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News from the Council Chamber – May 2019

There was a good turn-out among residents to vote for a new Parish council on May 2nd, with 5780 votes cast. Electors could vote for the thirteen people they wished to represent them on the Parish council.

The new Parish councillors are:

Richard Douglas – Chair,  Austin Fletcher – vice Chair 

Deborah Barsby, Tom Campbell, Tim Carty, Karen Gough, Josh Howes, Clive Laughton
Philip Lock, Lucy MacArthur, Elaine Stewart, Robert Tizzard, Ted Watts

The new Parish council met for the first time at the Annual meeting held on 14th May. Richard Douglas was voted in as Chair, and Austin Fletcher as vice-Chair. The new Council wishes to thank those members of the previous Council no longer in office for their efforts on behalf of the village. Topics which may be of particular interest are:

  • The new Parish councillors resolved to look at the Canadian Solar Grant applications made originally prior to making a final decision on the use of the funds for the most benefit to the village.
  • Austin Fletcher is leading an initiative to seek Plastic-free Accreditation for the village.
  • A group of residents has formed to support the Council in the development of a Neighbourhood Plan. This is a lengthy process which culminates in a local referendum to endorse the plan.

Currently, the Council Offices are being manned on a skeleton basis by volunteers and the normal opening times cannot be fully supported. Please bear with us. The next meeting of the full council will be held on Tuesday 4th June.

News from the Council Chamber – April 2019

Council meeting delayed because of Election

The next full council meeting will be delayed one week and will now take place on May 14th. This is to allow time to complete the protocols following the election on 2nd May. There are 19 candidates nominated for the 13 Parish Councillor places. A good turnout for these elections is hoped for. The nominations for council can be seen here.

Annual Parish Meeting

This public meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th April at 7pm at the town hall to hear from the council and other groups about activities in the past year. All welcome and drinks/nibbles will be available from 6:30pm

Litter Pick

A litter pick, organised by the council will take place next week Saturday 13th April starting at 10am at the East Street car park. If you want to join this, please e-mail the chairman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

South West in Bloom

As previously reported, The Parish Council has entered the village for this competition. Please look out for posters which will appear and let you know how you can help and get involved.

Use of Canadian Solar Grant funding

Councillors voted on the various projects which had been put forward, however, they agreed to defer the final decision until next month so that the new council could show commitment to any projects supported and to consider other aspects not reflected in the simple voting criteria.

News from the Council Chamber – March 2019

Our regular round up of items of interest that the Parish Council thought worth bringing to the attention of residents. This of course in addition to the formal minutes, the draft of which will be posted shortly.

Parish Council Elections

Parish Councillors serve for a four year term. This year, a new term of office will start with the elections on May 2nd. By the time you read this, you will have had a couple of leaflets about what it means to be a councillor. Please consider whether you would like to serve. More information is on the Milborne Port community website and the South Somerset District Council website.

Annual Parish Meeting

The Parish Council will be holding its annual Parish Meeting on April 9th. This is not a council meeting but a public meeting where residents can listen and contribute to the council’s work over the year and that of other community groups in the village. The meeting starts at 7pm but there will be drinks and nibbles available from 6:30pm.

Utilisation of Canadian Solar Funds

Unfortunately, because of other matters that the council is dealing with that indirectly impact several of the suggestions, the Parish Council decided that it would be fairer to defer the decision process until the April meeting.

South West in Bloom (SWIB)

Council agreed to enter this year’s South West in Bloom; a competition which has seen the village gain prizes in the last few years. The Parish Council would like to hear from anyone who would like to help with this, continuing to generate pride in our village.

Plastic Free Community and Litter Pick

Members of the Parish Council continue to work towards this goal of being accredited as a plastic free community, and a motion will be put before council in April. As part of this (and SWIB), there will be a litter pick on 13th April starting at 10am at the East Street car park. All welcome and equipment/bags will be provided.

News from the Council Chamber – February 2019

Our usual summary of items and issues discussed at the February Council meeting which may be of interest. This is of course in addition to the formal minutes which are posted on the Parish Council website.

Litter Pick

The Parish Council are keen to see the periodic litter pick in the village reinstated following some period of inactivity. It was resolved that this would be re-started, with the Parish Council taking the lead. Look out for notices about this on the community website. The Council are hopeful of a good turnout for this and it ties in with the Parish Council’s attempts to become a plastic free community in future.

Community Hub

The Parish Council continue to work with Redcliffe Homes, the Friends of Milborne Port Library and the History and Heritage group, to develop the concept of a community hub, to be built as part of the Redcliffe Homes development to the north of Wheathill Lane. It is hoped that when built, this will house the Milborne Port library. The library will move from its current home later this year into temporary facilities until the hub is built.

Footpath Diversion

diversionFollowing several years of work, the footpath around the memorial playing fields is to be diverted according to the map shown. This will provide a route around the memorial playing fields. The work to divert the footbath with attendant notices will begin shortly.

Speed Indicating Device (SID)

Following the withdrawal of a loan service of a SID from the District Council, the Parish Council have taken delivery of its own SID which will be rotated around the three main entrances to the village. A team from the Parish Council have been trained to deploy the device and we offer our thanks to the owners of Ven House who have provided the funds for this purchase. Note that the manual speedwatch programme remains in place.

Utilisation of funds from Canadian Solar

The deadline for submission of ideas for the utilisation of funds granted to the Parish Council is fast approaching (18th February). Concerns were expressed at the Council meeting that the required submission format was too onerous (see here). The council want to assure residents that if parts of submissions are limited in what they provide, it will not disqualify consideration by Council, and in any event, all submissions will need to be short.

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