THE DRONES ARE COMING!

The report of a drone flying North/South above the village this morning prompted a inquiry from a concerned resident. What is the legal position concerning drones flying above private property?

The answer required a little research. Click on the photo to find out more.

Stock Picture

There are two aspects of Law that seem to apply. Aviation Law states that drones must keep at least 50m away from a member of the public. That means that while it isn’t illegal to fly over private property, it must be at above a height of 50m or preferably more.

But Privacy Laws also apply. If the drone is filming someone who is in an area that would normally be considered to private from public scrutiny, then Privacy Laws are likely to override Aviation Law. The problem here is that at 50m, cameras are quite capable of hi-resolution pictures and how does one know if the camera is pointing at you or the skyline. The answer is that you can’t, so operators should follow some simple rules.

Remember, however innocent your intentions are, you are the intruder. Make sure you ask permission before overflying private property and never film at a resolution that might infringe on anyone’s right to privacy. There are many routes to publicising your activity, if you are likely to be overflying a village or larger conurbation, by announcing your intentions on a website or social media. Ultimately, if your drone is capable of flying at an altitude of 100m, why not make sure your activities are almost invisible to those below? They are much less likely to be worried if they know they can’t be seen on camera at that range.

Finally, there is always resort to training and qualification. Most, if not all professional operators hold a licence and will be aware of how to operate their drone safely and within the law. If you are an amateur operator that has grown bored of filming on your own property, why not invest in some training to get more out of your hobby and not raise concerns from neighbours?

If you were concerned by the drone or have information you wish to add, please post it here or on the North Perrott facebook page.

https://dronesaferegister.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-theres-a-drone-flying-over-your-house?fbclid=IwAR1ahhx3iFOX68dLgbh4g8ljYVX_D7uUWPlHF73Db0ax-E6VgL8WVNITKQM

When exactly is the Sun over the Yard Arm?

The sad passing of HRH Prince Philip has made those planning to mark a major step in the relaxation of lock-down rules on 12th April, to re-evaluate and perhaps make the celebration more fitting to a country in mourning?

(Anyone wishing to display a small Union flag from their property is welcome to collect one from the Farm Shop on Sunday or Monday.)

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Earl of Merioneth 1921-2021 RIP

Monday is still the first day this year that the public can meet outside a hospitality business to drink and socialise. It therefore seems sensible to use this opportunity to celebrate the life of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

If anyone is interested, The North Perrott Farm Shop will be open at 6pm on Monday 12th April, when we are assured the “sun will be over the yardarm”. Drinks will be served to those seated outside only and benches and chairs will be arranged in groups of 6 at the required distance. To help with planning, please let the Farm Shop know if you wish to attend. Click here to see more details

HANG OUT THE BUNTING? **UPDATE 11/04/2021 – Please see updates on next news item**

Thank you NHS

MONDAY APRIL 12th 2021

It has been suggested that the reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality might be worth hanging out the Village Bunting?

The Farm Shop

The Village Green and farm shop will be decorated with bunting in time for Monday 12th April and everyone is welcome to join in by decorating their properties in anyway they see fit to mark this small but significant return to normality.

Please remember that the Prime Minister has urged everyone to act with caution as the government relaxes COVID regulations and that there will remain a limit of meeting a maximum of 6 people outdoors.

Autumn Fun

However, outdoor hospitality will be allowed for the first time this year and if there is sufficient interest, it is hoped that an arrangement for COVID compliant drinks and snacks might be possible in the afternoon and evening. Watch this space……..

Being patriotic

BUS SERVICE DIVERSION 96/96A

From 6th April, the A356 will be closed at Misterton for repairs to the culvert at the Globe Inn. The works are expected to take up to 6 weeks. This will disrupt the 96/96A bus service through North Perrott.

Tony Reese from Friends of Yeovil Bus Station has negotiated for the 96/96A bus route to still service North Perrott but instead of travelling through the village, it will approach from Haselbury and stop at Townsend, in front of the Farm Shop. The bus will turn around at Townsend and return to Haselbury on both legs of the Crewkerne to Yeovil route.

There will be no collection from the village green.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who uses this service and if you see anyone waiting for the bus on the Village Green, please advise them to move to the Farm Shop.

This post will be updated when the road re-opens.

Bi-Monthly Meeting of North Perrott Parish Council

There will be a VIRTUAL meeting of North Perrott Parish Council tonight , Tuesday 5th January 2021 at 7.30pm.

To view the Agenda, please click here.

The ZOOM meeting can be accessed by clicking on this link, which is also available on the agenda.

ZOOM LINK – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82189509796

When you join the meeting, please mute your mike after your initial greeting and make sure phones, alarms, TV’s etc are all switched off.

There will be a brief discussion about the possibility of having a wireless community hub for improved Internet Connection in the village. If you are interested in this as an option to improve your internet connection, please listen in to the meeting at the start, when I hope Robson James will be able to give a broad explanation of what this involves and what the cost, timescale and aspirations might be.

