News from North Petherton

Platinum Jubilee

Members of the Town Council have been putting their backs into planting trees to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Three mature trees have been donated to North Petherton Primary School to mark the event.

Town Councillors have also been busy distributing over 1500 commemorative mugs to the children in the area. Boxes of the specially designed mugs were delivered to schools and nurseries in North Petherton, North Newton, Moorland, Wilstock and Stockmoor to celebrate the Jubilee, as part of the Town Council’s response to this historical occasion, which also included setting aside over £2500 to support local events and projects. Pictured below are Cllr Alan Bradford, Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Linda Hyde, Cllr Mrs Louise Dennis Smith and Cllr Bill Revans with pupils from North Petherton; Cllr Bradford and pupils on North Newton Primary School; and the Mayor, Mayoress and Cllr Sellick at Little Steps Nursery in North Newton.

New home for the Library

Storm damage to its previous location in Quantock House had meant that it was no longer safe for the Council to provide North Petherton’s Community Library service in the building. With vital support from the Community Centre Committee, the Friends of the Library and the County Library service, the Council has now arranged to move the library to the small hall in the Community Centre. Moveable shelving is being installed so that space will continue to available for meetings in the evenings and plans are being formulated to further enhance the hall so that it can become an important and cost effective community hub. The move is expected to be completed by the end of March with the library reopening in its new home on 5th April. In the meantime there is a “pop up” service in the hall on Tuesdays and various events run by the “Friends”.

Council Office

As part of the library relocation, the Town Council has also managed to create a small office facility for its own operations. As the Council’s population has continued to expand in recent years and with the forthcoming abolition of the District Council, Members have decided that it needs a base from which to effectively serve its community.

Bus shelters

Phase 2 of the Council’s ambitious programme of providing new bus shelters has now been completed, ensuring that all stops along the town’s bus route are now “covered”.