Lympsham Resident Information
Lympsham wins award for Somerset’s top playing fields
Several community groups who oversee playing fields and play areas in the Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating after winning awards at a ceremony to identify the best facilities in Somerset.
Judges at this year’s Somerset Playing Fields’ Association Field of the Year Awards have announced that Mark and Lympsham are the two top winners.
Lympsham was named the winner in the best Large Fields category. Lympsham Parish Council was represented by their groundsman David Luff and his son Jack Luff, pictured above.
The judges said that Lympsham Village Green is “an exceptional facility for a smaller community with a wide range of facilities in good order, excellently maintained and well used.”
Restoring waste services - 11 recycling sites to reopen and garden waste collections to restart from Monday 11 May
Coronavirus has had a tough impact on your waste services, from forcing some collections to be suspended as many staff self-isolated to the closure of recycling sites due to government rules on travel and social distancing.
Slowly and carefully, as staff were able to return to work and - two days ago - government guidance was changed, Somerset Waste Partnership has been planning the restoration of all waste services and sites.
Full details of the reopening of recycling sites from Monday 11 May are below, as is information on the simultaneous restart of garden waste collections. Other services, such as the ordering and delivery of new and replacement waste containers, have already taken place.
Closure of recycling sites has been frustrating and we have wanted to see them open as much as anyone. But we have to do it in a way which keeps people safe and have only been able to open them up now that the government has clarified which journeys are deemed essential.
That government guidance is clear: only those who really need to come, should come. If it's not an essential journey, please be patient and wait. The site changes we have put in place are necessary, temporary and there to protect everyone.
The sites are likely to be very busy with slow queues. Any trip will take much longer than usual, strict social distancing will need to be followed and we will not tolerate any abusive behaviour. These temporary arrangements will be reviewed constantly with the aim of getting sites back to accepting all materials as soon as it is practically possible, but it will take time.
Meanwhile ... the bank holiday for VE Day, marking the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe, on Friday 8 May will affect collections - details below.
And this issue of SORTED! includes news of the suspension of textile collections, a reminder about the new no-fuss online way to sort out all your recycling and rubbish needs with My Waste Services, and asks: is your BBQ a risk, bonfire a nuisance or parking a problem?
Recycling sites reopen Monday 11 May
Eleven recycling sites will reopen on Monday 11 May for essential visits only - in line with updated government guidance - and garden waste collections will resume from the same day (see overleaf).
To ensure social distancing, protect public and staff and limit numbers, there will be a range of temporary restrictions; queues and delays are likely.
Government guidance states visits should only take place if waste cannot be stored safely at home without risking harm or ill-health, or harm to public health and amenity. If not an essential journey, please wait until sites are back to usual.
Recycling sites open from 11 May: Bridgwater, Chard, Dulverton, Frome, Highbridge, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Williton and Yeovil.
The other five sites are due to reopen from Tuesday 26 May. Check the main recycling sites web page to find your nearest site or location information.
All 11 will be open six days a week:
- 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- 9am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays
- all closed Thursdays
Access is "one in, one out", a number plate system will be used:
- Odd numbers only Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
- Even numbers only Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Other restrictions include:
- Maximum two people per household
- No people with COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been asked to shield
- No large vans (3.5 tonne or heavier)
- No trailers
- Gloves to be worn outside vehicles
Only these materials will be taken:
- Refuse usually put in your rubbish bin, and bulky items, such as furniture
- Garden waste
- Large electrical items, such as cookers, fridges, TVs etc
- Hazardous chemicals, such as those from garden sheds or garages
Not taken until further notice:
- Anything involving payment, such as charged-for hardcore, soil, tyres, gas bottles or vehicle parts (compost will not be available to buy)
- Commercial waste
- Asbestos or plasterboard
Please do not take, unless essential (as it will be landfilled):
- Anything usually recycled kerbside – food, cardboard, paper, cans, glass etc
- Wood, metals, small electrical items
- Plastic pots, tubs, trays, Tetra Paks and other beverage cartons
Find links here for queue cams to check traffic waiting at Bridgwater, Chard, Taunton and Yeovil.
