Full Council Meeting 13th January 2021

Good Morning Everyone

If you would like to attend the Full Council Meeting scheduled for 19:30 on the 13th January 2021 please contact myself via email porlockpc@gmail.com or by telephone on 01643 863350.

I have enclosed a link to the Agenda confirming the Items due for discussion, for convenience and due to the high interest generated by Items 10 and 11 on the Agenda, these discussions will be moved by the Chairman to the beginning of the meeting. 

Agenda-January

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me.

Debbie.

Re-Scheduled Parish Council Meeting

Good Afternoon Everyone

For those of you who were hoping to attend the Parish Council meeting previously scheduled to take place on Tuesday the 05th January 2021, please note this has now been re-scheduled for the Full Council Meeting on Wednesday the 13th January 2021 at 7:30pm. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The supporting documentation and invitation link (Zoom) will be available for the new meeting by Friday morning the 08th January 2021 at the latest.  If you have any queries at all please let me know and again very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Stay Safe Debbie X

2nd Lockdown Information

Good Morning Everyone

The Porlock Community Initiative has been re-instated from today the 5th November and will continue for as long as is needed, to help those in need during this second lockdown.

Community Initiative Leaflet 3.11.2020

Please find details of the shops and takeaway food outlets which will be open, along with their contact details. There is also additional contact details for organisations who can provide assistance for those in need.

Stay safe everyone X

Covid-19 Update

Good Morning Everyone

West Somerset Poster

Enclosed is an information sheet with advice provided by Somerset County Council on behalf of the NHS. As I’m sure you are all aware, we are continuing to see an ongoing rise in positive Covid-19 cases across the county with the seven day rate per 100,000 increasing in our districts.  West Somerset’s infection rate is currently one of the highest in the County.

We need to take action to help stop the spread of the virus. If you are feeling unwell and displaying symptoms don’t take the chance, however mild – isolate and get a test, close contacts and household members must also isolate while awaiting the test result.

For information and resources on staying healthy happy and safe visit: www.healthysomerset.co.uk/covid-19/

Please stay safe X

Repair Cafe

Please find below a request from The Porlock Vale Coastal Community Team (PVCCT) for interest regarding the potential of a Repair Cafe in Porlock.

A Repair Café is a workshop run by volunteers with the intention of helping others to repair domestic items. People bring along a broken item, tap into volunteer expertise to fix it, receive help to fix it themselves or at least some advice about what the best course of action might be. A cuppa and snacks are made available for customers and volunteers. The ultimate aim is to repair, reuse, recycle and as a result, prevent items ending up in landfill when the owner does not know how to fix them.  

The Porlock Vale Coastal Community Team (PVCCT) is looking into the feasibility of setting up a Repair Café. With this in mind, we are keen to hear from local people who would be prepared to volunteer some time, knowledge and expertise to a monthly repair café. You may have a hobby, skill or expertise in the areas listed below or be able to offer other repair skills, in which case we’d love to hear from you.

The intention would be to repair a wide range of items such as:

Household items

Mechanical items

Furniture/toys

Clothing/textiles

There are a number of successful Repair Cafes across the UK from which we can learn and seek advice but clearly, in the first instance, we need to assess whether we have sufficient interest from local volunteers to make it viable. Should the virus continue into 2021, we would need to ensure that the café was covid safe and initially, perhaps customers would just drop off their items and collect them at a later date If you would be happy to support this venture as a volunteer  we’d be pleased to hear from you at ru.walkerpvcct@btinternet.com with the following details:

YOUR NAME

CONTACT DETAILS

PRACTICAL SKILLS YOU COULD OFFER

(For further information on repair cafes check out repaircafe.org) Ruth Walker, on behalf of Porlock Vale Coastal

Shaping and Developing Porlock Vale

Dear Resident of Porlock Vale,

This email is a request from the Steering Committee of the Porlock Parish Council Coastal Communities Team.   The team needs your opinion about shaping and developing Porlock Vale. 

Please Click here to the complete questionnaire and have your say!  Below is some background information and detail about obtaining a paper questionnaire should you need one.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused changes in our lives on personal, social and economic levels.  Things may not go back to normal when things settle, and we might need to adjust to new ways of living.  In 2008 The Porlock Vale Parish Plan, ‘Shaping our Future’, was published and in July 2019, after an extensive review, an updated version was published by the Porlock Vale Coastal Community Team, with three key findings:

1. Tourism is the main economy of Porlock Vale with many strengths, but also scope for improvement.
2. There is concern that opportunities for the next generation do not sufficiently encourage or enable them to stay in the Vale.
3. There is a need to improve the infrastructure of the area due to local authority cuts and the inability to rely on them or the market to support these vital requirements.

The Plan detailed 20 actions that could be implemented to address these findings.  In view of the pandemic and other trends, a Steering Committee is reviewing this Plan to see if it needs to be re-visited and we have crafted a questionnaire to seek your input.

This questionnaire assumes tourism will continue to play an important role in our economic life. However, visitor numbers may be lower unless we offer inspiring ways to attract more people. Therefore, the Vale will probably need to diversify its economy.

We need your input on a few important subjects:
Life in the Vale could be different after lockdown: how we shop and socialise may change, some businesses will thrive while others could struggle or have to operate differently.

Some good things have come out of lockdown too, which we might want to maintain. For example, there is an even stronger sense of community spirit as people have come together to help out with important activities such as shopping and collecting medication, or just calling for a chat.

Finally, our economy could be affected by how willing tourists are to return for day trips, weekends and holidays, and by how we feel about welcoming them back. We might need to diversify our range of business activities and attract a wider range of visitors. Climate change and other environmental pressures may also affect our community’s resilience and influence future trends in tourism.

What do you need to do?
We have developed a questionnaire that can be either completed on-line or downloaded as a printable document; it can be found at https://tinyurl.com/PVCCTSurvey
Hard copies, for those that prefer it, can be picked up at the following locations:

  • The Post Office (Allerford)
  • Porlock Visitor Centre
  • Porlock Fayre (Spar)
  • Porlock Home & Hardware
  • Porlock Pharmacy
  • Porlock Library
  • The Villagers’ Store (Wootton Courtenay)
  • Periwinkle Cottage Tea Room, (Selworthy Green)


Please complete the questionnaire and encourage your friends and neighbours to do the same. The more responses we get, the better we can make our community-led plan deliver the future you and our community deserves, and ensure we have a resilient community with a secure economic base.

If you have any questions please contact us using porlock.vale.cct@gmail.com.   Thank you. 

With hope for the future,
The Steering Group:

Stephen Colson, Richard Maw,
Max Lawrence, Duncan McCanlis,
Rob Schmidt, Ruth Walker,
John Ware, Chris Wood (Chair).