’s make this something wonderful!

    Temple Cloud Air Quality – update from BANES Officers

    During our last update from BANES Officers back in October 2018 we were informed that the BANES Council Environmental Monitoring Team were working hard to secure funding for a ‘Options and Feasibility study’ to explore and assess measures designed and intended to result in the required air quality improvement within the Temple Cloud Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

    Conscious that we are now only 5 months away from it being a year since the AQMA was officially declared, the Parish Council wrote to BANES Officers to ask what progress had been made.  

    BANES Council have now confirmed that funding through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has been approved for the technical assessment. The study will assess possible options against: feasibility, deliverability, predicted air quality benefit, and cost.

    The measures that are deemed deliverable and effective in achieving the necessary reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels will form part of the Temple Cloud Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) alongside other, less complicated measures that haven’t required the same technical assessment.

    The Options and Assessment stage will begin in tandem with Farrington Gurney (who are also subject to a AQMA on the A37) and this should commence shortly – in April 2019 and will include a two week Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) study.

    Once the study has taken place and the draft AQAP has been prepared, there will be a further phase of public consultation.

    The issue of Air Quality in Temple Cloud remains a key priority for the Parish Council – the Parish Council are pleased that funding to undertake the technical assessment work has been secured and will continue to work closely with the Environmental Monitoring Team at BANES Council to ensure that residents are kept fully updated and the impact of air quality is addressed.

    You can see the headlines from BANES Council Officers below:

    Temple Cloud AQMA Plan

    Village Hall Car Park – work commences 4th February 2019

    Springfield Road Surfacing will commence work on the Temple Cloud Village Hall car park from Monday 4th February 2019 to provide a new finished level surface, drainage, install lighting, a planting area and marked bays .

    The work will also clear some of the scrub behind the Village Hall sign to extend the surface of the car park to the kerbstone edge to maximise useable parking space available once the project is finished. As a result, the car park will not be available for a two week period between Monday 4th February 2019 and Friday 15th February 2019. A small section of parking may be left clear for parking over the weekend if health and safety permits the contractor to do this.

    Regular hirers of the Village Hall have been informed of the project and asked to communicate this message to members / customers to reduce the impact to those using the Village Hall for clubs, events and parking as well as to those residents living close by who may also be impacted by the project.

    The Parish Council thank users of the Village Hall and residents for their patience at this time and during the two week period but hope that the end results will further enhance and improve the overall experience of using the Village Hall and car park for everyone.

    Christmas and New Year rubbish collection changes

    People are being advised to look out for revised recycling and rubbish collection dates across Bath and North East Somerset over Christmas and New Year.

    There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.

    All wheeled bin customers will get notice of revised collection dates via bin hangers distributed during the first two weeks of December.

    Re-useable rubbish bag and black sack customers will be notified by letter.

    The revised collections dates will also be advertised in the local press and people can also check details for specific addresses on the council’s website:

    The council’s recycling centres will be operating as normal for the majority of the festive period, but will be closed on:

    • Christmas Day – Tuesday 25 December
    • Boxing Day – Wednesday 26 December
    • New Year’s Day – Tuesday 1 January

    There will be NO garden waste collections from Monday 3 December 2018 to Friday 25 January inclusive. Normal garden waste collections will start again on Monday 28 January.

    People who have bought real Christmas trees can take them to the council’s recycling centres or put them out between 28 January and 8 February on garden waste collection days (even if they don’t have a green bin) and we will collect them free of charge. Please cut them up small enough to fit in the lorry and make sure they are free of decorations.

    B&NES Council have issued the following advice to residents:

    More rubbish is thrown away over Christmas than at any other time of year, and people are being urged to think responsibly and recycle as much waste as they can.

    Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods said: “We all love Christmas but it is a time of year when a staggering amount of food is thrown away and excess packaging is created. We can all do our bit to reduce excess waste by thinking about how much we buy and recycling. If we all do our bit, we can reduce the amount that goes to landfill.”

    The Love Food Hate Waste website has plenty of seasonal tips to help reduce food waste and save money this Christmas.

    Lots of other festive waste can also be recycled. Wrapping paper (white backed, non- foil), greetings cards, gift tags and cardboard packaging can all be placed in our recycling containers. However, glitter or foil backed wrapping paper and glittery Christmas cards can’t be recycled, so please choose wisely when you shop. Brown paper wrapping is the best environmentally friendly option.

    Don’t forget other festive items like sweet and biscuit tins, aerosols, glass jars, plastic bottles and food containers like cream pots, foil from mince pies, quiches and takeaways can also be recycled.

    And you can even recycle small electrical items such as broken fairy lights, textiles like old Christmas jumpers and shoes.

    Part-time Vacancy: Village Operative

    The Parish Council are looking to employ a part-time Village Operative (15 hours per week) to undertake a number of tasks to keep the parish looking its very best!

    Tasks will include sweeping pavements, litter picking, regular checks of the playground and occasional maintenance / repairs to Parish Council property.