Garden waste collections restart Monday 11 May
Collection of garden waste restarts from Monday 11 May. Subscriptions for 2020-21 will run until mid-May 2021.
Many subscribers' collection day and dates have changed. It’s important that people reread the letter that came with their bin sticker or check this via My Collection Day here.
Collections will only be made from 2020-21 subscribers using bins with lids closed and the correct year sticker, or in paid-for garden waste bags.
Not collected: garden waste not in official bins or sacks, non-subscribers, bins with the wrong or no sticker, bins with excess weight (if necessary, remove some material for next collection).
Contact your district customer services if you have not received a sticker or bin.
A garden waste collection costs £55.50 for the year, while garden waste sacks are £27.50 for 10, Order a subscription or sacks here, or contact your district council customer services here.
Stay safe, keep others safe
If anyone in your household has COVID-19 or symptoms of the virus, personal waste, such as used tissues, masks, gloves and disposable cleaning cloths, should be stored securely within double-bagged disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be kept separate from other waste for at least 72 hours before being put in the rubbish bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as usual.
You should disinfect waste container handles and wash hands before putting out recycling or rubbish and after taking back in containers. Please maintain social distance with any waste staff. Check here for more on COVID-19 and waste.
Textile collections suspended to stop them heading for landfill
Somerset is being asked to hold on to its unwanted clothes and textiles to make sure they don’t end up in landfill.
Somerset Waste Partnership is committed to making sure everything it collects that can be recycled, is recycled and recycled close to home. Last year more than 92% of Somerset’s recycling stayed in the UK, cutting the same carbon as taking 25,000 cars off the road.
But coronavirus is making that impossible to guarantee, so kerbside textile recycling collections are being suspended until the situation improves.
COVID-19 has seen both the national and international market for textiles grind to halt, and any materials collected now may well end up in landfill.
Closed charity shops mean more clothes at the kerbside for recycling. But with nowhere for them to be sold on, they have to be stored in depots where they will eventually become damp, mouldy and only fit for landfill.
Residents are encouraged to keep unwanted textiles – that are of good enough quality to be worn again – at home until they can be taken to charity shops or the SWP kerbside collections restart.
Please note: many community textile collection banks are not being collected at the moment, though sometimes it is not always obvious. If you cannot place your unwanted textiles in the collection bank, please do not leave it next to the banks as it won’t necessarily be picked up.
Make it easy with My Waste Services
Simple, free and online 24 hours a day, My Waste Services is the new no-fuss way to sort out all your recycling and rubbish needs. My Waste Services makes it quick and easy to get things done, such as ordering a replacement recycling box. Get your account here now.
Check your collections for May's bank holidays
The bank holiday for VE Day – marking the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe – on Friday 8 May will see no waste collections so those recycling and rubbish pick-ups will be on Saturday 9 May from 7am.
And make a note of the next bank holiday: the spring bank holiday on Monday 25 May means no collections on the Monday so collections all week will be one day later, including Friday's pick-ups on Saturday 30 May.
Is your BBQ a risk, bonfire a nuisance or parking a problem?
As we head into summer, it is important to remember the impact your fun, your waste and your car can have on others.
Adding the wrong items to rubbish bins and black sacks could put lives at risk by starting a fire. As well as the danger of a fire in a rubbish bin threatening homes or business premises, lack of care could start a blaze in rubbish lorry or see a landfill conflagration putting staff at risk. Among the danger items that should never be added to the rubbish bin are hot ash or part-burned materials from domestic or garden fires or barbecues.
It may be tempting to burn garden waste and waste materials material in your garden, but we are all being urged to hold fire and think about the impact on neighbours and emergency services, since bonfires cause air pollution, exacerbate health problems and annoy the neighbours, while wasting firefighters' time.