20 is Plenty for HGVs

Many villagers have noticed the increase in Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) since the 18 tonne weight limit was placed on the bridge (culvert) opposite the Globe Inn in Misterton. This has greatly increased the number of HGVs passing through the village, which is having a great impact on those whose houses directly abut the A3066 in both North Perrott and Haselbury. In particular, the speed they travel and the number of times lorries have to squeeze past each other in numerous pinch-points along the route.

A number of residents have reported that the increased numbers of lorries can be heard and felt as they pass by only metres from where they are sitting. There have been at least three reports of new cracks appearing in interior plaster-work on roadside walls. Some of these houses will have 15th Century origins and their foundations will not be up to modern standards. This means that the fabric of the buildings will be under stresses that they were never designed to withstand.

Work is scheduled to start on repairing the bridge by the Globe in early January 2021 but there is reason to believe it might be delayed because of the contractual complexity and licences that must first be obtained. There is good reason to fear that there will be protracted delays and so the Parish Council has decide to act now to prevent any potential damage to our heritage buildings that make our village worthy of its “Conservation” status.

In the first instance, we have sought permission and had it approved by Somerset County Council to launch a campaign to ask HGV drivers to voluntarily keep to 20mph while in the 30mph zone.

We want to give a clear reason for requesting drivers to do this and have decided to emphasise that we are a Conservation Area and that our 15th Century properties have little or no foundations. Speed plus weight equal vibration and so if we can reduce the speed of the lorries by over 30%, the reduction in potential damage will be reduced by much more than that.

We will also be politely asking local distribution firms to acknowledge our problems and ask them to direct their drivers accordingly. We also hope to monitor lorry speeds and write a similar letter to businesses outside our area, if their lorries are seen to be going over 20mph through the village.

There is every reason to suspect that HGV traffic will return to the A356 when the weight restriction is lifted in Misterton. The reason for this is because traffic surveys show that almost all lorries using the A3066 and A356 have a genuine reason to use those routes, any lorry dropping goods in Crewkerne will not want to come through North Perrott, which is undoubtedly a tedious and lengthy diversion for most of them. However, for the work to be done the A356 will have to be closed to all traffic for 4 weeks and in the long term, road traffic is unlikely to get any lighter. Therefore, in the January Parish Council meeting we will be discussing ways to build on our “Conservation”status and make traffic more aware of the importance of the heritage of the village and the delicate nature buildings that line the main road.

To kick off this campaign, banners will be placed at each end of the village and repeated at Townsend, to request that HGVs voluntarily reduce their speed to below 20mph. At the same time, anyone who thinks they may have damage to their property that might be caused by road traffic, to start to monitor it as soon as possible. This could be done by a professional surveyor or on a basic level, by marking any crack with a piece of masking tape placed across it and making a mark on each side. Measure the distance between the marks on a weekly basis to monitor movement in the wall.

ACT of REMEMBRANCE

This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the 8th November while the country will be in the second Lock-down. No more than two people can meet outdoors and so we will adapt our Act of Remembrance to fit into the current rules.

Please do not congregate at the village green at 11am where Bill and Alison Stevens will lay a wreath at the war memorial on behalf of the village.

Instead, we ask everyone who wants to take part in the Act of Remembrance to stand on their doorstep or in their gateway, just before 11am this Sunday.

At 11am precisely, the Last Post will be sounded over a public address system, that will hopefully be heard all around the village.

A two minute silence will be followed by sounding the Reveille.

The full Act of Remembrance for North Perrot is printed below:

Let us remember with gratitude those who, in the cause of peace and the service of their fellow men, died for their country in time of war, especially those from North Perrott:


G.Bishop, H.Dabinett, G.C.Elson, J. Osborne, A.G. Saint, J Saint.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them.

All: We will remember them

When you go home, tell them of us,And say that for your tomorrow, we gave our today

Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life: hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day, fulfill in them the purpose of they love, and bring us all, with them, to thine eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


All: Amen.

SOMERSET CLIMATE EMERGENCY FUND

Somerset County Council have put aside £1m in a Climate Emergency Fund that will be spent on practical projects that might help to reduce emissions, consumption, restore biodiversity and raise awareness in our county. Each Parish has been asked to consider any suitable projects in order to bid for funding between £5k and 75k. This will be an agenda item on our November meeting and any ideas should be submitted to the clerk as soon as possible so that they can be researched before and discussed at the November meeting. Application dates are 12th Nov, 1st Dec and 12th Jan 2021.

Information about the fund, what it is for and how to apply can be found here https://www.somerset.gov.uk/waste-planning-and-land/climate-emergency/somerset-climate-emergency-community-fund-2020-2021/

Bi-monthly meeting of the Parish Council.

North Perrott Parish Council will hold their scheduled meeting on Zoom at 7.30pm on Tuedsay 1st September 2020. Everyone is welcome to join in to listen and if requited, contribute to the meeting.

The agenda (including Zoom link) can be found by clicking here

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