Village Meeting Reminder

NORTH CHERITON ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

Wednesday, 5th April, 2017 at 7.30pm in The Village Hall

Since the first Parish Meeting in North Cheriton was held on 4th December 1894 there has been an almost unbroken sequence of annual meetings. Your attendance at this meeting is important as it will allow you to air your concerns and perhaps offer to help on village matters to everyone’s benefit.

To all new residents of our peaceful village, we extend a warm welcome to this meeting. Throughout the year there are events that bring the village together and foster the British community spirit. We hope you will be able to join us as this meeting to socialise with other residents and see what is going on in North Cheriton. We also hope that longer standing residents who have not attended in recent years will come along as well to meet the newcomers.

This year the Village Hall AGM will be held in a separate meeting, the date to be advised.

In summary, the Agenda will include:

  • Election of Chairman and Secretary,
  • Gale Trust Report,
  • Church Matters & Thomas Abbott Trust Report,
  • Parish Council Report,
  • Speed Watch Report,
  • Neighbourhood Watch Report
  • Any Other Business.

 

 

Neighbourhood Farm Watch

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R074 Farm/Horse Watch

The information text line for the rural community is to continue but with a brand new and long-term number 07492 888109 (if you have previously saved 81819 please now delete and replace with this new number).

Please remember this is NOT a number to use to report crime or to call for police assistance and it will not be monitored 24/7.

The number can be used to report information of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously in the rural community, potentially stolen goods etc.

Alternatively you can report a crime online via our website http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or if it’s a matter which requires immediate police attendance then dial 999.

You can still also pass on information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You were sent this message because you are in the following group(s): North Cheriton (North Cheriton, BA80AQ).

NHW

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The Neighbourhood Watch office has obtained some No Cold Calling door stickers. These state that the householder does not buy from or sell to callers at the door and they are designed to go on the INSIDE of windows.

Stocks are VERY limited and we would ask that you only order sufficient numbers for members who actually require them and are able to display on the inside of a window near to their main door.

To order contact Lindsey in the NHW office by telephone on 01278-644799.

You were sent this message because you are in the following group(s): North Cheriton (North Cheriton, BA80AQ).

SSDC Community News

Date: 11 March 2017

Don’t be drawn in by Council Tax scammers

Residents are being warned to be wary of Council Tax scams that may be prevalent in the next few weeks as bills start to be delivered to households.

The offer to reduce your Council Tax banding, reduce your monthly payments or claim money back for a small fee may sound enticing, but it’s more than likely that you have been contacted by a scammer who is only interested in getting money or your bank details out of you.

One scam currently in operation that has been highlighted to South Somerset District Council asks for you to confirm your bank details in an email to receive a refund for your previous years Council Tax bill. The email even gives a telephone number to call which is a direct line to the Council Tax Team at Oldham Council, making it appear even more genuine.

There are key things to check when you receive communication about Council Tax. The following might help you to identify whether you are being scammed:

  • When writing to you, South Somerset District Council will address the letter directly to you rather than to ‘the occupier’ or ‘sir/madam’;
  • We will never ask for your bank account details on the phone or via email, to refund overpaid council tax.

Many scams involve asking for a fee to see if your Council Tax banding can be lowered. This is a service that can be done for free. Council Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency and can only be changed under certain conditions. Details can be found at www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals.

Ian Potter, Revenues Manager at South Somerset District Council said, “Many scams are highlighted to the Council and we try to inform residents when they are brought to our attention because ultimately it’s you, the resident, who may lose out.

“If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax bill and need help, speak with a member of the Council Tax Team on 01935 462462 who will be able to offer help and advice.”

Councillor Peter Seib, Portfolio Holder for Finance & Legal Services added, “If you are due a refund of overpaid Council Tax we will do this automatically. You can check your Council Tax band with the Valuation Office for free. In either case don’t let a scammer con you.”

If you are unsure of who you are talking to and instinct tells you something is not quite right, hang up, call 01935 462462 and check with a customer advisor whether the name of the person who called you really does exist.

If you have given over personal details, we would advise you to call the Police straight away on 101 and report the matter as an identity theft scam. The Police will also direct you to the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040.

 

Community News

Date: 3 March 2017

Dog walkers in Chard fined for failing to pick up after their pets

Two dog walkers in Chard recently found themselves with a severe telling off and an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice after failing to pick up after their dogs fouled at Snowden Park.

The first offender was fined after allowing their dog to foul near a hedge and not clearing it up. The offender claimed that because it was near a hedge, they did not think they needed to pick it up.

The second person again used nature as an excuse, claiming they thought they did not need to remove the faeces because it was near a tree. On further questioning from an Enforcement Officer, they did not even have any bags to pick up waste.

A third person was also confronted after failing to pick up after their dog fouled, however was let off a Fixed Penalty Notice due to having poor eye sight and not being able to see that their dog had fouled.

South Somerset District Council issues fines to dog owners who do not clear up after their dogs have fouled. Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2015, owners can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80. This applies on any public land regardless of where on that land the fouling takes place.

Councillor Carol Goodall, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health said, “We take failing to remove dog fouling seriously and will issue Fixed Penalty Notices if our Officers witness you not picking up after your pet. As well as being offensive, dog faeces contains bacteria which can cause harm to humans so it is important that it’s removed. Be a responsible dog owner or face the possibility of a fine.”

You can report incidents of dog fouling to the District Council using our online web form at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/online-services or by calling 01935 462462.

Car Drivers/Walkers/Dogs beware…

Most residents, as above, will have a good awareness of people, with or without their dogs, walking our narrow lanes, and show  respect to one and all.  However there are a few exceptions to the rule. I am trying to calm down an irate husband who has just come home from walking our dog, having had a car pass them with no attempt to slow down.  Hardings Lane is a good example of where walkers should be aware of cars and drivers should show less speed, more caution and courtesy..NOT always the case.  Some drivers do not slow down .  Have more awareness please, YOU may be out walking one day in the countryside with narrow lanes.!!!