Chair's Newsletter

November 2019 

This month’s article is shorter than usual, due to the publishing constraints placed on local councils in the run-up to the General Election on the 12th December. 

With the festive season fast approaching, the Council have again arranged for a community Christmas Tree to be erected near the Preaching Stone, opposite the Church, and this year the official ‘switch-on’ of the lights will be taking place at 6.30 pm on Saturday 7th December. Further details of this event are displayed in the News and Events section on this website.

In preparation for events next year to mark the centenary of the war memorial in the cemetery in February, and the VE Day 75th anniversary celebrations in the village in May, work will be taking place over the winter months to trim the existing hedges, shrubs and trees in the cemetery and, in a joint effort between the Woodland Trust and Evercreech Explorer Scouts, plant new trees and shrubs along the Northern boundary fence. Furthermore, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have provided a sign for the entrance gate, indicating the presence in the cemetery of the four War Graves.

There will be more information in the New Year about the village VE celebrations.

Murray Stewart - Chair Evercreech Parish Council

October 2019

In August I mentioned that the trimming of the laurel hedge running alongside the main footpath in the Millennium Garden was to be undertaken once the cutting restrictions had ended, so I am pleased to report this month that the work has now taken place, and the hedge reduced in height.Also in August I stated that the council had yet to decide what action to take following the retirement of Tony Cooper, our street cleaner, so until a decision has been made, the litter baskets that were placed in various locations around the cemetery have been removed, and visitors are now asked to use the large green bin located at the cemetery entrance.

During September, councillors have been out and about around the village recording details of council assets such as seats, benches, litter and dog bins etc., recording their location and condition. A programme will then be drawn up to to refurbish those in the poorest condition, thus improving the overall appearance of the village.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that the new Parish Council website has gone live, and can be accessed using ‘evercreech-pc.gov.uk’. Do take a look, as it contains a lot more information and photographs than the previous one, and has interactive links to websites which we hope will be of benefit to the whole community.

Murray Stewart - Chair Evercreech Parish Council

September 2019

This month will see the roll-out of the new Evercreech Parish Council website, replacing the previous one, which was deemed to be unsatisfactory. The new site has been 6 months in development, and greatly expands the range of information that is available to the parish. Features include an interactive ‘ Report it’ page with links to Somerset County and Mendip District Council websites to cover issues such as street-lighting, roads and parking, waste/recycling collections, anti-social behaviour, planning and much more. Parish Council documents and facilities are listed along with a concise history of the village and its cemetery, kindly provided by members of the History Society, and a gallery page containing photographs provided by Harriet Fisher. It is hoped that the new site will become the ‘go-to’ destination for parishioners seeking information on all civic and community topics, with the ‘council notices’ page being updated on a regular basis. The site will become active in mid- September, the access details being announced on the What’s up in Evercreech Facebook site.

Murray Stewart Chair - Evercreech ParishCouncil

August 2019 

Hello everyone,

By the time you read this the Millennium Garden, or the Millennium Jungle as it was referred to at the recent Annual Parish Meeting, will have received some intensive maintenance work to bring it up to an acceptable standard. To ensure the ongoing upkeep of the gardens, there will be fortnightly visits by the contractor up to the end of November, reducing to monthly visits from then until the end of March 2020. It is also the intention to reduce the height of the large Laurel hedge to approx 4 feet, in order to improve security by ensuring the garden area is visible from the main footpath. Hedge cutting restrictions however are in force between the 1st March and the 31st August, in order to protect nesting birds, so this particular exercise will not take place until September/October. Hopefully all this work will restore the garden to its intended role as a place of peace and tranquility, for the benefit of all parishioners.

It is with some regret that I have to announce that Tony Cooper, our long-serving street-cleaner has decided to park up his trolley and brush at the end of July, and enjoy the benefits of retirement. Tony has been a popular figure in the village over the past few years and has done an excellent job in keeping the streets tidy and litter-free. I’m sure you will all want to join me in thanking him for his efforts, and wish him a happy and enjoyable retirement.The council have yet to decide on what action to take regarding a replacement for Tony, but one possible outcome could be organising more frequent community litter-picks. Not only does this ensure that the village is kept tidy, but also makes the wider population aware of the consequences resulting from the careless discarding of litter.

Moving on now to the former Greencore site, many of you will have noticed the rather unpleasant aroma of decomposing dairy product originating from the the site over the summer months. The Parish council have been aware of this problem and have been in communication with the site owner regarding the matter. This has now resulted in the owner undertaking to arrange the removal of all residual product from the tanks and supply lines within the plant, as well as tidying up the site, following recent intrusions by trespassers. The future of the site has still to be decided, but the Parish Council working group are in contact with all the relevant parties, and will keep the community informed as negotiations progress over the coming months.

Murray Stewart - Chair Evercreech Parish Council