At last! High Speed Broadband is finally coming to North Perrott.
I have had a very constructive meeting with Wessex Internet, who have a contract to supply super-fast broadband to rural communities in Devon & Somerset. It is their intention to install a fibre connection to every household in North Perrott, (north of the railway line), in the summer of 2022, possibly starting as soon as May.
These are early days but you can find out more about their contracts and installation on their website by clicking here.
On their website you can register your interest in using them as your supplier of broadband. This will help them identify you for future contact and assist in them assessing demand.
Wessex Internet have a novel solution to rural internet connections and instead of using existing infrastructure, which can involve huge costs of digging up roads and pavements, they take the shortest route across farmland, burying the fibre cable 90cm underground with minimal ground disturbance. This means it is more likely that your connection will come from the rear of your dwelling, especially if it backs onto farmland.
I have made more enquiries about costs but at the moment, it sounds as if connection costs may be part of the government contract, although their website states that all properties are subject to a £49 activation fee. I will post more information here at a later date.
It is likely that most home and business owners will be contacted over the next few weeks, especially if you own a field, paddock or large garden that might be part of the main cable route. In this case, you may qualify for a half price connection if your property is needed to access other customers.
While all properties will have the option to connect, those who decline will still have coil of cable buried outside their property in case of future need. This means that connection could be made at a later date , such as when the property changes hand. (Access to high-speed broadband is currently a strong selling point in the housing market).
At this moment, it looks as if this option for super-fast broadband will replace the earlier investigations that were made into having a community leased line.
Angus Pigott moved into Eastfield House with his wife and three young children in 2019. In 2020 we went into lock-down and like many people who are self employed, his work as a professional photographer pretty much dried up.
In May last year, he posted a message though doors around the village, asking politely if people would like him to capture that strange moment in time for prosperity.
The photos that he took are now on his smugmug website and available for all to view. For anyone who remembers that strange time, shortly after the first (and strictest) lock-down, when we were mostly confined to contact with only our direct family, within the four walls that we call home. In North Perrott, we were far luckier than some, in that we all have gardens to enjoy and when the weather allowed, incarceration was a far less of a hardship than for those living in towns or city centres.
I doubt many would disagree that Angus has captured the character of his subjects and whether as couples, singles or outside their work place, his photos reflect that surreal time last summer.
A plan for a large solar park at Pipplepen Farm was proposed by Elgin-Energy a year ago. In feedback, the Parish Council stated that our main interest was in ensuring that the existing ecosystems were maintained and enhanced without any loss to habitat. This involved; not removing any mature trees, keeping all hedges and allowing them to grow outwards and upwards and additional planting where shielding was required.
Elgin-Energy submitted an application before last Christmas but SSDC has only just accepted it and put it on line.
We will be discussing it at the next meeting on Tues 7th September and anyone wishing to view it before the meeting can do so here
UPDATED 08:00 26/08/21 – Resurfacing is now complete and the road is now open. Please drive slowly while there is loose grit on the road. Thank you.
UPDATED 08:45 25/08/21 – No sign that work has started yet and the road remains open. The next update will be as soon as we know the direction of work and the level of disturbance to traffic through the village.
UPDATED 15:15 24/08/21 – Cllr Mark Keating has contacted me to say that work is currently scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 25th August.
UPDATED 11.30 23/08/21 – Signs are being placed out at the moment. Workmen say that re-surfacing will not be happening today. The next update will be when the situation changes.
Please be aware that the main road (A3066) is scheduled for re-surfacing (re-sealing) this week and the signs indicate that the road will be closed for one day, while the work is being undertaken.
There is no further information on the Somerset County Council website at this moment and so the first we know more details about this may be when the road sweepers arrive.
Further information will be posted here when it is available. The job will be done relatively quickly and although the road between the villages of North Perrott and Haselbury may be closed for most of the day, residents should be able to leave the village from at least one direction.
The area of the road to be re-sealed is from the yellow road markings at the top of the village green in North Perrott to just our side of the village green at Haselbury.
Up to the minute information can be obtained by calling 01823 38291 except that it is on an answerphone this morning!
All previous Council Documents can been downloaded from the Village Website by clicking here and using the menu to navigate to the documents you require.
This is the first opportunity for the Council to meet in person for over 15 months. Those wishing to attend will have to follow basic social distancing rules. Please wash your hands before attending and bring a face mask. We may be required to leave the windows open, so please dress accordingly.
Like a bus that never arrives, two Parish Council projects have come together at once and will be signed off as “complete” at this weeks Bi-monthly meeting.
