Welcome to Kingston St Mary Parish

Kingston St Mary is a parish and village 3 miles north of Taunton lying under the southern extremity of the Quantock Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in Somerset.
Within the Parish are the communities of Kingston St Mary, Nailsbourne, Yarford, Fulford, Dodhill, Cushuish and Pickney.
The population is approximately 900 persons and 400 households (2001 Census).

"The parish once belonged to the kings of the West Saxons hence its name 'The King's settlement'. It then became part of the large Manor of Taunton Deane, and the property of the Bishops of Winchester. In documents the village was sometimes referred to as Kingston-juxta-Taunton and it is only since the 1950s that it became officially known as Kingston St Mary, the saint being the dedication of its splendid parish church".
Source: Quantocksonline

Parish Council Elections 2015

The General Election is not the only poll being held on 7 May – local Parish Council elections will take place on the same day.
The Parish Council is the voice of the village. It represents the views of residents on a wide range of issues, from dog fouling to highways and planning applications.
This will be even more essential in the coming year with a massive development of up 1,500 homes – the Staplegrove Urban Extension - being planned virtually on our doorstep.

Being a parish councillor is not an onerous task but it is a very important one.
Kingston St Mary Parish Council has nine members and meets monthly (except August) on a Monday evening. Meetings last up to an hour and a half.
If you would like to become a parish councillor you can obtain further details and a nomination form from clerk Caroline Roche on 01823 430876 or Taunton Deane Borough Council offices.

The Parish Council would particularly welcome women candidates. Despite our best efforts, the Council failed to persuade any to stand last time with the result that the present council is all male.

Please check that your name is on the electoral register. If it is not on the register you will not be able to vote in any of the elections being held on 7 May.
Letters have gone out from Taunton Deane Borough Council informing those whose name is on the register. If you have not received one contact the council.
You can register online.

Consultation Masterplan Staplegrove

Taunton Deane Borough Council is hosting a consultation on a masterplan for Staplegrove, Taunton.
The site has been earmarked for development in the Council's adopted Core Strategy - its blueprint for growth - and in the emerging Site Allocations and Development Management Plan, which is also being published.
Up to 1,500 homes could be built in Staplegrove, as well as a new primary school, a new east-west link road between the western end of the site and Kingston Road. There would also be provision for employment and green space.
The public can view the masterplan online from Thursday 15 January 2015 at consultldf.tauntondeane.gov.uk/portal.
Comments can be made by email to talkingtomorrows@tauntondeane.gov.uk or by post.
More contact details can be found here.

Concern about watercourses

The Parish Council is concerned about the considerable amount of silt and gravel that has been washed into local streams by the heavy winter rain impeding the flow of water.

Riparian owners are reminded that they have a legal duty to ensure watercourses are clear. Failure to clear brooks and streams can cause flooding of roads and in some cases homes.
Residents have expressed their concern about the state of some of the watercourses that feed into the centre of the village.

Upcoming meetings parish council

Next meetings:
Monday 13 April 2015
Monday 18 May 2015 – please note date change due to Parish Council election
Monday 8 June 2015
Monday 20 July 2015
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.
More news from the parish council.

Flood Alerts

Environment Agency SW You can follow flood alerts and other news from the Environment Agency South West at @EnvAgencySW on Twitter.

Parish Council opposes Staplegrove Urban Extension

The Parish Council unanimously agreed to oppose plans for a major housing development of between 500 and 1500 new homes north of Staplegrove.

An outline planning application for the first phase (the building of 250 plus homes west of Kingston Road) could be submitted as early as April.
The Parish Council believes the development would:

  • result in the loss of high grade productive agricultural land;
  • cause serious traffic problems on the already congested roads of north Taunton and particularly on the increasingly busy Kingston Road which is likely to get even busier when construction starts at Hinkley Point;
  • worsen the frequent flooding problems in Corkscrew Lane and Kingston Road;
  • spoil the approach to the Quantock Hills which attract hundreds of thousands of tourists each year putting money into local businesses

The Parish Council has expressed the view that, if development is permitted, no building should start until the entire access road, running east-west through the site, is completed.
The Strategic Allocation Plan can be found here.

Speed and pot holes

Speeding traffic continues to be an issue and the Parish Council is anxious to re-launch the Speed Watch scheme.
However, this will depend on finding sufficient volunteers. Anyone who is interested should contact the co-ordinator Ian Barrie on 451388.

Residents are being asked to report any pot holes in local roads. This can be done by ringing 0845 345 9155 or on www.somerset.gov.uk.

Somerset Gritters on Twitter

Somerset Gritters If you are interested in the road conditions this winter and if you would like to be up to date about gritting, then follow @somersetgritter on Twitter.

Notice Board

Kingston St Mary Flower Show

To be held in Kingston Village Hall


Please see; word document Flower Show Schedule 2015
pdf file Flower Show Schedule 2015

Any queries please phone the secretary;
Annie Trolley, 01823 451312

Posted by Sheila Jones on 11/04/2015

How to be a Welcome Neighbour

Plans are afoot for a 4 session introduction to the skills

March 11 18 April 15 22 1.303.00pm
The Benefice Office Kingston St Mary

Everyone welcome

Contact Pauline Holmes 451493 Liz Thompson 451529

Posted by D.Bradley on 03/02/2015

Charity Bike Maintenance Service

My name is Robin Evans. Since 2010 I have been raising money for Cancer Research UK by repairing/servicing or selling bicycles around our community.
The total raised now (Jan 2014), including gift aid, is around £9500.
My next target is to raise it to £10,000.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the folk who have supported the project thus far!

There is no fixed charge for repairing/servicing or selling bicycles. Instead people can donate any amount to Cancer Research UK either by using my JustGiving account or by putting petty cash in a tin which will later be transferred.
I can also advise on what might be an appropriate amount to donate if this would help. E.g. a quid for a puncture or for a gear tweaking.
Please see www.justgiving.com/Robin-Evans0 or email robinevansh40@aol.com
(Posted by Robin Evans on 19/01/2014)

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