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Have your say - Consultation on Childrens Centre Clare Sampson 2014-04-17 20:28:59

Parents and families can have their say on plans for Children’s Centre services based in Castle Cary, Creech St Michael (The Villages) and Chilcompton (The Mill) in the coming weeks.


Have Your Say meetings will take place for Castle Cary Children’s Centre on 6 and 9 May and The Villages Children’s Centre at Creech St Michael on 14 and 16 May.


Attendees can use the meetings to get more information, ask questions and give their views on proposals that will see the centres remain open and current services for children and families continue in the same buildings, though the centres would be de-designated*.


A public consultation on proposals for The Mill Children’s Centre at Chilcompton will start today (Wednesday, 16 April) and will last for nine weeks. The Council is running a consultation for this centre (rather than Have Your Say meetings) because the proposals for change could be considered more significant than proposed for other centres.


The options proposed for Chilcompton are about The Mill Nursery using more of the Children’s Centre to meet the local demand for child care. Please note, under all the options being consulted on the current children’s services would continue to be provided in the community - in the centre and/or other suitable venues - though it  is proposed that the centre is de-designated*.


Parents, families and anyone with an interest are invited to give their views. Consultation surveys will be available to complete in the centre and on the Council’s website. There will also be meetings for people to get more information and ask questions.


Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “We said that people would be able to have their say and that we would approach this in a way that’s proportionate to what changes to services are proposed.


“The current services will still be delivered in Chilcompton, but our proposals are for some change to exactly where.  With this in mind we wanted to give people more time to consider the proposals and tell us what they think.


“We understand just how important Children’s Centre services are and our work to restructure them is all about getting the right support in the right place to those who most need it.”


Consultation surveys and supporting information will be available in Chilcompton Children’s Centres and online (information can be found at www.somerset.gov.uk/childrencentres) from today. The consultation is due to close on 18 June.


Consultation information meetings will be taking place as follows:

·         Wednesday 30th April 2014, 6.00 – 7.30pm

·         Friday 30th May 2014, 1.30 – 3.00pm

Venue: The Mill Children’s Centre


The Have Your Say meetings for Castle Cary and Creech St Michael are as follows.

Castle Cary:

·         Tuesday 6 May, 6-7.30pm at the Children’s Centre (Swainson Building)

·         Friday 9 May, 9.30-11am at the Constitutional Club, Station Road, Castle Cary, BA7 7BY


Creech St Michael:

·         Wednesday 14 May, 6-7.30pm at the Children’s Centre (The Villages)

·         Friday 16 May, 9.30-11am at the Children’s Centre (The Villages)




For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email: pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk


Notes to editors:

·         *Designation and de-designation: Being designated as a Sure Start Children’s Centre means each centre has to keep detailed records of activities and services and is inspected on its catchment area. If de-designated, a centre no longer has to provide these detailed records or detailed improvement plans for individual centres. It also means that a centre is no longer constrained to only providing services to people in its catchment area – it can be more flexible to meet needs wherever they may be. The services provided by the centre are still inspected by Ofsted but as part of a wider area inspection.

·         18 centres were identified for de-designation in initial proposals put forward last November. The Cabinet Member promised further consultation before decisions were made about these and the service has been in discussions with relevant groups, including schools, to look at how services could be provided in those communities in the future.

·         Have Your Say meetings have already been held at 15 of the centres.



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North End Closure Adrian Birch 2014-04-03 18:27:37




Temporary Closure of North End

TAKE NOTICE that in pursuance of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the County Council of Somerset have made an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from proceeding along North End from the junction with Bridgwater Road southeastwards for a distance of 490 metres.

This order will enable CJL Construction Limited to carry out widenening of existing carriageway including replacement of existing drainage and construction of new footpaths including lighting and signs in this road.

The Order becomes effective on 12 May 2014 and will remain in force for eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 20 weeks. While the closure is in operation an alternative route will be signed as detailed below.


From the western end of the closure proceed in a north easterly direction along the A38 to the junction with the A361. Turn right and proceed in a north easterly direction along the A361 to the junction with Creech Heathfield Road. Turn right and proceed in a south westerly direction along Creech Heathfield Road to the junction with North End. Turn right and proceed in a north westerly direction along North End to the eastern end of the closure, and vice versa.

For information about the works being carried out please contact Andrew Robbins on 07899 956949

For further details of the alternative route please contact Somerset County Council on 0845 345 9155

Patrick Flaherty
Acting Chief Executive

Dated: 08 May 2014

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