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March 2022

Press releases in March 2022 issued by Mendip District Council.

Condolences: Former Mendip Councillor, Elizabeth John

It is with sadness we report the death of Mrs Elizabeth John who passed away at the weekend, following a long illness.

All change - summer hours at recycling sites from 1 April

All of Somerset's 16 recycling sites switch to their summer timetables from Friday 1 April.

More opportunities announced to engage with the Glastonbury Town Deal

Another open day event will be held in Glastonbury on Saturday 7th May to give the local community a chance to find out about the 12 projects set to benefit from the £23.6m Town Deal funding, providing an opportunity to share feedback and ideas with the people leading the projects.

How to access support if you're sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee

A new webpage has been set up to provide information and support for Somerset households who have volunteered to sponsor Ukrainian refugees.

£1.5m energy efficiency grants

Over £1.5 million will be coming into local communities, aimed at improving household insulation and cutting energy bills to homes off mains gas.

New Somerset Council: Notice of election published

Formal notice has now been given for elections to Somerset County Council that will take place on Thursday, 5 May.

Government confirms new 'unitary' Somerset Council

Following consideration by both Houses of Parliament, the Secretary of State has made the Somerset Structural Changes Order 2022 which paves the way for the new Somerset Council to be established on 1 April 2023.

Condolences: Ted Higgins, Former Mendip District Councillor

Mr Ted Higgins served as a Mendip District Councillor and represented the Glastonbury St Benedict's Ward between 1999 and 2008, and was well-known across the whole district and particularly in Glastonbury where he lived for over 40 years.

Local Government Association backs Local Community Networks

The Local Government Association (LGA) has awarded a £50k funding boost to help develop innovative new Local Community Networks (LCNs) in Somerset.

National action needed to address phosphates issue

Councils in Somerset are a step closer to minimising delay and uncertainty around planning applications which could contribute to unacceptable amounts of phosphates in the Somerset Levels and Moors.

Mendip makeover: Accommodation for vulnerable people made accessible, thanks to Council grant

Mendip has helped a charity transform its accommodation in Shepton Mallet for vulnerable people.

Clear progress on air quality in Mendip

Air quality in Mendip is good, and your District Council is determined to keep it that way, through investment, partnership working and public awareness.

Mendip Communities Fund - successful projects announced

Some 47 local organisations have successfully secured grants from the Mendip Communities Fund.

Tourism Grants support visitor economy in Mendip

Tourism organisations in Mendip have successfully secured funding from the Mendip Tourism Grant.

Time is ticking to apply for a road closure for your Platinum Jubilee Street Party

Neighbours and community groups looking to hold street parties in June to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee are reminded that the clock is ticking, and to check whether they may need a temporary road closure.

Mendip moves forward on social housing 'based on need'

Plans for 15 new social homes on Mendip-owned land in West Shepton took a step closer last night (Monday, 7th March).

Council launches project to tackle food waste in hospitality businesses in Mendip

Mendip District Council has launched a food waste pilot project to help hospitality businesses reduce their food waste, save money and do their bit for the planet.

Networking event to address skills shortage and recruitment issues in Mendip

The Mendip Business Hub hosted a free networking event to support local businesses in finding solutions to skills shortages and recruitment problems.

New section of multi-user path in Dulcote open

A new section of a multi-user path in Dulcote was officially declared open at a special celebration today (4th March 2022).

We stand with Ukraine: How you can help

Mendip District Council stands with those directly affected and with the families directly affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

Mendip households urged to set up council tax direct debit to receive rebates quickly

Mendip District Council is urging bill-payers to set up a direct debit to pay their council tax from April, to ensure they get their £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.