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News from the Council Chamber - December 2017

Bag It and Bin It

Dog fouling is not the most glamorous of subjects but to our residents it is extremely important. We know the majority of dog walkers are responsible pet owners and they find it more frustrating than most when faced with others who are not. To this end we all as a community need to come together to encourage people to “Bag It and Bin It”.

Each bin is a cost to the taxpayer and as such, there is only so many we can have but now as all bins in the village can be used for this purpose there is no excuse. Dog faeces can be very dangerous to our health so let us (in a kind and polite way) educate those who haven’t got the message to “Bag It and Bin It”. And please note, offenders can be fined up to £1,000.

Budget Preparation

The full council discussed the financial plan and budget for the coming financial year. However, because a number of pieces of information were not available at the meeting in December, the finalisation of the budget and hence precept request was deferred until the full meeting of council in January.

New Councillors and committees

Our newly co-opted councillors, Messrs. Stewart, Tizzard and Campbell attended their first meeting of the full council on Tuesday and joined the committees as follows: Mr. Stewart, finance and HR; Mr. Tizzard, planning and HR; Mr. Campbell, planning and Open spaces/footpaths.

The full list of committee involvement can be viewed at

Housing needs Survey

The Parish Plan group, in its survey earlier in the year asked some questions about housing needs in the village. Results were informative. However, the recent significant planning applications have led council to request a formal housing needs survey which will be conducted by the District Council.


Your Parish Council would like to wish all villagers a very happy Christmas and peaceful new year. The council offices will be closed on Friday 22nd December and boxing day of course, but open on Friday 29th December for a short while.

News from the Council Chamber - November 2017

Councillor Co-option

There were five candidates putting their names forward for co-option to council for the three vacancies. The local council association guidance for co-opting councillors mandates an exhaustive ballot system which is how each of the vacancies was individually decided. We are pleased to welcome Messrs. Robert Tizzard, Ian Stewart and Tom Campbell to the council and express our thanks to the unsuccessful candidates for standing.

Planning Applications

There was much interest in the two planning applications for large house development 17/03964/OUT(56 dwellings at station road), and17/03985/OUT (65 dwellings at Wheathill Lane/Station Road junction). The chairman of the council confirmed that the opposition of many residents to these applications would be reflected in the response to the planning department, but could not prejudge the overall outcome of council discussions before they had taken place. It was noted that the deadline for submissions on these applications has been extended to 1st December and whilst council had considerable discussion about the issues, it was agreed that the final response would be agreed at the planning meeting on 21st November.

Village Agent Scheme

This scheme, whereby a trained and locally aware person is available to respond to people who have individual needs not otherwise addressed by statutory provision, was discussed following a presentation at the October meeting. Councillors were divided on the need for such a scheme, given that it would have a significant cost to the village. Council agreed to seek more information about the boundaries of the village agent scheme and as part of this, anyone who knows of such persons are asked to contact the Parish Clerk. Council does not need to know names, just the fact that a person in the village who could benefit, does exist.

Big Lottery Grant

To enhance safety and deter antisocial behaviour and drug taking, the provision of a vehicle barrier and car park lighting at the Springfield Road car park, has been under consideration for a long time. Council has managed to secure a grant of £10,000 to support this project and is seeking further grant funding from the District Council. In the meantime, it is seeking quotations for the work to be carried out.

News from the Council Chamber - October 2017

In addition to the formal minutes which will be published in due course, at the full Council meeting on 3rd October, councillors asked for the following to be reported:

Somerset Village Agent Scheme

Councillors had a discussion with Mr. Raj Singh from the Community Council for Somerset about whether or not a "village agent" scheme should be considered in Milborne Port in cooperation with other local villages. The village agents scheme has trained, paid staff who are able to work locally, bridging the gap between statutory or voluntary bodies in support of isolated or vulnerable individuals in a community. With an aging population in Milborne Port, such a scheme may be very helpful at a modest cost to council. Councillors will consider the scheme at the November meeting where a motion to participate will be introduced. Anyone with views on this are invited to take contact with the Parish Council Clerk.

Dog Fouling

This issue seems to be a perennial one discussed at council. Correspondence to the Parish Council specifically concerning the fouling on the playing fields. With the winter football season in full swing , this is of particular concern. Council resolved to invite a member of SSDC to the next meeting in November to discuss what other measures can be put in place, including by-laws to prevent residents walking their dogs without leads, etc.

Conservation Area Review

Council also had a presentation/discussion with Adron Duckworth from SSDC who described SSDC's initial thoughts concerning changing the conservation areas within the Parish. He explained that determining conservation areas was the carried out by the district council based upon a 1990 acto of Parliament and they are further charged with reviewing this periodically. He stressed that this was a preliminary scheme and that any residents who would be affected, would be consulted. Councillors were asked to consider the proposals so that a response to SSDC could be formulated at next month's meeting.

News from the Council Chamber - September 2017

Our monthly informal look at council business to supplement the formal minutes.

Parking Issues

Council discussed a letter from a resident concerned about difficulties encountered from parked cars. There never seems to be enough space for parking and Council would ask residents to park safely and courteously and to be mindfull of access issues for other residents and emergency services. Highways are aware of the issues involved and recognise that similar issues occur in many villages.

Dog Fouling

Another resident has complained that she was verbally abused when pointing out to a dog owner that dogs were not allowed on the play area. Dog excrement is particularly hazardous to human health which is why we have these rules in place. Councillors have also come across dog excrement on the playing fields. Council spend a significant amount of its income on providing and emptying bins to make it easy for residents to clear up after their animals. If you are a dog owner, please do your bit to help with this. Dog fouling is an offence with a heavy fine.

Gainsborough recreation area

There has been recent vandalism on the Gainsborough recreation area, with a seat being smashed and litter left around. It was not thought to be caused by local residents. If you notice any repeat of such behaviour, please notify the Parish Clerk.

A replacement litter bin will soon be placed at the play area and in October, replacement of some of the swings will be undertaken as well as new surface below the swings. The area will be cordoned off during the work and council would be grateful for your patience whilst this is done.

Excess Chairs

Council recently carried out a safety audit of the Town Hall and placed a limit on the occupancy of the council chamber. There are more chairs that the limit allows for and council intend to dispose of the excess. If any organisation wants such chairs (metal legged, plastic seats), they should get in touch with the Parish Clerk.

Conservation area to be extended

The conservation office of the Somerset Council has announced they will be consulting on a plan to change and extend the conservation areas within the village. The initial proposals are available for inspection at the Town Hall.

Redcliffe Homes

It was asked if council could make public the response it had made to Redcliffe homes. Note that this is not a response to district based upon a planning application but a direct response to the developer in advance of his planning application. It can be read here.

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