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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.

News from the Council Chamber - April 2018

A brief look at some of the items discussed at the April Parish Council meeting. These are intended to complement the formal minutes available on this website and on noticeboards.

Communications

Council spent considerable time discussing how we could better communicate with the members of the village community. Council is conscious that this brief summary does not reach all residents and is just “one way traffic”. As well as looking at improving this, however, we would like to mention that unlike many villages, we do have a council office open each Tuesday and Friday morning, when our clerk is happy to discuss issues with residents and pass on to committee chairmen if appropriate. You can also contact councillors directly as their contact details are available at http://www.milborneport.org.uk/councillors. They will not be able to take decisions in isolation of course but can provide a useful sounding board given that it is not really possible within the council meeting forum.

Springfield Road Car Park

The lack of lighting at the Springfield road car park has been a concern to council for some time both because of the periodic antisocial behaviour (drug dealing) which takes place there and the hazard that the unlit surface presents to pedestrians. Some months ago, council resolved to take remedial action by providing lighting to the surface and an automatic barrier which prevents access out of operational hours. At the April council meeting, the various quotes for this work were considered and a contractor chosen. Work is not likely to start for some while as although we have been given a grant from the lottery fund for this work, we are awaiting a further grant from SSDC and we cannot begin work until this has been given.

Housing needs Survey

Following the village questionnaire last year which gave some limited evidence of general views on housing in the village, council has taken up the offer of SSDC providing a detailed housing needs survey for the village. This is in preparation and will be hand delivered to every household, probably in June. When you receive yours, please do take time to fill it in and return.

Library Consultation

This consultation is still active but will be closed by June 13th. The Parish Council have a working group which is working with the Friend of Milborne Port Library to give feedback to county, however, your individual views are also important. You can take part on line at http://somersetlibraries.co.uk/consultation/

Speed data

As well as Speedwatch, we also have periodic placement of speed indicating devices (SID) in the village. At the moment these are at no cost to the Parish Council but from this month, participation in the scheme will be at a modest cost to council. At the April meeting, council resolved to continue with this scheme as it believes that it does enhance public awareness of the issue of speed on the A30. As and example of the output from the SIDs, attached is a graph of the traffic speeds in the first two weeks of March at the west end of the village.

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.

 

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