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New Community Plan published

Community Plan for Kingston St Mary 2017

The Community Plan Steering Group has published a new Community Plan for Kingston St Mary. The Plan shows what residents value about living in Kingston St Mary, and demonstrates how this information underpins recommendations for future activity to support the community. The 2017 Plan was developed by seeking the views of local residents. A series of public meetings were held, 56% of households responded to a ten-part survey, and a detailed draft Community Plan report was subject to consultation during February 2017.
Read more about the Plan and find out how you can get involved.

Both planning applications North Taunton granted

On 24 October the TDBC planning committee have granted the planning applications for Staplegrove East (34/16/0014) and Staplegrove West (34/16/0007). In favour of the application were 7 Conservative Councillors, against 3 Councillors from the Liberal Democrats, 2 Independent Councillors and 1 Conservative Councillor. One Conservative Councillor abstained. There are various legal conditions to be met before moving on to considering a detail application next year.

Temporary Closure Footpaths T15/19 & part T24/12

Somerset County Council issued a statement to take notice that footpath T15/19 is closed due to an unsafe bridge. Foothpath T15/19 temporarily closed The footpath runs south from a point midway between Meadow View and Newtons in Nailsbourne, then links up with another path (T24/12) that goes towards Edgebrough Farm.
The closure will take effect from 28 November 2017 and will remain in force for 21 days.

Walk or cycle Heritage Trail

The South Quantock Heritage Trail connects several places in the area of Kingston St Mary. South Quantock Heritage Trail
Whether you are walking, cycling, driving or maybe just browsing around one or more of these fascinating places, you will find something to interest you here.
There are four walks and two cycle rides which start from either West Monkton or Kingston St Mary churches where there is ample parking.
Read more »

Support the things you value in KSM

The Community Survey of households in Kingston St Mary last year showed that many people and activities in our villages could benefit from additional support, and many respondents would volunteer their help but didn't know where to start - but now you do.
You could support the things you value in our local community. It's a WIN/WIN evening - volunteering is good for volunteers, and good for their beneficiaries. Whether it's supporting the elderly or infirm, protecting our environment, or sharing skills, let's explore the potential to co-ordinate volunteering in our neighbourhoods, in a safe and efficient manner that works for everyone.
For further information please contact Nicky Perry via

Kingston Youth Club continues

The club will continue to meet on alternate Fridays in KSM Village Hall unless you are informed otherwise.
The dates are as follows:
6 & 20 October
3 & 17 November
1 & 15 December
12 & 26 January 2018
9 & 23 February
9 & 23 March.
Kickoff is on 29 September.
Two youth workers will be provided for each session by Youth Unlimited, funded by a grant from Somerset County Council's Youth & Community Service.
The Youth Club hopes to build on the strong start made to date with the support of Youth Unlimited, SCC, Taunton School International Middle School (TSIMS) and local volunteers.
Read more about the Youth Club »

Bonfires during warm and windless days

Bonfire in Kingston St Mary

Please think about your neighbours if you burn your garden waste during warm and windless days. Lighting a bonfire with no or little wind (less than 4 Bft or 8-12 mph) could easily lead to air pollution issues like smoke, dust and smells, and breathing problems. Just do it if the air is circulating well but without high winds and not during the night when wind speeds drop.

Broadband futures for Kingston St Mary

Recently the government allocated a further £1bn to enable the next phase of delivering broadband to rural and remote communities. The published plan sees around £750m being allocated to BT to improve their existing service, and the other £250m going to other companies to deliver service where BT are currently not able, or where the investment plan with BT does not cover a specific geography.
What this means for Kingston St Mary in terms of roll-out and cost is discussed extensively in our broadband section »

Concerns about dogs on the Playing Field

The Playing Field Committee in the village of Kinston St Mary is raising concerns about an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset.

To be clear, dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field. As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost. The Committee asks dog owners to respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field and not to walk their dog on the Playing Field.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.

Live updates traffic and road works

Somerset County Council launched a new mobile-friendly website offering live updates of unplanned travel incidents. TravelSomerset Anyone planning a journey in Somerset by car, bus, train and/or bicycle can now find all the information they need to avoid unnecessary delays in one place:
It also has a searchable map showing details of all current and future planned road works and road closures in Somerset.
The new website is complemented by the @TravelSomerset Twitter account which provides live updates directly from the County Council's traffic control team.

