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News from the Council Chamber – January 2019

These notes are from the latest Parish Council meeting in January and are intended to be an informal supplement to the official minutes which will appear in due course.

Library

The Parish Council have been working with the County Council library services and Friends of Milborne Port library to see if a community library partnership can be created to enable the library to continue once funding for the current library from SCC ceases in a few months time. Whilst there are several issues to resolve, all three parties are aligned in the desirability of making this happen and budgeting for it has been incorporated in the Parish Council budget for the next financial year.

Budgeting and Precept setting

As Parish Councils are asked to take on more activities that would otherwise fall to the county or district councils, it is inevitable that our costs will increase. We have limited the rise as much as possible for this coming year by drawing down on available surplus, and by leaving some items unbudgeted for, however, council voted to increase the precept which will mean that the band D council tax levied by the Parish Council will increase by approximately £14 per annum. A large proportion of this is to support the library.

Canadian Solar

Council agreed on the decision process for how to spend the substantial grant from Canadian Solar. Ideas for the use of these funds will be sought from residents of the village (a notice will be placed on boards, in the village magazine and on the news page of the community website).

Planning Appeal

The Parish Council were keen to remind residents about the appeal hearing on 22nd January regarding the planning refusal for land at the end of Station Road. The Parish Council will be present to make representations to the appeal hearing.

Parish Council Elections

The current Parish Council’s term of office comes to an end in May of this year and they would like to encourage residents to step forward and be considered for election. The Parish Council are keen to encourage a diversity of gender and age in the candidates. There will be more on this in coming months.

WCAG implemented on Parish Council Website

Public sector bodies such as the Parish Council are being required to follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) on their websites. A measure of these have therefore been implemented on this site. From now on you will see an icon at the bottom right of each page.

If you click on this to expand it, you will see further icons to change the text size, display a dyslexic friendly font and change the contrast of the page. In addition, there is a "play" button which will render an audio version of any text that you select on the page. Whilst not being temporarily fluent, the spoken text is understandable.

Occasionally in any article, you may see a play button against some text. This will allow the reader to render that particular paragraph directly.

News from the Council Chamber – December 2018

The Parish Council’s December meeting was quite an extended affair with the future of the Milborne Port Library and the 2019/20 budget making up a significant part of the meeting. Our extended notes on these matters below reflect the importance of the subject.

Library

Working with the Friends of Milborne Port Library, the Parish Council have submitted an expression of interest to SCC to develop the library as a community library partnership following the withdrawal of funding from SCC. SCC have agreed to support the plan which would see the library temporarily housed in the Town Hall and then moved to the community hub being proposed as part of the Redcliffe homes development at the corner of Wheathill Lane and Station road. At the meeting in December, Council confirmed its desire to see the library continue but recognised that secure funding will be needed via the Parish Council precept. Although the budget discussions have not yet concluded (see below), it is likely that this will add in the order of £8 per annum in council tax to a band D house. The alternative is simply to lose the library altogether.

The Parish Council will continue to develop this proposal with FoMPL and SCC in the weeks ahead.

Residents may view that this is not something that they wish to see council supporting and any feedback on this matter (either positive or negative) should be directed to our Parish Clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Council Budget

The Parish Council began the task of creating its budget for the next financial year. This year, we will have spent significantly more than our precept, and it is likely that we will need to draw down on our modest reserves in the coming year to support the library and ensure we can have the Springfield Road car park resurfaced following the installation of new lighting this year, though at the moment, there is insufficient budget cover for this. The budget will be finalised at the January council meeting.

Speed Indicating Device (SID)

Following the demise of the district council provided SID the Parish Council agreed to purchase one which can be used successively on the three entrances to the village. (note that it is not allowed to mount these devices permanently). This initiative has been made possible with the generous financial support of the owners of Ven House.

PCSO presence

The Parish Council were pleased to welcome our PCSO, John Winfield, who has expressed a desire to have a base in the village. Council voted to allow the use of the Town Hall for this purpose. It is not yet known the times or frequency of John’s visits.

Planning Appeal

The planning application 17/03964/OUT, permission for which was refused is now subject to appeal. The appeal hearing will be held on 22nd January at the Milborne Port Village Hall. The Parish Council has formed a working party to coordinate its response.

News from the Council Chamber, November 2018

Here are a few items which may be of interest following the November Parish Council meeting. As ever, the full minutes will be published in due course.

 Springfield Road Car Park

The council has now let a contract for the installation of lights at the car park at Springfield road which serves the village hall and recreation ground. The lights have been designed to give minimal light pollution for residents in the adjacent houses.

Allotments

A contract was let for new water troughs and piping to support the allotments at Gainsborough.

New Councillor

Council welcomed Mr. Tim Carty, who was elected unopposed following a recent vacancy. Residents are advised that there is a further vacancy which will also be filled by election. Please see the notice below.

Village Entrances

As part of the traffic calming measures in the village, the council let a contract to install village entrance signs at each end of the village on the A30 and at Station Road.

New PSCO

Our new PCSO, John Winfield was present at the meeting and announced his intention to be a visible presence in the village and provide regular updates to council about his work.

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