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.

CHRISTMAS on the GREEN (Update)

WOT! NO GATHERING?

It is with great regret that the planned gathering on the village green on Christmas Eve has been cancelled . We feel it would irresponsible to encourage North Perrott to congregate at a time of increased pandemic cases and deaths, the emergence of a new virulent COVID strain and new tier 2 Christmas regulations.  So there will be no, no, no, no,  music, singing, mulled wine or mince pies on the green this Christmas Eve.  Sorry.

The Good News (from the rest of the plan)

1) Brighten up your Street 

Perrott is looking great at night with so many houses putting up lights in a window or all over the house. It is well worth a walk around the village in the dark (with a torch in a socially distanced bubble. ) And all so tasteful and understated . Good to see  no one has gone Disney  !!!!!!!

2) Lights on the Green

There will be more lights and decorations on the green on Christmas Eve .

3) No Home Alone on Christmas Day 

We still plan to take mince pies (we have lots) or cakes or chocolate to anyone who is feeling isolated and would like to see someone on Christmas Day If you, or if you know of someone, who will be on their own, then let us know and we will ensure that they see somebody that day.

We have had no cases of Covid reported in North Perrott, let’s keep it that way

Organisers:  Jan Gerring  74970 or email jangerring@hotmail.co.uk 

and Martyn Oliver on  77455  or email martyno54@gmail.com

Let’s Make Christmas Brighter in North Perrott

In this difficult climate no one knows what safety and legal restrictions there will be over Christmas.  We don’t want to let the shadow of the Pandemic spoil the holidays and have developed a 4 point plan for a Brighter Perrott Christmas which can be adjusted whatever the regulations.

We hope that you can give this plan  your support, some help, or some other ideas.

1) Brighten up your Street 

In these dismal days we can brighten up our streets, show the world  we’re not downhearted and cheer up villagers and passers-by, with lights or decorations in a window. Why stop there? Lights in hedges, trees or on railings could all be used. Or if you worry about light pollution, door wreaths, or decorations on doorstep plants or trees. You decide whether you’re going tacky or tasteful, couth or chav, Dickens or Disney, stylish or stupendously fun. Any other ideas?

2) Lights on the Tree 

There will be a Christmas Tree (kindly provided by the Farm Shop) and lights and decorations on the village green, and Christmas lights in the Village Hall. More news to follow.

3) No Home Alone on Christmas Day 

No, not a complaint about TV schedules, but a commitment that no one will be alone all Christmas Day in our village (unless they want to be) If you or you know of someone who will be alone, then whatever the regulations, we will ensure that they see people that day.

4) Christmas on the Green  

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED (see news story 22nd Dec 2020) 

We are proposing playing Carols and Christmas Songs on the Green on Christmas Eve from 6pm to 7pm with lots of other goodies if allowed. So walk on by and join in, you may be amazed at who you might see!

Remember to Stay Safe and Let’s Be Positive about Christmas, but not in a Covid Way

If you want to help  contact  Jan Gerring  74970 or email jangerring@hotmail.co.uk or Martyn Oliver on  77455  or email martyno54@gmail.com

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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