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News from the Council Chamber - April 2018

A brief look at some of the items discussed at the April Parish Council meeting. These are intended to complement the formal minutes available on this website and on noticeboards.

Communications

Council spent considerable time discussing how we could better communicate with the members of the village community. Council is conscious that this brief summary does not reach all residents and is just “one way traffic”. As well as looking at improving this, however, we would like to mention that unlike many villages, we do have a council office open each Tuesday and Friday morning, when our clerk is happy to discuss issues with residents and pass on to committee chairmen if appropriate. You can also contact councillors directly as their contact details are available at http://www.milborneport.org.uk/councillors. They will not be able to take decisions in isolation of course but can provide a useful sounding board given that it is not really possible within the council meeting forum.

Springfield Road Car Park

The lack of lighting at the Springfield road car park has been a concern to council for some time both because of the periodic antisocial behaviour (drug dealing) which takes place there and the hazard that the unlit surface presents to pedestrians. Some months ago, council resolved to take remedial action by providing lighting to the surface and an automatic barrier which prevents access out of operational hours. At the April council meeting, the various quotes for this work were considered and a contractor chosen. Work is not likely to start for some while as although we have been given a grant from the lottery fund for this work, we are awaiting a further grant from SSDC and we cannot begin work until this has been given.

Housing needs Survey

Following the village questionnaire last year which gave some limited evidence of general views on housing in the village, council has taken up the offer of SSDC providing a detailed housing needs survey for the village. This is in preparation and will be hand delivered to every household, probably in June. When you receive yours, please do take time to fill it in and return.

Library Consultation

This consultation is still active but will be closed by June 13th. The Parish Council have a working group which is working with the Friend of Milborne Port Library to give feedback to county, however, your individual views are also important. You can take part on line at http://somersetlibraries.co.uk/consultation/

Speed data

As well as Speedwatch, we also have periodic placement of speed indicating devices (SID) in the village. At the moment these are at no cost to the Parish Council but from this month, participation in the scheme will be at a modest cost to council. At the April meeting, council resolved to continue with this scheme as it believes that it does enhance public awareness of the issue of speed on the A30. As and example of the output from the SIDs, attached is a graph of the traffic speeds in the first two weeks of March at the west end of the village.

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