SDC Business Support

Date: 01/04/2020

Sedgemoor District Council has put in place today a range of measures to help some of the businesses in the District that are affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It has created a page on its website where these measures are described and which has links to the other help and advice available, regionally and nationally. In line with the Government announcement about Grant Funding for small businesses and those in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, the Council has created an online form that should be used to apply for the grants. Eligible businesses are asked to supply some basic information to help officers to process the payments. Any business unable to use the online form will be given assistance and guidance on eligibility is given on the grants page: The Council aims to get payments into the bank accounts of the eligible businesses within ten working days of receiving the required information from the online form. If for some reason this is not possible, the Council will contact the business concerned. As well as administering the grants, Sedgemoor has applied the 100% Extended Retail Rates Discount for 2020/21, meaning that that eligible businesses will have no rates to pay during 2020/21 on the premises concerned. If these businesses were due to have rates payments collected by direct debit from April these will not now be taken. For further information, please visit

Heathfield Cemetery

Date: 28/04/2020

Taking account of Government guidance to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the public and our team operating this critical service, the following measures will apply from 31st March 2020. Heathfield Cemetery, in Old Road North Petherton, will be closed to the public. It will, however, remain available for burials and interments. The attendance of immediate family and close friends at burial services will be restricted to 10 people, plus Funeral Director staff and officiant, and social distancing MUST be applied at all times. We appreciate that this will be distressing for the bereaved so we will keep the restrictions under active review. When the situation improves, the bereaved affected by this restriction, will have the opportunity to hold another service at the graveside should they wish. Funeral Directors have been advised of this action and will be in touch with families to help make necessary arrangements.