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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.


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.


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.


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.

News from the Council Chamber - October 2018

Here our notes from the meeting on 2nd October to which your Parish Council wished to draw attention. Full minutes will appear on noticeboards and this website in due course.

Parish Council by-election

This has been called to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of a councillor. Anyone who would like to stand is encouraged to read the notes here. Last date for nominations is Friday 12th October. Assuming there are multiple nominations, the election will take place on 8th November at the Camelot room of the village hall.


The Parish Council has let a contract to have the war memorial by the Church cleaned in time for the commemoration of the armistice of the great war on 11th November. Following this commemoration, the Parish Council will be looking to relocate the soldier efigies which have been placed around the village, to a permanent display. Any suggestions as to the best place for these should be sent to the council clerk.

Canadian Solar

Deciding on the best project(s) suitable for the use of these funds is proving somewhat difficult and the council decided to form a small group to look at the criteria to judge the submissions. The criteria will be published in due course; however, it is likely to limit the use to capital as opposed to revenue projects. Further submissions are welcome in the meantime to supplement those already received (surfacing the village hall car park, outdoor gym equipment, floodlighting at the playing field, support for an artificial pitch at the playing fields, refurbishment of the town hall toilet.) Residents submitting ideas will be asked to present their case in due course to the Parish Council.

Plastic Free

Following from correspondence from a resident, the Parish Council is investigating what would be involved to make Milborne Port a “plastic free” community.

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.


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.

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