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News from the Council Chamber – December 2018

The Parish Council’s December meeting was quite an extended affair with the future of the Milborne Port Library and the 2019/20 budget making up a significant part of the meeting. Our extended notes on these matters below reflect the importance of the subject.


Working with the Friends of Milborne Port Library, the Parish Council have submitted an expression of interest to SCC to develop the library as a community library partnership following the withdrawal of funding from SCC. SCC have agreed to support the plan which would see the library temporarily housed in the Town Hall and then moved to the community hub being proposed as part of the Redcliffe homes development at the corner of Wheathill Lane and Station road. At the meeting in December, Council confirmed its desire to see the library continue but recognised that secure funding will be needed via the Parish Council precept. Although the budget discussions have not yet concluded (see below), it is likely that this will add in the order of £8 per annum in council tax to a band D house. The alternative is simply to lose the library altogether.

The Parish Council will continue to develop this proposal with FoMPL and SCC in the weeks ahead.

Residents may view that this is not something that they wish to see council supporting and any feedback on this matter (either positive or negative) should be directed to our Parish Clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Council Budget

The Parish Council began the task of creating its budget for the next financial year. This year, we will have spent significantly more than our precept, and it is likely that we will need to draw down on our modest reserves in the coming year to support the library and ensure we can have the Springfield Road car park resurfaced following the installation of new lighting this year, though at the moment, there is insufficient budget cover for this. The budget will be finalised at the January council meeting.

Speed Indicating Device (SID)

Following the demise of the district council provided SID the Parish Council agreed to purchase one which can be used successively on the three entrances to the village. (note that it is not allowed to mount these devices permanently). This initiative has been made possible with the generous financial support of the owners of Ven House.

PCSO presence

The Parish Council were pleased to welcome our PCSO, John Winfield, who has expressed a desire to have a base in the village. Council voted to allow the use of the Town Hall for this purpose. It is not yet known the times or frequency of John’s visits.

Planning Appeal

The planning application 17/03964/OUT, permission for which was refused is now subject to appeal. The appeal hearing will be held on 22nd January at the Milborne Port Village Hall. The Parish Council has formed a working party to coordinate its response.

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