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News from the Council Chamber – September 2018

A few items that the Parish Council wished tobring to residents attention, The full council minutes will appear on the website shortly.

Emergency Plan

The Council is updating the village’s emergency plan. This documents the ability of the village to support itself during a significant emergency or when emergency services may be overwhelmed. As such it documents resources available to the village. The council would welcome volunteers from the village to support the management of this plan. If you would like to consider helping, please get in touch with the Parish Clerk.

Canadian Solar

The council have already had several suggestions as to projects which may be undertaken with the money received from Canadian Solar. Council will decide on projects at the October meeting and would like to encourage residents to come forward with ideas for the use of the funds.

East Street Car Park Vehicle Charging

The council have signed a lease for two high speed electric vehicle charging points to be installed at the above location. It is expected that work on this will start shortly.

Parking

Clump parkingCouncil were concerned about several cases of parking which impeded use of the roads and pavements such as demonstrated by the picture at the entrance to Bathwell Lane. Villagers are also reminded that parking on footpaths is illegal and restricts the passage of pedestrians.                  

Footpath Diversion

The county council informed the PC that the application for a footpath diversion to the west of the Springfield Road playing fields (submitted some three years ago) is now to be considered and will be subject to public consultation.

Council office opening

The PC are now able to extend the opening hours on Tuesday and Friday mornings. They will now be open from 9am – 12 noon.

News from the Council Chamber - August 2018

The Council meeting on 7th August was quite long and to some extent dominated by a discussion of the outline planning application at Wheathill Lane (17/03985/OUT), which will be reported in due course. Council wished to highlight some other matters in this periodic brief.

Housing needs survey

This has been mentioned previously, but it now ready to be distributed and will be hand delivered by councillors to every household in the next couple of weeks. Residents are urged to take the time to fill this in as it will help to guide future development in the village. Please note that the survey can also be completed on line at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Milborneport

Search for Dog walking area

Council agreed to begin a search for a parcel of land suitable to accommodate the needs of those wishing to walk their dogs other than at the playing fields.

Dog poop bag Dispensers

Recognising that finding land will not be a quick option, council approved the purchase of several dog poop bag dispensers for installation at key entry points to the playing fields in an attempt to maximise the chance of owners picking up after their dogs for those who have forgotten to bring bags with them.

News from the Council Chamber – June 2018

Again a few things that the Parish Council felt worth highlighting from the meeting on June 5th.

FeteHousing Needs Survey Poster

The Parish Council had a stand at the fete again this year, which was, we thought, strategically placed across from the bar in the marquee. Whilst not overwhelmed by visitors, we did have a steady trickle and we handed out some of the recently updated and reprinted welcome packs. These are also available at the Town Hall.

Housing Needs Survey

One of the things we were keen to mention at the fete, was the upcoming housing needs survey, which will be dropping through each household’s letterbox later this month or early in July. This will allow every household to identify more clearly, what they believe the needs are in Milborne Port. Please do fill it in as it will enable the Parish Council to engage properly with the planning department regarding the needs that the village has for housing, not what developers wish to give us.

GDPR

The new General Data Protection Regulation has its impact on the Parish Council even though we do not hold much personal data. Council have updated its privacy and data protection policies, and these can be seen on the “documents and downloads” page of the Parish Council website (www.milborneportpc.org.uk).

Pedestrian Crossing

PuffinCrossingMany will be aware that we are pushing for a pedestrian crossing at the West end of the village. It is a painfully slow process, but we are pleased to report that it has now progressed to a feasibility study stage. No guarantee that it will come to fruition, however it is great that we have been accepted for the next stage.

News from the Council Chamber - May 2018

A brief look at items discussed in May's council meeting. Look at the minutes for more details

Council Chairman for the coming year

The May council meeting is when the officers of the council are elected. There being no other nominations, Mr. Oldham accepted the wish of the council to continue as chairman. Richard Douglas was elected as vice chairman for the coming year. Membership of committees remains largely unchanged.

Fete Presence

Come along to the fete in June and in addition to tug of war, art displays and sausage eating, members of the Parish Council will be on hand to answer any questions about the council activities and to brief anyone about the upcoming housing needs survey.

Dog Fouling

Rarely a month goes by without a mention of this topic. However, the working party are planning to meet shortly, and the council have had hopefully, good advice from the environmental health officer on ways forward.

Playdays

South Somerset are planning to organise a number of playdays for youngsters to experience various activities and one is proposed for Milborne Port this summer. Council voted to sponsor the “laser tag” game as part of this. What this space for more details.

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