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News from the Parish Council – January 2020

District Council news:
District councillor Sarah Dyke confirmed that the draw for the bare-root trees that SSDC has to give to parishes will take place on 7th February. The Clerk confirmed that he has already registered Milborne Port. If we are successful the trees will need to be collected by the end of February and planting completed by mid-March.
SSDC Brexit planning continues. Information is regularly updated on the SSSDC website https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/your-council/preparing-for-brexit/

“Recycle More”   - the roll-out of new kerb-side collections will come to Milborne Port later on this year. Each household will receive information well ahead of the changes.

The key points are that more items that currently are not collected in the kerb-side recycling will be included. Items such as: plastic pots, tubs and trays, tetrapaks and other beverage cartons, household batteries and small electrical items.  Black bins that hold non-recyclable waste that goes to landfill will be emptied every three weeks instead of every two.

You can follow Somerset Waste Partnership on Facebook ; this is updated regularly https://www.2343ec78a04c6ea9d80806345d31fd78-gdprlock/SomersetWaste/posts/2689931067709622

Where’s SID?
At the time of writing SID is sited at Crackmore, and very useful it is in making people slow down. Before Christmas, SID was at the other end of the village by Ven House. As you know, there was a terrible accident on that side of the village recently. The data retrieved from SID for the two weeks before Christmas makes some shocking reading. Take a look at this table:

Number of Vehicles Speed recorded by SID (MPH)
1                               75
9                               65
48                             60
215                           55
1005                         50
3331                         45
8564                         40
9441                         35
4065                         30

If you would like to volunteer to help with the village “speedwatch” group, please contact Simon, the Parish clerk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Precept 2020/21
The Parish clerk and responsible finance officer gave a presentation on the council finances in the current year (2019/2020) and looking forward to 2020/21. His presentation showed clearly what the council spends our precept on. The presentation is too large to include here, but it is available to look at or download from the Parish council website. http://www.milborneport.org.uk/parish-council Members looked at two options for the precept (both shown in the presentation):

Option A would increase the precept for a Band D property to £112.88 – an increase of £2.92 per month;
Option B – which was arrived at by the Clerk analysing all spending to find savings and still allow the parish council to fulfil all its obligations – would increase the precept for a Band D property to £100.94 – an increase of £1.93 per month

The Clerk recommended Option B, and the members voted by a majority to approve this option.

News from the Parish Council - December 2019

Vice-Chairman
Cllr Tim Carty was proposed and voted for as vice-chairman of the parish council for the remainder of the municipal year.

District Council News:
District councillor Sarah Dyke confirmed that the widening of the conservation area had been approved and was now progressing through legals.

SSDC environmental strategy has now been adopted. The 16-page document is available to download as a PDF www.southsomerset.gov.uk/environmentstrategy. SSDC will give in the region of 50 bare root saplings/small trees to Parishes to be planted this year.

Changes to committees and council meetings.
The members took part in a workshop earlier in the year to decide whether the current committee structure, having been in place for a large number of years, was still working. It was proposed and agreed that the council should move to the following structure: Full council; Planning& Environment; Management and HR. Part of the Open Spaces committee remit will go to the new Planning & Environment committee, and the rest will sit with the new Management committee, while the full council will gain responsibility for financial oversight, as well as the responsibilities it currently has. HR will meet on an ad-hoc basis, with a minimum of 4 meetings per year. Updated terms of reference for the new committees will be agreed and available on the council website when ratified by full council.

The council meetings schedule for Jan-December 2020 is shown on the council diary. All meetings begin at 7.00 p.m., the exception being Planning & Environment meetings, which begin at 6.45 p.m.

Council office opening times

Some changes to the Parish office opening times, including for the holiday season

For December

  • Wednesday 4th 9:30 – 4:30
  • Saturday 7th AM only
  • Wednesday 11th 9:30 – 4:30
  • Saturday 14th AM only
  • Tuesday 17th 9:30 – 4:30
  • Thursday 19th 9:30 – 4:30

The office will then be closed until the new year…

  • January 4th Saturday AM Only
  • January 8th 9:30 – 4:30

Further dates to be published in the new year

News from the Council Chamber – November 2019

Councillor Richard Douglas, chairman of the Parish Council has decided to stand down from the council due to health reasons and increasing work commitments. During the time he has been chairman he has acted with utter integrity and has put aside his day job to ensure the smooth transition from one council and parish clerk to a new council and parish clerk. For his hard work, tenacity and diligence and general niceness, we thank him.

The first job of the councillors at the full council meeting held on 5th November was to elect a new Chairman. Austin Fletcher the vice-chairman, was proposed, seconded and duly elected for the reminder of the 2019/20 municipal year.

Speedwatch
The Clerk reported that the local “Speedwatch” group is currently not operating for lack of volunteers. You will have seen small groups of hi-vis-wearing people with clipboards and a hand-held speed gun around the village. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution follow. If you would like to volunteer to help keep our narrow country lanes safer, please contact the clerk (Tel: 01963 251268, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) who will pass your details on.

Village Hall car park
Users of the village hall will have noticed the new, improved car park surface. At the council meeting councillors considered 3 tenders for the final piece of the refurbishment – marking out of the spaces and final works. Subject to a final check the council will let the contract in the near future. Funds from the Canadian Solar installation paid for this work to be done.

Christmas Lights
Friday 29th November: The Christmas lights are switched on! For more information http://www.milborneport.org.uk/

General Election
Thursday 12th December 2019
The following candidates are standing in the Somerton & Frome constituency:
Adam Boyden             Liberal Democrat
Andrea Dexter            Green
Sean Dromgoole        Labour
David Warburton        Conservative

Register to vote:
The deadline for registering to vote in the forthcoming General Election is 11.59pm on Tuesday 26th November.
It takes about 5 minutes to register to vote. Have your say! https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

and finally.......Poo!!
Judging by how full the poo bins around the village get, the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up poo when their dog answers a call of nature. But there are those that do not. Why is that? Too squeamish? Eyes on the mobile and not on the dog? Too posh to pick up? Permitting your dog to poo in a public space and not picking up is a criminal offence with a £1000 fine if convicted. Think about that. A criminal record that must be disclosed to all manner of organisations simply for not using a poo bag. Criminal records blight lives and this one is wholly avoidable. Please keep your eyes on your dog and pick up the poo!

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