Safer shopping on our High Street

Many of our shops will re-open from 15th June while Covid19 is still active. The Parish, District and County Councils have worked together to make our High Street safer for shoppers.

We will be implementing some precautions to enable safe distancing.

Street High Street, from Vestry Road to Farm Road, will be closed to vehicles except for access from Monday next week. Road closed barriers will be in place.

There will also be a keep left one-way system for pedestrians to enable COVID 19 social distancing. The signs shown will be displayed. This will extend further along the High Street than the road closure and partway down Farm Road.

Keep your distance and keep safe.

Planning renovations this year?

Planning Renovations This Year?

If you’re thinking of a new extension, a bit of remodelling, or finally knocking down that old garage, have you checked for asbestos? Any property built or refurbished before 2000 could potentially contain ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials). Commonly found in corrugated roofing sheets, it was also widely used in artex-type paint coatings, insulation material, floor tiles, other construction material, fixtures and fittings. Left undisturbed, these materials don’t present a health risk. However, when damaged the fibres easily become airborne and can be inhaled. Exposure to these microscopic fibres can lead to severe lung disease and cancer. In the UK, around 5000 deaths a year are linked to asbestos exposure, and it can take years for symptoms to develop. Invisible to the naked eye and normally blended with other substances, professional testing is needed to ensure asbestos is dealt with safely.

Somerset Scientific Services, part of Somerset County Council, offer free impartial asbestos advice as part of our commitment to public health and safety. We also offer an expert service to identify and project manage the removal of any ACMs. Samples of suspect material can be sent to our lab for analysis and we’ll provide impartial advice on your next steps if asbestos is identified. For larger projects surveys can be completed on site by our specialist asbestos team if needed.

Call the team or visit our website for expert advice – and to find out what other services we provide.

01823 355906