Items for sale

If you wish to advertise an item for sale within the parish you could do so on this website. This facility is for parish residents only - commercial ads are not accepted. Click, touch or swipe here and fill in the form.

The KSM Notice Board

Volunteer in KSM Last year's community survey showed that many people and activities in our village would benefit from support - can you help? Could you walk the footpaths, befriend a neighbour, support maintenance in the Spinney, pick up litter, volunteer in a community shop...?
Contact us if you want to help or if you have questions:

If you wish to add a message to the notice board, please submit your message.

Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 11 December 2017
Monday 8 January 2018
Monday 12 February 2018
Monday 12 March 2018
The regular meetings will be held in the Committee Room – Village Hall, starting at 19.30 hours. See what's on the council's agenda & minutes.
More information about the parish council.

News from the parish council

November 2017
Budget 2018-2019 - Local authorities have continued to reduce or withdraw services to parishes. In the past year the parish council has picked up the bill for repainting finger posts, cutting back banks and several small repairs. This has had an impact on our budget but councillors feel that unless action is taken there will be further deterioration which will cost even more to rectify in the long run and, in the meantime, will leave the parish looking untidy and neglected. So, the council has agreed to set aside £2,500 for minor works in the coming year. Unfortunately, this will mean a rise in the precept, the amount we raise from council tax, of around 27 per cent (or 40 pence a week for a Band D house). The final budget will be agreed at the December meeting.

North Taunton Development - Frustration was expressed that despite well-researched opposition from local parish councils and residents' groups, Taunton Deane planners had given conditional approval for this huge urban extension by a single vote. The council agreed that if and when this development goes ahead, it will be closely monitored to ensure that the promises made by the promoters during public consultations, particularly with regard to tree planting, pedestrian and cycle paths, are kept.

Litter - The council has agreed to pay up to £100 for high-vis jackets and litter-pickers for the group of volunteers who pick up discarded rubbish from village roads and public spaces.

Planning - The council agreed to raise no objection to the following plans:
#20/17/0031 Erection of first floor extension Copper Hill, Lodes Lane, Lodes Lane;
#20/17/0032 Erection of oak frame single garage at Copper Hill, Lodes Lane.
There were no objections to the following works to trees in the conservation area: #20/17/0029 Management of an oak tree at The Barn, Kingston;
#20/17/0030 Felling of one elder tree at Camplins Orchard, Kingston;
#20/17/0033 Felling of one hornbeam tree in St Mary's churchyard.

The council agreed to object to the following plans:
#20/17/0034 Conversion of garage to living accommodation with first floor extension above, erection of single storey extension to rear and erection of garage to the side at 16 Sawyers Leigh, Kingston.
It was agreed to object to this plan because of the impact the proposed building, particularly the gabled first floor extension, would have on the street scene.

Facts & figures

Always wanted to know how many residents Kingston St Mary counts, how many children and elderly live in the parish, Facts & figures KSMhow households are composed, or what levels of education qualifications the population holds? Then have a look at facts & figures.

Crime map and statistics

Crime statistics Explore and compare crime and outcomes of crime in Kingston St Mary.
The contents are compiled by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and updated monthly.

Village Activities and Facilities

Each year Link-Up publishes the Directory of Village Activities and Organisations. The booklet contains local information for the residents of Broomfield, Cheddon Fitzpaine and Kingston St Mary. Read more » Directory of Village Activities and Organisations

Charity provides free training for unpaid carers

Compass Carers provides free training opportunities for unpaid carers who are caring for a friend or relative living in Somerset. This includes First Aid, Assertive Communications, Lasting Powers of Attorney and many more.
More information at Compass Carers Compass Carers

Local history of Kingston St Mary

The Kingston St Mary History Society researches, collects and preserves documents and other items relating to the history of Kingston and its neighbourhood. The society holds regular meetings to which all are welcome.
More information at KSM History Society.


Volunteer in KSM Last year's community survey showed that many people and activities in our village would benefit from support - can you help? Could you walk the footpaths, befriend a neighbour, support maintenance in the Spinney, pick up litter, volunteer in a community shop...?
Contact us if you want to help or if you have questions:

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