Milverton, Somerset
15/07/2024

Use a bin!

Collected litterOn a walk round Milverton it took two of us a mere 90 minutes to collect this lot. It includes:

  • 10 glass bottles
  • 76 drinks cans
  • 17 plastic food trays
  • 15 plastic bottles
  • 107 other assorted bits of plastic, crisp packets, vapes, etc.

Milverton isn’t the place to throw your litter. Use a bin and keep Milverton the place you want to live, visit or work. 

Recent flooding

The Parish Council would like to thank all those who helped parishioners who were affected by the flooding on 9 May and our thoughts are with those who were directly affected – it is hard to imagine how those people felt seeing their properties damaged and having to move out of their homes. We are conscious of the ongoing help that will be needed over the next few months.

Whilst investigations are still ongoing into the flooding, the following has taken place to the date of this report (13 May).

Somerset Council’s Flood Relief Engineer visited Milverton and was shown the areas affected by the flooding. As so many properties were affected, he now has to write a formal report on why the flooding occurred and make recommendations to Somerset Council. This report will be sent to the Parish Council for comment before being finally submitted to Somerset Council.

Somerset Council’s Civil Contingency Unit met residents affected. Civil Contingencies Unit can provide help and support. They can be contacted by email at somersetdutycco@somerset.gov.uk

Somerset Council are encouraging people to get in touch if they’ve been affected – anyone who has experienced property flooding can report it by emailing flooding@somerset.gov.uk or flood reporting tool.

If you are aware of anyone who needs support please advise them to call 0300 123 2224 and choose option 1 during office hours – call the same number and choose option 4 out of office hours.

Somerset Prepared also gives useful advice.

Checks on the surrounding area are being made to see what factors contributed to the severity of the event. Local rainfall data is also being collected.

The Parish Council is collecting photographs and witness accounts of the flooding. Please send these to admin@milvertonpc.org.uk.

Whilst causes are still being investigated and possible solutions devised, it will take some time before final conclusions can be drawn. In the meantime, we will seek to keep you updated on progress.

For all householders, this may be a good time to refer back to the Home Emergency Plan distributed in the last quarter of 2022. We shall revisit and update this to take into account any lessons learned. Should you have any other concerns please let us know.

Rod Burton
Chair Milverton Parish Council

Village litter pick

The village litter pick on Saturday 25 March was very successful, depending on how you look at it! 15 volunteers collected 15 black sacks of rubbish. I would like to thank all the volunteers and cake makers, with a special thank you to Karen and Garry Baker for their help in promoting, setting up and general assistance.

Anita Dakowski

Litter appeal

LitterIt took less than two hours for my wife and I to collect this litter on a recent walk around Milverton. There are more than 50 cans, 5 glass bottles and over 60 pieces of plastic all of which are being recycled. They say “rubbish gathers rubbish” but sometimes within an hour or two of cleaning a lane we find new litter.

On one lane there is a regular amount of Budweiser cans and cider bottles. Bizarrely, we recently picked up two unopened Budweiser cans (gratefully recycled).

The habitual litter louts are not going to change any time soon so we need your help. Why not carry a bag when you go for a walk and just pick an item or two to help?

Editor’s note: Don’t forget the village litter pick starts at 10am on Saturday 25 March at the Victoria Rooms to collect your letter picker, gloves and bag. Cake and refreshments on return.

EuCan September update

We were disappointed to have to cancel the grass cutting at Tolland Churchyard, but hopefully things will be cooler by the rescheduled date of 10 September. I went to Tolland at 7am to explain about the cancellation to anyone who turned up, but nobody did. Unfortunately, one person turned up at 10am because they had not seen the subsequent emails.

As willing volunteers are a precious commodity we felt a little uncomfortable that our message did not reach everyone and this one person was disappointed on the day. So we’ve upgraded the emails that we send out and the content.

Every email will now contain the following line: ALWAYS CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU SET OUT. This is to make sure that your journey is not wasted, as the main reason for a task being cancelled is the weather.

The word “website” in the line above is a link to our website calendar so if we cancel it that will be the first place we announce it.

Tip: In the bottom right hand side of our calendar there is a little log like this. If you click on it our calendar of events will appear in your electronic calendar if you use one.

We are now using MailMerge software so that we can not only personalise your email (notice how we called you ParishMag) but we can also offer an unsubscribe link if you want to be removed from our emailing list.

Busy Bees wild life conservation

At our meeting in July, Trevor Phelps took groups of children around the village looking for and finding swifts and house martins nesting in the eaves of the houses, and taught them and how to distinguish between their appearance and call. We considered the importance of the food chain how it works, and made bug hotels; you may have heard the hammering!

It is hoped that in the future some of the Busy Bees can join with and help Milverton Conservation Group with some of their projects.

Footpaths

We are lucky to have a good network of field paths and public footpaths around Milverton and in the adjoining parishes. In enjoying many extended walks I have, inevitably, come across one or two recalcitrant local land-owners who do their best to hinder the legal passage of pedestrians across their property. I have encountered actions such as padlocking gates to close illegally, designated footpaths or fencing off stiles and even blocking those metal gates which revolve just ninety degrees and remain permanently stock-proof when used. I have witnessed the placing of cattle foddering stations across footpaths or just next to a stile to ensure that the path becomes churned up with deep mud and difficult of passage.

Paths have been covered over with crops, bridges over streams removed and notices of routes cast down. The use of barbed wire at the sides of a stile, or either side a padlocked gate, has also been observed. Injuries caused by these aggressive actions endangering the safety of the walking public can, of course, be taken to Law for compensatory claims or prosecution.

Should you come across any of these obstructions there is an easy way to report them to the local footpath officers. Call up online the site dedicated to Public Rights of Way

The majority of our local landowners are good at maintaining public access across their property. Inevitably there is a small minority who are determined to make life difficult for others and try to deprive them of their ancient right to walk the countryside for health and leisure. So, if you discover a problem on a walk don’t leave it to someone else to sort out. Furthermore, if you are at any time intimidated either verbally of physically by a landowner when using a public footpath or a field path this is a matter for the police. Report it to them. Let’s keep our local countryside open for all to enjoy.

A.Footpath Walker