As you park your car, even if legally, do take a second to check if a fire engine or waste truck can get through, preventing recycling or rubbish collections or putting you, your family or your neighbours at risk in a fire. And if you see a car parked badly and know the owner, a polite request could be all that is needed to prevent missed collections or even to save a life.
Happy Golden Anniversary to Liz & Keith Hart
who were married 50 years ago on 2nd May 1970.
All best wishes from everyone in our village
Coronavirus – Recycle More roll-out paused
- The current Coronavirus emergency is unavoidably affecting our ability to deliver the Recycle More service in the planned timescales.
- The roll-out was due to start in Mendip at the end of June this year and a decision is due to be taken next week that will formally pause the roll-out of the new service.
- SWP will develop a revised plan with a view to this being discussed by the Somerset Waste Board in June, subject to any continuing Coronavirus disruption.
- In the meantime, considerable work is ongoing, at SWP and notably our contractor’s crews on the ground, to maintain the best service possible in the current unprecedented circumstances.
Recycle More will transform recycling in Somerset, allowing a far wider range of materials to be recycled weekly from the kerbside including plastic pots, tubs and trays, food and drink cartons (e.g. TetraPaks), small electrical equipment and household batteries
It will be rolled-out on phases, with each phase preceded by a major communications and engagement campaign and upgrades to SWP’s five depots to handle the extra recycling.
The current timetable is for the new service to start in Mendip at the end of June this year, to be followed by South Somerset in September and the rest of the county by spring 2022.
This week saw the start of the new contract with SUEZ for recycling and waste collection, and with it the fleet of new vehicles that will make Recycle More possible are now in use.
Impact of Coronavirus
The Coronavirus emergency is affecting various aspects of preparation for the roll-out. These are set out in full in a Key Decision paper that can be found here http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=7086&PlanId=216 In summary:
- Delay to the depot upgrade at Evercreech due to staffing and supply chain issues. The upgrading is required for the depot to handle the extra recycling.
- Delay in the delivery of new recycling containers that are essential for roll-out. An initial consignment of the ‘big blue bags’ has arrived in the UK, but not enough to cover the first phase. A second consignment has been delayed by a shut-down of a port in India.
- Inability to carry out large scale public engagement and communications. This is a key element for the success of Recycle More, encouraging behaviour change to support use of the new service. Face-to-face public engagement, which was being planned for May and June, now seems unlikely at best. Uncertainty over a start date means the production of key communications materials cannot start when needed.
- The SWP capacity to prepare for Recycle More has been reduced as staff are redeployed and focussed on managing service disruption caused by Coronavirus.
- Day to day services need to be stable before the new service is rolled-out. Current service disruption includes suspension of garden waste collection, new bin/box deliveries, and closure of Recycling Centres. There will be a significant backlog of actions to work through once life returns to normal.
Decision to pause Recycle More roll-out
A formal decision to pause the project is due to be taken on 9 April and the report that supports this can be found using the link above.
This is very disappointing for SWP and for the public, but we hope you understand that it is unavoidable in the current circumstances.
SWP will develop a revised plan with a view to this being discussed by the Somerset Waste Board in June, subject to any continuing Coronavirus disruption. Clearly, we will work hard to get services back to normal and introduce this exciting new service as soon as is practicable.
The overall expected savings from Recycle More are in excess of £2m a year. With the existing timetable we expected to see these being achieved from 2022/23 once roll-out is complete and costs paid back.
Delaying Recycle More will delay the break-even point. It’s not possible to accurately quantify the financial implications until a new timetable is agreed. A delay of one month would cost under £100k, incurred as a result of running the current more expensive service for longer. Pushing all phases back (i.e. deliver phase 1 when we were planning on launching phase 2) would have an estimated impact of around £900k – in this scenario break-even point would still be reached during the 2022/23 financial year as planned. Further delays would see the financial impact increase. All options to minimise impacts will be fully explored, and these costs are being captured as part of Council-wide processes to monitor the financial impact of Coronavirus.
