Monthly Archives: March 2020

Respect our Rights of Way and keep your distance

Respect our Rights of Way and keep your distance

Somerset’s public Rights of Way network remains open during the Coronavirus emergency.

The County Council is asking everyone to follow the rules on social distancing and use their local routes rather than travelling out into the countryside unnecessarily.

We are very fortunate here in Somerset that we have many beautiful places where we can get out into the countryside, but the Council is reminding people that travel to exercise by whatever means is NOT essential and you should not be travelling for your daily exercise.

Many footpaths, bridleways and other public rights of way cross private land, working farms and, in some cases, are close to private homes.

Please keep to the paths, keep your distance from land and property owners – remembering the two-metre rule. Dogs must be kept under close control – on a short lead or at heel. Keep following the restrictions and measures, which are in place to protect everyone, especially the NHS.

The law as it stands does not allow the Council to close any part of the public Rights of Way network for Coronavirus reasons.

The Rights of Way Service will only inspect and arrange for emergency and safety repairs at this time. Anyone who wants to report an issue on the network should log it at Explore Somerset.

Virtual library keeps the joy and magic of reading alive

Virtual library keeps the joy and magic of reading alive

Bath & North East Somerset Council has set up an exciting virtual library to help children and adults keep their love of literature going while libraries are closed during the Coronavirus pandemic. The virtual library launches on Monday (30 March) and will have dynamic, changing content each weekday to suit all ages via the library… Read More…

Volunteering in Somerset during Coronavirus outbreak

Volunteering in Somerset during Coronavirus outbreak

The five councils in Somerset – Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council and Sedgemoor District Council – are working together to coordinate a countywide network of support for the county’s most vulnerable people. However, we can all do our bit to help those who are likely… Read More…

Council tax and business rates payments deferred until June for those who need it

Council tax and business rates payments deferred until June for those who need it

To support people as much as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Wiltshire Council has confirmed that no resident or business in Wiltshire will have to pay council tax or business rates until June 2020 if they are struggling. Any resident wishing to defer paying their council tax in April and May 2020, instead of… Read More…

New resources to help people with additional needs understand Coronavirus

New resources to help people with additional needs understand Coronavirus

Bath & North East Somerset Council is highlighting some free materials that have been produced in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19) to help people with additional needs access essential information about the pandemic. Mencap has produced an easy-read version of its Covid-19 information and autism consultant Carol Gray has produced a social story to help explain… Read More…

Health leaders across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire urge local people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives

Health leaders across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire urge local people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives

Local people are being urged to do all they can to support crucial health and care services across Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Swindon and Wiltshire by following a simple message: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. The request to the public comes at the same time as a number of… Read More…

Home learning in South Gloucestershire

Home learning in South Gloucestershire

Integra Schools and South Gloucestershire Council are pleased to launch a new home learning online resource to support parents, carers and teachers. This resource brings together a range of free and easy to access online activities and learning for children of all ages, and is clearly grouped into subjects and topics, such as English and… Read More…

Emergency Covid 19 family support from Purple Elephant

Emergency Covid 19 family support from Purple Elephant

Over the next few weeks, Purple Elephant (the organisers of Frome Toy Library, Frome Children’s Festival/Gen-Z, the Sports Festival and Family Holiday Fun) will be doing whatever they can to support those local families who are most in need. A spokesperson for Purple Elephant said: “We’ll be working together with Fair Frome and local schools… Read More…

Rooms needed to house rough sleepers and the homeless

Rooms needed to house rough sleepers and the homeless

Wiltshire Council has made an urgent call to hoteliers, B&Bs, and Airbnb providers to come forward to offer accommodation to house homeless people in Wiltshire during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Accommodation is particularly required in the south of the county. Wiltshire Council are seeking rooms across the county to house homeless people currently in inappropriate… Read More…

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