    A copy of the Job Description which includes further information together with details of how to apply is available below. The first page sets out the purpose and main duties of the role and the second pages provides more information / details of how to apply.

    Please send your CV/written application to the Clerk (Jenny Howell) by 5pm on Wednesday 5th December 2018.




    BANES Council’s Local Plan: Options Consultation

    A New Local Plan 2016-2036: Options Consultation has been launched.…/local_plan_2018_final_website.p…

    One of the three options set out in the report include further potential residential development at Temple Cloud and Clutton (broad locations are outlined in the maps within the document).

    A Public Consultation will run between 12th November and 21st December 2018 during which time a series of drop-in sessions/exhibitions will be held where BANES Officers will be available to answer questions and discuss issues.

    Residents are encouraged to read the report and respond to the public consultation. You can find out more here:…/planning-p…/local-plan-2016-2036

    Dates of the drop in sessions can be found below:


    BANES Council Community Award 2018/19

    Nominations for the Community Award (Hosted by the Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council) are invited by 21st December 2018.

    The Community Awards 2018/19 recognises volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community, putting people first and inspiring others to get involved.  The Awards contribute to BANES Council’s vision to make ‘Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit’.

    Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people for the following categories:

    Category 1 – Volunteering in the Community Awards

    • Volunteer of the Year / Young Volunteer of the Year (25 and Under)
    • Volunteer Leader of the Year / Young Volunteer Leader of the Year (25 and Under)
    • Volunteer Team or Young Volunteer Team (25 and Under)
    • Carer of the Year / Young Carer of the Year
    • The Peter Duppa-Miller Lifetime Achievement

    Category 2 – Business in the Community Award

    • Business of the Year

    Category 3 – Service to the Community

    • Employee of the Year
    • Employee Team of the Year
    • Above and Beyond (Employee)

    In addition to the awards the Chair may also identify one or more individuals or groups from the nominations received to present a ‘Special Award’.

    For more information about who can nominate, how to nominate and what’s next, visit the BANES Council Community Awards website.

    Message from PCC Mountstevens

    Residents are being asked whether they are prepared to pay an additional £1 a month towards policing from April, 2019.

    Last year the Government unexpectedly gave all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the country the flexibility to raise the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month for the average band D household.

    Sue Mountstevens is hoping that PCCs will be given that flexibility again this year, she said: “With last year’s £1 rise we were able to start an ambitious programme of recruitment and commit to employing up to 300 police officers. We were also able to protect neighbourhood policing, the police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in your local area, all thanks to your support for the rise. The Chief Constable and I have agreed that next year’s focus will concentrate on serious violence. The threat from serious and organised crime has changed rapidly, increasing in both volume and complexity and preying on the most vulnerable in society.

    “If we are able to increase the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month next year and the Government grant for policing stays the same and there are no additional surprises we are committed to a new focus on burglary and drugs. We must continue to dismantle the recruitment of vulnerable young people into ‘county lines’ drugs gangs. It’s clear that this leads to an increase in knife-crime and serious violence, including stabbings and gang-related disorder and it must be tackled and given the right resources. I absolutely recognise that any increase in household bills will be felt by residents and it’s not easy to keep asking local people to contribute to the issues that we are facing in policing and as a society. It’s really important that residents tell me what they would be prepared to pay. These are difficult decisions and I need to be sure that I have heard from as many local people as possible.”

    Sue Mountstevens is asking for people’s views in an online survey on her website which closes at midnight on January 14, 2019.

    For further information or to request a copy of the survey please call 01278 646188.

    The Office for Ms Mountstevens report to have also spoken to hundreds of residents while visiting events across the summer. Sue will continue to talk about the policing part of the council tax at her surgery sessions find out where she will be on her website

    ‘Our Young Stars’ Campaign – Nominations invited!

    Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council has launched the ‘Our Young Stars’ campaign to discover and celebrate the most extraordinary young people across our region.

    BANES Council are now asking the residents of Bath & North East Somerset to nominate a child or young person who they feel has achieved something special, however big or small, which deserves recognition.

    There are five main categories for the awards; Courage, Education, Innovation, Sport and Unsung. The awards are open to any child or young person aged 18 or under at 31 December 2018 who live in Bath and North East Somerset.  Nominations close on 30 November 2018.

    In December a panel of judges will look at all the nominations and decide upon three of the most deserving children in each category to become finalists. These fifteen finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced with awards being presented to all finalists.

    BANES Councnil have asked that we attached a copy of their poster and nomination form and to promote the campaign in as many ways as you possibly. Nominations can be made online or emailed/posted as below.

    The ‘Our Young Stars’ Team

    Bath and North East Somerset Council

    Leader’s Office


    High Street


    BA1 5AW

    mailto:Leader&[email protected]

    Emma Rawlings 01225 477038

    Liz Parr 01225 395025

    For more information go to: