Cllr John Hunt – County, District and Parish Councillor

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John Hunt

Proud to be the Somerset County Councillor for Bishop's Hull & Taunton West and a Somerset West & Taunton District Councillor for Comeytrowe and Bishop's Hull. As a truly Independent politician, I am free to serve YOU, not the interests of a political party.
John Hunt
John HuntThursday, March 4th, 2021 at 10:53am
I’ve had several calls from concerned residents about the scam HMRC phone call described below. I have also received this call.
To put you minds at rest, you’re not being targeted specifically, this call is being made to random people throughout the country.

Here’s the advice given by HMRC on what to do if you receive one...

“HMRC is aware of an automated phone call scam which will tell you HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you, and to press 1 to speak to a caseworker to make a payment. We can confirm this is a scam and you should end the call immediately. This scam has been widely reported and often targets elderly and vulnerable people.”

For more information...

Take care

John Hunt
John HuntWednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 11:15pm
Good to see the figures dropping, but let’s not get complacent, still a way to go yet....
John Hunt
John HuntWednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 9:28am
Rapid Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

Dear Parent/Carer

We are required to carry out Asymptomatic Testing in school and as a result, we will implement a phased return to school from Monday 8 March to ensure all students have one negative test prior to returning to face-to-face lessons in school. We have flexibility on how to do this, but the government expects us to prioritise vulnerable children and children of critical workers and Year groups 10 and 11.

Rapid Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) We continue to operate weekly Lateral Flow tests (LFTs) for students and school staff currently attending school. This testing has been efficiently and effectively carried out by various trained members of the staff team, to whom I am extremely grateful. Parental consent will be required before any student is tested and testing is voluntary. If you have not already given consent, please complete the attached form in the link here:
John Hunt
John HuntMonday, March 1st, 2021 at 4:35pm
Whilst we’re still in Lockdown 3, I’ll continue to offer this free Quiz for those of you who are looking for an alternate to the TV, or whatever else you’re doing whilst staying home protecting yourselves and your families from this horrid virus.

The next quiz is this Saturday 6th March @ 8pm - FREE TO ENTER.

This will be our 52nd virtual Quiz since ‘lockdown one’ back in March 2020 and will of course be free to enter as always.

If you’d like to take part or you would feel happier simply watching, all you need to do is to come along to my Page just before 8pm this Saturday, don’t forget your pen and paper. I’ll explain how to play before we start.

Please feel free to invite/share this event with your friends and family.

Take care, stay safe

John Hunt
John HuntMonday, March 1st, 2021 at 1:38pm
Shuttle bus boost for county vaccination programme
A free Somerset County Council Taunton town centre shuttle service has been launched to get people straight to their vital vaccination slot.

The Covid vaccination shuttle bus service starts today, Monday 1 March, following feedback, and will run every 30 minutes from Castle Way in Taunton town centre to Taunton Racecourse – one of Somerset’s large vaccination centres.

The seven-day a week service uses one of the Council’s fleet of minibuses and will help to support those who don’t drive and will link easily with other operators coming into the town centre.

This follows other key transport support from the Council and partners including a regular shuttle to Bath and West Showground from Shepton Mallet, the suspension of concessionary buss pass rules for all public services before 9.30am and working with Community Transport and Slinky Demand Response services to allow free travel for bus pass holders attending vaccination appointments.
The new Taunton service starts at 8.20am each day, and will also serve bus stops along South Road and Shoreditch Road on route to the Racecourse. The last bus each day is 6.05pm from the Racecourse.

There will be capacity for a maximum of four passengers on each journey due to the need for social distancing.
The service is reserved for those who have a pre-booked vaccination appointment at the Racecourse and this will be verified before passengers board the bus.
It’s recommended those using the service catch a bus to arrive approximately 10 minutes before their vaccination slot.

“I’m really pleased we’re able to be able to work with the NHS in Somerset and offer this service now there’s a need and get people to their appointments,” said Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport.
“For those without their own transport this will be a free, quick, and stress-free way to get to the Racecourse from a handy location in the town centre.
“Please be aware if you want to use the service, spaces have to be limited for each trip so time your journey accordingly.”

Alison Wootton, joint senior responsible officer for the Somerset Vaccination programme said: “We’re really pleased that we can offer this new shuttle bus service and grateful to our colleagues at Somerset County Council for making this happen.
“It’s really important that people attend their vaccination appointments when they are offered across our 20 different locations, and this is a great additional support to help people to come to their appointments at Taunton Racecourse.
“We look forward to welcoming the first people to use the service this week.”

The shuttle service is set to run every day throughout March and April except for the following dates when the vaccination centre is closed for race days: 4, 15 and 23 March; 8 and 21 April.
Members of the public using the buses are reminded that face coverings are mandatory at all times.
The service will initially operate as a trial over a number of weeks, to gauge the number of people who want to take advantage of the service.
For more information on the NHS vaccination in Somerset please visit:
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine please visit:
John Hunt
John HuntSunday, February 28th, 2021 at 9:14am
If successful, Somerset Waste Partnership might introduce electric-powered trucks into its fleet.
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