Mendip Matters - 17th August

Hello, I’m Ros Wyke and I’m the leader of Mendip District Council. I’m really happy to have been invited to write a weekly column in this paper as I’ll be able to keep you up to date with current news, issues and developments facing Mendip as a district.

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Campaigners win backing for re-think on decision to sell Highbridge field for homes

Campaigning residents and local councillors have this week gained backing at Sedgemoor District Council for a re-think on the controversial sale of council land in Highbridge to make way for 110 new homes.


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Mendip Liberal Democrat group welcomes independent Shepton councillor, Edric Hobbs

Edric Hobbs, Mendip District Councillor (Shepton West) joins the Liberal Democrat group at Mendip District Council.

“I am really pleased to be joining the local Liberal Democrat party and the other Lib Dem Councillors at Mendip,” commented Councillor Hobbs, who is also the newly elected chair of Shepton Town Council. “I have supported the change this administration has sought to bring about from the day I was elected – my priorities, my values and what I want to do for Shepton haven’t changed. One year in, and with a good understanding of what Mendip can get done, I felt that now is the time to join the Lib Dems, a party that seeks to include others in how they can make Mendip better.”

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Walking and cycling strategies in focus across Mendip

Liberal Democrat Councillors at Mendip District Council are actively working to support and deliver ‘active travel’ strategies across the district with a focus on walking and cycling. The partners committed include Somerset County Council, Mendip’s City, Town and Parish Councils, in addition to local Chambers of Commerce and voluntary clubs.  

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Mendip sets a ‘value-for-money’ balanced budget

Frontline services protected; a £50m boost for regeneration across the district; and all within a council tax rise of £5 – that’s Mendip’s value-for-money budget.

Mendip District Council’s value-for-money budget for 2020-21 has been set and approved at a meeting of the Full Council (Monday, 24th February).

Sign-off on the finances means the Council can move forward in tackling homelessness, the climate emergency and lending a helping hand to people hit by poverty and austerity.


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Liberal Democrats fail to gain support for a £50K boost for Market Street regeneration at the Sedgemoor budget meeting.

At the budget meeting of Sedgemoor District Council, the Liberal Democrat Group’s proposal to fund a study into the regeneration of the Market Street area of Highbridge, leading to an action plan, was defeated.

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The Baby Trees Scheme

AROUND 17,000 trees are set to be planted in Somerset over the next three years - one for each baby born in the county.

The Baby Trees scheme, put forward by the Liberal Democrats, was approved at Somerset County Council's meeting earlier this week (February 19).

It will see a tree planted to mark the birth of every baby in the county over the next three years, including babies that are sadly stillborn, which would see around 5,500 each year.


Photo from Somerset County Gazette

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Nomination announcement

12th December is your opportunity to elect a true voice for Wells. Politics has been at a standstill for the past few years.  For too long our MPs have cared more about staying in power than staying true to the needs of the people they represent.  

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Tessa Munt gets ready to return as MP for Wells

December General Election a real chance for a shake-up locally and Tessa is the only candidate who can realistically unseat the Conservatives in the Wells constituency.

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Mendip District Council Liberal Democrat Group - Glastonbury Living Spaces Update

Many residents of Glastonbury have been concerned throughout the summer of 2019 about the numbers of people living in vans and caravans on the roads and green spaces of the town.  At the same time, many people have expressed their support for those who are living in accommodation that is not standard “bricks & mortar”.

So what progress is being made to resolve these issues?


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