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Consultations and Surveys

Your voice is important to us and will help shape the future of this district.

We regularly conduct consultations to get your views on key issues and run surveys to ensure your feedback is an important part of our decision-making process.

On this page you will find links to our current and future consultations and surveys.

  1. Holyrood Street (Chard) - Improvements to parking - CLOSED

    As part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone project, we want to make improvements to Holyrood Street and we want to hear your views on our proposals.

    Because of its special character. Chard has been designated a “High Street Heritage Action Zone” and £2m has been secured to invest in revitalising its town centre.

    The investment is from South Somerset District Council and Historic England and will be used to make last physical improvements to the historic high street.

    Improvements to the public realm – the pedestrian areas of the street, – will help to create a high quality town centre environment for local people and visitors, including better access to shops and businesses that are based there. This is all part of Chard’s wider economic and social regeneration.

    As part of this work, we plan to build the pavement out in places along Holyrood Street, replace some of the standard on-street parking with bays reserved for blue badge holders, and move the loading bay alongside the supermarket to outside the Bath House Hotel.

    The plans see a total of six disabled parking bays introduced alongside seven standard bays which will allow all shoppers to access the shops quickly and easily. In addition, these proposals will:

    • provide safer places for pedestrians to cross the street by improving visibility of traffic
    • provide places for pedestrians to pass each other without having to step into the road
    • increase and improve access to the town centre for blue badge holders
    • reduce traffic on Holyrood Street, for a safer and more pleasant pedestrian experience
    • provide potential outdoor seating space for cafes or restaurants
    • provide more pavement space for loading/unloading deliveries
    • improve visibility of the shop fronts, buildings and streetscape, so the historic character of the Holyrood Street can shine through, making it more of a destination within the town.

    How can I have my say on proposals?

    With coronavirus restrictions in place, we recognise that this is not the ideal time to be consulting on these proposals because we’d prefer people to be using this area now. However, it is important that we do consult now in order to keep the Chard Regeneration Scheme work on track.

    We therefore ask you to base your response to our consultation survey on your experience of Holyrood Street as if it is under normal circumstances.


  2. Yeovil town centre: social distancing temporary road closures - CLOSED

    The impact of Covid-19 on town centres in South Somerset and in our daily lives has been huge. In response to Government Guidance, temporary road closures were installed under emergency powers to enable active travel and social distancing in Yeovil town centre.

    The High Street/Borough/Silver Street and the top of Middle Street have been closed to traffic (except for some delivery vehicles) to provide adequate space for social distancing in the busiest part of the town centre. South Somerset District Council, in partnership with Somerset County Council, are now launching a survey to get your views on these measures to further assess how effective these measures have been.

    This was one of a number of schemes initially funded by the Government as part of the Active Travel initiative. Somerset’s Active Travel group oversees schemes in the county and represents the five local authorities in Somerset, Avon and Somerset Police, and Somerset Public Health and Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP). They are also working to keep town centres safe and understand the impacts of the temporary closures in Somerset’s town centres and are listening to the views of the public, the wider community and businesses.

    As these measures have been in place for a number of weeks, SSDC are launching a survey specific to Yeovil to get your views on the temporary closures. With the country in another lockdown period it would be a good time to reflect on how these measures have worked for you. 


  3. Council Tax Support scheme 2021/22 - CLOSED

    The Council is looking to implement a new Council Tax Support scheme within the Council’s area from 2021/22.  Council Tax Support is a means-tested discount to help people on low incomes pay their Council Tax. It is a local scheme run by South Somerset District Council that replaced Council Tax Benefit. No money is paid to the people who claim it as their award is used to reduce their Council Tax bill by the amount of support they are entitled to.

    How may this consultation affect me?

    The Council Tax Support Scheme is funded through the Council Tax that residents of South Somerset pay. Therefore, it is important to get the views of all Council Tax payers regardless of whether you receive Council Tax Support or not.

    The consultation will be from 24th September 2020 to 4th November 2020

    Following the consultation, a report will be presented to the Council's Scrutiny Committee detailing the results of the consultation and proposals for the Council Tax Support scheme in 2021/22.

    South Somerset District Council elected members will then make a final decision before 31st January 2021.

  4. Yeovil Refresh: Public Realm Design guide & Shopfront guide - CLOSED

    The Public Realm Design guide is intended to provide a clear foundation for all future public realm schemes in Yeovil town centre. It will help create a guide for developers to follow when designing public areas. It will be adopted by the council as a Supplementary Planning Document which will add detail to the existing planning policies in the town centre. 

    A Shopfront guide provides guidance for the designs of new shopfronts as well as for alterations, replacement and restoration of existing shopfronts, both in historic and contemporary settings.

    The guide aim to set out basic principles of good shopfront design and to help to create enjoyable and attractive shopping areas in Yeovil. The guide is part of the Public Realm Design Guide so will be a key part of the Supplementary Planning Document. 

    You can view the Public Realm Design guide (Part 1) here

    View the Public Realm Design guide (Part 2) here

    You can view the Shopfront guide here

    We are seeking your views on the documents as a formal element of their adoption as planning policy documents. 

    We are therefore seeking your views on any amendments or additions that you feel should be made to the documents. This should be substantive comments to help inform the final version of the Public Realm Design guide.

  5. Yeovil Recreation Centre user survey - CLOSED

    We are undertaking a survey to better understand visitors use of Yeovil Recreation Centre (YRC) and to better understand how users of YRC will interact with the new community room and cafe facilities once built in 2020. 

    Please help us by completing our survey online. It generally takes less than five minutes to complete.

    The survey will close at 9am on Monday 6 January 2020.

    NOTE: This survey has now closed. 

  6. Local Plan: preferred options consultation - CLOSED

    The Council is undertaking a review of its Local Plan (2006-2028) that was adopted for the area in March 2015.

    The Local Plan Review is currently at the Preferred Options consultation stage.

    You can view the Preferred options document here. Hard copies of the document are also available during normal office hours in the District Council offices in Yeovil or libraries across the district.

    The document sets out for consultation the Council’s proposed strategy for delivering new homes and employment over the period 2016 to 2036, including site allocations and policies against which planning applications will be assessed.

    More information can be found here

  7. Yeovil Refresh: public realm consultation - CLOSED

    South Somerset District Council plans to regenerate the town centre of Yeovil through multiple projects as part of the adopted Yeovil Refresh strategy.

    As part of this, the council is looking to enhance the public realm, including the streets and spaces, to make Yeovil more attractive for residents, businesses and tourists.

    The purpose of this consultation is to provide local people and stakeholders the opportunity to view and comment on the emerging public realm designs.

    Your comments and feedback will help shape the proposals.

    The plans can be viewed online and you can complete our online questionnaire between the consultation period.

    For more information, visit this page

  8. Public Space Protection Order proposals for Yeovil town centre - CLOSED

    We are seeking your views on proposals to control the anti-social behaviour of street drinking of alcohol and also street begging.

    In order to control the street drinking of alcohol and street begging, we would be looking to make two separate Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO). Each nuisance needs its own PSPO.

    A PSPO can last no longer than three years but can be renewed if necessary. Failure to comply with the order can result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.

    Visit these pages for more information and to take part in the consultation.

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

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