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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.

News from the Council Chamber - August 2017

Another of our informal looks at Parish Council business to supplement the formal minutes of the monthly meeting.

Redcliffe Homes Proposal

Part of the agenda at the August meeting was dedicated to the Parish Council preparing a consolidated response to Redcilffe homes on their proposed development at Wheathill Way, recognising that there are many differing views about this within council and village residents in general. The Parish Council recognises that it has no authority regarding planning decisions, a point often not appreciated by members of the general public. There are in the order of 20 members of the public, several of which pleaded for the Parish Council to canvass against the development and who were angry that the Parish Council were not able to offer its draft response as a “round robin” for comment before dispatch.

Council information sources

There were concerns expressed by some residents present at the August Council meeting, that they did not know how to find information about the council activities. Parish Council full meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, with committee meetings on the third Tuesday. Agendas for all meetings are posted at least three working days in advance of each meeting on notice boards outside the council offices and the council noticeboard in the Tippling Philosopher car park. A reminder of the dates of the meetings is posted in the Milborne Port Magazine. Copies of the agenda and previous draft minutes are available on the Parish Council pages of the community website ( If any resident has further ideas of how we could promulgate such information, please get in touch with our clerk, Emma Curtis.

South West in Bloom

The Judging for this was completed in July and we eagerly await the results. The Parish Council would like to thank all those in the village who helped to keep the village tidy; this helped to support our competition chances as did the wonderful Parish Council sponsored hanging baskets.

New grants system in place

The Parish Council has made small grants to some village organisations on an annual basis in recent years. Recent work by our clerk has established that this “automatic” nature of grants should not be practiced and so at the last full council meeting, a policy for grants was adopted meaning that organisations will need to apply for grant funding in future. The policy and application form will shortly be included within the Parish Council pages of the community website and will of course be available in paper form from the council offices.

Town Hall Changes

Those who have visited the Town Hall in recent weeks will have seen some changes taking place, with new fire doors and emergency lighting. This has been carried out to improve the safety and security of the building. The latest addition is a video entry system to the Clerk’s office. Shortly, the door will no longer be open and you will need to be “buzzed in”. This addition has been carried out following the review of fire and other safety measures in the Town hall, including that of personal safety of the clerk as a lone worker.

News from the Council Chamber - July 2017

Our Clerk has beaten your correspondent this month as the draft minutes are already up on this website. However, there are still some items worth highlighting from the meeting which took place on Tuesday 4th July.

South West in Bloom

The South West in Bloom competition is getting closer, with judging being on 12th July starting at 1400hrs at the cemetery chapel. The council wish to thank all residents who have made an effort this year to keep our village looking smart.

Overgrown Paths

One resident reported the problem of overgrown verges and pathways. These have been reported to county, who are the responsible party for this maintenance, but it is great to have these issues drawn to council's attention so that we can hold county to account. If you are aware of areas of pathways or footpaths needing attention, please do report to our clerk.

Upgrade to Gainsborough Play Equipment

Council agreed to replace the swing set at the Gainsborough playground. This will include one swing especially suited to children with a disability. The safety matting will also be renewed.

Barber Retires

After many years serving the community, the barber who operated from the town hall is retiring. This means that there will soon be no Wednesday barber service there and this room will be available for others to hire.

Crackmore bus shelter

We have previously reported on the community news page, but the children from Gryphon school with the help of children from our primary school have done a magnificent job of renovating the Crackmore bus shelter. You can see some images of the work on the galleries page.

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