British Telecommunications (BT) has a longstanding wish to decommission public phone boxes where they have fallen into disuse. North Perrott Parish Council (PC) entered into an agreement to adopt our Phone Box, as it is generally accepted to have become part of the accepted scenery of our Conservation Area. This agreement includes BT continuing to pay for illumination inside the box and the PC maintaining the fabric. The public payphone has now been removed.
The project to refurbish the Phone Box was initiated by Cllr Tom Winder, before he stood down as a Parish Councillor. He took the project as far as purchasing spare windows, rivets, door braces and paint and made a start of the detailed work of paint stripping.
However, the glory of the finished article goes to Harvey (and Councillor Steve) Coate, who have spend many hours rubbing down the old paint and prepping the framework to restore it to a fully functional and weather proof structure. They have included picking out the royal crown in gold and recently completed the replacement of broken and missing window panes. Refurbishment included changing the illuminated signs in the top of the box to now read DEFIBRILLATOR, indicating its change of use from a public payphone.
During the Telephone Box project, the Parish Council also initiated a plan to purchase a defibrillator for village use. Following the initiative of other villages, the redundant telephone box seemed a sensible place to house it. Its central location, opposite the Village Hall and next to the Village Green seemed a sensible location.
The Parish Council owes a sincere debt of thanks to the Friends of Crewkerne Hospital who donated 50% of the purchase cost of the defibrillator, thanks to a local initiative widely publicised by Tony Foot, the Treasurer of the charity.
The purchase of the defibrillator included a training session for up to 12 people, but Covid lock-down 16 months ago, interrupted being able to book this service. Hopefully we will be able to hold a training session in the Village Hall in the near future.
The defibrillator is there to be used in case of emergency, when someone has suffered a cardiac arrest and has stopped breathing. The defibrillator is a fail-safe device to assist in keeping a patient alive until the emergency services arrive. In order to have a good chance of saving the life of a patient in cardiac arrest, the most important skill is a knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). this involves the correct positioning of the patient, chest compressions, opening the airway and giving rescue breaths.
In the case of someone suffering from cardiac arrest (no heart beat), the most important thing is to call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Then commence CPR and only locate and use the defibrillator when you are sure that simple CPR has not revived the patient. If there is more than one person present, then several of these steps can be taken at once, but it is most important that CPR commences as soon as possible and continues until the ambulance arrives.
If the patient has not responded to CPR then the use of the defibrillator might be critical to restarting the patients heartbeat and this will be important in keeping them alive until the emergency services arrive.
The defibrillator is a self contained unit with simple and clear instructions. It includes all the consumables required, including wipes, electrical pads, scissors and gloves. When in use, the unit will talk the operator through each stage of use and most importantly, it monitors the patients heartbeat. This is crucial in the safe operating of the machine and it will NOT administer an electrical shock if the patient does not need it. Throughout the procedure, it will advise if CPR should be continued or if you should stand clear, ready for a shock to be administered.
We sincerely hope that the defibrillator will never need to be used, but North Perrott is quite a distance from the two nearest Ambulance stations at Yeovil and Illminster and so it is felt that in a cardiac arrest emergency, it could be a life saving tool.
In addition to the defibrillator, the bright red box will also contain a village information pack, that will include print-outs of some of the information that can be found on the village website http://www.northperrott.org including the Heritage Trail and quiz that was commissioned by the PCC for their own website http://www.northperrottchurch.co.uk
A big thank you to those who turned out for the Village Tidy-up on Sunday. Despite short notice, a baking sun, and our ongoing lockdown status we still managed to smarten up the village and enjoy a pint afterwards
The fact of the matter is that the village has a secret group of very energetic litter pickers who regularly whisk away the cigarette butts and discarded plastic bottles on their daily walks….Thanks to them Sunday’s haul was a mere two bags. But the Tidy-up team set about with bucket and broom to cut back the foliage and scrub down the algae infested road signs and report any damage that needs fixing, which will keep our roads safer. Motorist beware, no excuses now for ignoring the speed limits the signs in the village are all legible.
Thanks also to the Manor Arms whose doors opened just as we were packing up our equipment, and the Chair of the Parish Council who stood us all a pint, so we could enjoy the beer in the sunshine. (Entirely within Covid regulations).
So having listened to everyone’s views I had the impression we should schedule Village Tidy Ups somewhere around May and October (but they might be the worse time for you) in the future….It would be ideal to do it just after verges have been cut but as that is unpredictable and everyone complained particularly loudly about not enough warning I am not sure there is a way of working around that.
Best wishes, Helen Sturridge.
PS. If anyone took some “Team” photos, and is willing to post them here, please use the Contact page to let us know.