How can you help?
Many constituents will have an interest in the arrival of Recycle More, it would be helpful if you could use your own routes and community contacts to make them aware of the delay. We would encourage you to use the message below which covers the key points.
Delay to Recycle More
Coronavirus is affecting the delivery of many key projects. Unfortunately, this includes the roll-out of the new Recycle More service which will eventually allow people to recycle more from their kerbside, notably considerably more plastic.
Regrettably, SWP has had to pause the introduction of Recycle More, which had been due to start in Mendip at the end of June (to be followed by South Somerset in September) because:
- Impacts on staffing and supply chains mean that essential depot upgrading is being delayed, as is the delivery of new recycling containers – the big blue bags - that will be used to collect much of the new material.
- The large-scale public engagement and communication that needs to take place in advance of Recycle More cannot happen because of the current uncertainty around timescales and the restrictions on non-essential travel and social isolation.
- SWP and contractor staff are focussed on maintaining essential services, which means they are unable to prepare for what is a big change to the way we work.
SWP will develop a new timetable and roll-out the new service out as soon as possible once the current crisis is over.
This is disappointing, but unavoidable and information about new timescales will be shared as soon as possible. The SWP asks for your understanding and patience, and asks for the public’s ongoing support in sorting all their recycling to make the important work of our hard-working collection crews more manageable in these challenging times.
Helping us manage service disruption
SWP’s current services are being unavoidably disrupted by Coronavirus, as staffing numbers are reduced and advice on non-essential travel and safe distancing is followed.
Garden waste collections are suspended (existing 2020-21 subscribers will have their service extended for 12 months from the restart of collections), as is the collection of bulky materials and delivery of new bins/boxes. All Recycling Centres are also currently closed in line with government advice on non-essential travel.
Recycling and rubbish collections continue, but where recycling collections are missed we are unable to make return collections.
It would be helpful if you could help share the following guidance for householders during this difficult period.
- If you have coronavirus symptoms or are in a household with someone showing symptoms, government guidance on safely dealing with personal waste is available at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus
- If your recycling collection is missed, please take containers back in and put them back out again for the following week for collection.
- To help crews finish their rounds: rinse containers, squash all but aerosols and glass if safe to do so, flatten and tear up all cardboard, sort-segregate materials without using carrier bags, and put it all - including all food waste (in the food waste bin) - out by 7am.
- Leave garden waste in the garden, cut back on mowing, allow the garden to become more wildlife friendly with a corner for any woody materials, compost all other garden waste and suitable foods. More advice: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/home-composting/
- Please store materials and items you would otherwise drop off at recycling sites and do not add them to your rubbish. In particular, do not take risks with electrical items, batteries and gas canisters as these can cause a fire risk in your bin or the rubbish trucks.
For further information contact Mickey Green, Managing Director, Somerset Waste Partnership Mickey.Green@somersetwaste.gov.uk
TO ALL DOG WALKERS
Dogs have to be on a lead
on Lympsham Cricket / Sports Field
N.B. No dogs are allowed in the Play Area by the Manor Hall
Sedgemoor District Council made Dog Control Orders to regulate, restriction of access by dogs to children's play areas and requirements to put dogs on leads in a specified area. The Order came into force on 18th November 2009.
Sedgemoor District Council made the order under The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and The Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties, etc.) Regulations 2006 (S.I.2006/1059).
The effect of the Orders is:
1. A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if, at any time on any land to which this Order applies (Schedule 1), s/he does not keep the dog on a lead of not more than 6 feet in length.
2. A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if, at any time, s/he takes the dog onto, or permits the dog to enter or to remain on, any land to which this Order applies (Schedule 2).
- Cricket/Sports field, Lympsham
- Play Area between the Manor Hall & cricket field, Lympsham
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