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Mendip District Council headquarters in Shepton Mallet (Photo: Google Maps)

Shepton Mallet residents will see sharp rises in their council tax bills as their local authorities seek to balance their budgets and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Somerset County Council and the four district councils – Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West & Taunton and South Somerset – have all published their annual budget proposals, which will be approved by councillors before the end of February.

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A Somerset Waste Partnership recycling lorry

Shepton Mallet residents could face stiffer enforcement action in the future if they don't put their bins out properly.

The Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is in the process of rolling out its new recycling programme Recycle More across the county, which will see more items recycled at the kerbside and refuse collections moving to once every three weeks.

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Do you own an electric vehicle charge point?

Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) working with Avalon Community Energy (ACE) are looking for heat pump or electric vehicle charge point owners in Shepton Mallet to participate in an action research project to help the move towards a low carbon electricity grid.

The research will take place over five months from March 1 to July 31 2021. Participants could earn up to £5 to £75 per year (pro rata over the five months) for being included.

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The Rt Rev Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton, is supporting the Surviving Winter appeal this year

Thanks to more than 450 generous supporters across Somerset, the annual Surviving Winter appeal - which provides funding and support to our older neighbours in Shepton Mallet who are struggling to heat their homes - is getting close to reaching its target of £120,000 this winter.

Surviving Winter, which is run by Bath and West Showground-based Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), encourages people who can afford to, to make a donation from their Winter Fuel Payment.

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