Planting Trees & The Future of Local Government in Somerset - Mendip Matters - 2nd December

I am a firm believer that in order to get stuff done – whether that’s to improve the energy efficiency of our homes to reduce climate change, or to support our communities during this global pandemic – we need to work together.

We are working in partnership with a parish council on a tree planting scheme to support the area’s flood prevention efforts. Up to 150 native species of oak, sycamore, beech, hazel and goat willow will be planted in the wonderfully named, Binegar Bottom.

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Support For Local Business - Mendip Matters - 22nd November

As we find ourselves in the middle of another national lockdown, this week I wanted to make sure that all local businesses know that there is financial support available.  Central government has again given district councils the responsibility to issue new national grants to support local businesses.

The first, a ‘Local Restrictions Support Grant,’ is a one-off grant for the businesses which were open prior to lockdown but were then required by law to close on the 5th November. These businesses include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. If eligible, a fixed single grant will be paid to cover the 28-day period, depending on the rateable value of the business’ property.

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Warmer Homes and Mendip Markets - Mendip Matters - 12th November

As the evenings draw in and the days and nights get decidedly chillier, we were pleased to launch a ‘warmer homes’ initiative to tackle fuel poverty in Mendip.

Fuel poverty means not having enough money to adequately heat a home. This could be caused by having a low income, high fuel prices and by poor energy efficiency within the homes themselves. Nearly one in ten people in Mendip are considered to be living in fuel poverty, which is below the national and Somerset average. In stark terms, this means people having to choose between eating or heating.

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Thankful Villages - Mendip Matters - 5th November

Every time I drive through Rodney Stoke – the neighbouring village to where I live in Westbury-sub-Mendip – I am reminded of the notion of a ‘Thankful Village.’ You can’t miss it. They proudly state this on the signage.

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Halloween and Bonfire Night - Mendip Matters - 26th October

With the children off school this week for half-term, Halloween and firework season is upon us already. It’s normally such an exciting time, especially for children, but unfortunately due to government safety restrictions, most public firework displays and bonfire nights have been cancelled this year.


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Local Lib Dem helps kick start Wells biodiversity project

Isobell Marshall has kindly donated some home grown Hazel saplings to a project that will increase levels of biodiversity. A Wells market stall dedicated to selling native woodland saplings direct to the public to plant at home will now include the Hazel saplings grown by Isobel. The Wells City Council not-for-profit market stall will sell saplings at just £1 each on Saturday 31st October and as per previous post will contain a variety native woodland saplings that are of particular benefit to pollinators and other wildlife.

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Covid, flooding and protecting the Somerset Levels and Moors - Mendip Matters 19th October

Many people are surprised to learn that nearly 40 percent of Mendip residents live in a rural setting. With this in mind, I wanted to talk to you about parish councils and the important role they play serving their local – and rural – communities. 

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Lib Dem idea to help biodiversity comes to fruition in Wells

Liberal Democrat Councillors in Wells will be supporting local wildlife by selling individual native woodland saplings direct to the public, clubs, and businesses at bulk discount rates.

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Liberal Democrats take climate change seriously in Mendip

This week, at Mendip District’s Full Council meeting, Councillor Tom Ronan, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Policy and Climate Change provided an update on the progress being made to address the district’s climate emergency commitments.

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Roadside Communities - Mendip Matters 21st September

Across our district, for a variety of different reasons, there are people who live on the roadside in vans and caravans. These communities occupy County Council-owned land and roads, and so it is Somerset County Council are responsible for any enforcement action.  

But that being said, I believe that as a District Council we should do everything we can to support these groups of people, including providing housing support to those who are eligible. We need a satisfactory solution for roadside residents and local people.

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