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News from the Council Chamber - March 2018

A brief look at some of the items discussed at the Parish Council meeting on 6th March, which are intended to complement the formal minutes available on this website.

Library Consultation

Following the consultation drop in session during the afternoon at the Village Hall as part of the libraries consultation, two members of the SCC libraries team attended the Parish Council meeting to update council and to answer questions. Their focus is to obtain community involvement to keep all existing libraries open. It was agreed to form a working party of Parish Councillors to work the issues with the Friends of Milborne Port Library, some of whose members were also present. If anyone has ideas to contribute to this discussion, please contact the Parish Clerk.

South West in Bloom

After some discussion, it was agreed to enter this competition again as it does keep a focus on improvements to the built environment. However, mainstays of the work, Phil and Maureen Lock would welcome more support from villagers to help with the formal submission but also to make their local area of the village more attractive. If anyone wants to help with this, please contact Phil/Maureen or again the Parish Clerk.

Housing Needs Survey

Council agreed to having a housing needs survey carried out. This will be independent of the Parish Council and at no cost to the council. It will be more rigorous than the simple questionnaire that was carried out in Milborne Port last year and hopefully give more detailed information about the true need.

Dog Poo – again

There was a written question from the football club, concerned about the continued deposits of dog faeces on the playing fields. There was extensive discussion on this matter, recognising that many dog owners are responsible in this respect, but some are not. A working party was formed (mostly including dog owning councillors) to investigate this further together with the playing fields and clubs. Ideas from the general public on this are very welcome. Again contact the Parish Clerk if you would like to contribute.

News From the Council Chamber - February 2018

Redcliffe Homes

Public question time was attended by over 20 residents, representing the working party opposed to the development at Wheathill Lane, making their case that the Parish Council should totally oppose the planning application for a housing development on land adjacent to Wheathill Lane. The Parish Council’s response to the revised application has already been submitted which recommended refusal in its present form but acknowledged that if further changes were made, it could provide benefit to the village. The Parish Council have not heard from the majority of residents within the village and would welcome any feedback.

Churchyard Paths

Agreement was made for a contractor to begin a two phase refurbishment of the Churchyard paths which will be part paid for by the Parish Council and part by the Church. As a closed Churchyard, the Parish Council have the responsibility for its maintenance.

New residents meeting March 10

Church House will be holding a newcomers meeting on March 10 and several members of the Parish Council will be on hand with an updated welcome pack. If you know anyone new to the village, please let them know.

Library Consultation

The South Somerset consultation about the future of our library (see elsewhere on the community pages of this website) was discussed and the Parish Council have invited representatives from the South Somerset library team to discuss at the Council meeting in March.

SIDs update

The Speed Indicating Device (SID) service from county will cease in the near future and your Parish Council are in discussion about the purchase of our own dedicated system for this duty.

Chapel Maintenance

The cemetery chapel is leased to the History and Heritage group who asked for permission to undertake some redecoration and improved signage prior to the reopening in the spring. The Parish Council agreed to this.

 

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 http://www.milborneport.org.uk/councillors

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.

Christmas

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.

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