Stratton on the Fosse News for May 2019

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Downside Application for 8 houses behind Linkmead
Please note that this application has been published and the application reference is 2019/0819/FUL and may be consulted on Mendip District Council's website by clicking on this link:

The map here shows the plan of the development and to give some idea of location, the Village Hall can be seen at the bottom.
You may make a comment on this application, provided you are an elector in the Mendip District Council Area by clicking here and following the instructions.

Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council Meeting will take place in the Village Hall at 7.45 pm. on Monday 20th May 2019.

The minutes for the last Parish Council Meeting can be found by clicking here. The agenda for the Parish Council Meeting may be found by clicking here. The Action List from the last Parish Council Meeting may be found here.

Minutes for all Parish Council meetings held in 2017 can be viewed here and for those held in 2018 can be found here.

Scam Warning from Police A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police. The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam. Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust. If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at

Community Gardens
The tree planting scheme has progressed. Two new sets of saplings have been planted, a group of hedgerow trees and more saplings to replace the ones that died in the extreme heat of the summer. Thanks go to Jeremy and John Padfield and Nick Taylor for doing the honours and getting their hands dirty!

Road Resurficing. Well done to Somerset County Council on doing a grand job of the road surfacing of our side roads that have been in a terrible condition for so long.

Defibrillator for Stratton on the Fosse - Please take note! The defribillator is now installed at the front of the Village Hall and is ready for use.

Website News Following Correspondence between your Parish Council and Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, she has made various suggestions as to how the Police can have better communication with Parishioners. There have therefore been changes which you can see under Emergency Services and Police News in the Menu to the left of each Page. These include direct links to the Police in the Shepton Mallet Rural District within which we live and to Crimestoppers. Graphical respresentation of crimes mapped can also be found under the page on Police News.

Buses serving Stratton on the Fosse - Use them or Lose them!

Bus Service 174 starts in Bath, runs through Peasedown, Radstock to Stratton and then carries on to Oakhill, Shepton Mallet, Croscombe to Wells. Click here for the 174 Timetable.

Bus Service 184 is run by Libra Coaches. This Bus runs from Midsomer Norton, Old Mills Tesco to Frome Market Place via White Post, Stratton on the Fosse, Holcombe, Coleford, Mells and Great Elm. The timetable for the 184 can be found here.

Report a Problem Certain problems including Abandoned Vehicles, Dog Fouling, Flyposting or graffiti, Flytipping or litter or unlit Lamposts can be reported through the FixMyStreet website. Please note however that there are things that you cannot report through this site and these are listed at

Whats on in Stratton The list of regular events in the Village Hall has been updated and they may be found under Village Hall - Regular Events in the Menu.

Mobile and Internet Safety

There are pages in the Web help area about keeping children (and indeed others) safe on mobile phones and the internet and a series of pages from Sophos - the antivirus company - on keeping your facebook experience safe.

Crime map for Chilcompton and Stratton-on-the-Fosse can be found by clicking here. Other information from this Police UK web page includes details of members of the policing team for the area.

Photos from the Village Day 2013 can be found by clicking here See above for those of 2014.

Mobile Library Your Parish Council has negotiated a change of venue to make it easier for everyone to use the Mobile Library service. The Wells Mobile Library will now visit the car park of the Kings Arms Public House. The dates and times can be found by clicking here. The Wincanton Mobile Library will continue to call at Red House Farm, BA3 4QE. These visits can also be seen by clicking here.

New Planning Applications and Decisions can be viewed by clicking here

Would you like to know your internet access speed?
This website now includes a test that you can use to determine your internet access speed. It is to be found in the section on 'Useful Links' at the bottom of the menu bar and then following the 'Help with the Web' tab. Just Click on the Start Speed test tab and await the results. You might be amazed at what they are!! You can also click here for access to it.

Police News: There is now an expanded section of Police News (see menu at sidebar). There are links to the Avon and Somerset Police Force website and also the website of the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.

Mendip District Council's Parish Information Bulletin is now available and may be found by clicking here.

Whole section on Photographs
There are now Photographic Sections on the Village Day, Modern Photos of Stratton and Old Photos of Stratton. They can be accessed from the Menu on the left of each page. The old Photos were lent for copying by Alan Norris. There must be many of you who have old photos of Stratton - please loan them briefly so that they may be copied and so we can build up a library on the site - you will get the originals back in their original condition as they will just be copied electronically. Anyone who would like to submit modern photos may also do so! Send me an email by clicking here!- webmaster, Malcolm Daniels

Follow this link for a map of Footpaths both in Stratton and some of the surrounding area. The map also shows the parish boundaries.