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WEST SOMERSET COUNCIL JOINS DEMENTIA ALLIANCE

West Somerset Council has officially joined Watchet area Dementia Action Alliance (WDAA) as part of its commitment to being a “dementia-friendly” organisation.

Cllr Keith Turner, the Lead Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing, is the council’s representative on the group.

West Somerset Council fully supports WDAA and the organisation’s work locally in transforming the health for people living with dementia through community action.

Cllr Turner said: “I am proud the council is now a member of this local organisation – one that is making a real difference to people’s lives. Support networks are vital for those with dementia, their families and carers and helps people maintain that all-important independence for longer.

“I was pleased to attend WDAA’s annual general meeting this week and see for myself the tremendous amount of work that volunteers are doing.”

Margaret Tatham (WDAA lead) said: “We are delighted that West Somerset Council has joined the Alliance, which now has 45 members across Watchet, Williton and nearby villages, all helping to make our area more Dementia Friendly.”

The council became a dementia-friendly organisation four years ago with staff undergoing awareness training with some going on to become ‘dementia champions’.

Staff are planning to raise funds for Reminiscence Learning, the dementia charity, during National Dementia Awareness Week (May 21-27).

PHOTO:  (L-R): Cllr Dave Westcott, Lead Member for Community and Customer, Cllr Keith Turner and WADAA chair Margaret Tatham.

RECYCLE FOR MID DEVON: PRIMARY SCHOOL DRAWING COMPETITION

Winning entries will have a lorry named after them with their artwork displayed on the vehicle.

Mid Devon District Council is running another exciting competition for all Mid Devon primary school children. They would like children of primary school age to enter a drawing which shows what Mid Devon District Council collects as part of its kerbside blue food caddy collection and/or its subscription-based garden waste collection.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, said: “We have six new lorries that need names and some lovely artwork. All the lorries have a split body where food and garden waste is collected and stored separately. The drawings should give a positive message to inspire people to recycle their food and garden waste. Food waste sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown and as it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Food waste collected from your blue caddy is processed into energy and fertiliser. Garden waste is made into compost which is excellent to mix with soil to grow fruit and vegetables.”

The drawings need to be A4 in size and landscape, using paint, crayon, chalk or any other type of drawing material, but not photographs, sorry. They can be done in school or at home but schools may wish to submit more than one entry. However, only one entry per pupil will be accepted and  the decision of the judges will be final.

Other than these rules, pupils can use their imagination, so let the creative juices flow! Good luck!!

The competition entry closing date is midnight on Tuesday 8 May 2018 and winning pupils will be notified by Friday 18 May 2018.

All entries must be posted or delivered to:

Mid Devon District Council
Street Scene Services – Recycling Competition
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
Tiverton
Devon
EX16 6PP

See the website for full terms and conditions: www.middevon.gov.uk/media/345268/recycling-drawing-comp-2018-tcs.pdf

ROTARY CLUB GIFTS 50 TREES FOR TIVERTON

Tiverton Rotary Club has gifted 50 tree saplings to the Council in support of the Rotary Tree Challenge.

The Rotary Tree Challenge is a nationwide challenge encouraging each Rotary member to plant at least one tree to help save the environment in time for this year’s Earth Day on 22 April 2018.  With over 47,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland, the potential number of trees planted would be equivalent to a forest the size of 100 football pitches!

To initiate the challenge, 6 trees were planted during a joint ceremony on Thursday 22 March as part of a wider planting programme in and around Tiverton.  The ceremony took place along the old railway line near Manley Bridge.  In attendance were Rotary members Sue Godfrey (organiser), Tricia Collier and Les Rendell along with the Council’s Leader Clive Eginton,  Darren Beer and Mick Jelliman  from the Grounds Maintenance team.

Further potential sites are being planned and agreed by the Council to enhance existing woodland and open spaces, including Elmore Football Club, Market Walk, West Exe and along the BMX track.

The tree saplings include a mixture of species, including beech, oak and hornbeam  and were supplied by the I Dig Trees planting scheme (a collaboration between OVO Energy and The Conservation Volunteers).  Once all 50 of the trees have been planted, the Council will maintain and accept responsibility for them throughout their life.

Rotary member and organiser Sue Godfrey said: “We are delighted that Mid Devon District Council welcomed the offer of trees by the Rotary Club of Tiverton. We all need to get involved in caring for our environment. This not only benefits wildlife but also enhances the quality of life for all of us in the Tiverton area.”

Clive Eginton said: “I’d like to thank the Rotary Club of Tiverton for this magnanimous gesture; it really is fantastic that they’ve donated 50 trees of 5 different varieties and I hope that the people of Tiverton and the surrounding areas will enjoy these trees for many decades to come.”

The environmental benefits of this campaign will replenish forests and ensure habitats for wildlife are restored. The challenge is also a great way to involve communities, with activities varying from extending and under-planting existing woods to enhancing parks and open spaces.

If you would like to get involved in the Rotary Tree Challenge, grab your wellies and make contact with your local Rotary Club using the Rotary Club finder. Alternatively, check the Rotary tree-planting schemes and take part without getting your hands dirty.

CONSULTATION LAUNCHED IN TAUNTON DEANE AND WEST SOMERSET

map-with-watchet-and-key-notation-0021People in Taunton Deane and West Somerset are being invited to have their say on a proposal to create a single new council, covering both areas.

Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council have been working together for the past three years and, through joining management and sharing services, have achieved an annual £1.8m of savings.

Both councils now want to modernise and streamline council services and delivery to achieve significant savings and also propose to create a single new council, covering the current geographical areas of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

The decision on the creation of a new council lies with the Secretary of State.

Residents, partners, towns and parishes and businesses are now being invited to take part in a public consultation that will help inform the Secretary of State’s decision on creating a new council.

A new website – www.yournewcouncil.org – is now live, providing information on the proposal to create a new council and provides an online feedback facility.

A series of public roadshows, across both council areas, is due to get under way in the New Year. This will give people the chance to ask questions, voice opinions and get the information they may need.

The information will also be provided in a hard copy consultation document which will be forwarded to partners and other organisations and will be made widely available to the public at council offices and at the roadshows.

The current edition of Somerset County Council’s Your Somerset publication, circulated to households in Taunton Deane and West Somerset, includes an article on the consultation advising how and where to find more information.

Further information on the roadshows and any other events will be publicised on the website, www.yournewcouncil.org, and in the media. Please follow the councils’ Twitter accounts @TDBC and @wsomerset and check out our Facebook pages for further updates.