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Updated 23rd September 2020

Important Safety Notice for Kilmersdon Play Area


Kilmersdon Parish Council does not engage staff to clean the play equipment.

Please would you

  • Monitor and manage as appropriate areas of the play equipment with high traffic
  • Bring hand sanitiser with you when you visit and to use it frequently and regularly
  • Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Do not touch face, eyes, nose or mouth whilst in the play area.

No vulnerable or extremely vulnerable person should attend the play area during the pandemic without liaising with the Parish Council; government guidelines and their personal medical advice is to be followed.

Social distancing

Kilmersdon Parish Council has adopted a 2 metre social distancing requirement for its play area.

Please would you

  • Avoid non-essential contact with others
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres from others wherever possible
  • Avoid physical contact
  • Use of individual pieces of equipment within the play area is limited to one household at one time.

If you become unwell

If a person becomes unwell whilst in the play area, with coronavirus symptoms (a new continuous cough or a high temperature) they must go home and then inform the Council –

The Kilmersdon Parish Council Covid-19 Play Area Risk Assessment can be found here.


Housing hardship: Council calls for struggling tenants and landlords to get in touch

 Mendip District Council is urging tenants and landlords in financial hardship or at risk of homelessness to contact them, sooner rather than later.

The Council’s Housing Options Team has professional, knowledgeable officers on hand to provide support and assistance, whatever the circumstances.  And they are ready to help those who are struggling due to the coronavirus emergency and its impact on the economy.

Tenants and homeowners may be worried about how to pay the rent or mortgage. Some may fear they’ll lose accommodation that’s tied to their job. Others may be in an abusive relationship during lockdown, thinking they have nowhere to turn.


Please contact the Housing Options Team on 0300 303 8588 for one-to-one advice.

Landlord’s with tenancy issues, or suffering financial hardship through non-payment of rent, can speak with Mendip’s Housing Options Team who are experts at resolving tenancy matters, can engage tenants with appropriate assistance and support, and ensure the smooth running of tenancies for both tenant and landlord to avoid costly evictions and potential homelessness.


If you have accommodation that is empty and ready to let, the Council has a number of clients who are looking for homes now. These clients are assessed and affordability-checked to ensure sustainable tenancies are created to the benefit of all concerned. The Council even provides ongoing advice and assistance throughout the length of the tenancy, if required. Please contact the Housing Options Team if you have accommodation to let and can help with this need. Call 0300 303 8588.

Properties in need of repair and improvement may be eligible for council grants or loans so they can be safely lived in.  Property owners should contact the Private Sector Housing Team in this instance, or visit for further information.


Cllr Richard Pinnock, Portfolio Holder for Housing Services at Mendip District Council, said: “These are uncertain times.  But to all those tenants and landlords across the district, the one message from Mendip is clear – don’t struggle alone, contact your Council today.”

Where to get help:

·         You can contact the Housing Options Team 0300 303 8588.

·         Find advice for tenants and landlords relating to coronavirus here:

·         Have you got accommodation empty and ready to let? Call 0300 303 8588. Our residents need homes.

·         Properties in need of repair and improvement may be eligible for council grants or loans:

·         Are you, or someone you know, at risk of homelessness? Local services and support are available. Call 0300 303 8588 or make a homeless application online

·         Perhaps you’re rough sleeping, or concerned that someone is rough sleeping in Mendip? You can make a referral to StreetLink either online or by contacting the rough sleeper referral line on 0300 500 0914. Visit

·         For general advice on landlords and tenants rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 browse here:



Update on garden waste collections and recycling centres – SWP Briefing May 2020



May 2020 – Somerset County Council has produced a special edition of the ‘Your Somerset’ magazine, designed to ensure that Somerset residents have the information they need to remain safe during the current Covid-19 pandemic and, crucially, access any support they may need as the crisis continues.

Age-UK-Somerset-Services-during-Coronavirus-A4-Poster for information on Friendly calls from Age UK and their other services

Mendip District Council Facebook Page

Please note that there is now a MDC Facebook page which can be found using this link.  The main highlights from are;

 Councils and business networks in Somerset are there to help businesses struggling during Covid-19.  A £10,000 small business grant or a £25,000 retail, leisure and hospitality grant could be obtained using this link

 The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number is now live 0300 790 6275 the number will make it easier for people to access help they may need in the current crisis.  Anyone who can’t find help within their own local networks & volunteers can use the new number to get help and advice around various issues such as personal care, support including food and delivery, transport for medical appointments, financial support etc.  The number is being staffed by the five councils in Somerset and will be available seven days per week 8am – 6pm. Please use this link to read more.

Somerset County Council – All our help and information is now available in a single place on the SCC website:

Citizens Advice, as a result of the current crisis, have suspended our face-to-face services but continue to provide much needed advice for client via telephone and email. Click here for more information

Kilmersdon Parish Council would like to offer its help to anyone who needs it in this time of Coronavirus.  Please contact the Parish Clerk on and she will pass your concerns on to the Parish Councillors, who will offer support where they can.

Somerset County Councillor for Kilmersdon, Cllr Mike Pullin has also offered his help –

Avon & Somerset Police have requested that if people need to report a non urgent crime they use the website   rather than 101 if possible.


Parish Council News

Parish Council lease for the playing field and car park

The Parish Council is in discussion with the landlord regarding removing some anomalies in the playing field lease and including the car park in the lease.

One area of discussion concerns the fact that the current lease does not allow the Parish Council to sublet, so if the Village Shop were in a position to go ahead, it would not allow the Parish Council to lease the land.

Another is inconsistences in the curtilage of the Village Hall and the playing field leases.

And finally, there is currently no authority for the Parish Council to maintain and regulate the car park.  Over the years the Parish Council has kept the hedge trimmed and the litter picked to ensure the car park is clean and attractive.  Given that this work is funded by the public precept, it is important that the Parish Council has the relevant authority if it is to continue to do so. The Parish Council is awaiting a response from the landlord on these points.

Kilmersdon Play Park Consultation

It is inspiring to know that, thanks to local people £637.61 has been raised via crowd funding and over £5,000 in grant applications.  The Parish Council is now in a position to replace the trim trail, which recent inspections have shown to be suffering from rot.

Last month we consulted you on how you might feel about replacing the wooden trim trail with metal.  Whilst it will last longer, visually it will change the look of the play park.  Here are some pictures.


Please do let us know your thoughts by 19th July 2020 by emailing

If there are no negative comments the Parish Council will look to order and install the new equipment.



Thanks to Cllr Nick Ham, arrangements are being put in place to move and stabilise the goalposts in the playing field and top soil / re-seed the bare patches.


See Saw

A replacement see saw is being arranged with thanks to Cllr Brian Nagel and should be installed shortly.

At the time of writing, the government regulations still require play parks to be kept closed.  Thank you to all for keeping this in mind.


The next meeting of Kilmersdon Parish Council is scheduled for 20th July at 7.30pm and will be held via Zoom.  Residents are welcome to join the meeting and 15 minutes are set aside for public comments near the start of the meeting.  The link will be displayed with the agenda which goes up on the website three clear working days before the meeting.

Lesley Close

Parish Clerk