Recommendations for the Libraries Service Redesign decision

To All Parish/Town Clerks in Somerset

Dear Sir / Madam

I write to advise you that the recommendations for the Somerset Libraries Service Redesign decision have been published today. (16 October 2018)

It shows 19 existing library buildings are recommended to be retained by Somerset County Council.

For the remaining 15 library buildings, Somerset County Council would seek to develop ‘Community Library Partnerships’ (CLPs) where communities would support library buildings in partnership with the County Council.

Where this proves not to be possible, library buildings would close and alternative means of delivering library services in communities such as outreach services and/or mobile library stops would be implemented.

The 19 libraries where services are recommended to remain the same are: Bridgwater town centre, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Frome, Glastonbury, Ilminster, Langport, Martock, Minehead, Shepton Mallet (likely to move to a new location, which would be determined next year), Taunton town centre, Wellington, Wells, Williton, Wincanton and Yeovil town centre.

(This includes the seven libraries that were earmarked for potential change in this year’s consultation but are now recommended to remain Somerset County Council operated libraries: Cheddar, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Ilminster, Martock, Shepton Mallet and Wellington.)

The remaining 15 communities are:  Bishops Lydeard, Bruton, Castle Cary, Highbridge, Milborne Port, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Porlock (with the aim to continue their existing Community Library Partnership in its present format), Priorswood (Taunton), Somerton, Street, South Petherton, Sunningdale (Yeovil), Watchet and Wiveliscombe.

The recommendation report will go to Scrutiny Committee for Policy and Place on 24 October before Cabinet will make a final decision on 5 November. If approved, implementation would start from January 2019.

For a link to the full recommendation report, please click:

http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=184&Year=0

Further details about the library services redesign, including further information on Community Library Partnerships, and other background documents are being uploaded this afternoon please click www.somersetlibraries.co.uk/redesign/  after 4pm today.

If you have an questions please email librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk

With regards

Jackie Swabey

Project Officer – Library Services

Business Change

Somerset County Council

B2E County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY

( 01823 359601)

jswabey@somerset.gov.uk

Quantock Hills have funding available for landscape schemes…..

 

Dear Wider partners and parish council

GREATER QUANTOCK LANDSCAPE DEVELEOPMENT FUND

The Quantock Hills AONB Service has a Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £20,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals.  The fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development.  (Please note the eligible area includes the parishes of Broomfield, Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Durleigh, East Quantoxhead, Enmore, Fiddington, Goathurst, Holford, Kilve, Nether Stowey, Otterhampton, Over Stowey, Spaxton, Stogursey, Stockland Bristol, Stringston, Watchet, Wembdon, West Quantoxhead, Williton.)

Projects could include tree planting, works to manage hedgerows, orchard planting or restoration, planting of wildflower meadows, management of small woodlands, willow pollarding or pond restoration. There are also opportunities for funding for restoration of heritage features, such as dry stone walls.

If you have any projects in mind or organisations or individuals who you think may be interested please pass this email onto them.  There are further details of how to apply on our website https://www.quantockhills.com/greater-qu-landscape-development-fu.

Also please find attached here a great publicity leaflet for the other HPC schemes being delivered by the AONB Service for your info.

Many thanks

Katy Coate

Communication and Support Officer, Quantock Hills AONB

+Fyne Court, Broomfield, Somerset TA5 2EQ

( 01823 451 884      

Tuesday and Wednesday 9-5pm

(This post is a job share my colleague Amanda Sampson covers Monday and Thursday asampson@somerset.gov.uk)

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GQLDF_Information Sheet_2018

Quantock landscape schemes September 2018

Quantock Hills Draft Management Plan Consultation – additional files

Dear JAC and Wider Partnership

Thank you if you have already looked at the Draft Management Plan document we sent out last week and completed the consultation survey.  In addition to the main draft document we now have some additional reports and documents available on the website to support the consultation (also attached here).  Please feel free to browse them and find links to the consultation survey on the lower half of our home page

https://www.quantockhills.com/

Feel free to pass this email onto any person or organisation that you feel may like to be involved in the review of the Management Plan. The consultation will be running until the end of October.

Scoping and Environment Report

State of the Quantock Hills

Best regards

Katy Coate

Communication and Support Officer, Quantock Hills AONB

+Fyne Court, Broomfield, Somerset TA5 2EQ

( 01823 451 884      

Tuesday and Wednesday 9-5pm

(This post is a job share my colleague Amanda Sampson covers Monday and Thursday asampson@somerset.gov.uk)

 

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