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Somerset Council: what happens to waste services?

It will be business as usual for waste services when the new Somerset Council comes into effect next month.

From the start of April, the new council takes on responsibility for all the county’s waste services, including the 350,000 weekly kerbside collections and 16 recycling sites.

All the councils in Somerset have worked together on waste services as the Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) since 2007, so residents should not notice the change.

The contractors making collections and running recycling sites will continue to do so. Behind the scenes, the SWP team will become part of the new council.

Waste services will continue to have their own @somersetwaste accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and the dedicated SORTED monthly e-newsletter will carry on providing the latest service news and useful advice.

There will, however, be changes to the waste website presence and customer contact.

All the content currently on the SWP website will move to a dedicated section of the Somerset Council website www.somerset.gov.uk/waste from Saturday 1 April.

The www.somersetwaste.gov.uk website will be no more, but anyone trying to visit should be redirected to the new site.

Residents will still be able to do all the same things online that they can do now, including ordering containers, subscribing to the garden waste service, reporting missed collections, and checking collections days.

A single phone number, 0300 123 2224, will replace district contact numbers and will be taking calls about waste services from the start of April. Our new email address for waste related enquiries is wasteservices@somerset.gov.uk

The SWP name and branding will be going as waste services become a part of Somerset Council. Some things will change immediately, such as the social media branding, while others will change over time, like vehicle branding and signage.

This is an exciting new era and we look forward to continuing to help people waste less and recycle more as a key service within the new Somerset Council.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge

 

Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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