Residents Information Sheet

ISLE ABBOTTS RESIDENTS INFORMATION SHEET JULY 2020 EDITION

This leaflet is published by Isle Abbotts Parish Council and sets out useful contact and other information to the Parish. It is intended primarily for new residents, but we hope some of the information will also be useful to others.

For the latest information on events and services, plus some historical detail, visit the village website:www.isle-abbotts.org.uk

South Somerset District Council produces a contact list for District and County Council services each year. If you need a copy, call SSDC on 01935-462462 or visit the websitewww.southsomerset.gov.uk

The elected Parish Councillors all live in Isle Abbotts. They are available to try and help with any matter of local concern and have established key contacts to deal with such matters as planning, road defects and aircraft noise. The public is welcome to attend Parish Council meetings – an agenda is displayed on the Parish Council notice board in the bus shelter at Cox’s Pit and the village website a few days before the meeting.

Chairman: Tony Habberfield 07967-802058

Vice- Chairman: Robert Pix

Financial Officer: David Bradshaw 282923 isleabbottsrfo@icloud.com

Councillors:

Amanda Hughes

Alistair Richards

Parish Clerk: M.V (Robbie) Robson. Abbotts Glen 281519 isleabbottsclerk@icloud.com

SSDC Councillor is Malcolm Cavill 07989-945397. (Malcolm.Cavill@southsomerset.go.uk)

Most of the village falls within a designated conservation area. This seeks to maintain the special character of the village and brings with it various additional constraints including restrictions on tree felling and erection of TV satellite dishes. An explanatory leaflet on planning in conservation areas is available from SSDC (phone number above). It can be a lot less stressful and expensive to check the rules before carrying out any work.

A neighbourhood watch scheme is in operation. If you see anything suspicious, contact the co-ordinator, Peter Herbert on 281889. Peter maintains contact with our Police Liaison Officer. If you see a vehicle or its occupants acting suspiciously, please note the vehicle make and registration number together with time and date and let Peter have the details. Remember that people don’t usually visit Isle Abbotts without a reason, legitimate or otherwise. Noting details of strangers may help to establish a pattern and possibly prevent a crime. Unfortunately, it is inviting trouble to leave dwellings, sheds or outbuildings unlocked at any time, day or night.

The Mobile Library visits Isle Abbotts every 4 weeks. It stops at the Village Hall from 12.30 – 12.50pm.A visit schedule is posted on the Parish notice board or you can call 0300-1232224 or go towww.somerset.gov.uk/libraries

Postal collections from the post box in Church Street are at 16.15 Mondays to Fridays, 09.00 on Saturdays. You can also hand letters for posting to the postman when he delivers your mail. South of the village there is also an inconspicuous posting box at Round Oak (the first crossroads going towards Ilminster).

Isle Abbotts’ low-lying position makes the approach roads liable to occasional short-term flooding. You are strongly advised not to attempt to travel via Two Bridges when the road is flooded as the water can become dangerously deep for any vehicle. The route least likely to be impassable in flood conditions is usually that to the Southwest via Merryfield and Ilton. Further advice on flood diversion routes is available from any Parish Councillor.

The Church holds regular services – full details of the months services is shown on the notice board outside or in the Parish Magazine. If you would like the Parish Magazine delivered each month, contact Churchwarden, Elaine Guest 281407.

After being silent for over 100 years, the church bells were restored in 1999, and there is now a thriving bell-ringing team, which practices most Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. New bell-ringers are welcome – no prior experience necessary. Contact the Tower Captain, John Lucas on 281556 for further information.

The designated primary school for Isle Abbotts is at Hambridge, telephone 01460-281370 although most village children currently go to Curry Mallet, telephone 01823-480421.

The Walking Group usually has monthly walks locally. Contact Barbara Rickitt (281226) or Carolyn Pix (281677).

The village choir meets in the Village Hall on most Mondays at 7.30pm. Leader – Chris Strong.

Details of Village Hall events appear on the notice board outside as well as the village website. The hall, tables and chairs are available for hire for private functions. Contact Susan Vickery (281222).

A semi-useful bus service operates from the village. Currently service 901 goes to Taunton AM Saturdays and service 904 goes to Langport AM Tuesdays. Contact 0871 200 22 33 orwww.traveline.info for local or long distance travel times and details.

Please keep your speed down whilst driving through Isle Abbotts. Children and pets often roam freely! Remember that wide agricultural vehicles sometimes use the roads, so please park considerately.

Helicopter noise is a feature of life in the area! In the event of excessive noise or low flying, you can talk to the Officer in Charge at Merryfield on 01460-52018 preferably at the time of the incident.

If you are a dog owner, think of other residents and use a poop-scoop/bag. You can be fined if you don’t!

Refuse Collection is normally on alternate Wednesday mornings. Changes due to public holidays are shown on the Parish Council notice board or village website. The recycling scheme collects every Wednesday, normally one day later after a Bank Holiday. Leaflets giving current collection details are available from 01823-625700 or www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.

Believed correct as at 31st July 2020. Please contact Robbie Robson (281519) with additions/corrections for future editions.

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