Library Information August 2020

Good news!  Library!

Castle Cary Community Library is re-opening.

The library will be open from Tuesday 18 August. There will be

 a 1-in-1-out policy. You will not be able to browse the shelves.

There is a new Order and Collect service. Simply fill in a form online at Somerset Libraries; phone 0757 904 9109 or collect a form in the library. You can order anything from our library including books, large print books, audiobooks and DVDs. No charges or fines will be issued for any items borrowed. And you can still use the wonderful e-services: e-books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines.

The public network computer will be available on Friday afternoons only. This must be pre-booked by emailing ccylib@somerset.gov.uk or librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk.

Much effort has been put into making the library a safe environment for you. We will very much appreciate your understanding when using the new layout and the systems we have put in place.

Please note that face coverings are now required in libraries at all times. The new opening times are:

Tuesday 10 a.m. -12 noon, 2 – 3 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. -12 noon, 2 – 3 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. -12 noon

Saturday 10 a.m. -12 noon.

Public Network Computer: Friday 2 – 3 p.m. (Pre-booking essential)

Recycling sites re-opening

From Monday 1 June, all 16 recycling sites will be returning to standard summer opening hours. Opening hours information will be updated on the Somerset Waste Partnership website from Monday morning.

For more information, see here. Note that for Frome, Taunton and Yeovil, this will mean a return to seven days a week opening. From Monday, we will also be ending the odds and even number plate access system for all sites.

All other restrictions remain in place – no extra materials are being accepted compared to this week, max two people per household, wearing gloves, trailers and 3.5 tonne vans only between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays.

While this is a key step towards business as usual, we are avoiding making too many changes at once so we do not create an unmanageable or unsafe situation for residents or staff.

There will be further phases to get us back to as close to usual as possible.

We will continue to highlight that queues are to be expected due to the social distancing measures that are in place, and will remind people to turn off their engines if waiting, and that trips should only be made if they are really necessary.

Somerset Waste Partnership’s roll-out of the Recycle More service that will expand kerbside recycling. Under the proposals, Recycle More would be introduced in four phases over around 18 months, starting in Mendip at the end of October this year. South Somerset would see the service at end of June/early July 2021.

UPDATE 28.7.2020

Key features of Recycle More include:

  • Expanded weekly kerbside recycling, notably adding plastic pots, tubs and trays.
  • All households to receive a new recycling container – a ‘bright blue bag’.
  • Three weekly rubbish collections – as more recycling means more space in bins.
  • New collection days for many households.

The new service will be introduced area by area so SWP’s five depots can be upgraded to handle thousands of tonnes of extra recycling. This means Recycle More will not reach some parts of the county for some time and until it arrives it is important that people continue to recycle as they do now.

Link to SSDC Recycling Website:

Updated August 2020
https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more/

Regards

Nick Cater
Senior Communications Officer
Somerset Waste Partnership

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

Ansford Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If you are interested and would like more information please contract the Parish Clerk at ansford.clerk@yahoo.com

If you would like to get actively involved with local issues and help with our plans to improve essential facilities for our parishioners, we would welcome your assistance.

Our current and long-term objectives are now being formulated, in preparation for an increasing number of new homes in our neighbourhood, and this will require an expansion of local amenities and services, to serve the needs and aspirations of all age-groups within our community.

With your help, Ansford Council could then provide more resources in which to plan some important improvements to local infrastructure projects, such as Road Safety/Transport links, Recreation & Leisure and Health & Social Well-being. Another crucial matter we are keen to develop, is the care and maintenance of the local Environment, and to encourage people to help with a variety of small-scale rural projects involving volunteer groups.

By joining our small team of councillors, we can set our sights on becoming a greener and more sustainable place in which to live, for the benefit and satisfaction of all our parishioners.